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Marty Boyer
November 04, 2006 at 09:19:17 AM
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Tony Jones Rebounds With Friday Oval Nationals Prelim Win

PERRIS, Calif. ? He was bruised and beat from Thursday, but Tony Jones revived his ?Budweiser Oval Nationals? title hopes Friday at Perris Auto Speedway with his seventh USAC CRA Sprint Car Series victory of the season and first National win of 2006 after a spirited run to the front of the field.

Jones, who flipped in Thursday?s preliminary at the half-mile and trashed his primary car, came back with vengeance Friday, taking advantage of a bobble by 16-year-old Brady Bacon to win the race by about a car length over the teenager.
?This car is brand-new, right out of the box,? said Jones, one of the most improved drivers on the CRA circuit this season. ?I?ve got a lot of people to thank, but this crew did an excellent job getting this car ready for me. They really worked their butts off.?

The Norco, Calif. driver Jones started seventh in the 27-car field, but didn?t quite show his hand until the end. Instead, it was the National contingent that was making the noise early.

Critter Malone, who frequents the Indiana weekly races and runs some on the National tour, took the lead from the pole on the opening green and held it for the first four laps before Bacon went top shelf in Turn 3 and completed the pass coming off Turn 4.

Then, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native, poised to win his first 410 Sprint car race in any division, drove off in the distance, leaving Malone, Jon Stanbrough and a host of others to battle for Top 5 positions.

Bacon was more than a straightaway ahead by Lap 10 and lapping the tail end of the field by Lap 17, but at that point, his lead was in jeopardy, even though he was still multiple car lengths ahead.

Jones began his charge at about Lap 12. He challenged Stanbrough inside and out before claiming the third position on Lap 13 narrowly at the flag stand. He caught Malone a couple laps later, and tried time after time to complete a slide job on the Speedway, Ind. native before accomplishing the feat in Turn 1. Malone fought back on the inside on the backstretch, but couldn?t grasp the position back.

Slowly, Bacon?s lead was slipping. He weaved in and out of traffic with less ease as Jones before the eventual winner started setting Bacon up for a last-ditch effort.

That last-ditch effort never came though. Instead, Bacon, without the aid of anyone else, jumped the cushion in Turn 2. While recollecting it on the high side, Jones seized the opportunity and dived to the inside, just barely missing Bacon as he pulled his car and momentum back together. Jones slipped by and charged down the backstretch as Bacon chased after him.

The race wasn?t sealed until the last turn of the final lap. Jones kept the throttle down in the No. 4 Alexander Motorsports machine to beat Bacon?s No. 67 Keith Kunz Motorsports machine by about a car length as the checkered flags flew.

Trailing were Stanbrough, Clayton and Malone.

Jones, obviously ecstatic about the victory, celebrated with his traditional climbing of the frontstretch fence, pushing away any pain he suffered from the end-over-end tumble Thursday. He came down and credited his team with the victory.

?This is the best team out there; I told you that earlier this season,? shouted Jones to the remaining fans. ?We knew we could come out here and do this. Now, we?re just looking forward to coming out here and doing it again tomorrow.?

Even more excited, he did it with several of his family members in attendance, including his father, Bubby, who wrenches on Clayton?s car.

Bacon wasn?t overly upset with the mistake. It was the best finish of his young career, which is only six races old.

?I just allowed him enough room to get by,? he said.

For the second straight night, championship contenders from both divisions suffered trouble. This time, in CRA competition, Kruseman ? running midpack ? brought out a caution when he fell off the pace on Lap 3, suffering problems with the rear of the car. He entered the work area but failed to return to competition, and was credited with 26th. That gave defending series champion Damion Gardner the chance to close on him with five races to go in series competition.

National point leader Josh Wise, who also flipped Thursday, finished 11th, while teammate and defending series champion Levi Jones had to take a provisional and finished 19th.

Danny Sheridan and Seth Wilson were involved in the feature?s only flip, which came on Lap 2.

