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Kevin Ridley is using his time off from working with the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) by suiting up in his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified for the Drydene World Short Track Championship Oct. 28-30 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

After missing out on 2020’s Drydene World Short Track Championship, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds return to the event this year concluding with a $4,000-to-win non-points Feature on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Ridley, a standout racer from Waterloo, NY, who is one of 12 car chiefs on the SRX tour that features some of the biggest names in motorsports, is geared up to be competing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte once again.

“It’s a first-class facility,” Ridley said. “It’s always a blast to race there. I’ve got a lot of friends in the area so that’s a big part for me. It’s definitely a great experience. I would recommend to anyone that has a Sportsman car to go down there at least once. You don’t get to race many tracks like that in our cars.”

There are plenty of world-class DIRTcar Racing facilities in the Northeast but The Dirt Track at Charlotte has a special “NASCAR luster.” The Concord, NC facility not only features the premier 4/10-mile dirt track, but also includes the famous 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and the four-lane zMAX Dragway. The atmosphere is unmatched. 

“Charlotte is a tough place,” Ridley said. “You gotta have speed out of the box. It’s tough, but fun. It’s pretty much wide open all the way around there, but that track changes throughout the weekend that we are there. You’ll start off with the track tacky and red. As it gets run on it gets darker. We get around there pretty good for a crate car. It makes it fun. There’s nothing like it in the Northeast.”

Ridley took the checkered flag in the All-Star Invitational in 2019, but he is hungry to win the big one in Saturday's finale. 

“We haven't had a lot of success there really,” Ridley noted. “It seems every time we go we get caught up in someone else’s mess. We did win the all-star portion of the event there in 2019. Hopefully, we learned a little bit and can bring it to this one.”

New drivers shouldn’t be intimidated by the enormity of the event. 

“It’s a race,” Ridley said. “It’s the same race car. Stagger is your friend down there. You gotta keep the car turning. Charlotte is like a big circle for our cars. You’re always turning so stagger doesn’t hurt you.”

Although he hasn’t been in the driver's seat much this year, Ridley has been spending plenty of time at the race track. Ridley is one of the crew chiefs for the 12 SRX cars that compete in each race. Ridley even had former World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion Scott Bloomquist as a driver. 

That said, Ridley noted the SRX cars and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds have very little in common.

“There’s not a lot of comparisons,” Ridley said. “We do run the same rear end in our Sportsman as we do in the SRX cars. It’s a DMI rear end. Other than that there’s not much similarity.”

Drivers can register here to take part on the big stage at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Drydene World Short Track Championship that kicks off on Thursday. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

For race fans who can’t make it, every lap will be live on DIRTvision presented by Drydene, either online or with the DIRTVision App.

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The Flowdynamics Racing duo of Matt McCarthy and Logan Williams returns to action this Saturday night, October 23rd,  when the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series returns to Perris Auto Speedway.  Saturday’s race will be the final tune up before the biggest race of the year, the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction, at Perris on November 4th, 5th, and 6th.

With the team preparing for the Oval Nationals, some changes will be in store for Saturday.  Williams, who calls Yorba Linda, California home, will be shaking down a brand-new engine.  McCarthy will have a new power plant as well, but it will not be ready until the Oval Nationals.  Instead, he will be using one of his potent backup mills.

Heading into Saturday’s race, which will be the seventh of the year for the USAC/CRA Series at the track, McCarthy is 10th in the championship standings.  The 2017 series “Rookie of the Year” is only 48-points out of eighth.  Williams, the 2014 series “Rookie of the Year,” is not far behind  his teammate in 12th.  He is a mere nine-points out of 11th and is only 45-points shy of McCarthy.

For McCarthy, it will be his first race since losing an engine at The PAS on September 25th.  Likewise, for Williams it will be his first USAC/CRA action since the September PAS race, but on October 2nd, he picked up the ride in the Tramel/Roberson Sprint Car and won the open main event at the Barona Speedway.

