By Fully Injected Motorsports:
FOREST, Ohio (November 7, 2022) – The annual Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California, is an open wheel staple on the West Coast, and for the first time in his storied career, Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall was elbows-up in the prestigious program, joining the USAC National Sprint Cars for their final event of the 2022 season.
Westfall, ace of Ray Marshall’s all too familiar Bumblebee Express No. 33M, completed the three-day affair better than any Perris Auto Speedway rookie should, earning back-to-back top-ten scores in the final two nights of competition including a ninth-place outcome in the $20,000-to-win finale on Saturday, November 5. A third-place finish in Westfall’s respective qualifier secured his A-Main starting position.
Just one night prior, Westfall finished seventh, kicking off the Oval Nationals preliminary with the seventh-fastest qualifying time of 38 entries, racing on to finish fourth in his respective heat race.
Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports opened Perris Auto Speedway’s Oval Nationals with a 12th-place performance on Thursday, November 3.
With the USAC schedule now complete, Westfall will officially conclude the season seventh in the national standings, padded by a recent podium finish at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona.
“What a trip west…we enjoyed ourselves and we were able to put together two great weekends. Can’t thank Ray Marshall enough for the opportunity to do this. He’s the backbone of this operation and it’s his love for the sport that has allowed all of us to be a part of it,” said Westfall, a six-time winner in 2022. “We’ll head into the off season with plenty of momentum on our side. I’m already excited to see what the future brings.”
As mentioned, Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports will head into the off season with six victories to their credit, most recently capturing a Gas City I-69 Speedway Fall Festival of Speed sweep on October 21-22.
Matt Westfall and Ray Marshall Motorsports have officially concluded their 2022 schedule. For news regarding the 2023 season, stay alert online at www.fullyinjected.com.
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2020 Wins: 4 (Gas City I-69 Speedway – July 17), (Kokomo Speedway – BOSS – August 29) (I-96 Speedway – BOSS – September 25) (I-96 Speedway – GLTS – October 9)
2021 Wins: 2 (Kokomo Speedway – April 9) (Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway – July 24 – BOSS Series)
2021 Championships: Buckeye Outlaws Sprint Series (BOSS)
2022 Highlights: Highlighted Florida trip with back-to-back 13th-place finishes during USAC competition at Bubba Raceway Park. Rallied from 12th to finish fourth in Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series start at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday, April 9. Finished 11th with USAC National Sprints at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Saturday, April 16. Finished second in BOSS Series opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana, on Saturday, April 23. Earned back-to-back top-ten finishes with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Lakeside Speedway and I-70 Motorsports Park on Thursday and Saturday, May 12 and 14; finished sixth and tenth, respectively. Finished second in open non-wing event at Circle City Raceway on Sunday, May 15. Finished 13th in $10,000-to-win Tony Hulman Classic at Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, May 22. Finished second from 11th during BOSS Series start at Fremont Speedway on Saturday, May 28. Earned first victory of 2022 in I-96 Speedway’s Full Throttle Sprint Car Nationals opener on Friday, June 3. Finished fourth in Full Throttle Nationals finale on Saturday, June 4. Finished second during Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series action at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri, on Saturday, June 11. Highlighted USAC’s Eastern Storm with three top-ten scores; ninth at Bridgeport Speedway, fifth at Williams Grove Speedway, and sixth at Port Royal Speedway. Finished fourth twice in St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. Earned second BOSS Series victory of 2022 during Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday, July 3. Earned a pair of top-ten finishes in Huset’s Speedway’s USAC Nationals on Friday, July 8, and Sunday, July 10. Highlighted Indiana Sprint Week with a top-ten finish (sixth) at Circle City Raceway. Finished second in Indiana Sprint Week Passing Master standings. Earned Gas City I-69 Speedway victory on Friday, August 12. Earned third BOSS Series victory of 2022 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio, on Saturday, August 13. Finished seventh with Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, on Friday, September 9. Finished fifth during USAC start at Circle City Raceway on Friday, September 16. Finished eighth during Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals on Saturday, September 24. Finished third and eighth during BOSS Series starts at Latrobe Speedway and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8. Swept Gas City’s two-day Fall Festival of Speed on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22. Finished third and 11th during Cocopah Speedway’s Western World Championships on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29. The third-place performance was Westfall’s best with USAC since April 2012. Scored back-to-back top-ten finishes in Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California (USAC); seventh on November 4 and ninth on November 5.
2022 Wins: 6 (I-96 Speedway | June 3rd | BOSS Series), (Waynesfield Raceway Park | July 3 | BOSS Series), (Gas City I-69 Speedway | August 12), (Fremont Speedway | August 13 | BOSS Series) (Gas City I-69 Speedway | Fall Festival of Speed | October 21) (Gas City I-69 Speedway | Fall Festival of Speed | October 22)
Photo Credit: Paul Arch