scra: Cory Kruseman to make NCTS debut at Phoenix

FONTANA, Calif. - One of the top open wheel racers in the country is set to try his hand at NASCAR racing.  Cory Kruseman is scheduled to drive the No. 98 Chevrolet Silverado fielded by SealMaster Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

FONTANA, Calif. - One of the top open wheel racers in the country is set to try his hand at NASCAR racing.  Cory Kruseman is scheduled to drive the No. 98 Chevrolet Silverado fielded by SealMaster Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway November 8.

"We're delighted to be able to bring Cory Kruseman to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Duke Thorson, owner of SealMaster Racing.  "He is an outstanding racer who we think can make a rapid and successful transition from open wheel cars to stock cars."

Kruseman, a Ventura, Calif. native, is the 2001 champion of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA).  He claimed the title in the United States Auto Club's (USAC) prestigious Valvoline Indiana Sprint Week Championship in 2002, winning four of eight races.

Kruseman has claimed some of the top events in open wheel racing.  He was the 2001 "Driver of the Year" in the National Sprint Car Poll.  Kruseman claimed the Chili Bowl Nationals midget car event in 2000 and the Non-Winged World Championship for sprint cars in 1999.  He has won 52 SCRA feature events since 1994.

The 32-year-old Kruseman made his Indy Racing League debut in September, 2002 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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