Photo: Bill Adams

by Jon Brown, West Valley City, Utah — Two Meridian, Idaho residents showed what the Treasure Valley has to offer Monday night in the opener for a new regional Winged Sprintcar series.
Mike Murgoitio, the reigning ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints champion, took advantage of fellow Meridian driver Wyatt King’s bad luck on a restart to take control of the inaugural Canadian-American Western Winged Sprints Series feature at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.
The 50-lap feature attracted 19 sprintcars from Canada, Oregon, Idaho and Utah and served as the first race for the new series after the original opener for the series’ Northwest Asphalt Speedweek was rained out at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls on Saturday night.
Murgoitio led an Idaho sweep of the podium with Meridian’s Johnny Giesler finishing second and Middleton, Idaho racer Sierra Jackson picking up third place. After Victoria, British Columbia’s Matt Mansell spun to trigger one of the race’s two caution flags 23 laps in, Murgoitio shot to the lead on the 3/8th-mile paved oval when King appeared to lose power on the side-by-side restart.
Murgoitio withstood Giesler’s 10-lap challenge, pulling away with five laps remaining. Giesler had prevailed in a duel with Jackson to take off after Murgoitio. There were 19 sprintcars in the field Monday.
Northwest Asphalt Speedweek continues Wednesday night with the 33rd running of the Bob and Tom Naylor Classic. It concludes Friday and Saturday with the BOB FM 96.1 Diamond Cup XXIV. The races at Meridian Speedway also count as part of the Idaho-Utah Challenge for the winged sprints.
Western Winged Sprints series organizer Adam Nelson said that advanced tickets purchased for the Magic Valley Speedway opener will be honored at any of the final three Northwest Asphalt Speedweek shows scheduled in Meridian.
Series officials are working on refund details for fans who purchased admission through third-party ticketing agents and websites. Refund information will be available at www.meridianspeedway.com.
Other standout sprintcar racers expected to invade Meridian this week include Roseburg, Ore.’s Andy Alberding, who set the RMR qualifying record Monday night with a 12.507-second lap at 107.94 mph; and Canadians Ron Larson and Jeff Montgomery. Salt Lake City-area drivers expected include Ryan Burdett, Jimmy Waters and TJ Thorne.
The sprintcar drivers will be gunning for Meridian Speedway’s 10-second bounty, which now sits at $2,500. The first racer to break into a 10-second qualifying lap will walk away with the cash. Alberding holds the Meridian track record with an 11.157-second lap set during Diamond Cup XXII on June 5, 2010.
Other memorial races planned for Wednesday night include the 37th running of the Bill Crow Memorial for the NAPA Late Models, the Sean Miller Memorial for A and B Modifieds and LeeRoy Nelson Memorial for the Pit Stop Drive Thru Mini Stocks.
Wednesday night tickets are $13 for adult admission, $10.50 for military personnel with ID and senior citizens, $9 for children ages 7-11. Children 6 and younger get in free. Fans can get a $3 discount on tickets by using the Easy Tix online option available on www.meridianspeedway.com or www.wingedsprintcars.com.
On Friday and Saturday, the sprintcar drivers will compete for bling in the BOB FM 96.1 Diamond Cup XXIV, which is co-sanctioned by the ASA Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association.
Jackson is the reigning ASA NSRA season champion. She also won last year’s Naylor Classic and shared the Diamond Cup title with Roseburg’s Matt Hein.
Friday’s action is presented by GNO Jewelry and Stinker Stores. Discount ticket vouchers are available at participating Stinker Stores.
Saturday’s racing is presented by GNO Jewelry, and the driver who accumulates the most points over the two-night show will win a diamond ring furnished by GNO Jewelry and AmeriStar.
Friday night tickets cost $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors/military personnel and $11 for children 7-11. Kids 6 and younger get in free. A $5 discount is available by using the BOB FM promo code when ordering tickets online through the EasyTix option on the speedway’s website or at www.wingedsprintcars.com.
Also racing Friday are Project Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Pizza Legends and Jr. Stingers.
Admission on Saturday night is $18 for adults, $15.50 for military personnel with ID and senior citizens, and $14 for children ages 7-11. Children 6 and younger get in free. Fans can save $3 off the adult admission price by ordering tickets online at the speedway website or www.wingedsprintcars.com.
Saturday’s support classes include the SPI Super Sixes, Street Stocks and Tates Hornets. The evening will be capped with a bang as the speedway presents its first fireworks show of the year.
Racing each of the three nights begins at 5 p.m. with qualifying. Heat races start at 6:30 p.m.
Call (208) 888-2813 for more event information. Details of other races in the Western Winged Sprints Series can be found at www.wingedsprintcars.com.

Canadian-American Western Winged Sprints Series
Northwest Asphalt Speedweek Race No. 2
Monday, Rocky Mountain Raceways
West Valley City, Utah
50-lap feature – 1. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, Idaho; 2. Johnny Giesler, Meridian; 3. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho; 4. Jimmy Waters, Salt Lake City, Utah; 5. Bryan Warf, Meridian
Heat race winners – No. 1: Jackson; No. 2: Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, Utah; No. 3: Jimmy Waters
Fast time – Andy Alberding, Roseburg, Ore., 12.507 seconds (track record)

