NW Asphalt Speedweek opener washed out
by Jon Brown, Twin Falls, Idaho — Inclement weather in Twin Falls, Idaho, forced organizers to cancel Saturday’s scheduled inaugural event of the Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcar Series.
Instead, Northwest Asphalt Speedweek will begin Monday at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.
Series organizer Adam Nelson said rescheduling the opener for Sunday was discussed, but high winds were forecast for the area around Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls.
Nelson said that advanced tickets purchased for Saturday’s Western Winged Sprints opener will be honored at any of the final three Northwest Asphalt Speedweek shows scheduled for ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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.
The Northwest Asphalt Speedweek for the Western Winged Sprints and Idaho-Utah Challenge shifts to Meridian Speedway beginning with Wednesday’s 33rd annual Bob and Tom Naylor Classic.
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.
On Friday and Saturday, the sprintcar drivers will compete for bling in the BOB FM 96.1 Diamond Cup XXIV presented by GNO Jewelry. Top prize is a diamond ring.
Racing each of the three nights begins at 5 p.m. with qualifying. Heat races start at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets each night are $18 for adults with varying discounts for military personnel with ID, senior citizens, and children ages 7-11. Children 6 and younger get in free. A family pass good for two adults and up to four children ages 7-11 costs $46. Fans can save $3 off the adult admission price by ordering tickets online at www.wingedsprintcars.com.
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.
Jackson also won the ASA Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association season championship a year ago. The ASA NSRA will co-sanctioned the Diamond Cup this season.
Other local drivers, such as the Meridian contingent of Mike Murgoitio, Bryan Warf, 2011 ASA NSRA rookie of the year Johnny Giesler and Cody Veenstra, will race this week on their home track. Murgoitio is the reigning Meridian Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints champion and also will be racing against former track champion Chris Ratterree of Nampa, Idaho.
Out-of-towners drivers expected to make the trip include former NSRA champion and current Meridian Speedway record-holder Andy Alberding of Roseburg, Ore., a strong group of Salt Lake City-area drivers, including Ryan Burdett, Jimmy Waters and TJ Thorne. British Columbia hot shoes such as Matt Mansell, Ron Larson, Jeff Montgomery, Darren Yates and Scotty Almond also are expected to make the tow.