Perris Raceway is a 1/2 mile clay oval track located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California. The track features a raised backstretch offering fans a better view over the infield of the oval. The track hosts sprint cars, street stocks, dirt modified’s, and many others. The track opened on March 30, 1996. Prior to that, the site of the track was home to Lake Perris Speedway, a 1/8 mile dirt oval constructed in 1987 and hosted motorcycle racing then later car racing until 1993. A 1/3 mile dirt oval operated until the end of 1995.
My first time going to Perris Raceway was in 1993 where I lined up for a GFI winter series race in the 80cc beginner class where I would finish a rather depressing 24th overall. A lot has changed since the 90’s when Motocross star Goat Brecker took over the oldest motocross track in California. There have been multiple different track owners trying to get this track back to what it was in the day.
In the past 10 years, Perris has fallen off the map for being one of the go-to tracks for riders mainly due to very inconsistent prep and bad track design. That has all changed now with new management. They have hired Aaron Cooke to look overall marketing and management duties. Former pro rider Austin Prida and Sean Fogle are in charge of all track prep and design. Prida and Fogle know what the riders need and want by the looks of it and have come up with a layout that is fun for all levels in my opinion. Yes, there are big jumps, but if you aren’t jumping them you can hit a landing halfway that still allows the track to flow. I was out at Perris last Tuesday where they connect the amateur track to the Main track and it’s safe to say the crew at Perris has found the magic to reviving the track with the best dirt in Southern California. When prepped right you will have great overhanging ruts and bumps that rival the good tracks back east.
Other notable positive things about Perris is its part of the Fast Pass with Milestone where you can ride both tracks unlimited for $80 a month. Perris also has lights for night riding and a mini night on Tuesdays starting at 4 pm dedicated to only mini bikes. The 50 specific track has just opened and is aimed for the 50 rider 4-6 that are new to tracks. The Amateur track is the next step for kids to ride then comes to the Main track where you see little guys jumping everything the pros do. Read more here…
Since then this motocross track has been hosting open practice sessions and race events. The park offers a main, amateur and peewee tracks that are groomed and maintained regularly. The main track is reserved for peewee and novice riders on Tuesday nights, but also available for private rental.
The main staging area has plenty of room for parking plus several portable toilets. The shade is limited but there are a few trees that do provide some shelter.
Short track racing has always been popular and well attended in Southern California. The center was the half-mile Ascot Speedway in Gardena, run by the late J.C. Agajanian. The track opened in 1957 and remained active until 1990. The sport suffered for six years until Perris Auto Speedway opened March 30, 1996, in Riverside County.
Since its opening, PAS has operated under Oval Entertainment and the Kazarian family on the SoCal Fairgrounds, a stretch of 18 years. And, if Oval Entertainment has its way, the family will have another 20 years after president Don Kazarian signed a 20-year lease extension for the dirt track earlier this week.
“I am very pleased to sign this extension that ensures dirt track racing will continue at Perris Auto Speedway and in the City of Perris for many years to come,” Kazarian said. “I want to thank the fair board for working with us all these years and for helping us get this extension done.
“We have a great group of racers and a wonderful group of fans who I am sure are very excited about this news. We will have lots of exciting things coming up for both. Right now, it is full speed ahead as there will be a lot of work to do in the next 20 years.”
The clay oval has an international reputation. It is home to the USAC/CRA and SCRA Sprint Car Series, as well as the PASSCAR Stock Car Series. In addition, the track has hosted Nights of Destruction, modifieds, late models stock cars, trucks, full and ¾ midgets, off-road racing, motorcycle events, and go-karts. PAS also hosts the most prestigious non-wing sprint car race in the nation, the annual Budweiser Oval Nationals in November.
Next on the schedule for track will be the annual visit of the World of Outlaws on March 30. It’s the lone Southern California appearance for WoO in the annual “So Cal Showdown,” and the card will also feature USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior and Young Guns in the quadruple-header show. Check the full article here…
feature team racing in which two sides lock horns in battle, two riders per team compete and score points throughout a usual 15-race program.
