Madrid Reigns In Desert Sprint Series Opener


CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Defending San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprint Series champion Zachary Madrid rolled the TGR/Maxim No. 34 into victory lane Saturday night at Central Arizona Speedway.

Gridding the 25-lap affair sixth, Madrid worked into the runner-up spot on lap 10 and began closing on racelong leader Aaron Jones. Having held onto the lead through several early race cautions, the yellow lights on lap 11 would be the ones to give Madrid his shot with the pilot of the No. 34 taking advantage the following lap.

Able to hold off Jones the remainder of the event, Madrid’s win is his 10th with the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprint Series. Aaron Jones would settle for second with Dennis Gile moving from ninth to claim the final podium step. Austin Kuehl crossed fourth with Bruce St. James advancing seven positions to round out the top five.

The finish:

Zachary Madrid, Aaron Jones, Dennis Gile, Austin Kuehl, Bruce St. James, Matt Lundy, Sterling Cling, Ronald Webster, Tyler Most, Rick Shuman, Dustin Cormany, Jason Schwader, Kyle Shipley, R.J. Johnson, Brad Weiss, Joshua Shipley, Joe Scheopner, Colton Maroney, Mike Waddle.