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HISTORIC “SALUTE TO INDY” SPRINT CAR RACE AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY!
(Perris, CA, May 21, 2013) One of the longest running sprint cars races in the country “The “Salute to Indy,” will take place this Saturday night, May 25th, at “The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway. Joining the popular series on the big night will be the PAS Senior Sprints, The PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience and the California Lightning Sprint Cars. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will get the green flag at 7:00.

Dempsey Wilson, grandfather of current USAC/CRA driver Seth Wilson and a four-time participant in the Indianapolis 500, won the first “Salute to Indy” in 1948. Since the race inception, a total of 42 different drivers have won the prestigious event. The late Dean Thompson has six “Salute to Indy” wins and that is more than any other driver.

Thompson’s wins came in a car owned by Bruce Bromme Sr. Bromme’s son, Bruce Jr., who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa as a mechanic two years ago, is the crew chief for defending “Salute to Indy” winner and 5-time defending USAC/CRA champion Mike Spencer of Temecula.

Spencer comes into Saturday’s event as one the hottest sprint car driver on the west coast. In his last four races he has two wins (one non USAC/CRAS race), including last Saturday night’s USAC/CRA main at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, a second and a third place finish. However, due to a DNF in the second race of the campaign in Peoria, Arizona in March and a blown engine while leading The PAS season opener, Spencer is third in the championship point standings heading into Saturday’s race and he trails point leader Damion Gardner of Concord by 92-markers. Gardner’s teammate, Cal State Fullerton student Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, is second in the standings.

Gardner, who also leads the USAC/CRA Series with three wins including the last one at The PAS on May 4th, is no stranger to victory circle in the “Salute to Indy”. The wiry driver won the race in 2003 and 2004. In the 2004 staging, he was driving for current Spencer car owner Ron Chaffin and Bromme Jr. was his crew chief at the time. Chaffin and Bromme have one other win on their side of the “Salute to Indy” ledger and that came in 2003 when Richard “The Gas Man” Griffin was steering their bright red #50.

In addition to Spencer and Gardner, other former winners shooting for another “Salute to Indy” victory on Saturday night are Rip Williams (1983 at Ascot), David Cardey (2010 at The PAS) and Matt Mitchell (2011 at The PAS).

As well as the current stars and drivers, three legendary Sprint Car heros from the past and past “Salute to Indy” winners will be on hand for a special autograph session with the fans before the races on Saturday. 1974 winner and 5-time CRA champion Jimmy Oskie, 1977 winner John Redican and Eddie Wirth, who won in 1985, the same year he also won the CRA championship, will be signing autographs and posing for photos in The PAS sports bar.

After legendary Ascot Park closed in 1990, the “Salute to Indy” went dormant until the Kazarian family resurrected the race when they opened Perris Auto Speedway in 1996. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup racer J.J. Yeley won the first one in 96.’ Since then, besides Yeley, Spencer, Gardner, Cardey, Griffin and Mitchell, Mike Kirby (1998 & 2002), Troy Rutherford (1999), Tony Jones (2006), Blake Miller (2007 & 2009) and Cory Kruseman (1997, 2001 and 2005) have posted wins. Kruseman would have been in this year’s race, but suffered a shoulder injury at The PAS season opener and is out until at least June 15th. The race was rained out in 2005.

As well as the premiere sprint cars drivers west of the Mississippi competing in the USAC/CRA Series on Saturday, The PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints presented by The Sprint Car Driving Experience and the California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action.

As this piece was going to press, it was announced that The PAS will taking donations of racing shirts and caps as well as toiletries for the victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Full details to follow.

Tickets for Saturday’s battle on the famous clay of The PAS are $25.00 for adults. Seniors get in for $20.00. Active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points
1. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 528
2. Nic Faas – Huntington Beach, CA – 507
3. Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA – 434
4. Bud Kaeding - Campbell, CA – 415
5. Cody Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 331
6. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 323
7. R.J. Johnson – Phoenix, AZ – 300
8. Brody Roa – Buena Park, CA – 287
8. Matt Mitchell – Yorba Lina, CA – 287
10. Ryan Bernal – Hollister, CA – 242

PAS Senior Sprints
1. Rick Hendrix – Palmdale, CA - 171
2. Ed Schwarz – Santa Fe Springs, CA - 162
2. Victor Davis – Simi Valley, CA - 162
4. Bruce Douglass – Ventura, CA - 159
5. Bill Badger – Santa Clarita, CA – 152
6. Mike Collins – Lake Forest, CA – 129
7. Bob Alderman – 123
8. Jesse DeNome – Pacific Beach, CA – 102
9. Steve Brown – Corona, CA – 78
10. Todd Boy – Huntington Beach, CA – 75

PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars Presented by Sprint Car Driving Experience
1. Chancellor Tiscareno – Murrieta, CA – 102
1. Mitch Collins – Lake Forrest, CA – 102
3. A.J. Bender – Ramona, CA – 60
3. Tye Mihocko – Phoenix, AZ – 60
5. Logan Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 57

California Lightning Sprint Cars
1. Dan Hillberg – Placentia – 1173
2. Steve Limon - Corona – 1161
3. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita – 1078
4. Alex Bissett - Hemet – 998
5. Guy Maresch – Anaheim Hills – 995
6. Tom Downing - Lakewood – 991
7. Zach Zauss - Murrieta - 928
8. Damon Arnett – San Diego – 891
9. Dale Gamer – Anaheim – 880
10. Jeff Dyer – Silver Lake – 856

For more information call The PAS at: (951) 940-0134.

Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon on Friday. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.

The entire 2013 PAS schedule is listed at the end of this release.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors for the 2012 season. 1-800LoanMart, 777 Racecars, Aaron's, Ahern Rentals, All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Ayers Hotel and Spa, Budweiser, CamGuard, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Comfort Inn, Day Construction, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Edelbrok, Frazee Paint, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, K&N Engineering, McMahon’s RV, OneDirt.com, P.I.P.E., Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Prolong Super Lubricants, Running Waters Hospice, Scott Sales, Snap-on, Soboba Casino, Sprint Car Driving Experience, Square H, Swedish Speed, Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley Auto Salvage, White Nuckl USA and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge.

To keep up with all of the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, sign up at The PAS Facebook site at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php - !/pages/Perris-Auto-Speedway/11387679868

You can also keep up with the latest news and receive special offers from The PAS Twitter site: http://twitter.com/perrisautospdwy.

Video and DVD productions of all racing events at Perris Auto Speedway are available from Loudpedal Productions. For more information on these productions you can contact them by calling (805) 844-3854, E-mailing mailto:trtruex@gmail.com or you can visit the web site http://www.loudpedalvideo.com/

Fans can participate for free in The PAS 2013 Fantasy League at: http://www.shorttrackin.com/. There are separate divisions for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR classes of the LoanMart Street Stocks, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks and the Modifieds. Players can compete in as many divisions as they like. The winner of the USAC/CRA game will win a 20-lap ($240.00 value) driving session on the famous PAS half-mile clay oval courtesy of the Sprint Car Driving Experience. The winner of the Modified group will take receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Amsoil products from The Oil Twins. More prizes will be announced as they come in.

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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2013 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

May 25th - “Salute to Indy” - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" WRA Vintage Cars (display only) "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

June 1 - Off Weekend - Round #1 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
June 8 - Night of Destruction #2 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing
June 15 - Off Weekend
June 22 - Off Weekend
June 29 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society

July 4 - Firecracker 30 & Sky Concert - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience" "Power of Purple Night" benefiting the City of Perris Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society
July 6 - Off Weekend
July 13 - Night of Destruction #3 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing & Rollover Contest
July 20 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks. Round #2 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway
July 27 - AMA Speedway Motorcycle Longtrack National Championship

August 3 - Off Weekend
August 10 - Off Weekend - Round #3 of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway at the Bakersfield Speedway for LoanMart PASSCAR Street Stocks
August 17 - California Racers Hall of Fame Night - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
August 24 - Off Weekend
August 31 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars. Final Round of the "LoanMart Street Stock Challenge." Bakersfield Speedway vs Perris Auto Speedway

September 7 - Night of Destruction #4 - Demo Cross, Figure 8's, Figure 8 Trailer Race and Spectator Racing
September 14 - Glenn Howard Classic - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, PAS Young Gun 360 Sprint Cars Presented by "The Sprint Car Driving Experience"
September 21 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
September 28 - Off Weekend

October 5 - Southern California Fair - USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
October 12 - Southern California Fair
October 19 - Off Weekend
October 26 - Amsoil OilTwins.com PASSCAR - Champion's Night - LoanMart Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds, Pick-A-Part American Factory Stocks
October 30th - Practice for the 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - free for fans in the grandstands
October 31st - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - "USAC Grudge Series" USAC Western Sprint Car Series vs USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series

November 1 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 2 - 18th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals - USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint, California Lightning Sprint Cars
November 8 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 9 - 2nd Annual 1-800LoanMart Street Stock Turkey Bowl
November 16 - Dark
November 27 - Practice for the 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
November 28 - 73rd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix - USAC National and Western Midgets

Note #1 - Schedule is subject to change.