CRA: Tentative 2006 schedule released

INITIAL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE SHOWS 36 DATES INDIANAPOLIS -- The initial 2006 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series schedule, released today, shows 36 dates in California, Arizona and Washington state. The series, currently scheduled with...

INITIAL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE SHOWS 36 DATES

INDIANAPOLIS -- The initial 2006 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series schedule, released today, shows 36 dates in California, Arizona and Washington state.

The series, currently scheduled with feature events at five tracks, is set to begin Jan. 21 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. The half-mile track, which also hosted the CRA season opener last year in conjunction with the "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix International Raceway, is scheduled to host seven features, including the "Western World Championships" in November.

The series' anchor track, Perris Auto Speedway in California, will host over half of the features. Promoter Don Kazarian, who on Saturday was honored as the Western States Organizer of the Year, has scheduled 22 events on his half-mile, including the "Budweiser Oval Nationals" and the season finale "Kindoll Classic."

Return trips for the series include visits to the 1/5-mile Ventura Raceway on three occasions and two races each at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway and Skagit Speedway near Burlington, Wash. for the third straight season.

The series also expects to add other races, and those will be announced when dates are firm. The schedule is also open for three weeks in July to allow regular participants the opportunity to compete in the annual "Indiana Sprint Week" for the National Sprint Car Series.

"We're very excited about the schedule of races we have so far," said CRA series coordinator Chris Morgan. "We're looking forward to having another great and safe season of racing."

Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. won 15 features and set 22 fast times in 2005 en route to winning the title.

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Drivers Damion Gardner , Chris Morgan