While the schedule for the Flowdynamics drivers has been light the last month, things are about to get very busy.  After Saturday’s race at Perris, they will get next week off before finishing the season with a flourish.  As mentioned, they will contest the Oval Nationals at Perris November 4th through the 6th.  After that, they will make the trek across the desert to the Arizona Speedway for the first time this year to contest the annual Western World Championships.  Sadly, that will be their last race on the lightning-fast track that is located south of Phoenix as the track is closing at the end of November and the land will be designated for development.

Fans can meet both personable drivers at Saturday’s autograph and candy giveaway session on the track during intermission and in the pits after the final race of the night.

For fans who would like to attend Saturday’s race, spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:00.  There will be plenty of tickets available at the track for everyone, the race will not sellout.  For those who prefer, advance tickets are available online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7 or by phone at 1-800-595-4849.  Perris Auto Speedway is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California (92571).

McCarthy and Williams would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2021 season possible. Flowdynamics Inc., JFK Design Build, Drink-Pac, Preferred Insulation, DRC Chassis, Kistler Racing and Benic Enterprises.   

If you or your company would like to join forces with Flowdynamics Racing, phone John McCarthy at (909) 930-5522 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Fall Brawl has all the makings of another in a long list of classic races at the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval.

The Saturday, October 30 season ending event slated to get underway at 2:00 pm, will be a highly contested program amongst all classes that will line the pit area. With race day just a week away interest is at fever pitch amongst competitors and fans alike.

Part of that enthusiastic appeal comes from the unique “Bonus Bucks Draw” which is a never-before-awarded incentive within the sport. 

For the Modified 125-lap feature – which pays the winner $3000 – E. Schneider & Sons Scrap Metal Inc., Recycling of Allentown is adding $2600 that will be allotted for finishers in positions 2-5. The money will be placed into envelopes with $1500, $750, $250 and $100 for positions second through fifth respectively.

Then those drivers – starting with the second place finisher – will pick an envelope and receive the amount shown inside. So if by chance the runner-up of the feature is lucky enough to pick the envelope with the $1500 listed then in fact he/she could claim as much as the feature winner did.

A huge supporter and synonymous with short track racing throughout the region, E. Schneider & Sons Inc., Scrap Metal Recycling has stepped in to be the prime sponsor for the Modified portion of the Bonus Bucks Draw.

Currently headed by John Schneider, the company was founded by Edward Schneider in 1902. Through the years from generation to generation, E. Schneider & Sons, Inc. mainly concentrated on the industrial and demolition ends of the scrap business and succeeded in cleaning up their accumulations of scrap materials. With the coming of a third generation and new ideas, the business expanded services to include commercial and retail areas. 

They are uniquely equipped to handle all specialized scrap recycling needs and taking pride in the precise attention to detail enables them to meet the needs of a large and diverse clientele with an efficient container service.

            “We are very grateful to John (Schneider) and his Company for their amazing support with our Fall Brawl and the Bonus Bucks Draw,” said speedway owner Jack Carlino.

            “His efforts enable us to make what is gearing to be a great show into an even higher level of excitement for our Modified drivers. This is a promotion that has never been done before and we’re so thrilled to have John’s name proudly behind it.”  

            The Modifieds will be racing for 125-laps with $3000-to-win/$1000 for 10th and $400 to take the green. Drivers will draw for heat starting spots and a redraw for the feature.

The Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks will be part of the Bonus Bucks Draw as well. Hills Wildlife Taxidermy of Lehighton putting up $500 for the runner-up. T & M Flooring of Palmerton adding $200 to third while Hillside Concrete & General Contracting of Palmerton will give $100 and $50 respectively to fourth and fifth in the Street Stocks.

Bath Supply Company, Inc., of Bath will provide $200 to the Hobby Stock runner-up. 2021 champion Trisha Connolly is doing $100 to third while Addi Strohl is taking care of fourth with $75 and two-time class champion Corey Edelman placing in $25 to fifth.

Also in action will be the Sportsman Modifieds and Future/Rookie Hobby Stocks. The speedway will also be hosting a Halloween Kids Candy Scramble at intermission. For complete info on the Fall Brawl visit: http://www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

For additional information on E. Schneider & Sons Scrap Metal Recycling please visit http://www.eschneiderscrap.com/

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The anticipation is building for one of the season’s biggest year-end events – the Drydene World Short Track Championship.

 

Nine divisions of weekly racers, including the two DIRTcar Northeast divisions – DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and DIRTcar Pro Stocks – will take to the The Dirt Track at Charlotte over three nights, Thur.-Sat., Oct. 28-30, in search of one of the most coveted trophies in fall dirt track racing. Seeing the red and white colors of Drydene Performance Products splashed across the surface of the unique oil barrel design in Victory Lane brings out the best in every driver – hundreds of which are expected to be in attendance next weekend.

 

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Pre-registration has now eclipsed 200 drivers, all of which have automatically received two entries into the Saturday afternoon giveaway drawing for a brand-new Chevy Performance 604 Crate Engine. Drivers of all divisions are eligible to gain entries into the drawing by completing the pre-registration form at the link below by 11:59pm ET Friday. More ways to score additional entries will be available early next week.

 

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New Contingency Packages

Chevy Performance joins a long list of event sponsors presenting contingency awards for several finishing positions of the Saturday Features. With the placement of each sponsor’s decal, drivers are eligible for prizes such as DIRTVision subscriptions, Drydene cash awards, Summit Racing Equipment gift cards, SRI Performance, FOX Factory and COMP Cams product certificates, VP Racing Fuels fuel jugs, Hoosier Racing Tire and Gotta Race apparel packages.

 

Drydene will also be putting up a $1,000 bonus for the winner of Saturday’s Street Stock Feature to match a brand-new PRO20 helmet by RaceQuip for all Saturday Feature winners. Additionally, the Pro Late Model victor will take home a brand-new set of FOX Factory Shocks, and a $100 fuel certificate from VP Racing Fuels will be leaving with the winner, fifth-place, 10th-place and 20th-place in the Sportsman Modified Feature.

 

Sportsman of the Year trophies and Hard Luck awards/prize packs will also be handed out for each division, courtesy of Drydene.

 

Stiff Competition

While each division has its own stars and major contenders, the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds will be coming in with an abundance of heavy-hitters and drivers to watch.

 

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series full-time driver Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, has pre-entered to drive Pennsylvanian Dan Davies’ #71D UMP Modified for the event. While Davies has made appearances in the Saturday finale before, this will be Madden’s World Short Track debut.

 

It’s a great opportunity for the Team Drydene driver to get extra laps in on the 4/10-mile track before climbing behind the wheel of his own Rocket Chassis #44 Late Model the following weekend in the NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals, Nov. 4-6.

 

The UMP Modified Feature in each of the previous five years have been dominated by two men – three-time DIRTcar national champion Nick Hoffman and three-time World Short Track winner Kyle Strickler. Both are projected to compete and defend their titles this year against a long list of tough customers including (but not limited to) Madden, Chris Arnold, David Stremme, Matt Crafton, Evan and Jonathan Taylor, and Curt Spalding.

 

The FOX Factory Pro Late Models also boast a strong roster, filled with local talent. Michael Brown, of Lancaster, SC, has the most victories in the division with two coming in 2018-2019, and is projected to compete again this year. A host of other 604 Crate Late Model talent has already registered, including Bryan Mullis, Matt Long, Ben Watkins, Jody Knowles and Jeremy Mayfield.

 

The DIRTVision Hornet/FWD/Sport Compact division always turns out in big numbers and is expected to have another tremendous car count again this year. Announced Friday, an update has been made to their race format – all Friday and Saturday Features will now be lined up by a pill draw conducted on that day.

READ MORE: ‘BEST TIME OF MY LIFE’: Drydene World Short Track Championship provided Chase Hopper with career moment

 

It all gets underway with a night of practice for all divisions and the first round of Features on Thursday night. Don’t miss a moment – buy a ticket online in advance, at the gate on race day, or stream every lap right to your personal device with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision.

 

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Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 21-year-old Colin Garrett will pilot the No. 26 Veterans Grow America Supra in his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start at his home track of Martinsville Speedway in the Dead On Tools 250. Garrett, who is an Elmo, Virginia native, is a former South Boston Speedway track champion in the Limited Late Model division and current competitor for Sellers-Burton Racing out of Danville, Virginia in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.

“I’m excited to race at my home track for the first time on this level,” said Colin Garrett. “Martinsville is always a good time when we go there in the late models, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing it in the Xfinity car. It’s awesome to have the opportunity to bring a campaign that I’ve been working hard on to promote at my home track too.”

Garrett will be representing the 11/11 Veteran Project campaign, a movement that is near and dear to his heart. The 11/11 Veteran Project serves as a way to expand access to veteran and active duty military programs to prevent suicide and assist veterans, active duty military and their families across the country. By partnering with nonprofits such as The Rosie Network and Racing for Heroes, Garrett is able to amplify their causes with the 11/11 Veteran Project platform and work alongside them to increase awareness of their programs.

Veterans Grow America (VGA) will be on board of the No. 26 Toyota Supra as a primary partnership alongside Garrett’s 11/11 Veteran Project campaign. VGA provides a forum for veteran and military spouses to showcase and grow their businesses by partnering with local, state and federal veteran organizations to increase brand awareness. VGA conducts local events and marketing programs to increase engagement with the veteran business community. The organization is part of a national movement that helps veteran businesses get the resources and support they need to succeed.

Coming from a family of veterans and active duty military, Garrett has dedicated his life to promoting and finding resources for veterans and active military families. When he is not behind the wheel of a race car, Garrett is a driving instructor for active duty military and first responders alongside his partner Racing for Heroes Tactical Mobility in Danville, Virginia. He also instructs tactical mobility training at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia.

“Being right here in Southern Virginia is awesome because this is the home to our partners at Racing for Heroes,” said Garrett. “A lot of our guys from there are going to be attending the event because it’s so close to home for all of us. It’s also an honor to have Veterans Grow America on the car to bring awareness to their program.”

“It’s always special when we have Colin behind the wheel of our #26 Toyota Supra, especially now at his home track,” said Sam Hunt, 28-year-old team owner of Sam Hunt Racing. “Being the first driver for SHR, it’s so cool that we still get to work together three years later. We’ve both grown up quite a bit since the first day of working together, but still have the same fun when racing together. Colin and his family are like a second family to me, and I cherish every chance we get to work together. Colin is hungry and will bring a no-fear attitude to Martinsville. It’s going to be a great weekend."

Garrett has 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series career starts including five top-20 finishes. Additionally, he has multiple late model stock car starts at the famed “Paperclip” of Martinsville, Virginia in the Valley Star Credit Union 300.

The Dead On Tools 250 (250 laps|131.5 miles) is set to begin at 6:00PM ET on Saturday, October 30, 2021 with live coverage on NBC Sports Network, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

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Fort Worth Screen Printing and driver, Bayley Currey, have teamed up again for this weekends Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Since 1997, Fort Worth Screen Printing has provided textile screen printing services to promotional products distributors, marketing firms, advertising agencies and end users throughout the United States. 

Jon Garrett from Fort Worth Screen Printing says "Fort Worth Screen Printing is proud of what Bayley accomplished last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and we’re extremely excited to see what he can do at Kansas in the No. 15 Chevrolet.” 

"I’m thankful to have Fort Worth Screen Printing back on board this weekend" Currey said. "We had a really solid run with them last weekend, and I’m definitely looking forward to another great run at Kansas.

The 24-year-old driver has seven NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile track with a best finish of 12th. 

The Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway is set for Saturday, October 23 at 3pm ET. The 200-lap event will be broadcast live on NBC.

