|Phoenix, AZ (October 30) One of
the largest fields of non winged Sprint Cars in recent history will
be converging at Manzanita Speedway for the November 7, 8 and 9
running of the NAPA Auto Parts/Budweiser Western World Championships
and the field is loaded with big name drivers. Over 50 SCRA and USAC
drivers will be racing all three nights on Manzy's half mile track
while another 50-60 360 c.i. Sprinters race on the third mile track
Friday and Saturday night. To make it even better, 25-35 Mini
Sprints are also on the card and will be running the short track
Thursday and Saturday nights.
The annual SCRA vs USAC
challenge has an entry list that reads like a "Who's Who"
of Sprint Car Racing. Representing USAC will be the 2002 Stoops
Freightliner Sprint champion Tracy Hines; last year's sprint champ
and 2002 Silver Crown titlist J.J. Yeley; former Sprint Car champion
Tony Elliott; Midget points leader Dave Darland as well as Bud
Kaeding, Levi Jones and Brian Tyler. Then add Jerry Coons, Jr. who
was eighth in the Silver Crown standings and New Jersey's Billy
Pauch and Travis Rilat of Texas and the east and midwest are well
Jeremy Sherman, the defending
Western World champion, defending SCRA champ Cory Kruseman, three
time champion Richard Griffin and all of SCRA's top ten will try to
maintain their dominance over the invaders. They can expect help
from former Arizona champions Charles Davis, Jr. and Bob Ream,
The 360 races, under the
sponsorship of yrurenting.com and DMC Financial brings together a
strong field that includes Davis, Ream, 2002 Arizona champion
Eric Wilkins, 1997 champion Josh Pelkey, five time Arizona titlist
Ricky Johnson, Colorado's Keith Rauch, California's Josh Ford, Kyle
Hancock, Tony Everhart, Chris Tramel and Mark Deskovick, Jay Ervine
of Las Vegas and New Mexico's John Ziehl..
The Western will also mark the
sprint car debut of midget champion R.J. Johnson, who at 15 years of
age is the youngest driver to ever claim a championship in an adult
division. He is the son of Ricky Johnson.
Terry Palmer, Charles Mokry,
Dustin Carmony, Duane Adams, Mark Stroh, Danny Mathus, Dave
Alexander, Mike Kuemper and Scott Pasmore are among the Mini Sprint
drivers entered in their part of the Western.
Tickets remain available and
reservations may be placed at 602 276-7575.