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Rip Williams Wins On Cut Short Wagsdash Weekend
by Ronnie Gardner

October 16, 2004...USAC/CRA Sprint Cars hit Seaside Park for the 16th annual wags dash weekend. Events started around 12:00 for the wags dash. Mr. And Mrs. Wags had prepared chili, hot dogs and chips for everybody to enjoy. There was a silent biding on all the pictures and memorabilia that they had scraped together. There was a nice bake sale and o yea the sexiest driver contest. Which went to the only lady driver that was on hand for the Wags dash Nadine Keller. There was also the pit stop contest. Iím happy to say I was part of the winning crew that consisted of changing a right rear tire and a front shock. The winning crew of me Ronnie Gardner, Chet Gardner and Blake Miller for the Black widow racing #5. Which made A perfect clean sweep for Black Widow racing winning the sexist driver and the pit stop contests.
 
 Grand Marshall for the wags dash was none other then Two time CRA Champion from Concord, North Carolina Brad Noffsinger. Becoming the Only Grand Marshall to race in the event. He was 18th quick and was scheduled to be in the B main in till it was cancelled due to rain.
 
 Qualifying was wild starting off with the timing light not working so they had to go the old fashion way using stop watches. Craig Bragg which came out early got on the left rear down the front stretch and flipped his Pratt Racing # 12 into turn #1. Fast Time went to Tony Jones who used the low grove to stay out of the holes and turned a 11.804. Second quick was not surprisingly Damion Gardner with a 12.018. 3rd quick was former turkey night grand prix winner Jordan Hermansader with a 12.219.
 
 First heat went to Corona, CAís Steve Ostling who passed David Cardey with two laps to go and went on for the win. 3rd was Alan Ballard and 4th went to fast qualifier Tony Jones.
 
 Second heat was exciding as it was pledged with yellows. The first yellow was for Nadine Keller who rode over a wheel on the back stretch and hit the wall causing heavy damage to the right rear of her car ending her night. Second caution was for Danny Ebberts who Bicycled into turn one and came to a stop. Mike Kirby Stormed away with the second heat winning it by a straight away. Second was Mike English making his first start in about a mouth, 3rd was Damion Gardner and 4th was Tom Stansberry who fought off a late race charge from Brad Noffsinger.
 
 The 3rd heat was the best race of the night as it saw rookie driver Ronnie Case take the win but it wasnít easy as he saw a challenge from Bobby Cody and Jordan Hermansader. On lap two Case, Cody and Greg Taylor went three wide down the back straight. Nobody wanted to lift as they went into turn three, Cody came out with the lead and then drifted wide and case went bye. During all that Taylor went from first to last in one lap. Cody gave one more challenge but Case came away with the win. Cody second and Hermansader third. Forth went to Dan Hillberg.
 
 The fourth heat went to Crag Bragg as he repaired his car in time to make it out for the forth heat. Second went to former wags dash winner J Hicks. The third spot went to point leader Rip Williams and forth to Mike Spencer.
 
 Small dog Dash consisted of 4 low buck or bad luck drivers who were drew before the races started. The winner was David Cardey who made contact with Danny Sheridan and Danny came to a stop as Cardey went on to the win. Big Dog dash went to fast Qualifier Tony Jones. The big dash consisted of the top 6 drivers in drivers points who wanted to compete in the race.
 
 Then the rain came at the green flag of the B main. It was Red flagged and soon cancelled. There was a two and a half hour rain delay before the main event got started.
 
 Finally the A main event started around 11:05 pm. Rip Williams got out to the lead at the start of the A main. Early yellow for Crag Bragg and Steve Ostling who got together and that ended there night. Rip lead all the way in till a lap 15 red for Danny Ebberts who flipped and his car Caught fire. The race was called on lap 15 for time constraints and the win went to Rip Williams. Second was Mike Spencer and Damion Gardner was third. It was Rips 3rd win of the year and his 94th of his Career.
 
 I would like to say thanks to the Wags People for all they do for racing and to say I cant imagine a year with out this good event THANK YOU.
 
 Next week Racing for USAC/CRA will resume at Bakersfield Speedway

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