scra: PAS VII: Event preview

Kruseman goes for SCRA record Saturday at the Pas! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - MAY 14, 2002) When Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, a win by second-generation ...

Kruseman goes for SCRA record Saturday at the Pas!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - MAY 14, 2002) When Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, a win by second-generation driver Cory Kruseman would allow him to stand alone on top of SCRA's all-time victory list.

Last Saturday night at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Kruseman, 31, won his 55th SCRA main event. That victory tied him with 25-year sprint car veteran Rip Williams of Yorba Linda. One of Kruseman's main combatants on Saturday will be Williams, who turned 46-years old on May 5th.

Last season Kruseman won an astounding 12 main events at The PAS and 15 total on his way to his first ever SCRA Championship. This year he has picked up right where he left off as he has garnered three victories and leads Garden Grove's Tony Jones by 24 points in the championship hunt. Two of Kruseman's 2002 victories have come at The PAS.

Jones, who owns 12-lifetime SCRA wins, is seeking his first ever sprint car championship. He finished third at Manzanita behind Kruseman and Jeremy Sherman of Phoenix.

In addition to last Saturday's milestone victory, the Ventura based Kruseman added another line to his already crowded portfolio last week when he was voted #1 in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame's Spring Non-Winged National Sprint Car Poll. Voted on by sprint car media members across the nation, Kruseman took 9 of the 15 first place votes. Indiana's Tracy Hines (4 first place votes) was second and Jones was third (2 first place votes).

Other SCRA stars finishing in the top 25 in the poll were: 5th Richard Griffin, 8th Jeremy Sherman, 11th Troy Rutherford, 15th Mike Kirby, 16th Steve Ostling, 18th Rickie Gaunt, 20th Rip Williams and 22nd John Scott.

May is Senior Citizen's Month at The PAS. All fans age 65 and over will be admitted for the junior price of $9.00 on Saturday.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 7:00.

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.

<pre> SCRA DRIVERS POINTS as of 5/11/02 1. Cory Kruseman Ventura CA 606 2. Tony Jones Garden Grove CA 582 3. Richard Griffin Silver City NM 562 4. Steve Ostling Corona CA 533 5. Jeremy Sherman Phoenix AZ 502 6. Troy Rutherford Ojai CA 495 7. Rip Williams Yorba Linda CA 466 8. John Scott Hesperia CA 464 9. Mike Kirby Torrance CA 432 10. Rickie Gaunt Torrance CA 357

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tracy Hines , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , John Scott , Rip Williams , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams