Canyon Region Manzanita preview

Buddy Taylor Memorial on Saturday for ASCS Canyon Region TULSA, Okla. (October 14, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region hits Manzanita Speedway's famed 0x00bd-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, for the fifth and ...

Buddy Taylor Memorial on Saturday for ASCS Canyon Region

TULSA, Okla. (October 14, 2008) -- The Discount Tire Co. American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region hits Manzanita Speedway's famed 0x00bd-mile clay oval in Phoenix, AZ, for the fifth and final time this season for this Saturday night's Buddy Taylor Memorial.

Saturday marks the 23rd night of competition for the ASCS Canyon Region in 2008, as Jeremy Sherman of Surprise, AZ, tries to close in on a second consecutive series championship.

Three of Sherman's dozen series feature wins this season have come atop Manzanita Speedway's 0x00bd-mile clay oval, with Andrew Reinbold topping the other ASCS Canyon Region outing atop the bigger Manzanita oval.

Sherman has topped four of the five most recent editions of the Buddy Taylor Memorial, including the 2007 version, with other winners this decade including Charles Davis, Jr., in 2006 and 2001 and Bob Ream, Jr., in 2000.

Sherman's lead over Davis in the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region points race has grown to 136 points, with just the October 25 Family Fireworks Night and then the ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championships on November 6-8 remaining on the 2008 slate.

Mike Martin maintains a 22-point edge over R.J. Johnson in the battle for third, with Nathan High just 18 points behind Johnson in fifth.

The balance of the current top ten includes Andrew Reinbold, Mike Leslie, Josh Pelkey, Jeremy Reagles and Steve Tellas.

Certificates will be awarded to each of Saturday night's 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's Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region action atop Manzanita Speedway's 0x00bd-mile clay oval 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 27 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