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Davis and Boat take Buddy Taylor Memorial wins at Manzanita
by Windy McDonald

Phoenix, AZ (September 30) When Tony Smiley did not receive the heads for a new engine to put in the sprint car driven in USAC/CRA races by Charles Davis,Jr. in California, Davis gave his good frend Fred Bryan a call and landed a ride for Saturday night's Buddy Taylor Memorial race at Manzanita Speedway. The other 27 drivers in the field probably wished that the engine parts for Smiley's car had arrived as Davis was dominant.

Davis, who had won the last Arizona Sprint Car Association race on Manzy's half mile track started off the evening by setting fast time 19.411 (92.731 mph) and that was just a warmup for things to come. Of the 28 cars that took qualifying runs, 22 were whitin a second of Davis' quick time.

Charllie was not impressive in the trophy dash but came from last to first in winning the first heat race. That earned him a fourth row starting berth in the 25 lap feature.

When the 24 car field lined up for the main event Jeremy Sherman, a winner of 11 feature races this year, was on the pole. He had the lead coming of turn two and started pulling away from the field. Davis was on the move but by the time he took over second from J.T. Imperial he was almost a full straightaway behind Sherman.

Davis got closer with each passing lap and when the leaders encountered traffic on the 14th lap Davis had cut the lead to a car length. He was on the highside of the half mile track and shot past Sherman on the 16th lap. The first yellow flag came out a lap later for a stalled car and on the restart Sherman tried to reclaim the lead but Davis held him off and steadily built a 2.88 second advantage.

Another yellow with three laps remaining again put Sherman on Davis' rear bumper. When the green flag waved for the restart it was no contest as Davis had a 1.68 second advantage when he finished the first lap. He pulled away to a 2.91 second win over Sherman who suffered a third straight defeat for the first time since 2004. Chris Bonneau, up from 11th, finished third with Mike Martin fourth and Imperial fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Shon Deskins, Mike Leslie, Jay Ervine, Ronnie Clark and Chad Boat.

The top four finishers in each of the four heat races went directly to the main event with the fastest eight drivers inverted by their qualifying time.

The first heat set the pattern as Davis, by virtue of quick time, started seventh and powered his way to the front with Mike Martin, Andy Reinbold and Ronnie Clark also making it to the feature. Mike Colegrove was involved in a crash on the first lap and was unable to start on the restart. Bob Ream, Jr., the ninth fastest qualifier, did not finish.

Brandon Lane came out of the second row to win the second heat over Shon Deskins, the sixth fastest in qualifying, Mike Boneau and J.T. Imperial. Jeff Henry, the night's second fastest, did not transfer nor did Charlie Fegan and Matthew Rossi.

The third heat wnet to Nathan High who started fourth. Chad Boat, 7th quickest, was second ahead of Chuck Buckman, and Mike Leslie, third quick time.

Chris Bonneau started fourth in the final heat and held off a charge by Jeremy Sherman to take the win. Sherman had 12th fast time but had the eighth best time among those drivers who made the feature through the heats and that gave him the pole in the feature.

Eight spots were still open in the feature and those spots went to the top eight in the 12 lap semi main. "Half Mile Henry", AKA Jeff Henry, started in the front row and was never challenged as he toured the eight laps in 4:08.18 in taking the green to checker race. Bernie Smith took second ahead of Robert Marifa. The other main event spots went to Colegrove, Hendricsen, Ogle, Fegan and Rael

Josh Pelkey earned the pole for the Arizona Race Mart trophy dash by setting fourth quick time. The drivers finished the way they started..Pelkey, Leslie, Henry and Davis.




Qualifying: 1. Charles Davis, Jr. (19.411) 2. Jeff Henry (19.548) 3. Mike Leslie (19.550) 4. Josh Pelkey (19.600) 5. Mike Martin (19.604) 6. Shon Deskins (19.620) 7. Chad Boat (19.632) 8. Bob Ream, Jr. (19.671) 9. Robert Marfia (19.693) 10. J.T. Imperial (19.696) 11. Bernie Smith (19.792) 12. Jeremy Sherman (19.808) 13. Mike Colegrove (19.876) 14. Brandon Lane (19.910) 15. Nathan High (19.963) 16. Chris Bonneau (19.977) 17. Seainn Hendricsen (19.998) 18. Mike Bonneau (20.071) 19.Tom Ogle (20.106) 20. Jay Ervine (20.207) 21. Ronnie Clark (20.245) 22. Matthew Rossi (20.253) 23. Chuck Buckman (20.370) 24. Mike Rux (20.439) 25. Andy Reinbold (20.470) 26. Charlie Fegan (20.551) 27. Brian Swinehart (20.379) 28. Nick Rael (21.951)

