Oval Entertainment and Agajanian Promotions have announced that the nation’s longest running and most prestigious Midget race, the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix, will be staying at Perris Auto Speedway for its 73rd and 74th runnings on Thanksgiving Night in 2013 and 2014.
After 13 straight years of running on pavement, the TNGP made a triumphant return to the dirt on Thanksgiving night when rising young superstar Kyle Larson won the 98-lap main event on the famous Riverside County clay oval.
Soon after the annual race took place, PAS promoter Don Kazarian got together with Cary and J.C. Agajanian of Agajanian Promotions, and the trio decided to keep the race at The PAS for the next two years.
"I think it was one of the best Turkey Night races I have seen in many years," J.C. Agajanian said recently. "It was just phenomenal. It exceeded my expectations. We could not have had better weather or better racing at any track in country than we had on Thanksgiving night."
Returning to the dirt brought out the emotions and memories to drivers, car owners, fans and even officials.
"The PAS itself is an emotional place for me," Agajanian stated. "When I walk into Perris, I have the feeling that I am walking into Ascot years ago. It harkens back to the days of Ascot and the National champions who raced there. The Parnelli Jones', the A.J. Foyts, the Mario Andrettis, the Unsers and the Tony Stewarts. The point is, the great drivers who have come through Turkey Night at Ascot all came back to mind when I walked in and looked at the field at Perris."
The return of Turkey Night to The PAS brought the Kazarians and Agajanians, two of the most prominent families in the history of Southern California racing, together to promote the mega event. And the success of that night has quickly brought the event’s return for two more years.
The pre-race excitement, a large, enthusiastic crowd and a great race made it an easy decision to bring the TNGP back to The PAS.
"Plans are to have a top-notch ride in the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the winner of the Budweiser Oval Nationals," Kazarian said. "It will be an extra perk for the Oval Nationals winner. If that driver already has a ride, then it will go to the second place driver. Same if the first two have already rides, it will then go to the third place finisher. We will go until somebody gets that coveted ride."
Advance tickets for the 73rd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix and all races on the 2013 PAS schedule will go on sale soon, and can be ordered by calling 800/595-4849. Tickets may also be ordered online at: http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ or http://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.