Youngsters Shine on Pro Build 100 Saturday Night
The Domino’s Legends, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and High School Tuners rounded out a full night of short track racing Saturday, April 28.
The Domino’s Legends rolled to the green flag for a 25 lap feature. Boise, Idaho’s Brok Kidd got to the gas first and piloted his Vicky’s Country Gardens, Fat Cat Enterprises racer into the lead. Behind Kidd, quick-qualifier Ethan Jones worked his way through the field, and on lap five the Meridian, Idaho youngster dove inside to take the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
This left Kidd in the clutches of Evan Brown and Zach Telford. By lap ten Brown and Telford had dispatched Kidd and began their duel for the runner up spot. Telford slid his Rocky Mountain Racecar Supply, Pro Build legend around Brown to take second, but faced a five second gap to the leader. Telford needed help to catch up, and with two laps to go a caution flag bunched the field for one last shootout.
The restart put Telford even with Jones. The green flag waved and the field roared into turn one, but the rain-slicked asphalt proved too tough for Telford, Brown, and Frickey, who slid into the concrete. All competitors were able to continue, but no one had the answer for Jones, who sped through the final two laps in route to his second main event win on the young season.
A dozen Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets fought to the finish of their 25 lap feature. On the green Caldwell, Idaho’s Joe Pettit jumped to the lead while DJ Sirani, his racer repaired after the High School Tuner feature, carved through the field to take the lead on lap two.
Behind Sirani’s Husky Auto Electric entry, Jamo Stephenson and Tommy Harrod hooked up and shuffled their way through traffic to take second and third. Harrod used lap seven to pull even with Stephenson, but contact on the back stretch sent both racers hard into the turn three wall.
The restart saw Neil Wassmuth battle hard in the outside line to take the lead from Sirani, but the young driver held onto the top spot. After a tangle with lapped traffic, Wassmuth fell to Brandon Kelley. Kelley rattled off a series of fast laps to catch Sirani, and with eight circuits remaining Kelley made his bid for the lead.
Sirani hung tough down low, and for the next five laps the pair swapped the lead. Kelley finally broke through as the leaders picked their way through lapped traffic. Though Sirani kept pace with Kelley over the race’s closing laps, Kelley was too strong and the Nampa, Idaho racer parked his Kelley Rooter machine in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The High School Tuners made their season debut with a twenty lap feature. Meridian, Idaho’s Hailey Rogers made use of her front row starting spot to take the early lead, but quickly came under attack from DJ Sirani. Sirani slung his Husky Auto Electric machine inside Rogers, and on lap three moved to the lead.
As Rogers pushed to keep pace with Sirani, the Meridian, Idaho racer spun in turns three and four to bring out a caution flag. On the restart Rogers charged hard to get back to the point. On lap six Rogers broke loose in turn two and slammed hard into the concrete. The impact sent her H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance racer side over side.
Rogers climbed from her car under her own power. During the caution flag Sirani encountered mechanical issues and retired, which handed the lead and the win to Nampa, Idaho’s James Gates and his YMC, PBT Auto Sales machine.
The thrills and spills continue Saturday, May 5, as Meridian Speedway hosts Ladies Night. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Junior Stingers come together as they dash for the Shake N’ Bake Racing hardware. Saturday also features the season debut of Clarity Credit Union’s Penny Gold Rush. General admission to Saturday’s festivities is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and, as always, kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:45 p.m. Log onto www.meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news and notes, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you Saturday, May 5 under the big yellow water tower for Ladies Night at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.