SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 18, May 2, 2013

Racing News: Deegan Gains Overall Points Lead at LOORS

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Brian Deegan, in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford, closed the weekend with another first-place win at LOORS.
   

Deegan Gains Overall Points Lead at LOORS
Rounds three and four found Brian Deegan back on top of the podiums in both the Pro Lite and Pro 2 classes at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) this past weekend. Saturday's races started out with Deegan winning the Pro Lite class in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford. In the late afternoon Pro 2 race, Deegan led the field after the first lap before crossing the finish line second. On Sunday Deegan was part of a pile-up after a restart in the Pro 2 race, suffering a flat tire that sent him back to the pits. After coming out of the pits and fighting to get back in the running, Deegan crossed the finish line in the ninth position. Closing out the weekend, Deegan finished with another first-place win, bringing him back in the game for the overall points lead.

Irwindale Speedway Announces Late-Season Schedule Change
Irwindale Speedway has announced that it will shift the date of its 2013 stock-car finale to avoid a date potential conflict with the MAVTV 500 event at Auto Club Speedway.

The NASCAR card that was set for that night will jump ahead two weeks to Saturday night, November 2, and thus become the final race of the regular 2013 NASCAR season at the Speedway. The November 2 race will feature a full card of NASCAR racing that starts with the Super Late Models and features two divisions of racing trucks: the Progressive Painting Race Trucks and Pick Your Part SW Tour Trucks, along with races for Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Super Stocks.

The track's annual Halloween event, "The 10th Annual Night of Destruction," will run Saturday night, October 26, as planned.

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Amsoil USAC/CRA Series point leader Damion Gardner at Perris Auto Speedway. Photo credit: Doug Allen.
   

Gardner Leads USAC/CRA Series to the PAS for Don Flanders Classic
After a month away, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series returns to Perris Auto Speedway (PAS) Saturday night, May 4, for the running of the Don Flanders Classic. Joining the series will be the PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., and the first race will start at 7:00 p.m.

Damion Gardner won both of the USAC/CRA races at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona, two weeks ago. Those triumphs propelled the 2005 series champion to the top of the 2013 championship standings. Heading into Saturday’s Don Flanders Classic on Riverside County half-mile clay oval, Gardner leads teammate Nic Faas by four points. Bud Kaeding is third in the standings followed by five-time defending series champion Mike Spencer and R.J. Johnson.

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