FF: scra: Sprints and Midgets at Perris 2002-07-10

"Gassman" Griffin looks for his first PAS win of 2002! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 8, 2002) Fans of Open Wheel racing can take in an exciting doubleheader when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the...

"Gassman" Griffin looks for his first PAS win of 2002!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 8, 2002) Fans of Open Wheel racing can take in an exciting doubleheader when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the Southern California Ford Dealers USAC Ford Focus Midget Series at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night.

Silver City, New Mexico's Richard "The Gassman" Griffin enters Saturday's event as the hottest non-wing sprint car driver in the nation. Winless for the year up until four weeks ago, the popular 38-year old has captured three out of the last five SCRA main events. Griffin's victories have come at Santa Maria Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Thunderbowl in Tulare (last Saturday). The veteran star is still looking for his first PAS win of 2002.

Griffin's sudden surge to the front of the pack has also given him the lead in the SCRA point standings. He is seeking his fourth SCRA title having already won the prestigious championship in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Second to Griffin in the points chase is Corona's Steve Ostling. The 38-year old racer, who is affectionately referred to as the "Mexican National Champion", is still looking for his first win of the current campaign. Ostling's consistent finishes have kept him in the championship hunt all season long and he only trails Griffin by 70 digits.

Garden Grove's Tony Jones (32) is currently third in the point's battle. He is only one point behind Ostling. The son of Sprint Car Hall of Famer and Indianapolis 500 racer Bubby Jones, Tony has sipped the wines of victory three times in 2002.

Ventura's Cory Kruseman (31) leads SCRA with four main event wins in 2002 and finds himself only 10 points behind Jones. Last Sunday evening, Kruseman finished third behind J.J. Yeley and NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart in the Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprint Car main event at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Hesperia's John Scott is fifth in points.

Crowd favorite Damion Gardner, who comes all the way from Concord for each race, got upside down while leading the main event at Tulare last week. He emerged from the crash unhurt, but his car was severly damaged. Gardner, who is 8th in points, will be on hand to display more of his magic this Saturday night.

In the companion USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, Mira Loma's Phil Goodwine holds a slim 37-point lead over Chino Hill's Todd Hunsaker heading into Saturday's program. Goodwine won The PAS inaugural Ford Focus Midget main event on April 13th. The Ford Focus Midgets will make their final 2002 PAS appearance on August 10th.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 6:30. At all races in July, fans arriving between 4:00 and 5:00 PM will be able to enjoy the PAS Twilight Happy Hour. That entitles them to enjoy $2.00 off each adult ticket, two for the price of one Hoffy Hot Dogs, Pepsi's churros and pretzels from 4:00-5:00 PM. In addition, Arizona star Charles Davis Jr. will be signing free autographs and will have his 800 horsepower sprint car on display just inside the main gate from 4:00-5:00 PM..

Don't forget that at intermission the entire family can "Boogie" in The PAS Dance Contest with prizes for the winning dancers ages 12 and under.

Perris Auto Speedway is the world's premiere clay oval stadium. The fan friendly track features an amazing 60,000-watt digital sound system, daytime bright lighting, a wide variety of delicious food, clean restrooms and paved spectator parking. Best of all, the track supplies clean, wholesome family entertainment every Saturday night.

Advance tickets for Saturday's race are on sale now by calling (909) 940-0134 or by going to the PAS website at www.perrisautospeedway.com and clicking on the online tickets icon.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds approximately one hour East of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , J.J. Yeley , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , John Scott , Damion Gardner