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July 11th, 2012
“”Jerry Rice is just so meticulous making his way through the field. I enjoyed watching him make his way from eighth to first. I really though (Alan) Larson had something for him but, Rice is just so smooth,” Mike Eames, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceways, explained after the ASA Pro Truck Main Event on Saturday night.
It was a Green White Checker race for the ASA Pro Trucks. Forty laps without a caution made for some exciting racing. Sam Harris lead the first half and the most laps of the main event. Johnny Pierre took the lead from Harris but it only lasted four laps before Rice came knocking on the door. Rice captured the lead on lap twenty-four and led the rest of the way but not without a fight. Larson made a late run on Rice and at one point event got along side for several laps but just didn’t have enough to make the pass. With only four to go Scott Luttmer took second place away from Larson and set his sites on Rice. “Three more laps, if I just had three laps I think I could have got it. We were just so good once we got out of traffic,” Said Luttmer. Luttmer held the fast lap of the race with a 17.125 two tenths of a second faster than anyone else in the field. Rice went on to capture his second win of the season and maintain his point lead. Larson came home third and Pierre followed him across the line. “After what we had in practice today I feel great about a top five finish, I was more nervous taking the green in this race than I’ve been in years. We were so bad that we changed more than
we ever had and I just had no idea what to expect. I just didn’t want to be that guy starting towards the front and causing the big one. After about two or three laps I was like I think we’ve got something,” explained Pierre.
Rob Powers, former ASA Pro 4 West – Late Model Lite Champion made his debut in the ASA Pro Trucks racing the Hannah Newhouse number 46. “These trucks are a lot of fun. It took a little to figure out how much break to use and how far to let it roll in. I might have to get one of these, it’s a lot of fun” as Powers reflected on the race. With the unique point system Newhouse will received the points Power earns as long as she runs most of the events. Powers brought home a solid fifth place finish.
Shane Hubbard and Bobby Lathem made their first 2012 start and Bo Sharp and Kent Jensen made their second. All four suffered mechanical issues. Hubbard and Sharp started at the rear of the thirteen-truck field. “We just have to get the bugs out of the truck we only raced it once last season so we have so work to do” said Hubbard after coming in early
with a seal issue on the right front rotor. Sharp suffered transmission problems while Lathem came in with a flat tire. Jensen was able to finish on the lead lap but was too loose to make any challenges. “I was just holding on”
Drew Reitsma won the first heat race. Doug Dugger and Rice battled hard in the second heat race and the near photo finish had Dugger by 0.010 seconds over Rice. The excitement in the announcers voice said it all as he exclaimed “That was so AWESOME I don’t event know who won that was so close” Grabbing the win gave Dugger the “Cool Move of the Race” award. Dugger will be presented with a $50 gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans. Ultra Cool is a proud supporter of the ASA Racing and the ASA Pro Truck Series. Ultra Cool can be found at www.ultracoolbrakefans.com.
The ASA Pro Trucks will return to action at Magic Valley Speedway on July 21^st. It will be the first event of the twenty twelve season where fans can see the ASA Pro Trucks running Double Main Events. For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Face book fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks. To learn more about ASA Racing visit www.asa-racing.com
June 27th, 2012
In the first of only two stops at Meridian Speedway, fans were treated to some action packed, door to door, side-by-side, hard core racing action on the tight quarter mile bullring. A-Heat Race winner Johnny Pierre and Alan Larson broke away from the field early in the fifty lap main event but the first caution for a single car spin on lap twenty quickly eliminated the quarter lap lead they had built over the field. After another twenty-one laps of hard racing, the fender of the Larson truck came loose landing in the middle of the backstretch bringing out the second caution and setting up the field for a nine-lap shootout. “I think everyone could see a new opportunity to win with the double file cone restart, you know those things always create excitement for the fans and usually cost a few drivers a fender or two. I think we made four attempts before getting to lap forty-two and had three or four trucks in the pits with damage. You really hate to see it but it really was just hard racing. In a series, that has so many trucks that essentially run the same lap times you can see some of it coming. As much as we hate to admit it the fans or a huge part of them seemed to
love it. I could hear them all the way in the pits,” said series director Randy Kerr after the race. When it all shook out, John Newhouse found his way to the winners circle. Newhouse captured the most points in the night. This is something you would not think too much about where he was competing in his first start of the season but, the unique substitute program the ASA Pro Trucks have allows Hannah Newhouse to get the points as long as she competestin more than half of
the total races in the season in the same truck. Hannah running a local Late Model program had a race and could not be at both races. She brought home a win in the Late Model while her father took her truck to Victory Lane in Meridian.
