Tucson’s Ronnie Clark Pushin’ the Cushin’
by Lance Jennings
PEORIA, AZ – OCTOBER 8, 2013… This Saturday, October 12th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their fourth and final appearance of the year at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the event will also showcase Mini Sprints, X-Mods, and AMA Modlites. The Spectator Gates will open at 4pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will begin at 7:00pm.
Each of the three previous visits have produced different winners. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23rd feature and Josh Pelkey claimed the June 22nd victory. On September 14th, point leader R.J. Johnson added Casa Grande to his win list. Many talented drivers are expected at Central Arizona Raceway as they look to claim the $1,500 main event and earn valuable championship points.
Heading into Saturday’s action, Phoenix’s R.J. Johnson holds a 51 point advantage over the competition. Driving the Bill Michaels’ owned #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson led the first 21 laps of the September 28th “The Brawl For It All” before a broken steering arm bolt ended his night. Scoring fifteenth at Canyon, the point leader has nine feature wins, eight Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, five Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 287 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. will be looking to repeat as a Casa Grande winner and continue his championship bid.
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye is second in the point standings . Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis raced to fifth at Canyon after starting eleventh. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has six feature wins, ten Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, three Sunoco Fuels Passing Masters Dash wins, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 107 feature laps led. At Casa Grande, the veteran driver will have his sights a feature win and cutting into Johnson’s point lead.
Yuma’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin is third in the championship points. Racing his #16 PPG Pittsburg Paints / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin claimed tenth in Canyon’s “Brawl For It All.” As this writing goes to press, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, one fast time award, seven Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led. On Saturday, Mike will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday and add the winner’s trophy to his collection.
Tucson’s Ronnie Clark sits fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #6 RCM / Ellis Race Cars machine, Clark ran fifteenth in the September 28th main event. The veteran driver has yet to claim a main event win in 2013, but has three Racers Advantage Store Heat Race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season. Ronnie will be looking for a breakthrough feature win this Saturday night.
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Mike Bonneau, Steven Harms, Tom Ogle, James Aragon, Michael Curtis, “The Bullet” Bob Ream Jr., Jody Wirth, and more.
Central Arizona Raceway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $12, Senior and Military tickets are $10, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralazraceway.com or call (520) 574-8515.
The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series would like to thank Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visitwww.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:
1-R.J. Johnson-1,035, 2-Charles Davis Jr.-984, 3-Mike Martin-867, 4-Shon Deskins-789, 5-Ronnie Clark-760, 6-Josh Pelkey-672, 7-Andy Reinbold-667, 8-Chris Bonneau-625, 9-Brian Hosford-562, 10-Bruce St. James-535, 11-Mike Bonneau-500, 12-Steven Harms-407, 13-Bryan Swinehart-373, 14-Tom Ogle-367, 15-Stevie Sussex-331, 16-James Aragon-329, 17-Justin Quinn-320, 18-Michael Curtis-319, 19-Bob Ream Jr.-297, 20-Jody Wirth-283.
2013 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 12: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