Hard Racing Dominates Dirty Cup Friday Night
Outlaws invaded the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway Friday, July 14, for night one of the 5th annual Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup. Nine kart divisions assembled to take on the one-tenth mile dirt oval in pursuit of the weekend’s Dirty Cup championship trophies.
The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway’s youngest competitors kicked off Friday’s main event action with a twelve lap battle. On the break Caldwell, Idaho’s Payton Weller piloted her kart to the lead. On the move early was Chance O’Dell, who raced around the high line and found himself in the runner up spot by lap four. Mechanical issues would sideline Weller one lap later, leaving O’Dell to pick his way through lapped traffic and take the weekend’s first checkered flag.
A pair of Junior Speedway competitors dashed through their 12 lap feature. The green flag waved and Boise, Idaho’s Brady Ransom pedaled his Blue Line Graphics, Advance Auto Parts of Boise kart hard to keep pace with Cale Culley’s CRT Engines LLC, Megis Machine and Welding machine. But the inside line prevailed and Culley shot to the top spot on lap two. Ransom searched high and low for a way around Culley as laps wound off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard, but was unable to track down Culley, who claimed the win.
The Senior 4 Cycle competitors burned through a sixteen lap feature Friday. On the break Scott Bideganeta sprinted to the top spot with Nampa, Idaho’s Brady Blinkhorn in hot pursuit. Bideganeta built on his lead lap by lap, and as the white flag waved he held a near half-track led over Blinkhorn. But Bideganeta’s engine soured as he dove into turn number one, then quit completely on the back stretch. As Bideganeta’s kart came to rest in turn four Blinkhorn blasted past and collected the checkers.
Two fast Junior Unlimited All-Star competitors rolled onto the dirt for their sixteen lap feature. Dan Watkins was quick off the blocks and took the early lead with Pinehurst, Idaho’s James King on his rear bumper. King tried everything he could to work his Line-X, King’s Car entry around Watkins, but Watkins pulled away in the closing laps to score the victory.
A full field of Predator Stox rolled to the green flag of their 16 lap main event. Parma, Idaho’s Brian Williams dashed to the early lead, with Nampa, Idaho’s Kizzia Arp in tow. Arp worked to slice into Williams’ lead until a mechanical issue ended her night early. With Arp in the pit area Williams cruised through lapped traffic and won Friday night’s feature.
The rough and tumble Idaho Unlimited All-Stars assembled for an eighteen lap slugfest Friday. On the green Boise, Idaho racers Craig Anderson and Josh Culley beat and banged for the lead. Anderson would get the best of this battle and hold the early lead through a flurry of early cautions. But Eric Stansberry emerged from the pack and scooted to the lead on lap five. This proved to be the winning pass and Stansberry cruised to the checkers.
The 250 Open division contested a twenty lap feature Friday. Middleton, Idaho’s Dalton Allen stormed past Larry Butterfield to take the early lead, but it was Matyi Crace on the move early. Pinned to the inside line Crace first powered to the runner up spot on lap one, then blasted to the lead on lap two. While Fruitland, Idaho’s Riley Palomo worked over Jacie Huddleston for second place, Crace’s lead only increased and the Nampa, Idaho racer powered to the win.
A strong contingent of Hot Rod racers stormed through a sixteen lap feature Friday night. On the green Boise, Idaho’s Tyson Martinson piloted his Black Magic Customs, Executive Lawn Care machine to the lead, followed by Caldwell, Idaho’s Courtney Weller. Martinson wasn’t safe up front as Boise, Idaho’s Naveah Hull raced past Weller and applied heavy pressure to the leader. But Martinson never made the mistake Hull hoped for, and the young racer sped across the finish line first.
Nine fast 500 Open competitors roared to the green flag for their 20 lap main event. On the break Boise, Idaho’s Hayden Flynn piloted his Executive Lawn Care kart to the lead with Kylie Jo Huddleston and Kaleb Johnson locked in a battle for second behind him. Huddleston, whose kart rolled over earlier in the evening, defended the spot for five laps before Caldwell, Idaho’s Johnson pushed his machine too far and spun on the front stretch. As the laps wound down Huddleston held off Allen Martinson and her sister Erin Huddleston to maintain the runner up spot, but couldn’t track down Flynn, who collected Friday night’s main event victory.
With day one of the 5th Annual Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup in the books competitors tuned their sights to Saturday’s full slate of racing action. Friday’s points standings determined Saturday night’s line ups and set the stage for a number of epic battles for Saturday’s Dirty Cup championships.