SWS: Aztec preview

Ziehl, Martin eye improvement at Aztec Saturday Rick Ziehl holds an eight-point lead over Mike Martin in the Southwest Sprint Car Series standings going into this Saturday night's racing program at Aztec Speedway in Aztec, N.M. Ziehl, of Las...

Ziehl, Martin eye improvement at Aztec Saturday

Rick Ziehl holds an eight-point lead over Mike Martin in the Southwest Sprint Car Series standings going into this Saturday night's racing program at Aztec Speedway in Aztec, N.M.

Ziehl, of Las Cruces, and Martin, of Yuma, Ariz., finished second and third in the 2002 series standings and both had a runner-up finish at Aztec last year.

A 30-lap feature event is on tap at the 1/3-mile dirt oval where Mike Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. and Tom Ball of Albuquerque, N.M. scored victories in last year's races. Boat ended up as the 2002 series champion.

Other top competitors expected at Aztec are third-ranking Shon Deskins and fifth-ranking lady driver Kaylene Verville, both of Phoenix, Ariz., plus "top-10" point ranking drivers Ron Clark of Tucson, Ariz. and Beau Binder of El Paso, Texas.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Rick Ziehl 103
2. Mike Martin 95
3. Shon Deskins 88
4. Ron Kratz 88
5. Kaylene Verville 86
6. Ron Clark 85
7. Beau Binder 82
8. Brandon Lane 82
9. Mike Boat 72
10. Bob Ream, Jr. 68

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Series USAC
Drivers Mike Boat , Shon Deskins , Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin , Beau Binder , Brandon Lane