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Darland Takes USAC/CRA Sprint Car Opener at Manzy Series Continues With "Day" Race Saturday at Perris Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. captured Saturday night's opening round of the 2005 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at ...

Darland Takes USAC/CRA Sprint Car Opener at Manzy
Series Continues With "Day" Race Saturday at Perris

Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. captured Saturday night's opening round of the 2005 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. Dave also won last year's USAC/CRA Manzanita debut and led the final nine laps of Saturday night's race in Dwight Cheney's RC Performance/Eric's Industries TCR/Donovan.

Darland was third behind race leader Darren Hagen and Rickie Gaunt when they were involved in a tangle on the backstretch on lap 22. Hagen flipped after leading the first 21 laps but escaped injury.

Darland was trailed at the checkered flag by Charles Davis, Jr., Mike Spencer, Rick Williams and Tracy Hines. Qualifications were abandoned due to afternoon rains and heat race wins went to Spencer, Cary Faas, Darland and Jesse Hockett. Tracy Hines won the semi.

Peter Murphy, Hockett and Faas also escaped injury in separate flips during Saturday night's program at the ½-mile dirt oval.

The Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series continues this Saturday afternoon (Feb. 5) with a 30-lap feature at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

VALVOLINE USACCRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Dave Darland-68
2. Charles Davis, Jr.-62
3. Mike Spencer-62
4. Rick Williams-56
5. Tracy Hines-53
6. Bill Rose-48
7. Mike Kirby-45
8. Cory Kruseman-40
9. R.J. Johnson-39
10. Jimmy Crawford-36

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Cory Kruseman , Jesse Hockett , Darren Hagen , Rick Williams , Bill Rose , Mike Spencer , R.J. Johnson , Peter Murphy
Teams Williams