Gardner Romps To Bakersfield Prize

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap five, Damion Gardner scored the $3,000 victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Racing Mark Alexander’s No. 4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner became the sixth different winner in as many races with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.

Gardner’s 30-lap triumph was the 81st series win of his career as he was followed by Rutherford, fast-qualifier Jake Swanson, Cody Williams and Trent Carter.

Swanson posted his 17th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 17-car field with a time of 12.636.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps): 1. Damion Gardner (3), 2. Troy Rutherford (2), 3. Jake Swanson (6), 4. Cody Williams (9), 5. Trent Carter (5), 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (10), 7. Steve Hix (1), 8. Chris Gansen (11), 9. James Herrera (17), 10. Joel Rayborne (15), 11. Austin Williams (7), 12. Tommy Malcolm (12), 13. Ricky Kirkbride (14), 14. Brody Roa (4), 15. Matt McCarthy (8), 16. A.J. Bender (16), 17. Austin Ervine (13). NT