Point leader Jerry Rice maintained his point lead with his second place finish. “Running side-by-side with Drew (Reitsma) was a blast! He is so much fun to run with, you know he will race you hard and clean and it’s just fun. On that one restart I was outside of Johnny and I knew I didn’t have anything for him but, I had to mess with him” as Rice smiled talking about leaning on Newhouse on the last restart. Reits mamaintained second in the season standings with another top three finish coming across the line just four hundredths of a second behind Rice. Reitsma has not been outside of the top three all season.
After one win and a disappointing finish at Rocky Mountain Raceway Scott Luttmer was able to salvage a fourth place finish after being what is sometimes called the meat in the sandwich on the last restart. Luttmer found himself in the middle of a three wide and was able to drop out of it and slide past both the other trucks after they singled back out. That move earned Luttmer the “Cool Move of the Race” award presented with a $50 gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans.
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Johnny Pierre held on for a fifth place finish. “I feel really bad for my crew these guys work there tails off and we have been really fast because of it. I just can’t seem to get the finishes they deserve.” Pierre has wasted no time getting to the front early in the races but his finishes do not reflect the crew, driver or trucks ability. The ASA Pro Trucks will return to action at Rocky Mountain Raceway on July 7^th. It will be the only event of thetwenty twelve season where fans can see the ASA Pro Trucks and the Rocky Mountain Challenge series on the same night. For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Face book fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks.
March 3rd, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – For Meridian Speedway, it was an easy decision to sign their 2012 ASA Member Track sanction. The
quarter-mile asphalt oval located in Meridian, ID appreciates the stability that ASA provides and feels that they could be a track to challenge for the 2012 ASA Member Track National Championship.
“We really appreciate how ASA Racing is always looking out for short tracks like Meridian Speedway,” Adam Nelson, Meridian’s Promoter said. “We are glad that they provide a product that is very stable for us. They go out of their way to keep the sanctioning and membership affordable for us. Dennis Huth and his staff are very concerned about all of their tracks and series. They do everything they can to help us be successful.”
Another thing that Meridian Speedway is looking forward to in 2012 is be in the challenge for the ASA Member Track National Championship. Their ASA Modified division was very competitive with their 2011 track champion Shelby Stroebel competing for the title last year. “We feel that we have what it takes to help our 2012 track champion compete for the National Title,” Nelson said. “It would be a big feather in our cap to be the home of this year’s National Champion.”
Nelson also feels that as ASA grows as a sanctioning body, the ASA Member Tracks and Series will grow as well. “We receive calls from many tracks that are interested in the ASA Member Track program,” Nelson said. “We help them see all of the benefits so they can make an informed decision. By working together, we all can make short track racing more successful.”
Meridian Speedway recently introduced a new and improved website where fans can view their 2012 schedule and meet the competitors who compete every Saturday night during the season. Their 2012 season opens on Saturday, April 21. Their website address is www.meridianspeedway.com.
They are proud to offer affordable family admission for their weekly show with $10 adult admission, $7.50 for Seniors/Military, $6.00 for ages 7-11 and 6 and under are FREE.
“We are very proud to continue our relationship with Meridian Speedway,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “Adam Nelson, along with his partners, staff, and competitors continue to host some of the best short track racing in the Boise/Meridian area. We wish them nothing but success for the 2012 season.”
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August 11th, 2009
MERIDIAN, Idaho — Open-wheel racing fans will get a double dose of action Saturday night at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway as the Intermountain Vintage Sprintcars make another stop and the Winged Sprints drivers continue their wild championship pursuit.
Non-winged sprints also will be on hand along with Super Stocks and Jr. Stingers.
General admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, $6 for children ages 7-11, and children 6 and younger get in free.
Advance tickets are available at NAPA Auto Parts locations in Meridian and Kuna for fans who don’t want to stand in line Saturday night.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the speedway, call (208) 888-2813 or log on to www.meridianspeedway.com.
Don Newman, who is co-operator of Meridian Speedway with Al Russell and Adam Nelson, owns Intermountain Vintage Sprintcars organization. He won the main event at the series’ Meridian July 25 stop.
In the Winged Sprints class, Nampa, Idaho, drivers Chris Ratterree and Cory Lockwood continue to duel at the top. Ratterree ran away from the field the last time out and now owns a 28-point lead over Lockwood for season championship.
Meridian, Idaho’s Johnny Giesler still rules the Non-winged Sprints over fellow Meridian driver Wyatt King.
Another young driver, Phillip Zubizareta of Boise, Idaho, will try to protect a slim lead of Nampa’s Dennis Brodigan in the Super Stocks. Zubizareta leads Brodigan by 15 points, and Boise’s Gale Carter lurks just six points behind Brodigan in third place.
At 13 years old, Andrew Clark of Meridian is one of the youngest drivers on the track. He paces the Jr. Stingers standings by 20 points over second-place Chance Davis of Emmett.
July 2nd, 2009
MERIDIAN, Idaho – There were a few tense moments at ASA member track, Meridian Speedway, during qualifying when Dave Quick, Weiser, Idaho, lost control on his second qualifying lap, bounced off the turn two wall and flipped into the pits ending up in the safety lane. No one else was injured and Quick was transported to the hospital for observation but returned to the track later in the evening to visit with fans and survey the damage on his sprint car. The rest of the night’s racing went smoothly with few cautions and great racing by all of the classes.
The 35 lap Winged Sprint main started with Steve Freeman on the pole but Matt Elliott took the lead on the outside. Cody Veenstra and Chris Rattarree worked up to second and third to put the pressure on the leader. Rattarree took second on the outside and closed in on Elliott but fell back for several laps. Rattarree made an attempt to the outside and looked inside but got loose with five to go and could not make up the distance. Elliot took the win with Rattarree, Veenstra, Jim Todd and Sierra Jackson following.
In the Thunder stock main event Tommy White took the lead and held on for the entire 20 laps and took the checkered followed by Jim Anderson and Bill Lacy.
The Legends took the checkered for the 30 lap main event with Jason Tilden on the pole and Brandon Frasier on the outside. After the first lap Tilden and Frasier crossed the start finish line side by side but Tilden spun bringing out the first caution. At the restart Ron Hayes took the lead but gave it up to Connor Elliott a few laps later. Another caution involving three cars sent Ryan Byrd from Sandy Utah to the pits with suspension damage. At the restart Tom Matheson worked his way inside but lost the lead when the yellow flag came out and the field reverted to the last completed lap. Travis Anderson picked off Elliott and sent him back to third behind Ben Matheson. Anderson survived several more restarts and drove away from the rest of the field to take the win followed by Ben Matheson, Darin Turpin, Camron Madsen and Josh Allen.
The Non Winged Sprints 30 lap main started with Doyle Hartman and Brittany Poedy sharing the front row. Poedy took the lead and left the rest of the field behind until the first caution just before the halfway point. At the restart Johnny Giesler took second and put the pressure on Poedy and eventually passed on the outside for the lead. Giesler ran away from the field and finished almost a half lap ahead of the second place Wyatt King. Poedy, Doyle Hartman and Phyllip Zubizareta rounded out the top five.
When the Super Stocks got the green flag for their 30 lap main event Bryan McDaniels held off the field for the first nine laps. Phyllip Zubizareta worked his way from an eighth place start to put the pressure on the leader on the outside and then took the lead with 20 laps to go. The rest of the racing was for lesser postions but a late caution bunched up the field but Zubizareta won the race followed by Troy Evans, Gale Carter, Dennis Brodigan and Rick Baldwin.
Chris McClure brought the field of Street Stocks to the green flag and stayed in front for several laps until Chad Bess took over. At the halfway point Bess still led the race with Jaramie Fuss and Steve Bosselman spread out behind. The father daughter team of Marv Weaver and Melissa Scott rounded out the top five. Bess got jammed by lap traffic and Fuss took the lead with five to go and held on to the lead to take the checkered followed by Bess, Bosselman, Weaver and Scott.
Racing action heats up next Saturday with the Napa Auto Parts Bottle Rocket 150 and the fireworks show presented by the City of Meridian. The Bottle Rocket 150 features the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Late Models. The ASA Modifieds, the Non Wing Sprints, the Mini Stocks and the Hornets will also be on the race card. Admission is $15 for adults gates open at 4, time trials at 5 and the racing gets underway at 6:30. For more information log on to www.meridianspeedway.com or call the speedway hotline at (208) 888-2813
By Brian Calkins
June 27th, 2009
Thorold, Ontario- KC Auto Parts Victory Lane again saw some new faces as Merrittville Speedway continued it’s 2009 Lucas Oil Kart Weekly Racing Series June 23rd.
