Arizona Speedway Hosts Southwest Sprints


SUN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series returns to action Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

The popular non-winged sprint car series will share the card with Sport Mods, Modlites, pure stocks and bombers.

Arizona Speedway has held 32 USAC Southwest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 16 victories. Last season, Johnson and Stevie Sussex had two wins at the San Tan Valley oval as Charles Davis Jr., Brady Bacon and Chris Windom had one triumph.

Entering the second point race, five-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits atop the point standings. The pilot of Bobby Martin’s No. 51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman did not compete at Las Vegas, but won the Feb. 3“Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. The second-generation driver leads the series with 52 career victories and will be looking to take the checkered flags at Arizona Speedway.

Just two points behind Johnson is veteran Davis Jr. Driving his No. 50 MP Environmental / Massey Motorsports RSS, Davis had sixth and eighth place runs in the Las Vegas doubleheader. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion has 21 SouthWest wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a San Tan Valley triumph.

Stevie Sussex ranks third in the point standings. Racing John Grau’s No. 34az Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall Maxim, Sussex posted fifteenth and fourth place finishes in Las Vegas. To date, Sussex has 12 SouthWest wins to his credit and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.

Michael Curtis sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s No. 11c DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis scored 17th at Las Vegas on Feb. 28 after a flip ended his night.

Veteran Josh Pelkey is fifth in the point standings. The pilot of Robbie and Gaye Allen’s No. 12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim skipped the non-point Las Vegas shows and finished sixth at Canyon. The 1997 ASCA Champion has five USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add another winning trophy to his collection.