Race of Champions: Warf, Tellstrom Go Toe-to-Toe for Sprintcar Openeradmin
Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars packed the quarter-mile asphalt oval at Meridian Speedway for their Saturday, April 20 Sprintcar Opener on $2 Keystone Light Night. The Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers also outlasted the early evening showers to put on a full night of thrills and spills.
Seventeen Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars crowded the quarter-mile for a 35-lap feature. The green flag waved and outside pole sitter Drew Crenshaw roared to the lead. Behind Crenshaw, quick qualifiers Ryan Newman, Bryan Warf, and Kyle Tellstrom sliced their way forward and into the top five by lap seven.
Warf was the first to challenge Crenshaw, and the Meridian, Idaho blasted around Crenshaw to put his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Dave’s Quick Lube machine in the lead on lap ten. Newman was the next man through, along with Tellstrom and defending division champion Rob Grice. Newman wheeled his North American Recycling, Montes Racing sprinter hard, but Tellstrom’s mount was too strong and he took the runner up spot before a caution flag flew at the race’s halfway point.
This set up a mono-a-mono duel between winged sprintcar champion Warf and NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Model title holder Tellstrom.
The green flag waved Tellstrom went to work on Warf. High and low Tellstrom hunted for a way to get around Warf, but the Ukiah, California racer couldn’t find his way around Warf. But a caution flag with three laps left gave Tellstrom one last opportunity to leapfrog Warf.
Warf got to the gas first on the restart and rolled to victory with Tellstrom, Newman, and Grice in tow.
With the Sprintcar Opener in the books, Meridian Speedway turns its attention to the Builders FirstSource 100. Along with the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, Junior Stingers, and the Hungry Onion Bike Races for Kids. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11. As always kids 6 and under get in free of charge. For more coverage of the Sprintcar Opener, log on to www.meridianspeedway.com and get your exclusive updates by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll see you this Saturday, April 27, for the Builders FirstSource 100 at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.