Mackenzie St. Jean won his first RCM Racing Equipment Junior 1 Feature of the season as did Mike Journeaux and Aaron Barker in the Cassell Manufacturing Senior Flat Head and Philbrick Farm & Garden Equipment Senior Animal Divisions respectively.
Kurtis Wiley and Taylor Sears both won their third straight events in the KC Auto Parts Novice 2 and Superior PetroFuels Junior Restricted Flathead Divisions
In other Original Pizza Logs action, Chris Crawford and Jake Lutz both won their 5th Features in the Drummond Home Hardware Garden City Auto Complex Novice 1 and Ed MacPherson Construction Junior 2 Divisions.
Kart Racing continues Tuesday June 30th. Gates open at 5:00 with racing beginning at 7:00. Grandstand admission is free.
June 4th, 2009
MERIDIAN, Idaho — Matt Hein must be in his prime. By a slim margin, the Roseburg, Ore., sprintcar won a diamond ring Saturday night as the top point-getter during the two-day Hendrickson’s Fine Jewelers Diamond Cup at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway. Hein won Friday’s 40-lap main event — his third victory in the past five ASA Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association races — and finished fourth behind Saturday night winner Jeff Montgomery of Victoria, British Columbia, in a 50-lap event that
started off in rocky fashion.
A Turn 1 accident on the first lap took out at least three competitors, including fast-time qualifier Chris Ratterree of Nampa, Idaho. “I feel bad for that first-lap deal,” Hein said after the race, “but I’m pretty excited to take home the ring and can’t wait to come back in September and hopefully then we can win a couple more.”
The defending series champion, Hein won the Diamond Cup ring by two points over Montgomery, 121-119. Ironically, the two men swapped finishes 24 hours apart. On Friday, it was Hein winning and Montgomery crossing the line fourth. In other feature races, Dennis Brodigan nipped Les Schild at the line after ripping through the infield on Turn 4 on the 25th and final lap in Super Stocks. Kuna, Idaho’s Jaramie Fuss (Street Stocks), Meridian, Idaho’s Wyatt King (Non-Wing Sprints) and Travis Pavlacky (Hornets) also picked up victories. The two-day Diamond Cup marked the start of the ASA NSRA season. The sprintcars visit Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg on June 13. They’ll return to Meridian for a Sept. 25-26 championship weekend. On Saturday, Montgomery passed Emmett, Idaho’s Cody Veenstra about 10 laps into the race and built as big as a four-second cushion stretching over a astraightaway on the Meridian quarter-mile.
Based on his comments in what the Canadian called “Victory Square”, it sounded as if the dominating win came as a bit of a surprise.
“We struggled all weekend and saw the heat races and thought we were so done. They were too fast for us,” he said. Nampa’s Cory Lockwood passed Veenstra for second place on Lap 33, but Veenstra held off Hein to put two Treasure Valley drivers in the top three. But Veenstra said yellow flags, such as the one that came out when Roseburg’s Andy Alberding slowed in Turn 4 halfway through Saturday‘s main, hampered his effort. “The long runs actually helped us, I think,” he said. “It was the yellows that killed us last night and tonight. The yellows come out and the tires go away, and it takes us eight to 10 laps to come back.”
The local contingent tried its best to knock off Jeff Bird of Lake Shawnigan, B.C., in the ASA NSRA A Heat. Bird held off Veenstra, who had drawn side-by-side several times throughout the eight-lap race, including heading into Turn 3 on the final lap. Ratterree, who ran a 12.046 qualifying lap, was third. Veenstra and Ratterree shot past Matt Mansell of Victoria, B.C., to move into second and third, respectively, and set up a breakaway with Bird.
The B Heat also had a familiar ring to it. Alberding, Hein, and Montgomery all flew past Nampa’s Steve Freeman on Lap 4 to set up the finish. Alberding, who won the 2007 season championship, held off Hein for the win. Lynnwood, Wash., driver Todd Coleman stretched out to a two-second lead to win the sprintcar C Heat. Middleton, Idaho’s Sierra Jackson, who had her regular sprintcar totaled in a frightening wreck in Friday’s 40-lap main, drove her non-winged entry (with a wing) to collect points. She went off the track after the first lap of the heat race, but returned for the main.
