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September 23, 2018 - 7th Place Finish in Illinois State Championships at Peoria
On Friday evening Bob Gardner made the short trip to Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois) for the 64th annual Illinois State Championship. In a field of 29 cars, Gardner registered a 3rd place finish in his heat locking him into the 7th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Holding his spot for all 100-laps, Bob posted a 7th place finish. (Jeff Hall photo)

The following night at La Salle Speedway (LaSalle, Illinois) for the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Classic, Gardner timed in eighth fastest in his group before placing 4th in his heat. With $5,000 on the line in the feature, Bob jumped up four spots in the 40-lapper notching a 12th place outing.

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September 15, 2018 - Gardner Records a Pair of Podium Finishes in Fall Nationals at Peoria
Bob Gardner was one of 27 UMP Super Late Models signed in at Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois) on Friday evening for the two-day Fall Nationals. Following the second fastest time in his qualifying group, Bob scored a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Billy Drake positioning him 2nd on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Losing one spot in the 40-lap affair, Gardner scored a 3rd place finish behind Allen Weisser and Billy Drake with Todd Bennett and Mike Spatola completing the Top-5 finishers.

Returning on Saturday night, Gardner passed seven cars in his heat race to place 3rd. Earning the 2nd-starting position for the $2,000-to-win A-Main, Bob held his spot for all 40-laps notching a runner-up finish behind Billy Drake with Mike Spatola, Ryan Unzicker, and Todd Bennett trailing them to the checkers.

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September 2, 2018 - Top 5 Finish at Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Friday night saw Bob Gardner in action at Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois) for the Sunoco American Late Model Series sanctioned program. Dropping two spots in his heat, Gardner recorded a 7th place finish positioning him 14th on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Coming two spots shy of a Top-5 finish, Bob advanced through the field seven spots to place 7th

The following night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, Illinois), Bob laid down the eighth fastest time overall in qualifying before placing 5th in his heat. Starting the $3,000-to-win A-Main in 14th, Gardner passed nine cars in the 30-lapper reeling in a 5th place finish behind Frank Heckenast Jr., Mike Spatola, Allen Weisser, and Scott Schmitt.

On Sunday Gardner stopped at Spoon River Speedway (Canton, Illinois) for the Midwest Big 10 Series sanctioned contest. After a broken transmission in hot-laps prevented him from qualifying, Bob gained six spots in his heat race scoring a 2nd place finish. Earning the 4th-starting position for the $1,200-to-win finale, Bob Gardner made hard contact with an infield tire on the opening lap that dropped him back to a 20th place outing.

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