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EDDIE CASTRO NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF UNITED STATES SPEEDWAY LONGTRACK CHAMPIONSHIP!
(Perris, CA, July 17, 2013)
Longtime veteran “Fast” Eddie Castro has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2013 American Motorcycle Association sanctioned United States Speedway Longtrack Championship. The race, which was last held in Southern California at Ascot in 1990, will take place on July 27th at Perris Auto Speedway. The program will also include a Support Class and the insane Speedway Sidecars on the famous Riverside County clay oval’s inner quarter mile track. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will be at 7:00.

Castro, a 54-year-old grandfather who resides in Ojai, California, began his Speedway career in 1979.

“Eddie has been around forever and his selection as grand marshal of the United States Speedway Longtrack Championship was a no brainer,” track announcer and PR man Scott Daloisio laughed on Monday. “This race was last held in California at Ascot when it closed in 1990 and Eddie was in it. He is the only pre-entry for this race to have been at that 1990 event.”

Castro commented on how he has been able to last this long.

“I guess I am stubborn,” he laughed over the phone on Monday afternoon. “This is my 34th year racing Speedway. I have been fortunate to race against a lot of great racers and world champions like Billy Hamill, Greg Hancock and Sam Ermolenko over the years. Now I am racing against a talented group of upcoming riders like Max Ruml, Gino Manzares, Aaron Fox and Jim Fishback Jr. Heck, I used to race against Fishback Sr.! Same with Shawn McConnell. I raced against him for years and now I race against him and his son (Troy). I have seen a lot of people come and go over the years.”

While he has been doing it for 34-years, Castro does not plan on retiring anytime soon.

“I have at least 10-more years,” he chortled into the phone. “There are other guys who have been out there a long time, too. Bobby Schwartz, he won the main event last Friday at San Bernardino. Mike Faria and McConnell, too. They are all over 50 and they are still capable of winning on any given night.”

In some respects, Speedway has changed a lot since Castro started. In other ways the sports has not changed from decades before he began his illustrious career. However, there is one big difference he has noticed.

“There were a lot of variations on the motors back then,” he stated. “We had a lot of different motors to pick from when we ran the uprights compared to the laydowns we have now. Now, there are basically two choices. The Czechoslovakian Jawa and the Italian Giuseppe Marzotto (GM).”

Unlike a lot of other Americans, Castro never ventured overseas to race when he was a young rider, but over the past few years, he has made appearances in England with an American team organized by Steve Evans (Evans is also the man putting the Longtrack Championship at The PAS together). Not only has the diminutive rider had some success in the U.K., but he has also been a hit with the fans on the east side of the Atlantic.

“I was captain of the American Team four of the five years when we went over there with seven guys,” he explained. “We beat some of the teams over there on their home tracks. It was good to get on those tracks and be competitive with those guys. It was a learning curve and it was tough racing on their tracks which are quarter miles when we are usually racing on eighth of a mile tracks her in the USA.”

Castro looks forward to the challenge of racing on The PAS quarter-mile on the July 27th.

“It should be a lot of fun and it is going to be a tough one, too,” Castro said. “I am racing the night before in San Bernardino so we are going to have to get the bike prepped to run that as well. Hopefully the motors will hold up and we will be on the podium at the end of the night. The PAS track was a lot of fun the other times I have raced there. It reminded me of Ascot.”

Castro travels to every race on the California circuit with his wife and his Jack Russell Terrier. His wife not only offers moral support, but she is an integral part of his racing operation.

“My crew chief is my wife, Rommie,” he proudly said. “She helps me out in the pits at every race as well as before and after each event.”

Advance tickets to Grand Marshal Eddie Castro and other top starts at the 2013 United States Speedway Longtrack Championship will be available from the track box office on the night of the race or they may be ordered in advance at http://pas.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=544027 or by calling (800) 595-4849.

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

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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.

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

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

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.