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MANZANITA'S BUDDY TAYLOR MEMORIAL
by Windy McDonald
Phoenix, AZ (October 10) The Arizona Sprint Car Association is down to just two races remaining in the 2005 season. The final half mile track race of the year, the 27th Annual Buddy Taylor Memorial is set for Saturday night and then the Sprints wrap up their season with the Parker Store Night Sprint Car, Mini Sprint and Fireworks show October 22.

The Taylor race also features Midgets in their final outing at Manzy but with a double points race later in Tucson.

Jeremy Sherman wrapped up the Sprint Car driving title when he won his 14th feature on September 17th but some shuffling among the top ten will likely take place in the two final outings.

While Sherman has been the dominant driver, he is no shoo-in for the Taylor Memorial as he has been beaten seven times this year and  will be facing a tough field Saturday night.

For openers, there is Charles Davis, Jr. who beat Sherman in the first half mile show of the year and came from far back in the field to take the lead with only  two laps remaining. He will again be at the wheel of the familiar blue #8a owned by Tony Smiley.

Bob Ream, Jr., who announced at the start of the season that he would not seek points this year, is overdue. He won the second race of the season and has seven other top five finishes. He crashed hard in mid-season and has had little luck since but is hopeful that his motor problems are over as he tunes up for the Parker Store race and then the Checker Auto/Budweiser Western World Championships November 10-12.

Marty Miller started off the season with top tens in the first three races but finished out of the top ten in his next five starts.  He has come on strong with top 10 finishers in nine of the last twelve races. He won his first feature of the year on September 29 in Tucson and finished second to Sherman in the Anniversary race on the half mile track.

Mike Welker holds a 101 point lead over Chad Boat in the chase for the Arizona Midget Racing Association championship and is a virtual shoo-in to win the title. However the double points race at the end of the month in Tucson could allow either Boat or Darrin Boltin to steal the crown. Boltin, who makes the trip from the West Coast to participate is only six points behind Boat with Bugs Norbury 12 out of the third spot.

Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson and Brad Kuhn, ranked second and third in the USAC Midgets National points will reportedly be in the Midget field.  Kuhn is definite but Coons, Jr. is seeking a ride. He had planned to driver Kuhnís team car but it was crashed and is not available. They ran one-two in the Midget season opener at Manzy with Coons taking the win. Davis, Jr. will be pulling double duty as he also has a Midget ride. The eight races staged this year by the AMRA has not produced a repeat winner and  with, among others, Norbury, Boltin  and Kuhn there may be another name added to the winnerís list.

The season finale for both the Factory Stocks and Dwarf Cars headline the Friday night card with the Factory Stock championship already decided.  Anthony Madrid is the Factory Stock champion for the fourth time and has sold his Factory Stock but may land a ride for the finale.

Sandy Matthews can bring the celebratory bottle of champagne to the track but still has a little work to do before officially being named champion. He holds a commanding 81 point advantage over two time champion Tony Martin and needs only to start the race to win his first title.

Bombers and Lady Stocks are also on the card and it marks their final race of the year.

Race time each night is set for 7:30. 

 

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