Speed Tour Crowns King in Green-White-Checkered 65 at Meridianadmin
MERIDIAN, Idaho–Temperatures and tempers ran high Saturday, July 25, as the Speed Tour Modifieds headlined the Builders First Source Modified Double Down presented by ICON Credit Union. Meridian, Idaho’s Wyatt King and West Bountiful, Utah’s Eric Rhead led fifteen strong Speed Tour Modifieds to green for a 65 lap main event. On the break King and Rhead dove hard into a slick turn one. Both racer struggled to find grip, but it was King’s Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical machine that hooked up first and he took the early lead.
The inside line was the place to be early, and the field jockeyed to find a spot in the fast lane. The biggest mover in the early laps was Kyle Latham, who used an inside starting spot to gain two spots in his Conrad & Bischoff, Impact Motorz entry on lap one.
Behind the leaders, quick qualifier Shelby Stroebel started to make his charge to the front. Stroebel’s first victim was the fourth-place modified of Latham, which the veteran Meridian, Idaho racer dispatched on lap thirty.
This brought young Dalton Cristiani into Stroebel’s crosshairs. Cristiani wheeled his Rocky Mountain Custom Apparel, Wild West Welding and Fabrication car hard to stay in the final podium spot. But Stroebel’s Gibson Diesel, Trinity Construction and Excavation racer was faster, and he took over third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard with twenty laps left.
With the only car stable enough to pass on the high side Stroebel next steamed to Rhead’s rear bumper and, after a fake to the outside, crossed over to the low groove and squeezed his way into the runner up spot. This left ten laps for Stroebel to track down King as the lead duo worked through heavy lapped traffic.
Stroebel reeled King in car-length-by-car-length as the laps wound down, but came up two lengths short to King, who sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
“The green-white-checkereds are tough,” Stroebel said about the caution-less affair. “You use up your car and you really need a caution to cool your tires down.”
Along with the heat, King had to overcome a major setback from earlier in the week.
“It’s been a hell of a week,” King said as he collected his Impact Motorz feature flag. “We went from blowing a motor Tuesday night, putting another one in and hope it works. And here we are.”
Both the Speed Tour Sprint Cars and Speed Tour Modifieds fire their engines next for Bob FM Diamond Cup weekend, August 7 and 8 at Meridian Speedway. The Speed Tour Sprint Cars headline both nights’ features, joined by the JP Memorial Super Modified, while the Speed Tour Modifieds join in the fun on August 8. Local classes round out the action both nights. You can purchase advance tickets via the Meridian Speedway website at www.meridianspeedway.com. Full coverage of each night of the Bob FM Diamond Cup live from Meridian Speedway will be available via pay per view at SpeedCast.tv.