Treasure Valley drivers lead winged sprints series back to Meridian
by Jon Brown, MERIDIAN, Idaho – The top three drivers from the inaugural Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcars Series season speed back home with
visions of another great points race dancing in their helmets.
Seventy points separated 2012 champion Sierra Jackson of Middleton, Idaho, and third-place driver Bryan Warf from Meridian, Idaho. Another product of ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway — and Jackson’s Spiers Construction teammate — Johnny Giesler of Meridian was just three points behind Jackson and lost the championship on the final night of the season.
That night last September, Warf dominated the field for his second WWS victory in the Pepsi 75.
The three rivals can’t seem to escape the drama as they head toward Wednesday’s third stop in the second annual Northwest Asphalt Sprintcar Speedweek — the Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic back home at Meridian Speedway.
Jackson opened the season Saturday in Twin Falls with her second career Western Winged Sprints victory, and Warf moved past Meridian’s Mike Murgoitio into second place all-time Monday in West Valley City, Utah with his third career win. Giesler is tops with four career victories on the second-year circuit.
Although Idaho drivers have dominated the WWS headlines, the series draws competitors from throughout the Intermountain West. There is a strong contingent of Canadian drivers from British Columbia, top-notch racers from western Oregon, a building group from Utah and a couple California cars also are expected to make the haul to the Treasure Valley this week.
Wednesday marks the first of three WWS races at Meridian this week. The run concludes with the BOB FM Diamond Cup XXV on Friday and Saturday.
Wednesday’s action also counts toward the local Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints division at Meridian. Other memorial races are planned in some of Meridian’s local classes Wednesday. ASA Modifieds and Budweiser B Modifieds drivers will compete for the Sean Miller 40 perpetual trophy, while the Domino’s Pizza Legends race in the Austin Christopherson/Eldon Cahill 50. The Project Filter Pro-4s also are scheduled to race.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. each night.
Ticket prices vary each night.
On Wednesday, adult admission is $12; on Friday, adult tickets are $15; and on Saturday, adults get in for $18.
There is a $2.50 military and senior discount each night, and children ages 7-11 get in for $4 less than adult prices. Children 6 and younger are always admitted free.