Western Winged Sprintcar Double Header Frames Thee Championship Fightsadmin
This Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, the Western Winged Sprintcars invade Meridian Speedway to settle their season on the lightning fast quarter mile. Also appearing both nights are the vintage racers of the Canadian American Racing Association, and their collection of yesteryears’ Sprintcars and Super Modifieds. Friday night the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks and Junior Stingers join the winged warriors for main event action of their own. Saturday sees two champions crowned, the Coors Super Stocks will settle their 2014 season in a joint main event with the Budweiser Modifieds, and the College of Western Idaho Transportation Department High School Tuners will also determine their champion in what has been an ultra competitive inaugural season.
The Western Winged Sprintcars will once again roll a large contingent of ground-pounding racers into the pit area, all of them hoping to beat this year’s Bob FM Diamond Cup winner Sierra Jackson. Jackson amassed the most points in May’s wild, two-day show, but it repeating her dominance this weekend will be a tall order against a pack of hungry competitors. Bryan Warf, who has tried his hand at everything from a Western Winged Sprintcar to an Intermountain Outlaw Modified this season, figures to be among the stiffest of Jackson’s competition this weekend, but others include all-time fastest man around the quarter mile Andy Alberding and Matt Hein. Friday night’s feature takes on some additional value for local racers as the event honors the memory of long-time track fixture Tom Elliott. Saturday host the Pepsi 75, the longest Western Winged Sprintcar main event of the Meridian Speedway season.
As the grueling TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stock season draws to a close just two events separate Jason Sanders from collecting another division title. Going into Friday’s feature Sanders holds a 128 point advantage over second place Donavon Parker. The real battle in this division is for fourth place as Jayson Wardle, Drew Crenshaw, Keri Ballard and Blake Coria all sit within fifteen markers of each other. With the last race of the season next weekend competitors must walk the fine line of cautious aggression, as one false move could end their season a week early and cost them dearly in the final standings.
Another division making their second-to-last appearance of the 2014 season is the Junior Stingers. This division, designed to polish the racing skills of tomorrow’s short track standouts has produced some of the best racing action of the season as Daytona Wurtz and Taylor Occhipinti have dueled for the championship. With two races to go the title is still up for grabs as Occhipinti and Wurtz sit tied atop the point heap. Will it be Occhipinti or Wurtz that breaks through this weekend?
Saturday night the Coors Super Stock division will see Rob Powers collect the 2014 championship trophy. Powers’ road to the championship has been filled with main event victories, both in the Coors Super Stock’s solo events and those held alongside the Budweiser Modifieds. Last week’s event caused some contention between the two classes after a first corner pile-up left Powers with front end damage and some none-too-kind words for modified drivers. While Powers has reportedly backed off of Saturday’s statements, look for him to encounter some extra resistance from the modified crowd Saturday.
Leading the Budweiser Modified charge is Darvin Ackerland, whose string of feature wins has catapulted him to the division points lead despite having missed the first two point races of the 2014 season. While it took the veteran driver most of the season to eclipse the steady performance of Rick Baldwin, Baldwin not finds himself pinned between the dominant Ackerland and the battle for third between Scott Durbin and Randy Keckley.
The final championship to be settled on the weekend is that of the College of Western Idaho Transportation Department High School Tuners. This is another division that has seen a tight point battle throughout the 2014 season. After the division’s last race Kendra Occhipinti grabbed control of the standings; going into the championship night Occhipinti holds a 39 point advantage over second place Jordan Harris. But with the close racing that has become the signature of this top-tier developmental class either of these young drivers could race their way to the top of the heap and claim the 2014 championship trophy.
General admission for each night of this weekend’s sprintcar double-header is $15.25 for adults, 11.25 for kids 7 to 11. Be sure to check www.meridianspeedway.com to avoid the line at the gate by purchasing advance tickets. Gates will open both nights at 4 p.m. The green flag drops on racing action at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss your last chance this year to see Western Winged Sprintcars in action this weekend under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.