Spencer Runs Down Clauson At Perris

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Mike Spencer en route to victory Thursday at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Mike Spencer en route to victory Thursday at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Mike Spencer en route to victory Thursday at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)

PERRIS, Calif. — Mike Spencer kicked off three days of racing at Perris Auto Speedway by winning Thursday night’s 360 Oval Nationals at the half-mile dirt track.

Spencer took the lead from Bryan Clauson with two laps remaining and drove to victory in the Grudge Series finale that pitted the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series against the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series.

After losing the lead, Clauson jumped the cushion on the final lap and brushed the wall, paving way for Matt Mitchell to finish second.

Ryan Bernal, Brody Roa and Jon Stanbrough completed the top five.

Charles Davis Jr. was fast qualifier for the 35-car field.

The finish:

Mike Spencer, Matt Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Brody Roa, Jon Stanbrough, R.J. Johnson, Troy Rutherford, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, Mike Martin, Dennis Howell, Bryan Clauson, Tom Hendricks, Bob Ream Jr., Don Gansen, Danny Faria Jr., Charles Davis Jr., Cory Kruseman, Johnathon Henry, Jimmy Crawford, Landon Hurst, Shon Deskins.