Oregon Speedster Tames Hermiston Racewayadmin
Triple digit temperatures and an abrasive race track greeted the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars Saturday, August 31, as they kicked off a Labor Day weekend double-header at Hermiston Raceway in Hermiston, Oregon. Eleven of the I-84 corridor’s fastest racers from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington took the green flag for the headlining thirty lap feature.
On the break Boise, Idaho’s Aaron McPeak piloted his Boise Bath and Kitchen Company, Hugo’s Deli machine to the point early while the pack jostled for position. First to clear traffic was Middleton, Idaho’s Hunter Stanley, who quickly pulled to McPeak’s tail tank. McPeak felt the pressure, and pushed hard to keep his sprinter up front. With smoke rolling off his right rear tire McPeak stayed up front.
An early caution bunched the field and set Stanley outside of McPeak for the restart. The green flag waved and Stanley slid his way around the high side to put his Mighty Grip Suspension, RedRock machine up front. Next around McPeak was quick qualifier Kyle Alberding, who marched to Stanley’s tail tank.
With little grip on the outside Stanley pinned his sprinter to the low line while Alberding worked a diamond line as he waited for an opportunity to pounce. As lapped traffic loomed Stanley moved half a groove up in turns one and two, and Alberding threw his Holte Drilling Tools racer sideways to pull even with the leader entering turn three. Putting his dirt experience to good use, Alberding pitched his machine sideways again and completed a tire-smoking slide job to take the lead.
This left Stanley to deal with third-place Colton Nelson and his Miller Lite, Maxwell Plumbing entry. Nelson drove hard to keep pace with Stanley, but the handle on the Meridian, Idaho racer’s sprinter soured and he instead fell to Redmond, Washington’s Randy DuBois and his Geico, DuBois Construction machine.
But it all happened behind Alberding, who gave a near-capacity grandstand a smoke show as he roared across the finish line ahead of Stanley, DuBois, Nelson, and McPeak.
For the second leg of their Labor Day double-header, the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars rolled four hours east on I-84 to Meridian, Idaho’s quarter-mile bull ring. Stay tuned to www.speedtoursprintcars.com for highlights from Sunday night’s action, and be sure to follow the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcars on Facebook for all the latest news and notes from the fastest tour on I-84.