FOURTH WIN IN AUGUST! By Robert Mason Perris, CA Earlier in the year, Rip Williams joked with one of his crew members about the busy Sprint Car Racing Association schedule for August, commenting that he didn't see any reason why he couldn't win...
FOURTH WIN IN AUGUST! By Robert Mason Perris, CA
Earlier in the year, Rip Williams joked with one of his crew members about the busy Sprint Car Racing Association schedule for August, commenting that he didn't see any reason why he couldn't win every race this month.
Although he didn't win them all, Saturday night's win at the Perris Auto Speedway was his fourth SCRA win in six races this month. Actually, Williams failed to win only one main event in August because he was out of town competing in a Silver Crown car and missed a race.
"It's a storybook type season," said Williams. "Everyone would like to do this good and only a few us will ever have a year like this. My whole crew puts a heck of an effort together and that why I'm here."
Williams and JE Piston Dash winner Troy Cline started on the front row, but after a wild start, Cary Faas in his Western Union No. 37 was the first into turn one from the fourth starting position.
"My car was kind of tight on the start and we didn't have enough momentum," said Williams. "When I got on the gas the front end jumped around...Cline and me were bouncing all over the place."
Williams regrouped quickly and was second to Faas at the end of lap one. They were chased by Richard Griffin, Rodney Argo and Cline.
On lap four, Williams was on the tail of Faas when his Kurb King/AMA Plastics No. 3 Stinger did a huge wheel stand down the backstraight. Although spectacular for the fans, it cost Williams about eight car lengths.
Williams was back on the tail of Faas three laps later, when Griffin bicycled the Madrea Produce No. 50 in turn two. The 'Gasman' brought down his Ellis chassis without losing a position as Faas approached lap traffic.
Yellow was out on lap nine when DURA-Light Fast Timer Jeremy Sherman parked the Blue Ribbon Tire No.17 in turn two. Sherman, who leads in SCRA Rookie of the Year points, was done for the night with front end damage.
On the restart, Faas and Williams continued their fierce battle. Williams moved under Faas along the backstraight on the 11th circuit, but Faas held tough and maintained the lead through turn three.
Aware that an 11 o'clock curfew could soon be implemented, Williams was literally running out of time. When starter Tom Aidridge held up an unfurled white flag the 'Ripper' knew he had to make his move. "I saw the starter holding the white flag and knew I only had a couple of laps," said Williams..."so I put the pressure on him real hard and he moved up just a bit and I was able to get next to him."
Once alongside, Williams and Faas were so close that they may have rubbed Hoosiers before Williams grabbed the advantage and received the white flag. SCRA point leader Griffin made a nice crossover move on Faas to take second with less than a lap to go.
Williams, driving for Sharon Jory, received the lap 15 checkered flag and became the all-time SCRA leader for main event wins with 17 to his credit. Griffin's second place finish extended his drivers point lead and the owners point lead for Ron Chaffin. Faas beat Cline to the line for third. Cory Kruseman finished fifth after starting tenth.
Race #26-Perris Auto Speedway Perris, CA 08/31/96
Pos Driver Hometown Car Owner Car# Time
1. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix AZ Bergman 17 17.388 2. Verne Sweeney Lomita CA Sweeney 98 17.705 3. Rickie Gaunt Torrance CA Hasebe 8 17.751 4. Rip Williams Yorba Linda CA Jory 3 17.770 5. Richard Griffin Silver City NM Chaffin 50 17.798 6. Cory Kruseman Ventura CA Willis 45 17.800 7. Cary Faas Peoria AZ Faas 37 17.873 8. Troy Cline Hawthorne CA Cline 11 17.904 9. Lee Brewer, Jr Lomita CA Cowherd Racing 48 17.913 10. Rodney Argo El Segundo CA Argo 19 17.930 11. J.J. Yeley Phoenix AZ Yeley 7 17.955 12. Bobby Marcum Cottonwood AZ B.J. Racing 14 17.975 13. Steve Ostling Lakewood CA Pratt 12 18.278 14. Ron Shuman Tempe AZ Schuck 2 18.322 15. Jim Giardina Riverside CA Giardina 56 18.361 16. Bobby Michnowicz Dominquez Hills CA Michnowicz 21 18.461 17. Cal Smith Montclair CA Pratt 53 18.547 18. Mike English Norwalk CA Performance 33 18.607 19. Ron DiDonato Riverside CA DiDonato 57 18.531 20. John Scott Hesperia CA Scott 83 l8.638 21. Keith Williamson Pomona CA Williamson 95 18.668 22. Marc Hart Ventura CA Geurin 4 18.752 23. Lee Hawkins New Zealand Freeman 67 18.774 24. Dale Cross Clovis CA Cross 69 19.067 25. Jim Blenkarn Mission Viejo CA Blenkarn 46 19.083 26. Ed Patterson, Jr Ventura CA Patterson, Jr 56 19.280 27. Dwight Cheney Temple City CA Cheney 42 19.426 28. D.J. Ruth Las Vegas NV Ruth 25 19.597
1. Keith Wllliamson 2. Richard Griffin 3. Jeremy Sherman 4. Cal Smith 5. Steve Ostling 6. Jim Blenkarn 7. Lee Brewer, Jr
1. Mike English 2. Rodney Argo 3. Ron Shuman 4. Marc Hart 5. Verne Sweeney 6. Ed Patterson, Jr 7. Cory Kruseman
1. Ron DiDonato 2. Cary Faas 3. Rickie Gaunt 4. Jim Giardina 5. Les Hawkins 6. Dwight Cheney 7. J.J. Yeley
1. John Scott 2. Bobby Marcum 3. Rip Williams 4. Troy Cline 5. Bobby Michnowicz 6. D.J. Ruth 7. Dale Cross
JE Pistons' Passing Master's Dash
1. Troy Cline 2. Rip Williams 3. Richard Griffin 4. Cary Faas 5. Rickie Gaunt 6. Bobby Marcum 7. Jeremy Sherman 8. Rodney Argo
1. Kruseman 2. Verne Sweeney 3. Lee Brewer, Jr 4. Bobby Michnowicz 5. Ed Patterson, Jr 6. Les Hawkins 7. Dwight Cheney 8. Steve Ostling 9. J.J. Yeley 10. D.J. Ruth 11. Dale Cross
1. Rip Williams 2. Richard Griffin 3. Cary Faas 4. Troy Cline 5. Cory Kruseman 6. Rodney Argo 7. Rickie Gaunt 8. Ron Shuman 9. Lee Brewer, Jr 10. Bobby Michnowicz 11. Bobby Marcus 12. Marc Hart 13. Verne Sweeney 14. John Scott 15. Mike English 16. Ron DiDonato 17. Keith Williamson 18. Ed Patterson, Jr 19. Cal Smith 20. Les Hawkins 21. Jim Giardina 22. Jeremy Sherman
Laps Led: Faas 1-13 Williams 14-15