USAC HONORS WESTERN RACERS AT LAS
VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET
By Lance Jennings
2020... Last Saturday afternoon, the United States Auto Club
(USAC) honored their 2019 western racers at Bally’s Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Competitors with the USAC/CRA
Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints, USAC West Coast Sprints, and
USAC Western States Midgets were celebrated at the annual
Western Awards Banquet.
Director Chris Kearns served as master of ceremonies of the
event, which featured a roaring 20s theme. Series champions,
rookies of the year, top-five in points, and special award
winners were recognized at the hotel’s Jubilee Ballroom. The
western champions were also celebrated at the December 13th
“USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) was honored for his seventh
consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car
championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Spike, Gardner
claimed his fourth “California Sprint Week” crown and posted
wins at Bakersfield (May 11), Perris (July 13), and Santa
Maria (September 7). In addition, “The Demon” had ten Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one
semi-main win, two Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13” Awards,
eighteen top-10 finishes, 86 feature laps led on the season.
Racing for three different teams,
Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) was celebrated for winning his
first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car title. On the
strength of strong finishes and two victories at Peoria’s
Canyon Speedway Park (April 27 & on September 14), Roa
outdueled five-time champion R.J. Johnson to claim the title.
Switching between the BR Performance #91R Maxim, Tanner Grau’s
#34 Maxim, and Dwight Cheney’s #42 Maxim, Roa posted one
Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories,
three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 109
feature laps led to his credit.
Guardino (Fremont, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint
Car crown in 2019. Piloting the family owned #15T Maxim,
Guardino recorded wins at Ventura (March 23), Tulare (June 7),
and Santa Maria (June 15). The two-time “Chris & Brian Faria
Memorial” winner also recorded two Woodland Auto Display Fast
Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes,
and 87 feature laps led in the campaign.
(Anaheim, CA) raced to his first USAC Western States Midget
championship. Driving the family owned #4D Spike, Dalby topped
three consecutive main events at Merced (July 27), Santa Maria
(August 10), and Ventura (September 14). In addition, the
young champion had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award,
four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 46
feature laps led on the season.
earning his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL
USAC/CRA Entrant crown, Mark Alexander was recognized with his
second “Jack Jory Car Owner Championship Trophy.” The
remaining top-5 USAC/CRA car owners were honored and Moose
Racing’s Tom and Laurie Sertich received their second place
trophy. Robbie and Gaye Allen were also celebrated for earning
their first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Entrant
top-five drivers in Western States Midget, West Coast Sprint,
SouthWest Sprint, and USAC/CRA Sprint points were celebrated
for their efforts. Ben Worth, R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and
Chris Gansen were in attendance to claim their trophies.
the Year honors were awarded to Eddie Tafoya Jr. (USAC/CRA &
USAC SouthWest Sprint), and Ben Worth (Western States Midget).
J.J. Ringo was recognized for earning rookie honors with the
USAC West Coast Sprints.
was recognized with the “Evelyn Pratt Award” for his
contributions to racing.
western campaign opens on February 14th and 15th with the “4th
Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” with the USAC SouthWest Sprint
Cars at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).
On March 6th
and 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC
SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at the “Spring Showcase” at
Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).
14th, the USAC West Coast Sprints will have their first point
race of the year at Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA).
21st season opener for the USAC Western States Midgets will be
held at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA).
information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the
United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and
the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive
content for the USAC/CRA Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints
(southwestsprintcars.com), USAC West Coast Sprints
(westcoastsprintcars.com), and the USAC Western States Midgets
on their respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.