GARDNER NOW ...
GARDNER NOW #1 IN CRA HEADING TO VENTURA AFTER WINNING PERRIS 50-LAPPER
Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. has finally caught and passed defending Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Rip Williams in the 2005 series standings as a result of his 50-lap victory at Perris, Calif. Saturday night.
Gardner leads Williams by only eight points going into this Saturday night's race at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, while Mike Kirby and Cory Kruseman remain challengers after good Perris finishes.
A 30-lap feature is on tap at Ventura, where the USAC Western Midgets share the billing on the 1/5-mile dirt oval.
Gardner led the final 34 laps of the race at Perris Auto Speedway in his Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver. He passed Kruseman on lap 17 and was trailed at the finish by Kruseman, Josh Ford, Kirby and Danny Sheridan.
Williams finished seventh at Perris, while Charles Davis, Jr. was the night's fastest qualifier.
Gardner, who also won at Ventura in May, now has 11 feature victories this season to accompany his 17 fast qualifying efforts.
VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
5.-Charles Davis, Jr.-1,034