Cardey Retiring After Oval Nationals


PERRIS, Calif. – Well-liked California racer David Cardey has revealed that the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction Nov. 2 will be his last race in a sprint car.

The veteran competitor is presently the driver of the famed Moose Racing No. 92.

Cardey, who will turn 38-years-old on Oct. 31, the day the Oval Nationals begins, has been a fixture in the USAC/CRA Series since it debuted in 2004. Along the way he has driven for owners Jim Giardina, Glenn Crossno, Mark Alexander, Don Blair, Massey Motorsports and his current team Moose Racing of Huntington Beach that is owned by Tom & Lauri Sertich. In addition, Cardey also owned and maintained his own car for a couple of seasons.

“I am not quitting racing, I am just looking to head in a different direction,” Cardey said over the phone on Monday afternoon. “I have been racing sprint cars on dirt tracks for about 15-years now. I am just not mentally there to put my butt on the line every week anymore. Sprint car racing is dangerous. Mentally, if I cannot put my butt on the line to win it, I am not going to be happy doing it. So, I need to look for a different form of racing. Maybe something with fenders around it.”

The retirement announcement caught Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian by surprise.

“Never saw this one coming,” Kazarian said. “David Cardey is one of the best and most exciting sprint car drivers in the USAC/CRA Series. He always gives 110% when he is in the car and that has made him one of the crowd favorites. He has always been a total pro. I will miss seeing him in a sprint car and everyone from The PAS wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”