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NEW DADDY MIKE SPENCER BACK IN RACECAR SATURDAY AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY’S ANNUAL SALUTE TO INDY!
(Perris, CA, May 20, 2014)
Two weeks ago when the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car series made an appearance at the Ventura Raceway, something familiar was missing from the normal part of the show. Five-time series champion Mike Spencer missed the race! While some people wondered and worried that the likeable driver had lost his ride in the Ron Chaffin #50 car, the answer was anything but that. Less than 24-hours before the race, Spencer and wife Ashley became parents for the first time. This Saturday night, May 24th, when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the Annual Salute to Indy, the competition had better be ready as the new father will be back in action on the famous Riverside County clay oval when the first green flag flies at 7:00 PM.

It had been so since the 32-year-old Cal Poly Pomona engineering graduate had missed a race, it took him a few moments to figure it out.

“It has been so long since I missed a race, I am really not sure when it was,” the Temecula resident said before thinking a few seconds more. “It was either 2003 or 2004. Wait, it was actually 2004, the year of the split (between sanctioning bodies USAC/CRA and its predecessor SCRA). I was driving the #44 car for Hal Engstrom and we ran a couple of the SCRA races that conflicted with USAC dates.”

This time Spencer’s reason for missing the race was a lot more important than picking between two feuding sanctioning bodies on where to race.

“On May 9th at 7:00 PM, Vera Mae Spencer was born,” the proud father said. “We got her home from the hospital on Monday (May 12th). My wife’s due date was May 6th and that was right in between the May 3rd Perris race and the May 10th date at Ventura. She started having contractions on Thursday (two days before the Ventura race) so I call Ron (car owner Ron Chaffin) and Bruce (crew chief Bruce Bromme Jr.) and told them I was not going to be able to make it. They were very supportive,”

Spencer, who finished second in the points in 2013 after winning five straight USAC/CRA crowns, lost a substantial amount of points when he missed the race, but some things are obviously more important than racing to him. And, the championship is not the team’s main focus.

“Our goal is two win races,” Spencer said. “We will just try to see if we can the most races. The #4 car (Damion Gardner) is off to a great start this year and has got a few wins straight out of the box. We have our work cut out for us. If we get in the points race in the year, we will give it our best shot, but right now we are just trying to win races.”

Heading into Saturday’s race at The PAS, Spencer is third in the championship standings behind defending champ Gardner, who resides in Concord, and Nic Faas of Huntington Beach. He is 123-points behind Gardner. In the first two races of the year at Perris, Spencer passed Gardner in the 30-lap main event only to see Gardner pass him back both times. Gardner went on to win both of those events with Spencer second. At the last race at The PAS on May 3rd, Spencer finished fifth while Gardner took second behind first time winner Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia.

This week’s race will see the USAC/CRA main extended to 40-laps. In addition to Spencer, Gardner, Faas, Vander Weerd and the rest of the rest of the USAC/CRA stars, the California Lightning Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint and PAS Young Gun Sprints will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday with the first race at 7:00.

Adult tickets are $25.00. Seniors 65 and older get in for $20.00. Active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Point Standings
1. Damion Gardner - Concord, CA -354
2. Nic Faas - Huntington Beach, CA - 315
3. Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA - 231
4. Matt Mitchell - Yorba Linda, CA - 214
5. Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA - 208
6. Cory Kruseman - Ventura, CA - 206
7. Brody Roa - Buena Park, CA - 192
8. Richard Vander Weerd - Visalia, CA - 157
8. Cody Williams - Corona, CA - 157
10. Gary Taylor - Snohomish, WA - 143

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

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon on Friday. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2014 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rental, Budweiser, California Budget Finance, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Edelbrok, Engine Pro, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmissions, Marjon RV, Pep Boys, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Running Waters Hospice, Scott Sales, Shaver Racing Engines, Sherwin-Williams, Showtime Motorsports, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, US Foods and Valley Auto Salvage.

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Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site http://www.loudpedalvideo.com/

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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2014 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE


MAY
24- "Salute to Indy" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS - 40 LAP MAIN EVENT PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints "Power of Purple Night and The Drive to $100,000" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. First 200 Race Fans receive a FREE gift from the American Cancer Society


JUNE
7- NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION III Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's Spectator Racing

14- USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints
28- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

JULY
4- "FIRECRACKER 40 & SKYCONCERT" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS - 40 LAP MAIN EVENT - PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints - "Power of Purple Night and The Drive to $100,000" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. First 200 Race Fans receive a FREE gift from the American Cancer Society.

12- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars
19- AMA SPEEDWAY LONG TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

AUGUST
16-"CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints

23- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars

SEPTEMBER
6- NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION IV Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's Spectator Racing

13- "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns & California Lightning Sprints
20- AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

OCTOBER
4- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR

25- "AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

NOVEMBER
5- Budweiser Oval Nationals Practice

6- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER 360 OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC West Coast & Southwest Sprint Cars
7- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
8- 19TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS - Presented by All Coast Construction -USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprint Cars & California Lightning Sprints
15- "CHAMPIONS NIGHT" AMSOIL OILTWINS.COM PASSCAR SERIES Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks

21- TBA
22- TBA
26- Turkey Night Grand Prix Practice
27- AGAJANIAN PROMOTIONS AND PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY PRESENTS 74TH RUNNING OF THE TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX - USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGETS

Note; Schedule is Subject to Change