100 Lap $100,000.00 Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 5, 2002) In a historic announcement during the intermission of the Vista Paint presented NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Car Race at Perris...
100 Lap $100,000.00 Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway!
(LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 5, 2002) In a historic announcement during the intermission of the Vista Paint presented NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Car Race at Perris Auto Speedway on July 4th, Oval Entertainment President Don Kazarian stated that the 7th Annual Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply/Budweiser/Barratt Homes Oval Nationals will feature a $100,850.00 purse and a 100 lap A Main event. The winner of the A Main event will take home $30,000.00.
For the past few years, the Oval Nationals A Main event was a 50 lapper, but as Kazarian pointed out during his message, "How many times have we heard a driver say, 'If I just had a couple more laps?' Well now they have a lot more laps." Kazarian's announcement met with the deafening approval of the capacity crowd who filled the nation's most modern clay oval stadium on Independence Day.
The purse and winner's share are the biggest in Non Wing Sprint Car racing history. In addition to the $30,000.00 first place prize, the winner of the event will take home a custom designed one of a kind Oval Nationals winner's ring and jacket from Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply.
Since the Oval Nationals inception in 1996, no driver has won the competitive race more than one time. Northern California's Jimmy Sills took the inaugural Oval Nationals in 1996. In 1997, Rip Williams, the all-time leading winner in the track's history, claimed the crown. Rodney Argo is the only Ford driver to put his name on the victory ledger and he did that in 1998. "Super" Rickie Gaunt hoisted the trophy in 1999 with second-generation star Tony Jones winning the 2000 version of the race. Last year, Northern California's Bud Kaeding beat Jones and his father Brent Kaeding to take home the then record $25,000.00 (for non wing sprint cars) winners share of the purse.
With the record purse and prestige that goes along with the event, this year's Oval Nationals is expected to draw the top sprint car drivers from around the USA.
The 2002 Oval Nationals will once again be a three-day affair starting on Thursday October 31st and ending on Saturday November 2nd. Advance tickets are on sale now on the Perris Auto Speedway website (www.perrisautospeedway.com) or by calling (909) 940-0134.