Winged Sprinters Invade Meridian Speedway for King of the Wing Double-Header


Winged Sprinters Invade Meridian Speedway for King of the Wing Double-Header

The year’s biggest winged sprintcar show roars into Meridian Speedway this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, as the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association, the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars, and the King of the Wing tours collide for an epic open wheel doubleheader.  The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets, Salt Lake City Midgets, and West Coast Vintage Sprint Cars also pull double duty this Friday and Saturday, with the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks rounding out Friday’s action and the Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers filling out a full Saturday night of short track thrills and spills. 

The Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars look to crown a champion Friday night.  Meridian, Idaho’s own Colton Nelson holds a commanding lead over young Hunter Stanley entering the night’s action.  But with a big field of fast cars anything can happen, giving Stanley an outside shot at the inaugural Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars crown. 

Meanwhile, the NSRA rolls into Friday night’s action with two familiar foes atop the standings—father-son duo Andy and Kyle Alberding.  Separated by just two points for a championship, the lightning fast Oregonians know that each and every position on the race track could mean the difference between an overall series victory and defeat. 

The King of the Wing championship has become a two-person shootout as Bobby Santos leads Eric Humphries by a mere 14 markers.  Which of these heavy hitters can make the most of the Friday-Saturday doubleheader as they work toward the stretch run of their season? 

The Wicked Energy Gum Focus Midgets make their debut on the quarter-mile asphalt oval Friday and Saturday night.  Alongside the veteran Salt Lake City Midgets, whose hard-charging antics have earned them crowd favorite status, the Wicked Energy Gum Midgets look to turn up the intensity as they slice and dice their way through a two-day show. 

Classic speedsters are celebrated Friday and Saturday as the West Coast Vintage Sprint Cars roll into the Concrete Jungle.  From upright roadsters to rear-engine supermodifieds, you don’t want to miss the speed machines of yesteryear as they relive their glory days. 

Friday night, the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks run their penultimate race of 2019.  With Travis Pavlacky out front and pulling away, Fred Vigil may need to shift his focus to defending the runner up spot from Jason Sanders. 

The Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars run their final joint feature of the season Saturday night.  Preseason favorites Bryan Warf and Johnny Geisler hold the division’s top two spots, separated by just 54 points.  Can Geisler close the gap heading into the division’s championship round, or will Warf continue to distance himself from the competition? 

The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets wrap up an action-packed season Saturday night with a Boat Race of Destruction.  Just 81 points separate standings leaders AJ Collins and Jeff Matuska entering Saturday night, making every bonus point a must have for both drivers. 

Bonus points are also at play for the Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers Saturday as the division looks for a way to dethrone James Sheets in their second-to-last 2019 tilt. 

General admission to each night of the open wheeled action is just $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. both nights, with races beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and main events beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.