KRUSEMAN WINS BAKERSFIELD 30-LAPPER DEFENDS "SOKOLA CLASSIC" TITLE AT PHOENIX THIS WEEKEND Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. led the final 18 laps of Saturday night's Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) ...
KRUSEMAN WINS BAKERSFIELD 30-LAPPER
DEFENDS "SOKOLA CLASSIC" TITLE AT PHOENIX THIS WEEKEND
Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. led the final 18 laps of Saturday night's Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway to record his sixth career series triumph. He took the lead from Danny Ebberts on lap 13 and led the rest of the 30-lap race in the Glen Crossno ITI Performance/Sander Engineering TCR/Donovan.
"My crew gave me such a good car tonight, I think anybody could have won in it," said an ecstatic Kruseman after the race.
Fast qualifier Damion Gardner flipped during his heat race but came back to finish second in the feature ahead of Ebberts, defending series champion Rip Williams and Alan Ballard.
Kruseman's victory left him fourth in the new series standings behind leader Charles Davis, Jr., who finished seventh at Bakersfield. Jordan Hermansader, who led the first six laps of Saturday night's race, finished eighth.
The Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint cars now head for Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. for this Friday and Saturday night's 5th "Sokola Classic."
Kruseman is the defending champion of the "Sokola Classic," which will be presented this year by Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply.
The two-night Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint car spectacular will include a 20-lap feature race Friday and a 40-lapper Saturday on the exciting 1/2-mile dirt oval, with a $5,000 payday for Saturday night's winner. Saturday night's race will also pay $500 to start.
The race honors the memory of former CRA & USAC Sprint Car Coordinator Gary Sokola, who passed away in 2000, and his son Mark, who was CRA's "Most Improved Driver" in 1986 and passed away in 2003.
VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Charles Davis, Jr.-215