Ring-Ring: Jackson Geared Up to Defend Diamond Cup Championship


Ring-Ring: Jackson Geared Up to Defend Diamond Cup Championship

The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association thunders into Meridian Speedway this Friday and Saturday for their season-opening Diamond Cup event presented by BobFM.  This fast pack of the Northwest’s premier winged sprintcar pilots will be joined on the quarter-mile asphalt bullring Friday by the Super Trucks, Coors Super Stocks, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, and theKendall Ford Mini Stocks.  Saturday night’s action features the Super Trucks, Meridian Vintage Racers, CWI Street Stocks, Claimer Stocks, Tates Rents Hornet Rookies and another installment of the Idaho Tile and Granite Bike Races for Kids.

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Sierra Jackson looks to defend her 2014 Diamond Cup victory this Friday and Saturday night at Meridian Speedway. Photo Credit: MS Staff

Last year’s BobFM Diamond Cup saw Middleton, Idaho racer Sierra Jackson make a desperate, late-race move in the final main event to claim her first solo Star Diamonds diamond ring.  This year, if Jackson hopes to once again claim the spoils of Diamond Cup victory, she’ll have to race her way through the likes of Meridian Speedway all-time lap record holder Andy Alberding, 2013 Diamond Cup winner Bryan Warf, and a host of hotshoes from across the Northwestern United States and Canada.  Jackson has the chance to be the first racer to repeat as Diamond Cup champion since Rick Veenstra won three diamond rings in a row from 1991-1994.   Anything can happen when twenty NSRA Winged Sprintcars take the tight confines of the concrete jungle.  Don’t miss a minute of the wheel-to-wheel action Friday or Saturday.

Sporting a two-day show of their own Friday and Saturday under the big yellow water tower are the Super Trucks.  These full-bodied, full contact racer are a crowd favorite, as much for their paint trading as their close finishes.  With just three chances to see this bare-knuckle touring series lap Meridian Speedway in 2015 make sure you claim your seats early as space will fill up fast.

As if double-headers for the NSRA Winged Sprintcars and Super Trucks wasn’t enough the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks will also make an appearance both Friday and Saturday.  Friday the CWI Street Stock contingent, led by Nampa, Idaho’s Melissa Weaver, will battle the Coors Super Stocks for pride and positions as the two classes duke it out for bragging rights and the YMC Heating and Cooling trophy.  So far this season Boise, Idaho driver Ray Bolinger has been the Coors Super Stocks’ last line of defense from Weaver’s onslaught.  Will the lady driver finally overpower her nemesis to take the checkered flag?

Saturday the rough-and-tumble Claimer Stocks join the CWI Street Stock fray.  While underpowered and heavier than their CWI counterparts the Claimer Stocks have quickly become a crowd favorite.  Will Meridian, Idaho’s Casey Hart and his big, sideways Dodge pick-up have the speed to run down Boise, Idaho driver Josh Hale, and will Weaver be able to pick her way to the front of the combative field?  There’s only one way to see how this dual class duel concludes Saturday.

The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks have spent the better part of their season chasing the bright yellow machine of Boise, Idaho’s Scott Shoecraft.  Veteran racer Shoecraft will face a heightened test Saturday as the already-crowded divisions ranks swell with rookies who have surpassed the three race requirement to start in the back of the pack.  Will it be Shoecraft, or a competitor like Blake Coria who can pick their way through trouble Friday?

Competitors in the Tates Rents Hornet division get a little extra elbow room Saturday as the most populous class on the quarter mile holds a rookies-only race.  With the extra track time helping to hone their skills look for these rookie competitors to drive like anything but novices as they race their way toward veteran status.

Admission to the 26th running of the BobFM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds is $15.25 for adults and $11.25 for kids 7-11 Friday, and $18.25 for adults, $14.25 for kids 7-11 Saturday.   As always, kids 6 and under get into Meridian Speedway free.  Don’t wait in line at the gates for your chance to catch all the Diamond Cup action.  Log onto meridianspeedway.com for advance tickets and special ticket pricing offers.  Close out the month of May right with two evening of open-wheel fire and fury this Friday and Saturday under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.