(MAY 12, 2003) Southern California racing fans get a dirt track doubleheader this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and...
(MAY 12, 2003) Southern California racing fans get a dirt track doubleheader this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the IMCA Modifieds.
Fresh off his 17th Manzanita Speedway (Phoenix, Arizona) win, Richard "The Gasman" Griffin leads the SCRA point Standings heading into Saturday's event. Griffin, who will turn 40 in November, is seeking his fifth SCRA Championship and his second in a row. The Silver City, New Mexico driver also won the crown in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
In last Saturday's main Griffin took the lead from 34-year old Rickie Gaunt of Torrance on lap 34 and went to best Rip Williams (47) of Yorba Linda and Gaunt. Thirty year-old Troy Rutherford of Ojai, who has not finished out of the top five this year, was fourth and Arizona's "Bullet Bob" Ream (32) was fifth.
Rutherford's consistent driving in the Mark Priestly owned #7 has left him only 12 points behind Griffin heading into Saturday's race. Concord's Damion Gardner, who was voted number one by a nationwide media poll in the initial 2003 ballot of Non Wing Sprint Car driver ratings, sits in third, some 95 points behind the leader.
Saturday's 30-lap main event on the brightly lit PAS oval will be the final tune-up for SCRA's first 50-lapper of the 2003 campaign, the Annual Salute to Indy, at The PAS on May 24th.
In addition to the Sprint Cars, Saturday will see the IMCA Modifieds at The PAS for their second visit of 2003. The open wheeled, bodied cars returned to The PAS in March after a six years absence. When they last appeared at The PAS in 1997, they averaged around 14 cars per show. When they came back in March, more than 40 cars filled the pits with some coming from as far away as New Mexico and a driver who came all the way from Iowa.
Spectator gates at will open at 4:00 PM Saturday.
All adult fans (18 and over) purchasing a ticket will receive an entry blank for the May 24th Downs Commercial Fueling Gasoline Giveaway. On that night one lucky fan will receive 300 gallons of free gasoline.
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. <pre> NAPA AUTO PARTS/AUTO TRADER MAGAZINES SCRA SPRINT CARS 1. Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 521 2. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 509 3. Damion Gardner Concord, CA 426 4. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 397 5. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 373 6. Mike English Norwalk, CA 366 7. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 353 8. Mike Spencer Temecula, CA 318 9. Levi Jones Olney, IL 249 10. Tony Jones Garden, Grove CA 237
IMCA MODIFIED POINTS 1. Bob Diaz 40 2. Ronnie Williams 39 3. Steve Smotherton 38 4. Rich Rose 37 5. Mark Allison 36 6. Wes Richardson 35 7. Bill Hiney 34 8. Royal Jones 33 9. Jimmy Bartllet 32 10. Damon Redmon 31