AZ (October 18) In what has become the norm in open wheel racing at Manzanita
Speedway Jeremy Sherman ran wild in Saturday nightís Buddy Taylor Memorial
race. Sherman decimated the 35 car field in the Arizona Sprint Car Association
25 lap feature on the half mile track and was equally as dominant in the Midget
portion of the tripleheader.
While Sherman was adding two more wins to his season total the father/son
tandem of Ricky and R.J. Johnson were having a wild celebration of their own as
they each captured driving titles. Ricky now stands alone with a total of eight
championships, six in the Sprint Cars, one in Midgets and one in Dirt Modifieds,
and R.J., at the tender age of 16 won the Midget title for the second straight
had his usual sixth row starting berth in the Sprint Car feature but had powered
the Dave Ellis chevy into second by the third lap. He chased down early the
early leader, Darren Hagen, and grabbed the lead the sixth time around Manzyís
half mile track. The pass came after a multicar pileup stopped the race as Bobby
Seals flipped violently and cars driven by Eric Wilkins, Mike Martin, Brandon
Lane and Josh Pelkey were also involved. Seals was transported to a nearby
hospital for observation and the other drivers, were able to make minor repairs
and continue but Martin pitted again and called it a night.
remaining 20 laps were caution free and Sherman finished 10.53 seconds ahead of
the í98 champion Bob Ream, Jr. with Hagen taking third ahead of Justin Fisher
and Bugs Norbury. Only eight cars
were able to stay on the lead lap with Ricky Johnson, Matthew Rossi and Nathan
High trailing. Wilkins, the defending champion, finished ninth, a lap down with
Paul Norbury in tenth. The 19 laps in front of the pack raised Shermanís lap
led total for the year to 131.
cars competed in the four heat races with only Davey Batemanís #18 and Casey
Shumanís #35 missing the action. Bateman secured a ride in the J.R. Tuttle car
after blowing a head gasket but Shuman, trying out his ride for the first time
had terminal problems.
Lane beat Ream, Sherman and Mike Leslie in the first eight lapper to secure
starting berths in the feature. In the second heat it was a determined Ricky
Johnson who went after the points and bested Jeff Henry, Rossi and Paul Norbury.
Bugs Norbury scored his sixth heat race win of the year as he held off Josh
Pelkey, Martin and Kaylene Verville. Four more spots in the feature went to
Charlie Fegan, Seals, Hagen and Brian Hatcher in the final heat.
Fisher, who ran fifth in the second heat set a new 12 lap record in winning the
semi main over Wilkins, High and Larry Lloyd. His time of 1:04. 62 was over four
seconds quicker than the old mark of 4:09.95 set by Chris Bonneau last June.
won his first Arizona Race Mart trophy dash with Rossi, High and Shuman in
SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION (1/2 MILE TRACK)
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Darren Hagen 4. Justin Fisher 5.
Bugs Norbury 6. Ricky Johnson 7. Matthew Rossi 8. Nathan High 9. Eric Wilkins
10. Paul Norbury 11. Josh Pelkey 12. Brandon Lane 13. Larry Lloyd 14. Jeff Henry
15. Charlie Fegan 16. Mike Leslie 17. Kaylene Verville 18. Brian Hacker 19. Mike
Martin 20. Bobby Seals
Leaders: laps 1-6 Hagen, laps 7-25 Sherman
Main: 1. Justin Fisher 2. Eric Wilkins 3. Nathan High 4. Larry Lloyd 5. Jess
Dunham 6. Bernie Smith 7. Davey Bateman 8. Jay Ervine 9. Jimmy Norman 10. Andy
Reinbold 11. Mark Deskovick 12. Brian Swinehart 13. R.J. Johnson 14. Alex Pruett
(12 laps-Time 4:04.62 NTR)
Heat: 1. Brandon Lane 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Jeremy Sherman 4. Mike Leslie 5. Larry
Lloyd 6. Bernie Smith 7. Willy Grombach 8. Travis Cooley
Heat: 1. Ricky Johnson 2. Jeff Henry 3. Matthew Rossi 4. Paul Norbury 5. Justin
Fisher 6. Jesse Dunham 7. Jimmy Norman 8. Alex Pruett 9. Mark Deskovick
Heat: 1. Bugs Norbury 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Mike Martin 4. Kaylene Verville 5. Eric
Wilkins 6. Jay Ervine 7. Nathan High 8. Davey Bateman
Heat: 1. Charlie Fegan 2. Bobby Seals 3. Darren Hagen 4. Brian Hacker 5. R.J.
Johnson 6. Brian Swinehart 7. Andy Reinbold 8. Michael Bonneau
Dash: 1. Ricky Johnson 2. Matthew Rossi 3. Nathan High 4. Casey Shuman
FINAL ASCA POINTS
did not take Sherman long to get to the front
in the Midget main and after taking the lead from R. J. Johnson on the
third lap he lead the final 17 laps on his way to his sixteenth overall
win of the year, his sixth in the Midgets.
