Sprint car doubleheader at Perris Auto Speedway. (LAKE PERRIS, CA - AUGUST 17) Southern California open wheel racing fans will be treated to an exciting doubleheader when the VRA Sprint Cars and California Lightning Sprint Cars take over Perris...
Sprint car doubleheader at Perris Auto Speedway.
(LAKE PERRIS, CA - AUGUST 17) Southern California open wheel racing fans will be treated to an exciting doubleheader when the VRA Sprint Cars and California Lightning Sprint Cars take over Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night.
The VRA Sprint Cars (Ventura Racing Association), ventured away from their home track (Ventura Raceway) for the first time two weeks ago when they journeyed southeast to The PAS. To say they impressed the Perris sprint car fanatics would be the understatement of the year. Close racing with major league slide jobs and drivers running the high line by the fence impressed the boisterous crowd.
Chris Wakim, a 39-year old former Drag Racer from Simi Valley, had built up a comfortable lead and seemed destined for the victory in the 30-lap main two weeks ago. However, a late race yellow flag with two laps to go set up a wild finish that featured slide jobs, tire rubbing and four lead changes between Wakim and 26 year-old "Rocket" Ronnie Case of Camarillo. When the checkered flag came down, Wakim had his second VRA win of the year by the narrowest of margins.
In addition to Wakim and Case, other top contenders expected to enter on Saturday are Jimmy "Neutron" Crawford, Greg Taylor and Josh Ford. The trio currently occupies the top three positions in the VRA point standings.
Also expected to enter are SCRA regulars Steve Ostling and Gary W. Howard of Fontana. The 39-year old Ostling, who resides in Corona, has a half dozen second place finishes with SCRA in 2002. Affectionately known as "The Mexican National Champion," Ostling was second in the standings when SCRA headed east a couple of weeks ago for the first eight races in the 2002 Non Wing World Championship. Ostling did not go back on the tour and was set to drive a car from Colorado in the VRA event at The PAS on August 3rd. However, the car he was set to drive was not ready and Ostling missed the event. It is anticipated that the car will be ready and he should be on hand this Saturday.
Howard was running near the front of the VRA main event two weeks ago when engine problems forced him to the pits.
VRA brought a crowd pleasing 50 cars to their first ever PAS appearance. Look for more to show up on Saturday as the Bandit Sprint Car Series and the Santa Maria Speedway Sprint Cars each have the night off.
Joining the VRA Sprint Cars will be the popular California Lightning Sprint Cars. Resembling scaled down versions of World of Outlaws cars, the Lightning's will be making their seventh 2002 appearance at The PAS. Visalia's Greg Bragg, ex-SCRA driver Chris Rahe and David Cardey will be among the favorites in their 20 lap main event.
Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 6:30.
Don't forget that at intermission the entire family can dance 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 1-800-595-4TIX (4849) 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.