Phoenix, AZ (September 26) A two race losing streak would be acceptable to just about any driver but
when you have put up the numbers that have been posted by Jeremey Sherman,
it gives thought for concern. After all, Sherman has not had a three race
run without a win since September 11-October 9 of 2004. He is in danger of
matching that in the Buddy Taylor Memorial race at Manzanita Saturday night.
Sherman went two times without a win twice in 2005 and Matthew Rossi won
two in a row in July, keeping Sherman out of the winner's circle. Now
Sherman enters the Taylor race having lost by one position to Charles Davis,
Jr. on the half mile track and then had one of his worst finishes in the
following race when he placed seventh and Josh Pelkey took the win.
Sherman is having another career type year with 11 wins but it does not
come close to 2005 when he won 16 races in 23 starts. He has 11 wins in 19
starts this year and cannot tie his record since he has only four races
remaining on the schedule and two of those are on the road.
Sherman was completely dominant last year when he won 15 heat races and
six trophy dashes. Those numbers have plummeted this year. He has won five
heats and only one trophy dash. He also finished in the top five in 22
races, this year he has 16 in 19 starts.
However one thing has not changed. As long as he shows up for the
remaining four races he will take the driving title by a wide margin again
this year. He may not amass as many points as last year when he finished
1001 points ahead of Pelkey but he has already built his lead to 723.
He is coming off a dramatic win in last week's Hall of Fame Classic and,
as always, is the pre race favorite. Two drivers will b trying to garner a
third win. In addition to Rossi, Nathan High has also scored twice.
The Arizona Midget Racing Association will be staging their next to last
race of the year on the one third mile track and 14 year old Chad Boat will
be gunning for a second straight win. He will be pulling double duty as he
hopes for another top ten in the sprints where he has he has started eight
races and has two fifths, a seventh and two 11th place finishes. In the
midgets he has five starts and has not finished worse than fourth.
Another youngster is having a phenominal year. Mike Colegrove just turned
16 and he has set sprint car racing on its ear with seven top five finishes,
11 in the top ten. He has won three trophy dashes and four heats and is
ranked third in points with a chance overtaking Pelkey for second. Colegrove
also has a win in the midgets and one other top five.
Nathan High has run the Mike Burkhart #21az car the past two races and
has a win and a second and is among the favorites again this weekend.
Manzy will be dark Friday night.