PERRIS – Fresh off Randy Thornell sewing up the IMCA/PAS Modified championship at Perris Auto Speedway last week, the track will crown two more champions this Saturday, September 24th. The titles that will be decided on Saturday are the PASSCAR/IMCA Stock Cars and the IMCA Sport Compacts. In addition to those two classes, the PASSCAR Super Stocks and American Factory Stocks will also be in action in the quadruple header show. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:00.
The PAS/IMCA Stock Car title comes down to a two-driver shootout. Defending champion Brandon Kelly of Marino Valley, and Chris Leventis from Rancho Palos Verdes. Kelly carries a one-point lead over Leventis entering Saturday’s competition. He has won four of the five races in the class this year including the last one on August 27th. However, in the one race he did not win, he placed eighth. That is why Leventis, who has finished second three times and never worse than fourth, remains so close. They came into the last race tied for the point lead. Kelly took that win with Leventis second. Thus, Kelly brings a one-point advantage into this week’s race.
The other tight battle that will be decided is in the IMCA Sport Compact class. Rookie Edward Finger of Temecula leads Menifee veteran Ken McWilliams by just four points going into the race. In five races this year at The PAS, upstart Finger has never finished worse than second. He started off the season finishing second in the first two races but has since reeled off three straight wins. McWilliams, a powerlifter who recently started working for the Hemet Police Department, has recorded a win, two second-place finishes, and a third going into Saturday’s showdown.
While both of those classes will decide the IMCA portion of the championship on Saturday, they will have one more race on October 22nd to decide the PASSCAR champion in both classes. In addition, the PASSCAR Super Stock and American Factory Stock titles will be decided at the October race.
Past speedway motorcycle racer Tyson Talkington of Riverside has a comfortable 18-point advantage over Beaumont’s Ricky Lee in the super stocks. However, the class features the largest fields, extremely fast cars, and sometimes no holds barred racing. Anything can happen with two races to go. Talkington, who won the season opener, has been the most consistent driver in the class in 2022. In addition to his victory, he has two second place and two third-place finishes in the other four races. Lee has one win, three 5th place finishes, and a sixth. Last Saturday night, Talkington traveled to the Mojave Valley Raceway in Arizona and won the main event there over teammate Tom Davis of Riverside.
The tightest points battle at the track is in the American Factory Stocks. Not only are two drivers tied for the point lead going into the last two races of the year, but the driver in third is only one point behind them. In addition, the fourth-place driver is only seven points adrift of the leaders. Ironically, only one of the four has won a main event this year. The driver with that honor is David Stites of Canyon Lake who has three victories. However, engine problems knocked him out of the last race and that left Joseph Pack of Menifee and Colton’s Lanny Savage tied at the top with 83-points apiece. Stites is a single point behind. Nuevo’s Ethan Kintop is fourth, seven points behind the lead duo.
In addition to the racing, as always at intermission, the drivers will bring their cars onto the front straightaway. Fans will be allowed onto the racetrack to meet the drivers, get autographs, and take photos. Additionally, the drivers will have free candy to pass out to the kids.
Adult tickets for Saturday’s show are $20.00. For kids 6 to 12, it is just $5.00. Children 5 and under are admitted free. There will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday, this event will not sell out. For those who wish to purchase advance tickets, they are available 24 hours a day online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7/event/1256365 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in the city of Paris (91767). The fairgrounds charges $10 for parking
PASSCAR Super Stock Points:
- Tyson Talkington, Riverside, CA; 108
- Ricky Lee, Beaumont, CA; 90
- Tom Davis, Riverside, CA; 71
- Blaine Whitson, Temecula, CA; 69
- Tom Wesolowski, Canyon Lake, CA; 59
PASSCAR/IMCA Super Stock Points:
- Brandon Kelly, Moreno Valley, CA; 191
- George Leventis, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; 190
- Doug Kelly, Moreno Valley, CA; 166
- Shaun Estes, Riverside, Cal; 136
- Evan Sennett, Riverside, CA; 133
IMCA Sport Compact Points:
- Edward Finger, Temecula, CA; 182
- Ken McWilliams, Menifee, CA; 178
- Ava Laney, Huntington Beach, CA; 167
- Andrew Schmitz, Hemet, CA; 94
- Marcus Ford, Buena Park, CA; 70
PASSCAR American Factory Stock Points:
- Lanny Savage, Colton, CA; 83
- Joseph Pack, Menifee, CA; 83
- David Stites, Canyon Lake, CA; 82
- Ethan Kintop, Nuevo, CA; 78
- Austyn Jaramillo, Winchester, CA; 68
Perris Auto Speedway 2022 Schedule
September 24 – PASSCAR SERIES – SUPER STOCKS, STREET STOCKS/IMCA STOCK CARS, AMERICAN FACTORY STOCKS AND IMCA SPORT COMPACTS
October 1 – AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS, PAS SENIOR/YOUNG GUNS SPRINT CARS AND IMCA MODIFIEDS
October 15 – LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION VIII DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8’S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND DOUBLE DECKERS
October 22 – PASSCAR “CHAMPION’S NIGHT” SUPER STOCKS, STREET STOCKS/IMCA STOCK CARS, AMERICAN FACTORY STOCKS, PAS MODIFIEDS AND PAS SPORT COMPACTS
November 2 – 26TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS – Practice Night
November 3 – 26TH ANNUAL HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS – AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL AND AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS
November 4 – 26TH Annual HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER Oval NATIONALS – AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL AND AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS
November 5 – 26TH Annual HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISEROVAL NATIONALS – AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL AND AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS
November 12 – LKQ Pick Your Part Presents NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION IX DEMO CROSS, FIGURE 8’S, TRAILER FIGURE 8’S, MINI STOCKS AND DOUBLE DECKERS
THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.