Ventura report 96-10-26

Copyright Fugawi MotorSports Saturday night, Oct. 26, I had the pleasure of witnessing (along with a couple thousand other folks...) that most special of events in motorsport...a first career win. And one that may have signaled a ...

Copyright Fugawi MotorSports

Saturday night, Oct. 26, I had the pleasure of witnessing (along with a couple thousand other folks...) that most special of events in motorsport...a first career win. And one that may have signaled a changing of the guard in Sprint Car racing in the Southwest. Driving the #17 Bergman owned car, Jeremy Sherman of Phoenix, Az won the SCRA's 32nd event of the year at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, CA and won it in convincing fashion, passing a fired-up Ron Shuman for the lead on the 28th of 30 laps. Shuman, who has been looking "racy-er" in the last couple of events than he has all season, took the lead from the point after a couple of aborted re-starts. But it's not like he never looked back... If it wasn't Rodney Argo applying the pressure, it was Sherman tailing "The Flying Shu" for most of the race. Keeping him in sight and letting Ronny know he there, it may have been Jeremy's presence that caused point-leader to ever-so-slightly jump the cushion in the first turn. The Arizona Young Gun seized on the oppurtunity provided by his more experienced fellow Arizonian's lapse in concentration and rocketed into the lead with two laps remaining. The Winner's Circle celebration and following fan reception in the pits were joyous affairs with hugs, handshakes, and seemingly endless supply of autograph hunting kids to keep the new winner busy. But not so busy that, while leaving the track for the night I witnessed what could only be described as the perfect "1-800-Collect" commercial...Jeremy at a payphone calling home with the news.

Standings as of 10/26

Driver's Points

Pos  No  Driver            Home Town        Starts  Points
 1.  50  Richard Griffin   Silver City NM     32     1931
 2.   2  Ron Shuman        Tempe AZ           32     1919
 3.   3  Rip Williams      Yorba Linda CA     30     1766
 4.   7  J.J. Yeley        Phoenix AZ         31     1591
 5.  12  Steve Ostling     Cerritos CA        32     1457
 6.  98  Verne Sweeny      Lomita CA          32     1340
 7.   4  Mike Kirby        Lomita CA          25     1319
 8.  17  Jeremy Sherman    Phoenix AZ         32     1312
 9.  57  Ron DiDonato      Riverside CA       28     1098
10.  21  Bobby Michnowicz  Harbor City CA     28     1097
11.  89  Mike English      Norwalk CA         29     1089
12.  11  Troy Cline        Hawthorne CA       27     1063
13.  45  Cory Kruseman     Ventura CA         23     1057
14.  19  Rodney Argo       El Segundo CA      27      929
15.  45  Rickie Gaunt      Torrance CA        24      859
16.  26  Scotty Burns      Mentone CA         29      683
17.  83  John Scott        Hesperia CA        22      672
18.  48  Lee Brewer Jr     Lomita CA          13      511
19.  27  Cary Faas         Peoria AZ          14      509
20.  23  Jerry Coons Jr    Tucson AZ          12      443
21.  18  Marc Hart         Ventura CA         24      435
22.  33  Jerry Meyer       Chino CA           14      416
23.  76  Tony Jones        Indianapolis, IN   12      383
24.  53  Cal Smith         Montclair CA       25      277
25.  70  Eric Wilkins      Peoria AZ           5      263
26.  38  Gary W. Howard    R.Cucamonga CA      9      261
27.  89  Steve Alexander   Torrance CA        21      247
28.  99  Dale Cross        Clovis CA           8      246
29.  97  Steve Venard      Tustin CA          21      235
30.  42  Dwight Cheney     Temple City CA     24      198
31.  16  Tom Ball          Alburquerque NM    13      194
32.  95  Keith Williamson  Pomona CA          17      177
33.  55  Mike Knopf        Santa Maria CA      7      148
34.  58  Jim Giardina      Riverside CA       12      147
35.  71  Bob Meli          Ontario CA          7      131
36.  22  Paul Hewlett      Simi Valley CA      9      127
37.  47  Jimmy May         Oxnard CA          10      121
38.  92  Gary A. Howard    Anaheim CA          4      112
39.  52  Gene Manhire      Fresno CA           6      109
40.  15  Billy Boat        Glendale AZ         6       99
41. 15X  Richard Harvey Jr Hanford CA          5       91
42.  74  Mike Boat         Peoria AZ           5       81
43.  25  D.J. Ruth         Las Vegas NV        8       71
45.  73  Sid Carlson       San Diego CA        9       62
46.  56  Ed Patterson Jr   Ventura CA          6       62
47.  81  Danny Ent         Big Bear City CA    4       55
48. 121  Micheal Smith     Trona CA            4       55
49.  67  Les Hawkins       Lake Forest CA      4       49
50.      Bobby Marcum      Cottonwood  AZ      4       47
51.  67  Adam Mitchell     Escondido CA        7       38
52.  61  Rick Byler        Phoenix AZ          4       37
53.  27  Rick Ziehl        Las Cruces NM       3       37
54.  24  Troy Newsome      Fresno CA           1       23
55.  77  Jay Drake         Canyon Country CA   1       20
56.  29  John Abeytia      Santa Maria CA      3       19

