CRA: Perris recap, Manzanita preview

CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO MANZY SATURDAY PERRIS MAKES GARDNER 1ST WITH 3-STRAIGHT! Defending Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. and four challengers are gearing up for this Saturday night's race at...

CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO MANZY SATURDAY
PERRIS MAKES GARDNER 1ST WITH 3-STRAIGHT!

Defending Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Champion Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. and four challengers are gearing up for this Saturday night's race at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. A total of 67 points separate the top five in the series standings going into the race on the 1/2-mile dirt oval.

One of the five is Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif., who became the first driver ever to win three consecutive Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature events, taking Saturday night's 30-lapper at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in the Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver. Gardner passed early leader Charles Davis, Jr. on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to beat Cory Kruseman, Davis, Mike Kirby and Danny Sheridan. Williams finished sixth.

Mike Kirby, third in the new standings, won the last CRA race at Manzanita, while Rickie Gaunt, sixth in the points, also is a 2005 winner at Phoenix.

Manzanita is one track which has not yielded good results for Gardner this year. In two starts, he's finished 21st and eighth, a flip forcing him to miss this year's opening Manzanita feature.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-634
2.-Charles Davis, Jr.-598
3.-Mike Kirby-595
4.-Damion Gardner-593
5.-Cory Kruseman-567
6.-Rickie Gaunt-445
7.-Tony Jones-361
8.-Seth Wilson-337
9.-Mike Spencer-325
10.-Alan Ballard-323

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Mike Spencer , Danny Sheridan
Teams Williams