Record-breaking Kruseman has high hopes for Summer Dirt Cup at LVMS. LAS VEGAS-- Cory Kruseman will be out to break his own record this Saturday during the Summer Dirt Cup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's dirt track. Kruseman, a Ventura, Calif.,...
Record-breaking Kruseman has high hopes for Summer Dirt Cup at LVMS.
LAS VEGAS-- Cory Kruseman will be out to break his own record this Saturday during the Summer Dirt Cup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's dirt track.
Kruseman, a Ventura, Calif., native, is the Sprint Car Racing Association's all-time leader in main event wins. Kruseman surpassed Rip Williams on June 22 at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif., by posting his 56th career victory. The 31-year old Kruseman hopes to keep the momentum going for this Saturday's race at the half-mile oval.
"The track is such a nice facility for racing," Kruseman said."Las Vegas is a fun atmosphere to be around. There is a whole lot to do in that town."
Kruseman is the defending SCRA champion and owns several records. In 2001, Kruseman won a record 15 SCRA main events, including six in a row from June 2 to August 25. He won the Jack Knoll Classic at Perris Auto Speedway in 1998, 2000 and 2001. This season, Kruseman has brought home four checkered flags and is third in the SCRA standings.
Kruseman is not just a master of the dirt; he has recently tried his hand in Indy Racing League cars as well. In February, Kruseman was in Las Vegas to take the speed phase of his IRL rookie test at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. It was his first time at speed in an IRL car. With an unofficial speed of 207 mph, Kruseman completed each of the four 10-lap phases of the test in just 81 laps.
"We passed our test with flying colors," Kruseman said."It was an awesome experience. We are thankful we got to do it."
Kruseman's future is certain -- he will keep racing. He's just not sure what series he will be racing in.
"We aren't very picky about what we are driving," Kruseman said."We are hoping to race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the end of this season."
Cory Kruseman and many of the SCRA driving stars will participate in an autograph session under the grandstands from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15. Senior citizens, military personnel and high school students with identification are $10. Admission for children ages 6-12 is $5. Children under five are free.