Ballou and Johnson Head Latest Entries for Next Week’s Budweiser Oval Nationals

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: 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

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season.  All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K&N Engineering, Living Water’s Hospice, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Murrieta,, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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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”