DAMION GARDNER TO CHALLENGE AMSOIL
USAC/CRA REGULARS SATURDAY!
|(Perris, CA, July 24, 2011) One of the most popular drivers in the 16-year history of Perris Auto Speedway, Damion Gardner, will be returning to Southern California for the Saturday July 30th Kindoll Classic. In addition to Gardner competing in the Amsoil USAC/CRA Series, the Senior Sprints and California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will be at 7:00.
Gardner, a native of Concord, California who resides in Pittsboro, Indiana during the racing season, will only be making his second 2011 appearance on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval. On Saturday, he will be in the Dwight Chaney owned Pace Lighting, Sander Engineering #42. Driving the same car in his only other appearance this season at The PAS on March 12th, Gardner placed second to three-time USAC/CRA series champion Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA). Gardner led that main event until Spencer executed a thrilling last bend pass for the victory.
The 2005 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series champion, Gardner has 50-lifetime wins in the all-time combined CRA, SCRA, USAC/CRA victory list. That ranks him 12th on the ledger that dates back to 1946.
The slender driver, who finished second in the 2010 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series championship standings, is currently seventh in the same series with three wins in 2011. Two of the victories came in Ocala, Florida in February. The third win came on July 16th when he bested the field to win the final night of Indiana Sprint Week at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.
Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic has special meaning for car owner Cheney. A longtime Sprint Car racer himself, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Billy Wilkerson served as Cheney's crew chief. Saturday's fast qualifier will win the "Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award" honoring the 1967 and 1970 CRA champion. As this piece went to press, that award carries a minimum $500.00 paycheck. Not bad for 16 or 17 seconds worth of work.
Media, attached to this release is a photo of Damion Gardner competing at The PAS on Mach 12th. Please feel free to use the photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.
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2011 Amsoil USAC/CRA Points Standings
1. Mike Spencer - Temecula - 433
2. Matt Mitchell - Yorba Linda - 423
3. Nic Faas - Huntington Beach - 411
4. Greg Bragg - Visalia - 341
5. Austin Williams - Yorba Linda - 330
6. Rickie Gaunt - Torrance - 304
7. David Cardey - Riverside - 293
8. Cody Williams - Yorba Linda - 281
8. Blake Miller - Yorba Linda - 277
10. Rip Williams - Yorba Linda - 272
2011 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Kevin Michnowicz - Lomita - 1408
2. Dan Hillberg - Placentia - 1261
3. Jarrett Kramer - Spring Valley - 1185
4. Alexander Bissett - Hemet - 1179
5. Dale Gamer - Anaheim - 1155
6. Paul Krueger - Buena Park - 1064
7. Stephon Limon - Corona - 1048
8. Jacob Will - Carlsbad - 1045
9. Dan Lancaster - Imperial Beach - 1043
10. Darren Hillberg - Corona - 1038
2011 Perris Auto Speedway Senior Sprint Point Standings
1. Brian Williams - Newport Beach - 120
2. Bill Badger - Santa Clarita - 114
3. Mike Collins - Santa Ana - 105
3. Wiley Miller - Yorba Linda - 105
5. Ed Schwarz - - 93
5. Greg Edenholm - - 93
The 2011 Perris Auto Speedway schedule is listed below.
July 30th: "KINDOLL CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
August 6th: Off Weekend
August 13th: To Be Announced
August 20th: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
August 27th: Off Weekend
September 3rd: PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Factory Stocks - PLUS A "SPECIAL EVENT"
September 10th: "Night of Destruction 4" Fig 8' Trailer Racing, Rollover Contest, Iron Man Demo Derby
September 17th: Off Weekend
September 24th: "GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 1st: PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Factory Stocks
October 8th: "So Cal Fair" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 15th: Southern California Fair
October 22nd: Off Weekend
October 29th: PASSCAR "CHAMPIONS NIGHT" Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars and 2nd Annual Oil Twins Challenge
November 3rd: Budweiser "Oval Nationals"
November 4th: Budweiser "Oval Nationals" & California Lightning Sprints
November 5th: Budweiser "Oval Nationals" & California Lightning Sprints