SHERMAN STARTS 16th, FINISHES FIRST
by Windy McDonald
Phoenix, AZ (June 4) For the first time this year Jeremy Sherman failed
to win his heat race. In fact he barely made the feature when he finished fourth
in the final heat race and that put him in the eighth row for the start of the
25 lap feature. He showed great patience as he slowly worked his way toward the
front. He kept the Fred Bryan sprinter in the high groove except for a low line
pass on Nathan High to take move into second.
Race long leader Brian Hacker was fast on the bottom of the one third mile track
as he held off Bobby Boone for the first ten laps. He then had Nathan High who
was also running the low groove breathing down his neck.
Holding Boone and High back was one thing. Trying to hold back Sherman who has
mastered Manzy since moving into the F&E Development sprint is something
Sherman took advantage of a yellow flag to close the distance and then after
repeated tries on the outside he finally edged past Hacker. Even then Hacker
refused to give up and continued to keep the Dura Plumbing car on the bottom of
the track. He pulled even with Sherman at the white flag starting the last lap.
Sherman’s last lap was too much for Hacker as he was wide open on the top of
the track in turns one and two and that sealed the win as he crossed the finish
line with a two car length advantage.
High finished third, Bernie Smith was fourth and Bobby Boone took fifth.
Rounding out the top ten were Shon Deskins, Josh Pelkey, Marty Miller, Chris
Edwards and Ashley Corey.
With less than ten laps remaining there were still 17 cars running and they were
all on the lead lap.
Bruce St. James used a front row start to good advantage as he pulled away from
the field in the Whitey Owens prepared car to win the first heat race. High
finished second with Smith in third and Jay Ervine fourth.
Matt Rossi was a wire to wire winner in the second heat with Deskins, Miller and
Corey taking other main event transfer spots.
The third heat belonged to Mike Martin as he beat Boone, Chris Bonneau and Jimmy
Drinan. Drinan had problems and scratched from the main event meaning that five
spots would be open for the semi main drivers.
Sherman drew the highest number of the evening which put him in the back rowfor
the final heat. He ran near the back for the first four laps but then moved into
fifth, still not enough to make the feature. He was battling Scott Pasmore for
fourth when Chris Edwards lost power coming out for the checkered flag. It was
close but both Sherman and Pasmore managed to miss Edwards with Scott going low
and Sherman high. Passmore took third behind Pelkey and Hacker with Sherman
taking the final main event berth.
The Bob Bishop crew had made the necessary repairs to the Bullseye Realty car
driven by Edwards and he took it to a win in the 15 lap semi. Chuck Buckman was
the show as he started 16th and finished second. Tim Beal, Andy Reinbold and
Chris McArthur also transferred to the feature.
For the second week in a row Sherman won the Arizona Race Mart trophy dash with
rookie drive Tim Ogle taking second ahead of Reinbold and Miller.
Sherman’s win, coupled with a seventh place finish by Pelkey, built his points
lead to 295 points even though he has missed one race. High moved past Matt
Rossi to take over third. Fifth ranked Jeff Henry sat out the race due to
illness and it cost him two positions as Mike Martin moved from sixth to fifth
and Boone’s fifth place finish vaulted him from 10th to sixth. Bob Ream, Jr.,
after demolishing his car the previous week, did not compete and
dropped out of the top ten.
UNOFFICIAL ASCA POINTS
1.. Jeremy Sherman
2.. Josh Pelkey
3.. Nathan High
4.. Matt Rossi
5.. Mike Martin
6.. Bobby Boone
7.. Jeff Henry
8.. Mike Leslie
9.. Jay Ervine