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Spectacular Fireworks and Racing Program Thrills Huge Crowd

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch drops the green flag to commence the night of racing July 4 at the Perris Auto Speedway. Later on, a fireworks spectacular entertained the crowd, which included nearly 4,000 Perris residents.Perris Mayor Daryl Busch drops the green flag to commence the night of racing July 4 at the Perris Auto Speedway. Later on, a fireworks spectacular entertained the crowd, which included nearly 4,000 Perris residents.

Nearly 4,000 Perris residents took advantage of free admission to the Perris Auto Speedway to enjoy an Independence Day fireworks display that drew rave reviews from elected officials and visitors.

Track officials said this week that 3,991 Perris residents attended the July 4 fireworks show and racing program. That number shattered the 2012 total of 2,727 Perris attendees.

The City of Perris sponsors the fireworks show and through an arrangement with the speedway City residents get in without charge. City officials hope that by allowing residents to see a professionally managed and choreographed display keeps them from setting off illegal firework which can cause fires. Perris Fire Department officials say that the number of calls for illegal fireworks has decreased noticeably since the partnership between the City and the speedway.

PAS office manager Kim Kazarian said the track was delighted at the near-capacity turnout and the Perris participation.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez and Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough helped track promoter Don Kazarian present a $10,000 check to the American Cancer Society.Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez and Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough helped track promoter Don Kazarian present a $10,000 check to the American Cancer Society.

“Pretty dang good,” she said. “We love it.”

A trio of elected City officials and other City staff members made the racing and fireworks program memorable. Parks and Recreation Department coordinator Sarina Brannon sang “God Bless America” during the opening ceremonies.

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch flagged the opening race of the night.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough, a long-time track sponsor, worked his usual gig in the pits towing race cars involved in wrecks and breakdowns. City Councilman Julio Rodriguez joined Yarbrough and PAS promoter Don Kazarian in presenting a $10,000 check to the American Cancer Society. Each year, racers at the PAS walk through the stands collecting small donations which are in turn given to the Cancer Society. In recent years, those efforts have raised more than $70,000.

Following the opening ceremonies, Mayor Busch climbed the flag stand at the start/finish line and dropped the green flag for the opening 10-lap race. Below him, sprint cars whirred past at more than 100 mph.

Race cars make their way around the half-mile oval Perris Auto Speedway during the July 4 program.Race cars make their way around the half-mile oval Perris Auto Speedway during the July 4 program.

“It was exciting,” he said. “Those cars create quite a noise and rumble. The whole evening was top-notch. The racing was great and the fireworks were spectacular. I am delighted that so many Perris residents took advantage of this opportunity and came out to have a great time.”

Rodriguez thanked the audience for attending the show and displaying their patriotism on America’s birthday.

“It’s great to see you come out and show your appreciation for a country we all love,” he said.

Yarbrough pointed out that Perris Auto Speedway has developed a reputation as one of the premiere facilities in the country. Race fans recently named it the third best track in America, behind only Knoxville Raceway in Iowa and Eldora Speedway in Ohio, facilities with a much-longer history than Perris.

Drivers hold American flags in a display of patriotism at the Perris Auto Speedway July 4.Drivers hold American flags in a display of patriotism at the Perris Auto Speedway July 4.

“Are you having fun yet?” Yarbrough asked the audience. “This is a great day at a great place. July 4 is one of the most important holidays we celebrate as Americans. Thank you for remembering our country’s birthday and our freedom.”

Don Kazarian said that without the City’s support, the fireworks display would not be possible. He thanked Perris officials for their support and said he hopes the partnership continues to thrive in the future.