scra: PAS XIII: Saturday night preview

The PAS hosts SCRA this Saturday night! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 23, 2002) Vista Paint will present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night. It will be SCRA's last race on the West...

The PAS hosts SCRA this Saturday night!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - JULY 23, 2002) Vista Paint will present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night. It will be SCRA's last race on the West Coast before leaving on a tour of the Midwest and east to kick off the 2002 Non Wing World Championship Tour.

Richard "The Gassman" Griffin, who is one of the hottest Sprint Car drivers in the country, comes into Saturday's action after setting fast time, winning his heat and the main event last Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway. By turning in such a dominating performance, the 38-year old father of one advanced his lead in the standings to 79 points over Corona's Steve Ostling.

The win was Griffin's third in a row at Santa Maria and fifth out of the last seven at the third of a mile oval. The victory also gave him four wins on the year, which ties him for the series lead with Ventura's Cory Kruseman.

Despite his lofty position at the top of the victory list with Kruseman, Griffin, a three-time SCRA Champion, has not won a main at The PAS since September of 2001. He plans on ending that drought around 10:00 PM this Saturday night.

Through the first twenty races of the season, Ostling is having quite a year. He has yet to win a main event, but has finished in the runner-up spot six times. While several SCRA drivers head out on the road next month for the Non Wing World Championship Tour, Ostling, 39, will be staying home and racing at The PAS with the VRA Sprint Cars on August 3rd and 17th.

Like Griffin, Kruseman is one of the hottest drivers in the nation. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday the defending SCRA Champion won the first three races in the prestigious Indiana Sprint Week Series. J.J. Yeley, the driver who won the Grand Opening race at The PAS in 1996, won the fourth race of the series on Monday evening.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday. From 4:00 and 5:00 PM fans can take advantage of the popular PAS Happy Hour. That entitles them to enjoy $2.00 off each adult ticket, two for the price of one Hoffy Hot Dogs, Pepsi's churros and pretzels. SCRA's leading rookie driver, Costa Mesa's Bobby Cody, will be by the main spectator gate along with his car from 4:00-5:00 PM to sign free autographs. Cody is the son of longtime Southern California Speedway Motorcycle star "Wild Bill" Cody.

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, 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 J.J. Yeley , Cory Kruseman