11-Races On Tap For Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series
Aptos, CA)- After a very successful run under Roger Gleason and the Joe Hunt Magnetos staff, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will move forward under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group for 2015 and beyond, and PMG is excited to unveil an 11-race schedule for the popular series.
“We are really excited to bring the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series aboard for 2015 and beyond,” John Prentice, President of Prentice Motorsports Group said. “We have them in action with the King of the West Series and Civil War Series on a few occasions, and we think this will be a great addition to our program.”
The Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will kick the 2015 season off on Saturday, March 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway as part of the Silver Cup.
The series will then have a few weeks off before they invade the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA on Sunday, April 12th as they share the track with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
April 25th has the series at the Petaluma Speedway, before their first show with the Civil War Series scheduled for May 30th at the Placerville Speedway.
The month of June has the series in action along with the King of the West Series on a pair of occasions as they take to the Stockton Dirt Track on the 13th, before their final visit of the year to the Calistoga Speedway on the 27th for the Wine Country Classic.
July 11th, the series travel to the Ocean Speedway for the Howard Kaeding Classic, before their second of three stops at the Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st.
August 29th brings the longest race of the season as the 50-Lap Soares Classic awaits the stars and cars of the series at the Petaluma Speedway.
A return trip to the Ocean Speedway for the Johnny Key Classic is on the 29th of August, before sharing the spotlight with the Civil War Series on Wednesday September 9th as Gold Cup week opens up.
The Championship Spectacular will November 7th at the Stockton Dirt Track as the Joe Hunt Magentos Sprint Car Series, Civil War Sprint Car Series, and the King of the West Series will all be on hand to crown their 2015 champions.
ON TAP: The Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will open their first season with the Prentice Motorsports Group up on March 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.
PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY RELEASES 20th ANNIVERSARY 2015 SCHEDULE!
(Perris, CA, December 8, 2014) Perris Auto Speedway has released the schedule for its historic 20th season in 2015. There will be a practice for all cars on Saturday, February 21st, that will be a prelude to the year of racing and it will be free for fans in the grandstands.
The regular season will commence with the annual Sokola Shootout featuring the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and the Young Gun Sprints on March 7th. The PASSCAR Stock Car Season Opener will be one week later on March 14th. The Night of Destruction program has been increased to five events in 2015 with the first one slated for March 28th.
The legendary World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be making their only Southern California appearance of 2015 at The PAS on April 18th and they will be joined by the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior Sprints.
For the first time since 2011, The Budweiser Oval Nationals will return to three full nights of 410 racing with the USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars and all drivers racing every night. The historic season will close with the 75th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix featuring the USAC National and Western Midgets on Thanksgiving Night.
February 21st OPEN PRACTICE - Pit Gate Opens at 3:00, Grandstands open FREE to the Fans
March 7th "SOKOLA SHOOTOUT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
March 14th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
March 28th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's
April 11th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
April 18th WORLD OF OUTLAWS, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and PAS Senior Sprints
April 25th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION I I - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's
May 2nd USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
May 16th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
May 23rd "SALUTE TO INDY" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars (40 Lap Main Event), PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Lightning Sprints
June 6th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION III - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's, Spectator Race and a Block Party
June 13th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns
June 27th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
July 4th "FIRECRACKER 40 & SKY CONCERT" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Lightning Sprints
July 18th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
July 25th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD IV - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's and Spectator Racing
August 15th "CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT"
USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Lightning Sprints
August 29th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
September 5th NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION NOD V - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Trailer Figure 8's
September 12th PASSCAR SERIES - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
September 19th "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Guns and California Lightning Sprints
October 3rd - 11th Southern California Fair
October 24th PASSCAR "Champions Night" - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and Factory Stocks
November 11th Oval Nationals Practice
November 12th 20th Annual Oval Nationals USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 13th 20th Annual Oval Nationals USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 14th 20th Annual Oval Nationals USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 25th Turkey Night Grand Prix Practice
November 26th Agajanian Promotions and Oval Entertainment, LLC Presents the 75th Running of The Turkey Night Grand Prix - USAC NATIONAL AND WESTERN STATES MIDGETS
** CDCRA Dwarf Car dates on PASSCAR nights will be added.
NOTE; THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.
NEW EGYPT MOVES FORWARD WITH WINGLESS SELF-STARTING SPRINT SERIES
NEW EGYPT, NJ – The big news during the offseason is the creation of the NEWS Sprint Series at New Egypt Speedway. The NorthEast Wingless Sprints are scheduled to run every other week at the Ocean County, NJ dirt track.
NEWS Sprints will run a sealed 602 crate motor and starter kit, and will mirror the rules set by Accord Speedway in New York. Officials with the ¼ mile Ulster County bullring confirmed their commitment to the series in 2015, last month. The sealed carbureted 602 crate motors run on alcohol and are not fuel injected.
Wingless sprint car racing has long been talked about in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but no tracks have committed for a full series until now. Wingless sprint car racing combined with the affordable and proven 602 crate motor, is designed to put the skill back into the driver. With more and more feeder divisions shedding top wings in the micro sprint ranks, interest is high in a full-sized wingless sprint car division in the Tri-State area.
A full set of rules for the NEWS Sprints can be found on the New Egypt Speedway homepage at NewEgyptSpeedway.net. Super Sportsman frames will also be allowed to compete in this division, provided they run the 602 GM factory sealed motor. Like the NERS Racesaver Sprints, used sprint car tires are allowed, but new tires purchased must be American Racer, and can be bought at the Speedway for convenience or directly from Pit Stop Tires during their hours of operation.
New Egypt Speedway Management has set a purse for the NEWS Sprints with a full field at $1000 to win and $150 to take the green. The purse will be adjusted accordingly pending car counts.
Interest is already high from teams looking to get on board with the NEWS Sprints in 2015. All engines purchased through NES will have the proper oil pan, pickup, and cam spud installed, as well as a secondary set of NES seals installed. Any engine not purchased through NES must be inspected and sealed and have the oil pan and cam spud installed under the direction of NES tech officials. Contact NES tech officials for sealing information. Any racer wishing to visit from a neighboring track, may do so provided that the factory seals are intact and a secondary set of seals from that track are installed.
Officials performed extensive research and development spanning two years on the motor. One such test involved running the carbureted alcohol sealed 602 crate motor 500 laps, and after a tear down, researchers found no excessive wear inside the motor components.
Ignition systems can also be purchased through the Speedway. NEWS Sprints will utilize factory GM HEI ignition ONLY. No ignition amplifier boxes of any kind are permitted. MSD heavy duty distributor cap, rotor, module and coil mounted in stock location are permitted.
With the addition of the NEWS Sprints, weekly sprint car racing will be featured at New Egypt Speedway in addition to the already highly successful New Egypt RaceSaver (NERS) Sprints. Both classes will alternate every other week, giving sprint fans a variety of action and styles offered by both winged and wingless racing in addition to the Speedway’s already established 358 Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, Open Sportsman, and Street Stock divisions.
Look for a complete New Egypt Speedway schedule to be released in the upcoming weeks. For more information on the NEWS Sprints, contact the Speedway office at (609) 758-1900.
For more information, visit our website www.newegyptspeedway.net, “Like” us on Facebook /newegyptspeedwayofficial, or follow us on Twitter @nesspeedway. New Egypt Speedway is a family-friendly entertainment facility located just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ
It's Western World Week at CSP
Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (November 17, 2014) - The Western World Championships, the perfect way to end a season.
That's how Canyon Speedway Park will bring the curtains down on the 2014 season with this weekend's 47th Annual USAC Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships atop the 1/3-mile clay oval near Phoenix.
The Honda USAC National Midgets and the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will battle it out for three nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday following an open practice session on Wednesday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The week's festivities get under way early with Tuesday night's Western World Kickoff Party at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Glendale.
By week's end, one elite driver could pocket $15,000 in Saturday night's Western World finale with a winner's share of $7,500 up for grabs in both the Midget and Sprint Car ranks.
It's a feat that Bryan Clauson pulled off last year. After dominating the Sprint Car portion for his second Western World title in as many years, Clauson made a last lap pass in the Midget main event to make it a sweep.
A winner of ten CSP main events in 2013, Clauson comes off a win in this past weekend's USAC National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Classic.
Clauson will have his hands full in both divisions with a number of top competitors looking to add the title of Western World champion to the ledger.