In the wildest finish of the night, Super Stocks racer Dennis Brodigan went dirt-tracking in Turns 3-4 of the 25th and final lap when he and race leader Gale Carter of Boise skidded sideways. Carter stalled, but Brodigan was able to fishtail through the dusty infield and make it to the start-finish line just ahead of Les Schild. Schild was making his 2009 season debut. “First and foremost, I would like to apologize to Gale Carter,” Brodigan said afterward. “That’s not the best way to win a main event. I stuck it in hard. It wasn’t clean, but it was a win.”
There was plenty of excitement before Brodigan and Carter skidded to a stop on the final lap. The two front-runners had created a breakaway, leaving everyone else to jockey for position. Schild and Kyle Burril of Boise swapped third and fourth, with Schild moving into third place at about the 20th lap after a few laps of side-by-side racing.
In the Street Stocks feature, Fuss rolled to his first main event win of the season. “I had a great time,” Fuss said. “There were 19 or 20 cars, and it’s fun to race with a big group.” A Street Stocks rivalry may be brewing between Fuss and Meridian, Idaho’s Dave Short. In the first main event earlier this season, the two made contact while running as also-rans. Saturday, Short chased down Fuss and tried to pass on the low side and the high side during a multi-lap duel. Short’s pursuit ended when he tried to complete a pass on the lapped car of Grand View, Idaho’s Bill Lawrence in Turn 1 on Lap 26. Short’s spin brought out a yellow, and he had to go to the rear of the field, a demotion from which he never recovered.
Fuss got a big jump on the field on the restart, leaving second-place Micky Lawson of Caldwell, Idaho, behind and cruising to the victory. In the 30-lap Non-Winged Sprint main, recent Meridian High School graduate King endured a red flag and a yellow flag in the final eight laps to win his second feature race of the year at his hometown track. The race stalled on Lap 22 when Kole Bushman slammed into the Turn 1 wall after making contact with Doyle Hartman. Hartman had led the race before he and Johnny
Giesler of Meridian touched while battling for the lead on the 15th lap. After the Giesler-Hartman mishap, King rolled out to a four-second lead before Bushman’s wreck brought out a red flag.
King’s cushion diminished again on Lap 26 when a yellow was thrown after 14-year-old Alyson Clark of Meridian spun out in Turn 4.
But King was able to hold off Nampa’s Rob Grice in a side-by-side restart to win. Giesler, who had to go to the back of the field twice, worked his way into a third-place finish.
In the Hornets race, Pavlacky showed off some daredevil moves on the way to an easy victory in the 30-lap feature. Enjoying a three-second lead over Payette, Idaho’s Tyler Saxton, Pavlacky sliced between the lapped race cars of Tony Johns and Jason
Becker in a tight zig-zag maneuver in Turn 3 on Lap 16.
June 2nd, 2009
MERIDIAN, Idaho — Friday night at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway was a classic example of why open-wheel racing has been king in the Treasure Valley for decades. Defending ASA Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association champion Matt Hein of Roseburg, Ore., got the season off to a positive start with a victory in the first night of the Hendrickson’s Fine Jewelry Diamond Cup. “We struggled earlier in the day, but we got it running well, so hopefully we can repeat tomorrow,” Hein said. He finished ahead of fast-time qualifier Chris Ratterree and third-place Cory Lockwood, both local drivers from Nampa, Idaho. After winning the 40-lap feature in racing that some observers said was the best sprintcar action seen in years at the quarter-mile track, Hein will go after the diamond ring tonight when the races continue at Meridian. Tonight’s feature will go 50 laps.
The gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.meridianspeedway.com. Other winners Friday night included Jamey Frostrom (30-lap Mini Stock main), Monte Potter (30-lap ASA Modified main) and Travis Anderson (25-lap Legends main). A three-time winner in 2008, including the second-to-last race of the ASA NSRA season Sept. 26 at Meridian, Hein shot to the lead in the feature with a strong run out of Turn 4 on Lap 20. The power move allowed Hein to flash past Cody Veenstra after several laps of trying to get past the Emmett, Idaho, driver. Hein actually had gotten past Veenstra in Turn 3 on Lap 20, but had to fall back when Greg Middendorf of Snohomish, Wash., spun in the first turn to bring out the race’s first caution flag. The race lineup reverted to the last completed lap, putting Hein behind Veenstra again.
