Nampa Racer Sprints to Second Speed Tour Victoryadmin
MERIDIAN, Idaho—Despite the gathering storm clouds, the Speed Tour Sprint Cars assembled at Meridian Speedway to square-off for the third time this season. Joining the wicked fast winged machines were the Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Junior Stingers.
Before the rain came, the Junior Stingers kicked off main event action. Pole sitter Brenna Patton overpowered Shawn Tully to lead lap one in her Hardcore Hauling and Excavation, Torrid Kustomz machine, but Austin Latham reeled Patton in and with the help of an early caution flag zipped to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard on lap three.
Latham held his Impact Motorz, Conrad and Bischoff racer in the lead until late in the action as John Clever and Dylan Wardle made their way around the young Nampa, Idaho racer. As Clever and Wardle set up for a duel to the checkers, Mother Nature cut the race five laps short. Wardle launched one last ditch effort in his TraBar Customs, Padgett Pest Control racer to pass Clever on the white flag lap, but came up two feet short at the line as Clever piloted his GoGo Squise, A-1 Towing machine to his first feature flag of the year.
As the showers intensified the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets stepped up to run what became the Chicane in the Rain feature. James Pahl and Dillon Stout got through the initial chicane clean while the rest of the pack beat and banged their way through.
With cars scattered throughout the Concrete Jungle a competition caution was called to bunch the field up for one last sprint to the finish. The green flag waved and the skies opened up, adding a heavy layer of water to an already treacherous surface. The result was predictable but thrilling nonetheless as cars slipped, slid, and spun into one another as they ducked and dodged in and out of the chicane.
Pahl in his Vets 4 Success, Cloverdale Plumbing machine looked to have the race well in hand, but a missed chicane in the closing laps dropped the leader to the back of the running order. This left the lead and the win to Emmett, Idaho’s Dale Bolinger, who crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe as even the heartiest speedway fans ran for cover.
After an hour and forty-three minute rain delay the racing surface was deemed raceable, fans retook their places in the stands, and racing resumed.
The Teleperformance Street Stocks were first to test the track conditions with a twenty-five lap feature. Jake Altman made the most of his front row starting spot to lead his first laps of the season. But Nampa, Idaho racer Kendra Occhipinti worked her way free from the pack and took over the point on lap four. This would prove to be the winning pass as Occhipinti held off Pat Young to keep her Marv’s Tire Service, Bearclaw Graphics machine up front and score her first Teleperformance Street Stock main event victory.
Jordan Harris continued his dominance in the Project Filter Pro-4 ranks Saturday with his second-straight division victory behind the wheel of his Allan Marsh RV and Marine, H&H Auto entry.
With the storm clouds past and the track warmed up, Mike Anderson and Cory Lockwood led a field of thirteen winged sprint cars to green for their thirty-lap feature. Lockwood got the drop on Anderson and piloted his Turning Point Brands, HD Concrete machine to a one-second advantage.
The pack behind Lockwood was wild as racers darted high and low to take positions. Middleton, Idaho’s Hunter Stanley sliced his way from a back of the pack starting spot through traffic and on lap three took fourth place on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard with Bryan Warf in tow.
Anderson would spin out of the runner up spot on lap five, which erased Lockwood’s lead and brought Justin Segura’s Coors Light, Dave’s Auto Body and Paint sprinter to his outside. Stanley and Warf sat just behind Lockwood’s tail tank for the restart. The green flag waved and once again Lockwood’s machine erupted off the line and two laps later held a two-second lead over Segura.
Segura was anything but safe in second as Bryan Warf blazed a trail around the outside of the Caldwell, Idaho racer to take the position in his white and orange Knapp Auto, Hunziker Racing machine. Next on Segura’s tail tank was Casey Tillman, who skated his Ready Made Plastic Trays, PFC Brakes entry around Segura for third.
Up front, Lockwood ran into a knot of lapped traffic, which allowed Warf to cut his advantage in half as the laps wound down. But Lockwood cleared the back markers just in time, and roared across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first. Warf and Tillman rounded out the podium, with fourth place going to Stanley and fifth to defending division champion Colton Nelson.
Racing action continues this Saturday, June 13, as Meridian Speedway hosts the Back on Track #10 event. The Coors Super Stocks and Pro Late Models join forces for a one-thousand dollars to win feature, while the Pepsi Crate Cars, Mini Stocks, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models round out a full night of short track racing. General admission tickets are available both online at www.meridianspeedway.com and at the ticket gates. Adult tickets are $12, senior and military tickets are $10, kids 7-11 are $7, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. Saturday’s races are also available on a pay-per-view basis thorough SpeedCast.tv. We’ll see you Saturday, June 13, for Back on Track #10 in the stands or in your recliner live from under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.