JULY 5, 2008 --- Jeremy Sherman continued his march to a record fourth straight
sprint car driving championship Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway. Sherman
scored his sixth Discount Tire American Sprint Car Series feature win and added
another four points to his lead over Charles Davis, Jr. Just as he did in Friday
night’s races on Manzy’s one third mile track he was dominant in his win on
the half mile track Saturday night. He had his worst starting position after
running fifth in his heat race but he came out of the seventh row, took the lead
from Davis on the 20th lap and was a solid 4.69 seconds ahead of Davis at the
checkered flag at the end of the 30 lap feature. He now holds a 52 point lead
over Davis, the 1996 and 1999 driving champion.
Josh Pelkey started on the pole and led the first eight laps before yielding
to Davis who started eighth. Unlike the Friday night race which was stopped for
two red flag incidents and numerous yellow flags, the half mile show had only
one red flag, that coming on the second lap when rookie driver Derek Sell
flipped. He walked away from the crash. Pelkey was a distant third ahead of R.J.
Johnson and Friday night’s third place finisher Shon Deskins. Rounding out the
top ten were Mike Leslie, Mike Martin, Nathan High, Andy Reinbold and Justin
A hard series of end over end flips down the front straightaway on the
opening lap for the third heat race sent second year driver Jeremy Reagles to
St. Joseph’s Hospital where he underwent a series of tests, all of which came
back negative. He was conscious when the paramedics extricated him from his car.
Fortunately a Phoenix fire truck/ambulance was already at the track and
transferred the youngster to the hospital where he was held overnight. He was to
be evaluated Sunday event and was hopeful that he would be released at that
The red flags for Reagles and Sell were the only incidents in the sprint car
program. Even with a lengthy, spectacular fireworks show the races end just
after 11:00 P.M.
Davis came out of the second row and beat Bobby Taylor, Pelkey and Jay Ervine
in the first eight lap heat race. Passing was at a premium in the heat races and
Davis was high point man for the evening with his move from third to first. The
second heat went to pole sitter Brandon Lane with Johnson, Deskins and High in
pursuit. Johnson started fourth. The final heat went green all the way after the
red flag for Reagles who had contact with the car driven by Steve Tellas. Leslie
ran away from the field with Bernie Smith taking second ahead of Leland Michael
and Andy Reinbold.
"The Tempe Tornado" was honored Saturday night and as grand marshal
he threw the die to see how many drivers would draw for starting positions. The
die came to rest on 12.
Josh Castro led all 20 laps in the Arizona mini sprint feature and made it
look easy in scoring his fourth feature win of the year. Josh Shipley finished
second, his brother Kyle was third with former champion Dustin Cormany fourth
ahead of points leader Kiley Fellers who won his fourth feature Friday night.
Behind the top five, in order, were Kurt Stults, Brandon George, Tyler Keesler,
Ashley Robella and Justin Quinn.
The 27 car field ran three eight lap heat races and the attrition rate was
high so the scheduled semi main was scratched and 24 cars started the feature.
Keesler won the first heat with a wire to wire win over Cormany, Stults and
Paul Martin. Fellers broke a rear suspension and was hauled to the pits by a
wrecker. The car was repaired a ready to go in the feature where Kiley started
18th. The second heat went to Josh Shipley over Castro, Ken Caskey and Jeff
Greszler. Brandon George took the checkered flag first but a Texas start
following a yellow flag send him to fifth after he passed two cars before the
green flag was out. The final heat went to Kyle Shipley who made it look easy
after starting in the first row. Russ Martin was second ahead of Robella and
Josh Shipley started fourth in the trophy dash, took an early lead and was
running at track record speed but a red flag for an easy roll by former champion
Dave Alexander stopped the race while working the final lap and that left one
lap to run. Alexander was not injured. Shipley pulled away from the field on his
way to the checkered flag with Paul Martin, Cormany, George and Fellers in
SUMMARY DISCOUNT TIRE ASCS SPRINT CARS
Main Event: 1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Charles Davis, Jr. 3. Josh Pelkey 4. R.J.
Johnson 5. Shon Deskins 6. Mike Leslie 7. Mike Martin 8. Nathan High 9. Andy
Reinbold 10. Justin Fisher 11. Leland Michael 12. Bernie Smith 13. Brandon Lane
14. Thomas Ogle 15. Bobby Taylor 16 Zack Sawyer 17. Ken Caskey 18. Kevin Wolfe
19. Steve Tellas 20. Jay Ervine 21. Derek Sell
Lap leaders: laps 1-8 Pelkey, laps 9-19 Davis, laps 20-30 Sherman
1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Bobby Taylor 3. Josh Pelkey 4.
Jay Ervine 5. Mike Martin 6. Justin Fisher 7. Zack Sawyer 8. Ken Caskey
2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Brandon Lane 2. R.J. Johnson 3. Shon Deskins 4. Nathan
High 5. Jeremy Sherman 6. Derek Sell 7. Thomas Ogle (time-2:40.99)
3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Mike Leslie 2. Bernie Smith 3. Leland Michael 4. Andy
Reinbold 5. Kevin Wolfe 6. Steve Tellis 7. Jeremy Reagles (time 2:39.17)
Arizona Race Mart Trophy Dash: (4 laps) 1. Shon Deskins 2. Mike Leslie 3.
Nathan High 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (time-1:22.83)
ARIZONA MINI SPRINTS (1/3 MILE TRACK
Main Event: (20 laps) 1. Josh Castro 2. Josh Shipley 3. Kyle Shipley 4.
Dustin Cormany 5. Kiley Fellers 6. Kurt Stults 7. Brandon George 8. Tyler
Keesler 9. Ashley Robella 10. Justin Quinn 11. Ken Caskey 12. Dave Vancess 13.
Dennis Parks 14. Travis Keesler 15. Paul Martin 16. Eric Welker 17. Ryan Walter
18. Duane Adams 19. Katherine Aragon 20. Billy Felker 21. Mike Visser 22. Jeff
Greszler 23. Cliff Cormany 24. Russ Martin
Lap leaders: laps 1-20 Castro
1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Keesler 2. Dustin Cormany 3. Kurt Stults 4. Paul
Martin 5. Mike Visser 6. Justin Quinn 7. David Vancess 8. Kiley Fellers 9. Rick
2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Josh Shipley 2. Josh Castro 3. Ken Caskey 4. Jeff
Greszler 5. Brandon George 6. Travis Keesler 7. Eric Welker 8. Duane Adams 9.
3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Shipley 2. Russ Martin 3. Ashley Robella 4. Dennis
Parks 5. Katherine Aragon 6. Ryan Walter 7. Billy Felker 8. Cliff Cormany
Trophy Dash: (4 laps) 1. Josh Shipley 2. Paul Martin 3. Dustin Cormany 4.
Brandon George 5. Kiley Fellers 6. Dave Alexander