ASCS Canyon Region Set for Canyon Clash!
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2011) – The wingless wonders of the Sunoco Fuel ASCS Canyon Region are set for two full nights of racing action this weekend as they take to the 3/8-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval for the inaugural Canyon Clash presented by Ellis Racing.
The Clash gets under way on Friday night with a full card of heats and feature action, then concludes with another full, separate card of heats and feature events on Saturday night. The Friday portion of the Canyon Clash was added as a makeup date for the April 9 rainout, while the Saturday date was included on the original schedule.
While the Sunoco Fuel ASCS Canyon Region has offered up three different feature winners in as many events thus far in 2011, two-time series champion Jeremy Sherman is out to the early lead in the championship points chase by virtue of finishing no worse than second so far.
Hailing from Surprise, AZ, Sherman posted his first win under the ASCS Canyon banner at Canyon Speedway Park on March 26 and has recorded runner-up finishes in the two feature events completed at Tucson’s USA Raceway.
While Sherman beat Ronnie Clark and Bob Ream, Jr., to the stripe in the only series event at CSP thus far in 2011 for his 29th career ASCS Canyon win, R.J. Johnson picked off his ninth career series win in the season opener at USA on March 12 and then Josh Pelkey picked off his first career ASCS triumph in the most recent series action at USA on April 16.
Sherman carries a 43-point advantage over Phoenix contender Johnson into the weekend double, with two-time and reigning series champion Charles Davis, Jr., of Buckeye, AZ, another dozen points back in third as he looks for his first win of the season. Davis topped two of five ASCS Canyon events at CSP in 2010, with Johnson winning the other three.
Perennial ASCS Canyon contender Andrew Reinbold enters the weekend just 13 points behind Davis in fourth, with Tucson’s Ronnie Clark rounding out the current top five. The balance of the current top ten in points includes Peoria’s Pelkey, Glendale’s Bob Ream, Jr., Matt Rossi, Waddell’s Thomas Ogle and Peoria’s Dalten Gabberd.
Twenty different drivers have taken in each of the initial three events of the season with another half-dozen taking in at least two of the three events.
The delayed debut of a brand new touring series will join the two day Canyon Clash for the first ever Western States Stock Car Series race. The new Factory Stock touring series will consist of 14 events over the course of the 2011 season with races taking place at Canyon Speedway and at Tucson’s USA Raceway. All WSSCS events will pay $300 to the winner and $50 to start with a sizable championship point fund in place for the winner of the inaugural 2011 Championship.
The two day crusade will feature the wingless warriors of the Sunoco Fuels American Sprint Car Series along with the debut of the Western States Stock Car Series. The small and mighty Southwest Modlites will join the fight along with X-Mods for two complete nights of extreme racing action. The Canyon Clash presented by Ellis Racing will close out the weekend with an after race gathering and barbeque, bringing the party to the pits and celebrating the weekend.
This weekend’s action will get under way when general admission tickets go on sale Friday at 5pm for only $15 for adults, Senior and Military $13 and children 12 under are always free. Racing will begin promptly at 7:30pm.
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Canyon Speedway Park is located in North Peoria off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. For more information please, contact the track at 602-258-RACE(7223) or additional information regarding Canyon Speedway Park can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com