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Kruseman wins third straight in Manzy's 360 Westen World 
by Windy McDonald

(October 14, 2007) --- Cory Kruseman came out of the second row to win Saturday nightís Parker Store 360 Sprint Car Championship feature at Manzanita Speedway. It marked the third straight Western win for Kruesman and was the fourth victory for car owner Dave Ellis. The other wins came on the one third mile track and this was the first stand alone Western for the 360 sprints and they were on the half mile oval.

Charles Davis, Jr., winner of the Friday night 30 lap qualifying main, fell short in his bid to sweep the Western. He led a total of eight laps but could not hold off the Californian driver and had to settle for second place money. Davisís Massey Motorsports team mate, Missouri driver Jesse Hockett, was the hard charger of the race as he came from 21st to finish third. R.J. Johnson also put together 30 good laps with a drive from 15th to fourth and Jeremy Sherman came back from a costly pit stop on the fourth lap that placed him at the back of the 25 car field to finish fifth. In addition to Kruesman and Hockett, out of state drivers had two others in the top ten. Casey Shuman of Indianapolis, IN finished sixth and Bill Rose of Plainfield, IN was eighth. Fifteen year old Chad Boat finished seventh after starting 16th , Mike Leslie was eighth and Mike Martin took tenth. 

The race was halted when Jeremy Reagles caught the wall in turn one and flipped. He was not injured. Sherman was leading at the time but made the trip to the pits and Davis assumed the lead. The race was slowed on the tenth lap when Jimmy Crawford made contact with the wall in turn one. 

The final 20 laps were caution free and the battle between Kruesman and Davis was at maximum speed and they lapped all but the next 11 cars. After a hard slick track Friday night that wore out the tires, the track maintenance workers had the track in great shape with the bottom being just a little quicker the top.

Davis had missed his setup and ran the top all race long. He finally gave way to Kruseman on the ninth lap but reclaimed the lead a lap later. He stayed out front and after running virtually side by side through each turn Kruesman finally took the lead.

He started lapping cars and was able to do most of the passing on the straightaways and Davis was driving high through the turns to get by. Kruseman finally pulled away and had a five car length advantage at the checkered flag.

The top four drivers from Friday nightís feature were locked into the Saturday night main event. That put Davis and Sherman in the front row with Jon Stanbrough and Kruesman in row two. The rest of the 49 car field ran five eight lap heat races and then the top 30 in points were inverted in five qualifying races. The top 14 by points then went to the feature with the rest of the field running in two semi mains with the top three in each also making the feature. Two more were added by promoterís option.

Mike Martin broke a wheel in his heat race and finished last. He then tagged the field in his qualifying race and came from ninth to finish third. That gave him a fourth row berth in the first 12 lap semi and he finished fourth, one position out of the feature. However both he and Bryan Swinehart who also finished fourth in the second semi were put in the feature.

Passing was at a premium in the heat races. Nathan High won from the pole in the first heat with Crawford finishing second, Jesse Dunham third and Bobby Marcum fourth. Jerry Coons, Jr. went wire to wire in the second heat with Josh Pelkey, Robert Ballou and Shon Deskins trailing. It was more of the same in the third heat with Casey Shuman outrunning the field from his pole position. Trailing were Justin Fisher, Mike Leslie and Bobby Taylor. 

Mike Bonneau used his front row berth to good advantage in the fourth heat as he led Bob Ream, Jr., Chad Boat and Bernie Smith to the finish line. The final heat went to Reagles who powered away from the field. Andy Reinbold, Rick Ziehl and Chris Beal were the next under the checkered flag. 

With six drivers inverted by point average lined up in the first three rows in each qualifying race the drivers found a way to pass. Seainn Hendricsen won the first qualifier from the pole but Pelkey came from the third row to take second over Ziehl and Ballou. The second race was won by Shuman who started fifth . Hockett, the pole sitter, finished second in front of Martin and Reagles. In the third qualifier Leslie showed his power with a run from fourth to beat Jeff Henry, Rusty Calrlile and High. Johnson had a front row berth in the fourth qualifier and held off Crawford, Boat and Deskins for the win. 

With only three of the drivers in the semi mains getting main event berths, they were letting it all hang out. Marcum was the show in the first 12 lapper as he was up on the cushion and flying on his way from fifth to take the win. Hockett started on the outside of the front row and led most of the way until "Banzai" Bobby roared by. Bret Mellenbernt started and finished third. Martin drove from seventh to fourth.

