GARDNER EYES ...
GARDNER EYES #5 SATURDAY IN "SALUTE TO INDY 50-LAPPER AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY
Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. is two victories shy of the all-time record for consecutive single-series USAC Sprint car feature wins. He'll aim for his fifth straight Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph Saturday in the "Salute to Indy" 50-lapper at the 1/2-mile dirt Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.
Gardner scored his fourth consecutive series win Saturday at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., driving the Ron Chaffin Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver. He took the lead on a lap-25 restart from Jeremy Sherman and led the final six laps for the win. Sherman, Cory Kruseman, Josh Wise and Josh Ford rounded out the top-five at the checkered flag.
The record for consecutive USAC Sprint Car wins is six set by Larry Dickson in the 1968 National series. Gardner again was the fastest qualifier at Phoenix. Series point leader Rip Williams finished seventh and retains a 20-point lead over Gardner going into this Saturday's race at Perris.
Gardner has won four of this year's six USAC/CRA races at Perris and has been the fastest qualifier on all six occasions! The other winners at Perris in 2005 have been Kruseman and Williams.
VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
3.-Charles Davis, Jr.-644