Mike Spencer, Thursday?s winner, finished seventh in the feature after taking the night?s fast qualifying time. Todd Hunsaker won the 10-lap D Main and David Cardey the 10-lap C Main.

Ten-lap heats were won by Hagen, Wilson, Stanbrough, Charles Davis Jr. and Rip Williams. Jones won the 12-lap B Main.

The 40-lap ?Budweiser Oval Nationals? program is scheduled for Saturday. A complete list of the 12 transfers will be available shortly.

USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2006 ? Perris, California ? Perris Auto Speedway ? 11th ?Budweiser Oval Nationals? Presented by Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 44c, Engstrom-16.596; 2. Tony Jones, 4, Alexander-16.664; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 44s, Pace-16.698; 4. Daron Clayton, 92d, Clayton-16.716; 5. Levi Jones, 21, Stewart-16.716; 6. Josh Wise, 20, Stewart-16.747; 7. Johnny Rodriguez, 7, Preistley-16.777; 8. Rodney Argo, 19, Argo-16.797; 9. Damion Gardner, 50, Chaffin-16.807; 10. Brady Bacon, 67k, Kunz-16.810; 11. Critter Malone, 7c, Seven Inc.-16.827; 12. Matt Mitchell, 3m, Jory-16.837; 13. Blake Miller, 94, Keller-16.853; 14. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Guiducci-16.856; 15. Darren Hagen, 67, Kunz-16.872; 16. Allan Ballard, 97, Ballard-16.890; 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.897; 18. Casey Shuman, 12az, Massey-16.918; 19. Garrett Hansen, 70, Hansen-16.931; 20. Mat Neely, 2b, 2B Racing-16.932; 21. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-16.949; 22. Cory Kruseman, 38, Crossno-16.972; 23. Tyler Brown, 34, Brown-16.976; 24. Jeremy Campbell, 10c, Campbell-16.980; 25. Cary Faas, 37, Faas-16.989; 26. Jason York, 25n, York-16.995; 27. Rickie Gaunt, 2a, Smiley-16.998; 28. Mike Leslie, 76, Montgomery-17.028; 29. Dustin Morgan, 11d, Walker/Guiducci-17.043; 30. Josh Ford, 73, Ford-17.068; 31. Bobby Cody, 92, Sertich-17.070; 32. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK/Leffler-17.075; 33. Danny Sheridan, 18, Kittle-17.102; 34. Greg Taylor, 47, Taylor-17.139; 35. Don Droud Jr., 44, Pace-17.152; 36. Seth Wilson, 17, Wilson-17.152; 37. Shane Cottle, 10E, Edison-17.177; 38. Shain Matthews, 2x, Fontaine-17.195; 39. Charles Davis Jr., 8A, Smiley-17.202; 40. Robert Ballou, 12x, Ballou-17.230; 41. David Cardey, 59, Giardina-17.242; 42. Jesse Hockett, 2az, Massey-17.257; 43. R.J. Johnson, 15AZ, Martin-17.283; 44. Jack DeArmond Jr., 9, DeArmond-17.294; 45. Chad Boespflug, 90, Gatten-17.350; 46. Rip Williams, 3, Jory-17.371; 47. Scotty Weir, 22w, Weir-17.397; 48. Brady Short, 36, Short-17.406; 49. Brian Venard, 12, Blair-17.411; 50. Dickie Gaines, 2h, Woodward-17.415; 51. Kevin Kierce, 11k, Kierce-17.430; 52. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.437; 53. Travis Rilat, X, Minks-17.453; 54. Andy Forsberg, 93, Filipich-17.466; 55. Bret Mellenberndt, 97m, Mellenberndt-17.477; 56. Brian Camarillo, 73c, Ford-17.529; 57. Todd Hunsaker, 6x, Hunsaker-17.548; 58. A.J. Anderson, 66, Miller-17.702; 59. Ryan Devitt, 35, Devitt-17.715; 60. Michael Trimble, 15t, Trimble-17.777; 61. Matt Stewart, 85, Stewart-17.810; 62. Nadine Keller, 16, Keller-17.830; 63. Bill Rose, 11w, Wilkerson-17.838; 64. Matt Forstie, 72, Forstie-17.907; 65. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.921; 66. Jerome Warmerdam, 90t, Gatten-17.944; 67. Jesse Mack, 71m, Mack-18.001; 68. Royal Adderson, 40, Adderson-18.163; 69. Ross Millar, 67m, Millar-18.438; 70. Zack Hawthorne, 2, Hawthorne-18.440.

