Tillman, Grice Score Stinker Store 50 Victoriesadmin
Meridian Speedway celebrated Independence Day with the Speed Tour Sprint Cars powered by Pit Stop USA as they contested the annual Stinker Stores Firecracker 50. Alongside the fastest short track racers in the Northwest, the Pepsi Sprintcars, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Project Filter Pro-4s, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets battled the heat and each other to take home a Weed Man Lawn Care Feature Flag.
Marlon Pense and Aaron McPeak led the Speed Tour Sprint Cars powered by Pit Stop USA to green for the first of their two 25-lap features. As the pack dove into turn one Pense and McPeak made contact and jumped sideways in front of the field.
Miraculously, no significant damage was suffered in the ensuing jam up, and the field charged on. Quick to take advantage of the confusion was Bryan Warf, who piloted his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Ace Powder Coating sprinter around the high line and into third from his mid-pack starting spot after just one lap.
With ten laps of intense action in the books, defending Speed Tour Sprint Car champion Casey Tillman found himself fourth on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard as a caution flag flew. This brought Tillman alongside Warf on row two for the restart, with McPeak and Lyons up front.
The green flag waved again and Warf shot out of the blocks, looking to sneak below Lyons’ Stinker Stores, Sunroc sprinter to take the runner-up spot. Lyons slammed the door on Warf, which broke the Meridian, Idaho driver’s momentum and allowed Tillman to slingshot past on the outside.
Lyons would not relinquish the second spot without a fight, and as Tillman blazed a trail around the high side contact was made. Both drivers slid sideways through turns three and four, but managed to hang onto their machines.
Tillman emerged with his YMC, Inc., PFC Brakes racer in the runner up spot, and just two laps later would track down an ailing McPeak to take the night’s first Weed Man Lawn Care Feature Flag.
“Actually, after the 22 car got together with me there it felt really good,” Tillman said. “So, I just kept driving.”
As dusk began to fall on the quarter-mile, the Speed Tour Sprint Cars powered by Pit Stop USA roared to life once again for the second half of the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50.
Front row starters Rob Grice and Preston Henderson blasted through turns one a two without incident as the pack jockeyed for position behind them. Grice used the inside line to take the lead, and immediately built a comfortable gap between his Fat Guys Fresh Deli, Valley Crankshaft sprinter and the rest of the competition.
Behind Grice, Warf, Tillman, and Colton Nelson rushed through the pack and staked their claim on the second, third, and fourth spots respectively. But try as this trio might there was no catching Grice, who cruised to his first Speed Tour Sprint Car victory at Meridian Speedway.
With the first half of the Speed Tour Sprint Cars powered by Pit Stop USA campaign in the books, attention turns to the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, which will kick off the season’s stretch run on Saturday, July 17. Stay tuned to www.SpeedTourSprintCars.com for further information as the event approaches. We’ll see you in East Wenatchee, Washington on Saturday, July 17, for Thunder in the Valley, featuring the Speed Tour Sprint Cars and Modifieds powered by Pit Stop USA.