Idaho Racer Claims Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Opener

TWIN FALLS, Idaho—The best of the best winged sprintcar drivers from the I-84 corridor invaded Magic Valley Speedway Saturday, May 4, for the debut of the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series.  Hailing from Utah, Idaho, and Nevada the racers faced a tricky, lightning fast track as they battled to take home the first piece of Speed Tour hardware. 

After a strong showing in both afternoon practice sessions, Meridian, Idaho’s Colton Nelson turned in the fastest McDonald’s Qualifying lap at a blistering 12.142 around the third-mile oval, an average speed of over 98 miles per hour. 

Nelson’s speed helped him gain ground in the A Heat Race, but front row starter Anthony Quintana got the most out of his Mighty Grip Suspension, RedRock sprinter and took fast heat race honors.  Youngster Hunter Stanley scored the B Heat Race victory in his first winged sprintcar start ever.  Another relative newcomer to enjoy early success at Magic Valley Speedway was Taylorsville, Utah’s Jaren Mott, who was fastest in first practice. 

As darkness fell over the third-mile oval the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcars fired their engines for a 35 lap main event.  Utah racers Anthony Quintana and Kyle Bergener led the twelve car field to green, and at the end of one circuit Quintana found his sprinter out front.  Bergener’s Graco Models, Lissa’s Learning Ladder mount proved to be a handful, and it took only a handful of laps for Mott and Nelson to take second and third from the veteran speedster.  

As positions changed hands behind him Quintana opened his lead to nearly a full straightaway in only eight laps.  But Quintana’s machine had been furiously loose all day, and on lap nine it proved too much to handle and the young racer spun from the lead coming out of turn four. 

This lined Mott and Nelson up side-by-side for the restart.  The green flag waved and both drivers dove hard into turn one.  Though Nelson kept his momentum up through the corners, Mott’s Graco Models, Under Pressure Massage machine pulled hard down the straights which allowed him to keep pace.  The strain on Mott’s car was undeniable, and after five hard-fought laps he conceded the top spot to Nelson. 

Behind the lead fight Quintana struggled to make ground as he pushed his sprinter harder and harder trying to find a way through traffic.  This desperate push forward ended with another spin, this time in turn two, and reset the field for one final restart. 

Again Nelson and Mott graced the front row on the green, but this time Nelson scooted to the lead quickly, leaving Mott to fend off Bergener Racing teammate Monty Bergener.  Though Mott wheeled his sprinter as hard as he could, the handling deteriorated further and further as the final run went on, which allowed Bergener to slip into second in the race’s closing laps. 

But the story of the night was Nelson, who cruised to the first Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series victory with Bergener second and Mott holding on to third. 

“The last run this thing was on cruise control,” Nelson said of his Miller Lite, Boise Bath and Kitchen Company sprinter in victory lane.   

The Speed Tour Regional Sprintcars pack up and head out to Meridian Speedway Friday, May 31 for a showdown with the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association on night one of the doubleheader known as BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Neil Alan Fine Jewelry.  General admission to Meridian Speedway’s Bob FM Diamond Cup Friday Night is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and kids 6 and under get in free.  Log on to www.speedtoursprintcars.com to keep pace with the fastest tour on I-84.  We’ll see you Friday, May 31, for BOB FM Diamond Cup from Meridian Speedway. 

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