Tillman, Warf Go Wheel-to-Wheel for Speed Tour Titleadmin
The richest Speed Tour Sprint Car race on record goes green this Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, as Meridian Speedway hosts the 2020 Pink Lady Classic. The Speed Tour Sprint Cars go wheel-to-wheel for a $10,000 payday, while the Salt Lake City and Northwest Focus Midgets, West Coast Vintage Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, Pepsi Crate Cars, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Junior Stingers crowd the quarter-mile asphalt oval for a weekend packed full of thrills and spills.
The Pink Lady Classic begins Friday, with qualifying, heat races, and the Elliott Sportsman Classic on Project Filter Wear Orange to Win Night. These races will set the field for Saturday night’s Speed Tour Sprint Car Finale.
Rolling into Pink Lady Classic weekend, Casey Tillman and Bryan Warf sit alone at the top of the Speed Tour Sprint Car standings. Tillman leads Warf by a slim twelve points entering the weekend. While twelve points is far too few for anyone’s comfort, series rookie Tillman has to defend his lead against one of the premier open-wheel racers in the Northwest.
If this wasn’t enough of a challenge on its own, the $10,000 to win race has attracted an all-star roster of racers from throughout the West. With a crowded track, quick competitors, and big money up for grabs, Tillman faces a tough test if he is to keep his hold on the Speed Tour Sprint Car title.
The Salt Lake City and Northwest Focus Midgets and West Coast Vintage Sprint Cars join the Speed Tour Sprint Cars both Friday and Saturday night.
The Mini Stocks have just three races left on their 2020 schedule, including their appearance Friday. Travis Pavlacky and his pickup truck have all but clinched the 2020 championship, but the battle for second is still up for grabs as Luke Wolverton and Don Trafford find themselves just sixteen points apart. The Rookie of the Year battle between Morgan Trammel and AJ Collins is also tight, with these two competitors separated by just 22 markers. A Pauly’s Bar Room Feature Flag would go a long way toward settling any of these battles.
Newly-minted Idaho Sprint Car Racing League champion Johnny Giesler leads the Pepsi Crate Cars into battle Saturday night. Behind Giesler, the battle for second between Rob Grice and Bryan Warf has been intense. With just two features left in the season, Grice leads Warf by 27 markers.
With Eve of Destruction XII in the rearview mirror, Josh Parkkila finds himself atop the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets standings by a wide margin of 163. Likewise, Rob Taylor has cemented his grip on the Firehouse Pub and Grill division with a 186-point lead over Monica Heath.
Dylan Wardle has taken home victories in each of his last six Junior Stinger races. For his efforts, the youngster holds a 99-point advantage over Michael Bess. The real Junior Stinger battle is for third through fifth, where Peyton Weller, Brenna Patton, and Shawn Tully are separated by just ten points.
General admission to each night of the Pink Lady Classic is just $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and free for kids 6 and under. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are still available at www.meridianspeedway.com and, as always, live coverage will be broadcast on SpeedCast.tv. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, for the Pink Lady Classic under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.