SWS: Regional NM/AZ Sprint finale report

Boat takes Hollywood Hills NM/AZ Sprint finale. Mike Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. put the finishing touches on his 2002 USAC New Mexico/Arizona Regional Sprint Car Championship Sunday afternoon, winning the series finale at Hollywood Hills Speedway in...

Boat takes Hollywood Hills NM/AZ Sprint finale.

Mike Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. put the finishing touches on his 2002 USAC New Mexico/Arizona Regional Sprint Car Championship Sunday afternoon, winning the series finale at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M.

Boat led the final 12 laps of the 30-lap race in his RPM/Buckley after passing Rick Ziehl on lap 19. Ziehl finished second, ahead of Ricky Hood, Mike Martin and Rick Sipes.

Ziehl's second-place finish enabled him to win the tie-breaker for second in the final series standings over Martin, while Sipes and Steve Nix rounded out the "top-five" in the final points.

Hood's third-place finish marked the first appearance in USAC competition in more than a decade for the 1984 and 1985 USAC Sprint Car and 1985 USAC Silver Crown Champion. His last USAC start came in 1991 in a Midget at El Centro, Calif.

USAC NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA SPRINT CAR SERIES FINAL STANDINGS
1. Mike Boat 623
2. Rick Ziehl 480
3. Mike Martin 480
4. Rick Sipes 475
5. Steve Nix 395
6. Mike Ziehl 385
7. Dave Burns 377
8. Tom Ball 333
9. Steve Stone 291
10. Joe Larkin, Jr. 255

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Series USAC
Drivers Mike Boat , Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin