The Cocopah Doubleheader opens the USAC/CRA stock car racing season

Damion Gardner


Damion Gardner, launched in 2021, gained the USAC/CRA inaugural at Cocopah Speedway. (Photograph by Doug Allen)

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Dash Collection will open its marketing campaign with a particular doubleheader at Cocopah Speedway close to Yuma, Arizona, January 27-28.

They’re the one appearances the USAC/CRA sequence will make on the three-eighths of a mile quick oval. Packaged playing cards will even characteristic IMCA Interest Shares, IMCA Sport Compacts, and IMCA Mod Lites. For individuals who can’t take part within the races, a reside broadcast will likely be broadcast by SPEEDSPORT.television.

The Friday, January twenty seventh occasion would be the ninth race in USAC/CRA historical past in a “diamond within the desert.”

“Satan” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 5 wins at Cocopah Speedway. Emerson Axum and Jake Swanson gained final October’s “Western World Championship” and “Backyard Grove Satisfaction,” whereas Brody Roa gained his first Yuma predominant occasion on June 2, 2012.

Swanson lowered the monitor report to 16.127 seconds on October 29.

Final season, Gardner captured his ninth consecutive title and the tenth of his profession. Driving Marc Alexander’s No. 1 entry, Gardner has six distinct class wins, 5 dash finishes, 9 warmth race victories, one stable Charger award and 13 top-ten finishes. He additionally led a outstanding 179 laps.

“The Demon” introduced his retirement from racing on the Chili Bowl Nationals tallying 95 wins and 104 dashing time awards throughout his profession with the USAC/CRA.

“The Large Recreation Hunter” Austin Williams completed second within the championship factors standings. Williams raced the family-owned Digalert/Full Throttle Scissor Elevate Rental #2 within the DRC, incomes one dash, two warmth race victories, one “Fortunate 13 Award”, eleven top-ten finishes, and led 13 laps featured within the marketing campaign. .

The 2009 Participant of the Yr winner is ranked seventh with 11 profession victories and will likely be trying to take his first win at Cocopah Speedway.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. was third within the USA/CRA factors standings final yr. Piloting the family-owned No. 51T Specialised clips/DRC chassis entry, Tafoya scored one dash end, one semi-main win, one “Fortunate 13 Award”, 13 top-ten finishes and led one standout lap of the season.

The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Rookie of the Yr will run with a restricted schedule in California and Arizona because the group will deal with racing within the Midwest with the USAC Nationwide Collection.

Matt Mitchell completed fourth within the championship chase final yr. Proprietor and driver of the Roy Miller Freight Strains/Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim’s No. 37 vessel earned a signature win, two quick time awards, 5 warmth race wins, one semi-major win, two exhausting charger awards, 12 prime 10 finishes and led a outstanding 46 laps on the season.

The 2014 USAC West Coast Dash Automotive Champion is “The Individuals’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Tremendous” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA victories.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm completed fifth within the USAC/CRA factors chase. Malcolm, driving Dino Napier’s No. 5X Indiana Truck Salvage/B&B Powder Coating, DRC, scored 4 warmth race wins, one Arduous Charger award, ten top-ten finishes, and led a career-high 47 laps within the marketing campaign. He will even be trying to declare his first profession victory at Cocopah Speedway.

Different drivers anticipated to take part within the recreation embody “The Satisfaction of Backyard Grove” Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. Logan Williams, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, AJ Bender, Kyle Edwards, “Sugah”, Shane Sexton, Chris Bonneau, Logan Calderwood, “The Magic Man”, Mike Martin and extra.

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