Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (March 9, 2016)
– With the “pre-season” events logged into the books, Canyon
Speedway Park officially kicks off the 2016 season with Saturday
night’s season-opening event that features the winged Sprint Cars of
the ASCS Southwest Region atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.
Following an open practice on Friday night
from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the ASCS Southwest Sprint Cars will be
joined on Saturday’s card by a full slate of Arizona Differential
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades presented by
Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive, Dwarf Cars and Micro Sprints.
Saturday’s season opener that fires off at
7:00 p.m. marks the first of three ASCS Southwest stops at Canyon
Speedway Park in 2016.
After South Dakota’s Dusty Zomer topped last
year’s March event at CSP, eight-time and reigning ASCS Southwest
champion Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces, NM, reached victory lane in April
before Glendale’s Bob Ream, Jr., picked off the win in August.
Ream, Jr., is second in points after running
second to Washington native Logan Forler in the series recent season
opener at Arizona Speedway. James Mosher, J.T.
Imperial and Wes Wofford round out the current top five with
wingless ace R.J. Johnson sixth in the winged points.
Ziehl is currently tenth.
While Garrett Funk reigns as defending Arizona
Differential IMCA Modified track champion, Ricky Thornton, Jr., has
been dominant in early 2016 action at CSP with three of five wins in
Winter Challenge competition before claiming the $5,000 Desert
Classic title two weekends ago.
Capturing the most recent IMCA Hobby Stock vs.
Renegades presented by Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive feature event
during Desert Classic action on February 27, Richard Bennett is out
to the early points lead with a six point advantage over Jason Crowe
with Merle Zachrison another three points back in third.
Colton Hardy and Jarrett Martin have both
already posted a pair of Micro Sprint wins at CSP thus far in 2016
while the Dwarf Cars have offered four different winners in as many
events with Ed Schule the most recent winner on February 27.
Tickets for Saturday’s CSP Season Opener are
just $16, with a $3 discount for Military, Seniors and Students.
Children ages 7-12 are $6, with children 6 and under admitted
free. VIP passes are available for $20.
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or by calling Holiday Inn Express at 623-853-1313.
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Canyon Speedway Park is located in north
Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on
Carefree Highway. For more information, contact the track at
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