Get Off Your Asphalt

image Dirt’s for Racing

Jeff found a job as a temp in the restaurant biz. He works with @WORK Personnel Services out of Temecula, California. Most of the time he works banquets and buffets at Pechanga Casino, but his first 2 assignments were in Perris, California at the Perris Auto Speedway concession stands.

Today we attend the mid-day races for fun.

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The Perris Auto Speedway (PAS) is a dirt track facility, a 1/2 mile clay oval with a raised edge straightaway for better viewing. The racing pits are in the middle of the oval. All types of cars race, from Sprint Cars to Stock Cars to Modifieds. (perrisautospeedway.com)

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The cars line up in the pit behind the pace car.

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Today the pace car is a pickup truck with the American flag in its bed.

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The racers follow the pace car for a few laps around the track before the race begins.

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Jeff wants the orange car to win.

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The flagman communicates with the drivers. A hurled yellow flag tells the racers that after one more lap with the pace car the race will begin.

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And then the hurled green flag starts the race.

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The curves of the track stir up all the action and dust as the cars spin and slide.

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Most wrecks occur here. Notice the track marshal and pace car standing nearby.

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When accidents and/or unsafe track conditions occur, the flagman will hold out the yellow flag, signaling a hazard and telling the drivers to slow down but remain in their racing order. In other words, cars cannot pass each other.

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The repair in the upper portion of the screen, in the picture below, is a reminder of just how close to the grand stand wreckage can fly.

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When debris and obstacles are removed and/or repaired, the flagman displays the green flag and the race resumes.

Finally, when the black and white checkered flag is waving at the start/finish line, the race is officially over.

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