From Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (June 21, 2010) – The wingless wonders of the American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region return to Tucson for the first time in over a month with Saturday night’s card atop the 3/8-mile USA Raceway.
And, after watching Mike Martin and R.J. Johnson capture checkered flags in recent events in Perris, CA, and Peoria, AZ, a return to Tucson could be just what the doctor ordered for current ASCS Canyon Region points leader Charles Davis, Jr.
The reigning series champion, Davis, Jr., had carried a three-race winning streak, including two at Tucson’s USA Raceway into the Perris card. But, after a fourth-place Perris showing and then a seventh-place Peoria run, Davis’ seemingly healthy points lead now appears to be much more anemic.
A 62-point advantage for “Chargin’ Charles” has been trimmed down to just 27 markers over the past two events by Peoria’s Josh Pelkey, who has added another pair of runner-up finishes to run his total of top-fives to five in six starts thus far in 2010.
Yuma’s Mike Martin is just another 20 points back in third, with Phoenix contender R.J. Johnson and two-time series champion Jeremy Sherman of Surprise, AZ, rounding out the current top five in points.
The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Canyon Region points includes Andrew Reinbold (Gilbert), Stevie Sussex (Laveen), Ronnie Clark (Tucson), 17-year-old Dalten Gabbard (Peoria) and Seainn Hendricsen (Scottsdale).
Just outside the top ten and looking in are the likes of Thomas Ogle, Justin Quinn, Brian Hosford and Jeff Slinkard among others.
Saturday’s ASCS Canyon Region action at USA Raceway is slated to go green at 6:45 p.m.
The 3/8-mile USA Raceway clay oval is located east of Tucson off I-10 Exit 268, then 1.6 mile south on Craycroft Road, which turns into Los Reales. For more information, contact the track at 520-574-8515.
The ASCS Canyon Region is currently slated for 17 overall nights of competition in 2010, including 13 nights in Arizona, a two-night Fourth of July weekend in New Mexico and pair of trips to California’s Perris Auto Speedway.
In its 19th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.