CRA: Perris "Firecracker 50" preview

The Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway this Saturday night for the "Firecracker 50," which includes the best Fireworks Skyconcert in the Inland Empire presented by Budweiser. Temecula...

The Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway this Saturday night for the "Firecracker 50," which includes the best Fireworks Skyconcert in the Inland Empire presented by Budweiser.

Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the program of racing on the 1/ 2-mile dirt track, which will feature Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. in his effort to protect his series point lead from challengers Damion Gardner, Mike Kirby and Troy Rutherford. A big 50-lap feature event is on tap following complete prelims.

Williams leads Gardner by 56 points, while Kirby is third in the standings, 46 behind Gardner, and Rutherford trails Kirby by only six.

Williams has three victories already this year as he tries to nail down his first-ever series driving title. He also has three seconds and three thirds in just 12 starts! Gardner has a pair of victories among his eight "top-fives," while Kirby has three wins and four other "top-fives" to his credit. Rutherford is still seeking his initial USAC/CRA Sprint car triumph, although he won a USAC "special event" Sprint race last year and a USAC Western Midget race this year at Perris. He has a half-dozen "top-five" finishes and four fast qualifying efforts in the 2004 USAC/CRA series to date.

In addition to Williams, Gardner and Kirby, the series has also produced feature wins by Adam Mitchell, Cory Kruseman and Dave Darland.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-723
2.-Damion Gardner-667
3.-Mike Kirby-621
4.-Troy Rutherford-615
5.-Tony Jones-448
6.-Steve Ostling-428
7.-Brian Venard-422
8.-Cory Kruseman-378
9.-Jeremy Sherman-374
10.-Greg Bragg-364

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Greg Bragg , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams