Canyon Region Manzanita preview

ASCS Canyon Region Back on Track Saturday at Manzanita TULSA, Okla. (June 16, 2008) -- It's back to Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile clay oval for the Disount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region as action continues in Phoenix, AZ, ...

ASCS Canyon Region Back on Track Saturday at Manzanita

TULSA, Okla. (June 16, 2008) -- It's back to Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile clay oval for the Disount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region as action continues in Phoenix, AZ, this Saturday night.

Saturday's card marks the series 12th event of the season and a final tune-up for a Fourth of July weekend double that will feature the series on both the 1/3-mile and 0x00bd-mile Manzanita ovals on consecutive nights.

After running just a gallon or so short of a fourth series win this past Saturday night, defending series champion Jeremy Sherman still maintains the series points lead with a 40-point advantage over Charles Davis, Jr.

Yuma's Mike Martin has climbed to third in points on the strength of a half-dozen top-five feature runs, including a runner-up showing on Saturday night. Close behind in fourth is Josh Pelkey, with R.J. Johnson rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Nathan High, 19-year-old Jeremy Reagles, Andrew Reinbold (fresh off his first series win on Saturday), Mike Leslie and Thomas Ogle.

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 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 30 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 Martin , Mike Leslie , R.J. Johnson , Josh Pelkey