scra: PAS IX: Event preview

New SCRA point leader heads Saturday's PAS entry list! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - JUNE 3, 2002) For the first time in his 18-year sprint car racing career, Corona's Steve Ostling will head to Perris Auto Speedway as the series point leader when Vista...

New SCRA point leader heads Saturday's PAS entry list!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - JUNE 3, 2002) For the first time in his 18-year sprint car racing career, Corona's Steve Ostling will head to Perris Auto Speedway as the series point leader when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars on Saturday night.

Ostling, who spent over a decade driving for celebrated owner Bill Pratt before jumping into the seat of popular owner Bruce Fisher's #29 during the 2001 season, has yet to win a main event in 2002. However, in his last five starts he has four top five finishes. Three of those races have been at The PAS and the 39-year-old father of one has two-runner up finishes and one-third-place effort on the lightening fast Riverside County clay oval.

When SCRA last visited The PAS on Memorial Day weekend for the 50-Lap Salute to the Indianapolis 500, Ostling finished third behind Mike Kirby of Torrance and Yorba Linda's Rip Williams. That third place finish vaulted Ostling, who is known to fans as "The Mexican National Champion," from fourth to first in the standings.

In recent years the personable racer was not known as a great qualifier. That got the fan's attention due to his patented charges from the back of the pack. In 2002, Ostling has addressed those qualifying problems and has been t iming in better and the results are showing in his main event finishes and lofty position on top of the standings.

While Ostling jumped from fourth to first in the standings on Memorial Day weekend, there were other significant changes in the top four. Garden Grove's Tony Jones came into that night in second place. He was only nine markers behind leader Cory Kruseman. By the time qualifying had ended, Jones had closed the gap even more. Then disaster struck as Jones missed the main event and dropped from second to fourth in the points chase.

Kruseman, the defending SCRA Champion who resides in Ventura, did not have much better luck. He made the main, but before the checkered flag fell, he tangled with another car and flipped violently in turn four. The crash ended Kruseman's night and his 21st place finish dropped from first to third in the standings. It also curtailed his plan for grabbing a red eye flight out of Los Angeles so he could compete with the USAC Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series the next night at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and the IRA Sprint Cars that Monday evening in Wisconsin. Kruseman did manage to take advantage of SCRA's off weekend last week (the scheduled race at Bakersfield was canceled some time ago) to finish sixth in a midget race at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway.

Three time SCRA Champion Richard "The Gassman" Griffin jumped from third to second in the standings on Memorial Day weekend and only trails Ostling by 11 points heading into Saturday's race.

Saturday's program will consist of qualifying, 4 heat races, the JE Pistons Passing Masters Dash, preliminary mains and a 30-lap A main event.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 7:00. Fans arriving between 4:00 and 5:00 PM will meet personable SCRA star Adam Mitchell who will be by the main gate signing free autographs and giving fans an up close look at his car.

June is Kid's Month at The PAS. All kids 12 and under will be admitted to the races free every Saturday night throughout the month.

Don't forget that at intermission the entire family can "Boogie" 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, spotless clean restrooms and paved spectator parking. Best of all, the track supplies clean, wholesome family entertainment every Saturday night.

Advance tickets for Saturday's race are on sale now by calling (909) 940-0134 or by going to the PAS website at www.perrisautospeedway.com and clicking on the online tickets icon.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds 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
Drivers Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Rip Williams
Teams Williams