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Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

#50 Mike Spencer – 2nd in USAC/CRA point standings. Photo by Scott Sheldon / SprintCarScotty.com

By Lance Jennings

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 13, 2014... After a break in the schedule, the popular Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, August 16th. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the California Lightning Sprints The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the tradition of honoring those that have contributed to the Southern California Sprint Car scene. A special autograph session before the race will be held at the sports bar featuring CRA legends Stan Atherton, Rick Goudy, Steve Howard, Jimmy Oskie, John Redican, Mike Sweeney, Eddie Wirth, and more. Led by the efforts of Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money and raffle items have been raised to support an exciting night of racing. As this writing goes to press, Holt has raised and additional $4,000 with $500 going to the driver that sets fast time in qualifying.

Saturday’s event will be the seventh of ten races at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has claimed four victories including the March 15th “Sokola Shootout,” the April 12th “So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular” the 40-lap “Salute to Indy” on May 24th, and the “Firecracker 40” on the 4th of July. Richard Vander Weerd broke Gardner’s winning streak by claiming his first USAC/CRA triumph on May 3rd and Matt Mitchell won the June 14th feature. To date, “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 52 triumphs and 30 “home track” wins. Nic Faas holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.833 set on February 25, 2012.

Heading to the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night,” Concord’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner holds a 111-point advantage over the competition. The pilot of Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / J&D Performance Spike claimed third at Santa Maria on July 5th. To date, the defending champion has six feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 137 feature laps led to his credit. Damion plans to have “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car” on display and will be looking to extend his point lead with his series leading 53rd USAC/CRA victory.

Nic Faas of Huntington Beach ranks second in chase for the championship. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Faas ran eighth in the Santa Maria feature. Currently, the 2008 USAC Western Midget Champion has three heat race victories and ten top-10 finishes on the season. Nic won last Saturday’s USAC 360 feature at Chowchilla and will have his sights on earning his 11th USAC/CRA triumph.

Temecula’s Mike Spencer is tied for second in the point standings. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer ran second to Cody Williams at Santa Maria. To date, the five-time champion has one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led in the campaign. Mike and Chaffin Motorsports will be looking to honor Crew Chief Bruce Bromme Jr. with the Saturday night win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia has climbed to fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard placed tenth at Santa Maria Speedway. Currently, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd have his sights on earning his second USAC/CRA winning trophy and the $2,500 payday.

After winning Santa Maria’s “Party at the Coast,” Corona’s “The Cadillac” Cody Williams has risen to fifth in the point standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams became the 54th different driver to win a USAC/CRA main event. To date, the former National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year has one heat race win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. This Saturday, Cody will be looking for his first USAC/CRA “home track” victory.

Currently eleventh in points, Yorba Linda’s Logan Williams leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Snohomish, Washington’s Gary Taylor, Cody Swanson of Norco, and Verdemont Heights’ Chris Gansen are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Mitchell, Brody Roa, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Jace Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Ronnie Gardner, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, Corey Ballard, David Bezio, Seth Wilson, Greg Alexander, Verne Sweeney, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Engler Machine & Tool, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-CRA-Sprint-Car-Series/167535183297971) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_CRA). Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman.

30-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Darren Hagen, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

1. Damion Gardner-714, 2. Nic Faas-603, --. Mike Spencer-603, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-471, 5. Cody Williams-459, 6. Matt Mitchell-456, 7. Brody Roa-446, 8. Austin Williams-444, 9. Jake Swanson-404, 10. Cory Kruseman-381, 11. Logan Williams-295, 12. Gary Taylor-263, 13. Ryan Bernal-251, 14. Jace Vander Weerd-240, 15. Chris Gansen-200, 16. Cody Swanson-187, 17. R.J. Johnson-160, 18. A.J. Bender-156, 19. Ronnie Gardner-155, 20. Rickie Gaunt-139.

August 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win / $350-to-start)
September 5: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win / $350-to-start)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win / $350-to-start)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: TBA
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

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