BOB FM Diamond Cup Roars into Meridian Speedway
The fastest short-track racers in the Northwest invade Meridian Speedway as the Fire and Fury of BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds goes green this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars join for a two night fight for the Diamond Cup championship ring, while Friday features the Larry H. Miller Ram Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, and a Stinker Stores Candy Rush for Kids. Saturday night the Larry H. Miller Royal Purple Modified Series returns to the quarter-mile asphalt oval, backed by the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets.
After a mechanical failure ended Bryan Warf’s drive for five straight Naylor Memorial victories two weekends ago, the Meridian, Idaho racer returns to Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcar action as he seeks his third BOB FM Diamond Cup victory. But Warf faces some fast company in the form of a strong Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association contingent. Only Friday and Saturday night’s action will tell if the local ace can fend off the quickest competitors in the Northwest.
The ground-pounding Royal Purple Modified Series rumbles back into Meridian Speedway for their own two night street fight. Jonathan Gomez stormed through the field to take the tour’s last Meridian Speedway victory, but faces two tough tests as he rolls into the series’ Friday and Saturday night double-header.
After a dominating performance to open 2018, Ethan Jones sits comfortably atop the Domino’s Legends point standings. But with two-thirds of the season still to go, Jones must find a way to continue his winning ways as a hungry pack of competitors draws closer to his rear bumper every race.
Also looking to keep his car up front, Project Filter Pro-4 campaigner Brendon Fries enters Friday’s feature with a five point advantage over second place runner Kenny Chandler. Can Fries outrun his experienced foe to take home the YMC Heating and Cooling trophy?
Jayson Wardle rolls into Saturday night’s TEAM Mazda Mini Stock main event on a mission to claim his first division title. But perennial contender Jason Sanders is moving up fast. Watch for Wardle to turn up the wick as he races to outrun Sanders and the rest of a hungry TEAM Mazda Mini Stock pack.
Consistency has been the name of the game for High School Tuner point leader Arin Flagstade. With a string of top-five finishes, Flagstade finds himself a full 25 markers ahead of upstart James Strikwerda as Saturday night looms.
After a wacky weekend of tractor tire slalom racing, the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets return for more thrills and spills this Saturday. Points leader Chuck Youngblood is the only driver in the top-five without a victory so far in 2018. Can Youngblood finally park his machine in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle, or will Tommy Harrod, Brandon Kelley, James Pahl, or Neil Wassmuth claim their second checkered flag of the season?
General admission to each night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup is $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. Friday and Saturday nights, with the first green flag waving at 6:45 p.m. Logon to meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the latest news and notes from the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to sign up for exclusive offers and updates. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, for the BOB FM Diamond Cup under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.