Perris March 20 preview

(MARCH 15, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Ventura's Chris Tramel will try to extend his winning streak to three races when the Ventura Racing Association Sprint Car Series visits Perris Auto Speedway for the Lake Chevrolet Challenge Cup on Saturday night.

(MARCH 15, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Ventura's Chris Tramel will try to extend his winning streak to three races when the Ventura Racing Association Sprint Car Series visits Perris Auto Speedway for the Lake Chevrolet Challenge Cup on Saturday night. Joining the VRA drivers on the doubleheader program will be the fast PASSCAR Super Stocks.

Tramel scored the first sprint car win of his career at the Ventura Raceway season opener on March 5th. He backed that up last Saturday night with another impressive victory at the seaside oval. This Saturday, he will take his talents to The PAS, a track where his cousin, Cory Kruseman, has scored several sprint car wins including a $30,000.00 victory at last year's Oval Nationals.

Even though he is only 21, Tramel, the 2002 VRA Rookie of the Year, has raced in several different classes in his career and thus earned the nickname "Ready To Run." Before jumping into VRA Sprint Cars, Tramel has had seat time in Modifieds, Pony Stocks, Street Stocks and Figure 8 Cars.

Tramel's main competition on Saturday may come from Bakersfield's Tom Stansberry. The defending VRA Champion, Stansberry has finished second to Tramel in the season's first two races. Stansberry, who graduated with a BS in Business from Cal State Bakersfield in 2000, came from 15th starting position to second at the season opener. Last week, a lap 12 tangle sent him to the back (16th) and he came all the way back to second in just 18 laps!

Other top VRA stars expected to enter Saturday's race include second generation driver Kevin Kierce of Tarzana, Chris Wakim of Simi Valley and Will "The Thrill" Perkins of Victorville. Kierce, the 1999 Ventura Raceway IMCA Sprint Car Champion, is the son of 1963 CRA Rookie of the Year Jim Kierce. 41-year old Wakim made VRA history by winning the first ever VRA race away from Ventura (at The PAS) in August of 2002. Perkins, who won the final 2003 VRA race of the year, is a fan favorite wherever he goes. The veteran driver is known for his spectacular rim riding efforts and charges from the back of the pack.

Linny "The Colton Cowboy" White will be looking for his second win a row in the popular PASSCAR Super Stock class on Saturday night. White, who was the 2003 Stock Pony champion at Orange Show Speedway, defeated teammate Mike Hixson (Murrieta) and Glen Avon's John Caley in the season opener two weeks ago. Corona's Terry Hershberger, the 2003 Super Stock Champ, ended up 11th in the season opener.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday.

Advance tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849, (909) 940-0134 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com. J 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.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Cory Kruseman