MORE THAN $10,000 EXTRA UP FOR GRABS AT SATURDAY’S USAC/CRA AND SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE!southwest
(Perris, CA, August 13, 2019) When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Sands Chevrolet USAC/ Southwest Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway for the “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” this Saturday, August 17th, they will have extra reasons to be there. More than 10,000 extra reasons to be exact as more than $10,000.00 has been added to the normal purse. Spectator gates for the jointly sanctioned race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will be at 7:00.
The “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” was known as the “Kindoll Classic” from 1997 through 2011. The race was originally named after legendary car owner Jack Kindoll who passed away in 1996. The name of the race was changed in 2012 and the purse is one of the best for traditional sprint cars in the Western USA.
“There is all kinds of extra money up for grabs on Saturday and it always brings out the best in the drivers,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “The extra money is spread throughout the night in a number of different ways. We want to give a massive thank you to everyone who donated to Saturday’s purse. 100% of their donations go to the drivers. We also must give a big thank you to Chris Holt. He organizes the donations every year and does a phenomenal job. Without his effort, none of this would be possible.”
The winner of Saturday’s main event will receive a bonus of $1,500.00 from Bill Simpson in memory of Junior Kurtz. Robert Woodland has donated an extra $500.00 to the second-place finisher in remembrance of Catherine Woodland. In addition to the usual $100.00 “Woodland Auto Display” award for the fast qualifier, Anne Wilkerson has thrown in an extra $500.00 for the “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award.” Jeff Gardner is pledging $100.00 to the fifth fast qualifier in memory of Jack Gardner. National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Lealand McSpadden has organized the “Ellen Ellis Hard Charger Award” for the driver who passes the most cars in the main event. At the time this piece went to press, that award stood at more than $1,000.00!
Saturday’s main event will feature more than $6,000.00 in lap money from a variety of individuals and companies. Each lap will pay a minimum of $100.00 to the leader. Many of the laps have more than one donor (each donor was required to pay $100.00 per lap). For instance, Pit Boss Jacks has donated $500.00 to the leader of laps #3 and #7 in memory of J.W. Mitchell (J.W.’s racing number was #37). Thus, lap three will pay $700.00 to the leader and lap seven will see the first-place driver pocketing $900.00.
One of the highlights of the night will be the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash.” Kurtz wife Michelle has put up a $2,000.00 purse for that event. The four fastest qualifiers will contest a series of four, three-lap races. Each driver will start in each of the four starting spots one time. Like in Speedway Motorcycle racing, the winner of each of the races will get three points. Second place will get two points, third will get one point and fourth will get zero. At the end of the fourth race, the points will be tallied and the driver who has accumulated the most points will get the $1,000.00 winner’s share. In case of a tie for first, there will be a two-lap runoff with the tied drivers.
“The fans love the format for the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash,” Kazarian said. “Decades ago, there was a trophy dash at every track on every race night. The winner would normally get a cheap, plastic trophy. As cars became more expensive, teams began balking at participation in trophy dashes, but this is a totally different deal. It is very quick and very exciting. The whole deal takes about four minutes and the overall winner gets $1,000.00. That is pretty good for less than five minutes of work.”
As well as the USAC/CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars, The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will also be in action.
At intermission, all fans will be allowed on to the front straightaway to see all the cars up close and for the kids to collect autographs and free candy from all the drivers.
Spectator gates for Saturday’s night of racing and family entertainment will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will take the green flag at 7:00.
Tickets are $25.00 for adults. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each. Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.
Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday. Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal 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, 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.
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
1. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 689
2. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 640
3. Austin Williams – Norco, CA – 611
4. Jake Swanson – Anaheim, CA – 511
5. Tommy Malcolm – Corona, CA – 467
USAC Southwest Sprint Cars
1. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 622
2. R.J. Johnson – Laveen, AZ – 613
3. Stevie Sussex – Tempe, AZ – 576
4. Charles Davis Jr. – Buckeye, AZ – 548
5. Mike Martin – Yuma, AZ – 521
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
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2019 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule
August 17th “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” Amsoil USAC/CRA & USAC Southwest Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
August 24th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
August 31st LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VI: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers
September 14th PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
September 21st “Glenn Howard Classic” Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Gun Sprints
September 28th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents Night of Destruction VII: Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks, Double Deckers
November 6th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction Practice Session
November 7th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
November 8th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
November 16th “Champions Night” PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and PAS Modifieds
*** Schedule Subject to Change