Phoenix, AZ (September 10) Jeremy
Sherman tied the record for most Sprint Car wins in a season with a hard fought
win over Nathan High Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway. Sherman, racing in
the 19th race of the year matched the 13 win total posted by Bob
Ream, Jr. in his 1998 championship season. Ream also went 13 for 19. Sherman has
four more races and based on his dominance this year should easily break the
After finishing second to Chris Bonneau
on September 10 and then running second to the youngster again in the first heat
race, Sherman took the green flag for the 25 lap feature on Manzy’s 1/3rd
mile track determined not to finish second again.
Bonneau lined up in the front row, beat
Seainn Hendricson into the first turn and showed the power in his Hawks
Construction Chevy as Sherman was working his way toward the front after
starting seventh. A crash that
eliminated cars driven by Mike Martin and Scott Pasmore slowed the field after
only two laps had been completed.
The restart following the yellow flag
was aborted when J.T. Imperial hooked the rear bar on Bonneau’s car and
blocked the field. Sherman was on
Bonneau’s rear bumper until he finally managed a pass that netted him the lead
on the seventh lap. As Bonneau faded Nathan High, up from fifth, and Imperial
took up the chase. Sherman was pushing the cushion while High was working the
High had the lead coming off turn four
of the 15th lap but a yellow flag came out for a stalled car and that
gave the lead back to Sherman. Sherman,
taking a page from High’s book, kept the Fred Bryan sprinter on the bottom and
held back the hard charging High who was hoping to celebrate his birthday a few
hours early with a win.
“We weren’t that good on the
bottom,” Sherman said in a victory lane interview, “So I had to move back to
the top. It was good enough to keep the #6 car back”. His
high grooving carried him to a 1.87 advantage over High, a former winner, who
matched his best finish since that
win on April 16th. He was also second in the May 28th
Imperial faded late in the race and
Mike Leslie took over the third spot after starting 14th and
maintained it to the checkered flag. Josh Pelkey lost more ground to the points
leader with a fourth place finish, his 11th top five of the year.
Seainn Hendricson notched his second straight top five with a strong fifth place
Bruce St. James was the hard charger of
the race for the second straight time as he powered the Klein Engines sprinter
from 18th to sixth. He came from 24th to eighth in the
September 3rd race on the half mile track. Rounding out the top ten
were Imperial, Jeff Henry, Marty Miller and Bonneau.
Bonneau won his first ever trophy dash
before beating Sherman in the first heat. In addition to the two front runners,
Bob Ream, Jr. and Henry earned their way into the feature by finishing third and
High went wire to wire in winning the
second heat over Andy Reinbold, Bobby Boone and Leslie. The third heat went to
Imperial who was better than Jay Ervine, Brian Swinehart and Miller. The final
heat put Pelkey, Hendricson, Scott Pasmore and Mike Martin in the feature.
The final four berths in the 25 lap
feature went to the top four in the 12 lap semi and Matt Rossi took the win over
St. James who had charged up from ninth. Shon Deskins and Tom Ogle took the
remaining two spots in the feature.
The Sprints will be back on the short
track in the “Allscapes Night at the Races” September 17th on a
card that also features BRA Dirt Modifieds on the half miler.
SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION-1/3rd Mile Track
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Nathan High 3. Mike Leslie 4. Josh Pelkey 5. Seainn
Hendricson 6. Bruce St. James 7. J.T. Imperial 8. Jeff Henry 9. Marty Miller 10.
Chris Bonneau 11. Shon Deskins 12. Andy Reinbold 13. Bob Ream, Jr. 14. Tom Ogle
15. Matt Rossi 16. Brian Swinehart 17. Bobby Boone 18. Mike Martin 19. Scott
Pasmore 20. Jay Ervine
leaders: laps 1-7 Bonneau, laps 8-25 Sherman
Heat: 1. Chris Bonneau 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Bob Ream, Jr. 4. Jeff Henry 5.
Bernie Smith 6. Shon Deskins 7. Lealand Fuller 8. Bruce St. James
Heat: 1. Nathan High 2. Andy Reinbold 3. Bobby Boone 4. Mike Leslie 5. Steve
Sandrolini 6. Brian Hacker 7. Johnny Williams, Jr. 8. Don Keesler 9. Chris
McArthur 10. Don Earven 11. Lealand Fuller 12. Mike Bonneau 13. Bernie Smith 14.
Heat: 1. J.T. Imperial 2. Jay Ervine 3. Brian Swinehart 4. Marty Miller 5. Brian
Hacker 6. Ben Gregg (DNS-Chuck Buckman)
Heat: 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Seainn Hendricson 3. Scott Pasmore 4. Mike Martin 5. Tom
Ogle 6. Johnny Williams, Jr. 7. Don Keesler
Race Mart Trophy Dash: 1. Chris Bonneau 2. Jeff Henry 3. Bob Ream, Jr. 4. Bobby