Canyon Region Manzanita preview

ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championships on Tap at Manzanita TULSA, Okla. (November 3, 2008) -- All eyes shift to Phoenix, AZ, this weekend for the annual running of the Parker Store ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championships atop Manzanita ...

ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championships on Tap at Manzanita

TULSA, Okla. (November 3, 2008) -- All eyes shift to Phoenix, AZ, this weekend for the annual running of the Parker Store ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championships atop Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile clay oval.

With NASCAR's traveling circus in town and the USAC/CRA forces on Manzanita's half-mile for a pair of nights, the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region contenders take on a slew of invaders from throughout the nation for three full nights of action on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Full cards of heat races, "B" Mains and "A" Mains will be contested on both Thursday and Friday, with combined points from both preliminary nights of action setting Saturday night's championship slate of feature lineups.

Main events on Thursday and Friday both offer up $1,500 to win, with Saturday's Parker Store ASCS Non-Wing Western World Champion collecting $3,000, making for a possible take of $6,000 with a sweep of all three nights of competition.

The three-night stand also marks the season finale for the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Canyon Region, as Surprise, Arizona's Jeremy Sherman tries to put the finishing touches on a second consecutive ASCS championship.

Racking up 14 wins in ASCS Canyon Region action this year, including seven wins in 14 tries on Manzanita's 1/3-mile, "The Shermanator" is just two wins shy of the century mark in Manzy action with 98 feature wins atop the fabled Manzanita clay. Another strong weekend could push the winner of 116 career features overall into triple-digit territory at Manzanita alone.

With a second consecutive ASCS title in reach, Sherman enters the weekend 154 markers ahead of Buckeye's Charles Davis, Jr., with Yuma's Mike Martin another 120 markers back in third.

The battle for third in points is a close one, with Martin just 16 points ahead of Phoenix shoe R.J. Johnson and 26 points ahead of Goodyear's Nathan High.

The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Canyon Region points includes Andrew Reinbold (Chandler), Mike Leslie (Litchfield Park), Josh Pelkey (Peoria), Jeremy Reagles (Mesa) and rookie shoe Steve Tellas (Chandler).

While Sherman has topped seven of 14 ASCS Canyon Region events atop Manzanita Speedway's 1/3-mile clay oval this season, Charles Davis, Jr., has scored three wins, Casey Shuman has posted a pair triumphs and R.J. Johnson and Bob Ream, Jr., have each collected one win.

California's Cory Kruseman reigns as defending champion of the Parker Store ASCS Non-Wing Western World Championship after besting a stellar field of over 50 competitors in the 2007 rendition of the event, joined on the podium by preliminary feature winner Charles Davis, Jr., and Missouri's Jesse Hockett.

Following a Wednesday night practice session from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., racing action ensues on the following nights with a 7:30 p.m. start on Thursday and then the first race of the night going green at approximately 7:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

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 has also been 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 Cory Kruseman , Mike Leslie , Jesse Hockett , R.J. Johnson , Josh Pelkey , Casey Shuman