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News and Notes: 
 
– Starting Position; 30-year-old Team Owner/ Driver Jordan Anderson of Forest Acres, S.C., will start the Kansas Lottery 300 from the 27th position at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Due to no practice or qualifying the starting lineup was calculated by the competition-based performance metrics system; fastest lap in the previous race 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, and driver points 35 percent.

 
– Kansas Speedway Stats; The Kansas Lottery 300 will mark Anderson’s sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series (NSX) start of the 2021 season, and first NXS start at the Kansas Speedway. Since 2015, Anderson has competed annually in the NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWTS) race at Kansas Speedway. In nine starts at the 1.5-mile Tri-Oval Anderson holds an average finish of 23.22 with a best finish of 13th coming in 2013. 
 
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– Chassis; JAR will bring Chassis No. 105 for Anderson to compete with in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Chassis No. 105 would last compete for JAR at the Richmond Raceway in the Go Bowling 250 with Josh Berry driving the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro SS to a 24th place finish. Prior to Richmond, Berry would steer No. 105 to a Top-Ten finish at Pocono Raceway in his second start with JAR. In No. 105’s debut for JAR at Texas Motor Speedway in June team owner Jordan Anderson would experience clutch issues at the start and would come home with 34th place finish. 

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On the West Coast, the original California Racing Association (CRA) started in 1946. In the 1990s, it morphed into the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) before the USAC/CRA Series took over the torch in 2004.  This year marks the 75th anniversary season of the three separate sanctioning bodies that are in reality, all the same one.  In all those seasons, thousands of drivers suited up and raced in the sanctioned events and nearly 400 of them have won main events.  However, only three drivers have won over 100 main events in the combined groups.  Two of the three, Dean Thompson and Rip Williams, are in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.  The other is current superstar Damion Gardner who will be in action in Saturday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA race at Perris Auto Speedway.

For years, Thompson has been credited with 105 wins, but some people insist he had more.  Williams has a listed total of 104 wins leaving him one victory shy of Thompson.  However, some people claim he won more!  Likewise, Gardner’s victory numbers have a question as well.  For some – like this writer – the total found is 101.  But others claim it is 102.  Two things are for sure though.  One is that Gardner, who is the current point leader, has won eight of the first 17 USAC/CRA championships.  That is more titles than anyone else in the combined three series.  And in as little as three weeks’ time, that total could climb to nine.  In addition, within a year from now, whether he currently has 101 or 102 wins, he will more than likely have more victories than both Williams and Thompson.

The journey to get to the current victory total for the Concord, California racer did not exactly start under ideal conditions.  It was the SCRA season opening afternoon race at Perris Auto Speedway in February of 2002.  To put it bluntly, Gardner did not even want to be there.  It was a long drive from his home, and it was going to stretch his racing budget, but friend Kevin Urton would not hear of it and insisted they head south.  An afternoon race on a dirt track can almost certainly tell you something you may not want to hear.  Dry, slick and nothing like nighttime racing.  However, it was a day that changed Gardner’s life.  It is a day that will someday see his career culminate with his election into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

“I knew from that day that this (non-wing) racing is where I wanted to be,” Gardner, the now former wing racer said via phone on Wednesday night.  “Since then I have only raced winged cars a couple times.  That was two years at Ohio Sprint Week.”

After his initial foray at Perris, the driver who goes by the moniker of “The Demon,” wowed crowds with his fearless racing style.  While some fans and a lot of drivers were not very happy with him and his aggressive approach, a lot of fans made the daring driver their hero.  For his supporters, it did not take long for their new-found favorite to adapt to his new discipline.  A little more than two months into his first topless season, he out-qualified the field for the first time at Perris on April 27th, and on June 8th, he scored his first non-wing main event win.  On that day, nobody gave it a thought that he would end up having a chance of being the all-time leading winner.

“I was thinking about winning a lot,” the now eight-time champion said.  “I wanted to (win) and I was trying to figure out how to do that.  But I was not thinking about numbers.  Later I would formulate and think about how many races in a season it would take to be considered good.  Not in a career, but in a year.  I had that figured out, but it did not have anything to do with records or 100 wins.  None of that.”

