Middleton, ID, USA
2008 GOALS Win the Sprint Car Championship at Meridian Speedway Finish top 3 in the NSRA point’s championship Finish in the top 5 at Irwindale Speedway on USAC’s Turkey Night 2008 Race all races without a serious wreck Qualify for the Indy 500 by age 21 The 2007 Season Sierra's 2007 season began with a trip to Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing . This was a great learning experience for Sierra as well as the crew, adjusting to their first outing with the late model on the larger 1/2 mile oval. The World Series was eight nights of racing, and unfortunately, a lot of mechanical gremlins arose the first few races. Sierra responded, however, with her two best finishes being a 12th, and a 6th on the last night of the series. Sierra next moved into her first full season, at age 15, in the 360 winged sprinter, and additional local area late model races. She ended up third in both classes for the Meridian Speedway Championships, and taking most popular driver in the stock car class. Sierra had a tough learning curve in her first year of late model competition. However, she faired much better in the 360 Winged Sprint Class, seldom being out of the top five. Sierra took her first feature Sprint Car win at Meridian, casting much speculation that she is perhaps the youngest female driver to ever capture such a win. One of her most remembered achievements in 2007 was when the super winged modified racers came to Meridian, and she was running second to reluctantly give way to Troy Rager, the super modified champion, placing her in third. With barely a handful of laps remaining, she ran out of fuel ending an amazing run against the super modified field. She was featured on the front page of the Idaho Statesman, and was featured by the Spokane Review and a Spokane Television station when she raced in Spokane Washington. In 2008 Sierra and crew have serious reasons to believe that she will be a force to be reckoned with. In August of 2008, Sierra turns 16, and will be eligible to compete in Western Region USAC events, and Western Grand National events. Already, she plans on running the wingless sprint race at the famed Turkey Night event, on the 1/2 mile Irwindale Speedway Oval. 2006 Season The 2006 season found Sierra carrying on with her Legends competition, while also running the Idaho Six Cylinder Open Wheel Sprint Series. She was fourteen. Sierra made nearly every trophy dash of both classes throughout the season. She chalked up multiple wins, in both classes, while winning her class in the Legends and taking overall points in the Legend national Qualifier. On Sierra's 15th birthday, Kenny Hamilton put her into the famed 360 sprinter, the Pink Lady, the all time most winning 360 asphalt sprinter on the West Coast. She simply took the 750 hp sprinter to set quickest practice time, qualified fourth, finished fourth in the dash, was leading her heat race when a push rod bent, sending her to the pits, and starting dead last in the A main, finished fourth. When asked how was it driving a sprint car, she simply grinned from ear to ear and said, "tons of more horsepower." Following the race with the Pink Lady, Sierra finished out the 2006 season accepting a ride in the Kathie Veenstra owned number four 360 sprinter, for a season ending two day event. On Friday night she won her heat race, and finished sixth in a shortened main. Saturday Sierra again set fastest time in practice, qualified fourth, finished 3rd in the dash, won her heat race, and finished 2nd in the main. Not too bad for a young lady that was barely a month past her fifteenth birthday. 2005 Season Sierra started the season competing in the 600cc micro sprint car division. However, Meridian Speedway track owner Kenny Hamilton made a safety call when these very light weight cars were hitting outrageous speeds and cancelled the class. Sierra's Dad, Mike, promptly purchased a Legend car and Sierra campaigned it, frequently qualifying in the top four, making numerous dashes, and picking up several wins along the way. The Early Years Sierra first started racing on dirt tracks at age six. She started out in a box stock cage cart and quickly took to racing, and quickly discovered that winning was the best feeling one could have. She won the class championship, competing against mostly boys, who were mostly three to four years older than she was. She than moved into the Pro class and wasted little time in winning her first race of this class, racing in this class through 2003. In 2004 Sierra stepped into both the 250cc micro sprint class and the 600cc micro sprint class. Sierra loved the 600cc class, as both her dad and her uncle, raced in this class, and who frequently found themselves trying to chase her down for wins that Sierra frequently captured. In these early years Sierra won first place in the Owyhee Motorcycle Club Indoor Sportsman class in the 250cc class, and was second in class in the 600cc micro sprint Owyhee Motorcycle Club Indoor series. Following her early years of dirt tracking, she switched in 2005 to asphalt racing.
TrackSeries: : ASA NSRA & Meridian Speedway