The ASA NSRA main event was stopped by a red flag on Lap 34 when Middleton, Idaho’s Sierra Jackson — one of the night’s fastest drivers — wound up on her side in Turn 3. Jackson appeared to ride up on the tire of one of her fellow racers, which sent
her car airborne against the wall and eventually on its side in the middle of the turn. Jackson emerged unscathed from her heavily damaged race car.
Frostrom belied his nickname, “Frosty”, and picked up a hot victory in the Mini Stock main. It was his first feature triumph, and it came by a comfortable margin over Jeff Hasson.
Frostrom fended off Jason Sanders for many laps until Sanders spun out while running second on Lap 26.
Frostrom had a nice cushion of five lapped cars between he and Hasson when the restart came. Frostrom also picked up a heat race victory. Hasson was a heat race winner, too.
Monte Potter of Boise, Idaho, made his return to ASA Modified racing pay off, ducking under 17-year-old Dylan Caldwell to take the lead about 10 laps into the 30-lap main event. Caldwell was driving a secondary car after wrecking his race car less than a week earlier in the Sean Miller Memorial. That wreck sent Caldwell to the emergency room to get stitches to close a gash in his knee. Potter, who hadn’t raced a modified in five years, took full advantage when Caldwell left the door open while leading early.
“He put it in (the corner) a little deep in Turn 3 and slid up the track a little bit,” Potter said, explaining his opportunity.
Caldwell finished third behind Kevin Zimmer of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. In the first main event of the night, Travis Anderson made fast time stand up and won the 25-lap Legends feature against Salt Lake City, Utah’s Ryan Byrd. Byrd won the main event two weeks earlier in the Legends’ first appearance of the year on the tight quarter-mile.
The ASA/NSRA sprintcars A Heat was stalled before it began when Cam McLean of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, was knocked out on what was to be the final pace lap. McLean’s race car suffered a broken tie-rod when he collided with Boise’s Dave Parrie. Parrie appeared to slow as the cars were making their way through Turns 3-4. Jacks in ran away with an easy win in the top heat after passing Canadian Jeff Bird on the second lap. Jackson was the first driver to crack 12 seconds in qualifying
and also out-paced three competitors, including Hein in the A Trophy Dash earlier in the night. That dash field also included Ratterree, who grabbed fast time of 11.796 seconds five days after winning the Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic at Meridian.
Jeff Montgomery of Victoria, B.C., passed Roseburg, Ore., driver Andy Alberding in Turn 4 on Lap 5 and then cruised to the win in the eight-lap B Heat for the sprintcars.
Another Victoria driver — Matt Mansell — picked up a couple preliminary victories, winning the C Heat and the B Trophy Dash.
By Jon Brown
May 27th, 2009
MERIDIAN, Idaho — The thrills and spills of open-wheel racing were on full display Saturday at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway on the first night of the Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic weekend.
Two scary Turn 1 wrecks halted two different main events, but both drivers — Kevin Chipman in the Idaho Six-cylinder Racing League (ISRL) and Troy Regier in the Supermodified Racing Association (SMRA) — walked away from the crashes. Chipman’s mishap was the most dramatic as he found himself hanging precariously at an awkward angle from the catch fence behind the Turn 1 wall after his car flipped and went airborne off the tire of Jason Skyberg as the two drivers battled for third place two laps before the scheduled end of the six-cylinder main event. The race, which marked the first appearance of the ISRL after a one-year absence, was declared complete and two-time defending series champion Bob Bachman of Kuna, Idaho, was named the winner.
Later, on Lap 28 of the Supermodifieds’ 40-lap main event, Regier went straight into the Turn 1 wall just a few feet from where Chipman left the track. The current series leader, Regier appeared also was battling for position with Meridian, Idaho’s Bryan Warf when wheels made enough contact to send Dinuba, Calif., driver off-course.
At the time of the wreck, Clovis, Calif.’s A.J. Russell had a 10-second lead and was actually threatening to start lapping the other cars in the top five. But he had to bunch back up with the field for the restart on Lap 27. After a second caution came out, Russell again pulled away with ease to make the green-white-checkered restart a formality in the SMRA win. He was widening his lead when Boise’s Pat Whittet came to an abrupt stop in the middle of Turn 4 on the second-to-last lap to trigger the second yellow and create the shootout finish. “It feels nice to come out here for the Tom Naylor Memorial and do as well as we did,” Russell said after doing his best Helio Castroneves impersonation and climbing the frontstretch catch fence to accept congratulations from children on the west side of the speedway. Russell was borderline apologetic for walking away with the victory, but it shouldn’t have been much of a shock. He pulled off fast time with an 11.954-second tour of the quarter-mile in qualifying.