The second semi had 13 drivers trying to race their way to the feature. This time it was Bernie Smith who had the fans attention. While Rose shot away from the field Smith was finding a way from his third row berth to the lead He fell a little short and took the checkered flag in second and Andy Reinbold was third. 

The Parker Store presented a great fireworks show during intermission. It was comparable to a Fourth of July display and was very well received by the fans. 


Main Event: (30 laps) 1. Cory Kruesman 2. Charles Davis, Jr. 3. Jesse Hockett 4. R.J. Johnson 5. Jeremy Sherman 6. Casey Shuman 7. Chad Boat 8. Bill Rose 9. Mike Leslie 10. Mike Martin 11. Nathan High 12. Rick Ziehl 13. Josh Pelkey 14. Bob Ream, Jr. 15. Bobby Marcum 16. Jeff Henry 17. Bryan Swinehart 18. Jimmy Crawford 19. Bernie Smith 20. Seainn Hendricsen 21. Andy Reinbold 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. 23. Jon Stanbrough 24. Bret Mellenbernt 25. Jeremy Regeals 

Lap leaders: laps 1-4 Sherman, laps 5-8 Davis, laps 9-10 Kruesman, laps 11-16 Davis, laps 17-30 Kruesman

1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. Nathan High 2. Jimmy Crawford 3. Jesse Dunham 4. Bobby Marcum 5. Bryan Swinehart 6. R.J. Johnson 7. Dennis Krob 8. Ronnie Clark 9. L.C. Kesterson (no time)

2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Robert Ballou 4. Shon Deskins 5. Jesse Hockett 6. Bill Rose 7. James Aragon 8. Thomas Ogle 9. Mike Martin (time: 2:2:38.59)

3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman 2. Justin Fisher 3. Mike Leslie 4. Bobby Taylor 5. Seainn Hendricsen 6. Rusty Carlile 7. Adam Wirth 8. Derek Williams (time:2:42.40)

4th Heat: (8 laps) 1. Mike Bonneau 2. Bob Ream, Jr. 3. Chad Boat 4. Bernie Smith 5. Jeff Henry 6. Bo Baker 7. Adam Wirth 8 Kevin Wolfe 9. Bruce St. James (time: 2:43.83)

5th Heat: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Reagles 2. Andy Reinbold 3. Rick Ziehl 4. Chris Beal 5. Matt Rossi 6. Bret Mellenbernt 7. Brandon Lane 8. Scott Pasmore 9. Tony Everhart. (time: 2:39.47)

1st Qualifier: (8 laps) 1. Seainn Hendricsen 2. Josh Pelkey 3. Rick Ziehl 4. Robert Ballou 5. Nick Aiuto 6. Bernie Smith 7. Chris Beal 8. Brandon Lane (time-2:44.52)

2nd Qualifier: (8 laps) 1. Casey Shuman 2. Jesse Hockett 3. Mike Martin 4. Jeremy Reagles 5. Bobby Marcum 6. Justin Fisher 7. Dennis Krob 8. Matt Rossi (time: 2:45.52)

3rd Qualifier: (8 laps) 1. Mike Leslie 2. Jeff Henry 3. Rusty Carlile 4. Nathan High 5. Mike Bonneau 6. Bryan Swinehart 7. James Aragon 8. Thomas Ogle 9. Derek Williams (time-2:44.95)

4th Qualifier: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson 2. Jimmy Crawford 3. Chad Boat 4. Shon Deskins 5. Bo Baker 6. Andy Reinbold 7. Jody Wirth 8. Kevin Wolfe 9. Bruce St. James (time: 2:41.68)

5th Qualifier: (8 laps) 1. Bret Mellenbernt 2. Bill Rose 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. 4. Bob Ream, Jr. 5. Bobby Taylor 6. Jesse Dunham 7. Adam Wirth 8. Scott Pasmore (no time)

1st Semi: (12 laps) 1. Bobby Marcum 2. Jesse Hockett 3. Bret Mellenbernt 4. Mike Martin 5. Bobby Taylor 6. Nick Aiuto 7. Mike Bonneau 8. Bo Baker 9. Rusty Carlile 10. Brandon Lane 11. James Aragon 12. Kevin Wolfe 13. Adam Wirth 14. L.C. Kesterson 15. Bruce St. James (no time) 

2nd Semi Main: (12 laps) 1. Bill Rose 2. Bernie Smith 3. Andy Reinbold 4. Bryan Swinehart 5. Shon Deskins 6. Jesse Dunham 7. Thomas Ogle 8. Derek Williams 9. Chris Beal 10. Dennis Krob 11. Scott Pasmore 12. Jody Wirth 13. Justin Fisher (no time) 






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