Canyon Region Salute to Indy preview

High Stakes for ASCS Canyon Region's Weiler Salute to Indy on Saturday TULSA, Okla. (May 19, 2008) -- The largest purse of the year thus far for the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region will be up for grabs when the series takes to...

High Stakes for ASCS Canyon Region's Weiler Salute to Indy on Saturday

TULSA, Okla. (May 19, 2008) -- The largest purse of the year thus far for the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region will be up for grabs when the series takes to Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, for Saturday night's Arizona Race Mart Wayne Weiler Salute to Indy.

The total purse for Saturday night's card has climbed to over $15,000, with $1,700 earmarked for the winner of the special 51-lap feature event. All main event starters will pocket a minimum of $300, with all cars taking a competitive green flag during the night assured of at least $200.

Saturday's Salute to Indy will culminate with a 51-lap "A" Feature event in tribute to Wayne Weiler, who has long been regarded as one of Manzanita's greatest drivers and, more importantly, a man of great character whose home was always open to racers that made the journey to Phoenix.

Defending ASCS Canyon Region champion and Weiler race winner Jeremy Sherman is out to the early lead in 2008 series points, holding a slim 22-point advantage over Charles Davis, Jr. Both Sherman and Davis have claimed three victories each, with Casey Shuman and R.J. Johnson also posting series victories.

With Sherman and Davis setting the early pace in the championship points race, Nathan High is currently ranked third Johnson and Mike Martin rounding out the top five entering Saturday night's event.

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 Arizona Race Mart Wayne Weiler Salute to Indy featuring the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region is set to go green at 7:00 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 29 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.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Mike Martin , R.J. Johnson , Casey Shuman