Young Guns Take Twin Modified Mains
Summer show up early Saturday, June 2 for Meridian Speedway’s EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers Night presented by Aaron’s Sales and Lease. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds battled through twin thirty lap features, while the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes slid around the quarter-mile in search of their Maxwell Plumbing trophies, and the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Bombers took on a tractor tire slalom course.
Wyatt King and Joe Thuss led the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds to green on their first of two thirty lap features. King made the inside line go and the Kuna, Idaho racer moved his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical entry to the early lead. But Thuss kept pace, and on lap four piloted his Aloha Auto Repair, ABC Grounds Care modified around the outside to the lead.
Behind the leaders, CJ Stirm and Jerry Green fought hard for a top five position. This battle kept heavy hitters Casey Tillman, Bryan Warf, and Josh Jackson bottled up until a lap ten caution reset the field. On the restart Tillman and Warf blew past Thuss to take the top two spots. Warf wasted no time and immediately slung his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Allan Marsh Travel Center machine around Tillman’s high side to take the lead for himself.
But the man on the move through the race’s middle stages was Colton Nelson. With his Integrity Construction, Mulder Auto and Machine pinned to the inside line Nelson knifed his way forward. On lap thirteen Nelson moved into the runner up spot, then ran down Warf, who faced a solid wall of lapped traffic ahead. A late caution flag cleared the traffic, but brought Nelson abreast of Warf for the restart.
The green flag waved and Nelson roared into turn one on the low side. But Warf was strong in the top lane, and after a three lap skirmish Warf shot ahead. As the laps wound down Nelson searched for a way past Warf, but his efforts were in vain as Warf claimed the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night’s first main event.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds roared back onto the quarter-mile oval for their second thirty lap feature of Aaron’s Sales and Lease EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers’ night. The green flag flew and Jonathan Hull hooked the inside line to take the lead in his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing modified. The first caution flag waved on lap two when a mechanical failure sent CJ Stirm’s Meridian Anti Drug Coalition, Pisor Tile entry spinning through the pack from fourth place.
When the smoke cleared Hull found Wyatt King’s Major Tire and Hitch, Stock Construction machine to his inside for the restart. Hull again proved too strong off the line and he sprang back to the top spot. This left King in the clutches of Joe Thuss. Thuss got the best of this battle and claimed second for two laps before first main event winner Bryan Warf and Colton Nelson moved to the second and third spots respectively.
Nelson wouldn’t wait, and at the race’s halfway point Nelson pulled inside Warf and dispatched the runner up. But lapped traffic thwarted the move and stacked Warf and Nelson back single file behind Hull. Two laps later the track cleared and Warf unleashed his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Dave’s Quick Lube modified and took the lead from Hull.
But Nelson kept pace and lap by lap turned up the pressure on Warf. Nelson worked the inside line, and with five laps left Nelson scooted into the top spot. Nelson’s lead would only grow over the race’s closing circuits and he parked his modified in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Fire and fury return to Meridian Speedway this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, as the BOB FM Diamond Cup roars onto the quarter-mile oval. The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars join in the two day battle for the Star Diamonds championship ring. Friday’s Stinker Stores Family Pass Night features the Royal Purple Modified Series, Larry H Miller Ran Trucks, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, and a Stinker Stores Candy Rush. Saturday’s action completes the winged Sprintcar shootout with the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets filling the short track racing slate. General admission to each night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup is $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and members of the military, and $6.50 for kids 7-11 years old. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with the first green flag waving at 6:45 p.m. Logon to meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the latest news and notes from the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to sign up for exclusive offers and updates. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, for the BOB FM Diamond Cup under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.