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By Scott Daloisio

(Perris, CA, October 31, 2017) Robert Ballou, the 2014 winner, was among the latest entries received for next week’s 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. Ballou will be back after missing the 2016 Oval Nationals due to an injury suffered at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day Weekend. The race on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval will take place on November 9th, 10th and 11th.

Ballou, a Rocklin, California native, missed the first part of the 2017 season due to the Calistoga injuries. He heads into this week’s races in Arizona ninth in USAC National Sprint Car Series points with two main event wins on the season.

Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson, who won three USAC/CRA races in a row at The PAS from June through August, has also submitted his entry for the most prestigious event in non wing sprint car racing. In addition to his prowess in the USAC/CRA Series in the middle of the season, Johnson has scored seven wins in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series and should sew up his fifth straight title this weekend in Arizona.

The other entry to come in this week came from Trent Williams of Victorville, the 2014 PAS Young Guns Sprint Car champion.

There has been one driver change. Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California, who was originally entered in his own #17V, will now replace Tyler Thomas in the Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP.

Robert Ballou, show at the Oval Nationals in 2014, is one of the latest entries for next weeks Budweiser Oval Nationals. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

As this piece went to press, a strong field of 45 sprint cars have entered the prestigious race. The field includes drivers from six different states and New Zealand.

Car # Driver Residence Car Owner

2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander

4D TBA Gansen Engineering

4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Hgts, CA Gansen Engineering

4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering

5 Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers, LLC

5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams

5X Tommy Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier

7K Sterling Cling Tempe, AZ Kruseman Enterprises

8 TBA Jim Richardson

9K Kevin Thomas Jr. Cullman, AL Kevin Thomas Jr.

10V Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

11 Justin Grant Ion, CA Sam McGhee

12 Robert Ballou Rocklin, CA Ballou Motorsports

17GP Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Michael Dutcher Motorsports

19 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Andy Reinbold

19S Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO Andy Reinbold

21 Alec Bender Ramona, CA Rich Bender

21K Landon Cling Tempe, AZ Kruseman Enterprises

23 Tyler Courtney Noblesville, IN Topp Motorsports

28M Matt McCarthy Moreno Valley, CA John McCarthy

30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary

32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon

39 Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards

42 Stevie Sussex Tempe, AZ Dwight Cheney

44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory

51 Eddie Tafoya Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya

51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin

52V Trent Williams Victorville, CA Ron Williams

52 Isaac Chapple New Castle, IN Isaac Chapple Racing

56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Mike Phulps

69 Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA Dynamics. Inc.

73 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Keith Ford

73T Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Carrie Terry

74X Josh Hodges Albuquerque, NM Hodges Motorsports

81 Michael Pickens Auckland, New Zealand Steve Watt Enterprises

83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Tim Liggett

88 Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

90 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman

91 Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance

92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Tom & Laurie Sertich

92M TBA Tom & Laurie Sertich

98 Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracey

98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson

The Oval Nationals, which pays $25,000.00 to win on the final night, is three nights of full points paying races for the USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series. Each night will include qualifying, heat races and main events. Advance tickets for the most prestigious non-wing sprint car race in the nation are available at the following link: or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

As well as the USAC portion of the show, Saturday’s program also includes a special invitational debut of the Yamaha R1 DT race car. Drivers from several different racing diciplines

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session for Oval Nationals entered cars on Wednesday, November 8th. The practice will be free for fans in the grandstands and there will be $2.00 pizza, soda and beer. The practice will commence at 5:00 P.M.

Past Oval Nationals Champions
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
2012 Mike Spencer
2013 Dave Darland
2014 Robert Ballou
2015 Bryan Clauson
2016 Damion Gardner

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K&N Engineering, Living Water’s Hospice, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Murrieta,, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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November 8th Oval Nationals Practice

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