(APRIL 4, 2004, PERRIS, CA) This Saturday night, when Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply and Vista Paint present the Budweiser Bash at Perris Auto Speedway for the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Executive Plumbing California Lightning Sprint ...
(APRIL 4, 2004, PERRIS, CA) This Saturday night, when Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply and Vista Paint present the Budweiser Bash at Perris Auto Speedway for the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Executive Plumbing California Lightning Sprint Cars, Riverside's David Cardey will be a very busy driver as he will be running both classes.
The fact of the matter is Cardey, who is also known as "Dynamite," is busy even when he is not running the powerful 410 cubic inch sprint cars or the lightning sprints. On March 27th, his Perris Auto Speedway lightning sprint car undefeated string, which stretched back to late in the 2002 season, was broken. The string did not end because someone beat him to the checkered flag. It ended because Cardey was making his debut with the NASCAR Grand National West Series on the half-mile high banks at Bakersfield's Mesa Marin Raceway.
Driving a Pontiac for car owners John Krebs and Jack Sellers, Cardey qualified 18th and finished 11th in the Lucas Oil 150. Another multi-time PAS main event winner, David Gilliland, won the race. Cardey will only run five races in that series this year, as he wants to run for Rookie of the Year in 2005. Cardey will also run a pair of races in the Jim Russell Series in 2004 to keep his license current.
Driving for car owner and retired dentist Jim Giardina, also of Riverside, Cardey launched into the world of 410 sprint car racing when the Valvoline USAC/CRA series staged its first ever race on March 6th at The PAS. After a mishap while leading his heat race, he transferred from the B main to a 15th place finish in the 30-lap feature. After missing the mains at the Gary Sokola Classic at Manzanita in Phoenix, Cardey took twelfth in the feature last Saturday at King's Speedway in Hanford.
"The 410 sprint car is completely different than anything I have ever been in. It has a lot more power and is the most awesome thing I have ever been in. The Lightning and the NASCAR Grand National cars are actually quite a bit the same because you drive them in head first," stated the friendly 28-year old.
The Valvoline USAC/CRA car will take precedence over the other two cars in 2004 for the popular Cardey. "We are running the whole series (USAC/CRA) and we are going for Rookie of the Year. By the end of the season I would like to be consistently making mains and winning heat races. I don't think I will win a main event, but it would be nice to win some heat races."
Car owner Giardina has affectionately been known as the "The Tooth Doc" for over two decades in Southern California racing circles. A native of Illinois who cut his early racing teeth in drag racing, Giardina began his open wheel-racing career with the USRC Midgets at San Bernardino's Orange Show Speedway in 1979. He raced midgets around the country before moving into traditional (non wing) and winged sprint cars in the 1980s. Giardina's driving career came to an abrupt end due to a non-racing injury suffered in 2001. His wealth of knowledge will be a welcome tool for Cardey as he seeks the prestigious Valvoline USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year Award.
In racing with the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Cardey is competing against some of the best drivers in the world and this Saturday he will tangle with Concord's Damion Gardner, Troy Rutherford of Ojai, Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Corona's Steve Ostling, Mike Kirby of Torrance and Tony Jones of Orange.
Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday.
Advance tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849, (909) 940-0134 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.