Tillman, Warf Go To Tiebreakers for Sprint Car Titleadmin
The closest point battle of the season was settled at Meridian Speedway Saturday, October 17, as the Speed Tour Sprint Cars went to tiebreakers to determine their season champion. The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Division I Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers also wrapped up their seasons, while the Teleperformance Street Stocks and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets crowded the quarter-mile asphalt oval in a bid for crucial late-season victories.
Entering the Speed Tour Sprint Car championship night, first-year winged sprint car racer Casey Tillman led multi-time open-wheel champ Bryan Warf by a single point. This lead lasted until qualifying, where Warf bested Tillman for quick-time and leveled the playing field heading into heat races.
But Tillman struck back, winning his heat while Warf could only muster a third place run after avoiding an early crash on the back stretch. This left Tillman ahead by three markers as the pair rumbled side-by-side into the night’s 35-lap feature.
The green flag waved and outside polesitter Cory Lockwood blasted past Elko, Nevada’s Bob Massie to take the early lead. This brought the high line of Colton Nelson, Warf, and Tillman forward.
Tillman worked to put his Ready Made Plastic Trays, PFC Brakes sprinter outside of Warf early, but Warf battled back on the inside to keep his Knapp Auto, Magic Valley Estate Sales machine in front of his title foe. As they ran, Warf had gained two passing points on Tillman, and one position point to again draw even in the standings.
Lapped traffic allowed Warf some breathing room over Tillman at the race’s halfway point, but Boise, Idaho’s Tillman wouldn’t stay back for long. As Warf and Tillman pushed their racers hard, Nelson’s Miller Lite, Boise Bath and Kitchen Company entry began to slow with apparent mechanical issues.
This put Warf second and Tillman third behind 2020 Meridian Speedway dominator Lockwood and his Turning Point Brands, Stinker Stores sprinter. Tillman launched one final attack on Warf as the laps wound down, but Warf held off the charge and came home second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
With the standings tied once again, the Speed Tour officials went to the rule book to determine potential tie breakers. The first tie break was average main event finish, a metric that also resulted in a tie. The second tie breaker was number of quick-times on the season, a measure which crowned Tillman the 2020 Speed Tour Sprint Car champion.
“I’ve got to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this journey,” Tillman said in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Alongside the Speed Tour Sprint Cars, the cast iron block Sportsman Sprint Cars took their final checkered flag of the season with Rob Taylor taking home the title in his Barn Burner Racing sprinter.
The Speed Tour would like to thank you for a wildly successful 2020 season. As focus shifts to the 2021 season updates will be posted as soon as they become available both here and on our Facebook page. We’ll see you at the races in 2021!