“This thing was on a rail.,” Russell said of his supermodified. “I kind of felt bad because I wanted to make it a race.” Much like Russell tried to do in the SMRA feature, Nampa, Idaho’s Chris Ratterree checked out from the rest of the field after a choppy start to win the 35-lap Winged Sprint main event in comfortable fashion. A hard-luck driver during the first Winged Sprint night at Meridian this year when he broke an axle on the front stretch in practice and wiped out his wing, Ratterree grabbed the lead early and stretched his cushion to eight seconds over second-place finisher Brandon Johnson of Payette, Idaho. “The car was good. Everything went smooth,” Ratterree said. “Hopefully we can do the same thing tomorrow.” The top four drivers from Saturday’s Winged Sprint feature earned spots in Sunday’s Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic to run with the SMRA drivers. Sierra Jackson of Middleton, Idaho, and fast-time driver Cory Lockwood of Nampa finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the ISRL feature, Skyberg, who’s from Meridian, nearly instantaneously leapt from his car to come to the rescue of Chipman when the latter driver flew over the Turn 1 wall. He emerged unscathed. Bachman, who has won three ISRL season titles, outdueled Hall-of-Famer Dean Waltman to get the victory. Walkman has won four ISRL championships, including back-to-back in 1991-92. “It was awesome battling Dean for the win. He’s the one that got me into the sport,” Bachman said. Bachman and Waltman made the track their own person playground for the final 15 laps after sling-shotting past momentary race leader Bob Parks of Emmett, Idaho, on Lap 18.
Chipman had led the race early, but faded into the pack after Bachman went three-wide with the leader and a lapped car to get to the front on Lap 16. Non-Winged Sprint rookie driver Sierra Jackson of Middleton, Idaho, jumped out to a large lead after 21 laps and then kept Meridian, Idaho’s Johnny Giesler at bay to collect a victory in a race car owned by speedway co-operator Al Russell. The night’s top qualifier, Giesler challenged Jackson low into Turn 4 on the only caution flag restart of the 35-lap main event. But Giesler put his tires in the dirt and lost momentum to allow Jackson to keep up her winning ways. “It’s great to get my first win in a wingless,” Jackson said on the front stretch immediately after the race.
Meridian teenager Wyatt King grabbed the early lead, but lost it on Lap 14 when Boise’s Phillip Zubizareta took the field three-wide into Turn 3 to take the lead. Jackson took the lead from Zubizareta on Lap 20. Zubizareta was penalized for his three-wide move during a caution flag on Lap 23. In a typically wild Hornets main event, Paul Bradshaw of Melba, Idaho, drove his Jeff Gordon Dupont No. 24 race car to a narrow victory over Travis Pavlacky. Bradshaw and Pavlacky were door-to-door for much of the latter stages of the race, which was run in the opposite direction on the quarter-mile oval. That is, the drivers made right-hand turns for the final 15 laps of the race. Pavlacky led the race until Bradshaw found the front on the turnaround restart on Lap 10 of the 25-lap feature.
The SMRA Supermodifieds didn’t disappoint in preliminary racing with ground-pounding side-by-side racing. Series points leader Troy Regier of Dinuba, Calif., won the Fast Dash, but couldn’t capture the magic in a later heat race as Boise’s Kirk Wartman was able to hold off Regier’s charge for the final two laps to win. Regier had pulled alongside Wartman on each straightaway but couldn’t get the horsepower to make the move out of the corners.
The second night of Meridian Speedway’s Memorial Day weekend of racing revs up today and features the second half of the Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic for Supermodifieds as well as the Bill Crow Memorial 50-lap Late Model race, the Sean Miller Memorial ASA Modifieds race, the LeeRoy Nelson Memorial Street Stocks feature and Thunder Dogs two-man cruzer racing.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Admission today is $12 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID, $8 for children ages 7-11, and ages 6 and younger get in free. For more information, call (208) 888-2813 or visit www.meridainspeedwayonline.com.