As time rolled on and the wins kept on coming, Gardner, who started in his own ride before getting seats in prestigious cars owned by Harlan Willis, Ron Chaffin, and Mark Alexander, started to realize he was getting into rarified victory air.  He also got to know some of the greats in the sport and they made a big impression on him.  That makes his staggering victory total even a little more special and important.

“It is important that the guys whose records I am breaking or whatever, they (the guys) mean a lot to me,” the slender racer said.  “I am not considering myself better or anything like that.  To be in the same statistical conversation with those guys kind of blows me away.  I was learning about these guys as I was racing (wingless).  Guys like Bubby Jones and Ron Shuman.  I was learning about them then because I did not grow up doing this.  They kind of became my friends and they taught me things.  They were guys I could call for advice.  At the point where I started to realize how great they were, this started feeling pretty good.  It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I tied Ron Shuman for the number of championships that these numerical things started to come up more often.  It has been a lot of hard work and guys have given me a lot to accomplish this. I have a lot of people to thank along the way.  I do not say much (about the records), but it kind of makes me smile and it feels good inside.  It is kind of amazing and kind of makes me shake my head.  I can’t believe it.”

Not only has Gardner won races and championships on the West Coast, but he spent several years winning and contending for the championship in the USAC National Sprint Car Series in the Midwest.  When all is said and done, one day he is going to be elected into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.  The thought is kind of humbling to the driver who at times can seem rather brash.

“I have only thought about it (being elected into the Hall of Fame) a little bit lately because people bring it up to me,” he stated.  “These things are not something I ever thought about doing or achieving.  It is pretty amazing that I have been able to win this many races and this many championships.  I was fortunate.  I got to do it the way I wanted to do it with sponsors and people helping me.”

After his time racing his own equipment in the Midwest ended, he returned to the West Coast.  At that time, Gardner really did not have anything going on.  But he ended up teaming with successful car owner Mark Alexander.  Simply put by the sheer numbers of wins and championships, they are the number one traditional sprint car driver/owner combo in West Coast history.  When you meet Gardner and Alexander, it seems like an “Odd Couple” relationship.  Gardner is a very intense competitor and Alexander is as laid back as you can be.  He does not say a lot and is usually in the background.  While they are polar opposites, their prowess together means that not only will Gardner be in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, but Alexander will be there with him.  It would be a big thrill for Gardner to be there together.

“I had won a lot of races with the 50 car (owned by Ron Chaffin and tuned by crew chief Bruce Bromme Jr.) when I left (for the Midwest) and I have been able to win a lot of races since I came back in the 4 car,” he affirmed.  “It means a lot to me to team with Mark and Steve (crew chief Steve Alexander) for a lot of wins.  I think the 4 car passed the 50 car for all-time wins out here.  That is pretty cool that I was able to team with these guys and we could do that together.  Mark is funny.  He is kind of quiet and he does not say much.  He kind of smirks and looks at you in a way that you know he is pretty happy about it.”

Whether it is 101 or 102 wins, the question had to be asked, which victory was the biggest?

“Oh wow,” “The Demon” said while taking a moment to think about it.  “For me, there are these small victories where I overcome some thing in the night.  You know, as far as adversity.  Maybe I did not have a car good enough to win or I thought it was going to be a struggle and I won.  But I think my biggest wins have to be my Oval Nationals wins.  I mean, that is 410 sprint car racing and the guy’s names on that list (the other Ovals winners) are big.  That is the pinnacle. That is the “Grand Daddy” and that is what you want to win.  And it (winning the Ovals) meant a lot to the guys that have sponsored me.  You know, Pace and Pat Kehoe.  Ken at Scott Sales.  And for Mark and those guys (the #4 car) because they had not won (the Ovals)  until I got with them.  Those wins all meant the same to all of us.  It is the biggest race to win.  To win that one is probably the best.”

