WS: Irwindale Turkey Night preview

3 SEEK WESTERN SPRINT TITLE THURSDAY IN "TURKEY NIGHT" FINALE AT IRWINDALE Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. leads a trio of drivers competing for the 2005 Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Championship into Thursday night's series...

3 SEEK WESTERN SPRINT TITLE THURSDAY IN "TURKEY NIGHT" FINALE AT IRWINDALE

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. leads a trio of drivers competing for the 2005 Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Championship into Thursday night's series finale at Irwindale, Calif. The race is part of the 64th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" program.

Swanson leads Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif. by 39 points and Mike Murgoitio of Meridian, Idaho by 43 points with 66 available Thursday. Swanson fared the best of the three in last year's Irwindale finale, taking seventh behind race winner Michael Lewis.

Lewis holds the 1-lap Irwindale record of 16.378 seconds and appears to be a favorite again this year, having won the past two years, but the battle for the championship could offer a challenge to his Irwindale supremacy. Lewis won the 2003 Western Sprint Car championship.

Swanson is the son of former USAC Supermodified standout Mike Swanson.

Thursday night's Sprint car feature race will be 40 laps around Irwindale's 1/2-mile paved oval.

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Kody Swanson-604
2.-Tim Barber-565
3.-Mike Murgoitio-561
4.-Tony Hunt-501
5.-Cody Veenstra-485
6.-Michael Trimble-459
7.-Brian McClish-457
8.-Shauna Hogg-367
9.-Brad Bumgarner-343
10.-Chris Petersen-304

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Tim Barber , Mike Murgoitio , Cody Veenstra , Kody Swanson , Tony Hunt , Brad Bumgarner