Perris to host major league sprint car event

(JUNE 16, 2003) Major League Sprint Car racing returns to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the NMRA Three-Quarter...

(JUNE 16, 2003) Major League Sprint Car racing returns to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets at the fast Riverside County half-mile clay oval.

The Southern California open wheel racing community is still buzzing about SCRA's last appearance at The PAS two weeks ago. In that one, contact between longtime veteran Rip Williams, of Yorba Linda, and Concord's Damion Gardner sparked a firestorm of controversy. While battling for the lead in the main, the two got together. Williams ended up flipping against the turn one wall; while Gardner went on to his fifth win in seven Perris outings this year. After his flip, Williams had to restart at the back and drove all the way back to eighth place.

Needless to say, when the race ended, Williams' legion of fans vociferously pointed to the 29-year old Gardner and said he ran into Williams. On the other hand, Gardner's bleacher troops claimed that Williams pulled it down and into Gardner causing the flip by himself. Stayed tuned, as the next round will take place this Saturday.

With six wins in the first 11 (12 after last Saturday at Tulare) races of the season, Gardner is off to the best ever start in SCRA history.

Last Saturday night, Cory Kruseman returned from the Midwest to claim his first SCRA win of 2003. Driving for Infiniti Pro Series star Cory Witherall, the 2001 SCRA Champion outdistanced his former ride of nine-years owned by Harlan Willis and now driven by Gardner. Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, Williams and CAL Poly Pomona student Mike Spencer rounded out the top five.

The NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets will be making their first ever appearance at The PAS on Saturday. The original NMRA ceased operation during the 1980s. When USAC discontinued their TQ series in 2002 and launched the Ford Focus Midgets, driver West Evans went to work and NMRA was reborn saving TQ racing in Southern California. This year they have 13 events on the schedule including two at The PAS.

Twenty-year Veteran Walt Johnson of Sun Valley leads the point standings heading into Saturday's race. Former Speedway Motorcycle racer Chris Hedge, of Camarillo, won the last main event two weeks ago at Route 66 Speedway in Victorville. Other NMRA drivers with familiar names to SCRA fans include Bobby Michnowicz, Marc Hart (Ventura) and current SCRA rookie Trevor Brillman of Las Vegas.

This Saturday is $1.00 Beer Night at The PAS.

Active members of the United States military are admitted free to all PAS events and get free parking with their military id.

Remember, June is the annual "Kid's Month" at The PAS and all kids accompanied by an adult (whether the adult is bringing 1 or 100 kids) are admitted free.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM.

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 1-800-595-4849 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, 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.

For more information, please call (909) 940-0134.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Cory Kruseman , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Bobby Michnowicz
Teams Williams