Phoenix, AZ (March 27) Saturday
night’s Arizona Sprint Car Association races could well have been billed as
the “Race of Champions” as drivers with a combined 12 Sprint Car
Championships dominated the seven event program. They won three of the four heat
races, the trophy dash and then copped the top five spots in the 25 lap main
event and four of them were lap
leaders during the event.
Bob Ream, Jr.,
the 1998 champion showed great patience in working his way from his eighth
starting position and chasing down the ’96 and’97 champion Charles Davis,
Jr. to post his second win of the season. Davis, who took the lead from his team
mate Rickie Gaunt on the eighth lap, had things under control until Ream picked
up the pace and wrested the lead from him on the 23rd lap.
the 2002 champion finished third with six time and defending champion Ricky
Johnson, up from ninth, in fourth just ahead of the ’97 champion Josh Pelkey.
Gaunt was the
only driver able to run with the champions. He started fifth and took the lead
from Pelkey on the fourth lap and was running second to Davis when he tangled
with a slower car ending his hopes of a podium finish. He rejoined the field and
drove back to an 11th place finish.
was the best of the non champions as took sixth ahead of Jeff Slinkard, Marty
Miller, R.J. Johnson and Bernie Smith. R.J. was the hard charger of the night as
he drove from 18th to nail down ninth. The night’s
only serious accident came in the running of the second heat when Nathan High
ran over the rear wheel of another competitors car, did several barrel
rolls and a couple of end over end flips. High walked away but the Jerry
Pritchett car was virtually destroyed.
Davis won the
dash and his heat race, Ream won his heat and Marty Miller, the 2000 champion
also won a heat race. Miller led the first two laps and finished eighth.
won the semi over R.J. Johnson, Jeff Henry and Casey Shuman.
ASCA SPRINT CARS
1. Bob Ream, Jr. 2.
Charles Davis, Jr. 3. Eric Wilkins 4. Ricky Johnson 5. Josh Pelkey 6. Joey
Moriarity 7. Jeff Slinkard 8. Marty Miller 9. R.J. Johnson 10. Bernie Smith 11.
Rickie Gaunt 12. Chuck Buckman 13. Kelly Dennison 14. Casey Shuman 15. Jeff
Henry 16. Mike Kuemper 17. Michael Bryan 18. Tim Beal 19. Ryan Linder 20. Mike
Lap leaders: laps 1-2 Marty
Miller, lap 3 Josh Pelkey, laps 4-7 Rickie Gaunt, laps 8-22 Charles Davis, Jr.,
laps 23-25 Bob Ream, Jr.
1. Mike Martin 2. R.J.
Johnson 3. Jeff Henry 4. Casey Shuman 5. Jay Ervine 6. Darren Hagen 7. Paul
Norbury 8. Seanin Hendricson 9. Ashley Corey 10. Scott Pasmore 11. Andy Reinbold
12. Mike Bonneau
Davis, Jr. 2. Eric Wilkins 3. Ricky Johnson 4. Michael Bryan 5. Paul Norbury 6.
Mike Bonneay 7. Jay Ervine (8 laps, time: 1:59.00)
Buckman 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Kelly Dennison 4. Ryan Linder 5. Mike Martin 6. Ashley
Corey 7. James Aragon 8. Nathan High (no time)
Miller 2. Bernie Smith 3. Jeff Slinkard 4. Tim Beal 5. Casey Shuman 6. Seainn
Hendricson 7. R.J. Johnson 8. Darren Hagen (no time)
1. Bob Ream,
Jr. 2. Rickie Gaunt 3. Joey Moriarity 4. Mike Kuemper 6. Andy Reinbold 7. Scott
Pasmore (time: 2:02.44)
Trophy dash :
1. Charles Davis,
Jr. 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Eric Wilkins 4. Bernie Smith
Bob Ream, Jr.
Charles Davis, Jr.