USAC Southwest & CRA Sprints Clash at Perris

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 13th.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the ninth point race is a co-sanctioned grudge event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints and the first of five appearances at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since October 31, 2013, Perris Auto Speedway has hosted two Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Mike Spencer and C.J. Leary scored victories at the “360 Oval Nationals” that were co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints. Leary set the 1-lap track record of 16.416 on November 6, 2014.

Heading to the Saturday’s race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 53-point lead over the competition. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led the first 26 laps of the June 8th “Canyon Speedway Park Birthday Bash” before finishing second to Mike Martin. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the season. Also leading the USAC/CRA points, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a win at Perris Auto Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the championship point chase. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson earned the June 8th hard charger award with a fifth place run from ninth. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has posted one feature win, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. is currently seventh in USAC/CRA points and will have his sights on his fifty-seventh USAC SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged to a third place finish at the “CSP Birthday Bash.” At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. At Perris, Stevie will be looking to claim his fourteenth career win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis was the fast qualifier and scored third at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles has thirty career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019. 

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin raced to victory at the June 8th “CSP Birthday Bash.” At press time, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” Winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” will be looking to earn his seventh series win this Saturday night.

Currently ranked nineteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention. 

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Tyler Most, Kyle Shipley and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) also leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers. 

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. 

FloSports will have live streaming coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-393, 7. R.J. Johnson-328, 8. Matt McCarthy-322, 9. Cody Williams-318, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-267, 12. ®Eddie Tafoya Jr.-251, 13. Verne Sweeney-246, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 15. Stevie Sussex-222, 16. ®Steve Hix-217, 17. Mike Martin-210, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 20. Matt Mitchell-198.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

DATE – TRACK – LOCATION

March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)

March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges) 

March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg) 

April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)

April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)

May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)

June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)

June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)

July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA 

August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)

September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)

September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)

October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)

November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.

# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

This schedule is subject to change.

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