Phoenix, AZ (July 31) With four former Arizona Sprint Car Association
champions in hot pursuit Jeremy Sherman mastered the traffic to score a second
straight main event win at Manzanita Speedway and Jeff Greszler took
the mini sprint car feature.
Unlike his win the previous week on
Manzy’s half mile track Sherman had plenty of company at the front of the pack
in this one. Bob Ream, Jr., the
1998 champion and current points leader, repeatedly tried to make the low groove
on the one third mile track pay off but Sherman was up to every challenge.
A jubilant Sherman explained his high
grooving, “I would rather run second in the high groove than win on the
For the second straight week most eyes
were on the 2002 champion Eric Wilkins who again had to win the semi main to
earn the 17th starting berth in the feature. With only one yellow
flag, on the sixth lap to assist
him, Eric was spectacular as he was third at the finish line and closing fast.
Josh Pelkey, the 1997 title holder, finished fourth.
Mike Martin turned in another good
drive as he came from 18th to finish sixth just behind Nathan High who
scored his eighth top five finish of the year. Rounding
out the top ten were R.J. Johnson who started 12th, J.T. Imperial, up
from 11th, Jeff Henry and 19th starter Andrew Reinbold.
Ream’s night consisted of second
place finishes in the trophy dash and in his heat race as well as the feature.
He padded his 186 point lead over Wilkins and will carry a 234 point lead into
the August 7th race.
The heat races whetted the fans
appetite as the 30 car field fought for 16 of the 20 main event berths. The
first heat race was the best as Chris Bonneau turned in a great drive to beat
Bobby Ream who came out of the back row to challenge the race long leader.
Bonneau saw the nose of Ream’s bright orange car in each turn for the last
five laps but refused to yield to the former champ and came away with his first
heat race win of the year. Marty Miller and Tim Beal earned the other two main
Brain Hacker also became a first time
winner as he beat High, Bernie Smith and Ryan Linder in the second heat which
was briefly halted when Ben Gregg bicycled in turn three and did an end over end
flip. Gregg was not injured.
The third heat saw Seaninn Hendricson
win in a race long battle
with Jeff Henry. Imperial was third and Rob Davis fourth. The
final heat went to front row starter Josh Pelkey who won over Sherman, R.J.
Johnson and Jeff Slinkard. Behind Wilkins in the 12 lap semi were Martin,
Reinbold and Jeff McDonald. Six time champion Ricky Johnson had a fire in his
car during hot laps and had to scratch from the evenings competitive racing.
Bob Ream, Jr.
SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Eric Wilkins 4. Josh Pelkey 5.
Nathan High 6. Mike Martin 7. R.J. Johnson 8. J.T. Imperial 9. Jeff Henry 10.
Andrew Reinbold 11. Marty Miller 12. Jeff Slinkard 13. Rob Davis 14. Bernie
Smith 15. Tim Beal 16. Chris Bonneau 17. Brian Hacker 18. Seainn Hendricson 19.
Ryan Linder 20. Jeff McDonald
leaders: laps 1-2 Hendricson, laps 3-25 Sherman
Heat: 1. Chris Bonneau 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Marty Miller 4. Tim Beal 5. Mike
Martin 6. James Aragon 7. Buddy Earle (DNS, Ricky Johnson---time: 2:02.75)
Heat: 1. Brian Hacker 2. Nathan High 3. Bernie Smith 4. Ryan Linder 5.
Andrew Reinbold 6. Ashley Corey 7. Willy Grombach 8. Ben Gregg
Heat: 1. Seainn Hendricson 2. Jeff Henry 3. J.T. Imperial 4. Rob Davis 5. Jeff
McDonald 6. Davey Bateman 7. Steve Sandrolini
Heat: 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. R.J. Johnson 4. Jeff Slinkard 5. Eric
Wilkins 6. Scott Pasmore (DNS, Brandon Lane)
Main: 1. Eric Wilkins 2. Mike Martin 3. Andrew Reinbold 4. Jeff McDonald 5.
Scott Pasmore 6. Willy Grombach 7. James Aragon 8. Davey Bateman 9. Steve
Sandrolini 10. Buddy Earle
Dash: 1. R.J. Johnson 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Josh Pelkey 4. Mike Martin