Super Saturday Decides Dirty Cup Championships
Nine strong Outlaw Kart classes closed the 5th annual Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup Saturday, July 15, with a full slate of racing action.
A packed field of Box Stocks sped to Saturday’s first feature green flag. Caldwell, Idaho’s Payton Weller got to the gas pedal first and took the early lead. Weller held the top spot through a handful of early caution flags, but faced heavy pressure from Nampa, Idaho’s Joey Wiederich. Lap after lap Wiederich piloted his Filter Factory Outlet Store, System Kleen machine around the high line, but every time Weller held station up front. Finally, with two laps left Wiederich got a good run in turn two and swept by Weller to take the lead and, ultimately, the victory.
After a night of consistent top five finishes, Boise, Idaho driver Bently Hull was crowned Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup Box Stock champion.
Junior Speedway karts took to the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway for Saturday night’s next feature. On the break Boise, Idaho’s Brady Ransom roared to the top spot with Bryson Barrow and Cale Culley in tow. Barrow kept pace with Ransom’s Blue Line Graphics, Advance Auto Parts of Boise entry, but Ransom was able to stay up front and collected the main event win.
Boise, Idaho’s Brady Ransom used strong finishes in both heat races and his main event win to race his way to the Dirty Cup Junior Speedway title.
A pair of fast Senior 4 Cycle competitors dueled for the main event victory. On the green Scott Bideganeta blew past Nampa, Idaho’s Brady Blinkhorn to lead lap one. Blinkhorn wheeled his kart hard to keep pace, but an early spin in turn four gave Bideganeta all the breathing room he needed and he cruised across the finish line first.
Scott Bideganeta dominated both nights of Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup on his way to the Golden Eagle division championship trophy.
The Junior Unlimited All-Stars were next to take on the dirt tenth mile. The green flag waved and Dan Watkins blasted past Pinehurst, Idaho’s James King to lead lap one. While King wheeled his Line-X, King’s Car machine hard, he wasn’t able to keep pace with Watkins, who sped to the checkered flag first.
Dan Watkins walked away from the Junior Unlimited All-Stars field and walked away with the Dirty Cup division championship as well.
The Predator Stox had fifteen laps to find a victor Saturday night. On the break Nampa, Idaho’s Kizzia Arp raced out of the pack and took the top spot. But Arp wasn’t safe up front as Boise, Idaho’s Nick Durbin and Austin Hager stuck close to the leader. Hager would work past Durbin to take over the runner up spot, but ran out of time to track down Arp, who scored the main event win.
Nampa, Idaho’s Kizzia Arp didn’t finish worse than third Saturday, and her consistency was awarded with the Predator Stox Dirty Cup title.
Idaho’s Unlimited All-Stars rumbled onto the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway for a 25 lap dogfight. The green flag waved and Ryan Fernandes shot to the lead with Boise, Idaho’s Travis Anderson in hot pursuit. Anderson ducked low and looked high in his bid to take the lead, but Fernandes countered every one of Anderson’s advances and walked away with the victory.
Having collected a heat race win and the main event victory, Ryan Fernandes outscored the Idaho Unlimited All-Stars field and collected the Dirty Cup championship.
A strong field of 250 Open competitors rolled to green on their twenty lap Saturday night feature. Middleton, Idaho’s Dalton Allen hooked the low line and claimed the lap one lead, but immediately came under fire from Nampa, Idaho’s Matyi Crace. Crace stalked Allen lap after lap, looking for a way to the lead. With the white flag in the air Crace dove low, and in turns three and four the Nampa, Idaho racer powered past Allen to take the checkered flag by a mere five one-hundredths of a second.
Patience paid off for Nampa, Idaho’s Matyi Crace, whose late main event heroics locked up the 250 Open Dirty Cup title victory.
Nine Hot Rod competitors packed the tenth-mile for a fourteen lap feature Saturday. When the green flag waved Boise, Idaho’s Stephen Smith put the gas pedal down and sprinted to the lead. While Boise, Idaho racers Brady Ransom and Neveah Hull dueled for the runner up spot, Smith piloted his Competition Carburetor, KC Auto Paint machine to the win.
Three top three finishes Saturday propelled Boise, Idaho’s Neveah Hull to the Hot Rod division Dirty Cup championship.
The 500 Open division closed the 5th Annual Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup with a twenty lap dash to the checkers. On the break Keisha Martinson used the high line to take the early lead in her Black Magic Customs, Executive Lawn Care entry. But Martinson wasn’t safe up front as Meridian, Idaho’s Erin Huddleston closed in on the leader. Huddleston kept the pressure on until Martinson slid wide in turn four with seven laps left. Huddleston squeezed by Martinson and never looked back as she stormed across the finish line first.
With two wins on the night, Meridian, Idaho’s Erin Huddleston took home the 500 Open division championship to close the 5th annual Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup.
The asphalt quarter-mile kicks back into high gear this Saturday, July 22 with the Candy Sugar Rush for Kids presented by Idaho Central Credit Union. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, College of Western Idaho Super Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TATES Rents Hornets, Junior Stingers, and the Honda Performance Development Midgets race for their J’s General Automotive hardware. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:15 and racing at 6:30 p.m. We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower this Saturday at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.