(OCTOBER 30, 2003) October 29th was a big date for sprint car fans in the USA. On that day, it was determined if the field would be split for the November 13th and 14th preliminaries at the 8th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by ...
(OCTOBER 30, 2003) October 29th was a big date for sprint car fans in the USA. On that day, it was determined if the field would be split for the November 13th and 14th preliminaries at the 8th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply, at Perris Auto Speedway.
The determining factor would be the size of the field. If 64 cars had pre-entered by the 29th, the field would be split into two groups with one group racing on Thursday night and the other going at it on Friday. If less than 64 cars had entered by the 29th, all entries would have to race all three nights of the prestigious event.
Well, it is time to raise the checkered flag and holler. As of the 29th, 54 cars had entered the three-day event and they will all be throwing clay for three straight nights of thrilling sprint car combat. And, no matter how many more entries come in 0x2022 and there will be more - they all have to race all three nights!
What does this mean to the racing fan? It means the best possible show, as the greatest drivers in the business will have to run hard against each other three straight nights! And, when we say the "greatest drivers in the business," we mean it! The field already assembled is the toughest in the history of Perris Auto Speedway and includes such open wheel superstars as Richard "The Gasman" Griffin, "The Demon" Damion Gardner, Tony Jones, Brent & Bud Kaeding, J.J. Yeley, Boston Reid, "Hotfoot" Troy Cline, Jac Haudenschild, Charles Davis, Jr., Rip Williams, Mike Kirby, Troy Rutherford, Cory Kruseman, Jeremy Sherman, "Haulin' Hollywood" John Scott, Josh Wise, Tony Elliott, Cary Faas, Mat Neely, Steve Ostling, Mike Spencer, Andy Forsberg, Mike English and many more.
The Thursday and Friday programs will consist of complete shows each night including qualifying, five 10-lap heat races, preliminary main events and 25 lap A-Mains. The points accumulated will determine where drivers start in Saturday's finals.
In addition to racing to earn their spots in Saturday's final, there will be an extra incentive in the Thursday and Friday preliminaries. The top point driver from the two nights will receive the 1st Annual Dean Thompson Award. The award will honor Thompson, one of the greatest sprint car drivers of all-time, and will be presented by his longtime friend Bruce Bromme, Jr.
The 8th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals will be capped on Saturday, November 15th with a $30,000.00 to win A-Main event. Saturday's preliminaries will consist of a Last Chance Race and D, C and B mains.
Don't forget, that the 2003 Non Wing World Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday's 50-lap main. Heading into this weekends Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway, NASCAR bound J.J. Yeley leads Tony Stewart Racing teammate Cory Kruseman by 37-points in the hunt for the title.
Advance tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849 or (909) 940-0134. Fans can also order tickets from the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.