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By Scott Daloisio

(Perris, CA, August 14, 2018) This Saturday night, August 18th, thousands of extra dollars will be up for grabs when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the annual “California Racers Hall of Fame Night featuring the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00.

As this piece went to press, more than $9,200.00 has been added to the normal USAC/CRA purse. The driver who is fastest in qualifying will receive the $500.00. “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award.” That will be followed up by the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” which carries a purse of $2,000.00. The winner of the dash will receive $1,000.00, second place will take home $500.00, third will get $300.00 and the fourth-place finisher will earn $200.00. The winner of each heat race will be paid $300.00 courtesy of Mark Atchison. The 30-lap main event will include more than $4,000.00 in lap money. Bill Simpson of racing safety fame has kicked an extra $1,500.00 for the winner of the main event (combined with the normal $2,500 that makes first place worth $4,00.00) and Robert Woodland has donated an extra $500.00 for the driver who finishes second.

If one driver were to be fast qualifier, win the trophy dash, then his heat and lead all 30-laps in the main event, he would potentially take home a minimum of $9,900.00.

The three Williams brothers, Logan in the #5, Austin in the #2 and Cody in the #44, will all be in action at the "California Racer's Hall of Fame Night" on Saturday. Doug Allen Photo.

“That is quite the payday for one night of racing,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “The drivers will be racing hard and fierce to take home all this extra money. It will not be a show for the faint of heart. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the purse and to Chris Holt who every year busts his rear end to get the donations. Chris also organized the legends from the past who will be in the track sports bar to meet the fans and sign autographs. I hope all the fans show up with their old programs and photos to get signed. “

Drivers who have indicated that they will be at the autograph session include Mike Spencer, Jimmy Oskie, Eddie Wirth, Brad Noffsinger (flying in from North Carolina), Shane Carson (flying in from Oklahoma), “The Rim Rider” Chuck Gurney, Jeff Heywood, Stan Atherton, John Redican, Jason York, Lonnie Carruthers and more.

The “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” will feature a special Speedway Motorcycle style format. The four fastest qualifiers Will contest a series of four, three-lap races. The drivers will rotate the starting spots in each race, so each driver will start off each position one time. Each of the races will pay three points to the winner, two points for second, one point for third and zero points for fourth. When the fourth race is over the points will be totaled up and the driver with the most will take home the $1,000.00 1st place prize money.

“Back in the day the trophy dash was a regular part of every show,” Kazarian said. “However, as racing became more expensive drivers and car owners did not want to go out in risk tearing up their equipment for a plastic trophy. So, the trophy dash at most racetracks has become a thing of the past. However, offering up this much money will have drivers jumping at the opportunity to get into the dash. And, the format we use adds a lot of excitement. We have done it a few times in the past in the fans absolutely love it.”

If that is not enough entertainment, as soon as fans walk through the gate, they will be greeted by the beautiful vintage racecars from the WRA. Some of the sprint cars and midgets that will be on display will date back to pre-World War II.

Adult tickets for Saturday’s USAC/CRA race are $25.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12, it is just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Advance tickets for all PAS events, including this Saturday and November’s 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, are available 24 hours a day online at or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not want to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points
1. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 597
2. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 572
3. Jake Swanson - Anaheim, CA – 530
4. Cody Williams – Corona, CA – 471
5. Max Adams – Loomis, CA – 438

PAS Senior Sprints
1. John Aden – Apple Valley, CA – 1i3
2. Richard McCormick – Canyon Country, CA - 182
3. Ed Schwarz – Santa Fe Springs, CA - 160
4. Rick Hendrix - Palmdale, CA - 142
5. Eddie Williams – El Segundo, CA – 123

PAS Young Guns
1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. – Chino Hills, CA - 187
2. Austin Brundage – Apple Valley, CA - 155
3. Ricky Lewis – Oxnard, CA - 115
4. Blade Hildebrand – Yucca Valley, CA - 63
5. Travis Buckley – Auckland, New Zealand – 58

California Lightning Sprint Cars
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 1128
2. Aiden Lange – Lakewood, CA – 960
3. Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA – 930
4. Brent Sexton – Lakeside, CA – 927
5. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA - 908

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Greg Smith Equipment, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K2 Displays, 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 Temecula,, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News and Vista Paint.

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Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the So Cal Fair and Event Center (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. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571. is the only authorized Internet address to issue official media news released from The Perris Auto Speedway or Oval Entertainment.

2018 Perris Auto Speedway

August 18th "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars, California Lightning Sprint Cars

August 25th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds

September 1st NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD VII - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Racing and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts

September 22nd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars


October 20th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars

October 27th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 7th Oval Nationals Practice

November 8th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 9th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 10th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars