By Ken Wagner –
Damion Gardner, from
Kirby had been enjoying a nice
lead when a yellow flag flew with five laps to go and Damion in a close second
place. The last restart quickly became a titanic battle for the lead. Damion
passed Kirby twice before it stuck with two laps to go. The Demon was very
patient and said in the winners circle “I was so high up on the cushion, it
didn’t look like I was gaining on them at first, but then I started reeling
them in and we won this one in the end”. He was followed by Kirby,
Point leader, Rip Williams, suffered a flat tire early in the feature and came all the way back to seventh for a great drive. Young Alan Ballard missed a transfer to the main when he was fifth in the Semi, but took a provisional to start 21st in the main. He immediately got on his head on the opening lap, but restarted and got the hard charger award coming back to 10th.
On a perfect night by the ocean, while other tracks around the state suffered rainouts, the big crowd enjoyed great racing and an early drive home. The curfew gets everyone in and out early and you just can’t beat the racing on the small quarter mile bullring known as “the best little dirt track by the sea”.
Earlier in the night Damion
took two hot laps to honor Marge Bromme, the mother
of his crew chief Bruce Bromme Jr,
who passed away last Tuesday. Marge, often called
“Mom” by all those who loved her, was the heart of the Bromme
Racing team from the beginning. She collected and organized albums of racing
items like decals, programs, business cards, hat pins and more to document her
love for the sport. She
leaves behind her son Bruce, his wife Pam and her pooch Misty.
Any donations can be made to: Hospice Partners of Central Coast,
VALVOLINE USAC/CRA SPRINT
CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 7, 2005 – Ventura, California – Ventura
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-11.999; 2. J.Hicks, 66, Miller-11.999; 3. Tony Jones, 87, Vermeer/Ferreira-12.018; 4. Charles Davis, Jr., 8A, Smiley-12.054; 5. Damion Gardner, 50, Chaffin-12.065; 6. Danny Sheridan, 18, Kittle-12.132; 7. Mike Spencer, 44, Engstrom-12.137; 8. Rodney Argo, 19, Argo-12.203; 9. Alan Ballard, 97, Ballard-12.226; 10. Mike Kirby, 4, Alexander-12.244; 11. Blake Miller, 5x, Keller-12.250; 12. Cory Kruseman, 38, Crossno-12.250; 13. Rickie Gaunt, 2A, Smiley-12.280; 14. R.J. Johnson, 15AZ, Martin-12.326; 15. Seth Wilson, 17, Racing Optics-12.369; 16. Dan Hillberg, 82, Hillberg-12.391; 17. Steve Ostling, 5, Keller-12.399; 18. Jimmy Crawford, 17C, Crawford-12.412; 19. Ronnie Case, 0, Shoemaker-12.431; 20. Clark Templeman III, 18T, Luport-12.457; 21. Bobby Graham, 14, Lancaster-12.489; 22. Nadine Keller, 16, Keller-12.709; 23. Steve Conrad, 91, Ferro-12.795; 24. Ron Bach, 48, Bach-12.916; 25. Joshua Williams, 34, Williams-13.249; 26. Hobie Conway, 29x, Conway-13.273; 27. Dennis Rodriguez, 20, Rowher-13.402; 28. Shawn Kautz, 29, Kautz-13.431; 29. Ron Tjaarda, 0X, Kruseman-14.341.
FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1.
SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kirby, 2. Hicks, 3.
THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Conrad, 2. Case, 3. Miller, 4. Spencer, 5. Rodriguez, 6.
FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Argo, 3. Bach, 4. Templeman, 5. Kautz, 6.
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Jones, 2.
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Blake Miller, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Tony Jones, 7. Rip Williams, 8. Charles Davis, Jr., 9. Rickie Gaunt, 10. Alan Ballard, 11. Seth Wilson, 12. Steve Conrad, 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. R.J. Johnson, 15. Steve Ostling, 16. Ron Bach, 17. Ronnie Case, 18. J.Hicks, 19. Rodney Argo, 20. Jimmy Crawford, 21. Clark Templeman III. NT
**Ballard flipped at the start of the feature. Rodney Argo flipped on the second lap of the feature.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Kirby, Laps 29-30 Gardner.
NEW USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-R.Williams-571; 2-Kirby-541; 3-Davis-537; 4-Gardner-521; 5-Kruseman-503; 6-Gaunt-395; 7-Jones-321; 8-Josh Ford-310; 9-Wilson-299; 10-Spencer-297.
NEXT USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 14 – Perris (CA) Auto