CRA: Ventura summary 2005-05-07

GARDNER EYES 1ST CRA "THREE-PEAT" SATURDAY AT THE PAS AFTER WINNING 30-LAPPER AT VENTURA RACEWAY Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. hopes to be the first driver to record back-to-back-to-back Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature wins. He has...

GARDNER EYES 1ST CRA "THREE-PEAT" SATURDAY AT THE PAS AFTER WINNING 30-LAPPER AT VENTURA RACEWAY

Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. hopes to be the first driver to record back-to-back-to-back Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature wins. He has that opportunity this Saturday night when the series returns to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Gardner, who won at Perris April 30, caught Mike Kirby on the white-flag lap Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and led the final two laps in his Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver to beat Kirby, Cory Kruseman, Blake Miller and Mike Spencer. The win solidified his fourth-place series ranking, only 50 behind leader and defending champion Rip Williams.

Kirby, who led the first 28 laps, ranks second to Williams, only 30 back, while Charles Davis, Jr. is third, 34 in arrears. Williams was Saturday night's fastest qualifier.

No driver has yet strung together three consecutive USAC/CRA victories, though Gardner and Kirby each scored back-to-back wins last year.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-571
2.-Mike Kirby-541
3.-Charles Davis, Jr.-537
4.-Damion Gardner-521
5.-Cory Kruseman-503
6.-Rickie Gaunt-395
7.-Tony Jones-321
8.-Josh Ford-310
9.-Seth Wilson-299
10.-Mike Spencer-297

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer
Teams Williams