AZ (August 21) With over 100 cars in the pits and the grandstands full,
Manzanita Speedway put the finishing touches on the running of its 53rd
anniversary races Saturday night. Jeremy Sherman was the center of attention as
he scored his fourth win of the year in record time in the 25 lap sprint car
race on the half mile track. Points leader Anthony Madrid scored his second win
of the year in the dirt modified
feature which was also contested on the big track. Thomas Ogle captured the mini
sprint car main event and Tim Jones prevailed in the dwarf car races on the one
third mile oval.
who also won last year’s anniversary race, stared tenth and chased down Josh
Pelkey on the fifth lap and then lapped all but four cars as he knocked almost a
full minute off the 25 lap record. His time was 8:46.16 compared to the old
record of 9:39.96 set in the 2002 anniversary
show by Marty Miller.
We worked on the set-up and did not have it quite right early but Fred hit it
just right for the feature as it was near perfect. The top of the track finally
wore out a little but the car was just as good when I moved down,” Sherman
said in the winner’s circle.
the time the green flag dropped until he
moved out front you could sense that Sherman was on a mission to keep Eric
Wilkins and Josh Pelkey from getting away from him. He took third from Wilkins
on the third lap and made a great slide job to take the lead a lap later.
While the actual race was run in record time it did not get off to a good
start as a three car crash in the first turn halted action almost before it
began. The crash started with a spin by Chuck Buckman who started on the outside
of the front row. Seainn Hendricson tried to avoid the melee but caught the wall
and flipped. Mike Leslie, who had earlier beat Sherman in the semi main,
suffered extensive damage to his car when he hit Buckman. No drivers were
injured but all three cars were sidelined.
Wilkins and Pelkey diced for second and Wilkins finally took advantage of
heavy traffic to move into second but by then Sherman had fashioned a commanding
lead. Wilkins blew a tire coming off the final turn and barely beat Pelkey to
the checkered flag,. R.J. Johnson was in fourth.
The ASCA points leader Bob Ream, Jr. had a bad night early but it turned
out well. He flipped hard in the running of the trophy dash and it appeared he
would lose his points lead to Wilkins. However he bummed a ride in the car
assigned to Tim Beal and tagged the 13 car field in the 12 lap semi main which
put 8 drivers into the feature behind the top 12 in points.
When he crossed the finish line in ninth it again
seemed that his night was over. However Nathan High had problems in the
trophy dash and had to scratch from the feature and that moved Ream into the 20th
starting spot. He drove to fifth, the final driver on the lead lap. His drive
allowed him to remain atop the standings but Wilkins has closed to within 96
points of the lead with six races remaining on the 2004 schedule.
Rounding out the top ten were Chris Bonneau, Ricky Johnson, Bernie Smith,
Brian Hacker and Bruce St. James. Chris
McArthur did a very high end over end flip in the semi and his car erupted in
flames. He quickly extricated himself and then jogged to his pits uninjured.
The next outing at Manzanita is scheduled for September 18th
when they share the 1/3rd mile track with the Dirt Modifieds
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Eric Wilkins 3. Josh Pelkey 4. R.J. Johnson 5. Bob
Ream, Jr. 6. Chris Bonneau 7. Ricky Johnson 8. Bernie Smith 9. Brian Hacker 10.
Bruce St. James 11. Ben Gregg 12. Willy Grombach 13. Andy Reinbold 14. Jeff
Henry 15. J.T. Imperial 16. Shon Deskins 17. Nathan High 18. Chuck Buckman 19.
Mike Leslie 20. Seainn Hendricson (25 laps, Time: 8:46.16—new track record)
leaders: laps 1-4 Pelkey, laps 5-25 Sherman
Main: 1. Mike Leslie 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Brian Hacker 4. Willy Grombach 5. Ben
Gregg 6. Seainn Hendricson 7. Shon Deskins 8. Bruce St. James 9. Bob Ream, Jr.
10. Mike Miller 11. Steve Sandroline 12. Chris McArthur
Dash: 1. Chuck Buckman 2. Eric Wilkins 3. Nathan High 4. Bob Ream, Jr.