AZ (August 7) With a total of 58 cars on hand (31 Sprints and 27 Dirt
Modifieds) and using both the one third mile and the half mile tracks, Manzanita
Speedway had one of the best doubleheaders of the season.
Sherman scored his third straight win in Saturday night’s Arizona Sprint Car
Association main event on Manzanita Speedway’s one third mile track but this
one, unlike the previous two, did not come easy. Sherman started sixth and
methodically worked his way to the front. He took second from unheralded Chris
Bonneau who led the first 12 laps and then slipped past R.J. Johnson for the
lead on the 18th circuit. Johnson exited a lap later with mechanical
Bonneau lined up in the front row for the start of the 25 lap main event and
steadily built his lead while Jeff McDonald, Andy Reinbold, Nathan High, Eric
Wilkins and Sherman were nose to tail and side by side in their efforts to gain
second and have a shot at the leader. Meanwhile
R.J. Johnson was on the move from his fifth row starting berth and joined the
battle. He finally made it to second and then, following a rare yellow flag,
managed to wrest the lead from Bonneau on the 12th lap.
same yellow flag aided Sherman as he drove the Fred Bryan Buckley past Bonneau
and started applying pressure to Johnson. Misfortune hit the 17 year old third
ranked driver on the 17th lap and he gave up the lead to Sherman. His
car quit him on the next lap ending his great run.
ASCA fielded their usual 31 cars with only the top 20 making the feature. Bob
Ream, Jr., the 1998 champion and current points leader blew an engine at the
green flag and gave up 85 of his 219 point lead as Eric Wilkins, his closest
pursuer finished fourth behind Sherman, Nathan High and Bonneau. Josh Pelkey
gave the Joey Moriarity sprinter another good drive as he came from 15th
to finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Brian Hacker, Andy Reinbold, Bugs
Norbury, Ricky Johnson and Jeff Slinkard.
got his evening off to a good start as he passed Sherman in the first heat race
to take his ninth heat win of the year. In addition to the two front runners
R.J. Johnson and Brian Hacker earned spots in the feature.
The second heat went to Wilkins who also became a nine time heat race
winner. Bonneau finished a strong second with Chris McArthur and Bugs Norbury
trailing. The third heat went to Chuck
Buckman over Reinbold, Willy Grombach and Pelkey.
High took the win in the final sprint car heat with Jeff McDonald, Tim
Beal and J.T. Imperial trailing.
only four spots left open in the feature Jeff Slinkard drove hard and took the
win in the 12 lap semi main. Jeff Henry drove from fifth to take second with
Ricky Johnson making a late run to get third ahead of Bernie Smith.
Hacker scored his first ever trophy dash win as he made it look easy in
beating Pelkey, Bonneau and Seainn Hendricson.
sprint cars will return for Manzanita’s 53rd Anniversary races on
August 21 when they will be on Manzy’s half mile track.
SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Nathan High 3. Chris Bonneau 4. Eric Wilkins 5. Josh
Pelkey 6. Brian Hacker 7. Andy Reinbold 8. Bugs Norbury 9. Ricky Johnson 10.
Jeff Slinkard 11. Chuck Buckman 12. Jeff Henry 13. Chris McArthur 14. Bernie
Smith 15. Willy Grombach 16. Tim Beal 17. R.J. Johnson 18. J.T. Imperial 19.
Jeff McDonald 20. Bob Ream, Jr.
leaders: laps 1-12 Bonneau, laps 13-17 R.J. Johnson, laps 18-25 Sherman
Heat: 1. Bob Ream, Jr. 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. R.J. Johnson 4. Brian Hacker 5. Jeff
Slinkard 6. Jeff Henry 7. Ashley Corey 8. Mike Leslie (8 laps, time: 2:04.86)
Heat: 1. Eric Wilkins 2. Chris Bonneau 3. Chris McArthur 4. Bugs Norbury 5.
Seainn Henrdricson 6. Bernie Smith 7. James Aragon 8. Paul Norbury (Time:
Heat: 1. Chuck Buckman 2. Andy Reinbold 3. Willy Grombach 4. Josh Pelkey 5.
Marty Miller 6. Ben Gregg 7. Shon Deskins 8. Buddy Earle (Time: 2:03.71)
Heat: 1. Nathan High 2. Jeff McDonald 3. Tim Beal 4. J.T. Imperial 5. Brandon
Lane 6. Ricky Johnson 7. Scott Pasmore (no time)
Main: 1. Jeff Slinkard 2. Jeff Henry 3. Ricky Johnson 4. Bernie Smith 5. Brandon
Lane 6. Ben Gregg 7. Ashley Corey 8. Scott Pasmore 9. James Aragon 10. Seainn
Hendricson 11. Shon Deskins 12. Marty Miller 13. Mike Leslie
Dash: 1. Brian Hacker 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Chris Bonneau 4. Seainn Hendricson (4
laps, time: 1:01.91)
ASCA POINT STANDINGS