by Jon Brown, WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Something clicked for Bryan Warf on Monday night
After a disappointing opening to Northwest Asphalt Sprintcar Speedweek in Twin Falls, Idaho on Saturday, the Meridian, Idaho driver held off all challenges Monday for his third career victory in the ASA-sanctioned Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcars Series.
Warf worked his way through the field during the Memorial Day Classic 50 at Rocky Mountain Raceways then held off fellow Meridian Speedway driver Johnny Giesler after the caution flag flew 12 laps from the end.
Warf, who drives for Pat Russell, moved into second place in the WWS all-time victory list. He has three wins in 12 series starts and his one of four drivers — all from Idaho — with multiple victories.
Giesler held on for second, while another Idaho driver — Middleton’s Sierra Jackson — was fourth. Salt Lake City’s Jimmy Waters finished In between the Spiers Construction Racing teammates.
Warf wasn’t the only driver turning heads Monday night.
Langford, British Columbia product Jeff Montgomery broke the track’s year-old qualifying record with a 12.477-second lap by speeding around the 3/8th-mile track at 108.199 mph. Montgomery wrested the mark away from Roseburg, Ore.’s Andy Alberding, who set the track and WWS venue record at the Memorial Day Classic last year with a 12.507-second lap.
Warf rebounded from a fifth-place showing in the Speedweek Opener on Saturday in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Unlike Saturday night, Warf found his groove right from the time trials during the second round of the five-night speedweek.
He showed up in the top five in two preliminaries. He was second to Cody Gerhardt in the second heat race and finished fifth in Trophy Dash A.
Things are looking up for Warf as he heads home. The last time the WWS visited Meridian Speedway, Warf won in dominating fashion, lapping all but the second- and third-place sprintcars to win the WWS Pepsi 75.
The WWS season continues Wednesday on Warf’s home track with Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic, which is the third round of Northwest Asphalt Sprintcar Speedweek.
A $1,000 bonus awaits the most successful driver at the end of the five-night Speedweek, which concludes at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway on Friday and Saturday with the BOB FM Diamond Cup XXV.
Also available at Meridian is a $2,500 bounty for the first driver who can post a 10-second lap on the historic paved quarter-mile oval.
Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcars Series
Northwest Asphalt Sprintcar Speedweek No. 2
Rocky Mountain Raceways
West Valley City, Utah
Memorial Day Classic 50 — 1. Bryan Warf, Meridian, Idaho; 2. Johnny Giesler, Meridian; 3. Jimmy Waters, ; 4. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho; 5. Matt Mansell, Victoria, British Columbia; 6. Cody Gerhardt, ; 7. Jeff Montgomery, Langford, British Columbia; 8. Ron Larson, Quesnel, British Columbia; 9. Andy Alberding, Roseburg, Ore.; 10. Nicholas Pepe,
A Dash — 1. Jackson; 2. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian; 3. Montgomery; 4. Alberding; 5. Warf
B Dash — 1. Waters; 2. Ron Larson; 3. Giesler; 4. Mansell; 5. Gerhardt
Heat No. 1 — 1. Giesler; 2. Murgoitio; 3. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, Utah; 4. Alberding; 5. Ron Larson
Heat No. 2 — 1. Gerhardt; 2. Warf; 3. Waters; 4. Mansell; 5. Montgomery
Montgomery, 12.477 seconds (RMR oval record and WWS venue record; previous: Alberding, 12.507, May 28, 2013)