(Perris, CA, September 6, 2011)
Tony Stewart Racing has entered four time Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car champion Levi Jones in the 16th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto on November 3rd, 4th and 5th.
The Olney, Illinois native who now calls Brownsburg, Indiana home, won his first USAC National championship in 2005 driving the famous #2B of Scott Benic. The 29-year-old racing star won his first title with Stewart in 2007 and backED that up with championships in 2009 and 2010.
Currently Jones holds a slender 19-point-lead over West Lafayette, Indiana's Chris Windom as he seeks his record breaking fifth title. Windom, who walked away from the field to win the Oval Nationals last year, has already entered this year's version of "America's Most Prestigious Traditional Sprint Car Race." The driver Jones is tied with, with four USAC National Sprint Car titles is Texan Steve Butler who wore the crown in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990.
Jones best finish in the Oval Nationals to date was a second to Dave Darland in 2006.
If the Oval Nationals were held today, Jones lead in the in the USAC National Sprint Car standings would make him eligible for the "Legends of Ascot Match Race." The race will pit the top two in USAC/CRA points, top two in USAC National points and one wild card driver in a series of four, four-lap races for a first place prize that is expected to exceed $5,000.00. The "LOAMR" will take place on Friday, November 4th.
The Budweiser Oval Nationals, America's most prestigious traditional Sprint Car race, will take place on November 3rd, 4th and 5th and will be a full points paying event for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car and the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series'. In addition, it attracts other top stars from around the nation.
In addition to the 410 Sprint Cars, the popular California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action on Friday and Saturday.
The official entry blank is available by clicking the following link: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/forms/oval11form.html
Advance tickets for the 16th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available now by calling: 1 800 595-4849 or (951) 940-0134. You can also order tickets online at: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=7
Tickets will also be available at The PAS souvenir stand at all races.
A complete list of past Budweiser Oval Nationals champions appears below.
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Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2011 season. Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Comunidad Latina, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Frazee Paint, Hoosier Tires, JD Fields Lumber, K&N Engineering, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Soboba Casino, Square H, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.
For more information call The PAS at: (951) 940-0134.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (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, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.
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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
“The Sixteenth Annual 2011 Budweiser Oval Nationals”
November 3rd, 4th & 5th
Thursday and Friday
All cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car fails to take the green flag on its first qualifying attempt, it may return within three (3) positions of its originally drawn position, and will be given its normal two qualifying laps. If the car fails to appear within said three (3) positions, it will be allowed to attempt one qualifying lap at the end of the normal qualifying period.
The D Main will be for all cars Qualifying 57th and back up to a total of 20 cars. The D Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the D Main will tag the back of the C Main.
The C Main will be for all cars Qualifying 41st – 56th plus the top four cars from the D Main. The C Main will be 10 laps. The top 4 from the C Main will tag the back of the B Main.
All cars Qualifying in the top 40 will be in the heat races. There will be a total of five (5) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. Each heat race will be fully inverted. The top four in each heat race will transfer to the twenty-five (25) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 5th – 8th will go straight to the B Main. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps.
The B Main will have a total of 24 cars. All cars finishing 5th – 8th in the heat races will make up the lineup for the B Main plus the four transfers from the C Main. The lineup will straight up based on qualifying times. The top four (4) cars will transfer to the A Main. The B Main will be twelve (12) laps.
The A Main will have a total of 24 cars. The fastest six (6) cars that transferred from the heat races will be inverted to make up rows 1-3. The rest of the field (rows 4 – 12) will be lined straight up according to qualifying times. The A Main will be twenty-five (25) laps.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S FORMAT
“The Elite Eight”:
The top eight (8) cars in points from Thursday and Friday are locked into Saturday Nights A Main.
All other cars will qualify two (2) laps. The faster of the two (2) laps will be their qualifying time. If a car fails to take the green flag on its first qualifying attempt, it may return within three (3) positions of its originally drawn position, and will be given its normal two qualifying laps. If the car fails to appear within said three (3) positions, it will be allowed to attempt one qualifying lap at the end of the normal qualifying period.
All cars qualifying in the top 32 will be in the heat races. All cars qualifying 33rd and back will go directly to one of the B Mains. There will be a total of four (4) heat races with eight (8) cars per heat race. Each heat race will be fully inverted. The top two (2) in each heat race will transfer to the forty (40) lap A Main event. The cars finishing 3rd – 8th will go straight to one of the B Mains. Each heat race will be ten (10) laps. Any car or driver that did not make a qualifying attempt Thursday and Friday night will be delegated to tagging the back of their respective B Main.
The B Mains will be all the remaining cars that have not transferred to the A Main. The B Main Lineups will be based on total points including Saturday night’s points. The odd number in standings will be lined straight up according to their points for the first B Main. The even number in points will be lined straight up according to their points for the second B Main. Each B Main will be twelve (12) Laps. The top four (4) cars from each B Main will transfer to the A Main.
saturday’s A MAIN EVENT
The A Main will have a total of twenty-four (24) cars. The lineup for the first four (4) rows will be the top eight (8) cars in points from Thursday and Friday. The top six in points will be inverted. Rows 5 – 8 will be the cars that transferred from the Heats and they will lineup according to their total points. Rows 9 – 12 will be the cars that transferred from the B Mains and they will line up according to their total points. The A Main will be Forty (40) laps. There will be no fuel stop for excessive yellow flag laps. The Oval Nationals will be governed by the Official Rule Book for the USAC National and CRA Series. Any provisional starts in the Preliminary Mains on Thursday and Friday night’s points will only be awarded for USAC National standings and USAC/CRA standings. No Oval National points will be awarded for a Provisional start. You must earn your way into the Thursday and Friday night Mains to earn Oval National points for your starting position on Saturday Night.