That put his laps led total at 85. Van Knill made a late charge to finish
second with Justin Fisher third, giving the youngster two top four finishes and
a new track record for the night. Fourth went to Mike Leslie with Terry Palmer
getting his sixth top five finish of the year. Rounding out the top ten were
R.J. Johnson, David Rosales, Mike Courtney, Jesse Turner and Adam Young.
who became the nationís youngest champion when he won the AMRA title last year
and his sixth place finish was more than enough to take the crown again. However
R.J. would have preferred to have David Birmingham, Jr. competing Saturday night
and settled the championship on the track. The AMRA hit Birmingham with a $600
fine as they placed the blame on him for
a trophy dash crash in the last outing. Birmingham elected to sit it out and
that took him out of contention for a second driving championship and he dropped
to third in the final standings.
Ellis captured his second heat race win of the year and secured the rookie of
the year title as he beat Knill, Leslie and Johnson. Sherman had no trouble in
winning the second heat over Fisher, Courtney and Jeff Perry. Dino Tomassi
flipped during the running of the second heat. He was uninjured but he was
through for the night.
beat Leslie, Rosales and Palmer in
winning his second trophy dash of the year.
MIDGET RACING ASSOCIATION (1/3rd MILE TRACK)
Event: 1.Jeremy Sherman 2. Van Knill 3. Justin Fisher 4. Mike Leslie 5. Terry
Palmer 6. R.J. Johnson 7. David Rosales 8. Mike Courtney 9. Jesse Turner 10.
Robert Ellis 11. Adam Young 12. Amy Maris 13. Jeff Perry 14. Dale Daly
Leaders: laps 1-3 Johnson, laps 4-20 Sherman
Heat: 1. Robert Ellis 2. Van Knill 3. Mike Leslie 4. R.J. Johnson 5. Terry
Palmer 6. David Rosales 7. Amy Maris 8. Dale Daly
Heat: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Justin Fisher 3. Mike Courtney 4. Jeff Perry 5. Adam
Young 6. Cole Houser 7. Jesse Turner 8. Dino Tamossi
Dash: 1. Mike Courtney 2. Mike Leslie 3. David Rosales 4. Terry Palmer
ASCA FINAL POINTS
David Birmingham, Jr.
For Charles Mokry the 2003 Mini Sprint Car season did not live up to his
expectations but he got some solace out of taking a hard fought win in the final
race of the year. It marked only his second win of the year on the Manzanita
clay and the race was not decided until the Steve Cushman waved the checkered
Mokry got by early leader Tim Ogle and built a lead but Dustin Carmany
was on the move. After finally grabbing the second spot he cut into Mokryís
lead and it appeared that he was set for one of his patented final turn passes.
The two race hard into turn three of the final lap and Carmony shot to the
inside as they exited turn four. However he had no magic this night and was a
car length back as they flashed across the finish line.
Ogle hung on for third with Jeff Greszler who had already clinched his
first driving championship holding off Scott Pasmore for fifth. Rounding out the
top ten were two time winner Danny Mathus, three time winner Kiley Fellers,
Thomas Ogle, defending champion Brandon George and Dallas Caldwell
Scott Birdzell set a new ten lap record of 2:42.16 in winning the semi
main. The old record, the oldest in the book was a 2:43.69 clocking by Greszler
on July 4, 1997. Caldwell trailed Birdzell across the line ahead of Mark Stroh,
Robert Mobley and Tony Osuch.
Mathus put his name atop the list of heat race winners as he scored his
sixth win over Pasmore, Carmony, Tim Ogle and Caldwell. The second heat went to
Dennis Parks who bested Fellers, Jim Prebble, Trey Deane and Birdzell. The final
heat saw Thomas Ogle win over Mokry, Greszler, George and Stroh.
Carmony beat Mathus, Fellers, Parks and Mobley in winning the George S.
Thompson Company/Walton Construction trophy dash for the third time this year.
MINI SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION (1/3rd MILE TRACK)
Event: 1. Charles Mokry 2. Dustin Carmony 3. Tim Ogle 4. Jeff Greszler 5. Scott
Pasmore 6. Danny Mathus 7. Kiley Fellers 8. Thomas Ogle 9. Brandon George 10.
Dallas Caldwell 11. Mark Stroh 12. Dennis Parks 13. Scott Birdzell 14. Tony
Osuch 15. Robert Mobley 16. Jeff Henry 17. Jim Mattison 18. Brian Arnty 19. Jim
Prebble 20. Trey Deane
Leaders: laps 1-8 Tim Ogle, laps 9-20 Mokry
Main: 1. Scott Birdzell 2. Dallas Caldwell 3. Mark Stroh 4. Robert Mobley 5.
Tony Osuch 6. Jeff Henry 7. Jim Mattison 8. Brian Arnty 9. Kurt Stults 10. Rick
Alexander 11. Don Keesler 12. Michael Young (10 laps, Time: 2:42.16, NTR)
Heat: 1. Danny Mathus 2. Scott Pasmore 3. Dan Carmony 4. Tim Ogle 5. Dallas
Caldwell 6. Robert Mobley 7. Jim Mattison 8. Brian Arnty 9. Kurt Stults
Heat: 1. Dennis Parks 2. Kiley Fellers 3. Jim Prebble 4. Trey Deane 5. Scott
Birdzell 6. Tony Osuch 7. Rick Alexander 8. Brian Shaw
Heat: 1. Thomas Ogle 2. Charles Mobley 3. Jeff Greszler 4. Brandon George 5.
Mark Stroh 6. Jeff Henry 7. Don Keesler 8. Michael Young
Dash: 1. Dustin Carmony 2. Danny Mathus 3. Kiley Fellers 4. Dennis Parks (4
laps, Time: 1:03.58 NTR)