In the Midget ranks, Rico Abreu leads Keith Kunz Racing teammate Christopher Bell into the weekend with Hall of Fame opening night winner Tracy Hines third in points.
Current USAC Southwest points leader R.J. Johnson defends his home turf in the Sprint Car portion with series champion Matt Mitchell leading the way for the USAC West Coast forces along with USAC Western Classics champ Ryan Bernal.
Johnson is one of several top contenders along with Clauson pulling double duty over the weekend including two-time Western World winner Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, USAC/CRA shoe Mike Spencer and Casey Shuman.
Approximately 70 Midgets and Sprint Cars are anticipated for the event, with a quick glimpse at the entry list revealing one of the most competitive fields in Western World history.
Honda USAC National Midgets:
0 Jack Hawley (Menifee, CA)
1p Terry Nichols (Delano, CA)
5d Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)
7 Shannon McQueen (Tehachapi, CA)
17 Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA)
17n Johnathon Henry (Stockton, CA)
24 Tracy Hines (New Castle, IN)
32 Casey Shuman (Phoenix, AZ)
51 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
51 R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
52c Isaac Chapple (Wilkinson, IN)
55 Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA)
56 Darren Hagen (Riverside, CA)
57 Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA)
63 Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
67 Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)
68 Ronnie Gardner (Norco, CA)
71 Christopher Bell (Norman, OK)
73 Trey Marcham (Newcastle, OK)
73x Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
91T Tyler Thomas (Tulsa, OK)
97 Rico Abreu (Rutherford, CA)
98 Jarid Blondel (Orange, CA)
USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars:
2 Larry Gibson (El Mirage, AZ)
2 Josh Shipley (Peoria, AZ)
02 Matt Rossi (Peoria, AZ)
5 Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ)
5v Bradley Terrell (Sebastopol, CA)
7k Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ)
7m Mike Spencer (Temecula, CA)
8 Gary Taylor (Snohomish, WA)
11c Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ)
12 Josh Pelkey (Peoria, AZ)
12x Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
16 Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ)
17m Michael Colegrove (Peoria, AZ)
17rw Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)
19 Andrew Reinbold (Chandler, AZ)
20 Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN)
20 Shon Deskins (Waddell, AZ)
20s Jon Stanbrough (Avon, IN)
21az Stevie Sussex (Phoenix, AZ)
22b Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
28 Mark Morin (Surprise, AZ)
30 C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
32b Brian Hosford (Gilbert, AZ)
37 Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, CA)
48 Thomas Ogle (Surprise, AZ)
50 Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ)
55 Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA)
56 Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA)
73 Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
74 Colby Copeland (Roseville, CA)
74x Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM)
75 Casey Shuman (Phoenix, AZ)
77 Dalten Gabbard (Peoria, AZ)
77m R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
87 Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX)
92 Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA)
98 Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ)
99 Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
In a slight alteration to the format of yesteryear, the USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast Sprint Car field will not be split, with all entries running each night just as the Midgets have done.
While all entries in Midgets will race each night with Thursday and Friday preliminary events following standard USAC format including qualifying, heat races and features, the Sprint Cars will do similar with a full card of heat races and features on both Thursday and Friday. Separate qualifying (Midgets only), heat and feature points will be tabulated to determine Saturday night Western World Championship lineups.
The top eight in combined points for both Midgets and Sprint Cars from Thursday and Friday action will be locked into Saturday's main event. Those eight will engage in a Revenge Draw during Saturday's opening ceremonies to determine the Dash lineups for both Midgets and Sprint Cars. The Dash finish will determine the alignment of the front four rows of the main event.
The balance of the field will be aligned in Qualifying races straight up by points, with finishes determining the balance of the night's "A" and "B" Main lineups.
Past Western World Championship Winners (Wing / Non-Wing / Midget)
2013 - Bryan Clauson (nw) / Bryan Clauson (m)
2012 - Wayne Johnson (w) / Bryan Clauson (nw)
2011 - Donny Schatz (w) / Tracy Hines (nw)
2010 - Donny Schatz (w) / Brady Bacon (nw)
2009 - Sammy Swindell (w) / Brady Bacon (nw)
2008 - Kevin Swindell (nw)
2007 - Jerry Coons, Jr. (nw)
2006 - Josh Wise (nw)
2005 - Dave Darland (nw)
2004 - Bud Kaeding (nw)
2003 - Tony Elliott (nw)
2002 - Bud Kaeding (nw)
2001 - Jeremy Sherman (nw)
2000 - Jay Drake (nw)
1999 - Donny Schatz (w)
1998 - Tyler Walker (w)
1997 - Mark Kinser (w)
1996 - Steve Kinser (w)
1995 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1994 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1993 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1992 - Steve Kinser (w)
1991 - Danny Lasoski (w)
1990 - Steve Kinser (w)
1989 - Sammy Swindell (w)
1988 - Mark Kinser (w)
1987 - Steve Kinser (w)
1986 - Bobby Davis, Jr. (w)
1985 - Steve Kinser (w)
1984 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1983 - Steve Kinser (nw)
1982 - Steve Kinser (nw)
1981 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1980 - Jeff Swindell (nw)
1979 - Tim Green (nw)
1978 - Lealand McSpadden (nw)
1977 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1976 - Bubby Jones (nw)
1975 - Ron Shuman (nw)
1974 - Rick Ferkel (nw)
1973 - Earl Wagner (nw)
1972 - Jan Opperman (nw)
1971 - Jan Opperman (nw)
1970 - Jerry McClung (nw)
1969 - Bob Huebner (nw)
1968 - Bob Cleberg (nw)
Three-day advanced tickets are available for just $65 with VIP Suite tickets for all three days available for $95 and All Access Passes for $110.
Single day tickets are $20 for both Thursday and Friday and $25 for Saturday's Western World Championships finale.
Detailed Western World Championships ticket information and pricing is available at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/the-45th-annual-western-world-championships/.
Tickets may be ordered by calling the track at 602-258-RACE (7223).
Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623-580-8844.
To keep up on all the latest news and happenings, sign up for Canyon Speedway E-News. The track update registration can be found at the top of the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com home page.
The entire 2014 Canyon Schedule and early portion of 2015 can be previewed online at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/schedule/.
Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. For more information, contact
PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES 2015 SPRINT CAR DATES!
(Perris, CA, November 11, 2014) Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian has released the dates for the 2015 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series races at Perris Auto Speedway. There are 11 dates on the schedule beginning on March 7th and culminating with the finale of the 20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction on November 7th.
The resident USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be present on all of the dates. They will be joined on April 18th by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. As always, the Oval Nationals will be a joint effort featuring the USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars.
2015 USAC/CRA SCHEDULE
March 7th USAC/CRA
April 18th World of Outlaws & USAC/CRA
May 2nd USAC/CRA
May 23rd USAC/CRA
June 13th USAC/CRA
July 4th USAC/CRA
August 15th USAC/CRA
September 19th USAC/CRA
November 5th Oval Nationals
November 6th Oval Nationals
November 7th Oval Nationals
Note: Schedule subject to change
The dates for the PASSCAR Series and Nights of Destruction will be forthcoming.
DAMION GARDNER TALKS ABOUT THIS WEEK’S OVAL NATIONALS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY
(Perris, CA, November 4, 2014) Heading into this week’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, make no mistake about who is the favorite heading into the prestigious event. Most insiders are tabbing Concord, California sprint car superstar Damion Gardner as the man who will drive home with the $20,000.00 paycheck on Saturday night.
The reason most racing pundits are picking the driver, who is known as “The Demon,” to win the biggest traditional race in the country is quite simple. He has dominated the action in 2014. The slender star is about to sew up his second USAC/CRA title in a row and his third of all-time. Heading into the big race, he is 253-points ahead of second place Mike Spencer in the championship standings. He has won 11 of the 18 main events this year. He also tops the charts in the series in fast times and heat race wins. In addition, the Mark Alexander owned #4 that he drives performs almost flawlessly every time it is on the track.
With the race looming only a few days away, the fiery driver took the time to answer some questions on Monday afternoon.
The PAS: The USAC/CRA Series has had a long time off since the last race. Nearly two months. How have you and the team been getting ready and have you done anything special?
Gardner: No, not really done anything special. We have had a long time off. I don’t think anyone wishes for this long of a time off, but I guess that is what USAC wants so that is what we got. We have not really done much. Polishing everything I guess. We will shake the rust off a bit and get going.
The PAS: Are you guys bringing two cars down?
Gardner: No. What do you mean? One car. We have three cars, but we are only going to race one.
