Super Modifieds made a blazing return to Meridian Speedway on Friday, as Bryan Warf set a new overall track record during qualifying for the two-day Diamond Cup.
The 31-year-old Meridian driver rounded the quarter-mile oval in 10.974 seconds, becoming the first driver to break the 11-second barrier in the history of the track. Warf also won the 40-lap Super Modified main event.
The previous record was 11.157 set by Andy Alberding of Roseburg, Ore., on June 5, 2010.
Pat Russell Racing, the owner of Warf’s No. 91 Super, takes home a $2,500 bounty for becoming the first race team to break into the 10s.
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Friday marked the first time Super Modifieds raced at Meridian since the track was repaved between the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The hand-built cars were once considered the premier division at the speedway, but the expense and intricacies required to maintain them have made them somewhat of an endangered species. The lightweight and ultra-fast open wheel cars have an average horsepower of 800 or more.
Of the 11 Super Modifieds in town for the Diamond Cup, only Warf is from Idaho.
Diamond Cup racing continues Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying is at 5 p.m., and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $18 for adults, $15.50 seniors & military, $6.50 for children ages 7-11, and free for children 6 and younger.