In two weeks’ time, Gardner will be trying to make history as the first driver to win the Oval Nationals four times.  But, before that, he will be trying to win another race when the USAC/CRA Series returns to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night.  It may be win #102 or maybe it will be win #103. Who knows?  To some, victory numbers may not mean much.  To Damion Gardner, every single win means a lot.

Adult tickets are $30.00.  For seniors 65 and over it is $25.00.  Kids 6-12 get in for just $5.00 and children five and under are free.  There will be plenty of tickets available at the ticket window on Saturday.  We will not sellout.  For fans who wish, advance tickets are available at www.tix.com

The Fairgrounds charges $10.00 for parking. 

Camping at the fairgrounds on the grassy area outside of turn four will begin at noon on Friday.  The cost is $25.00 per night.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (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, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Advance tickets for all other races on the 2021 schedule are also available at www.tix.com

Fans can stay up to date on track and driver news on The PAS social media efforts at the links below.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/113876798686480?ref=hl

Twitter: Perris Auto Speedway on Twitter.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrisautospeedway/

Website: http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank the following corporate partners.  Ahern Equipment Rentals, All Coast Construction, Anderson Chevrolet, Battery Systems, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Communication Innovations, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Heimark/Anheuser Busch, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moose Racing, Pepsi-Cola, Performance Online, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Rugged Radios, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Trench Shoring, Upland Rock, Varner Construction and Vista Paint.

Video and DVD productions of all racing sprint cars 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can visit the website LoudPedal Productions.

DVDs of all the PASSCAR/IMCA racing and Nights of Destruction at The PAS are available from Fourvideos.  For more information call (714) 225-9500.

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After a month out of the seat, Trent Williams will return to 410 sprint car racing this Saturday night, October 23rd, at the world-famous Perris Auto Speedway.   Gates to see the Cal State Fullerton graduate in action against the best traditional sprint car drivers on the West Coast will open at 5:00 p.m.  Racing will begin at 7:00.

Williams made his third appearance of the season in the USAC/CRA Series on the legendary Perris track on September 25th.  Against a stellar field of cars, he turned in a lap of 16.541 in qualifying .  That was good enough for the fifth fastest time of the night.  After a fifth-place finish in his 10-lap heat race, he started 8th and finished ninth in the 30-lap main event.  That was his best finish in the series in 2021.  Additionally, he has a win at the Barona Speedway and podium finishes at the Ventura Raceway and the Central Arizona Speedway in none USAC/CRA competition this year.

Saturday’s race will be the  final tune up for the Apple Valley, California resident for the toughest three nights in West Coast Sprint Car racing, the 25th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented By All Coast Construction.  That race will feature three straight nights of action on November 4th, 5th, and 6th.  For Williams, it will be his third Oval Nationals and he will not only  square off with the best drivers in the West, but will also take on the best drivers from the Midwest’s USAC National Sprint Car Series. 

As always, spectators can meet the fan friendly driver and his team on the front straightaway at intermission on Saturday during the autograph and candy giveaway session.  Williams and his car will also be available in the pits after the final race to talk, sign autographs, pose for photos and allow followers to sit in his racecar.

At this week’s race, the upcoming Oval Nationals, and going forward, Trent Williams will be racing in memory of his grandfather Homer, who passed away in late September.  A positive influence and a fixture in the pits at the races, he always urged Trent and his siblings to, “stand on the gas and go for it.”   They always have and will continue to do so in his memory.

Perris Auto Speedway will have plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday.  For those who prefer to order advance tickets, they can do so online at the following link https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849.  The track is located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The office phone number is (951) 940-0134 and the track website is www.perrisautospeedway.com.

Williams would like to thank marketing partners Victory Boys Performance and Sorrento Homes for making it possible to race his Maxim Chassis/Shaver Engines #52V during the 2021 season.  If you or your business would like to be a part of the Cal State Fullerton marketing graduate’s racing team for the Oval National or the 2022 season, please call (760) 780-8782 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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