Gregg Leads ASCS Southwest Region to Manzanita

TULSA, Okla. (August 11, 2008) -- Manzanita Speedway is in for a change of pace this Saturday night as the winged troops of the American Sprint Car Series Southwest Region take to the track's 1/3-mile clay oval in Phoenix for the first time this year.

Making a bid for the series inaugural championship, Phoenix shoe Ben Gregg leads the ASCS Southwest Region into Saturday's event at the famed Manzanita oval.

Gregg has reached victory lane in five of seven events thus far in 2008 to open up a lead of 48 points over El Paso's Shawn Sander, who snared an ASCS Southwest win at Tucson on June 7.

Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces, NM, enters Saturday's action ranked third, with 18-year-old Cody Cambensy (Tucson) and Steve Martin (Phoenix) rounding out the current top five in points.

The balance of the current top ten includes Ronnie Clark (Tucson), Mike Rux, Jr. (Mesa), Joshua Williams (Glendale), Jessica Van Dyke (Tucson) and John Gaston (Peoria).

Saturday's ASCS Southwest 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 ASCS Southwest Region is slated for 11 nights of winged Sprint Car racing throughout Arizona in 2008. In addition to events at Tucson's USA Race Park, the series will also be in action at Show Low's Thunder Speedway and Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix.

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