Grice Survives, Stroebel Dominates in Magic Valley

The Speed Tour Sprint Cars and Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA invaded Twin Falls, Idaho on Saturday, May 22, for Brennan’s Carpet Night at Magic Valley Speedway. 

The Speed Tour Sprint Cars presented by Pit Stop USA took to the one-third mile, high banked asphalt oval first for their 35-lap feature.  On the break outside pole sitter Matt Elliott dispatched Aaron McPeak to put his sprinter out front as the rest of the field jockeyed for position. 

First to break out of the fray was Cory Lockwood, who piloted his Stinker Stores, Serenity Wellness racer around McPeak for the runner up spot.  But Lockwood only held second for one lap until a mechanical failure forced him from the track and ended his night.   

A handful of laps later mechanical issues struck Elliott, which handed the lead to Kyle Bergener and the runner up spot to Casey Tillman.  As Bergener and Tillman dueled for the lead, Colton Nelson crept toward the lead fight.  

Tillman wrestled the lead from Bergener on lap fifteen and weaved his way through lapped traffic.  As Tillman opened a comfortable gap, Nelson and Bergener went wheel-to-wheel for second place.  With ten laps left Nelson moved his Miller Lite, Maxwell Plumbing sprinter ahead of Bergener’s machine and set his sights on Tillman. 

But all was not well with the leader, as Tillman’s YMC Inc, Holly and Co. machine started to puff smoke as he lapped the race track under caution with six laps to go.  With the leader in obvious trouble, Nelson made the most of the restart and snuck beneath Tillman as the pair roared into turn one.   

Then contact was made. 

Tillman spun up the track clear of the field, but Nelson ended up sideways on the exit of turn two, where Bergener clipped his front end with his right rear wheel.  Nelson, his wing and various suspension parts destroyed, was forced to retire from the event.  Tillman was pushed off track with engine problems and Bergener found the damage to his Van Dyne Engineering, Graco Models machine too much to continue as well. 

With the top three suddenly out of the race, Rob Grice found himself out front on the restart with Jarrett Burdett in tow.  Grice got the jump on Burdett and built a sizeable lead while Monty Bergener worked his sprinter past Burdett for second.   

No sooner had Bergener taken the runner up spot than his left rear wheel flew off and the Salt Lake City, Utah racer spun down the backstretch.  Bergener was okay, as were the passing motorists as his wheel hopped the barriers and bounced to the roadside. 

But it all happened behind Grice, who piloted his Fat Guys Fresh Deli, BLG Graphics machine to the victory. 

The Speed Tour Modifieds presented by Pit Stop USA had 65 laps to find a Magic Valley Speedway winner.  On the break, polesitter Lynn Hardy overpowered Natalie Waters to take the early lead in his Redbone Trucking machine. 

While hardy built his lead, Speed Tour Modified points leader Shelby Stroebel worked his Gibson Diesel Performance, Trinity Transport Trucking modified forward.  By lap thirteen the veteran Meridian, Idaho driver held third place behind Hardy and Andrew Richardson’s entry. 

It took Stroebel just a handful of laps to find his way around Richardson, then a handful more to catch and pass Hardy for the lead.  With Stroebel out front, the fight was on for second as Richardson and Hardy battled wheel-to-wheel after an early restart.  Richardson got the best of that battle and settled his Renegade Race Fuel, Pit Stop USA racer into the runner up spot. 

A restart near the halfway point allowed Richardson to challenge Stroebel, but soon had his hands full with Eric Rhead’s Redbone Trucking, Fat Boy Ice Cream machine.  Rhead used the preferred outside groove to take the spot and turned his attention to catching Stroebel. 

Behind the lead trio, action picked up as Hardy scrapped with Wyatt King, Dylan Caldwell, and Zach Webster to stay in the top five.  By race’s end, King and Caldwell would occupy fourth and fifth positions. 

But nobody could track down Stroebel, who cruised to the checkered flag. 

The Speed Tour Sprint Cars presented by Pit Stop USA make their next stop in Meridian, Idaho for the annual Neil Alan Fine Jewelry Diamond Cup at Meridian Speedway on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5.  Meridian Speedway also hosts the next Speed Tour Modified event, one week later on June 12.  For further event information and advance tickets, log on to www.meridianspeedway.com.  We’ll see you Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, for the Neil Alan Fine Jewelry Diamond Cup at Meridian Speedway. 

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