CRA: David Cardey Tulare preview

DAVID CARDEY AT PACIFIC COAST NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND IN TULARE! (NOVEMBER 13, 2009, RIVERSIDE, CA) As the USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series' converge on the famous Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California for this Saturday and ...

DAVID CARDEY AT PACIFIC COAST NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND IN TULARE!

(NOVEMBER 13, 2009, RIVERSIDE, CA) As the USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series' converge on the famous Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California for this Saturday and Sunday's Pacific Coast Nationals, one of the favorites is Riverside, California's David Cardey. This weekend's event will be Cardey's second ever appearance at the 1/3 mile clay oval.

The 34 year-old star's first appearance at the Thunderbowl came on May 30th of this year. On that night, he was second fast qualifier, finished fifth in his heat and 5th in the 30 lap main event. With a 25 lap main slated for Saturday night and a 40 lap main on Sunday, Cardey hopes to better his May finish as he fights for the USAC/CRA championship. With only three races remaining in the 2009 campaign, he finds himself 78-points out of the top spot.

Last week, at the 14th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway, Cardey was 36th fast qualifier on Thursday. He won his heat and placed 13th in the A main event that night. On Friday, the slender racer qualified 23rd, won his heat for the second night in a row and came from his 14th place starting spot to finish 9th in the A main. Those combined finishes earned him one of the 12 coveted guaranteed starting spots in the championship 40 lap main event on Saturday.

In Saturday's main, Cardey was strong. Running in the front six all race, he was destined for a top finish. However, on a restart later in the race in an incident eerily similar to Cardey's 2008 Oval Nationals effort, he ended up against the turn two crashwall and out for the night. He ended up 17th overall.

Last weekend's disappointment is behind Cardey and his team. They are taking the iTi Viper 5 Bar Chassis/iTi Motorsports powered #38 to Central California to WIN the re-incarnation of the prestigious Pacific Coast Nationals.

After this weekend's race in Tulare, Cardey and crew will have one weekend off before wrapping up the 2009 campaign at 2nd Annual Glenn Howard Memorial at Perris Auto Speedway on November 28th.

-credit: dcr

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