Phoenix, AZ (May
1) Bob Ream, Jr. waited for the
track to come to him and then roared to a 0.92 second win over Eric Wilkins in
the May 1 Arizona Sprint Car Association feature race on Manzanita Speedway’s
half mile track.
Ream started alongside
Wilkins in the fourth row and Wilkins made his move early as he was fourth on
lap 2, third two laps later and then took over second behind Paul Norbury on the
sixth lap. At that time Ream was in fourth. When the first of two red
flags was displayed on the eighth lap it was Norbury, Wilkins and Ream. It was a
short stoppage and no injuries. However on the restart Nathan High who had moved
from 17th to eighth and Jeff McDonald made contact heading for turn
three and both cars started flipping with reports having High’s car at least
20 feet in the air. He was immediately transported
to a local hospital but was not believed to have and serious injuries. McDonald
was also later transported with undisclosed injuries.
Norbury’s third place
finish marked his first top ten effort of the year. Mike Leslie was fourth and
Jay Ervine finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were R.J. Johnson, J.T.
Imperial, Chris Bonneau, Ricky Johnson and Jeff Henry. Attrition was high as four cars had dropped out of the running in the
first five laps. Then the High/McDonald crash eliminated two more. When Chuck
Buckman coasted to a stop with seven laps remaining only 12 cars were left out
of the 20 starters.
The 29 car field was divided into four heat races with Paul Norbury and
his brother Bugs each taking wins along with Ben Gregg and Ream. Paul Norbury
beat Seainn Hendricson, Brian Hacker and McDonald as they qualified for the
feature. Main event postitions went to Wilkins, Leslie and Andy Reinbold as they
finished the second heat behind Ream. In addition to Bugs Norbury, Jay Ervine,
R.J. Johnson and Buckman transferred from the third heat. In the fourth heat Tim
Beal, Willy Grombach and Ricky Johnson finished behind Gregg.
High won the semi and Bonneau, Henry and Imperial took the remaining
berths in the feature. Imperial, the hard charger of the race with a run from 20th to
seventh, entered his first Arizona Race Mart trophy dash and took the win over
Ream, Buckman and Gregg. The point standing underwent some shuffling but Ream extended his lead
over Wilkins by 13 points and now has a 284 point margin. The Arizona Sprint Cars do not return to Manzy until May 22 when they
will race on the one third mile track.
ARIZONA SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
1. Bob Ream, Jr. 2. Eric Wilkins 3.
Paul Norbury 4. Mike Leslie 5. Jay Ervine 6. R.J. Johnson 7. J.T. Imperial 8.
Chris Bonneay 9. Ricky Johnson 10. Jeff Henry 11. Tim Beal 12. Andy Reinbold 13.
Chuck Buckman 14. Seainn Hindricson 15. Jeff McDonald 16. Nathan High 17. Ben
Gregg 18. Willy Grombach 19. Brian Hacker 20. Bugs Norbury
Lap Leaders: laps 1-14
Norbury, laps 15-25 Ream
1. Paul Norbury 2. Seainn
Hendricson 3. Brian Hacker 4. Jeff McDonald 5. Nathan High 6. Bernie Smith 7.
Mark Deskovic (no time)
1. Bob Ream, Jr. 2. Eric
Wilkins 3. Mike Leslie 4. Andy Reinbold 6. Joey Moriarity 7. Mike Miller
3rd Heat: 1. Bugs Norbury 2. Jay
Ervine 3. R.J. Johnson 4. Chuck Buckman 5. Chris Bonneau 6. Mikey Keumper 7.
1. Ben Gregg 2. Tim Beal 3.
Willy Grombach 4. Ricky Johnson 5. J.T. Imperial 6. Michael Bryan 7. Chris
1. Nathan High 2. Chris Bonneau 3.
Jeff Henry 4. J.T. Imperial 5. Joey Moriarity 6. Michael Bryan 7. Mikey Keumper
8. Mark Deskovic 9. Scott Pasmore 10. Chris McArthur 11. Bernie Smith 12. Mike
1. J.T. Imperial 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3.
Chuck Buckman 4. Ben Gregg
UNOFFICIAL ASCA POINTS
Bob Ream, Jr.
Charles Davis, Jr.