Sokola Shootout To Damion Gardner

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Damion Gardner (4) charges under Mike Spencer Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Damion Gardner (4) charges under Mike Spencer Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Damion Gardner (4) charges under Mike Spencer Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)

PERRIS, Calif. — Defending AMSOIL USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series champion Damion Gardner started the new season in winning style Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

Driving the Alexander No. 4, Gardner took the lead from Mike Spencer on lap 14 and led the remainder of the 30-lap Sokola Shootout at the half-mile dirt track.

Spencer finished second ahead of Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell and Ronnie Gardner.
Gardner was also the fast qualifier for the 31-car field with a lap of 16.290 seconds.

The finish:
Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Nic Faas, Matt Mitchell, Ronnie Gardner, Richard Vander Weerd, Jake Swanson, Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, Cody Williams, Brody Roa, Gary Taylor, Cory Kruseman, Jace Vander Weerd, Johnathon Henry, David Bezio, Cody Swanson, Logan Williams, Corey Ballard, Seth Wilson, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender.