Earl's Fast Qualifier 2005-06-13

GARDNER FQ AGAIN! NOW 75 PTS. AHEAD! Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. has had an unbelievable run of qualifying this season in the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Saturday night he posted his 12th FQ in 14 tries this...

GARDNER FQ AGAIN! NOW 75 PTS. AHEAD!

Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. has had an unbelievable run of qualifying this season in the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Saturday night he posted his 12th FQ in 14 tries this year, at Perris Auto Speedway. He's a runaway train in the 2005 Earl's Fast Qualifier standings, with a 75-point lead!

Other top Earl's points earners last week included Dave Steele (National Sprints at Indianapolis Raceway Park), Mike Murgoitio (Western Sprints at Eureka, Calif.), Wally Pankratz (Western Midgets at Ventura, Calif.), Benny Moon (California Focuses at Stockton), Tate Martz (Midwest Focuses at Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Chase Scott (Focuses at Stanley, N.C.)

Earl's points will be up for grabs this week in events at Lima and Rossburg, Ohio (National Sprints and Midgets), Santa Maria, Calif. (CRA Sprints and Western Midgets), plus Hickory, N.C., Tulsa, Okla., Seekonk, Mass. and Stockton, Calif. (Ford Focuses).

Points are awarded at each USAC event based on an international system awarding the top-six qualifiers with points in the following scale: 1st-9, 2nd-6, 3rd-4, 4th-3, 5th-2, 6th-1. When qualifying is not held, points are awarded based on a system of lineup points earned in the preliminary heats.

Each USAC National, Western and Ford Focus Midget Car Earl's Plumbing FQ Champion will be honored at USAC's Champions Night ceremony in Indianapolis. The National and Western FQ champs will receive $5,000 each, while the Ford Focus FQ champs will each receive $1,000.

2005 Standings:

Weld Racing Silver Crown: 1-Josh Wise-14; 2-Tracy Hines-13; 3-Dave Darland-10; 4-Bobby East-9; 5-Tom Capie & Dave Steele-6.

Valvoline National Sprint Car: 1-Levi Jones-16; 2-Justin Marvel-15; 3-Dave Darland & Dave Steele-13; 5-Shane Cottle-11.

National Midget Car: 1-Michael Lewis-13; 2-Josh Wise-9; 3-Bobby East, Teddy Beach, Ron Gregory & Billy Wease-6.

Valvoline Western Sprint Car: 1-Brian McClish-22; 2-Mike Murgoitio-18; 3-Tony Hunt-15; 4-Kody Swanson-10; 5-Tim Barber-9.

Western Midget Car: 1-Jerome Rodela-18; 2-Steve Paden-13; 3-Robby Flock-12; 4-Michael Lewis & Wally Pankratz-9.

Valvoline CRA Sprint Car: 1-Damion Gardner-116; 2-Rip Williams-41; 3-Charles Davis, Jr.-34; 4-Rickie Gaunt-21; 5-Seth Wilson-19.

Midwest Ford Focus: 1-Jordan Noblitt-21; 2-Tate Martz & Stephanie Mockler-17; 4-Derek Fisher-16; 5-James Robertson-10.

California Ford Focus: 1-Alex Harris-47; 2-Chase Barber-33; 3-Robbie Whitchurch-30; 4-Benny Moon-26; 5-Chris Veach-23.

Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus: 1-Chase Scott-34; 2-Aron Oakley, Robbie Ray & Mike Ward-15; 5-Michael Sboro-13.

Oklahoma Ford Focus: 1-Jasiel Randolph-18; 2-Dustin Morgan-17; 3-Evan Sewell-16; 4-Leon Bacon-15; 5-Chett Gehrke-14.

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Bobby East , Ron Gregory , Levi Jones , Tim Barber , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Tom Capie , Billy Wease , Shane Cottle , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Robby Flock , Mike Murgoitio , Jordan Noblitt , Damion Gardner , Dustin Morgan , Chett Gehrke , Kody Swanson , Chase Scott , Tony Hunt , Robbie Ray
Teams Williams