ALGER, Wash. – Jason Solwold opened the 2014 edition of the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup for winged sprint cars on the right foot by winning the first preliminary feature Thursday night at Skagit Speedway
On the initial start Robbie Price, who was using a 360 engine in a field full of 410 engines, jumped out to an early advantage while Solwold charged from sixth up to second. Price enjoyed a four car length lead as he paced the field, with Solwold narrowing the advantage as the pair reached traffic around lap nine.
Price held serve with as the veteran began pressuring him on the low groove, but a lap 12 caution would stack the field up and give Solwold his best opportunity to take the lead from the 16-year-old racer. As the field powered back to green Solwold saw his opportunity, taking his car to the low side of turn one and powering into the lead as he exited turn two.
Brock Lemley, who started ninth, also made his way around Price and began chasing Solwold as the pair ran down the slower cars. With heavy slower traffic ahead, Lemley came right up to Solwold’s rear nerf, but a lap 24 caution gave Solwold a reprieve from the Lemley assault and clean air to work with.
After a dynamite restart, it was Solwold taking the win ahead of Lemley and Jared Peterson for an all Washington State top three. Kyle Hirst and Jonathan Allard completed the top five.
Jason Solwold, Brock Lemley, Jared Peterson, Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Robbie Price, Willie Croft, Henry Van Dam, Chad Hillier, Rico Abreu, Bud Kaeding, Jonathan Jorgenson, Logan Forler, Trey Starks, Kevin Smith, Marc Duperron, Steve Vague, Matt Jensen, Jesse Whitney, Barry Martinez, Daniel Anderson, Kelly Miller.