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By Joe Naiman
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Pack wins Mini Stocks race

 

Last updated 9/6/2018 at 5:54pm

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Joe Pack of Quail Valley won the Sept. 1 Mini Stocks main event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Quail Valley driver Joe Pack won the Sept. 1 Mini Stocks main event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Pack also won his heat race. He led for the entirety of the six-lap heat race and took the lead in the ninth lap of the 12-lap main event.

"I went out there and just had fun," Pack said.

Perris Auto Speedway added the Mini Stock class this year as part of the Night of Destruction events which also include the regular Figure 8, Trailer Figure 8 and Demo Cross divisions. Drivers are allowed to spin, push, hit and block competitors in the Mini Stock class which utilizes the road course rather than a Figure 8 course or the oval and a red flag may be thrown for safety purposes, but the yellow flag is not used. Any 1970 or newer American or foreign two-door or four-door hardtop car with a four-cylinder engine can be driven in the Mini Stock class provided that it also meets Perris Auto Speedway safety and stock specification standards; sport utility vehicles and high-performance cars are not allowed. Perris Auto Speedway promoter Don Kazarian announced the addition of the Mini Stock class June 12, and the first race was held July 28.

Pack paid $1,600 for a 1992 Acura Integra. "It's race ready," he said.

Pack and his crew spent approximately three and one-half weeks preparing the Integra for the Perris course. The 40-year-old Pack moved to Quail Valley from Perris three years ago and was raised in Perris, so he has attended Perris Auto Speedway races as a spectator since the track opened in 1996, but he had never previously raced in any class on any track. The opportunity to race an entry-level class at a lower cost attracted Pack to the Mini Stocks.

The July 28 race attracted 11 Mini Stocks drivers, and six of those cars were able to participate in the main event. Pack finished third, behind Menifee driver Ken McWilliams and Colton racer Lanny Savage.

Seventeen Mini Stocks cars raced Sept. 1. Pack was in the second heat race, which included nine drivers, and took the original green flag on the outside of the first row alongside polesitter Traci Brown of Moreno Valley. Pack took the initial lead. Dane Thompson moved into second place during the first lap, but the Norco driver remained in second for the remainder of the race.

The main event had 16 cars. "I was nervous with the size of the class," Pack said.

Chad Peterson of Rancho Cucamonga began the race on the pole and Thompson started on the outside of the first row. Pack was on the outside of the second row when the original green flag was thrown and was third after the end of the first lap.

McWilliams passed Pack during the fifth lap. Peterson and Thompson were both involved in a seventh-lap crash which put McWilliams into the lead and moved Pack into second place. "We ended up getting up there," Pack said.

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Norco driver Dane Thompson shows his second place trophy.

Other than the stipulation for stock axles neither the general track rules nor the division rules require that a Mini Stocks car have four tires, but when McWilliams' 2005 Toyota Corolla lost a wheel on the ninth lap McWilliams was unable to continue.

"I did kind of inherit the lead," Pack said.

McWilliams' misfortune put Thompson into second and Savage into third. Pack led Thompson by approximately half a lap when the checkered flag was thrown.

First place in the Mini Stocks main event pays $500 and Pack also received a trophy for his first-place finish, but Pack noted that the racing is enjoyable regardless of where he finishes. "I'm just in it to have fun," he said.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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