Tony Jones Subs For SCRA Champion Richard Griffin! (LAKE PERRIS, CA -- July 24, 2001) Tony Jones, who pocketed $25,000.00 last November when he won the 5th Annual Budweiser/Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway,...
Tony Jones Subs For SCRA Champion Richard Griffin!
(LAKE PERRIS, CA -- July 24, 2001) Tony Jones, who pocketed $25,000.00 last November when he won the 5th Annual Budweiser/Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway, will be behind the wheel of the car normally driven by three time defending SCRA Champion Richard "The Gassman" Griffin at The PAS this Saturday night.
No, multi-time SCRA Championship car owner Ron Chaffin did not fire Griffin and replace him with Jones. Unfortunately, it is more serious than that.
Last Wednesday Griffin, who four nights earlier finished second to Cory Kruseman at The PAS, was using a grinder to cut a piece of steel under a truck when the grinder swung around and nearly severed his right arm leaving him with two cut tendons and two cut arteries.
The popular Silver City, New Mexico resident, who has won three SCRA championships in a row, underwent surgery and was back at home by the weekend. However, he will be unable to jump right back into the red #50 Sprint Car. Griffin, who was voted #2 in the summer edition of the National Non Wing Sprint Car driver's poll (Kruseman was voted first), hopes to return by the end of the 2001 campaign.
In Griffin's absence, enter Corona's Jones who will take over the driving chores in one of the most respected Sprint Car rides in the nation. While Jones did win the Oval Nationals at The PAS last season, things have not gone smoothly for the likeable 31-year-old second generation driver in 2001. A contender for the SCRA points Championship early in the campaign, Jones and longtime car owner Gene Cowherd parted company in late May. Since then Jones, one of the top Non Wing Sprint Car drivers in the country has fallen out of the title hunt.
In his only appearance since getting out of the Cowherd ride, the popular Jones drove for Arizona car owner Bill Lloyd Jr. on July 14th at The PAS. In a strange ride and chassis (Jones had never driven an Ellis Chassis before that night), he impressed the crowd by qualifying fifth fast, winning the JE Pistons Passing Master's dash and taking fifth in the main. Jones looks to improve on that lofty performance by five spots this Saturday.
Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday. Early arriving fans can take advantage of the PAS Twilight Happy Hour from 5:00 to 6:00 PM and receive $2.00 off each adult General Admission ticket, two Hoffy Hot Dogs for the price of one, half off on Budweiser Beer and two for one Pepsi's.
The management of The PAS is pleased to announce that August will be "Senior Citizens Month." All fans 60-years-old and older will get in to the races for $10.00 every race night in August.
Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two miles to the fairgrounds. <pre> SCRA POINT STANDINGS 1. Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 1591 2. Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 1447 3. Mike Kirby Lomita, CA 1273 3. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 1273 5. John Scott Hesperia, CA 1130 6. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 1061 7. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 1044 8. Mike English Norwalk, CA 1010 9. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 978 10. Charles Davis Jr. Chandler, AZ 843