drivers who race with the Arizona Sprint Car Association who
are feeling frustatations over the dominance of their division by
Jeremy Sherman can take solace in the fact that they are not alone. He has
been just as tough with the Arizona Midget Racing Association and is looking
forward to another shot the California Sprint cars on September 27.
Sherman decimated the 32 car field Saturday night with one of his best
drives of the year. Last week he started 12th and did not take the
lead until the nineteenth lap. Saturday night he came out of the sixth row,
had the lead on the sixth lap and with no caution flags to slow him lapped all
but seven drivers in the 20 car starting field in the 25 lap feature.
Sherman’s first start of the year came in the Gary Sokola Classic for
the SCRA. He borrowed a 410 c.i. engine from Steve Cushman and won the race
for the second year in a row. He bummed a ride in the Stacey Fuller car and
finished second a week later but did not win an ASCA event until he drove Tim
Beal’s car to the winner’s circle on April 26.
Sherman sat out until May 31 when he took the Bob Price car to a 14th
place finish. His season really did not start until Dave Ellis finally
received an engine for the 21j car for the July 26 outing which he won. Since
then it has been an awesome run. His win Saturday night was his fourth
straight, his sixth in the last seven events. His streak is marred only by a
fifth place finish on August 16.
The Saturday night card featured two different tracks. The heat races
and the semi main was strictly a low groove track but after a brief sprinkle
from the water truck it was again a “pushing the cushion” main event.
Ashley Corey, making only his second start of the year, beat R.J.
Johnson into the first turn and led the first three laps before Ricky Johnson,
up from tenth took over. Johnson, locked in a tight battle for the points
lead, led only two laps before Sherman used one his patented slide jobs,
wrested the lead from him.
It did not take long for Sherman to get in traffic where he is a
master. He opened up a straightaway lead over Johnson who slipped over the
cushion with about five laps to go and dropped to fifth. Bob Ream, Jr. took up
the chase but had to settle for his best finish of the year as he beat Eric
Wilkins for the second place money. Brandon Lane started fourth and was in
that position at Dave Cushman’s checkered flag. Johnson’s fifth place
finish was one better that Josh Pelkey who is closing in on Ricky’s points
lead. Nathan High was the last car on the lead lap in seventh. Mike Martin,
Davey Bateman and Paul Norbury rounded out the top ten.
The time for the 25 lapper was 7:12.05.
cut Johnson’s point margin from 36 to 21 when he bested Sherman in the
trophy dash. Both contenders for
the driving title were second in their heats and Johnson moved back to a 26
point edge by beating Josh in the feature.
Paul Norbury won the trophy dash with Joey Moriarity, Jay Ervine and
Jeff Henry earning the other main event transfer spots.
Lane beat Ream, Corey and Bernie Smith in the first eight lap heat
race; Sherman was ahead of Johnson, Wilkins and Andy Reinbold in the second
heat’ High kept Pelkey, Bugs Norbury and Willy Grombach at bay in the third
heat and R.J. Johnson was better than Jeff Branaman, Bateman and Martin in the
Although plagued by yellow flags through the preliminary races the only
serious accident carme in the semi when cars stacked up following a restart
and Buddy Earle went end over end. He was uninjured.
1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Eric Wilkins 4. Brandon Lane 5. Ricky
Johnson 6. Josh Pelkey 7. Nathan High 8. Mike Martin 9. Davey Bateman 10. Paul
Norbury 11. Bugs Norbury 12. Ashley Corey 13. Jeff Henry 14. Jay Ervine 15.
R.J. Johnson 16. Bernie Smith 17. Joey Moriarity 18. Willy Grombach 19. Andy
Reinbold 20. Jeff Branaman (25 laps-Time: 7:12.05)
leaders: laps 1-3 Corey, laps 4-5, Ricky Johnson, laps 6-25 Sherman
1. Paul Norbury 2. Joey Moriarity 3. Jay Ervine 4. Jeff Henry 5. Justin Fisher
6. Bruce St. James 7. Scott Pasmore 8. Darren Hagen 9. Jesse Dunham 10. Mike
Keumper 11. J.T. Imprial 12. Chuck Buckman 13. Brian Hacker 14. Tim Beal 15.
Shon Deskins 16. Buddy Earle
1. Brandon Lane 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Ashley Corey 4. Bernie Smith 5. Paul
Norbury 6. Justin Fisher 7. Tim Beal 8. Buddy Earle
1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Ricky Johnson 3. Eric Wilkins 4. Andy Reinbold 5. Bruce
St. James 6. Jay Ervine 7. Jeff Henry 8. Chuck Buckman
1. Nathan High 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Bugs Norbury 4. Willy Grombach 5. Brian
Hacker 6. Mike Keumper 7. J.T. Imperial 8. Joey Moriarity
1. R.J. Johnson 2. Jeff Branaman 3. Davey Bateman 4. Mike Martin 5. Jesse
Dunham 6. Shon Deskins 7. Darren Hagen 8. Scott Pasmore
1. Josh Pelkey 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Davey Bateman 4. Bob Ream, Jr.