Perris Auto Speedway

18700 Lake Perris Drive

Perris, CA 92571

(951) 940-0134

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(Perris, CA, November 6, 2016) When it comes to open wheel racing, Greenfield, Wisconsin’s Fred Zirzow has just about seen it all in his 46-years. The biggest races, the top stars and the famous cars have been a part of his life since he was three-months old. Now, as a car owner, there is one win he wants more than any other. It is a victory at this week’s Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Zirzow’s father began taking him to many of the biggest races in the sport when he was still in diapers. The exposure made a him a lifelong fan who began prowling the Midwest for big races. He swam at hotel pools with a young Jeff Gordon and played video games alongside Tony Stewart long before their NASCAR days. Now Zirzow travels from one end of the country to the other and he has not missed a USAC National Sprint Car Series race in 2016.

One young racer Zirzow met and who is partially responsible for him getting into the ownership end of the sport was the late Bryan Clauson.

“I started talking to Bryan when he was he was about 13 or 14,” said Zirzow who is a bartender when he is not at the track. “I got to know him really well and as things progressed I used to always joke with him, ‘If I ever get involved with a sprint car team, I want you to drive.’ He would joke back, ‘if you find one and get it going, if I can make it happen, I will drive for you.’ It was like an ongoing joke between us.”

The ongoing joke got serious three years ago. Zirzow, who is a bowler, had a friend he knew from bowling who used to race modifieds named Chuck Eberhardt. Zirzow took Eberhard to a couple races in Indiana and one night at Terre Haute during Indiana Sprint Week, he introduced him to Clauson. On the ride home after, Eberhard stated he wished he could do something in racing with Clauson because he seemed like a nice kid.

Eberhardt started talking to Zirzow and Clauson about putting a motor together. Zirzow saw a power plant that belonged to Coleman Gullick for sale. He spoke to Clauson who said he had a car in his shop they could put the motor in. As soon as he told Eberhardt about the engine, Eberhardt purchased it, they put it in Clauson’s car and they won the last race of the year at Gas City, Indiana.

“The next year we ran the full year at Kokomo,” Zirzow said. “We won the track championship and we were able to pay off the car with what we won. I then bought a second car so we could have a backup car for Bryan. But, at the end of the year Bryan quit TSR (Tony Stewart Racing for whom Clauson drove in the USAC National series). He planned to go and stick most of the time with wing racing.”

That left Zirzow and Eberhardt looking for a driver. They hired Clauson’s friend Tyler Courtney in 2015. They had fun and did well, but Courtney got a deal to go wing racing as well. That brought Hanford, California native Chad Boespflug into the picture.

Boespflug, now 28, moved from his native California to Indiana about 10 years ago as soon as he graduated from high school. He moved there for one reason. To race sprint cars. And, the driver known as the “Hanford Hornet” did quite well. However, this year after teaming with Zirzow and Eberhardt to form NineEight/EZ Racing, Boespflug and his two co-owners are having a year they never even dreamed about when they teamed up. Heading into this week’s Oval Nationals, they have won five USAC National Series main events and are sixth in the championship point standings. The only driver in the series with more wins this year is Clauson who had racked up seven victories prior to his passing in August.

Two of Boespflug’s wins came in August at the “Rock and Roll Gold Cup” at Badland’s Motor Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. The wins came on back to back nights paying $10,000.00 to win the first night and $50,000.00 to win the second night. That is a cool $60,000.00 in a little more than 24 hours and in the sprint car racing world, that is a ton of money.

A recent text message from Zirzow indicated how much winning the Oval Nationals would mean to him. When queried over the phone, he replied.

“I would take an Oval Nationals win over the Badland’s wins,” Zirzow said. “Winning at Eldora was really cool with all of the history that is there. Winning at Badlands was cool and it was a lot of money, but it is new and you do not know if it is going to happen again. This will be the 21st straight year for the Oval Nationals. I have been coming out west for the Oval Nationals since the early 2000’s. I have been to every one since except for one year when I came to Turkey Night instead. The years I have been going to Perris and the fact that it is one of my favorite tracks makes the Oval Nationals very special. Perris is a very special place for me. I travel year after year after year to the west coast and it is mostly to come to Perris. In addition, this year having Chad being from California, crew chief Davey Jones ties to Perris (he helped build the track along with his father Bubby) and crew member Brian Stanfill, who is from California, I think it would mean the world to win the Oval Nationals.”

Of course, there is one more reason Zirzow would like to win the Oval Nationals as well. He is a very talented bowler and something about the Oval Nationals reminds him of bowling.

“When you bowl and you win a National Bowling Tournament, you get an eagle,” he laughed. “Obviously when you win the Oval Nationals you win an eagle trophy as well. That was kind the pinnacle thing for me to get. An eagle when I bowled. I see the Oval Nationals trophy and it reminds me of that, too.”

The Oval Nationals will take place next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th. Gates will open at 4:00 PM on Thursday and Friday with racing at 7:00. For Saturday’s finale, gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 7:30. In addition, there will be a practice session for Oval Nationals entered cars at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 9th. The practice is free for fans in the grandstands and there will be $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

2016 Budweiser Oval Nationals Pre-Entered Cars

# Driver Residence Car Owner

1 Kevin Thomas Cullman, Al 4J Motorsports

2 Austin Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

3F Colton Slack Brentwood, CA Ted Finkbinder

4 Damion Gardner Concord, CA Mark Alexander

4G Chris Gansen Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Engineering

4S Mike Spencer Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering

4D TBA Gansen Engineering

5 Chris Windom Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers

5 Logan Williams Yorba Linda, CA John Jory

5M Max Adams Loomis, CA Max Adams

5X Tom Malcolm Corona, CA Dino Napier

10 Richard Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

11 Dave Darland Lincoln, IN Jeff Walker Racing

12 Ronnie Gardner Corona, CA Robbie & Gaye Allen

12A Josh Pelkey Phoenix, AZ Robbie & Gaye Allen

17 Josh Hodges Tijeras, NM Jack Hodges/Sam McGhee

17X Danny Faria Jr. Tipton, CA Danny Faria Jr.

17GP Aaron Farney Brookston, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports

21 Alex Bander Ramona, CA Richard, Vander Weerd

21AZ Stevie Sussex Laveen, AZ Michael Burkhart

21A Matt Mitchell Newport Beach, CA Michael Burkhart

30 C.J. Leary Greenfield, IN Chuck and Tammi Leary

32 Chase Stockon Fort Branch, IN Chase Stockon

36 Anthony Lopiccolo Yorba Linda, CA John Springstead

39E Kyle Edwards Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards

42 Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA Dwight Cheney

42X Thomas Meseraull San Jose, CA Joshua Bates

44 Cody Williams Corona, CA John Jory

51 R.J. Johnson Laveen, AZ Bobby Martin

51T Eddie Tafoya Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya

56 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA Michael Phulps

52 Isaac Chapple New Castle, IN Isaac Chapple

64 Parker Colston Lake Elsinore, CA Richard Gore/Paul Colston

69 Randy Waitman Ramona, CA Randy Waitman

69 Bud Kaeding Campbell, CA Alan Kaiser

69 Brady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK Dynamics Inc.

81 Jon Stanbrough Brownsburg, IN Jon Stanbrough

81X Cody Majors Simi Valley, CA Steve Watt

83 Austin Liggett Tracy, CA Austin Liggett

88V Jace Vander Weerd Visalia, CA Vander Weerd Racing

91R Brody Roa Garden Grove, CA BR Performance

92 Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA Moose Racing

92M TBA Moose Racing

97 Brett Mellenberndt Sioux Falls, SD Brett Mellenberndt

98 Jeremy Ellertson Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson

98V Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA Ken Tracy

98JR Andrew Sweeney Torrance, CA Ken Tracy

98E Chad Boespflug Hanford, CA NineEight/EZR

Oval Nationals Champions

1996 Jimmy Sills

1997 Rip Williams

1998 Rodney Argo

1999 Rickie Gaunt

2000 Tony Jones

2001 Bud Kaeding

2002 Bud Kaeding

2003 Cory Kruseman

2004 Cory Kruseman

2005 Dave Darland

2006 Dave Darland

2007 Bud Kaeding

2008 Jesse Hockett

2009 Damion Gardner

2010 Chris Windom

2011 Damion Gardner

2012 Mike Spencer

2013 Dave Darland

2014 Robert Ballou

2015 Bryan Clauson

First place in the Oval Nationals will pay $25,000.00, second will pay $15,000.00 and third will pay $10,000.00 at the Saturday finale. Saturday’s main event will pay $1,000.00 to start. The two preliminary nights, Thursday and Friday, will each pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. All three nights of intense racing action will be full-points paying races for the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.

Teams wishing to enter the historic running of the 21st Oval Nationals can download the entry blank at the following link: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/forms/16ovalform.html

Advanced tickets for the Oval Nationals are on sale now at: http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

Camping, which is $25.00 per night, will be available on the fairgrounds beginning on Wednesday, November 9th, at noon.

The complete 2016 Perris Auto Speedway schedule is at the end of this release.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate sponsors. All Coast Construction, All Seasons Tree Repair, Amsoil, Archibald’s Restaurants, Ayers Hotel and Spa, BlueLine Rentals, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Champion Towing, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Engine Pro, Green Sheet, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Horizon Solar, Imola Restaurant & Bar, K&N Engineering, Luke’s Transmission, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pizza Factory, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, R. David Bulen Insurance, Scott Sales, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Original Tommy’s Burgers, Trench Shoring, US Foods, Valley News, Vista Paint and Weedmaps.

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Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (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.

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November 9th Oval Nationals Practice

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 12th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

December 10th Winter Challenge Series – PASSCAR Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

January 7th Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

January 21st Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

February 11th Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks

February 12th Winter Challenge Series – IMCA Modifieds, PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Factory Stocks


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