CRA: Perris recap, Ventura preview 2004-08-30

The ongoing battle for USAC's 2004 Valvoline CRA Sprint Car championship continues this Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and features the top two finishers from last Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Perris (Calif.) Auto ...

The ongoing battle for USAC's 2004 Valvoline CRA Sprint Car championship continues this Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and features the top two finishers from last Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif., sliced Rip Williams' point lead to 42 with his victory in the Perris 30-lapper. He caught early leader Greg Bragg on the 12th lap and led the rest of the way in his Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart John Boy/Shaver. Trailing runner-up Williams at the checkered flag were Mike Kirby, Peter Murphy and Jordan Hermansader.

This Saturday's race at Ventura offers 74 points, so the point lead is up for grabs as Williams and Gardner seek their initial USAC driving titles. The California Ford Focus Midgets also compete at Ventura Saturday, with a 25-lapper slated.

Troy Rutherford escaped injury in a flip on the 26th lap of the Perris feature.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-1,064
2.-Damion Gardner-1,022
3.-Mike Kirby-971
4.-Troy Rutherford-752
5.-Greg Bragg-615
6.-Tony Jones-613
7.-Steve Ostling-598
8.-Brian Venard-562
9.-Jordan Hermansader-542
10.-Cory Kruseman-534

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