SWS: NM/AZ Regional weekend review 2002-07-22

West scores last-lap victory at Sertoma Speedway. Tim West of Albuquerque, N.M. passed Matt Ziehl on the final lap of Friday night's 30-lap USAC New Mexico/Arizona Sprint Car feature at Sertoma Speedway in Tularosa, N.M., scoring his first win...

West scores last-lap victory at Sertoma Speedway.

Tim West of Albuquerque, N.M. passed Matt Ziehl on the final lap of Friday night's 30-lap USAC New Mexico/Arizona Sprint Car feature at Sertoma Speedway in Tularosa, N.M., scoring his first win in the brand-new racing series.

West recovered from a mid-race spin and last-place restart to win the inaugural USAC race on the 3/8-mile dirt oval in his CTI/Gibson Racing Gibson/Fab Tech. Trailing runner-up Matt Ziehl were Sonny Holden, Rick Ziehl and Miles Merritt. Matt Ziehl led the first 29 laps before yielding to West on the final lap.

Fast qualifier Mike Boat finished sixth and retains the series point lead going into an August 3 race at the Aztec (N.M.) Speedway. Boat won a heat race as did Matt and Rick Ziehl.

Dave Burns flipped during his heat race but returned to compete in the Tularosa main event.

Boat's lead over runner-up Mike Martin, who finished 17th at Tularosa, stands at 81 points.

USAC NEW MEXICO/ARIZONA REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Mike Boat 327
2. Mike Martin 246
3. Rick Sipes 232
4. Dave Burns 207
5. Mike Ziehl 185
6. Steve Stone 167
7. Christy Smith 155
8. Steve Nix 135
9. Rick Ziehl 133
10. Matt Ziehl 130

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Series USAC
Drivers Mike Boat , Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin