AZ (Sept. 17) Jeremy Sherman set a record with his 14th Arizona
Sprint Car Association win; Anthony Madrid became the first driver in
Manzanita Speedway’s fifty four year history to score double championships
in a year two times; Terry Belcher tuned up for the upcoming Barnett Harley
Davidson/Sands Chevrolet Nationals with a BRA Dirt Modified win. All this was
impressive but the water cooler talk Monday morning may concern the better
than expected sprint car debut of 13 year old Chad Boat.
Sherman and his car owner Fred Bryan were able to pop the cork on the
traditional bottle of champagne as a record 14th win was enough to
wrap up the 2005 owner and driver titles even with three races remaining on
the schedule. He built his lead over Josh Pelkey to 865 points. Should Jeremy
set out the remaining three races and Pelkey gain the maximum in each race he
would still be 76 points back at the season’s final checkered flag
Gregg had his most successful night ever as he won his heat race, led the
first 9 laps in the feature and finished second beating his previous best
fifth place finish. Chris Bonneau continued his impressive late season run
with a drive from 13th to third to earn the Hard Charger award.
Bruce St. James had his first top five finish of the year with a late pass on
Bob Ream, Jr. for fourth. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Martin who
started along side Bonneau, Jay
Ervine, Matt Rossi, up from 17th , Nathan High and Jeff Henry.
race ended with most of the field under a red flag as Tim Beal and Shon
Deskins made contact at the checkered flag and Beal did two hard end over end
flips into turn one. Neither driver was injured. The cars that had not taken
the checkered flag were scored in the finish order in the previous lap.
had the pole for the first eight lap heat race and easily scored his 14th
win of the year with High, Ream and Bonneau earning main event berths with top
four finishes. Seainn Hendricsen topped Ervine, Johnny Williams, Jr and Martin
with his wire to wire win in the eight lap second heat. Mike Leslie used a
front row start to notch his second heat win of the year with the other
transfers spots going to St. James, Mike Bonneau and Tim Beal in the third
heat. The final heat allowed Gregg to show his power as he won a heat race for
the fifth time. Behind him and going to the feature were Pelkey, Shon Deskins
Rossi led all 12 laps in the semi main but was pressured late by Marty Miller
who came out of the fourth row to finish a close second. J.T. Imperial was
third and Andy Reinbold earned the final spot for the 25 lap feature.
scored his second Arizona Race Mart trophy dash win by beating Imperial, Chris
Bonneau and Pelkey.
there was Boat. The 13 year old youngster, son of former Indy driver Billy
Boat, has set the racing community on its ear with his performance in Mini
Sprints and Midgets and his debut in the ASCA sprints did not disappoint the
crowd that cheered him on. Granted, he did not make the main event but that
was secondary. As a rookie he had to tag the field in both his heat and in the
semi. He almost made the feature through his heat with a close fifth place
finish behind four drivers with a combined 16 main event wins—Sherman, High,
Ream, Jr. and Bonneau.
real show came in the 12 lap semi. The diminutive eighth grade student started
last in the 15 car field and showed his ability, daring and lightning quick
reflexes as he missed qualifying
for the main by just one position despite a faltering engine. He finished
fifth and passed two top ten drivers and a former three time Arizona state
champion on his way toward the front for one of the best rookie debuts ever.
ASCA will not return to Manzy until October 15th when the run the
Buddy Taylor Memorial on the half mile track. Midgets will have their season
finale on that date and will be on the one third mile track.
SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Ben Gregg 3. Chris Bonneau 4. Bruce St. James 5.
Bob Ream, Jr. 6. Mike Martin 7. Jay Ervine 8. Matt Rossi 9. Nathan High 10.
Jeff Henry 11. Mike Leslie 12. Seainn Hendricsen 13. Josh Pelkey 14. Andy
Reinbold 15. Shon Deskins 16. Tim
Beal 17. Marty Miller 18. Mike Bonneau 19. Johnny Williams, Jr. 20. J.T.
leaders: laps 1-9 Gregg, laps 10-25 Sherman
Heat: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Nathan High 3. Bob Ream, Jr. 4. Chris Bonneau 5.
Chad Boat 6. Andy Reinbold 7. Ryan Linder 8. Don Earven 9. Ashley Corey (8
laps, time: 2:10.26)
Heat: 1. Seainn Hendricsen 2. Jay Ervine 3. Johnny Williams, Jr. 4. Mike
Martin 5. Brian Hacker 6. Bernie Smith 7. Chris McArthur 8. Tom Ogle (No time)
Heat: 1. Mike Leslie 2. Bruce St. James 3. Mike Bonneau 4. Tim Beal 5. Matt
Rossi 6. J.T. Imperial 7. Bobby Boone 8. Don Earven (time: 2:04.27)
Heat: 1. Ben Gregg 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Shon Deskins 4. Jeff Henry 5. Steve
Sandrolini 6. Marty Miller 7. Marty Wilcox 8. Lealand Fuller (no time)
Main: 1. Matt Rossi 2. Marty Miller 3. J.T. Imperial 4. Andy Reinbold 5. Chad
Boat 6. Bobby Boone 7. Brian Hacker 8. Bernie Smith 9. Steve Sandrolini 10.
Ashley Corey 11. Don Earven 12. Marty Wilcox 13. James Aragon 14. Ryan Linder
15. Tom Ogle
Race Mart Trophy Dash: 1. Nathan High 2. J.T. Imperial 3. Chris Bonneau 4.
Josh Pelkey (4 laps, time 1:05.02)