The PAS: I mean you are hauling back up cars with you in case of an emergency?
Gardiner: Oh yeah! These guys have plenty of spares. They are ready to go.
The PAS: You have won the Oval Nationals two-times. In your mind, how big of a race is it compared to other big races around the country?
Gardner: Oh, I think it is the biggest race in the non-wing world. I don’t know if there is any bigger one. You can argue about bigger sprint car races, but there not any bigger non wing races. Thanks to Mike and All Coast Construction they got the purse back up to what it needs to be. It has been kind of down for a while and now it is back to what a purse for something called the Oval Nationals needs to be. They have got the money back and it is kind of got to be a big event again. I think you can feel it from the competitors to the fans getting excited about it again. Hopefully we can all learn something from that. You put more in, you get more back. Hopefully we can keep rolling and make this thing bigger every year.
The PAS: You just talked about the prestige of the Oval Nationals. So, what is more important to you? Winning the Oval Nationals or the size of the paycheck?
Gardner: Oh, I don’t know. I have always been a guy who just races to win. I know a lot of guys say that, but that is not true. I have always figured if you win races the money just comes whether it is a little bit or a lot. There have been races I won and been cruising around toward victory lane when I am thinking how cool it is just to win and then, holy moly, it pays this much money. That is a sweet bonus. So to stack another trophy and get another Oval Nationals win and be one of the guys who wins a lot of them that would mean a lot to me. And, to be a west coast guy who wins it, that is another big thing. The money is just a bonus.
Damion Gardner lets out a yell after winning the PAS season opening sprint car race in March. Media, please feel free to publish this photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.
The PAS: You are racing two nights against the best competition you will race all year. You have all of the regular stars from out here against all of the top guys from the Midwest. Does that make your approach any different for this race?
Gardner: Fortunately, I think I am in a good point’s position. You are going to race to win it. You are going to race hard to win the Oval Nationals and you are going to race hard to show you are the best. I take a little pride in showing those guys in the Midwest that we are as good as them. That goes back and forth through the years. There was a time in the SCRA days when the west coast guys were probably better than the Midwest guys. It goes back and forth so there is bragging rights. Sometimes I don’t think our guys take that serious enough, but we should. If you can just step up your game or go a little extra, you should. This is the race to do it at.
The PAS: You are going to win the USAC/CRA championship this year. You have won over half the main events. Had the most fast qualifying times and won the most heat races. You also met your goal of going more than 200-MPH in a sprint car. So, if you do not win the Oval Nationals will that have an effect on how you will look back on this season years from now?
Gardner: Not at all. The only time a race will affect me is when I have not done my homework or have not prepared well for it. That is from the car, to me mentally and to correcting the errors I have made in the past. If I have not done that, then I would feel bad about losing the Oval Nationals. As long as me and the crew do all of our work and do our best, then I am all right with that. I have been in a lot of Oval Nationals and I did not win a lot of them. And, there is a lot of them I should have won, but I didn’t. You never know how it is going to play out. You just give it your all, your best and hopefully you can do it.
The PAS: Win, lose or draw at the Oval Nationals, there will be an after the race party in your pit with a DJ and a film crew to shoot scenes for the documentary “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car” on Saturday.
Gardner: Yeah, we are looking forward to that. Mike from All Coast Construction is throwing a little party there and wants to film. You know for the fans to come down and enjoy it after the big race. If we can go to victory lane, we will have a couple things to celebrate. If not, we will have other things to celebrate. It should be a good time,
Camping for the 19th Oval Nationals will be on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The campground will open at noon on Wednesday and the fee is $25.00 per night.
For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.
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
DEFENDING OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPION DAVE DARLAND IS READY
Dave Darland (71) battles with Bryan Clauson in last year's Oval Natioanls. Photo Copyright Doug Allen.
(Perris, CA, October 29, 2014) Dave Darland is one of the all-time greats in the sport of sprint car racing. Earlier this year he passed Tom Bigelow to become the all-time leading winner in the USAC National Championship Series and his victory total now stands at 53. Only three of those wins have come at Perris Auto Speedway. However, all three of them wins were in the A Main at the Oval Nationals and netted the personable driver $75,000.00. Darland hopes to up that number to four wins and $95,000.00 at next week’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction.
Darland, a 48-year-old who lives in Lincoln, Indiana, never dreamed his career would go like it has and never thought he would become the all-time leader in USAC National Sprint Car main event wins. Appropriately, he tied Bigelow’s record of 52 wins at his home track, Kokomo Speedway, on August 23rd and he set the new record on the same track the following night.
“No, I would have never, ever guessed that,” he laughed from his Indiana home on Tuesday afternoon. “Me and my dad started out in a little old sprint car we pieced together. We were just lucky to make it to the local shows. Coming from where we did to where we are now is something I did not see happening in the early stages. I won my first one (USAC main) in 1993 at Terre Haute in the Hulman Classic. We kind of lucked into it, but there was quite a story to it. This little old team winning that race on that track which is a big old half-mile. It was an odd place for someone to win their first one.”
The racer, who is affectionately known as “The People’s Champ” by his legions of fans, spends most of the year racing in the USAC National Sprint Car Series and on the local tracks in and around Indiana. Thus far in 2014 the racing grandfather leads the USAC National Series with six main event wins and he estimates he has won 15 main events total this year including those at the local tracks.
The USAC National Sprint Car Series is considered to be the toughest traditional sprint car series in the country. However, it reaches its toughest point when it hit the track at the Oval Nationals as that matches all of the top stars in the national series against the top west coast stars in the USAC/CRA Series. And, it only happens once a year.
“The Oval Nationals is always tough to win,” Darland said. “It always has 45 to 60 cars entered and all of the best drivers are there. The CRA guys, the Midwest guys along with drivers from Northern California and Arizona. It is a tough competition and a good racetrack. Perris Auto Speedway is a tricky track that you have to drive hard, but you also have to use some common sense. It certainly is hard to win there. I look forward to coming to the Oval Nationals every year.”
Darland like his chances heading into next week’s event, but his is anything, but cocky about it.
“I will have a great opportunity as I am driving for the same team as I was when I won it last year and we have the same amount of wins heading into it as we did last year,” he said. “We have good equipment and a good team. My confidence is good about that, but like I said, 55 cars and the top drivers from around the country make it a very tough race.”
Last year’s win for Darland was a like a boxer getting off the canvas after being knocked down in the first round and coming back to win. He had an engine problem in hot laps before the first night of racing. However, the Phillips Motorsports Team pulled there other car out of the trailer and 24 hours later they collected the winner’s check.
“It did not slow us down much,” the 1999 USAC National Sprint Car champion chuckled, “We ran another car at Canyon the week before and had to pull it out of the trailer. We did not have any laps on it when we went out to qualify. It set us back just a bit, but that car was just as good and as ready as the other car was. It certainly did not hurt us.”
In addition to running the 410 Oval Nationals, just last week Darland picked up a ride for the November 6th 360 portion of the show driving for USAC/CRA regular Chris Gansen. Darland does not know a lot about that car, but he likes what he sees.
“I know it is a great looking car, but that is about all I know about it,” Darland laughed. “I do not know much about it, but I do know he has great equipment and some good sponsors on the car. I see he has Trench Shoring. They (Trench Shoring) have been around racing for a long time. I know it is good equipment and he has some good help,”
In addition to his racing chores for the three nights, on Saturday Darland will have his new book, “The People’s Champ, A Racer’s Life” available for fans at an autograph session starting when the gates open at 3:00 PM. The book details Darland’s life on and off the track and features a forward written by Tony Stewart. The humble racer is not sure why Bonces Bourcier chose him.
“Bones came to me first and I was not really prepared for it as I never thought about doing a book,” laughed the driver who won last year’s USAC Midget Turkey Night Grand Prix at The PAS. “I don’t really see my life outside of racing as very exciting. Three kids and a wife of 25-years. It would be a little bit boring I would think, but it came out great. It has my racing, how I grew up, my heroes and friends throughout the years. It was Bones and the publisher Lew Boyd. They came over six or eight times and we would do a two or three hour session. We would talk and they would ask questions. With their knowledge, it came out great. Everybody enjoys it and we have sold a lot of them.”
Advance tickets to see Dave Darland and all of the other stars at the Oval Nationals are available by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at http://www.tix.com/
For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.
Camping the Oval Nationals is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon on Wednesday, November 5th. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.