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CAN DAMION GARDNER’S DOMINATON OF THE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SERIES COMNTINUE SATURDAY AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY?
(Perris, CA, JUNE 10, 2014)
When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Series returns to the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway. this Saturday, June 14th, there is one question on everyone’s mind. Can anyone defeat Damion Gardner? The slender Concord, California star has been running roughshod over the competition in a big way thus far in 2014. Fans can see if he continues his supremacy when the first green flag flies at 7:00 PM on Saturday. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM.

Saturday’s event on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval, will be the seventh USAC/CRA race of the season. Of The first six, Gardner has won five including three of the four staged at The PAS. The only race he did not win saw him caught up in an early tangle that forced him to restart at the back. In a damaged racecar, he spectacularly passed every car in the field, but one and finished second. Many people believe he would have won that one as well had the race been five laps longer.

To put into perspective how dominating the 2013 series champion has been, one only has to look at the numbers. Thus far he has squared off against 124 other cars in the previous six main events and he has finished ahead of 123 of them. Only Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd has finished ahead of him. Of the first 190 main event laps of the season, Gardner has led 97. Washington’s Gary Taylor is a distant second on that list with 23-laps led and they came in the first 23 laps of the season at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona. No other driver in the series has even led 20-laps! Gardner has two fast qualifying times, which is only second to Temecula’s Mike Spencer who has three. Gardner leads the series with five heat race wins and is undefeated in heat race action at The PAS.

“His numbers are incredible and they certainly do not lie,” Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian said on Tuesday morning. “Thus far in 2014 he has been the dominant driver. What is more impressive is that he has had to work for it in almost every race. Here at The PAS he has started in the third row in every main event and has had to pass some fast cars to get to the front. On the night he did not win, he had to restart at the back and came through for second. It is not only him, it is the whole Mark Alexander team. They work so well together. They are like a finely tuned machine.”

Gardner’s early season prowess sees him carrying a hefty 88-point lead in the championship standings over Huntington Beach’s Nic Faas heading into Saturday’s race. That lead would have been smaller, but at the last race at The PAS on Memorial Day weekend, Faas got clobbered on the start of the main by another car and hit the inside crash wall before he reached turn one. The damage was too much to be repaired and he was done for the night.

Five time series champion Spencer, who missed a race in early May due to the birth of his first child, is third in the standings. Brody Roa of Buena Park and Yorba Linda’s Matt Mitchell round out the top five in points.

Joining the USAC/CRA stars on the quadruple header open wheel show will be the PAS Senior Sprint for drivers’ 45-years of age and older, Young Gun Sprints, for drivers 14-21 and the California Lightning Sprint Cars.

Adult tickets are $25.00. Seniors 65 and older 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 Point Standings
1. Damion Gardner - Concord, CA - 427
2, Nic Faas - Huntington Beach, CA - 339
3. Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA - 301
4. Brody Roa - Buena Park - 246
5. Matt Mitchell - Yorba Linda, CA - 238
6. Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA - 228
7. Cody Williams - Corona, CA - 217
8. Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA - 207
9. Cory Kruseman - Ventura, CA - 206
10. Austin Williams - Yorba Linda, CA - 186

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

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

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2014 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rental, Budweiser, California Budget Finance, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Edelbrok, Engine Pro, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, Marjon RV, Pep Boys, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Running Waters Hospice, Scott Sales, Shaver Racing Engines, Sherwin-Williams, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Town and Country Golf Carts, Trench Shoring, United States Army, US Foods and Valley Auto Salvage.

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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/

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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2014 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE


JUNE
14- USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints

28- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

JULY
4- "FIRECRACKER 40 & SKYCONCERT" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS - 40 LAP MAIN EVENT - PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints - "Power of Purple Night and The Drive to $100,000" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. First 200 Race Fans receive a FREE gift from the American Cancer Society.

12- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars
19- AMA SPEEDWAY LONG TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

AUGUST
16-"CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints

23- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars

SEPTEMBER
6- NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION IV Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's Spectator Racing

13- "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints
20- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

OCTOBER
4- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR

25- "AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

NOVEMBER
5- Budweiser Oval Nationals Practice

6- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER 360 OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC West Coast & Southwest Sprint Cars
7- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
8- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
15- "CHAMPIONS NIGHT" AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

21- TBA
22- TBA
26- Turkey Night Grand Prix Practice
27- AGAJANIAN PROMOTIONS AND PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY PRESENTS 74TH RUNNING OF THE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX - USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGETS

Note; Schedule is Subject to Change