Manzanita race report

Kaeding Wins "Western World Championship" Drake Locks Up 1st National Title Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. won Saturday night's 37th NAPA Auto Parts/Budweiser "Western World Championship" at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.,...

Kaeding Wins "Western World Championship"
Drake Locks Up 1st National Title

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. won Saturday night's 37th NAPA Auto Parts/Budweiser "Western World Championship" at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., his second victory in the prestigious race. He caught Levi Jones in traffic on lap 36 and led the final five laps of the 40-lap race in his Loan City/High Five Pizza Maxim/Shaver in front of an overflow crowd at the 1/2-mile dirt oval. Jones, who led the first 35 laps, finished second.

"I'm excited to win because Levi was really faster than us," said Kaeding in victory lane. "It's nice to have my name part of the prestigious list of previous race winners here." The victory boosted him past Cory Kruseman into the runner-up spot in the final Valvoline/USAC National Sprint Car standings.

Jay Drake of Val Verde, Calif. celebrated his initial USAC National title at the conclusion of the race in which he finished eighth. The Hoffman Racing Team, whose driver Tracy Hines finished sixth at Manzanita, earned the 2004 National Car Owner's Championship.

Josh Wise, Charles Davis, Jr. and Damion Gardner rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag. Gardner's finish left him 50 points behind Valvoline USAC/CRA point leader Rip Williams going into the "Kindoll Classic" CRA finale November 20 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Williams was 22nd in Saturday night's 40-lapper.

Mike Kirby was Saturday night's 20-lap "B Main" winner, while Jeremy Sherman won the 15-lap "C Main." Tracy Hines (Thursday) and Jay Drake (Friday) were the preliminary night fast qualifiers.

VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jay Drake-1,620
2.-Bud Kaeding-1,546
3.-Cory Kruseman-1,538
4.-Levi Jones-1,433
5.-Josh Ford-1,198
6.-Tony Elliott-1,130
7.-Dave Darland-1,087
8.-Jon Stanbrough-968
9.-Dickie Gaines-930
10.-Josh Wise-865

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-1,664
2.-Damion Gardner-1,614
3.-Mike Kirby-1,567
4.-Troy Rutherford-1,059
5.-Greg Bragg-910
6.-Mike Spencer-881
7.-Cory Kruseman-880
8.-Steve Ostling-855
9.-Bobby Cody-807
10.-Tony Jones-795

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jon Stanbrough , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer , Greg Bragg , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams