PERRIS, CA – Perris Auto Speedway will crown it’s first 2021 champion this Saturday night, September 18th, when the IMCA Modifieds hit the track along with the PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and the American Factory Stocks. The IMCA point season closes on September 26th. Thus, Saturday’s show will be the final night for Modified drivers at The PAS to compile points for the title. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the first race will get the green flag at 7:00.
With 40-points allotted to the winner of the IMCA main event, four drivers have a mathematical chance at winning the title. To show how competitive the season has been, those four drivers only accounted for two wins in the seven previous races this year. Buena Park’s Billy Griffin, who won the 2013 PASSCAR Modified championship at the track, currently sits on top of the points heap with a total of 251. That is a mere three points more than second place driver Tom “Slick” Smith of Norco. Consistent driving has been Griffin’s key. Thus far he has not won a main event. In fact, he only has two top three finishes. However, he has only finished out of the top five times twice and has never finished worse than seventh this year. The other two drivers with a mathematical chance at the title are Justin Dunn of Riverside, who is currently third in the standings, and Carla Laney of Torrance who is fourth. Laney, whose son Cody won the IMCA Super Nationals Modified main event in Boone, Iowa last Saturday, will not be on hand as she is racing at Iowa’s Marshalltown Speedway this weekend. Dunn may also be racing in the Midwest.
Smith and Dunn, with one win each, are the only drivers in the top five in points with victories this year. Smith’s 19-year-old daughter Alyssa also has one first place finish. The only drivers with more than one triumph in the modified class in 2021 are Bakersfield’s Austin Kiefer and Jake Pike of Pahrump, Nevada. Each of them placed first two times.
Griffin has a chance to win three titles at the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval this year. If he prevails on Saturday and takes the IMCA title, he will be the leader in the track’s overall modified points with two non-IMCA races to follow. Also, coming into Saturday’s race, he has a narrow two-point lead over Riverside’s Tyson Talkington in the PASSCAR Super Stock Class. Counting Saturday, that class has three races to go in the 2021 season. Unlike in the Modifieds, Griffin has two victories in the Super Stocks this year. Hemet’s David Lord, who is third in the standings, leads the class with three wins. Lord, who is 16-points out of first, may have seen his championship aspirations go up in smoke when he missed the August 14th race while fighting the California wildfires. Ron Bartels of Marina Del Rey and 2019 champion Fred Estrada of Riverside are fourth and fifth.
With three races to go in the season, the Street Stock and Factory Stock point leaders have a little more breathing room at the top of the standings in their respective classes. Moreno Valley’s Brandon Kelly, who is seeking his first PAS title, is 14-points in front of three-time track champion Curtis Dietzsch of Riverside in the Street Stocks. James Altman of Lake Elsinore and Murrieta’s Stefan Davies are tied for third some 23-points behind the leader. Kelly’s father Doug is fifth. Temecula’s Cameron Veatch is attempting to win his third straight American Factory Stock championship. He has a 10-point lead over Nuevo’s Mike Burks heading into Saturday’s race. Jason Cook of Hemet, Swede Ogren of Anza and Darren Myers of Anaheim round out the top five.
As always, The PAS will have one of its most popular weekly traditions on Saturday. At intermission, all the drivers and cars will come to the front straightaway for the on-track autograph session. All fans will be welcome on the track to get autographs and the drivers will have free candy to pass out to all the kids in attendance.
Adult tickets for Saturday’s race are $20.00. Kids aged 6-12 get in for $5.00 and children 5 and under are free. There will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the track ticket window on Saturday. This event will not sell out. For those who wish to purchase online tickets for this Saturday or any other 2021 Perris Auto Speedway race, please visit tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7. The fairgrounds charges $10.00 for parking.
PAS/IMCA Modified Points
1. Billy Griffin – Buena Park, CA – 251
2. Tom Smith – Norco, CA – 248
3. Justin Dunn – Riverside, CA – 232
4. Carla Laney – Torrance, CA – 220
5. Andy Papp – Guatay, CA – 210
PASSCAR Super Stocks Points
1. Billy Griffin – Buena Park, CA – 129
2. Tyson Talkington – Riverside, CA – 127
3. David Lord – Hemet, CA – 113
4. Ron Bartels – Marina Del Rey, CA – 102
4. Fred Estrada – Riverside, CA – 101
PASSCAR Street Stock Points
1. Brandon Kelly – Moreno Valley, CA – 142
2. Curtis Dietzsch – Riverside, CA – 128
3. James Altman Jr. – Lake Elsinore, CA – 119
3. Stefan Davies – Murrieta, CA – 119
5. Doug Kelly – Moreno Valley, CA – 111
PASSCAR American Factory Stocks
1. Cameron Veatch – Temecula, CA – 137
2. Mike Burks – Nuevo, CA – 127
3. Jason Cook – Hemet, CA – 119
4. Swede Ogren – Anza, CA – 114
5. Darren Myers – Anaheim, CA – 107
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 online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
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2021 EVENT SCHEDULE
August 14th – PASSCAR SERIES – Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
August 21st – CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT” AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints and RUSH Western Sprint Car Series
August 28th – LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V – Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers
September 11th – LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION VI – Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers
September 18th – PASSCAR SERIES – Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds, and RUSH Western Sprint Cars
September 25th – “GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC” AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, and RUSH Western Sprint Car Series
October 16th – PASSCAR SERIES – “FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT” Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
October 23rd – AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS Senior Sprints, and RUSH Western Sprint Car Series
October 30th – LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION VII – Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers
November 3rd – 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION – Practice Night
November 4th – 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH ANNUAL OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 5th – 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 6th – 25TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH OVAL NATIONALS Presented by ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
November 13th – PASSCAR “CHAMPION’S NIGHT” – Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks, IMCA Modifieds and RUSH Western Sprint Car Series
November 20th LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION V – Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Trailer Figure 8’s, Mini Stocks and Double Deckers
NOTE: SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE COVID 19 LEVELS AND MODIFICATIONS REQUIRED REOPENING.