SPRINT CARS: Damion Gardner Finally Shatters 200 MPH Barrier at Bonneville

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CONCORD, Calif. – official release — Doug Allen photo — Damion Gardner saw nearly two years of dreams and hard work come to fruition when he broke the 200 mph barrier not once, but two times in a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Monday.

Not only can he be called the World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver, but now the slender racer can also be called the only driver to go 200 mph in a sprint car.

After a shakedown run of 190 mph on the famous Utah salt surface on Sunday, the table was set to make sprint car history on Monday. Gardner started off the dramatic day with a sizzling pass that produced a speed of 194.199 mph early in the morning. It was his fastest pass at Bonneville.

Gardner’s second run of the day proved to be the one dream’s are made of. He blistered the salt and by mile two, his speed was 199.444 mph. One mile later, Gardner made it to the magical 200 mph barrier. At the three mile mark he was at 202.254 mph and his exit speed was 202.384 mph.

Despite reaching his goal of 200 mph, Gardner wanted more. The area was being pestered by some light rain followed by cross winds that caused some concern, but Gardner went back out and obliterated the 202 mph run with an amazing pass of 205.473 mph.

Instead of packing up the car and the tools and heading home, Gardner and the crew decided to make more passes on Tuesday. Complete results from his Tuesday attempts will be available later, but Gardner has already surpassed the speed mark he set Monday with an incredible 211.588 mph pass Tuesday morning.

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