Perris NWWC Oval Nationals preview

$100,000.00 Oval Nationals at the Pas this Week! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - OCTOBER 29, 2002) The strongest field of Non Wing Sprint Cars assembled anywhere in the 2002 season will be at Perris Auto Speedway this Thursday through Saturday for the ...

$100,000.00 Oval Nationals at the Pas this Week!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - OCTOBER 29, 2002) The strongest field of Non Wing Sprint Cars assembled anywhere in the 2002 season will be at Perris Auto Speedway this Thursday through Saturday for the prestigious running of the 7th Annual Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply $100,000.00 - 100-Lap Budweiser Oval Nationals.

Cars and stars from across the nation are converging on The PAS not only for the largest purse in the history of Non Wing Sprint Car racing, but also for the next to last round of the 2002 Non Wing World Championship Series. 

The list of entries for the Oval Nationals is a like a "Who's Who" of Non Wing Sprint Car racing and features:  Defending Oval Nationals Champion Bud Kaeding, former Oval Nationals Champions "Super Rickie" Gaunt (1999) & Tony Jones (2000),  2001 National Non Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Ed Carpenter Jr., recently crowned USAC National Sprint Car Champion Tracy Hines (Hines will be driving the famous Tamale Wagon at the Oval Nationals), ex-USAC National Champion Tony Elliott, top SCRA star Damion Gardner, former USAC Western State Midget Champion Jay Drake, 2001 SCRA Champion Cory Kruseman, 3-time Hulman Classic winner Cary Faas, 4-time SCRA Champion Richard "The Gasman" Griffin, 24-time Northern California Champion Brent Kaeding, 2001 USAC Champ. J.J. Yeley, 1997 Oval Nationals Champion Rip Williams, 1993 CRA Champion Mike Kirby, 1996 ASCA Champ and former CRA Rookie of the Year Charles Davis Jr., 1997 SCRA Rookie of the Year Troy Rutherford, 1998 Oval Nationals Champion Rodney Argo, World of Outlaws main event winner Jason Statler, 1996 ASCA title holder "Bullet Bob" Ream, 2000 National Non Wing Rookie of the Year Lance Gremett, 1999 Bandit Sprint Car Champion and 2000 SCRA Rookie of the Year Jarrett Chaney, 2000 & 2001 Civil War Champion Andy Forsberg, many times Southern California Stock Car Champ Rick Becker , 2001 Western World Champion Jeremy Sherman, former Chico Champion Jason York, 2001 Non Wing World Championship Rookie of the Year Mike Spencer, past Bandit Champion Danny Sheridan, current National Dwarf Champion Seth Wilson, 1990 CRA Rookie of the Year Dennis Rodriguez Jr., past USAC TQ Champion Josh Wise, 1997 Bandit Champion Richard Harvey Jr., multi-time Baja Off-Road winner Bobby Ferro, Australian Peter Murphy, Jason Solwold, Steve Ostling, Illinois Levi Jones, Mike English, John Scott, Brian & Steve Venard, Bobby Graham, Adam Mitchell, Josh Ford, Danny Faria, Mark Heidenreich, Tom Downing, Verne Sweeney, Mike Faria, Casey Shuman, Ronnie Clark, Bobby Cody and Jack DeArm ond Jr., Dan Tedrick, Nick Lima, Keith Williamson and Alan Ballard.

Several other drivers, including New Jersey legend Billy Pauch, Texas' Travis Rilat and Mike Boat of Arizona, have given verbal confirmation that they will entering when they get to the track on Thursday.

All three nights of high intensity racing will feature all of the entered cars.  Thursday and Friday's shows will be comprised of qualifying for each car, heat races, preliminary and 20-Lap A main events.  On Saturday, it will be all main event action culminating with the $30,000.00 to win 100-lap A main.

In addition to the $30,000.00 first place prize, the winner will also take home a one of a kind, custom designed champion's ring and jacket commemorating the historic race. 

Jim Naylor, celebrating his silver anniversary as promoter of the Ventura Raceway, is the Grand Marshall for this year's Oval Nationals. 

Money saving $45.00 three days passes (a 25% savings over buying single night tickets) for the Oval Nationals are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (909) 940-0134, 1-800-595-4TIX or by visiting The PAS website ( and clicking on the Online Tickets logo. Three-day passes will also be available at the track on October 31st for $55.00.

Single night tickets for the Oval Nationals finals, on Saturday, November 2nd, are on sale now. The cost is $30.00. You can order them by calling the numbers above or by visiting The PAS website.

1 - Richard Griffin - 504
2 - Damion Gardner - 480
3 - Cory Kruseman - 460
4 - Bud Kaeding - 426
5 - J.J. Yeley - 422
6 - Mike Kirby - 346
7 - Troy Rutherford - 345
8 - Rip Williams - 344
9 - Mike English - 342
10-Rickie Gaunt - 336


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Series Sprint
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Mike Boat , Ronnie Clark , Josh Wise , Travis Rilat , Billy Pauch , John Scott , Charles Davis Jr. , Seth Wilson , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Damion Gardner , Mike English , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford , Dennis Rodriguez , Casey Shuman , Jason Statler , Ed Carpenter , Peter Murphy , Jason York , Andy Forsberg
Teams Williams