Canyon Region Manzanita preview

Manzanita's Hank Arnold Memorial on Tap for ASCS Canyon Region This Saturday! TULSA, Okla. (June 9, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region shifts to Manzanita Speedway's famed half-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ,...

Manzanita's Hank Arnold Memorial on Tap for ASCS Canyon Region This Saturday!

TULSA, Okla. (June 9, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region shifts to Manzanita Speedway's famed half-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, this Saturday night for the annual running of the Hank Arnold Memorial.

It marks just the second time thus far in 2008 for the series to take to Manzanita's bigger track, with current series point leader Jeremy Sherman outlasting Charles Davis, Jr., to top the March 29 event.

While Davis has collected more winner's hardware than Sherman thus far with four wins in comparison to Sherman's three, the reigning series champion still holds the top spot on the point charts.

With ten of 30 scheduled nights of action in the books, Sherman of Surprise, AZ, holds a slim 24-point lead over Buckeye's Davis entering Saturday night's Hank Arnold Memorial.

Goodyear's Nathan High climbed back into third in points this past weekend, with Yuma's Mike Martin and Peoria's Josh Pelkey close behind in fourth and fifth. Phoenix shoe R.J. Johnson enters Saturday's card ranked sixth, as just 20 points separate the four drivers ranked from third to sixth.

Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Reagles of Mesa is currently seventh, with Litchfield Park's Mike Leslie, Chandler's Andrew Reinbold and Goodyear's Thomas Ogle completing the current top ten.

Glendale's Justin Fisher is just 14 points outside of the top ten, with Seainn Hendricsen and 17-year-olds Nick Aiuto and Mike Colegrove knotted in a three-way tie for 12th in points. Tucson's Bobby Taylor is currently fifteenth.

Certificates will be awarded to each of the heat race winners, with Racing Optics sponsoring heat race one, MPD Race Products sponsoring heat race two, Winters Performance sponsoring heat race three and Sunoco sponsoring heat race four. Arizona Race Mart sponsors the Trophy Dash, while Sunoco will also award a certificate to each "B" Main winner in ASCS Canyon Region action this year. Parker Store sponsors the Roll for Inversion.

Saturday night's Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region action at Manzanita Speedway is set to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Manzanita Speedway is located in Phoenix, AZ, off I-10 Exit 141, then four miles south on 35th Avenue to West Broadway. For more information, contact the track at 602-276-7575.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mike Martin , Mike Leslie , R.J. Johnson , Josh Pelkey