Spencer Nears Fifth USAC-CRA Crown

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Mike Spencer during USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series competition at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Mike Spencer during USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series competition at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)

Mike Spencer, of Temecula, Calif., is on the verge of making USAC history.

Only 14 drivers, of the 301 prior to 2012 who have won USAC driving titles, own five or more. Spencer is in the stretch run of a fifth straight championship in a single series this weekend as he pursues the 2012 AMSOIL USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series crown.

No previous driver has ever strung together five straight in a single USAC series. He holds a 323-point lead over Nic Faas in the standings. With less than 300 points remaining in the final four races, Spencer will become the first driver to achieve the amazing five-peat.

Spencer will become the ninth driver to achieve at least five titles in a single series. A.J. Foyt won seven in Indy cars and Mel Kenyon won seven in national midgets. Rich Vogler won five in national midgets, Levi Jones five in national sprints, Butch Hartman five in stock cars, Tony Hunt five in Western sprints, Sleepy Tripp five in Western midgets and Michael Lang five in Speedrome midgets.

Spencer is among top AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car drivers who will compete in this weekend’s Arizona Motorsports “Hall of Fame” events at Canyon Speedway Park at Peoria, Ariz.

Spencer trails Damion Gardner by two wins n the all-time standings for USAC-CRA sprints at Perris Auto Speedway. He ranks third behind Gardner and Cory Kruseman on the all-time USAC/CRA list.