Owner's Points

Pos   No  Owner               Hometown            Points
 1.   50  Ron Chaffin         Madera CA            1931
 2.    2  Skip Schuck                              1867
 3.    3  Sharon Jory                              1844
 4.    7  Jack Yeley          Phoenix AZ           1591
 5.    4  Brad/Nancy Geurin                        1462
 6.   12  Bill Pratt                               1457
 7.   98  Verne Sweeney       Lomita CA            1340
 8.   17  Dorothy Bergman     Phoenix AZ           1312
 9.   45  Harlan Willis       Ventura CA           1271
10.   57  Ron DiDonato        Riverside CA         1098
11.   21  Bob Michnowicz      Dominguez Hills CA   1097
12.   11  Troy Cline          Hawthorne CA         1063
13.   19  Don Argo            El Segundo CA         929
14.   33  Blairs Performance                        827
15.    8  Mike Hasebe         Hanford CA            713
16.   26  Teknidyne           Mentone CA            683
17.   83  John Scott                                669
18.   48  Cowherd Racing                            667
19.   77  Bruce Fischer                             467
20.   23  Jerry Coons, Jr     Tucson AZ             443
21.   89  Mark Alexander      Torrance CA           356
22.   37  Cary Faas           Peoria AZ             331
23.   18  Hart/Smith                                316
24.   53  B. Pratt                                  277
25.   99  Dale Cross          Clovis CA             246
26.   41  Larry Henry                               240
27.   97  Venard/Vest         Tustin CA             235
28.   14  B.J. Racing         Las Vegas NV          208
29.   16  Mach II Racing      Alburquerque NM       202
30.   70  Bob Smith                                 200
31.   42  Dwight Cheney       Temple City CA        198
32.   38  Bill Jones                                190
33.   92  Tom/Lauri Sertich   Huntington Beach CA   183
34.   95  Keith Williamson    Pomona CA             177
35.   55  Mike Knopf          Ventura CA            148
36.   58  Dr. James Giardina  Riverside CA          147
37.   22  Bran-n-Mindy                              127
38.   47  Jimmy May           Oxnard CA             121
39.   52  Gene Manhire        Fresno CA             109
40.  111  Paul Norbury                              106
41.   15  John Lawson                                99
42.       J. J. Yeley         Phoenix AZ             92
43.  15X  Richard Harvey, Jr                         91
44.   67  Al & Elgin Freeman                         87
45.   25 
46.   74  Mike Boat           Peoria AZ              75
47.   73  Sid Carlson         San Diego CA           62
48. 91SM  Lowell Carsten                             62
49.  121  Micheal Smith       Trona CA               55
50.   56  Ed Patterson, Jr    
51.   71  Dale Meli                                  41
52.   27  Don/Gussie Urgo                            37
53.   61  Rick Byler                                 37

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