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Flat track racing returns to Perris Auto Speedway Saturday

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Louis Brewster

Flat track motorcycle racing, once a staple at Ascot Park in Gardena and Pomona’s Fairplex, returns to the area Saturday for the American Flat Track Finals at Perris Auto Speedway as part of the 104th Southern California Fair. Racing on the half-mile oval will start at 6 p.m.

Among the entries are Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Brad Baker, Sam Halbert and Briar Bauman.

Toni Elias, recently crowned MotoAmerica Superbike Champion and former Moto2 World Champion, will make his American Flat track debut at PAS.

“I feel a lot of motivation because this is something new for me, because it will be bigger than Las Vegas Superprestigio and bigger than the Barcelona race,” Elias said. “Every year we are improving, learning new things and I think this will be a good way to improve more, to continue learning.”

Sammy Tanner and Ronnie Jones will serve as co-grand marshals while Eddie Wirth, Eddie Mulder and Gene Romero will sign autographs.

Sojthern California Fair CEO Cark Wuerch believes racing fans will enjoys the show.

“It is a throwback to the old days of the fair circuits in the Midwest,” said Wuersch. “It will be a day that will be full of great racing and fun for the entire family.”

It must be noted that the sport is indeed dangerous. In April, Jamison Minor was involved in a multi-bike accident on the first lap of the AFT Singles race in Charlotte, N.C. Last September, Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane were involved in separate fatal racing incidents during the AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa.

Gates to the track will open at 2 p.m., with qualifying starting 40 minutes later. It cost $10 to enter the fair and reserved seats for the races are $10 more. General admission will cost $5.

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