Everything you need to know about the 21st Annual Oval Nationals



  • EVENT: 21st Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction
  • WHERE: “Southern California’s Home to Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA  92571)
  • TRACK: 1/2-mile clay oval.
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 10, Friday November 11 and Saturday November 12.
  • PROGRAM: Qualifying, heats, preliminary and A Mains each night.
  • PRACTICE: Free for fans in the grandstands at 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 9.  $2.00 pizza, beer and soft drinks.
  • WHO: The Amsoil USAC National and CRA Sprint Cars.
  • SANCTIONING BODY: United States Auto Club (USAC)
  • TIMES: Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday & Friday with racing at 7:00.  Gates will open and 3:00 PM Saturday with racing at 6:30.
  • PURSE: $130,480.00.  $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start the A mains on Thursday and Friday. $25,000.00 to win and $1,000.00 to start the A main on Saturday.
  • GRAND MARSHAL: 1999 Oval Nationals Champion “Super Rickie” Gaunt
  • TONY JONES HARD CHARGER AWARD: To the driver who passes the most cars in Saturday’s “A” main event.
  • RAY SCHEETZ MECHANIC OF THE RACE AWARD: Named after the legendary crew chief who had 10 sprint car championships and 155 race wins.
  • DEAN THOMPSON HIGH POINTS AWARD: Named after the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer.  The awards goes to the driver who accumulates the most total points on the two preliminary nights.
  • BILL AND EVELYN PRATT MAIN EVENTS:  Named after longtime car owners and officials Bill and Evelyn Pratt.  Thursday’s main will be the “Bill Pratt Main Event” and Friday’s main will be the “Evelyn Pratt Main Event.”
  • TICKETS: Advance tickets available by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online at:   http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.  There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights. We will not sell out.
  • ENTRIES: As this piece went to press 48 cars had been pre-entered (complete list at the end of this release). More expected at race time.
  • 2015 WINNER: Bryan Clauson
  • PAST CHAMPIONS PRE-ENTERED:  Mike Spencer (2012), Damion Gardner (2009, 2011), Chris Windom (2010), Dave Darland (2005, 2006, 2013), Bud Kaeding (2001, 2002, 2007).   Complete list of past winners below.
  • AUTOGRAPH SESSION: 3:00 – 3:45 PM Saturday on the front straightaway.
  • CAMPING ON THE FAIRGROUNDS: $25.00 per night (no reservations required)
  • TRACK PHONE NUMBER: (951) 940-0134
  • TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/index.html
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2016 Budweiser Oval Nationals Pre-Entered Cars

#          Driver                          Residence                                Car Owner

1          Kevin Thomas              Cullman, Al                             4J Motorsports

2          Austin Williams           Yorba Linda, CA                      John Jory

3F        Colton Slack                Brentwood, CA                        Ted Finkbinder

4          Damion Gardner           Concord, CA                            Mark Alexander

4G       Chris Gansen               Verdemont Heights, CA            Gansen Engineering

4S        Mike Spencer               Temecula, CA                          Gansen Engineering

4D       TBA                                                                             Gansen Engineering

5          Chris Windom              Canton, IL                                Baldwin Brothers

5          Logan Williams            Yorba Linda, CA                      John Jory

5M       Max Adams                 Loomis, CA                             Max Adams

5X       Tom Malcolm              Corona, CA                              Dino Napier

10        Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA                              Vander Weerd Racing

11        Dave Darland               Lincoln, IN                              Jeff Walker Racing

12        Ronnie Gardner            Corona, CA                              Robbie & Gaye Allen

12A     Josh Pelkey                  Phoenix, AZ                             Robbie & Gaye Allen

17        Josh Hodges                 Tijeras, NM                              Jack Hodges/Sam McGhee

17X     Danny Faria Jr.             Tipton, CA                               Danny Faria Jr.

17GP   Aaron Farney               Brookston, IN                           Michael Dutcher Motorsports

21        Alex Bander                 Ramona, CA                            Richard, Vander Weerd

21AZ   Stevie Sussex               Laveen, AZ                              Michael Burkhart

21A     Matt Mitchell                Newport Beach, CA                  Michael Burkhart

30        C.J. Leary                    Greenfield, IN                          Chuck and Tammi Leary

32        Chase Stockon             Fort Branch, IN                        Chase Stockon

36        Anthony Lopiccolo       Yorba Linda, CA                      John Springstead

39E      Kyle Edwards              Fountain Valley, CA                 Gordon Edwards

42        Carson Macedo            Lemoore, CA                           Dwight Cheney

42X     Thomas Meseraull        San Jose, CA                            Joshua Bates

44        Cody Williams             Corona, CA                              John Jory

51        R.J. Johnson                 Laveen, AZ                              Bobby Martin

51T      Eddie Tafoya                Chino Hills, CA                        Eddie Tafoya

56        Ryan Bernal                 Hollister, CA                            Michael Phulps

52        Isaac Chapple               New Castle, IN                         Isaac Chapple

64        Parker Colston             Lake Elsinore, CA                    Richard Gore/Paul Colston

69        Randy Waitman            Ramona, CA                            Randy Waitman

69        Bud Kaeding                Campbell, CA                          Alan Kaiser

69        Brady Bacon                Broken Arrow, OK                   Dynamics Inc.

81        Jon Stanbrough             Brownsburg, IN                        Jon Stanbrough

81X     TBA                                                                             Steve Watt

83        Austin Liggett               Tracy, CA                                Austin Liggett

88V     Jace Vander Weerd       Visalia, CA                              Vander Weerd Racing

91R      Brody Roa                   Garden Grove, CA                    BR Performance

92        Jake Swanson               Anaheim, CA                           Moose Racing

92M     TBA                                                                             Moose Racing

97        Brett Mellenberndt       Sioux Falls, SD                         Brett Mellenberndt

98        Jeremy Ellertson           Lawndale, CA                          Jeremy Ellertson

98V     Verne Sweeney            Lomita, CA                              Ken Tracy

98JR    Andrew Sweeney         Torrance, CA                           Ken Tracy

98E      Chad Boespflug            Hanford, CA                            NineEight/EZR


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


First place in the Oval Nationals will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale.  Saturday’s main event will pay $1,000.00 to start.  The two preliminary nights, Thursday andFriday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start.   All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.


Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 21st Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link:  http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/forms/16ovalform.html

Advanced tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale now at:  http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

The complete 2016 Perris Auto Speedway schedule is at the end of this release.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors.  All Coast Construction, All Seasons Tree Repair, Amsoil, Archibald’s Restaurants, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, 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, Engine Pro, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Horizon Solar, Imola Restaurant & Bar, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pizza Factory, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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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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November 9th             Oval Nationals Practice

November 10th             Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”

November 11th            Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”

November 12th            Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction”

December 10th             Winter Challenge Series – PASSCAR Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

January 7th                 Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

January 21st                Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

February 11th              Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

February 12th              Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks