PERRIS, CA – Robert Ballou, the 2014 winner, was among the latest entries received for next week’s 22nd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. Ballou will be back after missing the 2016 Oval Nationals due to an injury suffered at the Calistoga Speedway on Labor Day Weekend. The race on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval will take place on November 9th, 10th and 11th.
Ballou, a Rocklin, California native, missed the first part of the 2017 season due to the Calistoga injuries. He heads into this week’s races in Arizona ninth in USAC National Sprint Car Series points with two main event wins on the season.
Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson, who won three USAC/CRA races in a row at The PAS from June through August, has also submitted his entry for the most prestigious event in non wing sprint car racing. In addition to his prowess in the USAC/CRA Series in the middle of the season, Johnson has scored seven wins in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series and should sew up his fifth straight title this weekend in Arizona.
The other entry to come in this week came from Trent Williams of Victorville, the 2014 PAS Young Guns Sprint Car champion.
There has been one driver change. Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California, who was originally entered in his own #17V, will now replace Tyler Thomas in the Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP.
As this piece went to press, a strong field of 45 sprint cars have entered the prestigious race. The field includes drivers from six different states and New Zealand.
Car # Driver Residence Car Owner
2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory
4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander
4D TBA Gansen Engineering
4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Hgts, CA Gansen Engineering
4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering
5 Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory
5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers, LLC
5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams
5X Tommy Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier
7K Sterling Cling Tempe, AZ Kruseman Enterprises
8 TBA Jim Richardson
9K Kevin Thomas Jr. Cullman, AL Kevin Thomas Jr.
10V Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
11 Justin Grant Ion, CA Sam McGhee
12 Robert Ballou Rocklin, CA Ballou Motorsports
17GP Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Michael Dutcher Motorsports
19 Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Andy Reinbold
19S Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO Andy Reinbold
21 Alec Bender Ramona, CA Rich Bender
21K Landon Cling Tempe, AZ Kruseman Enterprises
23 Tyler Courtney Noblesville, IN Topp Motorsports
28M Matt McCarthy Moreno Valley, CA John McCarthy
30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary
32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon
39 Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards
42 Stevie Sussex Tempe, AZ Dwight Cheney
44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory
51 Eddie Tafoya Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya
51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin
52V Trent Williams Victorville, CA Ron Williams
52 Isaac Chapple New Castle, IN Isaac Chapple Racing
56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Mike Phulps
69 Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA Dynamics. Inc.
73 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Keith Ford
73T Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Carrie Terry
74X Josh Hodges Albuquerque, NM Hodges Motorsports
81 Michael Pickens Auckland, New Zealand Steve Watt Enterprises
83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Tim Liggett
88 Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing
90 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman
91 Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance
92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Tom & Laurie Sertich
92M TBA Tom & Laurie Sertich
98 Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracey
98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson
The Oval Nationals, which pays $25,000.00 to win on the final night, is three nights of full points paying races for the USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series. Each night will include qualifying, heat races and main events. Advance tickets for the most prestigious non-wing sprint car race in the nation are available at the following link: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849.
As well as the USAC portion of the show, Saturday’s program also includes a special invitational debut of the Yamaha R1 DT race car. Drivers from several different racing diciplines
In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session for Oval Nationals entered cars on Wednesday, November 8th. The practice will be free for fans in the grandstands and there will be $2.00 pizza, soda and beer. The practice will commence at 5:00 P.M.
Past 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
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2016-2017 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
November 8th Oval Nationals Practice
November 9th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”
November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”
November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”