SWS: Aztec report, standings

Binder 1st at Aztec; Martin takes Southwest lead Beau Binder of El Paso, Texas, the 1998 IMCA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, led the final 21 laps of Saturday night's USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Aztec (N.M.) Speedway. He passed Rick...

Binder 1st at Aztec; Martin takes Southwest lead

Beau Binder of El Paso, Texas, the 1998 IMCA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, led the final 21 laps of Saturday night's USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature at Aztec (N.M.) Speedway. He passed Rick Ziehl on lap 10 in his Mesilla Valley Transportation/Shoe Spring Avenger/Gibson and led the rest of the way to beat lady driver Kaylene Verville, Mike Martin, Shon Deskins and Robert Hall, Jr.

Binder's victory vaulted him to fourth in the new series standings going into a May 24 race at Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Ariz. Thunder Raceway is where Verville became USAC's first female Sprint Car feature winner last year!

Martin's finish left him as the new series point leader, two in front of Ziehl, with Verville a close third.

Bruce St. James was Saturday night's fastest qualifier at Aztec, but misfortune send defending series champion Mike Boat to the sidelines with a blown engine in the 30-lap feature. Dave Burns escaped injury in a flip during the feature.

Ziehl, who entered the Aztec race as the series leader, led the first nine laps before slipping to sixth at the checkered flag.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Mike Martin 157
2. Rick Ziehl 155
3. Kaylene Verville 151
4. Beau Binder 145
5. Shon Deskins 145
6. Ron Kratz 129
7. Brandon Lane 125
8. Ron Clark 115
9. Robert Hall, Jr. 110
10. Mike Boat 101

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Series USAC
Drivers Mike Boat , Shon Deskins , Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin , Beau Binder , Brandon Lane , Bruce St. James