PERRIS – Perris Auto Speedway will kick off its 23rd regular season of stock car racing Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11, when LKQ Pick Your Part Presents the PASSCAR Stock Car Series, featuring the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and the IMCA Modifieds.
2017 Champions Luke Dodd in the Street Stocks, Andy Moreton in the Super Stocks, Alyssa Smith in the Factory Stocks, Billy Wormsbecker in the IMCA Modifieds and Chuck Becker in the PAS Modifieds are all expected to be in action on opening weekend. All but Smith, who is moving up to the Street Stock class, will be defending their 2017 titles.
For Riverside’s Dodd, last year’s championship was his fourth at the track. Norco’s Smith, who does not turn 16-years-old until May, won her third track championship (the other two being winter series). Moreton, a native of Sheffield, England who resides in Victorville, took his first PAS crown last year. Likewise, Wormsbecker, who calls Big Bear home, and Becker, who resides in Yucaipa, also won their first ever PAS track championships.
Both days on opening weekend will be totally separate shows offering separate purses and points. Drivers in each class will be contesting heat races, B main events (where applicable) and A mains both days. The popular track will be returning to the old traditional format for deciding champions in 2018. Drivers will accumulate points at every race of the season and the driver with the most points will be crowned champion at the end of the year. Over the past three seasons, The PASSCAR Series mimicked NASCAR’s way of deciding championships where if a driver won a main event in the regular season, he/she would be seeded directly into the championship final on the last night of the year. The highest finishing of the eligible drivers on the final night would be the class champion.
“The drivers asked to return to the old way of deciding the championship,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “So, that is what we are going to do. We understand their point of concern. In the way we did it the last three years, a driver could lead every lap of every main event and win the first seven races of the year and then lead every lap of the finale only to blow a tire in turn four on the last lap and thus lose the championship.”
While the track is returning to the old way of deciding the title, the point structure has been changed for 2018. The winner of each main event will get 20 points. Second place will get 19 points, third will get 18. The points tally will drop by one point in each descending position all the way to the 20th place driver who will get one point. In the heat races, the winner of each heat will get three-points, second will get two-points and third will get one-point. Though the weekend events will be the first for the three PASSCAR divisions at The PAS in 2018, it will be rounds three and four for the IMCA Modifieds. At the first two IMCA races in January, Bradley Morris of Romoland and Bakersfield’s Brad Pounds won the main events. More visiting drivers, including Bakersfield’s Robbie Sawyer who was the IMCA Modified top point driver in California in 2017, will be in action on the 10th and 11th.
Prior to the Sunday race at 1 p.m., Chaplin Jim Spoonhower will be conducting a Sunday service in the grandstands for drivers, crews, fans and officials. Tickets for the races are $15.00 each day for adults. For active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12, it is just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online. For those who do not wish to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window both days. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00. Spectator gates will open at 2 p.m. each day with racing at 3:00.