Trophies occupy nearly every surface in Melissa Weaver’s family room, and several dozen more are on display in the front window.
Before too long, she’s going to run out of space.
The longtime Meridian Speedway driver has become the envy of the Street Stock class with seven championships and an undefeated streak that spans 10 races.
Weaver will be on the quarter-mile oval again Saturday in her 1979 Camaro with the No. 92 in hot pink vinyl. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying starts at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.
In recent years, few drivers have been able to compete with Weaver. Dating back to the start of the 2013 season, she has won 23-of-29 races. Her only loss in 2014 was a second-place finish to her dad, Marv Weaver. She hasn’t finished outside the top two since May of 2013.
Weaver and her dad each provide the same explanation for her streak: Luck.
“My dad always said for years that it’s luck, and it’s true,” Weaver said. “That’s a huge part of it.”
Experience is in Weaver’s corner, too.
Weaver said she grew up watching her dad race at Meridian and couldn’t wait until she was old enough to get behind the wheel.
Marv relented when Weaver turned 16. She entered her first race in the Bomber class — essentially the same as today’s Street Stocks — in 1991. She won her first heat race and finished 10th in the standings.
“They did not accept it. I got a lot of — I don’t know what the word is — flak,” Weaver said. “Nowadays there are just so many (women), but back then there were only three or four.”
In 1992, Weaver won her first main event, and by 1998 she had her first title.
Even the birth of her daughter, Kendra, couldn’t keep Weaver away from the track for long. Against her doctor’s advice, she was back in the car two weeks after a C-section in 1999. She has only missed four racing seasons since 1991, including 2001 when she was pregnant with her son, Taylor.
“Those were my younger days,” Weaver said.
But Weaver may be at her best right now. She has won four of the past five Street Stock championships, and owns the track record for the class, completing one qualifying lap in 14.688 seconds Sept. 20, 2013.
With so much success, Weaver can’t help but prepare for the worst.
“There’s lots that can happen to a car in front of you, or you could mess up and hit the wall,” Weaver said. “There’s all kinds of things that can happen. Debris on the track could cut your tire at any point.”
In 2012 — the only year in the past five she hasn’t won the Street Stock title — Weaver had the scariest wreck of her career when she went airborne over the wall in Turn 1 and took out five billboard signs. The car was totaled, but she was happy to walk away from the accident with only bruising where her seatbelt straps held her in the car.
Although she helps when she can, Marv does most of the maintenance on her car. He also drives the No. 98 Street Stock and has finished second to his daughter in the points standings the past two seasons.
“She knows how to drive,” Marv said.
Marv, who was named the Street Stock mechanic of the year in 2014, also maintains his grandchildren’s race cars. Kendra, 16, won a championship in the High School Tuners last year, and Taylor, 13, was two points short of the title in Junior Stingers. Just like their mom, both lead their respective classes this season.
“I enjoy it,’’ Weaver said, “but I’ve got my kids moving up and getting older, so at one point they’ll probably take over my car.’’