MILLER AND OSTLING WIN OVAL NATIONALS MAINS - DOUGLASS WINS PAS SENIOR SPRINT CROWN!
(Perris, CA, November 6, 2012) Wiley Miller and Steve Ostling recorded wins in the PAS Senior Sprint Car Series at the 17th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals last Friday and Saturday night and Bruce Douglass put the finishing touches on his first ever PAS title before a large, enthusiastic crowd on Saturday.
Miller, a four-time VRA Senior Sprint champion, led every inch of the way in Friday night's 20-lap main event. The Yorba Linda resident started the race on the pole and led the first circuit over defending series champion Bill Badger of Santa Clarita and Santa Fe Springs racer Ed Schwarz.
Douglass hustled his bright blue #31 sprint car from fifth to third on lap two passing Badger, who was his closest pursuer in the championship chase. Rick Hendrix of Palmdale, who has notches on his belt for the 1998 USAC Western Midget, 2002 USAC Western Sprint Car and 1992 USAC Three-Quarter Midget championships, made his PAS Senior Sprint debut and found his way into the top three by the end of the fifth go round.
The top three did not change the rest of the way and Miller, who retired after the race, recorded his first win of 2012 by a half straightaway. Douglass second place finish allowed him to increase his point lead to 15 over Badger heading into Saturday's season finale. Schwarz and Badger finished behind Hendrix to round out the top five in the main.
Schwarz and Simi Valley's Victor Davis won the heat races on Friday.
With Miller retired, Corona's Steve Ostling jumped into the same #75x that Miller drove to the win on Friday night. Ostling, who will turn 50 this month, had not raced in five years, but after shaking off the rust in his heat race, he was the man to beat in the main event.
Badger led the first 10 circuits from his pole position starting spot, but Ostling methodically made his way to the front from the third row to wrestle the lead away on lap 11. Once out front Ostling simply drove away from the pack.
Just to add a little drama to the affair, Douglass and Hendrix got together in turn one and brought a yellow flag. They both restarted at the rear and championship chasing Douglass' steering wheel was almost bent into his lap.
When the checkered ended the race, the exhausted Ostling had a half straight advantage over Badger. Davis raced home third with Schwartz and Douglass rounding out the top five.
Douglass drive back to the front allowed him to secure his first ever PAS championship by a mere six-points over Badger. Davis, Schwartz and Miller finished third, fourth and fifth in the season long title chase.
When the points were tabulated after the race, Douglass won the title by a mere six-points over Badger. Davis finished third overall with Schwarz and Miller fourth and fifth.
Earlier on Saturday night Davis and Hendrix won the preliminary heat races.
In a drawing for drivers who had made every race all season long or who had just missed one, "Hubcap" Mike Collins won a brand new chassis courtesy of John Aden's 777 Chassis Company.
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Friday PAS Senior Main Event (with starting positions): 1. Wiley Miller (1st), 2. Bruce Douglass (7th), 3. Rick Hendrix (3rd), 4. Ed Schwarz (4th), 5. Bill Badger (2nd), 6. Mike Collins (10th), 7. Victor Davis (5th), 8. Jesse Denome (6th), 9. Eric Rickard (8th), 10. Tony Lima (9th)
Saturday PAS Senior Sprint Main (with starting positions): 1. Steve Ostling (5th), 2. Bill Badger (1st), 3. Victor Davis (4th), 4. Ed Schwarz (7th), 5. Bruce Douglass (2nd), 6. Rick Hendrix (3rd), 7. Eric Rickard (8th), 8. Tony Lima (6th), 9. Steve Robinette (9th)
FINAL PAS SENIOR SPRINT POINTS
1. Bruce Douglass - Ventura - 546
2. Bill Badger - Santa Clarita - 540
3. Victor Davis - Simi Valley - 504
4. Ed Schwarz - Santa Fe Springs - 432
4. Wiley Miller - Yorba Linda - 417
6. Mike Collins - Lake Forest - 402
7. Eric Rickard - Carson - 316
8. Brian Williams - Newport Beach - 249
9. Bob Aldermann - Santa Inez - 163
10. Steve Robinette - Vista - 144
2012 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
November 21st - Practice for the 72nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix - Free for fans in the grandstands
November 22 - 72nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Mopar USAC National and Western Midgets
November 23 & 24 - 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl $22,500.00 purse