Canyon Region Casa Grande preview

ASCS CANYON REGION READY FOR CENTRAL ARIZONA RACEWAY TULSA, Okla. (May 7, 2007) -- The wingless racers of the American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region will be going to "The Big House" this weekend with the series first stop of the season at ...

ASCS CANYON REGION READY FOR CENTRAL ARIZONA RACEWAY

TULSA, Okla. (May 7, 2007) -- The wingless racers of the American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region will be going to "The Big House" this weekend with the series first stop of the season at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, AZ.

And while the ASCS Canyon Region is just four races old, red-hot Surprise, AZ, racer Jeremy Sherman is already closing in on an all-time American Sprint Car Series record.

Sherman has proven unbeatable through the series opening four events of the season, scoring a pair of wins atop Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile oval along with single wins on Manzanita's 0x00bd-mile and Tucson's United Sports Arizona Race Park.

Sherman is just wins shy of tying the ASCS mark for consecutive feature wins. The record is currently held by South Dakota racer Randi Miller, who reeled off six consecutive wins during his 2003 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region championship season.

Sherman has had to keep his elbows up to score four wins thus far, with a pair of victory drives coming from deep in the pack.

In the process, the two-time and reigning Arizona State sprint car champion has jumped out to 42-point lead over Josh Pelkey. Mike Leslie is currently ranked third, with Bernie Smith and Seainn Hendricsen deadlocked in a tie for fourth.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Colegrove is currently sixth, with former state champ Bob Ream, Jr., and Mike Martin tied for seventh. Rookie shoe Jeremy Reagles is ninth, with J.T. Imperial cracking the top ten following this past weekend's Tucson event.

Just outside the top ten are Andrew Reinbold, Chad Boat, Shon Deskins, Charles Davis, Jr., Nick Aiuto and Thomas Ogle.

Once again, $50 certificates will be awarded to each of the heat race winners, with Racing Optics sponsoring heat race one, Parker Store sponsoring heat race two, Kenz & Leslie/BG Chemicals sponsoring heat race three and Sunoco sponsoring heat race four. Arizona Race Mart sponsors the Pole Dash, while Sunoco will also award a $50 certificate to each "B" Main winner in ASCS Canyon Region action this year.

Saturday's racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m.

The high-banked, 3/8-mile Central Arizona Raceway clay oval is located is located in Casa Grande, AZ, off I-10 Exit 194, then seven miles east on State Road 287 at the fairgrounds. For more information, contact the track at 520-723-8888.

The ASCS Canyon Region brings the best in wingless Sprint Car racing to Arizona in 2007 with a slate of 24 events. In addition to Manzanita Speedway, the series will also be in action at Tucson's USA Race Park and Casa Grande's Central Arizona Raceway over the course of the season.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with the series set to sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shon Deskins , Mike Martin , Mike Leslie , Chad Boat , J.T. Imperial , Josh Pelkey