Sherman Gets 1st NWWC Win PHOENIX, AZ, October 26 -- Jeremy Sherman took a relatively unfamiliar car onto a familiar track and left Manzanita Speedway Friday with a 20 lap NAPA Auto Parts / Budweiser Western World Championships preliminary ...
Sherman Gets 1st NWWC Win
PHOENIX, AZ, October 26 -- Jeremy Sherman took a relatively unfamiliar car onto a familiar track and left Manzanita Speedway Friday with a 20 lap NAPA Auto Parts / Budweiser Western World Championships preliminary win.
Making only his second start in the Mark Priestley / Roy Miller Frieghtlines No. 7 Stealth, Sherman took the lead five laps from the finish and went on to score his first career Non-Winged World Championship (NWWC) tour victory. Normally a regular on the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) circuit, Sherman's fourth lifetime win with the SCRA comes in only his 14th SCRA start of the year. Concentrating mainly on races run at Manzanita Speedway, Sherman has had an extremely successful year.
"I think this is my eleventh win here this year. It's way better than the seasons we've had before and to pull off that many wins at this place is pretty cool, " Sherman said just before announcing that he will likely be joining Priestley on the SCRA trail. "We've worked it out to run the rest of the year and to start together out next year. Hopefully, this we'll put the icing on the cake."
Rip Williams and Steve Ostling shared the front row for the main event. Williams got a big jump exiting turn four at the drop of the green flag, but apparently not big enough since Ostling was able to put the Fischer Motorsports / Watt Enterprises No. 29 Okie into the lead in turn one.
Indiana's Ed Carpenter, Jr. ran third ahead Sherman and NWWC point leader Richard Griffin at the end of lap one. Carpenter's race would end in a spectacular way two laps later after a front suspension problem caused him to skate wide and hit the turn three wall. Carpenter flipped violently, but emerged without injury vowing to return on Saturday. Unfortunatly, Carpenter learned that his weekend would be done after a further evaluation of his car.
Williams barely edged Ostling back to the line after the restart and was officially scored as the leader of the third lap. Ostling battled back to retake the lead only to have Williams slide the Sharon Jory / Vista Paint No. 3 Gambler securely ahead of him exiting turn four. Sander Engineering Fast Time Award winner J.J. Yeley was on the move after the restart, but engine concerns forced the Phoenix native to coast to a stop bringing out a lap four caution flag.
Williams and Ostling switched to the low line shortly after the restart as Griffin stayed high. Using the cushion Griffin swapped positions with Ostling on more than one occasion. Perhaps catching Griffin by surprise, Sherman moved ahead of the Ron Chaffin / Arizona Race Mart No. 50 Jon Boy on lap 12. Two laps later, Sherman passed Ostling for the second position.
Powering his way along the cushion, Sherman immediately closed on Williams. Working lap 15, Sherman, who won SCRA Rookie of the Year honors in 1996, took the lead in turn two. Once out front, Sherman made it look easy as he smoothly drove to victory without having to lap a single car.
Williams finished second ahead of Ostling. Returning to the seat of the Wall Trucking No. 37 Avenger, Tony Jones passed Griffin on the next to last lap for fourth. Rodney Argo nipped Tony Elliott at the finish line for the eighth and final direct transfer spot. Levi Jones (6th) and Adam Mitchell (7th) also advanced to the finale. Last night's winner, Bud Kaeding, won the coin toss and elected to start Thurday's group on the inside row for the 40 lap finale on Saturday.