CRA: Ventura summary 2004-09-04

Mike Kirby of Lomita, Calif. has thrown his hat back in the ring for the 2004 Valvoline/USAC CRA Sprint Car Series title, winning Saturday night's 30-lap feature at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, Kirby, who won the last...

Mike Kirby of Lomita, Calif. has thrown his hat back in the ring for the 2004 Valvoline/USAC CRA Sprint Car Series title, winning Saturday night's 30-lap feature at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway,

Kirby, who won the last CRA title in 1993, now trails series leader Rip Williams by only 93 points and runner-up Damion Gardner by only 38 going into this Saturday night's program at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Mike Spencer appeared headed for his initial USAC triumph until a deflating tire slowed him on lap 28, allowing Kirby to take the lead in his ITI Performance/Sander Engineering TCR/Downing. Williams slipped past Spencer for second at the checkered flag, with Spencer, after leading the first 27 laps, taking third ahead of Rodney Argo and Gardner. Gardner recovered from a vicious flip during the opening heat race.

Rick Ziehl and Troy Rutherford escaped separate flips on the opening lap of the feature.

Kirby's victory was his fourth of the 2004 campaign. His first three came at Perris, where the series continues this Saturday.

VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Rip Williams-1,131
2.-Damion Gardner-1,076
3.-Mike Kirby-1,038
4.-Troy Rutherford-772
5.-Tony Jones-656
6.-Greg Bragg-650
7.-Steve Ostling-598
8.-Jordan Hermansader-586
9.-Bobby Cody-573
10.-Brian Venard-563

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