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.
Taylor race also features Midgets in their final outing at Manzy but with a
double points race later in Tucson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
and Lady Stocks are also on the card and it marks their final race of the year.
time each night is set for 7:30.