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FORD AND KRUSEMAN FINISH ONE-TWO IN THE WELD WHEELS 360 FEATURE
By Windy McDonald

Phoenix, AZ (November 6) A last lap pass netted Josh Ford the win in the 360 cubic inch sprint car 30 lap feature but Ford was apologetic in the winners circle as he made contact with the leader Cory Kruseman in the final turn and that netted him the win.

Ford lined up for the 30 lap race on Manzys one third mile track in the second row on the outside of Kruseman with Josh Pelkey, the 1997 Arizona sprint car champion, and Mike Martin in the front row. Pelkey put the Total Seals Piston Rings sprinter to the front at the drop of the green but yielded the lead to Kruseman on the second lap with Martin running in third and Ford in fourth. Martin spun off the track in turn two while working the fifth lap.

While Kruseman and Ford battled for the lead all eyes were on J.T. Imperial who had led most of the season finale at Manzy and finished second to Jeremy Sherman who passed him in the closing laps.

Imperial had sold his Pick-Up to get money for a new engine and was a terror as he came flying out of the seventh row to the top five. He was running third when the leaders encountered heavy traffic. A lapped car moved down on the youngster just before the halfway point of the race and Imperials J.R. Tuttle car ran over the rear wheel of the car and did a series of violent flips down the front straightaway and off turn one. A dejected driver climbed from the heavily damaged car and walked away.

Ford made an inside move on Kruseman and took the lead on the eighth lap. He led until 22 laps had been completed and Kruseman put the Dave Ellis sprinter in front.

The two leaders ran nose to tail until the final turn of the final lap when Ford drove it in deep on the inside and pushed into Kruseman who managed to save it and crossed the line in second. Pelkey ran strong the entire race and was third at the line ahead of Nathan High who made a late charge to net fourth ahead of Jerry Coons, Jr. who was subbing for Arizona champion Eric Wilkins who underwent surgery for a kidney stone Friday evening was fifth.

Mike Leslie was sixth and Charles Davis, Jr. ended his night of hard work as the hard charger of the race as he came from 22nd to seventh. Davis started the night lined up in the back row of the C main, won that one and then qualified for the feature with a drive from 18th to fourth in the B. Mike Kirby, Jeremy Sherman and Rickie Gaunt rounded out the top ten.

Jay Ervine started on the pole in the B main which took three restarts to get it officially underway. Ervine beat fellow front row starter Bob Ream, Jr. into the first turn but five cars tangled coming off turn two with at least one car flipping. All five cars suffered damage and were unable to recover. Out for the night were James Aragon, Chris Beal, Larry Neighbors, Larry Lloyd and Brandon Lane.

A total of ten caution periods plagued the drivers in the B and only 13 of the 24 starters took the checkered flag.

One of the cautions came when Bernie Smith spun on the second restart and Charles Davis, Jr. slammed into him. Although there was some damage to both cars they were able to continue. Ervine took the lead on the offical first lap but soon yielded to Ream who led until the closing laps when he chose a high line on a yellow flag restart and Erivne shot past.

Ronnie Clark came home in third and Davis made a remarkable drive to take fourth ahead of Smith and Kelly Dennison who also transferred to the feature.

Fourteen of the scheduled sixteen starters in the C main answered the call and only nine finished. One car had scratched from the B main leaving seven spots to be filled from the C.

Davis, who had miserable luck in trying to qualify, started last and showed patience in driving to the win. Ronnie Case was second, Seainn Henricson third, Steve Sussex fourth and Ryan Linder fifth. Michael Bryan and Keith Rauch took the other two B main berths while pole sitter Scott Pasmore, Jerry Johnston, Ashley Corey, Andy Reinbold, Brian Swinehart, Jeff Henry and Rick Byler called it a night.

NAPA/BUDWEISER WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

WELD WHEELS 360 SPRINT CARS

A Main:
1. Josh Ford 2. Cory Kruseman 3. Josh Pelkey 4. Nathan High 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. 6. Mike Leslie 7. Charles Davis, Jr. 8. Mike Kirby 9. Jeremy Sherman 10. Rickie Gaunt 11. Marty Miller 12. Jay Ervine 13. R.J. Johnson 14. Charlie Fegan 15. Danny Olmstead 16. Ben Gregg 17. Kelly Dennison 18. Ronnie Clark 19. Ricky Johnson 20. Willy Grombach 21. J.T. Imperial 22. Bernie Smith 23. Bob Ream, Jr. 24. Mike Martin

Lap leaders: lap 1 Pelkey, laps 2-7 Kruseman, laps 8-22 Ford, laps 23-29 Kruseman, lap 25 Ford

B Main:
1. Jay Ervine 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Ronnie Clark 4. Charles Davis, Jr. 5. Bernie Smith 6. Kelly Dennison 7. Davey Bateman 8. Michael Bryan 9. Chuck Buckman 10. Ronnie Case 11. Bruce St. James 12. Cole Houser 13. Steve Sussex 14. Seainn Hendricson 15. Terry Shank, Jr. 16. Keith Rauch 17. Terry Belcher 18. Chris Bonneau 19. Ryan Linder 20. James Aragon 21. Chris Beal 22. Larry Neighbors 23. Larry Lloyd 24. Brandon Lane

C Main:
1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Ronnie Case 3. Seainn Hendricson 4. Steve Sussex 5. Ryan Linder 6. Michael Bryan 7. Keith Rauch 8. Scott Pasmore 9. Jerry Johnston 10. Ashley Corey 11. Andy Reinbold 12. Brian Swinehart 13. Jeff Henry 14. Rick Byler

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