Segura, Grice Go Wheel-to-Wheel for Speed Tour Victory

The Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars wrapped up a two-tracks-in-two-days double-header Sunday, September 1, with a 35 lap feature at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho.  Fifteen of the most daring sprint car pilots from along the I-84 corridor crowded the tight confines of Meridian’s quarter-mile asphalt oval as they sped toward the Construction Services and Repair Feature Flag. 

Boise, Idaho racers Aaron McPeak and Rob Grice led the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars to green.  Grice got to the gas first and used the outside line to move his A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BLG Blue sprinter to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.   

Behind Grice, the pack shuffled with racers going two and three-wide to gain ground early.  Quickest through the pack was Justin Segura, who used the high line to perfection and in just eight laps had his Dave’s Auto Body, Mr. Lucky machine in second place, a half lap back of Grice. 

Title contender Hunter Stanley also made time early in the high line.  Stanley had his Mighty Grip Suspension, Young Automotive Group racer near the top five before contact sent him sliding in turn four.  Stanley wrestled his car away from the wall but the Middleton, Idaho youngster came to rest in the middle of the track, where Waters Racing teammate Anthony Quintana of West Valley City, Utah slammed into him.  Both drivers were forced to retire from the race with suspension damage.

The restart saw Segura motor around the outside of Grice, who fell into the clutches of third place runner Cory Lockwood.  Lockwood pushed his Herold’s Auto Body, Dave Hever Race Engines entry hard to put pressure on Grice, but soon had his hands full with Meridian, Idaho’s Colton Nelson and his Miller Lite, Lissa’s Learning Ladder machine.  No sooner had Nelson made his way around Lockwood than a caution flag waved. 

The green flag waved with nine laps to go, and Segura blasted back to the lead while Nelson surprised Lockwood to take the third spot and set his sights on Grice for second.  Nelson kept pace with Grice, but didn’t have enough to make a move late, and he settled for third behind Grice and Segura. 

Upon post race inspection an infraction was discovered on Segura’s machine, which resulted in a disqualification.  This moved the win to Grice, with Nelson second and Lockwood third. 

The Speed Tour Regional Sprint Car Series wraps up its inaugural season Friday, September 20, as part of the Elliott Sportsman Classic.  All your favorite Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars combine with the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and the King of the Wing national tour for one of the biggest winged sprint car shows in the western United States.  General admission to Friday’s event is just $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and free for kids 6 and under.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m.  Stay up to speed with all the latest Speed Tour Regional Sprint Car news and notes at www.speedtoursprintcars.com and check out www.meridianspeedway.com for event information and advance tickets. 

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