?D? MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Hunsaker, 2. Trimble, 3. Keller, 4. Devitt, 5. Anderson, 6. Stewart, 7. Forstie, 8. Rose, 9. Warmerdam, 10. Mack, 11. Adderson, 12. Millar, 13. Hawthorne, 14. Everhart. 2:59.77

?C? MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Cardey, 2. Hockett, 3. Johnson, 4. DeArmond, 5. Camarillo, 6. Short, 7. Trimble, 8. Gaines, 9. Forsberg, 10. Rossi, 11. Boespflug, 12. Hunsaker, 13. Mellenberndt, 14. Keller, 15. Venard, 16. Kierce, 17. Rilat, 18. Devitt, 19. Weir. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wilson, 2. Spencer, 3. Malone, 4. York, 5. Crawford, 6. Ballard, 7. Wise, 8. Cody. 2:55.28

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams (#3m), 2. Kaeding, 3. Cottle, 4. Kruseman, 5. Gaunt, 6. Coons, 7. T.Jones, 8. Rodriguez. 2:56.27

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Sheridan, 3. Brown, 4. Argo, 5. Miller, 6. Shuman, 7. Leslie, 8. Matthews. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Taylor, 3. Darland, 4. Clayton, 5. Hansen, 6. Morgan, 7. Campbell, 8. Gardner. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Ford, 3. Bacon, 4. Faas, 5. L.Jones, 6. Neely, 7. Droud, 8. Ballou. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. T.Jones, 2. Wise, 3. Gardner, 4. Coons, 5. Rodriguez, 6. Miller, 7. L.Jones, 8. Neely, 9. Gaunt, 10. Ballard, 11. Shuman, 12. Hansen, 13. Crawford, 14. Morgan, 15. Cardey, 16. Leslie, 17. Cody, 18. Hockett, 19. Johnson, 20. Campbell, 21. DeArmond, 22. Ballou. 3:33.83

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tony Jones, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Daron Clayton, 5. Critter Malone, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Rodney Argo, 11. Josh Wise, 12. Bud Kaeding, 13. Cary Faas, 14. Rip Williams, 15. Josh Ford, 16. Jason York, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Charles Davis Jr., 21. Blake Miller, 22. Greg Taylor, 23. Tyler Brown, 24. Brady Short, 25. Seth Wilson, 26. Cory Kruseman, 27. Danny Sheridan. NT

**Kierce flipped during the C-Main. Matthews flipped during the third heat. Sheridan and Wilson flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Malone, Laps 5-23 Bacon, Laps 24-25 T.Jones.

NEW USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Wise-1,550; 2-L.Jones-1,448; 3-Darland-1,410; 4-Neely-1,314; 5-Hagen-1,253; 6-Bryan Clauson-1,196; 7-Coons-1,105; 8-Stanbrough-967; 9-Short-837; 10-Jay Drake-800.

NEW USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Kruseman-,1,838; 2-Gardner-1,785; 3-T.Jones-1,714; 4-Spencer-1,675; 5-Sheridan-1,539; 6-Williams-1,194; 7-Miller-1,179; 8-Ford-1,001; 9-Cardey-993; 10-Gaunt-870.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 ? Perris (CA) Auto Speedway ? 11th ?Budweiser Oval Nationals?

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