As Sprintcar fanatics in particular and Speedway fans in general, none of us like to hear the news of a track closure.
It is regret then that Torque Tube Media have been advised that the classic Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California USA will close its gates to auto racing in November this year.
The closure will make way for a different kind of horsepower – “Horse Racing” and will take effect after the final Street Stock program on the 24th November 2012 . The final Sprintcar race at the venue will be three weeks before this on 3rd November where the USAC National Sprint Cars and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will send a fitting farewell to this great venue.
Perris like three other race tracks in Southern California this winter has made the hard decision to shutdown. Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced after last Saturday’s (31st March) race meeting that there is to be no further auto racing at the famous Riverside County half mile clay oval after the completion of the 2012 season. Instead the venue will play host to horse and mule racing. One thing is for sure – the lap times will be nothing like they are right now !
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and is around an hour east of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego – in that regard it’s a pretty handy location and nestled into some fairly pretty landscape.
Over the years Perris has staged all forms of Speedway Racing. USAC Sprints are a regular and popular event, as is the not-so-conventional figure 8 stuff. Then there is a whole array of other classes including many Stock Car derivatives and Lightning Sprints just to name a few.
The 1/2 mile clay oval features a raised back straight and a Cool steep-raked Grandstand for optimum viweing. Like many American tracks, Team Transporters pit on the infield so spectators never miss any of the action.
There have been many big names race at Perris. Bud Kaeding has turned many a lap at the ½ miler and the World of Outlaws recently (March 10th) ran their 5th meeting of the year there. Joey Saldana dominated proceedings over Jason Meyers and Steve Kinser. Australia’s own Kerry Madsen ran the same meeting and came home a respectable 5th. It was the first time since 2007 that the WoO had raced at Perris, and at the time no one knew it would be their last.
Don Kazarian indicated that one of the big challenges in auto racing is the continual arguments about car legality and cheating. Also car counts according to Don are not all that big and in the world of USA horse racing there are far more horses that can be drawn upon. It was basically a business decision at the end of the day.
We say farewell to Perris as we know it today and we hope that nothing like that happens to our beloved tracks here in Australia.
Support your local club, go racing, invite friends and family and above all have a great time. That is what the sport was born for and that will go a long well to “immunising” your track against the dreaded “closure disease”.
Pics compliments of Perris Auto Speedway Website (www.perrisautospeedway.com) and Johns Racing Photos (www.johnsracingphotos.com)
RIP “PAS” and enjoy your twilight season.
From Torque Tube Media we salute the Volunteers, Officials, Teams, Fans and Sponsors who have made racing at Perris Auto Speedway possible over the years.
But at the end of the day – this could be an April Fools Day joke ? – since the official announcement was made on 1st April.
What do you think?