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By Scott Daloisio

(Perris, CA, September 19, 2018) Perris Auto Speedway will send the summer out with a bang this Saturday night, September 22nd, with the 11th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints will also be a part of the card and the dazzling Western Racing Association vintage cars will be on hand. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00.

Glenn Howard Memorial this Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Saturday’s race honors the late Glenn Howard, who was part of the Southern California racing scene for more than 50 years as a driver, car owner, official, racing business owner and innovator. He helped hundreds of drivers in their careers. Ironically, Saturday’s race will be 11-years to the day that Howard passed away

“This race is huge for so many of our drivers,” promoter Don Kazarian said on Tuesday. “Glenn did so much for the sport. When you think about it, there was nothing he did not or could not do. But, I think the reason most drivers want to win it is the fact that he helped everybody. He just wanted to make the sport better for everyone and that is exactly what he did for a very long time. Even though he passed away quite a few years ago, his impact is still felt in the sport and it always will be. It is an honor to host his memorial race at The PAS.”

Three of the favorites in Saturday’s race will be the top three in the USAC/CRA Series point standings, Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Concord’s Damion Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter,” Austin Williams of Yorba Linda. Williams, whose first ever sprint car race at The PAS was in the inaugural Glenn Howard Memorial in 2008, is the only driver with more than one (he has two wins) USAC/CRA win at The PAS this year. Gardner and Ion, California’s Justin Grant, have one win each.

Both of Williams PAS victories this year came after Gardner and Roa tangled and crashed in their heated battle for the 2018 championship.

“It is unfortunate for those guys, but I don’t know exactly what happened if they took each other out or it was a racing incident,” a happy Williams told the crowd after winning The PAS main event five-weeks ago. “I stole another one from them two guys. I will take them any way I can get them. It sure feels good to get over here (on the victory podium).”

In addition to making his debut at The PAS ten-years ago in the Glenn Howard Memorial, Williams, 27, also won the race in 2016. Gardner is the all-time leading winner in the race having taken home the hardware in 2014, 2015 and last year. Gardner’s former teammate on the Mark Alexander team, Nic Faas, is the only other driver with more than one win in the race on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval. He posted his wins in 2011 and 2013. Tony Jones, the late Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman and Mike Spencer have one win each in the Howard Memorial.

The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will be contesting their next to last race of 2018 on Saturday night. Former Speedway Motorcycle racer and Wheel2Wheel Raceway promoter John Aden, who resides in Apple Valley, leads defending champion Richard McCormick of Canyon Country by 14-points going into Saturday’s Senior Sprint (drivers 45 and older) race. Things are quite different in the Young Guns (drivers 14-25 with no prior sprint car experience) where Eddie Tafoya Jr. of Chino Hills has a commanding 97-point advantage over Apple Valley’s Austin Brundage.

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.

Fans who would like to make it a full Saturday of racing can take in the So Cal Oval Karters and SoCal Mowers race at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway at noon. The first year dirt oval track is located about 200 feet outside the fourth turn at The PAS. Admission to the kart race is free.

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. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 1069
2. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 1018
3. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 918
4. Cody Williams – Corona, CA – 864
5. Max Adams – Loomis, CA – 851

PAS Senior Sprints
1. John Aden – Apple Valley, CA – 253
2. Richard McCormick – Canyon Country, CA - 239
3. Ed Schwarz – Santa Fe Springs, CA - 211
4. Rick Hendrix - Palmdale, CA - 204
5. Eddie Williams – El Segundo, CA – 160

PAS Young Guns
1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. – Chino Hills, CA - 252
2. Austin Brundage – Apple Valley, CA - 155
3. Ricky Lewis – Oxnard, CA – 115
3. Tyler Most – Peoria, AZ - 115
5. Amanda Roberson – Ramona, CA - 112

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

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