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SCRA Event #33 Perris Auto Speedway Perris, CA 11/09/96
LEE BREWER, JR. SCORES EXCITING 1ST SCRA WIN
BY Robert Mayson
Perris, CA, November 9-Lee Brewer, Jr made a dramatic last corner pass on Rip Williams to score his first ever Sprint Car Racing Association main event win Saturday night at the Perris Auto Speedway. Better known for his success behind the wheel of a winged sprint car, Brewer, Jr. has now tasted victory in this, his only 14th SCRA race. "We've won World of Outlaw races, All Star races and races with a lot of other sanctioning bodies, and it really feels goad to win my first SCRA race," said a smiling Brewer, Jr. "These guys are great racers. They prepare their cars hard and they run'em hard. I feel honored just to be able to race with these guys...It's just great to be here." The win was also the first for the Cowherd Racing Team which lost a car the last time out as a result of a wild flip by Brewer, Jr. during the Oval Nationals at Perris. "We tore up our Clark Drake car here a couple weeks ago," said Brewer, Jr. "I had a winged car that's a Maxim and figured with Mark Kinser winning all those races this year it would be good enough." J.J. Yeley drove the Andy Morales "Tamale Wagon" to a win in the JE Pistons Dash and started an the pole of the 30-lap feature. At the drop of starter Steve Vodden's green flag, Rip Williams jumped into the lead. Rickie Gaunt was second followed by Steve Ostling, J.J. Yeley and Richard Griffin at the end of lap one. With Williams out front in the Sharon Jory Kurb King/Tracy Engines No.3 Stinger, it looked like it might be a run away. But, Gaunt driving the Jack Yeley/Blair's High Performance No. 7 Drake, found the bottom to his liking and stayed within striking distance of Williams. Meanwhile, Brewer, Jr. running in the middle of the turns pushed his C.G. Aero/Riverside Motorsports/Greer Machinery No. 48 up to third by lap seven after starting ninth. Brewer, Jr. quickly closed an Gaunt to set up a fierce three-car battle for the lead. Brewer, Jr. drove around Gaunt in turn one on lap 12 and stuck a wheel under Williams. Gaunt made it three-wide exiting turn two and emerged as the leader. At the halfway mark, Brewer, Jr. moved under Williams and by the end of the following lap relieved Gaunt of the lead. Yellow was out five laps later when Jeremy Sherman stopped in turn two. Gaunt fell to sixth one lap after the restart as Brewer, Jr. was now followed by Williams, Yeley and Bobby Michnowicz who started 15th. Brewer, Jr., who works for Shaver Specialties during the week and is powered by their engines on the weekends, was three laps from victory when Williams darted by him with smoke pouring from his right rear. Brewer, Jr. driving straighter and smoother, closed on the rear nerf bar of Williams as the white flag was displayed. With less than a half a lap to go, Brewer, Jr. dove to the bottom of turn three even with Williams. Exiting turn four, Brewer slid into the lead and was the first to receive the double checkered flags. "I have to thank Hoosier Tire because we ran a soft tire only because we didn't have a hard tire. All night long we just kept changing used tires so we could save our newest tire for the feature and it paid off," said Brewer in victory lane. Brewer, Jr.'s last lap pass prevented Williams from winning a record setting 13th SCRA main event. "I just made a mistake getting into three, he capitalized and won the race. He did a good job," said a disappointed Williams. Michnowicz came across the line behind Williams, but his car failed a post race inspection moving Yeley to third ahead of Ostling and Gaunt. In qualifying Gary W. Howard set the DURA-Light Fast Time (18.580) to give car owner Bill Jones his first SCRA fast time. With two races remaining, Richard Griffin leads Ron Shuman by only eleven points far the SCRA season driving championship.
Pos Driver Hometown Car Num Owner Time 1 Gary W. Howard R.Cucamonga, CA 38 Jones 18.580 2 Lee Brewer Jr Lomita, CA 48 Cowherd Racing 18.681 3 John Scott Hesperia, CA 83 Scott 18.765 4 Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 50 Chaffin 18.795 5 Jay Drake Canyon Country, CA 77 Fischer 18.888 6 Ricky Johnson Phoenix, AZ 51A Johnson 18.977 7 Steve Venard Tustin, CA 97 Venard/Vest 19.148 8 Steve Ostling Lakewood, CA 12 Pratt 19.198 9 Verne Sweeney Lomita, CA 98 Sweeney 19.204 10 Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 7 Yeley 19.217 11 Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 3 Jory 19.438 12 Marc Hart Ventura, CA 18 Hart/Smith 19.520 13 J.J. Yeley Phoenix, AZ 21 Morales 19.530 14 Jeremy Sherman Phoenix, AZ 17 Bergman 19.600 15 Alex Grigoreas Orange, CA 25 Ruth 19.630 16 Ron Shuman Tempe, AZ 2 Schuck 19.665 17 Mike English Norwalk, CA 89 Alexander 19.722 18 Troy Cline Hawthorne, CA 4 Geurin 19.750 19 Jimmy May Oxnard, CA 47 May 19.762 20 Bobby Michnowicz Harbor City, CA 21 Michnowicz 19.770 21 Rodney Argo El Segundo, CA 19 Argo 19.782 22 Mike Boat Peoria, AZ 74 Boat 19.900 23 Jim Giardina Riverside, CA 58 Giardina 20.130 24 Kevin Thomas Danville, IN 91SM Carsten 21.130 25 Jerry Coons Jr Tucson, AZ 23 Coons Jr 20.239 26 Wiley Miller Yorba Linda, CA 75 Miller 20.292 27 Ron DiDonato Riverside, CA 57 DiDonato 20.293 28 Tom Ball Alberquerque, NM 16 MACH 2 Racing 20.458 29 Keith Williamson Pomona, CA 95 Williamson 20.467 30 Jack Keene Corona, CA 28 Keene 20.624 31 Jim Watson Sun Valley, CA 69 Watson 21.157 32 Cal Smith Montclair, CA 53 Pratt 21.208 33 Scotty Burns Mentone, CA 25 Teknidyne 34 Dwight Cheney Temple City, CA 42 Cheney 35 Cary Faas Peoria, AZ 37 Faas
1. Rodney Argo 2. Jerry Coons Jr 3. J.J. Yeley 4. Jay Drake 5. Mike English 6. Verne Sweeney 7.Gary W. Howard 8. Keith Williamson
1. Jeremy Sherman 2. Troy Cline 3. Mike Boat 4. Rickie Gaunt 5. Lee Brewer Jr 6. Ricky Johnson 7. Wiley Miller 8. Jack Keene
1. Rip Williams 2. Ron DiDonato 3. John Scott 4. Steve Venard 5. Jim Giardina 5. Alex Grigoreas 7.Jimmy May 8. Jim Watson
1. Bobby Michnowicz 2. Richard Griffin 3. Ron Shuman 4. Steve Ostling 5. Kevin Thomas 5. Marc Hart 7. Tom Ball 8. Cal Smith
JE Pistons' Passing Masters' Dash
1. J. 5. Steve Ostling 6. John Scott 7. Steve Venard 8. Jay Drake
1. Lee Brewer Jr 2. Gary W. Howard 3. Verne Sweeney 4. Wiley Miller 5. Cal Smith 6. Jimmy May 7. Keith Williamson 8. Ricky Johnson 9. Alex Grigoreas 10. Tom Ball 11. Jack Keene 12. Jim Giardina 13. Marc Hart. 14. Mike English. 15. Jim Watson. 16. Kevin Thomas
1. Lee Brewer Jr 2. Rip Williams 3. J.J. Yeley 4. Steve Ostling 5. Rickie Gaunt 6. Jay Drake 7. Troy Cline 8. John Scott 9. Ron Shuman 10. Rodney Argo 11. Mike Boat 12. Cal Smith 13. Richard Griffin 14. Jerry Coons Jr 15. Verne Sweeney 16. Ron Didonato 17. Jimmy May 18. Gary W. Howard 19. Wiley Miller 20. Keith Williamson 21. Jeremy Sherman 22. Bobby Michnowicz
Lap Leaders: Williams 1-11 Brewer 16-27 Williams 28-29 Brewer 30
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