Middleton Teen Scores Second Straight Speed Tour Trophy

MERIDIAN, Idaho–The Speed Tour Regional Sprint Car Series rumbled into Meridian Speedway for Miller Lite Night at the Races Saturday, July 27.  Despite the scorching, slick conditions on the quarter-mile asphalt bullring, a full field of fire-breathing sprinters ran a caution-free feature to close Saturday night’s action. 

Matt Elliott and Aaron McPeak led the fourteen car Speed Tour Regional Sprint Car field to the green flag of their 35 lap main event.  On the break Boise, Idaho’s McPeak bolted to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard with Anthony Quintana and Colton Nelson in tow. 

Quintana ran McPeak down quickly, but the West Valley City, Utah racer couldn’t find a way around McPeak’s Boise Bath and Kitchen Company, Royal Purple sprinter.  This bottled the top three up and allowed Hunter Stanley into the fight for first.  On lap four Stanley zipped around the outside of Nelson for third, then repeated the move to dispatch Quintana’s Mighty Grip Suspension, Red Rock machine from the second spot.  Stanley’s march to the front didn’t end there, as one lap later the sixteen-year-old from Middleton, Idaho flew around McPeak for the lead. 

Once out front Stanley sped away from the field, lapping the quarter-mile asphalt oval a full half-second faster than second place Nelson.  The only thing that could slow Stanley’s Mighty Grip Suspension, Young Automotive Group machine was lapped traffic, and the youngster sped into an angry swarm of cars on lap fifteen. 

With Stanley mired in heavy traffic, quick-qualifier Nelson used his Miller Lite, Maxwell Plumbing entry’s open-track speed to close in on Stanley, who had his hands full fighting three-wide through the back markers.  With Nelson on his tail tank Stanley needed a break in the lapped cars, and with a dozen laps left the young racer flicked his sprinter out of the traffic jam. 

Nelson wasn’t so lucky, and continued to contend with slower traffic while he watched Stanley fade further and further into the distance.  Once Nelson escaped the clutches of traffic, he was left with only nine laps to erase Stanley’s full straightaway lead.  Try as the Meridian, Idaho racer might, Nelson ran out of laps to catch Stanley, who crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first. 

The race’s torrid pace left only Stanley, Nelson, and Quintana on the lead lap. 

“At first I was like, ‘man, I’m really stuck in traffic,’” Nelson said of the early going.  “Then Hunter just drove around all three of us.” 

“It’s just amazing to get another win back-to-back,” Stanley said. 

The Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars’ next stop is Saturday, August 31, at the asphalt three-eighths mile of Hermiston Raceway for White Claw Hard Seltzer’s Open Wheel Thunder on Saturday, August 31.  Alongside the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars are the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds, Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars, and the WESCO 360 Wing Sprint Championship.  For more information about the event, visit Hermiston Raceway online at www.hermistonraceway.com.  We’ll see you Saturday, August 31, at Hermiston Raceway for the White Claw Hard Seltzer Open Wheel Thunder

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