Arizona Race Mart Trophy Dash: (4 Laps) 1. Josh Pelkey 2. Mike Leslie 3. Jeff Henry 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (Time: 1:19.15)

1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Mike Martin 3. Andy Reinbold 4. Ronnie Clark 5. Seainn Hendricsen 6. Bob Ream, Jr. 7. Mike Colegrove (Time: 2:14.10)

2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Brandon Lane 2. Shon Deskins 3. Mike Bonneau 4. J.T. Imperial 5. Jeff Henry 6. Charlie Fegan 7. Matthew Rossi (Time: 2:44.56)

3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Nathan High 2. Chad Boat 3. Chuck Buckman 4. Mike Leslie 5. Bernie Smith 6. Tom Ogle 7. Nick Rael (Time: 2:44.77)

4th Heat: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Jay Ervine 4. Josh Pelkey 5. Robert Marfia 6. Brian Swindhart 7. Mike Rux (no time)

Semi Main: ( 12 laps) 1. Jeff Henry 2. Bernie Smith 3. Robert Marfia 4. Mike Colegrove 5. Seainn Hendricsen 6. Tom Ogle 7. Charlie Fegan 8. Nick Rael 9. Brian Swinehart 10. Matthew Rossi (no time)

Main Event: (25 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Chris Bonneau 4. Mike Martin 5. J.T. Imperial 6. Shon Deskins 7. Mike Leslie 8. Jay Ervine 9. Ronnie Clark 10. Chad Boat 11. Mike Colegrove 12. Brandon Lane 13. Bernie Smith 14. Chuck Buckman 15. Andy Reinbold 16. Jeff Henry 17. Robert Marfia 18. Tom Ogle 19. Nathan High 20. Josh Pelkey 21. Nick Rael 22. Mike Bonneay 23. Seainn Hendricsen 24. Charlie Fegan (No time)

Fourteen year old Chad Boat scored his second straight win in the 15 lap Arizona Midget Racing Associaton feature race. Jeremy Sherman made a rare start in the midgets and started along side Bugs Norbury in the front row. He had the lead going into the first turn and set sail.

Boat started fifth but quickly worked his way into second. He dogged Sherman's every move and got to the inside of Sherman as they completed the 13th lap. They were side by side into turn one on the 1/3rd mile track and Boat pushed, making contact with Sherman's car. He managed to continue but Sherman needed a push truck and tagged the field.

Boat crossed the finish line two laps later with Bugs Norbury in second, Jeff Perry third followed by John Sarna and Jeff Henry. Only 14 midgets were on hand and only ten started the feature. Behind the top five were Jeff Perry, Michael Marfia, C.J. Sarna, Nathan High and Darin Fala tenth.

High, who had earlier won the trophy dash, came out of the third row and took the Mike Burkhart car to the win. Boat finished second ahead of Sherman, John Sarna and Henry. Ony four cars started the second heat as Mike Welker and Robert Marfia scratched. Perry took the win over Norbury, Michael Marfia and Fala.


Trophy Dash: ( 4 laps) 1. Nathan High 2. Bugs Norbury 3. Lonnie Oliver 4. Robert Marfia (Time: 1:01.08)

1st Heat: (6 laps) 1. Nathan High 2. Chad Boat 3. Jeremy Sherman 4. John Sarna 5. Jeff Henry 6. Lonnie Oliver 7. C.J. Sarna (Time: 1:31.37)

2nd Heat: (6 laps) 1. Jeff Perry 2. Bugs Norbury 3. Michaeil Marfia 4. Darin Fala--DNS Robert Marfia, Mike Welker (Time: 1:31.09)

Main Event: (15 laps) 1. Chad Boat 2. Bugs Norbury 3. Jeff Perry 4. John Sarna 5. Jeff Henry 6. Jeremy Sherman 7. Michael Marfia 8. C.J. Sarna 9. Nathan High 10. Darrin Fala (No time)






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