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Zeihl Tops ASCS Regional Clash Opener at Aztec

By Lonnie Wheatley

AZTEC, N.M. (June 4, 2010) – Rick Ziehl picked off his second American Sprint Car Series Regional win of the year by topping Friday night’s 25-lap ASCS Rocky Mountain vs. ASCS Southwest main event at Aztec Speedway.

Hailing from Las Cruces, NM, the two-time and reigning ASCS Southwest champion outlasted 15-year-old Tijeras, NM, racer Joshua Hodges for top honors on the opening leg of the two-night Aztec stand.

Hodges paced the opening eight circuits from the pole position before Ziehl took command. The pair dueled in the ensuing laps before Ziehl put the win away aboard the Lucas Oil/Bry Hayes Motorsports No. 20z Maxim.

Hodges settled for runner-up honors, with Patrick Bourke, Bud Goodwin and Josh Grady rounding out the top five.

John Gaston was sixth, with Calvin Landis, J.T. Imperial, Bob Schaeffer and Jesse Baker completing the top ten.

Hodges, Schaeffer and Ziehl topped Friday night’s heat race action.

ASCS Rocky Mountain vs. Southwest Region Results from Aztec Speedway:

Heat Winners: Joshua Hodges, Bob Schaeffer, Rick Ziehl.

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 2. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 3. 93-Patrick Bourke, 4. 15-Bud Goodwin, 5. 12-Josh Grady, 6. 22j-John Gaston, 7. 79-Calvin Landis, 8. 1x-J.T. Imperial, 9. 71-Bob Schaeffer, 10. 22-Jesse Baker, 11. 24-Jordan Mattson, 12. 78-Jody Williams, 13. 01-Kaylene Verville, 14. 57-Steve Stone, 15. 11-Tim West, 16. 77-Colt Treharn, 17. 41-Joshua Williams, 18. 90-Lance Norick 19. 44k-Koty McGullam.