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MERIDIAN, ID - SEPTEMBER 5:  Photos from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridan Speedway on September 5, 2015 in Meridian, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The water tower looks over Meridian Speedway in Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Track Spotlight: Meridian Speedway

Meridian Speedway is used to being the center of attention.

Located in the middle of downtown Meridian, Idaho, the race track has been intrinsically linked to the town’s fortunes for nearly 70 years.

According to a feature story in the Meridian Speedway, the track was built on land that was and is still owned by the Meridian Dairy & Stock Show Inc., also known as the Meridian Dairy Board. Revenue from the track was used to support youth sports programs in town over the years.

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The distance in the annual Idaho 208 for the West Series is a tribute to the town’s area code.

TRACK: Meridian Speedway
CITY: Meridian, Idaho
LOCATION: 335 S Main St, Meridian, ID 83642
LAYOUT: quarter-mile paved oval
OPENED: 1951


Hosted the NASCAR Winston West Series — now known as the ARCA Menards Series West — in June 1972, won by Ray Elder en route to the fourth of his six West titles.

After a 43-year absence, the series returned in 2015 and has run an event there each season since.

Current NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson won the first race back, followed by wins by Todd Gilliland, Michael Self, Hailie Deegan, and Derek Kraus. Deegan’s victory in 2018 was the first by a female in series’ history.

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NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series winner Randy Tolsma, a Meridian native, began his racing career at the track in the 1980s.

The former NASCAR Northwest Tour for late model cars also six times between 1985-2006, with Bob Fox, Ron Eaton, John Dillon, Tobey Butler, and Brandon Riehl taking the wins.

The track is a part of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, with Late Models, Modifieds, Northwest Tour Trucks, Super Stocks, Pro-Fours, Legends, winged and non-winged sprint cars and spectator drags a regular part of the program.