SWS: NM/AZ Regional Sprint Aztec recap

Tom Ball tops Aztec Sprints; Boat's lead down to 59. Tom Ball of Albuquerque, N.M. won Saturday night's New Mexico/Arizona Regional Sprint Car race at the Aztec (N.M.) Speedway. The former USAC Silver Crown participant led all 30 laps to beat...

Tom Ball tops Aztec Sprints; Boat's lead down to 59.

Tom Ball of Albuquerque, N.M. won Saturday night's New Mexico/Arizona Regional Sprint Car race at the Aztec (N.M.) Speedway. The former USAC Silver Crown participant led all 30 laps to beat Rick Ziehl, Joe Larkin, Jr., Mike Ziehl and Matt Ziehl. Ball competed in the 1992 "4-Crown Nationals" Silver Crown race at Rossburg, Ohio.

Mike Martin, who finished sixth at Aztec, has closed to within 59 points of series leader Mike Boat, who finished 18th in Saturday night's race after a tangle while running second with eight laps remaining. Boat was the fastest qualifier at Aztec, while heat winners included Beau Binder, Rick Ziehl, Bo Baker and Steve Nix. Dave Burns won the semi.

The New Mexico/Arizona Sprint Car Series continues August 30 with a race at the brand-new Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M.

Jesse Baker escaped injury in a flip on the eighth lap of the Aztec feature.

USAC NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Mike Boat 355
2. Mike Martin 296
3. Rick Sipes 271
4. Mike Ziehl 240
5. Dave Burns 240
6. Rick Ziehl 201
7. Steve Stone 193
8. Matt Ziehl 181
9. Christy Smith 178
10. Steve Nix 177

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Series USAC
Drivers Mike Boat , Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin , Beau Binder