scra: Series to salute Indy at Perris

(MAY 19, 2003) For the first time in 2003, the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars will contest a 50-lap main event when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the annual Salute to Indy this Saturday night at...

(MAY 19, 2003) For the first time in 2003, the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars will contest a 50-lap main event when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the annual Salute to Indy this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

Concord's Damion Gardner, driving Harlan Willis famous black #45, is considered by many to be the favorite heading into Saturday's 50-lap grind. The crowd pleaser has won three of the five SCRA mains at the brightly lit Riverside County clay oval this season.

Last Saturday night, Gardner started on the pole and led the 30-lap main event from the green to the checkered to score the win despite a sticking throttle halfway through the race. Corona's Steve Ostling finished second and Yorba Linda's Rip Williams, one of only two other drivers to win at The PAS in 2003, was third.

Other favorites in Saturday's event include point leader Richard Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico (winner of the 2000 Salute to Indy), Torrance's Rickie Gaunt, young Mike Spencer of Temecula, Garden Grove's Tony Jones, Mike English of Norwalk and Ojai's Troy Rutherford.

Rutherford, who won The PAS/SCRA season opener in February, had not finished out of the top five in 2003. He started on the pole last Saturday, but coming down for the initial green flag, Rutherford and Riverside's Bobby Graham touched wheels and came to a stop. Rutherford had to go to the work area for repairs and was forced to restart at the back. From there he staged a crowd-pleasing drive all the way back to seventh.

At intermission on Saturday one lucky fan will have his name drawn and will win 300 gallons of free gasoline from Downs Commercial Fueling.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM Saturday and fans will be treated to an extra 20-laps of throttle down main event dirt track racing at no extra charge.

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 are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4TIX (4849) or from the Internet at www.tix.con and www.perrisautospeedway.com.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Farmer's Fair, 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, please call The PAS office at (909) 940-0134.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Jones , Richard Griffin , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Mike English , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams