From Lonnie Wheatley
PEORIA, Ariz. (January 28, 2012) – After struggling uncharacteristically in Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge opener on Friday, Avon, Indiana’s Jon Stanbrough bounced back in strong fashion by topping Saturday’s second round of action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.
While fellow Hoosier State shoe Tracy Hines led most of the way in the event pitting the ASCS Canyon Region versus the USAC West Coast Series, Stanbrough made a late move in Saturday afternoon’s 30-lapper to take the $2,000 winner’s cut in the Shon Deskins Racing No. 21x entry.
Stanbrough, who missed the feature cut in the first of six rounds of Winter Challenge action on Friday, chased front row outside starter Hines from the third starting position on Saturday for much of the way before charging into the lead in the final handful of laps to snare the win.
Stanbrough and Hines were chased to the stripe by Bud Kaeding, who claimed a podium finishing position for the second time in as many Winter Challenge races. Dave Darland advance from 10th to fourth, with Colby Copeland rounding out the top five.
Johnny Herrera raced from 18th to sixth, with Josh Pelkey, Casey Shuman, pole starter R.J. Johnson and Bruce St. James completing the top ten.
After winning Friday night’s Winter Challenge opener, Charles Davis, Jr., finished just outside the top ten on Saturday in eleventh.
Rick Ziehl, Hines and Davis, Jr., topped Saturday’s heat race action, with Jeremy Sherman winning the “B” Main.
Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge resumes with Round Three’s green flag flying at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, with a $3,000 winner’s share up for grabs. Action then continues with the final three rounds on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then Saturday’s (February 4) $5,000-to-win finale at 1:00 p.m.
Winter Challenge Round Two Results from Canyon Speedway Park:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 2. 7k-Bruce St. James, 3. 27n-Nick Aiuto, 4. 97-Casey Shuman, 5. 29-Bud Kaeding, 6. 8s-Bryan Swinehart, 7. 62-Johnny Herrera, 8. 16-Mike Martin, 9. 17k-Kyle Danielson.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 4-Tracy Hines, 2. 23-Colby Copeland, 3. 3F-Geoff Ensign, 4. 77m-R.J. Johnson, 5. 36d-Dave Darland, 6. 12-Josh Pelkey, 7. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 8. 21-Jeremy Sherman, 9. 32b-Brian Hosford.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 2. 48T-Thomas Ogle, 3. 21x-Jon Stanbrough, 4. XXX-Zach Sawyers, 5. 8-Bob Ream, Jr., 6. 0-Jimmy Crawford, 7. 6jt-Michael Curtis, 8. 9s-John Shelton, 9. 1-Stevie Sussex.
“B” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 21-Jeremy Sherman, 2. 62-Johnny Herrera, 3. 0-Jimmy Crawford, 4. 16-Mike Martin, 5. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 6. 1-Stevie Sussex, 7. 32b-Brian Hosford, 8. 8s-Bryan Swinehart, 9. 9s-John Shelton, 10. 17k-Kyle Danielson, 11. 6jt-Michael Curtis.
“A” Feature (30 Laps): 1. 21x-Jon Stanbrough, 2. 4-Tracy Hines, 3. 29-Bud Kaeding, 4. 36d-Dave Darland, 5. 23-Colby Copeland, 6. 62-Johnny Herrera, 7. 12-Josh Pelkey, 8. 97-Casey Shuman, 9. 77m-R.J. Johnson, 10. 7k-Bruce St. James, 11. 50-Charles Davis, Jr., 12. 48T-Thomas Ogle, 13. 20z-Rick Ziehl, 14. 0-Jimmy Crawford, 15. 21-Jeremy Sherman, 16. 16-Mike Martin, 17. 19-Andrew Reinbold, 18. XXX-Zach Sawyers, 19. 27n-Nick Aiuto, 20. 8-Bob Ream, Jr., 21. 3F-Geoff Ensign, 22. 1-Stevie Sussex.
Winter Challenge Points (Top Ten): 1. Bud Kaeding (Campbell, CA) 277, 2. Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) 258, 3. Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN) 255, 4. Tracy Hines (New Castle, IN) 250, 5. R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ) 248, 6. Casey Shuman (Tempe, AZ) 235, 7. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 232, 8. Jeremy Sherman (Surprise, AZ) 230, 9. Thomas Ogle (Surprise, AZ) 228, 10. Colby Copeland (Roseville, CA) 217.
Remaining Winter Challenge Schedule at Canyon Speedway Park:
Round Three – Sunday, January 29 @ 1:00 p.m. ($3,000 to win)
Round Four – Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:00 p.m. ($2,000 to win)
Round Five – Friday, February 3 @ 7:00 p.m. ($2,000 to win)
Round Six – Saturday, February 4 @ 1:00 p.m. ($5,000 to win)
Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park is located 25 miles north of Phoenix on I-17 to Exit 223, then 6.3 miles west. For more information, contact the track at 602-258-7223 or check www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.