WS: Irwindale recap 2005-10-10

BARBER & MURGOITIO OFFER CHALLENGE FOR SWANSON; LEWIS STILL THE MAN TO BEAT AT IRWINDALE Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif. and Mike Murgoitio of Meridian, Idaho are poised to challenge Kody Swanson for the 2005 USAC Valvoline ...

BARBER & MURGOITIO OFFER CHALLENGE FOR SWANSON; LEWIS STILL THE MAN TO BEAT AT IRWINDALE

Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif. and Mike Murgoitio of Meridian, Idaho are poised to challenge Kody Swanson for the 2005 USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car Championship.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., is 39 and 43 points respectively ahead of the two challengers following his second-place finish in Saturday night's race at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The series finale comes November 24 as part of Irwindale's "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Defending series champion Tony Hunt has slipped from title contention after missing Saturday's event.

Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. recorded his fourth consecutive Irwindale Sprint Car triumph Saturday, leading all but the opening lap after passing Robert Beck. Swanson was second ahead of Barber, Bud Kaeding and Jeff Gardner. Lewis, who piloted the CMKXtreme.com/Wirtgen America Eagle/Kistler, remains undefeated at the Irwindale oval in Sprint cars and as a result is the odds-on favorite for the "Turkey Night" finale.

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Kody Swanson-604
2.-Tim Barber-565
3.-Mike Murgoitio-561
4.-Tony Hunt-501
5.-Cody Veenstra-485
6.-Michael Trimble-459
7.-Brian McClish-457
8.-Shauna Hogg-367
9.-Brad Bumgarner-343
10.-Chris Petersen-304

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , Bud Kaeding , Tim Barber , Mike Murgoitio , Cody Veenstra , Kody Swanson , Tony Hunt , Brad Bumgarner