Over the next two months, we will be posting a countdown of the top 10 in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. We will start out, however, with some drivers who have just missed the cut thus far, and hope to crack the top 10 over the last three events of the season.
We begin our countdown with the number 16 driver in the standings. That driver is Scott Sanchez. Sanchez has made each of the first six events, and will be looking to up his game, in his new Super Late Model. “The Chez” will be looking to better his best finish of 14th, at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA, as he heads to Madera on September 28.
For the season, the former Livermore, CA resident is averaging a 21st place finish thus far, but was plagued with three DNF’s in the first six events. On the qualifying side, Sanchez had a best effort of 14th at Madera Speedway, in the field of 22. Sanchez will look for a similar strong effort at Madera in September.
“The first few races in my Fury, that I picked up in the Midwest, have been encouraging but frustrating”, Sanchez explained. “The car has had more speed than my previous car, but I’ve been bit by a few mechanical problems. I’ll be running it again in Madera, where the last time we were there the car had great speed, and I left some out there during qualifying. So I’m excited to go back.”
Sanchez has three top 10 finishes at Madera Speedway, including a best of eighth. He has 22 career starts, at the 1/3rd mile oval, which ranks third with the Southwest Tour all-time. He places behind Tracy Bolin and Keith Spangler with 24 and 23 respectively. The next event on the schedule, at Kern County Raceway, will see another change for “The Chez”, but one that he has been working towards for over half a year.
“For the last two races (Kern County Raceway and the Bullring @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway), I should be in my brand new FURY Race Cars, that I’ve been building for the past six months or so, with a new Peters Parts Engine”, Sanchez told the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series. “The “Tour” is just so competitive and close, it’s taken me a little time to get updated equipment. Hopefully we’ll be able to finish the season with some great runs.”
Sanchez will be making series start number 94, at Madera Speedway, placing him only one start out of second all-time, behind Troy Ermish. To participate in this many events, the low-budget racer has needed help with finances over the years. Over the last several years he has found help from two main sources.
With a strong run at Madera, and a new car coming along for the last two events of the season, look for Sanchez to finish strong and attempt to make a surge into the top 10. The 108 point deficit will be a challenge, but the veteran driver has faced many challenges before