Racing past Stevie Sussex on lap six, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s feature at Arizona Speedway. By earning the $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph, Johnson became the sixth different winner in seven races. Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Shon Deskins, and Nick Aiuto followed the four-time champion to the finish line.
Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, R.J. Johnson earned his series leading forty-fifth triumph after starting sixth. After winning the night’s first 8-lap heat race, R.J. claimed his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. Johnson left San Tan Valley with an eight point lead on the strength of three heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.
After leading the first five laps, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had to settle for second at San Tan Valley. Racing Jack Yeley’s #2 Oshweken Speedway / CDI entry, Sussex won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. The hard charger is fourth in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit.
“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) scored third at Arizona Speedway after starting fifth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran third in his heat race and placed second in passing points. The five-time Arizona champion is currently second in the point standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign.
Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) raced from ninth to claim fourth in the San Tan Valley main event. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins took third in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. At press time, Shon is third in the point chase with six top-10 finishes on the season.
Nick Aiuto (Gilbert, Arizona) had a solid night at Arizona Speedway with a fifth place finish. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Racing Eagle, Aiuto won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and placed third in passing points. The veteran driver left the ranked sixth in points with one Beaver Stipes Passing Master Award and four top-10 finishes on the year.
Making his first start, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned the program’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking seventh from seventeenth. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes machine, Gardner took sixth in his heat race and placed seventeenth in passing points. The four-time USAC Western States Midget Champion is thirty-seventh in points.
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway on May 20th. The event will also feature Sport Mods, Modlites, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.
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2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)