CLEAN SWEEP FOR SHERMAN
By Windy McDonald
Phoenix, AZ (July 16) With three former track champions in pursuit Jeremy
Sherman pulled away in the closing laps to post his ninth Arizona Sprint Car
Association feature win of the year and out of state drivers took the top four
positions in the Barnett Harley Davidson Dirt Modified Championships tour event
Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway.
Scott Pasmore led the first three laps in the 25 lap sprint car main event and
then gave way to Bob Ream, Jr. with Sherman giving chase. Ream, the 1998
champion and Sherman, the current points leader, put on a ten lap display of
close, clean racing before Sherman finally took the lead on the 13th lap.
Sherman had made repeated tries for the lead and a slide job put him in front on
the eighth lap but he slid wide and Ream made a cut back move that had him back
Sherman started pulling away after moving to the lead and Charles Davis, Jr.,
making his second start of the year, moved by Ream on the 16th lap and took up
the chase. Davis was almost five seconds behind the leader but slowly closed the
gap. However he was never a serious threat as he gave the Ashley Corey car a
The pace was fast and Sherman was lapping cars with Davis, the 1996 and ’97
ASCA champion, hoping to repeat the win he achieved in his only other appearance
with the ASCA. In that one he came from 17th to nip Sherman in the closing laps.
This time it was not going to happen as Sherman stayed full throttle through the
traffic and had a 4.69 second advantage over Davis at the checkered flag.
Ream maintained third with 2000 champion Marty Miller in fourth and R.J. Johnson
in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Bruce St. James, Jeff Henry, Brian
Hacker, Jesse Dunham and Shon Deskins.
Sherman’s win greatly increased his points lead as his closest pursuers had
difficult outings. Josh Pelkey was one of the first cars out of the feature
while Matt Rossi and Nathan High had problems and did not qualify for the
feature. Rossi had overheating problems in the semi main while High dropped out
of his heat race with terminal problems in the Pritchett Chevy and then landed a
ride in Bubby Earle’s car for the semi. He lasted only a lap when
he became part of a three car crash and rolled the car.
Pasmore picked up his first heat race win of the year with a good drive from
third to first. Pasmore, a newsman with Channel 3, beat Bruce St. James from
KTAR radio. Miller finished third ahead of Trey Deane and Mike Harris.
Sherman roared out of the back row to nail down his 12th heat race win of the
year in the second heat. Andy Reinbold finished second ahead of Shon Deskins and
Mike Martin used the cushion to his advantage in beating Ream, R.J. Johnson and
Brian Hacker in the final heat.
Sherman’s clean sweep included a win in the Arizona Race Mart trophy dash, his
fourth dash win of the year. Trailing him were Martin, Ben Gregg and Johnson.
The sprint cars return to Manzy’s one third mile track July 23rd with the AMRA
Midgets sharing the program.
ARIZONA SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
Main Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Charles Davis, Jr. 3. Bob Ream, Jr. 4. Marty
Miller 5. R.J. Johnson 6. Bruce St. James 7. Jeff Henry 8. Brian Hacker 9. Jesse
Dunham 10. Shon Deskins 11. Mike Martin 12. Bernie Smith 13. Andy Reinbold 14.
Scott Pasmore 15. Trey Deane 16. Seainn Hendricsen 17. Steve Sandrolini 18. Tom
Ogle 19. Josh Pelkey 20. Ben Gregg
Lap leaders: laps 1-3 Pasmore, laps 4-12 Ream, laps 13-25 Sherman
1st Heat: 1. Scott Pasmore 2. Bruce St. James 3. Marty Miller 4. Trey Deane 5.
Mike Harris 6. Michael Mundy 7. Buddy Earle 8. Bernie Smith (no time)
2nd Heat: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Andy Reinbold 3. Shon Deskins 4. Steve Sandrolini
5. Jay Ervine 6. Tim Beal (DNS-Ogle-no time)
3rd Heat: 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Jeff Henry 4. Seainn
Hendricsen 5. Matt Rossi 6. Jesse Dunham 7. Don Keesler (8 laps, time: 1:58.10)
4th Heat: 1. Mike Martin 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. R.J. Johnson 4. Brian Hacker 5. Ben
Gregg 6. Nathan High (DNS-Mike Leslie-time: 2:00.41)
Semi Main: 1. Ben Gregg 2. Tom Ogle 3. Jesse Dunham 4. Bernie Smith 5. Michael
Mundy 6. Matt Rossi 7. Mike Harris 8. Tim Beal 9. Nathan High
Trophy Dash: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Mike Martin 3. Ben Gregg 4. R.J. Johnson (4
laps, time: 1:02.71)
UNOFFICIAL ASCA POINTS
1.. Jeremy Sherman
2.. Josh Pelkey
3.. Matt Rossi
4.. Mike Martin
5.. Nathan High
6.. Jeff Henry
7.. Bernie Smith
8.. Jay Ervine
9.. Mike Leslie
10.. Marty Miller