Warf, Groat, Cristiani, Amd T. Occhipiniti Victorious In Night Two Of Diamond Cupadmin
Warf, Groat, Cristiani, Amd T. Occhipiniti Victorious In Night Two Of Diamond Cup
By Ben Deatherage
Meridian, Idaho- Night two of the Bob FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds would take place on Saturday, June 3rd, at Meridian Speedway. Another packed house was on hand to catch some exciting short track racing. Classes in competition included the Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars, Super Modifieds, Royal Purple Modifieds, Rocky Mountain HDP Midgets, and the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners.
Meridian’s Trevor Miran would be the leader of the first lap in the feature. Driving for car owners Ron & Gord Rendle, Miran would get passed on lap six shortly after a restart. The driver to take over the point was Chowchilla, California native Eric Humphries, in the Carl Mott and Dennis Bolding owned machine.
Humphries set a wicked pace once a good green flag run developed. However, some fast competition began to give chase to Eric especially as heavy lapped traffic approached. On lap twenty-three Bryan Warf, driving for car owner Pat Russell, would nab Humphries at the line to officially lead the lap.
From there Warf would set sail the rest of the way to create an extremely large interval over second place. A lap thirty-six caution would bunch the entire field up setting up a fourteen-lap shootout to the end. On the ensuing start Bryan would pull away from the field and cross the finish line in first.
It would mark the first time in 2017 that Bryan Warf would win against the Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars. Also, once all the points were tallied Warf would be declared the overall champion of the Diamond Cup. It would be his second career Diamond Cup and his first since 2013.
Johnny Giezler, also from Meridian and driving for Spiers Jackson Racing, was a respectable second followed by Eric Humphries, in third. The rest of the top five finishing order would consist of Nampa’s Cory Lockwood, driving for Stanton Family Racing, and Winston. Oregon teenager Kyle Alberding, piloting the Art Holte owned mount, in fourth and fifth respectively.
Fast time of the night would be Kyle Alberding while Bryan Warf got the job done in the trophy dash. Heat race winners were Taylorsville, Utah youngster Kyle Bergener, Eric Humphries, and Trevor Miran.
Bryan Warf, pulling double duty once again, would break the track record he had established the night before in the Super Modifieds. Warf would clock in at 10.666 seconds.
In the Super Modified main event Warf would seize the lead and put in a dominating performance. By the time the checkered flag would drop only one other car was left on the lead lap. Warf would sweep the weekend in the Super Modifieds with another dominating performance.
Fresno, California’s Jim Birges was second and the third went to Luke Johnson of Fort Lupton, Colorado. The fourth and fifth place finishers were Roger Avants and Harold Evans both from Littleton, Colorado.
As mentioned above Warf was fast time in time trials and there was no trophy dash due to a brief rain shower. Heat races were won by Warf and Birges.
The Rocky Mountain HPD Midgets were in the house on night two. Middleton teenager Hunter Stanley took control of the lead early before getting passed on lap seven by Natalie Waters of Salt Lake City, Utah. Waters would only possess the position for a brief time as fellow Utah pilot Chuck Groat got around her on lap eight. Groat would stay in front the rest of the way to win the main event.
Hunter Stanley was the runner-up followed by Natalie Waters in third. Chuck Groat was fastest in time trials and Stanley bested the field in the trophy dash. Winner of the one and only heat would be Waters.
The Royal Purple Modifieds would have another terrific main event. Nampa chauffeur Jay Cook got to the front in the early goings until Rosalee Weller made the pass on the sixth circuit. Weller, from Caldwell, would hold the competition back for some time before losing the top spot on lap thirteen.
Trevor Cristiani was the man to take over from that point and put in a dominating run. Cristiani, of Nampa, stayed out front for the remainder of the race to pick up a huge win.
Mark Ith Jr., out of Magna, Utah, was second followed by Salt Lake City, Utah’s Tyler Whetstone in third. Meridian driver Shelby Strobel placed fourth over fifth finishing Eric Rhead of West Jordan, Utah. Rhead was quickest in qualifications earlier in the evening while heat races were won by Boise’s Lee Hackney, Trevor Cristiani, and Strobel.
Last but not least were the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners. Tanner Gates, of Nampa, seized the initiative right off of the bat in the main. He would only be in first place for a single lap as Gooding’s Andrew Prince made it around him on lap two. Prince would feel a lot of pressure from Taylor Occhipinti for several laps.
Nampa’s Taylor Occhipinti would make it around Prince on lap eleven and cover the rest of the distance as the leader to win the feature. Kendra Occhipinti, also from Nampa, was second with Prince ending his evening in third. James Gates, of Nampa, and Oasis’ D.J. Sirani were fourth and fifth respectively.
Meridian Speedway returns to racing on Saturday, June 10th for Whelen Night at the Races. Also EMS, Police, Fire Department members and their families get into the race for FREE. Classes in action include the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Legends, and Junior Stingers. The Modifieds will be having double features this night.
Tickets are $11.00 for Adults, $8.50 for Seniors/Military, $6.50 for Kids (7+), FREE for Kids (6 and Under), and a Family Pass is $30.00. Front Gates open at 4:00 PM and Racing gets kicked off at 6:30. For more information log on to www.meridianspeedway.com.