After Two Nights of Action at Imperial Valley, Sexton Gatlin Racing Returns to Usac/Cra Competition Saturday at Perris

After a weekend of racing during the California Mid-Winter Fair at the Imperial Valley Raceway, Sexton Gatlin Racing drivers Brent and Grant Sexton will return to the home track of the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday Night, March 16th. The event will be round #2 of the 2024 USAC/CRA campaign.

Brent, 50, comes into Saturday’s race on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval 16th in the USAC/CRA championship point standings. In addition, he is third in the Rookie of the Year chase. He placed 15th at the season opener on the same track three weeks ago. Grant, 19, battled overheating problems all night long and pulled out of the main early at the opener. He ended up getting credit for 17th and enters Saturday’s fray 19th in points.

Last Friday and Saturday the father and son duo contested both nights of the Imperial Valley Raceway 360/410 Sprint Car Series. Journeying 127 miles from their El Cajon, California home, the two were close together in qualifying on the first night. Grant was seventh quick with a 12.662. Brent was only a blink slower at 12.882. However, in a tight qualifying group, he was four spots behind in 11th.

Matched together in the first heat of the night, Brent earned bragging rights in the SGR pits by placing second in the first 10-lapper. Grant ended up sixth. In the 20-lap A, Grant came home ninth with Brent 12th.

Night two saw Grant turn in the seventh fastest lap again with a time of 13.091. Brent’s 13.277 was good enough for 10th best in the 18-car field. Once again they were matched in the same heat and this time youth prevailed when Grant came home third with Brent fifth.

In the Saturday finale, Grant picked up his first top-five of the early season when he placed fifth. His dad ended up 16th.

“My qualifying effort was better for me,” Brent Sexton said. “I think I was 10th and 11th both nights. I was pretty stoked with it. It was nothing spectacular but I am still learning the car. I felt a lot more comfortable on the quarter mile and was getting racy with those guys. The more seat time I get, the more comfortable I will be.”

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and the first race will get the green flag at 7:00. Adult tickets for the night of exciting dirt track racing and clean family fun are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids 6-12 it is only $5.00, and children 5 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets are available online at They can also be ordered by phone at 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not wish to purchase tickets in advance, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of the Southern California Fair), one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway, and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions online, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

After this week at Perris, the team will head to Cocopah Speedway, which is located near Yuma, Arizona, for round #3 of the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Series on March 23rd.

Sexton Gatlin Racing would like to thank the following companies for making the 2024 season possible. East County Electric Works, Keys Brothers, BR Motorsports, Maxima Oil, Automated Interiors, Sexton Fire Protection, BK Wings, Troy Dirt.


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