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GARDNER LEADS USAC/CRA SERIES TO THE PAS FOR DON FLANDERS CLASSIC!
(Perris, CA, April 30, 2013)
After a month away, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series returns to “The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, May 4th, for the running of the Don Flanders Classic. Joining the popular series will be the PAS Senior Sprints and The PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will get the green flag at 7:00.

“Saturday’s race honors a great guy in the sprint car world,” promoter Don Kazarian stated on Monday. “Don Flanders was a car owner, innovator and a helper to one and all. Time and time again he would walk up and hand teams money to keep them going and he was always giving us money to hand out to drivers in the field. Usually it was for guys who finished at the back of the pack.”

Track announcer Scott Daloisio echoed Kazarian’s sentiments.

“It seemed like every time I saw Don Flanders or received an E-mail from him, he was adding money to the purse,” Daloisio said. “He especially liked helping the small guys. The last time I saw Don at The PAS was last August or September and he handed me a sizable check and told me to have it split between the last six place finishers in the next two races. Just a wonderful man who will be missed by everyone.”

Concord’s Damion Gardner won both of the USAC/CRA races at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona two weeks ago. Those triumphs propelled the 2005 series champion to the top of the 2013 championship standings. Heading into Saturday’s Don Flanders Classic on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval, Gardner leads teammate Nic Faas of Huntington Beach by a mere four-points. Fellow Northern California racer Bud Kaeding of Campbell is third in the standings followed by five-time defending series champion Mike Spencer of Temecula and Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson.

The above picture is of Amsoil USAC/CRA Series point leader Damion Gardner at Perris Auto Speedway on April 6th. Media, please feel free to use the photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

The last time the series visited The PAS on April 6th, Faas took the lead for the win with a little over a lap to go when Riverside’s David Cardey started running out of fuel. Gardner turned in a dazzling drive from the back of the pack after an early race tangle to also get by Cardey on the final lap for second. A disappointed Cardey ended up third.

Thus far in six USAC/CRA races this season, Gardner and Faas, who drive for the Mark Alexander team that is headquartered in Gardena just a mile or two west of where Ascot was located, have three wins. Amazingly, neither of the teammates has finished worse than fourth. In addition to his two victories, Gardner has two second and two fourth place finishes. As well as his win, Faas has a pair of seconds, a third and a fourth.

Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson has two wins in the series in 2013. One of his wins was at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona and the other was at The PAS season opener. Johnson won the other series race on his home turf in Peoria in March.

Saturday will also be a “Power of Purple Night” as the track collects money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 2013 is the eighth year in a row that the track, its fans, teams and sponsors will donate $10,000.00 to help fight the dreaded disease.

Tickets for Saturday’s battle on the famous clay of The PAS are $25.00 for adults. Seniors get in for $20.00. Active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points
1. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 397
2. Nic Faas – Huntington Beach, CA – 393
3. Bud Kaeding – Campbell, CA – 312
4. Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA – 294
5. R.J. Johnson – Phoenix, AZ – 266
6. Cody Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 242
7. Brody Roa – Buena Park, CA – 226
8. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 224
9. Bryan Clauson – Noblesville, IN – 210
10. Charles Davis Jr. – Buckeye, AZ - 207

For more information call The PAS at: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon the day before each event. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

The entire 2013 PAS schedule is listed at the end of this release.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2012 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Day Construction, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Edelbrok, Frazee Paint, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, McMahon’s RV, OneDirt.com, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Running Waters Hospice, Scott Sales, Snap-on, Soboba Casino, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage, White Nuckl USA and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.

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Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site http://www.loudpedalvideo.com/

Fans can participate for free in The PAS 2013 Fantasy League at: http://www.shorttrackin.com/. There are separate divisions for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR classes of the LoanMart Street Stocks, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks and the Modifieds. Players can compete in as many divisions as they like. The winner of the USAC/CRA game will win a 20-lap ($240.00 value) driving session on the famous PAS half-mile clay oval courtesy of the Sprint Car Driving Experience. The winner of the Modified group will take receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Amsoil products from The Oil Twins. More prizes will be announced as they come in.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

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2013 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

May 4 - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
May 11 - Off Weekend
May 18 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
May 25th - Salute to Indy - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (display only) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

June 1 - Off Weekend - Round #1 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
June 8 - Night of Destruction #2 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing
June 15 - Off Weekend
June 22 - Off Weekend
June 29 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

July 4 - Firecracker 30 & Sky Concert - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
July 6 - Off Weekend
July 13 - Night of Destruction #3 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing & Rollover Contest
July 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks. Round #2 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway
July 27 - AMA Speedway Motorcycle Longtrack National Championship

August 3 - Off Weekend
August 10 - Off Weekend - Round #3 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
August 17 - California Racers Hall of Fame Night - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
August 24 - Off Weekend
August 31 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars. Final Round of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway

September 7 - Night of Destruction #4 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing
September 14 - Glenn Howard Classic - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
September 21 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
September 28 - Off Weekend

October 5 - Southern California Fair - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 12 - Southern California Fair
October 19 - Off Weekend
October 26 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - Champion's Night - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
October 30th - Practice for the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - free for fans in the grandstands
October 31st - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series vs USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series

November 1 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 2 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 8 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 9 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 16 - Dark
November 27 - Practice for the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
November 28 - 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix - USAC National and Western Midgets

Note #1 - Schedule is subject to change.