Photo Gallery: PASSCAR Stock And IMCA Mod Races At The PAS

Veteran driver Chuck Becker returned to the track with his familiar “Jack Skellington Nightmare” wrap.

Perris Auto Speedway, Southern California’s premiere half-mile high-banked clay race track got their PASSCAR Stock Car and IMCA Modified events back in gear after an early season hiatus. Known for winning the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Promoter of the Year award in 2014, the track has invested much of their time in the last two seasons to their stock car program. Their program includes a number of local track champions like Chuck Becker, Dave Clark, Mathew Hicks, David Lord, and Chad Burns, but also includes Cory Sample. Sample, the two-time National runner-up in IMCA Series, won his first Western Area Regional title last year. If Saturday is any indication, Sample is on his way to another Western title this year.

Sample and Becker battled for first through most of the first half of the race.

Almost every driver listed in the PASSCAR Street Stock class is a longtime Perris driver, with multiple Championships. Fan favorites Blaine Whitson, Curtis Dietzsch, and last year’s champion Luke Dodd faced off with the next generation of drivers which includes the teenage phenomenon Alyssa Smith. The 16-year-old Smith moved into the Street Stocks after winning the Factory Stock division last year. Car problems have plagued the young driver in the first three races of the season, but the hard-charging Smith has shown the potential to be a contender in this class.

Three-time track champion Curtis Dietzsch (25) held off the field for most of the race, finishing in 2nd.

The Super Stocks continue to bring their higher horsepower excitement to the oval, with the fan favorite Factory Stocks bringing a decent sized field in the trophy only division. Temecula’s Cameron Veatch and Menifee’s Kris Carnich look to be regulars in this class for 2018, with experienced drivers like Riverside’s Justin Dunn showing up to steal a win from time-to-time. Dunn will likely show up in the IMCA Modified class more regularly.

You know it is a good show when people are on their feet and clapping.

Next up for the speedway is the annual Sokola Shootout with USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars on April 21. The ever popular “Night of Destruction” event with Demo Cross, Figure 8’s, Figure 8 Trailer Racing and Formula-X Autocross & CrossKarts will return on April 28. The next showing for the PASSCAR Stock Car and IMCA Modifieds will be on May 12.

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Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the So Cal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.
Results of the PASSCAR Stock Car and IMCA Modifieds on April 14, 2018:
IMCA Modifieds (with starting positions)

1. Cory Sample – Winnemucca, NV – 5th
2. Joseph Altig – Imperial Beach, CA – 6th
3. Chuck Becker – Yucaipa, CA – 2nd
4. Ketih Altig – Imperial Beach, CA – 3rd
5. Dave Clark – Riverside, CA – 1st
6. Eddie Gurwell – Riverside, CA – 11th
7. John Walton – Chula Vista, CA – 8th
8. Mathew Hicks – Lakeside, CA – 4th
9. David Lord – Hemet, CA – 7th
10. Tim LaBrake – Highland, CA – 13th
11. Chad Burns – Riverside, CA – 10th
12. Dennis Eckert – Santa Clarita, CA – 9th
13. Cory James – Hemet, CA – 14th
14. Terry Hershberger – Corona, CA – 12th

PASSCAR Street Stocks (with starting positions)
1. Blaine Whitson – Temecula, CA – 6th
2. Curtis Dietzsch – Riverside, CA – 3rd
3. George Boulden – Lake Elsinore, CA – 2nd
4. Chris Leventis – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – 4th
5. Luke Dodd – Riverside, CA – 12th
6. Brandon Kelly – Moreno, CA – 1st
7. Tony Lima – Hemet, CA – 5th
8. Mike Hains – Victorville, CA – 8th
9. Harley Harveston – Lake Elsinore, CA – 11th
10. Doug Kelly – Moreno Valley, CA – 13th
11. Karl Greene – Temecula, CA – 14th
12. Alyssa Smith – Norco, CA – 7th
13. Brian Darr – Apple Valley, CA – 9th
DNS – Tom Rogers – Phelan, CA
DNS – Steven Clark – Jurupa Valley, CA
DNS – Casey MacDonald – Riverside, CA

PASSCAR Super Stocks (with starting positions)
1. Fred Estrada – Riverside, CA – 6th
2. Mike Lerwell – El Cajon, CA – 5th
3. Steve Worstell – San Diego, CA – 3rd
4. Ricky Lee – Beaumont, CA – 7th
5. Danny Webster – Cherry Valley, CA – 4th
6. Jeremy Queener – Mira Loma, CA – 1st
7. Pat Bradley – Escondido, CA – 2nd
8. Dennis Wooldridge – Riverside, CA – 9th
9. Tom Smith – Norco, CA – 8th

PASSCAR American Factory Stocks (with starting positions)
1. Cameron Veatch – Temecula, CA – 1st
2. Kris Carnish – Menifee, CA – 6th
3. Jason Cook – San Jacinto, CA – 7th
4. Swede Ogren – Anza, CA – 2nd
5. Darren Myers – Buena Park, CA – 3rd
6. Jessica Schaffer – Ramona, CA – 6th
7. Mike Burks – Nuevo, CA – 4th
8. Aiden Frank – Menifee, CA – 9th
9. Allen Coward Jr. – Santa Ana, CA – 11th
10. Justin Dunn – Riverside, CA – 12th
DQ – Todd Fassler – El Cajon, CA – 5th
DNS – Nick Kelly – Moreno Valley, CA

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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