CRA: Phoenix summary, Perris preview

PERRIS HOSTS CRA SPRINTS AGAIN SATURDAY 12 WINS, 18 FQs FOR PHOENIX WINNER GARDNER The ongoing battle for the 2005 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship continues this Saturday night at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, ...

PERRIS HOSTS CRA SPRINTS AGAIN SATURDAY
12 WINS, 18 FQs FOR PHOENIX WINNER GARDNER

The ongoing battle for the 2005 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship continues this Saturday night at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, featuring the duel between defending series titlist Rip Williams and points runner-up Damion Gardner, separated by only 20 points.

Gardner posted his 12th feature victory of the season Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., taking the lead from Josh Ford three laps from the end and leading to the checkered flag to beat Ford, Danny Sheridan, Troy Rutherford and Jeremy Sherman. Gardner was also the fastest qualifier for the 18th time this season in his Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver!

J. Hicks led the first five laps, Sheridan led for 17, then Ford led five before yielding to Gardner.

Shon Deskins suffered a fractured rib in a flip during Saturday night's feature.

A total of 74 points are available at Perris Saturday and Cory Kruseman, with five previous Perris victories this year, hopes to enhance his third-place ranking. He trails Williams by 109.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-1,550
2.-Damion Gardner-1,530
3.-Cory Kruseman-1,441
4.-Mike Kirby-1,329
5.-Charles Davis, Jr.-1,187
6.-Rickie Gaunt-1,086
7.-Mike Spencer-1,011
8.-Josh Ford-949
9.-Danny Sheridan-817
10.-Seth Wilson-808

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Series USAC
Drivers Cory Kruseman , Shon Deskins , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford , Danny Sheridan
Teams Williams