AZ (October 22) Parker Store Night at Manzanita Speedway proved to be fun
for the fans with fantastic racing, fireworks, trick or treat goodies for the
youngster and a best costume contest but it was more fun for Jeremy Sherman
who won his 16th sprint car race of the year and for Kiley Fellers
who drove his new car to a narrow win in the mini sprints.
Sherman ended the 2005 Arizona Sprint Car Association season exactly the way
he started it-in Manzanita Speedway’s winner’s circle. In between those
two wins he posted 14 others and easily won his first driving championship.
wrested the lead from Bruce St. James on the ninth lap and then held off a
charge by Ricky Hood who made the bottom of Manzy’s one third mile track
work for awhile but dropped back to fourth in the closing laps. St. James, a
prime contender for Most Improved Driver, scored his second straight runner-up
finish edging Josh Pelkey and Hood. Jeff Henry started 12 and finished fifth.
race, the 24th of the year marked the end of the best season ever for a sprint
car driver. Sherman entered 23 of the races and failed to finish only one,
that as the result of a blown tire. He had a remarkable 22 top five finishes
in his 23 starts, won 15 heat races and was victorious in six trophy dashes.
started ninth in the 24 car field and tried the inside in the early laps as he
worked the F&E Development sprinter toward the front. St. James was
pushing the cushion and held off the 2005 driving champion until Sherman made
the pass on the ninth lap.
Hood had the Steve Cushman car on the bottom and was fast as he went toward
the front. He got even closer when a yellow flag flew when a car spun. He
stayed with Sherman for a few laps but then started fading. St. James blasted
by and then Pelkey got by on the final lap and Henry was riding the rim trying
to make a pass.
out the top ten were Bernie Smith, up from 13th, Brian Hacker,
early leader Chuck Buckmnan, Brad Kuhn and Nathan High. The
35 car field exceeded the sprint car season average by less than two cars and
produced four fast heat races to put sixteen cars into the feature. Marty
Miller and St. James traded the lead a couple of times with Miller, the 2000
driving champion, taking his fifth heat win of the year in the first heat.
Sherman and Smith took the other two transfer spots.
Hendricsen went wire to wire in the second eight lapper as he beat Hood, J.T.
Imperial and Kuhn. The third heat was the quickest of the night as Pelkey was
just a second off the eight lap record and made it look easy in beating
Buckman, Hacker and Ben Gregg. The final heat was also won from the front row
with Mike Martin, Bob Ream, Jr., Henry and Chris Bonneau taking the top four
15 lap semi placed the top eight drivers into the 24 car feature and Matt
Rossi led the way to the checkered flag. Nathan High dropped one position with
a second place finish. Jay Ervine was third, Mike Leslie fourth, Ryan Linder
fifth, Mike Bonneau sixth, Jesse Dunham seventh and rookie driver Chad Boat
who had to tag the race made the main event with a drive from 15th
race was halted when Brian Swinehart and rookie driver Bryan Holsford made
contact on the front straightaway and Swinehart did a series of end
over end flips into turn one. Swinehart was not injured.
Ream, Jr,. whose car is sponsored by the Parker Store, took the win in the Arizona
Race Mart trophy dash in a near record time of 59.65 seconds, an average of
14.91 on the one third mile track. While
the regular season has ended the work will begin to ready the cars for their
part of the Checker Auto Parts/Budweiser Western World Championships October
STORES/ASCA SPRINT CARS
Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Bruce St. James 3. Josh Pelkey 4. Ricky Hood 5.
Jeff Henry 6. Bernie Smith 7. Brian Hacker 8. Chuck Buckman 9. Brad Kuhn 10.
Nathan High 11. Mike Leslie 12. Seainn Hendricsen 13. Chris Bonneau 14. Jay
Ervine 15. Jesse Dunham 16. Mike Martin 17. Ben Gregg 18. Ryan Linder 19. J.T.
Impeerial 20. Marty Miller 21. Mike Rossi 22. Mike Bonneau 23. Chad Boat 24.
Bob Ream, Jr.
leaders: laps 1-4 Buckman, laps 5-8 St. James, laps 9-25 Sherman
Heat: 1. Marty Miller 2. Bruce St. James 3. Jeremy Sherman 4. Bernie Smith 5.
Nathan High 6. Bobby Boone 7. Mike Leslie 8. Michael Bryan 9. Brian Swinehart
(8 laps, time: 2:00.89)
Heat: 1. Seainn Hendricsen 2. Ricky Hood 3. J.T. Imperial 4. Josh Pelkey 5.
Jesse Dunham 6. Johnny Williams, Jr. 7. Bryan Hosford
(8 laps, time: 2:02.07)
Heat: 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Chuck Buckman 3. Brian Hacker 4. Ben Gregg 5. Matt
Rossi 6. Mike Bonneau 7. Ryan Linder 8. Chad Boat 9. Lealand Fuller (8 laps,
Heat: 1. Mike Martin 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Jeff Henry 4. Chris Bonneau 5. Jay
Ervine 6. Larry Lloyd 7. Ashley Corey 8. Shon Deskins ( 8 laps, no time)
Main: 1. Matt Rossi 2. Nathan High 3. Jay Ervine 4. Mike Leslie 5. Ryan Linder
6. Mike Bonneau 7. Jesse Dunham 8. Chad Boat 9. Shon Deskins 10. Michael Bryan
11. Ashley Corey 12. Bryan Hosford 13. Lealand Fuller 14. Johnny Williams, Jr.
15. Larry Lloyd 16. Bobby Boone 17. Brian Swinehart (15 laps, no time)
Race Mart Trophy Dash: 1. Bob Ream, Jr. 2. Chris Bonneau 3. Jeremy Sherman 4.
Brad Kuhn 5. Brian Hacker (4 laps, time: 59.65)