The opening night of the eighth annual Budweiser Oval Nationals for sprint cars at the Perris Auto Speedway saw Jac Haudenschild of Wooster, Ohio, qualify for the pole for the 25-lap preliminary event.
Southern California native John Scott, who now resides in Pittsboro, Ind., started the evening by out-qualifying the 63-car field in time trials but failed to advance directly to the main event from his heat race.
Campbell's Bud Kaeding has won the last two Oval Nationals and qualified fifth.
Another 25-lap preliminary race will take place today, with the 50-lap finale Saturday. That will pay $30,000 to the race winner and determine the Non Wing World champion.
Ventura's Cory Kruseman entered the evening with a one-point lead over Kaeding in the series.
Racing was continuing as this edition went to press.
-- Robert Mayson