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By Scott Daloisio

(Perris, CA, November 5, 2018)

Facts on the 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway

-EVENT: 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction
-WHERE: "The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing," Perris Auto Speedway on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA 92571)
-TRACK: 1/2-mile clay oval.
-WHEN: Thursday, November 8, Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10.
-PROGRAM: Qualifying, heats, preliminary and A Mains each night.
-PRACTICE: Free for fans in the grandstands at 5:00 PM Wednesday, November 7. $2.00 pizza, beer and soft drinks.
-WHO: The Amsoil USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars.
-SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC)
-TIMES: Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday & Friday with racing at 7:00. Gates will open and 3:00 PM Saturday with racing at 7:00.
-PURSE: $131,380.00. $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start the A mains on Thursday and Friday. $25,000.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the A main on Saturday.
-GRAND MARSHAL: Mike Grosswendt from All Coast Construction
-TONY JONES HARD CHARGER AWARD: To the driver who passes the most cars in Saturday’s “A” main event.
-RAY SCHEETZ MECHANIC OF THE RACE AWARD: Named after the legendary crew chief who had 10 sprint car championships and 155 race wins.
-DEAN THOMPSON HIGH POINTS AWARD: Named after the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer. The awards goes to the driver who accumulates the most total points on the two preliminary nights.
-BILL AND EVELYN PRATT MAIN EVENTS: Named after longtime car owners and officials Bill and Evelyn Pratt. Thursday’s main will be the “Bill Pratt Main Event” and Friday’s main will be the “Evelyn Pratt Main Event.”
-TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online at: There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights. We will not sell out.
-ENTRIES: As this piece went to press 46 cars from seven states have pre-entered (complete list at the end of this release). A few more, including Stevie Sussex, are expected to enter when they get to the track.
-DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Thomas Jr. from Cullman, Alabama
-PAST CHAMPIONS EXPECTED TO ENTER: Kevin Thomas Jr, (2017), Damion Gardner (2009, 2011, 2016), Chris Windom (2010), Dave Darland (2005, 2006, 2013), Bud Kaeding (2001, 2002, 2007). Complete list of past winners below.
-AUTOGRAPH SESSION: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. Saturday on the front straightaway.
-CAMPING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS: $25.00 per night. No hook ups. No reservations required.
-TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (951) 940-0134
-TRACK SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: Perris Auto Speedway; Twitter: perrisautospdwy; Instagram: perrisautospeedway

2018 Budweiser Oval Nationals Entries

Car # Driver Residence Car Owner
2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory
4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander
4 Justin Grant Ione, CA Topp Motorsports
4D TBA Gansen Motorsports
4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Motorsports
5 Chris Windom St. Louis, MO Baldwin Brothers
5 Tye Mihocko Peoria, AZ Tye Mihocko
5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams
5X Tommy Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier
5X Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory
7BC Tyler Courtney Fishers, IN Clauson/Marshall
8 Michael Faccinto Hanford, CA Jim Richardson
10V Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
12 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Robert Ballou
12 Joel Rayborne West Covina, CA Rodney Rayborne
13 Dennis Gile Mesa, AZ Gene Gile
15 Danny Sheridan Santa Maria, CA Rick Johnson
16 Bud Kaeding Campbell, CA MMR
19S Jason McDougal Andrew Reinbold
19AZ Andrew Reinbold
21 A.J. Bender Ramona, CA Richard Bender
28 Matt McCarthy Riverside, CA Matt MCCarthy
30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck Leary
32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon
34AZ Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Grau/Burkhart
39E Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards
42 Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Dwight Cheney
44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory
50 Charles Davis Jr. Buckeye, AZ Charles Davis Jr.
51 Austin Ervine Bakersfield, CA James Ervine
52 Isaac Chappell Wilkinson, IN Isaac Chappell
55 Tony Everhart El Cajon, CA Tony Everhart
68 Chase Johnson Penngrove, CA Shawn Thomas
69 Kevin Thomas Jr. Cullman, AL Dynamics, Inc.
72 Gary Marshall Jr. Pomona, CA Gary Marshall Sr. & Jr.
77 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Bill Michael
74X Josh Hodges Tijeras, NM Jack Hodges
83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Tim Liggett
88V Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
90 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman
91R Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance
92 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Tom & Lauri Sertich
92X TBA Tom & Lauri Sertich
98 Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracy
98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson
99 Brady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK Bacon/Marshall

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
2017 Kevin Thomas Jr.

Advance tickets for all the 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.

Camping for the Oval Nationals will begin on Monday. The price to camp is $25.00 per night. There are no hook-ups.

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.

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