keeps Matt Rossi out of the winner's circle in ASCA main event at
By Windy McDonald
Phoenix, AZ (June 11) Jeremy Sherman had to be at his best to notch hisseventh sprint car win of
the year Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway and for the fourth time this year
he kept a driver from getting a first career win.
Sherman started eighth on the windblown, hard slick one third mile track and had
to use the low line around the one third mile track to get to the front. There
was little grip left up high so he would take it in deep down low and
slide past one car after another.
Matt Rossi, a winner in the Midgets 5 years ago when he was 14 years old, had a
fairly comfortable lead and had hopes of getting his first ever sprint car win
when a yellow flag allowed the field to close up behind him just short of the
midpoint of the 25 lap race.
Just as he had done to others before him, Sherman ended Matts dream with
one of his patented slide jobs for the lead on the 11th lap. Rossi refused to
give up and dogged the points leader to the checkered flag but fell two car
lengths short of a victory. Nathan High drove from ninth to third for his
seventh top five finish of the year. Former champions Josh Pelkey and Marty
Miller were fourth and fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Ben Gregg, Mike
Martin, Michael Bryan, Jeff Henry and Bernie Smith.
If they raced against everyone but Sherman Bobby Boone, Mike Martin and Brian
Hacker would be among those with at least one career win. Boone ran second to
Sherman in the March 12 season opener. Martin led by almost six seconds on May 7
but a yellow flag reduced his lead to nothing and Sherman made a last lap pass
to deny him his first ever win. Last week Hacker led the first 19 laps before
yielding to Sherman.
Michael Bryan started off his best night with an unexpected win in the first
heat race. Sherman started in the back row and finally took the lead from Bryan
on the sixth lap. He suddenly lost power coming out for the checkered flag and
saw Michael roar past for the win. Sherman managed to edge Nathan High for
second with Andy Reinbold fourth
The first heat was halted on the sixth lap when Chris McArthur ran over a wheel
as he battled for position and did a series of hard end over end flips down the
front straightaway. The car landed atop the infield wall on the
final flip but Chris escaped without injury.
Pelkey scored his fifth heat race win of the year with a wire to wire in the
second heat race. Scott Pasmore shared the front row with Pelkey and had a
strong run with his Checkered Auto Parts sprinter and earned a choice starting
berth in the feature with a second place finish. However, once in the main his
luck turned sour as he blew a left front tire on the parade lap and had to make
a pit stop and finished 16th. Chuck Buckman finished third in the heat with Tom
Olgle in fourth.
The third heat appeared that it would be a repeat win for Bruce St. James who
had scored his first heat win last week. However Marty Miller applied the
pressure and St. James spun while leading. Miller won a heat for the third time
with Jeff Henry, Shon Deskins and Bernie Smith also earning their way into the
The final eight lapper went to Ben Gregg who beat Rossi, Martin and Seainn
Pelkey beat Rossi, Martin and St. James in the Arizona Race Mart trophy dash. He
pocketed and extra $50 from Bill Shaver and another $50 from Grady Watkins.
SOUTHLAND FILTRATION/ASCA SPRINT CARS
Main Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Matt Rossi 3. Nathan 4. Josh Pelkey 5. Marty
Miller 6. Ben Gregg 7. Mike Martin 8. Michael Bryan 9. Jeff Henry 10. Bernie
Smith 11. Chuck Buckman 12. Jay Ervine 13. Chris Bonneay 14. Andy
Reinbold 15. Seainn Hendricsen 16. Scott Pasmore 17. Brian Hacker 18. Mike
Leslie 19. Shon Deskins 20. Tom Ogle
Lap leaders: lap 1 Bryan, laps 2-6 Gregg, laps 7-11 Rossi, laps 12-25 Sherman
1st Heat: 1. Michael Bryan 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Nathan High 4. Andy Reinbold 5.
Mike Leslie 6. Richard Ronco 7. Brian Hacker 8. Chris McArthur
2nd Heat: 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Scott Pasmore 3. Chuck Buckman 4. Tom Ogle 5. Ashley
Corey 6. Don Keesler 7. Mike Harris 8. Mike Bonneau
3rd Heat: 1. Marty Miller 2. Jeff Henry 3. Shon Deskins 4. Bernie Smith 5. Jesse
Dunham 6. Tim Beal 7. Bruce St. James 8. Bryan Hosford
4th Heat: 1. Ben Gregg 2. Matt Rossi 3. Mike Martin 4. Seainn Hendricsen 5.
Chris Bonneau 6. Jay Ervine 7. Chris Edwards
Arizona Race Mart Trophy Dash: 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Matt Rossi 3. Mike Martin 4.
Bruce St. James