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SHAWN McDONALD NAMED BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS GRAND MARSHAL!

(Perris, CA, February 12, 2013)
Shawn McDonald, the world's number one sprint car fan, has been named the Grand Marshall for the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. The 2013 edition of the open wheel classic will take place October 31st, November 1st and 2nd on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.

Promoter Don Kazarian happily released the news on Monday morning and said the decision was a "Slam Dunk" once McDonald's name was thrown into the ring.

"We were sitting around at a staff meeting at the track last week and we were throwing out names of potential grand marshal's including drivers, owners and officials," Kazarian said with a smile. "Dale Smith of Family Affair Concessions threw Shawn's name into the mix and it was over at that point. All it took was a confirmation from Shawn and he quickly accepted." 

McDonald, a Northern California native who lives near The PAS in the city of Murrieta, was very happy when he got the news.

"I can't begin to tell you what an honor it is to be chosen as The Grand Marshal of The Oval Nationals," he said via E-mail. "It has to be one of the greatest honors a race fan can receive! When I was asked the first thing i said is, 'Why me (I was shocked) and the PAS staff said because you are the #1 sprint car fan at the PAS. Immediately I thought of two or three fans more deserving, but then I realized what a hardship it was for me to get to the races. I have missed just one race since 2000 that I was not hospitalized."

McDonald has been occupying the same spot in The PAS grandstands since the day he first attended the track and he is one of three fans to have a section of grandstands named after him.

"Everybody knows where Shawn sits," Kazarian said with a laugh. "His name is there on a large sign and fans and drivers come up to visit him all night long. As soon as the races are over, he is down in the pits talking and joking with the drivers."

One of his favorite drivers is Mike Spencer, the defending Oval Nationals champion and the 5-time defending USAC/CRA champ. Like McDonald is a fan of Spencer, Spencer is a fan of McDonald. 

"He is as passionate a fan as I have ever met, especially about Perris and the CRA Series," Spencer said over the telephone on Tuesday morning. "He is always at Perris and travels to a lot of other races, too. I have been to his house and there is sprint car stuff all over the walls. At the track or at his house, he has a great sense of humor and he is always fun to be around. I am happy for him that he is going to be Grand Marshal of the Oval Nationals."

The first night, October 31st, of the Budweiser Oval Nationals, will feature the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint Car Series'. The following two nights the Amsoil USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars will do battle at the beautiful track that sits adjacent to famous Lake Perris. The PAS Senior Sprint Cars and California Lightning Sprint Cars will also compete on the final two nights.

The entire 2013 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.

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

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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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2013 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

February 23 - Open Practice - Pit gate opens at 3:00. Cars on the track at 4:00. Free for fans in the grandstands.

March 2 - PASSCAR - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
March 9 - Sokola Shootout - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints
March 16 - Off Weekend
March 23 - Off Weekend
March 30 - Off Weekend

April 6 - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (on track) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
April 13 - World of Outlaws, California Lightning Sprints
April 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
April 27 - Night of Destruction #1 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing

May 4 - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
May 11 - Off Weekend
May 18 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
May 25th - Salute to Indy - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (display only) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

June 1 - Off Weekend - Round #1 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
June 8 - Night of Destruction #2 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing
June 15 - Off Weekend
June 22 - Off Weekend
June 29 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

July 4 - Firecracker 30 & Sky Concert - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
July 6 - Off Weekend
July 13 - Night of Destruction #3 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing & Rollover Contest
July 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks. Round #2 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway
July 27 - AMA Speedway Motorcycle Longtrack National Championship

August 3 - Off Weekend
August 10 - Off Weekend - Round #3 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
August 17 - California Racers Hall of Fame Night - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
August 24 - Off Weekend
August 31 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks. Final round of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway

September 7 - Night of Destruction #4 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing 
September 14 - Glenn Howard Classic - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
September 21 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
September 28 - Off Weekend

October 5 - Southern California Fair - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 12 - Southern California Fair
October 19 - Off Weekend
October 26 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - Champion's Night - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks. Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
October 30th - Practice for the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - free for fans in the grandstands
October 31st - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series vs USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series

November 1 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 2 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 8 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 9 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 16 - Dark
November 27 - Practice for the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
November 28 - 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix - USAC National and Western Midgets

Note #1 - Schedule is subject to change.