The ASA Pro Truck teams will pack up and head for a double header at Meridian Speedway. The track will be hosting one of the biggest events of the season with the running of the Diamond Cup. For the second straight year the ASA Pro Truck portion of the events will be partnered by Champion Produce of Parma Idaho, Along with Champion Produce Extreme Staffing of Meridian has partnered up to present the Champion Produce Extreme Champion at the end of the second day the points will be tallied and a Champion will be produced and crowned the “Extreme Champion Produce Champion”.
A new champion will be crowned as the defending event champion Hannah Newhouse is not scheduled to compete. Newhouse took the 2013 title and jump started her point championship challenge and eventual second place finish in the season standings.
John and Tanner Wong along with Dan Doan will surely be noticeable fan favorites as all three have competed for track championships at the famed quarter mile track. The home track advantage the three drivers hold should prove to be valuable but with the new point structure and invert rules it will be harder than ever to make it to the front.
Doan currently sitting third in the standings is no stranger to the winners circle at the speedway in several other classes and has won in his Pro Truck on the Friday portion of this event last year.
Series point leader Johnny Pierre heads to Meridian with a twelve point lead over rookie contender Mason Newhouse. Pierre took home the trophy in the last race at the speedway as well as the win in the Extreme 75 a few weeks ago at Rocky Mountain Raceway.
Newhouse is one of four rookies scheduled to compete in the weekends events. None of the rookies have competed in a race event at Meridian Speedway. “The rookies did exactly what they needed to do in our last event, they logged a lot of laps. I talked to each one of them and encouraged them to do the best they can, and make sure they make as many laps as they can. They all did just that. None of the drivers had raced a lap at Rocky Mountain Raceway so laps were important. They will be here at Meridian as well where they haven’t raced here and it is not like any other track we run at” said series director Randy Kerr
Alan Larson comes into the event sitting fourth in the series standings and is scheduled to compete both days of the Diamond Cup. Larson not only competes for his own championship but also fields two additional trucks that he is running for the title of Championship Owner.
Jerry Bailey sits in fifth in the standings, Bailey a well known Modified driver from Eastern Idaho has proven he has what it takes to wheel a Pro Truck as he lead the most laps of the season opener and brought home a second place finish in the event. Bailey is scheduled to open Pocatello Raceway on Saturday night so his plans are to race the Pro Truck Friday night and open his track on Saturday morning. Bailey turned some laps in his Modified in the Memorial Day events at Meridian and is the only driver to have competed any race laps at the speedway in 2014.
The trip to Meridian Speedway will hold the second and third point events in the shortened season. Weather canceled the season opener schedule for Magic Valley Speedway pushing the first event of the season back to May 17th. The challenge of going from the largest track on the circuit to one of the smallest will surely let the talent shine for the crew chiefs of these teams.
Century Motorsports and Marine will be putting up $100 to one of the top four qualifiers and Goff Metal Fab will be offering a $100.00 bonus to anyone that can set fast time win the heat race they are in as well as the main event. If the bonus goes unclaimed on Friday night it will be worth $150 on Saturday night.
Champion Produce, combining decades of packaging expertise with generations of growing experience makes us the recognized leader in onions and potatoes. State-of-the-art harvesting and packaging equipment and industry-leading stringent food safety practices allow us to grow and pack the highest quality produce in the industry. So whether you need onions or potatoes, look no further than Champion Produce Sales, the world’s finest shipper of quality onions and potatoes.
Extreme Staffing is a leading provider of full time and temporary skilled workers for construction, environmental, and manufacturing companies throughout the North Western United States. Founded in only 2010, Extreme Staffing immediately developed an innovative way to staff construction projects by establishing the first centralized operations and recruiting system in the industry. This has yielded a database in excess of 10,000 workers and allowed us to significantly differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Extreme Staffing has become a leading brand in the industry. We partner with the most respected companies in the North Western United States and are uniquely positioned as the company with the most qualified workers with one point of contact. Our business model thrives through peak market demands and the most difficult of economic circumstances. Extreme Staffing is a cutting edge fulltime and temporary skilled labor provider with the capability of providing skilled workers on projects in any location in the Northwest.
Meridian Speedway is located in the heart of Meridian Idaho one of the last race tracks of it’s kind actually succeeding within the city limits of a town. A surface upgrade on 2013 will keep the asphalt alive for many years to come. The configuration consists of a ¼ mile oval with minimal banking around the racing surface. The configuration is designed to showcase the talents of drivers and crew chiefs alike.
The ASA Pro Trucks are a regional touring series competing in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. The trucks are full fiberglass bodied race vehicles with a spec motor, transmission, rear end and suspension.