Fast Flowdynamics Team Ready for Usac/Cra Race at Perris on Saturday

The Flowdynamics Racing Team will jump back into action with both feet on Saturday night when the Avanti Windows and Doors USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series visits its home track, Perris Auto Speedway. The team will be packing a one-two punch with drivers Matt McCarthy and Logan Williams, who is currently the hottest driver in the series. Spectator gates for the night of exciting 410 sprint car racing will open at 5:00 PM, and the first race will take the Steve Russell Green flag at 7:00.

Saturday’s race will be the fifth of the season for McCarthy, who lives in Riverside, California. Thus far, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year has confined his racing this season to Perris. He has been fast in all four outings. At the season opener, he qualified seventh quickest, but a broken steering box in his heat put the kibosh on the remainder of his night.

60D726E1-E75D-4B23-AFDC-AF8AF5D451F5.jpgMatt McCarthy at Perris Auto Speedway earlier this year. A.J. Johnson P1 Racing Images.

One month later, he only qualified 13th fastest but won his heat and went from starting 13th to finishing 10th in the main. In the April race, he ended up 13th in qualifying, took the win in his heat, and went from 14th to sixth in the 30-lap main. Had the race been more laps, he was fast enough that he would have finished in the top five.

At last month’s Salute to Indy, he timed in second fastest at 16.492. That was the 11th-best qualifying lap of all USAC/CRA drivers at the famous track in 2024. However, after placing second in his heat, bad luck reared its ugly head and knocked him out of the main halfway through the race.

Williams, who lives in Yorba Linda, California, has been a pleasant surprise for the series fans in 2024. He has six top-10 finishes and three top-fives in seven starts this year. The only time he has not finished in the top ten was on April 27th, when drivetrain issues forced him out of the race.

3A7AFCDB-5939-402A-9625-AA71911BBCD9_1_201_a.jpgLogan Williams at Perris Auto Speedway in May. A.J. Johnson P1 Racing Images.

Williams has starred big time in the series’ last two races. At the famous salute to Indy on Memorial Day Weekend, he led more laps than anybody when he kept the #5W in front of the thundering herd for 17 circuits at Perris. A couple of weeks later, he journeyed to the Kevin Harvick Kern Raceway for the first time in his career. After qualifying ninth, he placed fifth in his heat race. For the main on the 1/3 mile oval, which is located in Bakersfield, California, he started 9th and drove all the way to second for his best finish of 2024.

The recent prowess of the 2013 PAS Young Gun Sprint Car Series champion and 2014 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year indicates that his first USAC/CRA Series win is just around the corner.

“It is finally here, I would say,” he responded when asked if his performance this year has surprised him. “I feel like we have been the best car that’s done the worst. We have been fast enough to be in the top three but it just hasn’t happened for us for whatever reason. My confidence as a driver is 100% but a lot has to do with the new things we have done that have been working on the car.”

Coming into Saturday’s race at the track where he grew up watching his Hall of Fame father, Rip Williams, and his two older brothers, Cody and Austin race, Williams finds himself fourth in series points. That is the highest ranking of the three racing siblings. However, he is not concerned with racking up points.

“I just want to win races,” he firmly stated. “I am not thinking about points. When I go out there I am trying to win and take care of the car. We cannot afford to crash on stupid stuff. Mostly I am just trying to think about the win.”

“Yeah, maybe a little bit, but I just want my first win,” he responded when asked if the winning races over championships mindset came from his father, who had over 100 main event victories. “Obviously, if a championship came before a win, I wouldn’t be mad about it, but I would much rather have a win.”

“Believe it or not, we have never really had a good battle,” he continued when asked about racing with older brothers Cody and Austin. “I have never had a battle with either of them. Either one of them is much faster, and they pass me, or I pass them back real quick. We have never had like a slide job battle where I pass them or they pass me and then there is a slide job pass back in the next corner. We never have had that true battle, but it did feel good passing Austin. That is for sure.”

If you would like to see the two personable drivers in action this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway, the spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM, and the first race will begin at 7:00. Adult tickets for the race at one of the country’s premier clay ovals are $30.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $25.00. For kids 6 to 12, it is only $5.00, and children five and under are admitted free. The fairgrounds charge $10.00 for parking. Advance tickets are available online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/pas/7 or by phone at 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not wish to buy advanced tickets, plenty will be available for everyone at the ticket window at Saturday’s race. Perris Auto Speedway Is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in the city of Perris.

Whenever you get the chance to meet the Flowdynamics drivers in person, be sure to visit them in the pits. They will be glad to sign your autographs, and each of them will have their fine-looking team shirts available.

If you or your company would like to be a part of one of the West Coast’s most prominent sprint car teams in the 2024 season, please contact John McCarthy at 909 930-5522 or mailto:[email protected].

McCarthy and Williams would like to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Flowdynamics Inc., PurgePlugs.com, Cal Therm Mechanical Insulators, JFK Design Build, So Cal Racing Fuel, and Full Throttle Lift.

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