(July 25) Charles Davis, Jr. scored his fifth win of the year in the Discount
Tire American Sprint Car Series Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway. Davis had
been shut out of the winnerís circle since June 5 when Jeremy Sherman went on
a four race win streak that came to an end when he finished second to Davis
Saturday night. During that span Davis was involved in two crashes and finished
second to Sherman in three other races.
Shon Deskins led the first 19 laps before yielding to Davis and Sherman took
over second with 7 laps remaining in the 30 lap feature. Even though a yellow
flag bunched the field in the closing laps Sherman had to settle for second a
scant two car lengths behind Davis. It marked the fourth time Sherman has
finished second to Davis and Davis has finished second to Sherman five times.
Shon Deskinsí finished third after leading the first 19 laps. His third place
finish was his fourth top five of the year and also his top finish. Stevie
Sussex finished fourth ahead of Justin Fisher. Rounding out the top ten were Bob
Ream, Jr., Lealand Michael, Mike Leslie, Andy Reinbold and Seainn Hendricsen.
Michael was the hard charger of the race with his drive from his 23rd
starting berth to finish seventh. Rookie driver Zach Sawyer also had a great
night with a drive from 18th to 11th.
Twenty-five sprint cars were on hand and rather than run a semi to eliminate
just one car all 25 started the feature and 18 finished.
Deskins was high point man through the three heat races and rolled an eight
with the toss of the die. That meant that the top eight drivers in heat race
points would draw for starting berths and fittingly Shon pulled #1 for the pole.
Davis started sixth and Sherman lined up on the outside of the fourth row.
R.J. Johnson continued to be king of the heat races as he started third in
the first eight lapper and took the win over Deskins, who started seventh,
Thomas Ogle and Josh Pelkey.
Justin Fisher, who had earlier won the Arizona Race Mart trophy dash, won the
second heat. He started alongside Stevie Sussex who was on the pole and finished
second ahead of Carson Ditsch and Ream. The final heat had Sherman on the pole
and Davis was on the outside of the front row. Davis took the win, Sherman was
second, Nathan High, up from sixth, was third ahead of Mike Leslie who lined up
on the outside of the fourth row.
Kiley Fellers increased his points lead in the mini sprint cars with a wire
to wire win in the 20 lap main event. It marked the sixth time this year that
Fellers has won a feature race. Kurt Stults finished second and Josh Castro was
third ahead of former champions Jeff Greszler and Brandon George. The rest of
the top ten, in order, were Tyler Keesler, Paul Martin, J.D. Bernal, Mike Visser
and Austin Quick.
The feature promised to be a showdown between Fellers and Josh Shipley who
was seeking a clean sweep after winning the trophy dash and beating Fellers in
the third heat. However, Shipley, who was lined up in the second row, was caught
up in a skirmish at the green flag and hit the wall. His car was damaged and he
failed to restart the feature.
Tyler Keesler won the first heat over Castro, George and his brother Travis
Keesler. The second heat went to Stults over Justin Quinn, Garrett Guilkey and
Quick. Behind Shipley and Fellers in the final heat were Kyle Shipley and
Former champion Dennis Parks led Bernal, Visser, Cliff Cormany and Pat Wing
to the checkered flag in the ten lap semi main.
AMERICAN SPRINT CAR SERIES
Main Event: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Shon Deskins
4. Stevie Sussex 5. Justin Fisher 6. Bob Ream, Jr. 7. Lealand Michael 8. Mike
Leslie 9. Andy Reinbold 10. Seainn Hendricsen 11. Zach Sawyer
12. Jesse Dunham 13. Nathan High 14. Thomas Ogle 15. Adam Wirth 16. Jody
Wirth 17. Steve Tellas 18. Derek Sell 19. R.J. Johnson 20. Bernie Smith 21.
Chris Bonneau 22. Josh Pelkey 23. Mike Martin 24. Steve Sandrolini 25. Carson
Ditsch (no time)
Lap leaders: laps 1-19 Deskins, laps 20-30 Davis
1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson 2. Shon Deskins 3. Thomas Ogle 4. Josh
Pelkey 5. Bernie Smith 6. Jody Wirth 7. Jesse Dunham 8. Steve Sandrolini 9. Adam
2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Justin Fisher 2. Stevie Sussex 3. Carson Ditsch 4. Bob
Ream, Jr. 5. Andy Reinbold 6. Seainn Hendricsen 7. Derek Sell 8. Steve Tellas
(no time, yellow flag)
3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis, Jr. 2. Jeremy Sherman 3. Nathan High 4.
Mike Leslie 5. Mike Martin 6. Zach Sawyer 7. Lealand Michael 8. Chris Bonneau
Arizona Race Mart Trophy Dash: (4 laps) 1. Justin Fisher 2. Mike Leslie 3.
R.J. Johnson 4. Nathan High (time-1:00.66)
DISCOUNT TIRE ASCS CURRENT POINT STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Sherman 2,326, 2. Charles Davis, Jr. 2,246, 3. Nathan High 2,126,
4. Mike Martin 2,124, 5. R.J. Johnson 2,118, 6. Josh Pelkey 2,090, 7. Andrew
Reinbold 2,037, 8. Mike Leslie 2,032, 9. Justin Fisher 2,013, 10. Thomas Ogle
ARIZONA MINI SPRINTS--NON WINGED
Main Event: (20 laps) 1. Kiley Fellers 2. Kurt Stults 3. Josh Castro 4. Jeff
Greszler 5. Brandon George 6. Tyler Keesler 7. Paul Martin 8. J.D. Bernal 9.
Mike Visser 10. Austin Quick 11. Justin Quinn 12. Ryan Walter 13. Katherine
Aragon 14. Cliff Cormany 15. Travis Keesler 16. Dennis Parks 17. Garrett Guiley
18. Kyle Shipley 19. Josh Shipley 20. Pat Wing (no time)
Lap leaders: laps 1-20 Fellers
1st Heat: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Keesler 2. Josh Castro 3. Brandon George 4.
Travis Keesler 5. J.D. Bernal 6. Mike Visser 7. Paul Martin 8. Billy Felker 9.
Larry Gibson (time-2:11.99)
2nd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Kurt Stults 2. Justin Quinn 3. Garrett Guilkey 4.
Austin Quick 5. Dennis Parks 6. Katherine Aragon 7. Ryan Walter 8. Christopher
Beach 9. Ashley Robella (no time, yellow flag)
3rd Heat: (8 laps) 1. Josh Shipley 2. Kiley Fellers 3. Kyle Shipley 4. Jeff
Greszler 5. Cliff Cormany 6. Pat Wing 7. Dallas Caldwell 8. Eric Welker 8. Rick
Semi Main: (10 laps) 1. Dennis Parks 2. J.D. Bernal 3. Mike Visser 4. Cliff
Cormany 5. Pat Wing 6. Paul Martin 7. Katherine Aragon 8. Ryan Walter 9. Ashley
Robella 10. Billy Felker 11. Dallas Caldwell 12. Eric Welker 13. Larry Gibson
14. Christopher Beach 15. Rick Alexander (no time, yellow flag)
Trophy Dash: (4 laps) 1. Josh Shipley 2. Brandon George 3. Dennis Parks 4.
Kyle Shipley 5. Josh Castro 6. Mike Visser (time-1:03.74)