Tony Jones Leads SCRA Back To The PAS! (LAKE PERRIS, CA -- September 17, 2001) Fan favorite Tony Jones is on fire and he heads the field for Saturday night's SCRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. Jones, who resides in Corona, split...
Tony Jones Leads SCRA Back To The PAS!
(LAKE PERRIS, CA -- September 17, 2001) Fan favorite Tony Jones is on fire and he heads the field for Saturday night's SCRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway.
Jones, who resides in Corona, split with longtime car owner Gene Cowherd earlier in the 2001 campaign. The 2000 Budweiser/Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply Oval Nationals Champion could not find a competitive ride. That is -- he could not find a competitive ride until three races ago when he jumped into the Mike Wall Trucking #37 Sprint Car. Last Saturday night, Jones took the white car to it's first ever victory when he won the 30-lap main event at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.
To say that the popular second-generation racer did it the hard way last Saturday is an understatement. He started eighth in the 30-lap race and did the almost unthinkable by passing current series point leader Cory Kruseman for second on lap 21. Kruseman, who holds a bulging lead in the Championship chase over second place Richard "The Gassman" Griffin, has 13 wins in 2001 and has seldom been passed by anyone this year.
One lap later, Jones put one of his patented slide jobs on Rip Williams to take the lead that he eventually carried to the checkered flag. It was Jones third win of the current campaign, but could easily have been his fourth. In only his second appearance in the car, on Labor Day weekend, Jones was walking away from the field in the 50 lap main event at The PAS when he blew his engine with less than 10 laps to go.
The Mike Wall Trucking #37 has an Inland Empire connection. The crew chief is Johnny Vermeer. Vermeer's Father Bob lived in Chino and fielded cars for former CRA star Tony "The Tiger" Simon of Upland.
Joining the 810 horsepower Sprint Cars on Saturday will be the California Champ Trucks. Mike Hixson, who has won three of the last four Truck mains, is in the midst of heated battle for the series Championship with defending Champion Todd Cunningham, Dino Napier and Art Peterson. Cunningham leads the way, but 25 points only separate the top four.
Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday.
Perris Auto Speedway is 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 miles to the fairgrounds.
For further information call 1-800-976-RACE or (909) 940-0134.
1. Cory Kruseman - 2142
2. Richard Griffin - 1845
3. Troy Rutherford - 1802
4. Mike Kirby - 1684
5. John Scott - 1606
6. Rip Williams - 1441
7. Rickie Gaunt - 1416
8. Steve Ostling - 1335
9. Mike English - 1292
10. Charles Davis Jr - 1171
CHAMP TRUCKS POINTS
1. Todd Cunningham - 270
2. Dino Napier - 256
3. Mike Hixson - 245
4. Art Peterson - 245
5. Cassady Bean - 236
6. Rob Anderson - 224
7. Dave Vrett - 202
8. Butch Gilliland - 192
9. David Jackson - 170
10. Jim Gonzales - 161