Canyon Region Manzanita preview

ASCS Canyon Region Ready for Manzy Half-Mile on Saturday! TULSA, Okla. (September 15, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region shifts back to Manzanita Speedway's 0x00bd-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, for this ...

ASCS Canyon Region Ready for Manzy Half-Mile on Saturday!

TULSA, Okla. (September 15, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region shifts back to Manzanita Speedway's 0x00bd-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, for this Saturday night's Hall of Fame Vintage Classic event.

Saturday's card marks the fifth of six scheduled events for the ASCS Canyon Region atop Manzanita's 0x00bd-mile clay oval.

Current series points leader Jeremy Sherman of Surprise, AZ, has posted three of his ten overall series wins this season on the 0x00bd-mile oval, with Andrew Reinbold reaching victory lane in the other series outing on the big track.

Sherman, a winner of seven of the past eight Canyon Region events, and the rest of the sturdy ASCS Canyon Region contingent will face some added competition this Saturday night, as Manhattan Beach, California's Garrett Hansen is set to make his series debut.

Hansen, a past Wild Card Award winner at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, currently ranks among the top contenders in USAC/CRA circles with a pair of wins this season and sits second in points.

Hansen will try to add his name to the list of 2008 ASCS Canyon Region feature winners that includes Sherman, Charles Davis, Jr., Casey Shuman, Reinbold and R.J. Johnson.

Sherman enters Saturday's action with a 122-point edge over Buckeye's Charles Davis, Jr., in the series championship race, with Yuma's Mike Martin in third. Martin is just 16 markers ahead of Phoenix shoe R.J. Johnson, with Goodyear's Nathan High another 32 points back in fifth.

Peoria's Josh Pelkey is currently sixth, with the balance of the top ten including Chandler's Andrew Reinbold, Litchfield Park's Mike Leslie, Glendale's Justin Fisher and Chandler's Steve Tellas.

Certificates will be awarded to each of Saturday night's 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'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.

The Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region brings the best in non-wing Sprint Car racing to Arizona with a full slate of 27 nights of racing in 2008. In addition to events atop both the 0x00bd-mile and 1/3-mile ovals at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, 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 nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 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 Mike Leslie , R.J. Johnson , Josh Pelkey , Casey Shuman