Bryan Warf returned to Rocky Mountain Raceways and the Copper Cup Classic on Saturday, this time winning the prize he seemed destined to win a year ago.
Warf, who won a Sprint Car race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval on May 30, dominated the 40-lap Copper Cup race, taking the lead on the first lap and powering his No. 91 Super Modified to the checkered flag without ever getting passed. He hit a top speed of 106 mph and his best lap on the 3/8 mile oval was a sizzling 12.626 seconds.
In qualifying, Warf set two RMR track records: he hit a top speed of 108.941 mph, and recorded a 12.392 second lap time.
If it seemed like Warf raced like he had something to prove, it’s because he did.
In 2015, the Meridian, Idaho resident fired out in front of the pack just as he did on Saturday. However, last year’s race had a shocking finish. Coming around turn one on the final lap, Warf’s motor betrayed him, conking out with the end in sight. Jim Birgis, who had been trailing Warf on the final lap, cruised in for the victory.
This time Warf would not be denied the big Copper Cup trophy, although it’s a good bet he held his breath as he drove around the final lap.
Luke Johnson finished second, Joey Payne came across in third and Rich Castor Jr. took fourth.
In other action on Saturday, Mel Andrus won the 25-lap University Federal Credit Union Winged Sprint race, hitting a top speed of 99 mph. Lonnie Adamson finished in second place and Nick Pepe took third.
Stacy Jensen won the 20-lap Crate Sprints race, besting Bob Massie, who took second place, and Don Massie finished third.
In the 20-lap Midget race, Michael Daniels took the checkered flag followed by second-place finisher Jeff Kelley and Chuck Groat, who came across in third place.
The Plum Crazy car won the 10-lap Brandon Park Roofing F-8 Trains race, finishing ahead of Zombie Slayer and Shake, Rattle N Roll.
Up next at RMR is a July 9 Oval Series event that will feature Pro Race Trucks, Maverik Modifieds, Mini Cups, Jr. Stingers and Tucker Towing Double Deckers.