CRA: Perris recap, Ventura preview

PARNELLI JONES TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR "WAGSDASH" CRA SPRINTS HEAD FOR VENTURA; FORD FINALLY WINS AT PERRIS! Parnelli Jones, one of USAC's most popular drivers ever, will serve as the Grand Marshal for this Saturday's...

PARNELLI JONES TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR "WAGSDASH"
CRA SPRINTS HEAD FOR VENTURA; FORD FINALLY WINS AT PERRIS!

Parnelli Jones, one of USAC's most popular drivers ever, will serve as the Grand Marshal for this Saturday's "Wagsdash" activities at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The 15th running of this special event, organized by Ken Wagner, enhances the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car event at the 1/5-mile dirt oval and offers significant cash bonuses for participating drivers.

Invitations to compete in the "Wagsdash" have been extended to R.J. Johnson, Josh Williams, Matt Stewart, Nate Ziegler, Blake Miller, Dan Tedrick, Greg Bragg, Mark Heidenreich and Steve Conrad and an additional seven drivers will be added Saturday to create a 16-car starting field. The prize money for the race continues to increase, with the winner guaranteed no less than $2,500!

Race fans will be treated to an autograph session with Parnelli Jones Saturday afternoon prior to the Ventura race program.

The top three drivers in the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series standings were shut out of Saturday night's podium at Perris (Calif.) Speedway as 2004 USAC National Sprint Car co-"Rookie of the Year" Josh Ford earned his initial USAC feature victory. They will resume their torrid battle for the 2005 championship this Saturday night.

Ford, of Camarillo, Calif., passed Johnson on lap 18 and led the rest of the way in his Berry Pack Agricultural Packaging/Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Edson/Downing. Tony Jones finished second, followed by Johnson, Danny Sheridan and Charles Davis Jr., who led the first nine laps before yielding to Johnson.

Series leaders Damion Gardner, Rip Williams and Cory Kruseman were all affected by the first-lap tangle, coming off turn four. Kruseman came back to finish sixth, while Gardner drove relief for Kevin Urton, whose car finished 12th, and Williams fought post-tangle problems, finishing 16th. The result is that Gardner now leads Kruseman by 59 points, with Williams slipping to third in the standings, 25 behind Kruseman.

A total of 74 points are up for grabs at Ventura Saturday, to be followed by "tripleheader" events at Perris and at Phoenix, Ariz. and a finale at Perris, all in November.

Gardner's fast qualifying time at Perris Saturday was his 20th of the season, continuing to expand his all-time single-season USAC Sprint Car FQ record. Tom Bigelow posted 13 FQs in 1978, which remains as the USAC National Sprint Car standard.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Damion Gardner-1,695
2.-Cory Kruseman-1,636
3.-Rip Williams-1,611
4.-Mike Kirby-1,465
5.-Charles Davis, Jr.-1,297
6.-Rickie Gaunt-1,223
7.-Mike Spencer-1,136
8.-Josh Ford-1,046
9.-Danny Sheridan-935
10.-Seth Wilson-908

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Series USAC
Drivers Parnelli Jones , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Charles Davis Jr. , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer , Greg Bragg , Danny Sheridan , R.J. Johnson , Josh Williams
Teams Williams