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THREE FORMER CHAMPIONS AMONG FIRST ENTRIES FOR BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS!

(Perris, CA, September 1, 2012)
Three former champions, Damion Gardner, Cory Kruseman and Chris Windom, are among the first entries to come in for the prestigious 17th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals on November 2nd and 3rd at Perris Auto Speedway. The race will feature the final two nights of full point paying races for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and the Amsoil USAC/CRA Series. The PAS Senior Sprints and the California Lightning Sprint Cars will be in action both nights as well. 

Gardner, who first burst onto The PAS scene ten years ago at the 2002 season opener for the SCRA series, has had a phenomenal record in the Oval Nationals the past three seasons with two wins and a second place finish. In 2009, the Concord, California native who now lives in Pittsboro, Indiana, won his first Oval Nationals when he beat Temecula's Mike Spencer and Olney, Illinois native Levi Jones to the Eddie Ramirez checkered flag. In 2010, Gardner, who goes by the nickname "The Demon," took second in the prominent race to rising Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom. Last November, in a replay of 2009, Gardner bested Spencer and Jones again to garner his second Oval Nationals Budweiser White Eagle Trophy. Since 2007, Gardner, who also has a 2008 win in the famous Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, has contested the USAC National Sprint Car Series that is based in Indiana. He is ranked sixth in points this year with wins in Ocala, Florida and Port Royal, Pennsylvania.

Tony Stewart Racing had entered Levi Jones in the 17th running of the Budweiser Oval Nationals, but the 5-time USAC National Sprint Car champion is undergoing season ending surgery on Tuesday to repair to herniated disks in his neck. On Friday, the team announced that Windom, 21, would be replacing Jones while he recuperates. Windom finished second to Jones in last year's USAC National Sprint Car championship point standings. Currently 11th in USAC National points, Windom, who won one of the Oval Nationals preliminaries last year, has wins in the series this season at Minersville, Pennsylvania and Kokomo, Indiana. 

Tony Stewart Racing already has two wins in the Budweiser Oval Nationals. Those victories came when Cory Kruseman was driving for it and won the race back-to-back in 2003 and 2004. The soon to be 42-year-old Ventura, California resident drove the bright yellow Mark Priestly #7 to the win at the last USAC/CRA race at The PAS on August 18th. That victory gave him 49 total wins on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval which is more than any other driver (Rip Williams is second with 47). Last year Kruseman won the USAC Western Midget championship. That title, along with his two Oval Nationals triumphs, joins a long victory ledger that also includes the 2006 USAC/CRA award, 2000 & 2004 Chili Bowl championships, 2002 & 2005 Indiana Sprint Week crowns, 2001 SCRA title, 1999 Non Wing World Championship, 2005 & 2006 Western World 360 championships and the 1991 USAC TQ Midget crown. 

Thus far the closest local entry is from Riverside, California resident "Dynamite" David Cardey. The veteran 36-year-old star's racing future looked cloudy at the beginning of the 2012 campaign, but his recent teaming with owner's Tom and Lauri Sertich and the famous Moose Racing #92 has rejuvenated his career. In his last two outings at The PAS, Cardey has steered his new ride to second and third place finishes on July 28th and August 18th. Cardey first came to open wheel prominence in 2003 when won 13 main events and the California Lightning Sprint Car championship. On his birthday in 2008, Cardey won an Oval Nationals preliminary main event in what many still call the greatest race in the history of the track.

The other two entries to come in thus far came from Bakersfield, California's Rusty Carlile and longtime veteran Jim Richardson from Gaeagle, California. Known as the "Bakersfield Bullet," Carlisle is a regular in the USAC West Coast 360 series where he is currently ninth in points. The biggest win of the 50-year-old driver's career came at the 2009 Cotton Classic at Hanford. Richardson, who does most of his racing with a wing on top in Northern California, has a 2012 season best 5th place finish at Marysville Raceway Park on August 11th. 

The up to date entry list for the 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals

Car # Driver Residence Car Owner
7 Jim Richardson Graeagle, CA Jim Richardson
7X Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA Mark Priestly
20 Chris Windom Canton, IL Tony Stewart Racing
51 Rusty Carlile Bakersfield, CA Rusty Carlile
71 Damion Gardner Pittsboro, IN Damion Gardner
92 David Cardey Riverside, CA Tom & Lauri Sertich

Budweiser Oval Nationals all time victory list.
1996 - Jimmy Sills
1997 - Rip Williams
1998 - Rodney Argo
1999 - Rickie Gaunt
2000 - Tony Jones
2001 - Bud Kaeding
2002 - Bud Kaeding
2003 - Cory Kruseman
2004 - Cory Kruseman
2005 - Dave Darland
2006 - Dave Darland
2007 - Bud Kaeding
2008 - Jesse Hockett
2009 - Damion Gardner
2010 - Chris Windom
2011 - Damion Gardner

Advance tickets for the 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, the 72 running of the Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix on November 22nd and inaugural 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl are available 24-hours a day online at: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7. You can also order by photo at: 1-800-585-4849. 

The entire 2012 PAS schedule is listed at the end of this release.

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Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2012 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Day Construction, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Frazee Paint, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Scott Sales, Snap-on, Soboba Casino, Square H, Swedish Speed, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage, White Nuckl USA and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.

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For more information call The PAS at: (951) 940-0134.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

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2012 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

September 1 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks (Race #3 "1-800LoanMart 2012 PASSCAR Street Stock Challenge), Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods, CDCRA Dwarf Cars
September 8 - Night of Destruction 4: "Perris Leap" Trophy Truck Long Jump and Engine Meltdown, Trailer Figure 8 Races, Figure 8's, Auto Roller Derby, Demo Cross
September 15 - Glenn Howard Classic: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
September 22 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks (Race #4 "1-800LoanMart 2012 PASSCAR Street Stock Challenge), Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods
September 29 - Off Weekend

October 8 - Southern California Fair: Figure 8 and Figure 8 Trailer Races (7:30)
October 6 - Southern California Fair: USAC/CRA Sprint Cars (1:30 & 7:00)
October 7 - Southern California Fair: Demolition Derbies (1:30 & 7:00)
October 8 - Southern California Fair: Rollover Contest & Demo Cross (7:30)
October 9 - Southern California Fair: Oil Twins Amsoil Street Stocks (7:30)
October 11 - Southern California Fair: Freestyle MX (7:30)
October 12 - Southern California Fair: Monster Trucks (7:30 PM)
October 13 - Southern California Fair: Monster Trucks (1:30 & 7:00 PM)
October 14 - Southern California Fair: Monster Trucks (1:30) & RV Demolition Derby (7:00 PM)
October 20 - Off Weekend
October 27 - PASSCAR Super Stocks, Amsoil Street Stocks, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Sport Mods, CDCRA Dwarf Cars

November 1 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Practice
November 2 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals: USAC National Sprint Cars, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 3 - 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals: USAC National Sprint Cars, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 21st - 72nd Turkey Night Grand Prix Practice
November 22 - 72nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Mopar USAC National and Western Midgets
November 23 & 24 - 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl $22,500.00 purse