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Perris Auto Speedway Season Opener for Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series This Saturday

Date Posted — March 05, 2013
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Perris Auto Speedway Season Opener for Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series This Saturday

PERRIS, California — The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, celebrating it’s 10th season anniversary, will make it’s 2013 debut at the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, March 9th. Joining the west coast’s premiere sprint car organization on the exciting triple-header program will be two other divisions that call The PAS their home, the California Lightning Sprint Cars and the PAS Senior Sprints. Spectator gates for the 18th season opener for open wheel action will open at 5:00 pm and the first race will be at 7:00.

“On paper, I think this is undoubtedly the most competitive 410 sprint car series in the country,” said excited promoter Don Kazarian on Monday. “You have all of the USAC/CRA regulars. Then you throw in two-time Oval Nationals champion Damion Gardner and three-time Oval Nationals champion Bud Kaeding, who are racing the series this year. If they are not enough, David Cardey will be in the Moose Racing #92 all season long and Matt Mitchell is back in action after his flip at Terre Haute last year. All of these stars will be contenders for the championship. It is going to be hard just to get out of your heat race this season. A whole bunch of drivers will have to step up their game.”

To win the title in 2013, all the others stars have to do is knock popular 31-year-old Mike Spencer off his pedestal. In 2012 the likable Temecula resident and Cal Poly Pomona graduate became the first driver in the history of USAC to win five straight championships. In doing so, he has won five of the first nine USAC/CRA titles. On his march to the crown in 2012, Spencer put up some incredible numbers including nine main event wins, 20 top five finishes and 13 fast times.

“No matter how good these guys are, they have to beat Mike Spencer” Kazarian stated. “He is a great racer on a great team. If these other stars want to be the best, they have to beat the best and for the last five years that is exactly what Mike Spencer has been. There is no doubt that he has been the best for the past five years, but if he wants to win his sixth straight crown, he will have to be at the top of his game all season long.”

Spencer began defense of his fifth straight championship last weekend at the Copper on Dirt at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. He placed fifth in the main at the opener on Friday. Saturday started good when he out qualified the 26-car field, but early problems in the main slowed him and he was hit by another car and finished 23rd. He heads into Saturday’s race seventh in the point standings.

One of the bright spots in the USAC/CRA Series is the abundance of young talent. In fact, Kazarian thinks it is the strongest group of youngsters Southern California open wheel racing has seen in decades.

“Take a look at the group of kids we have in this series,” the longtime promoter bubbled. “Mitchell, Nic Faas, Brody Roa, Cody & Austin Williams, Ryan Bernal, Richard & Jace Vander Weerd, Ronnie Gardner, Kenny Perkins, A.J. Bender, Greg Alexander and last years rookie of the year Jake Swanson are all under 30-years old! Heck, Mike Spencer is only 31. These guys are going to be thrilling he fans for years to come. In addition to the kids, longtime favorites such as Cardey, Kaeding, Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cory Kruseman and, of course, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Rip Williams will be on hand this year. It promises to be great racing.”

This Saturday, the regulars will have to deal with Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson. The USAC National driving championship, combining a drivers top 25 finishes between the USAC National Midgets, Sprint Cars and Silver Crown Cars, was created in 2010 and the 23-year-old Carmichael, California native has won that title the first three years of its existence. In addition, he won the 2010 and 2011 USAC National Midget title and won the USAC National Sprint Car crown last year. Last Friday night, Clauson won both the USAC/CRA main and the USAC Western Midget main at the Copper on Dirt. He backed up his Friday night performance when he won Midget main again on Saturday and came home third in the sprint car feature. Thus, he comes into Saturday’s event as the USAC/CRA point leader and he will be driving the same Mike Martin owned car that he wheeled in last week’s races.

Another California native, who now calls Indiana and the USAC National Sprint Car Series home, Justin Grant, will be in action at The PAS on Saturday night. Three-time Budweiser Oval Nationals champion car owner Jeff Walker will assist Grant in the pits.

Saturday’s race will also feature the historic 20th anniversary season opener for the California Lightning Sprint Car Series. Smaller versions of their 410 brethren, they are powered by motorcycle engines and race with wings on top at The PAS. Lomita’s Bobby Michnowicz was the 2012 series champion, but will not be defending his crown in 2013, as he will be splitting the driving chores with his teenage son, Kevin.

Rounding out Saturday’s program will be the PAS Senior Sprint Cars. The Senior Sprints are for drivers 45-years of age and older with cars powered by 360 cubic inch cast iron block engines. The class is back for its third straight season and is gaining in popularity. Ventura’s Bruce Douglass is the defending champion in the Senior class.

The entire 2013 PAS schedule is listed at the end of this release.

To keep up with all of the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, sign up at The PAS Facebook site at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php - !/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/11387679868

You can also keep up with the latest news and receive special offers from The PAS Twitter site: http://twitter.com/perrisautospdwy.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2012 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Day Construction, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Frazee Paint, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, Living Waters Hospice, OneDirt.com, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Scott Sales, Snap-on, Soboba Casino, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage, White Nuckl USA and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.

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

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points

1. Bryan Clauson – Noblesville, IN – 138

2. Nic Faas – Huntington Beach, CA – 124

3. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 119

4. Bud Kaeding – Campbell, CA – 110

5. Ryan Bernal – Hollister, CA – 98

6. Hunter Schuerenberg – Sikeston, MO – 91

7. Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA – 80

8. Brody Roa – Buena Park, CA – 71

9. Matt Mitchell – Yorba Linda, CA – 63

10. David Cardey – Riverside, CA - 60

2013 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

March 9 - Sokola Shootout - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints

March 16 - Off Weekend

March 23 - Off Weekend

March 30 - Off Weekend

April 6 - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (on track) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

April 13 - World of Outlaws, California Lightning Sprints

April 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

April 27 - Night of Destruction #1 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing

May 4 - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

May 11 - Off Weekend

May 18 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks

May 25th - Salute to Indy - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (display only) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

June 1 - Off Weekend - Round #1 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks

June 8 - Night of Destruction #2 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing

June 15 - Off Weekend

June 22 - Off Weekend

June 29 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

July 4 - Firecracker 30 & Sky Concert - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

July 6 - Off Weekend

July 13 - Night of Destruction #3 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing & Rollover Contest

July 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks. Round #2 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway

July 27 - AMA Speedway Motorcycle Longtrack National Championship

August 3 - Off Weekend

August 10 - Off Weekend - Round #3 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks

August 17 - California Racers Hall of Fame Night - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"

August 24 - Off Weekend

August 31 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars. Final Round of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway

September 7 - Night of Destruction #4 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing

September 14 - Glenn Howard Classic - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"

September 21 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks

September 28 - Off Weekend

October 5 - Southern California Fair - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

October 12 - Southern California Fair

October 19 - Off Weekend

October 26 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - Champion's Night - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks

October 30th - Practice for the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - free for fans in the grandstands

October 31st - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series vs USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series

November 1 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars

November 2 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars

November 8 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl

November 9 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl

November 16 - Dark

November 27 - Practice for the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix

November 28 - 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix - USAC National and Western Midgets

Note #1 - Schedule is subject to change.

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on March 05, 2013. http://www.racingwest.com

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