While it doesn’t seem like 20 years or so, speedway motorcycle racing was big (rather, huge) in Southern California. There were weekly shows at Costa Mesa, San Bernardino, Ventura and Victorville. Championships were decided at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach, a competition for limited spots in the World Championship qualifying rounds between the U.S.-based riders and Americans racing overseas. Those days will be recalled Dec. 8 with the return of the AMA/FIM North America Final at Perris Raceway at Perris Auto Speedway.
At stake will be spots for the World Championship qualifying rounds. Team USA’s Lance King, who recognized the sudden increased rider presence in Europe, applied to the FIM for additional allocations in 2019 qualifying rounds. If granted, it’s quite possible the U.S. may have more rider demand than spots available, which has helped the resurrection of the American Final.“We have seen a huge growth to our program in the past 12 months,” said Steve Evans, the man in charge at Perris.
“We’ve gone from strictly amateur offseason races into being a well-attended and well-paying prize money venue with a year-round schedule. The American Final has held our interest for a number of years. “There are limited venues that can stage it as it really belongs on a European-sized track and in the offseason, so as not to disrupt the schedule of the riders racing professionally in Europe. We have coordinated with FIM North America boss Bill Cumbow, who has been a massive asset to American Speedway.”The program will feature 16 riders, competing in 20 heat races, and the top scorers will get preference to take Grand Prix qualifier spots allocated to the U.S.The Dec. 8 field will include Billy Janniro, Max Ruml, Broc Nicol, Dillon Ruml, Austin Novratil, Luke Becker, Gino Manzares, Aaron Fox, Bart Bast, Ricky Wells, and Russell Green. Max Ruml Manzares, Nicol, Becker and Wells compete on the other side of the Atlantic.
“The race is not only about the spots available and not just for the European-based riders,” Evans said. “It really is a coming together of the best riders in America for a major title regardless if they harbor Grand Prix ambitions. For the 16 riders in the field, it will be very cool to arrive at the track, knowing you are effectively in a World Championship qualification event.“No rider in the field is obligated to take their place in the rounds in Europe if they qualify. Hypothetically, if a USA-based rider wins, they can go to Europe or give up the spot they earned to the next rider down. But the finishing order on the night will dictate qualification preference.”A small program for Division 2 and 3, Juniors and Pee Wees will run at 4 p.m. The American Finals will run at 7.Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for 12 and under with under 5 free. Fans can ring their own beverage but glass containers will not be allowed. ACS happenings.
This will be a very active week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The track will waive service fees for the March 15-17 NASCAR Auto Club 400 tickets and packages between today (Black Friday) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 26). With a race ticket (which start as low as $42), fans get access to the giant O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, live music performances, autograph sessions, Monster Energy stunt shows, Lefty’s Fun Zone, Luche Libre, and other activities. An exclusive Holiday Ticket Package will feature two tickets to the Cup race, two pre-race Pit Passes and a pair of Victory Lane passes for $99 (normally a $254 value). The offer expires Dec. 31.Additionally, ACS will offer complimentary admission to first responders to Magic of Lights from Monday through Wednesday. Those who display fire, EMS or law enforcement identification at the entrance will be admitted free in appreciation of their dedication of service to their communities. Read more…
This is an awesome place to visit with lots of action and fun watching the cars race and it a good place for family to have an awesome time together to make memories. One of the greatest/fastest well maintained flat tracks on the circuit… Perris Raceway has been a staple in the motorcycle racing sport since the 1950’s and has evolved into its current form with the addition of it’s “new” flat track, constructed a few years ago. Flat track racing is the track’s main attraction, but also hosts several “Speedway” races throughout the year… The track is also available to rent and has been used by many pro riders and factory teams in testing their bikes…