Diamond Cup Night 1 in the Books
By Ben Deatherage 6-2-17
Meridian, Idaho- Meridian Speedway would host the opening night of the 2017 Bob FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds on Friday, June 2nd. The pit area would be packed with excellent car counts in all four divisions and an incredible crowd would come out to fill the grandstands. Classes in action would include the Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars, Royal Purple Modifieds, Tates Rents Hornets, and the long-awaited return of the Super Modifieds.
The Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars would witness Adrian, Oregon’s Tristen Spiers get out in front of the field to lead the opening lap in the Joey and Sarah Moore owned entry. However, a lap one caution would bunch up the field right back up. On the restart Tony Thomas, out of Mill City, Oregon, obtained the top position and officially led the second circuit. Thomas remained there for quite some time before being passed on lap nineteen by Johnny Giesler.
Giesler, out of Meridian and driving for Spiers Jackson Racing, started in sixteenth place and had made an incredible surge to the front. Unfortunately, he would be caught up in a lap twenty-four incident in turn four forcing him to go to the tail of the field. It would give Tony Thomas the lead once more.
On the ensuing restart a massive six car crash on the front stretch would bring about another stoppage. Roseburg, Oregon’s Matt Hein, and defending Diamond Cup champion, would get caught up in the wreckage and would require the paramedics to attend to him. Sadly the race would have to eventually be called prematurely as the 11:00 PM curfew was approaching and being that the race was past the halfway mark it would be recorded as a complete race. Hein was conscious and in communication with the safety officials and was transported to the local hospital to be diagnosed with a compound fracture to his T6 vertebrae.
Tony Thomas was declared the victor while Tristen Spiers finished second. Winston, Oregon’s Andy Alberding made it an entire all Oregon top three and Bryan Warf, of Meridian, was fourth. Corey Lockwood, from Nampa and driving for the Stanton Family, placed fifth to complete the top five.
Matt Hein set fast time of the night while Bryan Warf bested the field in the trophy dash. Heat race winners were Warf, Johnny Giesler, and Corey Lockwood.
It had been around ten years or so since the Super Modifieds had last inhabited Meridian Speedway. In time trials Bryan Warf, pulling double duty, set the all-time track record with a blazing fast 10.974 second run. Come time for the main event Littleton, Colorado’s Kyle Ray would beat the competition to the line on lap one.
Ray would briefly get hung up in lapped traffic but managed to keep all challengers in check. Warf by now had climbed up to second and nearly captured the lead but was very close to getting into the wall allowing Ray to redevelop a sizeable lead. But by lap twenty Warf would chase down Ray and made a daring pass in lapped traffic to claim the coveted top spot.
Bryan Warf would pace the field the rest of the way to collect the win. Kyle Ray crossed the wire in second followed by Jim Birges, from Fresno, California, in third. The balance of the top five would be comprised of Rick Castor Jr., of Bennett, Colorado, and Littleton, Colorado native Roger Avants in fourth and fifth respectively.
As mentioned above Bryan Warf would set fast time he also would win the trophy dash. Heat race winners were Warf and Kyle Ray.
In the Royal Purple Modifieds Jay Cook would be the early trailblazer. Cook, of Nampa, would stay up front until getting passed on lap ten by Boise’s Lee Hackney. Just as Hackney got into first Shelby Strobel would make it around him on lap eleven.
Strobel, of Meridian, would feel a ton of pressure from Trevor Cristiani. When the checkered flag dropped Strobel would be the one in first place for the win. Cristiani, from Nampa, was a respectable second over third finishing Eric Rhead, out of West Jordan, Utah. Fourth went to Magna, Utah’s Zach Webster while Jentry Pisca, of Meridian, was fifth.
Trevor Cristiani was the quickest qualifier and Mark Newman, hailing from Marsing, won the trophy dash. Heat race winners were Magna, Utah’s Mark Ith Jr. and Shelby Strobel.
Last but not least were the Tates Rents Hornets. Jamo Stephenson had an incredible run on his hands. The Meridian chauffeur would hold down the position for quite some time before Bill Allen eventually found his way around him. Allen, also out of Meridian, wouldn’t be able to develop too large of a lead due to so many cautions occurring which kept it a close race.
Boise’s Josh Parkkila would make a late pass on Allen to get to the front. Parkilla wasn’t quite out of the woods yet as he felt a ton of pressure from second. Parkkila was able to keep the competition behind him and score the win.
Meridian driver Tommy Harrod was second followed by Andrew Harbeston, out of Star. Allen would get fourth while Stephenson ended the night fifth. Allen was quickest in time trials and Harrod recorded the trophy dash win. Heat race winners were Monica Heath of Caldwell and Meridian’s Michael Capps.
Meridian Speedway returns for the second night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup, presented by Star Diamonds, on Satruday, June 3rd. The Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprints, Super Modifieds, and Royal Purple Modifieds will be back for night two while the HPD Midgets, CWI HS Tuners, and 6 Shooters will also be on the card. And once all of the racing is all wrapped up there will be a fantastic fireworks display for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets are $18.00 for Adults, $15.50 for Seniors/Military, $6.50 for Kids (7+), FREE for Kids (6 and Under), and a Family Pass is $46.00. Front Gates open at 4:00 PM and Racing gets kicked off at 6:30. For more information log on to www.meridianspeedway.com.Thomas, Warf, Stro