CRA: Manzanita recap 2004-09-25

Kirby on a Hot Streak, Wins at Manzy! Mike Kirby of Torrance, Calif. continued his pursuit of the 2004 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship Saturday night, scoring his third victory in his last four series starts! He led the final 17 laps...

Kirby on a Hot Streak, Wins at Manzy!

Mike Kirby of Torrance, Calif. continued his pursuit of the 2004 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship Saturday night, scoring his third victory in his last four series starts! He led the final 17 laps of the 30-lap feature at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. in his ITI Performance/Sander Engineering TCR/Downing.

Kirby's victory in the 5th Annual Hall of Fame Vintage Classic left him 71 points behind series point leader Rip Williams in the new standings going into an Oct. 9 race at Perris. Fast qualifier Jeremy Sherman finished second in the 30-lap race ahead of Damion Gardner, Rickie Gaunt and Troy Rutherford, while Williams recovered from early-race tire problems to finish seventh.

Gardner's finish kept him in the title chase, just eight points behind Kirby going into the Oct. 9 race at Perris, Calif..

Charles Davis, Jr. led 12 of the first 13 laps Saturday before yielding to Kirby's charge.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-1,306
2.-Mike Kirby-1,235
3.-Damion Gardner-1,227
4.-Troy Rutherford-933
5.-Greg Bragg-744
6.-Tony Jones-726
7.-Steve Ostling-706
8.-Bobby Cody-692
9.-Mike Spencer-664
10.-Brian Venard-633

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Jones , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer , Greg Bragg , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams