CRA SPRINT CARS CLOSE OUT 2005 SEASON SATURDAY AT PERRIS; JONES, GARDNER LOCK UP TITLES; DARLAND TAKES MANZANITA'S "WESTERN WORLD;" COONS, GARDNER TOP PHOENIX PRELIMS Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. and Damion Gardner of Concord, ...
CRA SPRINT CARS CLOSE OUT 2005 SEASON SATURDAY AT PERRIS; JONES, GARDNER LOCK UP TITLES; DARLAND TAKES MANZANITA'S "WESTERN WORLD;" COONS, GARDNER TOP PHOENIX PRELIMS
Levi Jones of Olney, Ill. and Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. celebrated USAC Sprint Car Championships Saturday night following the 38th Checker Auto Parts/Budweiser "Western World Championships" at Phoenix, Ariz., won by Dave Darland.
Jones nosed out Darland for the Valvoline National Sprint Car Championship by 13 points, while Gardner expanded his Valvoline CRA Sprint Car point lead to 188 points over Cory Kruseman entering this Saturday night's series finale at Perris, Calif. Only 74 points are available at Perris.
Scott Benic and 2B Racing, owners of Jones' car, completed the 2005 season as the USAC National Sprint Car Entrant Champions.
Darland led the final 35 laps of Saturday's 40-lap race at Manzanita Speedway in his Jam It In Storage/Weld Wheels Chalk/Claxton after passing defending race winner Bud Kaeding on lap six. Jones finished second ahead of Gardner, Kruseman and Mike Spencer. Rip Williams won the "B" Main and Ben Gregg took the "C" Main.
Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. won Thursday night's 25-lap prelim passing Mike Spencer on lap 17 and leading to the checkered flag. Trailing Coons and his Kroger/Tide, Bounty/Pringles F5/Mopar were Spencer, Gardner, Jones and Darland. Gardner led all but the first three laps of Friday's 25-lapper in his Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply/Arizona Race Mart Eagle/Shaver after passing Darren Hagen on lap three. Coons, Darland, Jones and Tracy Hines rounded out the "top-five.
Jones posted the fastest qualifying time on both Thursday and Friday to lock up the 2005 Earl's Fast Qualifying Championship. There was no qualifying Saturday.
VALVOLINE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES FINAL STANDINGS
7.-Jerry Coons Jr.-1,008
VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
6.-Charles Davis, Jr.-1,400