Saturday, September 5, 2015

K&N Pro Series' Second Idaho’s Meridian Speedway Event

The K&N Pro Series first and only race at Meridian Speedway on held on June 30, 1972. Tonight, after a forty-three year hiatus, the Series  is scheduled to run the 'NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208.'

These future stars of NASCAR will thunder onto the speedway with four competitors all but deadlocked at the front of the pack. Just twelve markers separate first place Chris Eggleston and his number 99 NAPA Filters, H2O Fire Protection Toyota from fourth place Gracin Raz’ number 27 Trinity Energy Ford.

Standing between Eggleston and Raz are most recent series winner Ryan Partridge and his Sunrise Ford, Eibach Springs number nine and the AlertID, Colliers International number seven Ford of Noah Gragson.

If tensions at the top of the K&N Pro Series West pack weren’t high enough consider that Gragson, Raz, and Partridge are embroiled in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle also. Gragson shows the way by two points over Raz and four over Partridge.

As an added excitement bonus; Saturday night’s action concludes with a fireworks display presented by Platinum Motors. 

Meridian Race Setup:

  • The series has only held one event at Meridian Speedway on June 30, 1972. This will be the series’ second visit to the quarter-mile oval.
  • Ray Elder won both the pole and race at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s inaugural visit to the track.
  • Chris Eggleston and Ryan Partridge are tied in championship points with 396 points. Rookie Jefferson Pitts Racing teammates, Noah Gragson and Gracin Raz, trail closely behind in third and fourth, respectively.
  • The K&N Pro West has only visited one other quarter-mile track this season: Idaho’s Stateline Speedway. James Bickford walked away with both the pole and the win.


  • This will be the series second visit to Meridian.
  • The K&N West has only seen one winner at the Idaho track, Ray Elder in 1972.
  • The sole race at Meridian was won from the pole (Ray Elder, 1972).

Meridian Speedway Data:

  • Race: #11 of 13
  • Track Layout: Quarter-mile paved oval.
  • Race Length: 208 Laps (52 miles)

Fun Fact:

Ray Elder won the only K&N Pro Series 100-Lap Race in his Dodge, 50 minutes (30.000 mph), June 30, 1972.

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