New Mexicos Rick Ziehl rocked the packed house where dedicated fans waited thru imaginable weather conditions to see the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars battle in their action packed main event which would eventually be won by the 20Z team.
The clouds were rolling in, the lightning and wind were a plenty as the night went to a hurried thru intermission to get the main events underway. The wind blew at times to nearly 40 mph, the desert dust came with it the Winged Sprints hit the track and the crowd rose to their feet to see the ASCS stars of the South West put on a show. Heat race winners Bob Ream and James Aragon would start in 1st and 2nd positions and with fellow non wing crossover R.J. Johnson starting in 6th.
Ziehl would start in 4th position of the scheduled 25 lap main. The wind would wreak havoc on the winged cars and took advantage of Darrell Sickels and the 29 machine on lap 6 sending him over the turn 3 wall only to be recovered from the wrecking crew with a smile on his face emerging himself out of the car with time for a quick interview. Ziehl had made his way to the lead as Bob Ream Jr. and Josh Williams engaged in a heated battle for 2nd and 3rd positions with Williams capitalizing as Reams misfortune with the wind nearly parked himself in the same place as Sickles earlier in the event. On lap 12 the race was red flagged due to the oncoming storm or as Phoenix natives now call them, Haboob. After a 10 minute recess action resumes with Rick Ziehl crossing the finishline first and bringing home the $1250 payday.
In other action Tyler Mecl drove an honest race claiming the win in the Pure Stock division over new points leader and last years champion Michael Huffman.
The wind also played havoc with the Dwarf Cars as the combination of light weight, horsepower and relentless wind allowed Brian Stehr to claim another victory at Arizona Speedway.
Robert Horne Ford Bombers closed the show as the winds died down and the weather calmed and the Bomber division did not leave the fans that stuck out the storm disappointed. Great racing through out the field which wielded 22place starter Chas Baca Jr. to run the high side of the track passing 21 cars and claim the victory in the Bomber Division.
We close out the spring / summer season this coming Saturday night July 13th with USAC Non Wing Sprint Cars at 8:00pm.