Lockwood Continues Meridian Speedway Lockout

Meridian Speedway honored military members past and present Saturday, May 15, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Project Filter Military Appreciation Night.  The Speed Tour Sprintcars presented by Pit Stop USA headlined Meridian Speedway’s May 15 Project Filter Military Appreciation Night.  Fourteen of the fastest short track racers in the Northwest took the green flag for a 35-lap slugfest on the tight quarter-mile asphalt oval. 

On the break outside polesitter Aaron McPeak bolted to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard, but on lap eight it was Cory Lockwood who unleashed his sprinter and roared to the lead.  Deep in the pack, quick qualifiers Colton Nelson, Kyle Alberding and Bryan Warf sliced their way through the pack.  Alberding and Nelson were quick to clear the back markers, but Warf was mired in ninth place behind his division rival Casey Tillman. 

Warf worked his Allan Marsh Travel Center, JAG Enterprises machine to the outside of Tillman as the pair exited turn four and sped down the front stretch.  Just past the start/finish line contact was made. 

Warf’s sprinter jumped up, twisted sideways, then cartwheeled along the retaining wall and catch fence before it came to rest in a heap in the turn one water barrels.  Despite the extensive damage, Warf climbed from his mangled racer unhurt. 

With Warf’s spectacular smash cleared the race resumed with Lockwood and McPeak on the front row.  Lockwood caught McPeak by surprise and leapt back to the lead, which dropped the Boise, Idaho racer into the clutches of Nelson and Alberding.   

Nelson jabbed high and low as he looked for a way to move his Miller Lite, Maxwell Plumbing sprinter into the runner up spot.  With a dozen laps left Nelson made his move to second, and brought Alberding with him to third. 

A late caution bunched the field and brought Nelson to Lockwood’s tail tank for the restart.  The green flag waved and Alberding shot past Nelson and latched onto the leader’s tail tank.  With three laps to go Alberding wheeled his Holte Drilling Tools machine to the high side of Lockwood.  As the track narrowed off of turn two Alberding bounced off the wall in a shower of sparks.   

With Alberding’s car wounded, Nelson roared back into second while Tony Ackerland inherited third place in his Dave’s Auto Body, Coors Light entry.  But it all happened behind Lockwood, who continued his Meridian Speedway dominance with his fifth win in the last eight races in the Concrete Jungle. 

The Speed Tour Sprintcars join the Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA this Saturday, May 22, at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho for a Brennan’s Carpet Night double-header.  For more information, log on to www.magicvalleyspeedway.com.  

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