Stanley Speeds to First Tour Victory in Magic Valleyadmin
The fastest racers from the I-84 corridor squared off Saturday on the scorching hot high-banks of Magic Valley Speedway for the third installment of the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series. Racers from Idaho and Utah joined forces to deliver a blistering fast feature to a full house of winged sprintcar fans.
West Valley City, Utah’s Anthony Quintana and Boise, Idaho racer Mike Anderson led the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series to green on their thirty lap feature. Anderson was quick out of the blocks and roared to the lap one lead with Quintana and young Hunter Stanley in tow.
Eager to challenge for the lead, Stanley maneuvered his Mighty Grip Suspension, Young Automotive Group sprinter around Quintana’s mount and set his sights on Anderson’s Bender Electric, Ada West Dermatology entry. Anderson held off Stanley’s challenge for two laps before he, too, was dispatched. Once out front, Stanley stood on the gas pedal and gapped the field by a whole straightaway.
Behind Stanley, Meridian, Idaho’s Colton Nelson fought to find a way around fellow Treasure Valley racer Aaron McPeak. It took quick-qualifier Nelson three laps to dispatch McPeak, and a further two for him to work his Miller Lite, Boise Bath and Kitchen Company machine around Quintana. Once in the runner up position Nelson turned up the wick on his mount and sprinted toward the leader.
While Nelson zeroed in on Stanley, mechanical issues struck Mel Andrus’ entry. As the Salt Lake City, Utah racer slowed he pulled to the infield, avoiding a caution flag.
With no help from a yellow flag Nelson tracked Stanley down the old-fashioned way, laying down a bevy of lightning-fast laps along the way. With a handful of laps left Nelson sat within striking distance as lapped traffic loomed ahead.
Stanley timed his move through the back markers perfectly, leaving Nelson to negotiate them as he rounded turns one and two. This proved to be the winning move as Stanley opened just enough of a gap to take the checkers by a car length over Nelson. Anderson brought his racer home third, followed by McPeak and dirt racer Brian Robinson, who scored a top-five finish in his first race on pavement.
The Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series rolls on this Saturday night, July 27, at the quarter-mile bullring under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway. Tickets to Saturday’s open-wheel smackdown are just $12 for adults, $10 for military members and seniors 60 and over. Kids 7-11 are $7 while kids 6 and under get in free. Purchase your advance tickets online at www.meridianspeedway.com/tickets to skip the line at the gate. Don’t miss the next exciting installment of the Speed Tour Regional Sprintcar Series this Saturday, July 27, at Meridian Speedway.