Nelson Sweeps King of the Wing Weekend at Meridian Speedway
Meridian Idaho’s Colton Nelson not only managed to win his first ever NSRA sanctioned main event
Friday night but he topped his initial win in stunning fashion as he passed Matt Hein for the slimmest of
victories on Saturday night. Nelson was 4 car lengths behind at the white flag but kept his foot on the
gas and moved to the outside of Hein who was stymied by lapped traffic. Nelson nosed ahead at the
finish line for a .02 margin of victory which was about 6 inches of his front nerf bar on the # 28 sprint
“Man, what an amazing weekend” said a jubilant Nelson in victory circle after the 50 lap feature was
over Saturday night. “My crew, my sponsors, my car owners and my family have given me so much
support that I just can’t thank them enough.”
The pits were full both nights as the King of the Wing and the NSRA sprint Series co-sanctioned the
event. 37 Sprint cars were in attendance and there were 115 cars in the pit area on Saturday night after
hitting 111 total cars for Friday nights show. Kyle Bergener from Taylorsville, Utah wrapped up the King
of the Wing Idaho tour trophy for his two night performance.
Saturday night’s Pink Lady Classic 50 lap feature lined up 24 of the best paved sprint cars from the
Northwest as Colorado, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Canada were represented in
the field. Nelson and Hein were followed to the line by Idaho’s Bryan Warf, Ryan Orchard of Canada and
Oregon’s Andy Alberding.
Saturdays qualifying saw the winged sprint car track record fall to newly crowned 2018 NSRA champion
Aaron Willison from Surrey, BC Canada as he blistered the quarter mile in a time of 11.039. Heat
Winners included Utah’s Anthony Quintana, Greg Middendorf, Matt Elliott and Mitch Holte. The B Main
was won by Elliott, followed by Middendorf and Holte.
Friday nights Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic saw Nelson start 4 th on the grid and grab the early lead. He
won over Warf, Alberding, Willison, and Canada’s Jeff Montgomery. Willison again set fast time with
11.041 and moved up 10 positions in the main event after starting 14 th .
The B Main which saw 14 sprints take the green flag was won by Washington’s Randy DuBois followed
to the line by Elliott and Canada’s Jason Conn. Heat wins went to Dubois, Colorado’s Chris Mueller,
Mike Anderson from Idaho and Elliott.
Support division winners for the weekend included Kyle Tellstrom in the Royal Purple Modified Series,
Hunter Stanley in the Midget class, Cody Castricone in the Jr Stingers, Utah’s Cortney Green and Jason
Sanders in the Mini Stock two night show, Trevor Cristiani in the Legend Division, James Strikwerda in
the High School Tuner class, Kate Jackson in the Pepsi/ISRL division, Brandon Fries in the Pro 4 class, and
Wayne Torkelson in the Bomber class.