PERRIS, Calif. – official track release — Doug Allen photo —
When the historic 75th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix rolls into Perris Auto Speedway on Thanksgiving Night, fans will be treated to a format change that they had requested with more action on the night for the Honda USAC National and Western States Midgets.
In addition to the traditional qualifying, B main and 98-lap championship main, drivers will also have to run heat races giving fans more bang for their racing buck.
“Normally we qualify all of the cars and half the field gets seeded into the main event by their qualifying times,” promoter Don Kazarian told the crowd on the final night of the 20th Annual Oval Nationals. “Then we would run a couple of B mains to seed the rest of the field into the 98-lap main event. This year everybody is going to have to qualify and nobody gets seeded into the main event through qualifying. They will have to get into the main the old fashioned way by transferring from the heat races. If they do not transfer from their heat race, they will have to go to the B main and try to transfer from there. It is a whole new ball game and the fans are going to see a lot more racing.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup star Kyle Larson, defending Turkey Night winner Christopher Bell, four-time USAC-CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner, USAC National Midget point leader Tracy Hines, three-time Western Midget champion Ronnie Gardner and Rico Abreu are just a handful of the racing stars who will be on hand to try and get their name inscribed on the historic “Aggie Trophy.”
CREDIT: Perris Auto Speedway