Alberding Strikes First, Takes BOB FM Diamond Cup Friday
Over twenty of the fastest short-track racers in the Northwest converged on Meridian Speedway Friday, June 8, for the first night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds. The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars joined the Larry H. Miller Ram Trucks Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, and Project Filter Pro-4s on a full Friday night slate of action.
As the sun set over the West bleachers Friday, June 8, twenty-one Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars roared to life for the first feature of the BOB FM Diamond Cup double header. On the break, Taylorsville, Utah racer Kyle Bergner thundered around the quarter-mile to lead the first of forty laps. But fourth place starter Kyle Alberding kept his Holte Drilling Tool entry in hot pursuit. An early restart allowed Alberding to take the lead, but a subsequent caution kept Bergner in the hunt, and when the green flag waved Bergner blasted back to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
The man on the move early was long-time track record holder and father of frontrunner Kyle, Andy Alberding. From his back of the pack starting spot the elder Alberding diced his way into the top ten in the race’s first five laps. By lap ten Alberding had his Oregon Tool and Supply, WSK Machine sprinter in fifth place and went to work on Robert Beck for fourth. Beck made his Millennium Motors, Frankie’s Pizza machine wide to hold the elder Alberding at bay.
Restarts were the key to Friday night’s victory, and a lap fifteen green flag allowed outside front row starter Bergner back to the lead. Kyle Alberding decided the race’s halfway point was go time, and the Winston, Oregon driver put the pedal down and sped toward Bergner. A caution with fifteen laps left allowed Alberding to restart in the preferred high line, and that was all it took for Alberding to make his way back to the lead.
This dropped Berger into a dogfight with Nampa, Idaho’s Cory Lockwood and Quesnel, British Columbia racer Ron Larson. Bergner fought hard to keep his B Graphics, Lissa’s Learning Ladder machine in the runner up spot in case of another restart, and five laps later a spin in turn two slowed the field once again.
Though the outside line ruled restarts all night long, with just ten laps to go the field was lined up for a single file sprint to the checkers. The green flag dropped and Alberding took off from the field en route to a convincing Friday night BOB FM Diamond Cup victory.
Kyle Alberding won the first battle, but it is night two that will decide the overall BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds champion. Don’t miss your chance to see who races their way to a Star Diamonds ring, and enjoy the Larry H. Miller Ram Trucks Royal Purple Modifieds, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets as they wrap up the Diamond Cup weekend festivities. General admission to Saturday’s full night of short track action is just $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and members of the military, and $6.50 for kids 7-11 years old. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. We’ll see you Saturday night, June 9, for the BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds championship under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.