PERRIS, Calif. – official release — Hein Brothers photo — Sprint car racers planning to attend the 19th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway in November now have an added incentive to do so.
Promoter Don Kazarian has announce a hefty increase in the race purse. The total purse is $91,000 with the winner taking $20,000. The race will pay $1,000 to start.
The Oval Nationals is also the biggest motorsports event in California’s Riverside County. This year’s edition will feature the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint Cars on Nov. 6 and the AMSOIL USAC National and AMSOIL USAC-CRA sprint cars on Nov. 7-8. The PAS Senior Sprints and California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action on Nov. 7-8.
The $20,000 winner’s share of the purse from the 40-lap main event on Nov. 8 is up from the $15,000 it paid to win in 2013. In addition to the big money payday on Nov. 8, the preliminary main on Nov. 7 will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. A separate purse will be announced for the Thursday night 360 portion of the program featuring the USAC West Coast and USAC Southwest sprint cars.
“This is great news for drivers and fans alike,” said Kazarian. “This will once again elevate the Oval Nationals into one of if not the best paydays in traditional sprint car racing and it should add some more top drivers to what already is a superstar field. It is a win win-win situation for everyone involved. The racing at the Oval Nationals is always off the hook and this should make it even better as hard as that is to believe. There is so much prestige associated with winning the Oval Nationals from the bragging rights to the much sought after eagle trophies to the winning owner & driver and the winning crew chief gets the Ray Scheetz Award. Now throw in a minimum of $20,000 for the win on the final night.”
The jump in the purse comes from presenting sponsor All Coast Construction.
“Mike Grosswendt, who owns All Coast Construction, is probably more passionate about 410 sprint car racing than anyone I know,” Kazarian said. “His voice exudes his love of the sport when you talk to him. He called and said he wanted to bump the purse up for the Oval Nationals and he jumped in with both feet. This means a lot to everyone involved from the drivers to the fans and everyone in between. A huge thank you is in order to ‘Big Mike’”