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CRA SPRINT CARS AT MANZANITA SATURDAY; JONES, WISE SHARE SPOTLIGHT IN "LAS VEGAS DIRT CLASSIC" Mike Spencer is the new leader in the 2007 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series standings after finishing fifth and eighth in last week's "Las...

CRA SPRINT CARS AT MANZANITA SATURDAY; JONES, WISE SHARE SPOTLIGHT IN "LAS VEGAS DIRT CLASSIC"

Mike Spencer is the new leader in the 2007 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series standings after finishing fifth and eighth in last week's "Las Vegas Dirt Classic" features at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Spencer holds a six-point lead over Tony Jones going into this Saturday night's race at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. A 30-lap feature is on tap at the 1/2-mile dirt oval.

Spencer won three races during the 2006 USAC/CRA campaign and is piloting the No. 50 Ron Chaffin Motorsports entry formerly campaigned by Damion Gardner, who will compete for the USAC National title this year. In five Manzanita appearances last year, Spencer notched four "top-10s."

Jones won Thursday night's 30-lapper at LVMS, leading the final 25 laps in his La Villa Restaurant/Communication Innovations DRC. Rickie Gaunt led the first five laps of the race. Jones was trailed by Gardner, J.J. Yeley, Darren Hagen and Scotty Weir at the checkered flag, Yeley coming from 22nd starting spot!

Josh Wise, USAC's 2006 National Sprint Car king, won Friday's LVMS 30-lapper in the Keith Kunz Motorsports Bullet, passing Danny Sheridan on lap 22 and leading the rest of the way to beat Gaunt, Sheridan, Dustin Morgan and Spencer.

Charles Davis Jr. escaped injury in the only LVMS flip, at the start of Thursday's feature.

Winners in USAC/CRA competition at Manzanita during 2006 included Wise and Gardner (twice each), Levi Jones, Jeremy Sherman and Bud Kaeding. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored an upset victory in the USAC/CRA race at Manzanita this February.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Scotty Weir , J.J. Yeley , Bud Kaeding , Tony Jones , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Charles Davis Jr. , Darren Hagen , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Damion Gardner , Dustin Morgan , Mike Spencer , Danny Sheridan