Phoenix, AZ (June 3) A yellow flag midway through the 25 lap Arizona
Sprint Car Association main event on Manzanita Speedway's half mile track wiped
out a three second lead that Charles Davis, Jr. had built and it proved to be
his downfall as Jeremy Sherman overtook the USAC/CRA regular and took his sixth
win of the year.
Sherman lined up in the seventh row and had moved into second three laps
before the yellow which was due to a stalled car. Davis, who started in the
front row, had built as much as a 4.45 second advantage until he began the
lapping process and Sherman cut into the lead.
When the green flag fell for the restart Davis had two cars between him and
Sherman. Sherman had to work to get by both cars and Davis had again pulled
away. Jeremy relentlessly closed the gap and finally used a slide job on the
19th lap to move out front. Davis stayed close but trailed Sherman by 1.29
seconds at the checkered flag. Davis' team mate Josh Pelkey drove from his
fourth row starting berth to finish third. R.J. Johnson drove from tenth to
fourth in his first ride in the Fred Byran sprinter which was driven to 16 wins
in 2005 by Sherman. J.T. Imperial drove his best race of the year as he was
fifth at the checkered flag. Rounding out the top ten were Bob Ream, Jr., Mike
Leslie, Andy Reinbold, Nathan High and Marty Miller.
Miller, the 2000 driving champion, had problems throughout the evening as his
car failed him in the trophy dash and he could not start in his heat race. He
did make it out for the semi main but again the car came to a halt on the track.
His crew finally found the problem and barely made it out to the feature where
Miller lined up in the 24th position. He was the hard charger of the race with
his drive to tenth.
Mike Colegrove, the super rookie, entered the race ranked third in points but
was the first car out when he caught the turn one wall on the second lap.
Sherman, who won his first ASCA race August 27, 1994 drove to the ASCA
winner's circle for the 46th time. Of that total 31 have come in the past three
and a half years.
Davis came out of the back row in the first heat and took the lead from Ream
who was fighting handling problems and drovpped to third when Brandon Lane also
slipped past. Reinbold earned the final main event spot as he edged Trey Deane
for fourth. High battled rookie driver Dana Fite in the second heat and had the
lead when he flashed under the checkered flag. Fite was second ahead of Johnson
and Sherman. The third heat went to Pelkey who beat Chris Bonneau, Colegrove and
Bernie Smith. Imperial, Leslie, Brian Hacker and Jeff Henry earned main event
berths in the final heat.
Eleven cars were scheduled to run in the semi but Ryan Linder was unable to
answer the call. Shon Deskins jumped out front and was still there when the race
was called at the halfway point following a crash by Trey Deane and Miller
dropped out just after the green flag following the accident. Mike Martin was
black flagged when his pit crew held up the restart by remaining on the track
while the field was being pushed off and Mike protested with a little strong
language which sent him to the pits. He was the first alternate for the feature
and made it into the 25 car field where he finished 15th.
ARIZONA SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION-1/2 MILE TRACK
Main Event: (25 laps) 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Charles Davis, Jr. 3. Josh Pelkey
4. R.J. Johnson 5. J.T. Imperial 6. Bob Ream, Jr. 7. Mike Leslie 8. Andy
Reinbold 9. Nathan High 10. Marty Miller 11. Dana Fite 12. Bernie Smith 13.
Brian Hacker 14. Ben Gregg 15. Mike Martin 16. Jeff Henry 17. Brandon Lane 18.
Shon Deskins 19. Jay Ervine 20. Matthew Rossi 21. Seainn Hendricsen 22. Murray
Harrison 23. Chris Bonneau 24. Steve Sandrolini 25. Mike Colegrove
Lap leaders: laps 1-18 Davis, laps 19--25 Sherman
1st Heat (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Brandon Lane 3. Bob Ream, Jr. 4.
Andy Reinbold 5. Trey Deane 6. Ryan Linder (DNS-Marty Miller--Time: 2:43.12)
2nd Heat (8 laps) 1. Nathan High 2. Dana Fite 3. R.J. Johnson 4. Jeremy
Sherman 5. Shon Deskins 6. Seainn Hendricsen 7. Matthew Rossi (Time: 2:42.60)
3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Chris Bonneau 3. Mike Colegrove 4.
Bernie Smith 5. Ben Gregg 6. Mike Martin 7. Steve Sandrolini (Time: 2:44.97)
4th Heat (8 laps) 1. J.T. Imperial 2. Mike Leslie 3. Brian Hacker 4. Jeff
Henry 5. Jay Ervine 6. Murray Harrison (Time: 2:41.13)
Semi Main: (12 laps) 1. Shon Deskins 2. Jay Ervine 3. Ben Gregg 4. Seainn
Hendricsen 5. Matthew Rossi 6. Murray Harrison 7. Steve Sandrolini 8. Marty
Miller 9. Mike Martin 10. Trey Deane (no time)
Arizona Race Mart Trophy Dash (4 laps) 1. Ben Gregg 2. Seainn Hendricsen 3.
Shon Deskins 4. Marty Miller (Time: 1:25.50)