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The Demon Dominates
by Ronnie Gardner

October 9, 2004... Arriving at the track early around 2:30 I was amazed to see so many racecars already there. At 2:30 there was almost no pits spots left as everybody was pack in there like sardines. This year Perris has done things different by putting to "other" racing classes in the infield as well as the sprint cars.
 
36 sprint cars packed the pits with one of the biggest fields of the year showing up for "The Bagley Classic". Newly crown 2004 SCRA and NWWC champion Rickie Gaunt and his Teammate Charlie Davis were on had after competing at the last SCRA race of the year a week before at the Hollywood Hills Raceway were Rickie wrapped up the titles.
 
Action started with qualifications with 36 cars taking time on the surprisingly slow PAS surface. "The Demon" Damion Gardner circled the track posting the quickest time with a 17.005 (last car out). "Super" Rickie Gaunt was second quick time with 17.185.Thrid was Kevin Urton with 17.212.
 
Heat races were as good as always as almost all of them came down to the last lap for the win and the transfer. Heat won was the packed heat as it saw the top three in USAC/CRA points all in the same heat. The Demon Took the long way around as the ripper took to the bottom with the point leader Rip coming out on top and Damion finishing second with Kirby third. Danny Ebberts looked sharp as he took his Brand new # 77 to the main event with a last lap pass on Mike Spencer for the transfer. Peter Murphy from down under did a Tommy tip over after making contact with J. Hicks on the back straight away. They Had it fixed for the B but came up one spot short from making the main event.
 
Heat two saw another normal face take the win Cory Kruseman. Bragg driving the Pratt # 12 pulled up along side The Kruser two or three times before Cork beat Craig to the line for the win. With Gaunt and Ford rounding out the top four.
 
Heat three saw a rookie with 410 sprints take the win, "Dynamite" David Cardey Took the win with a wire to wire victory over Former USAC champion Tony Elliott driving a one race deal for Nadine Keller. Newly painted Alan Ballard finished third and Jason York from Northern Ca. Beat out Tony Jones on the last lap to transfer to the main event.
 
Forth heat was entertaining with a three car battle for the transfer. "Back It In" Bobby Cody ran away with the win of heat four. Back for the transfer "The Real Deal" Rick Ziehl passed Gary Howard to put his Lancaster # 14 in the main event.
 
B-Main went to Tony Jones as he passed Charlie Davis and Kevin Urton for the win. Casey Shuman fresh off a summer in the mid-west posting one feature win and multiple top fives finished Fifth putting Wilkersonís ride into the A main. Troy Rutherford rounded out the top six, seems to be struggling trying to get the #7 car to go the last few weeks.
 
A Main pull setter Bragg lead early. Lap two caution for Tony Jones bunched the field up again. Josh Ford took the lead on the restart and lead till the lap four caution for Spencer and Hagen got together and spun in turn one. By this time Damion Gardner was already up to third after starting 8th. Restart Gardner quickly used the high side and drove around Bragg and Under Ford to take the lead on lap six. Rip had made his way from six to take second from Ford before the lap sixteen caution when Bobby Cody biked it in turn three and was collected by Rutherford and Cardey. Gardner lead with Rip second Ford third and Kirby 4th for the lap 16 restart. On the restart The top 5 held the positions for a couple of laps as The Rocket had moved from his 22nd starting spot to run tenth by the lap 25 caution for third running Josh Ford in turn three. This put Kirby into third and in a position to challenge Rip and Damion for the win. But him or Rip had nothing for the Demon as he scored the win of the Bagley classic. Rip grabbed second, Kirby third, Davis forth and Bragg fifth. This was Damionís 8th win of the year and 21st of his career.

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