Meridian Speedway describes Tuesday’s Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 as a display of fire and fury.
The fury happens at the quarter-mile paved oval in the form of a 50-lap race for Winged Sprintcars, and the fire comes courtesy of the City of Meridian’s Fourth of July fireworks display.
Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying begins at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $13 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and military, $6.50 for children ages 7-11, and free for children 6 and younger.
If one night of racing isn’t enough, Meridian Speedway will also be open Saturday (Pro Trucks and Whelen Modifieds) and Monday (Legends Regional qualifier).
Take a look at some of the other top events planned for the 2017 season at Firebird Raceway, Meridian Speedway and more:
What to expect: The family owned and operated quarter-mile drag racing facility is celebrating its 50th year by hosting nearly 50 days of action this season, which continues through October.
Pro tip: Every ticket includes a pit pass, so fans can watch teams work on their cars, and drivers are accessible for questions or autographs.
Nightfire, Aug. 10-13: Legends like John Force, Don Prudhomme and the famed “Blue Max” of Raymond Beadle have raced at Nightfire. What future star might you spot this year?
Halloween Classic, Oct. 11-15: Overall event champions are crowned as the track closes out the season with Club Challenge Runoffs, the Lucas Oil Top Gun Shootout and trick or treating for the kids.
TIMES AND TICKET INFO
Start times vary depending on the event and day of the week. Adult admission ranges from $12 to $20, children ages 6-12 are $3 or more, and children 5 and younger are free.
What to expect: Watch race teams tinker with their cars as they compete in qualifying, heat races and main events. Multiple classes compete on any given Saturday ranging from the rowdy Hornets to the lightning-fast Winged Sprints.
Pro tip: If you wait until racing is finished and the track is cleared, fans can go in the pits for free to meet their favorite driver. If you ask nicely, you might even get to sit behind the wheel.
Eve of Destruction, Aug. 4: If you enjoy carnage, this is the event for you. Highlights include boat races, reverse race, the Beast Jet Dragster Hornet Meltdown and Hornets vs. the Gauntlet.
King of the Wing, Sept. 15-16: The series founded by Idaho native and former IndyCar driver Davey Hamilton in 2014 returns to Meridian for the third year in a row.
Idaho 208 NASCAR K&N Series, Sept. 30: The Pro West tour — home to the Monster Energy Cup Series’ future stars — makes a stop in Idaho, and a delayed broadcast of the race will air at 9 p.m. Oct. 8 on NBCSN.
TIMES AND TICKET INFO
For most events, gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying is at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Prices vary for special events, but in general tickets range from $11 to $20 for adults. Children 6 and younger are free.
MORE LOCAL RACING
▪ Owyhee Motorcycle Club: Both motocross and flat track racing is contested at OMC. You do not have to be a member to ride on race days or during paid public practicies.
▪ Sandhollow Raceway Park: The 1/9-mile dirt track 10 miles west of Caldwell has Outlaw Kart racing options for children and adults, primarily on Sundays. Its signature event is the Colby Solomon Memorial Tater Cup (Sept. 23-24).
▪ Snake River Karters: This family-oriented outdoor Go-kart facility has a 1/4-mile asphalt road course and 1/8-mile Speedway oval. Its largest event is the two-day Larry Kurpiewski & Doug Lindemood Memorial races, which are July 15-16 at Glen Morgan Track in Star.