Military Appreciation at Meridian Speedway
Meridian Speedway honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces Saturday, May 18, as the raceway hosted Military Appreciation Night with all Military and their families given free admission.
The night featured twin main events in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds and the Coors Super Stocks.
Sixteen NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds shook the ground as they took the green for the final Twin 25 of Military Appreciation Night.
Meridian's Tim Wallace took advantage of his pole starting position and put his racer out front but Casey Tillman, victim of a first feature tangle with early-season rival Shelby Stroebel, worked his racer forward in his quest for a feature win.
Tillman took to the high line and marched to the lead after a lap five caution flag, with Star, Idaho’s Tony Ackerland and first main winner Wyatt King of Kuna, Idaho right there with him.
King worked his machine past Ackerland on the high side setting up a fight to the finish with Tillman.
With seven laps left the leaders where blocked by lapped traffic and after two white knuckle laps a caution flag mercifully slowed and sorted the field.
The green flag waved again and King dove under Tillman, but Tillman kept his racer wound up and shot back to the lead. This would prove to be King’s last chance to make a pass as Tillman sprinted into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
No racing at the speedway this Saturday night but rather a huge card Monday Memorial night with many traditional Memorial races and the coveted traveling trophies that tip some 40 years into Meridian Speedway history.