Meridian Speedway
Meridian, ID
2012 points standings
(Through May 19 races)
Pepsi Sprintcars — 1. Jamie Ransom, Meridian, ID, 134 points; 2. Josh Allen, Meridian, ID, 133; 3. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 118; 4. Erik Miller, Caldwell, ID, 105; 5. Michael Anderson, Nampa, ID, 97; 6. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa, ID, 95; 7. Cody Huddleston, Meridian, ID, 44, 92; 8. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, OR, 86
ASA Modifieds — 1. Shelby Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 223 points; 2. Rus Ward, Boise, ID, 157; 3. Tim Elam, Boise, ID, 151; 4. Jentry Pisca, Nampa, ID, 145; 5. Wes Pogue, Star, ID, 127; 6. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 92; 7. Montie Potter, Boise, ID, 91; 8. Randy Keckley, Boise, ID, 88; 9. (tie) Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 69; and Charlie Ham, Kuna, ID, 69
Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints — 1. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, ID, 90 points; 2. Johnny Giesler, Meridian, ID, 78; 3. Sara Henry, Meridian, ID, 63; 4. Cody Veenstra, Meridian, ID, 56; 5. Matt Elliott, Nampa, ID, 51; 6. Bryan Warf, Meridian, ID, 49; 7. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, UT, 43; 8. Wyatt King, Meridian, ID, 41; 9. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, ID, 37; 10. Dick Ingham, Boise, ID, 30
NAPA Late Models — 1. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa, ID, 149 points; 2. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 148; 3. Tyler Monroe, Meridian, ID, 126; 4. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 117; 5. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, ID, 96; 6. Travis Anderson, Boise, ID, 91; 7. Lee Hackney, Boise, ID, 67; 8. Dennis Wurtz II, Kuna, ID, 65; 9. Jeff Wilson, Mountain Home, ID, 43; 10. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 39
Project Filter Pro-4s — 1. Jim Bailey, Middleton, ID, 81 points; 2. Phil Dugan, Meridian, ID, 74; 3. Jordan Fitch, Meridian, ID, 72; 4. DJ Lyons, Nampa, ID, 43; 5. Terry Sherman, Boise, ID, 40; 6. Rob Bean, Kuna, ID, 35; 7. Kyle Latham, Boise, ID, 32; 8. Ken Chandler, Boise, ID, 10; 9. Joe Barton, Nampa, ID, 6
Super Stocks — 1. Dennis Brodigan, Nampa, ID, 144 points; 2. Gale Carter, Boise, ID, 125; 3. Kim Bradford, Eagle, ID, 122; 4. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 60; 5. Jeff Meads, Boise, ID, 92; 6. David Harris, Meridian, ID, 79; 7. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 77; 8. Justin Ellis, Meridian, ID, 73; 9. (tie) Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 47; and Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 47
Street Stocks — 1. Melissa Weaver, Nampa, ID, 161 points; 2. Marv Weaver, Nampa, ID, 142; 3. Chad Bess, Nampa, ID, 128; 4. Roy Kirkland, Boise, ID, 111; 5. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, ID, 102; 6. Micky Lawston, Caldwell, ID, 91; 7. Bobby Riggs, Fruitland, ID, 78; 8. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell, ID, 50; 9. Bill Lawrence, Grand View, ID, 40; 10. Doug Loon, Caldwell, ID, 34
Mini Stocks — 1. Larry Hull III, Boise, ID, 294 points; 2. Ray Bolinger, Meridian, ID, 241; 3. Sarah Shaw, Boise, ID, 189; 4. Donovan Parker, Kuna, ID, 153; 5. Mike Davis, Boise, ID, 122; 6. Richard Brees, Meridian, ID, 115; 7. Johnathan Hull, Boise, ID, 110; 8. Brandon Shira, Boise, ID, 95; 9. (tie) Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 93; Travis Pavlacky, Fruitland, ID, 93
Domino’s Pizza Legends — 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 165 points; 2. Chase Gilbertson, Boise, ID, 143; 3. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 106; 4. Mike Cullum, Meridian, ID, 105; 5. Sara Henry, Nampa, ID, 87; 6. Camron Madsen, Boise, ID, 85; 7. Johnathan Davis, Emmett, ID, 83; 8. Alyson Clark, Kuna, ID, 77; 9. Zach Blume, Eagle, ID, 75; 10. Darin Turpen, Nampa, ID, 73
Tates Hornets — 1. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 259 points; 2. Art Heath, Nampa, ID, 220; 3. Chuck Youngblood, Meridian, ID, 184; 4. Lynn Sharp, Nampa, ID, 160; 5. Cody Garrett, Boise, ID, 156; 6. Monica Heath, Caldwell, ID, 120; 7. Al Russell, Kuna, ID, 106; 8. Jess Ryska, Meridian, ID, 102; 9. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 96; 10. Stacy Heath, Nampa, ID, 80
Thunder Dogs — 1. (tie) The Sledgehammer (David Jolley, Nampa, ID), 270 points; 2. Bull Dacious (Boise, ID), 160; 3. (tie) Project Filter’s Junkyard Dog (Caldwell, ID), 142; Vulgar Display (Meridian, ID), 142; 5. Twisted Metal (Meridian, ID), 141; 6. The Surfer, Boise, ID, 140; 7. Boot Legger (Meridian, ID), 136; 8. No Mercy (Nampa, ID), 130; 9. The Other Woman (Boise, ID), 92
Jr. Stingers — 1. Riley Rogers, Meridian, ID, 62 points; 2. Ali Norton, Kuna, ID, 56; 3. Peter Woog, Meridian, ID, 54; 4. Hunter Gates, Nampa, ID, 52; 5. Kendra Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 47; 6. Eriq Arnold, Star, ID, 45; 7. Erin Huddleston, Meridian, ID, 40; 8. Jordan Harris, Nampa, ID, 39; 9. (tie) Kallie Weiz, Nampa, ID, 32; and Jacob Maxwell, Eagle, ID, 32

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