Lockwood Continues Meridian Speedway Domination with Season Opening Winadmin
The thunder of Speed Tour Sprint Cars presented by Pit Stop USA shook Meridian Speedway on Saturday, April 17, as their season kicked off with the Burnt River Farms Speed Tour Sprintcar Opener. The Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA, Project Filter Pro-4s, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers also took to the Concrete Jungle in search of their own YMC Mechanical Feature Flags.
The rumble of Speed Tour Sprint Cars presented by Pit Stop USA rocked the Concrete Jungle for 35 hard-fought laps. On the break Matt Elliott powered past Tony Ackerland to take the early lead.
On the move early were Bryan Warf and Casey Tillman, who knifed their way from deep in the field to the top five after just ten laps. But as the familiar foes battled for fourth spot, they tangled and spun through turns one and two on lap fifteen. Both drivers would restart at the back of the pack and spin again in the same corner two laps later.
Back up front, Elliott now saw Meridian Speedway dominator Cory Lockwood lined up to his outside for the restart. The green flag waved and Lockwood roared around the outside and took the lead in his sprinter. This dropped Elliott into the clutches of Colton Nelson’s Miller Lite, YMC Mechanical machine.
Nelson would run out of laps to work his way around Elliott and settled for third place. But it all happened behind Lockwood, who tallied yet another victory in the Concrete Jungle.
Lockwood dedicated his season-opening win to his late grandfather from the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA rolled ten pavement-pounding cars to green for their second 65-lap feature in as many weeks. On the break polesitter Kyle Latham got to the gas pedal first in his Conrad and Bischoff, KJ’s Super Store machine. But fellow front row starter Caitlin Kerbs held strong on the outside for the first handful of laps until she settled into second place on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard ahead of last week’s winner Wyatt King, Donovan Barr, and Dylan Caldwell.
The battle for fourth heated up early as Caldwell worked Barr’s Sound Hound Stereo, Corner Hustle Neighborhood Bar modified hard. That battle resulted in contact that shoved Barr’s left rear sheet metal onto the tire and drew a black flag from race officials. This retirement moved Caldwell’s Hot Box Farms, Pit Stop USA machine into fourth and brought Meridian, Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel into the top five.
Latham built a two-plus second lead through the race’s middle stages while Kerbs pedaled her Luxery Lawn Care, Mint Barrel Barn racer hard to keep ahead of first King, then Caldwell. Kerbs was able to hold onto her machine until lap fifty, when she spun in turn two.
But the Kerbs spin was the least of the lap fifty drama as Latham’s car erupted in smoke and eventually flames as he formed up with the Fairly Reliable Bob’s Pace Car. With the top two runners out of contention, Caldwell and Stroebel found themselves on the front row for the restart.
Stroebel made the most of his opportunity and piloted his Gibson Diesel Performance, K13 Mortgage machine to the lead and the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA swing into Hermiston Raceway in Hermiston, Oregon on Saturday, May 1, for their next event. The Speed Tour Sprint Cars presented by Pit Stop USA make their next stop at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho on Saturday, May 15. Both the Speed Tour Modifieds and Sprint Cars descend on Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho for a double-header on Saturday, May 22. Visit www.hermistonraceway.com, www.meridianspeedway.com, and www.magicvalleyspeedway.com for more information and to purchase your advance tickets. The Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA will see you Saturday, May 1, at Hermiston Raceway!