Sprint cars return to the dirt Saturday at the PAS! (APRIL 21, 2003) Southern California open wheel racing fans will get another shot of excitement Saturday night as Concord's Damion Gardner goes for his third win in a row and fourth out of...
Sprint cars return to the dirt Saturday at the PAS!
(APRIL 21, 2003) Southern California open wheel racing fans will get another shot of excitement Saturday night as Concord's Damion Gardner goes for his third win in a row and fourth out of five when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway!
Gardner won the last main event at The PAS two weeks ago and won the week before that, April 5th, at the Thunderbowl in Tulare. His prowess at collecting checkered flags and the consistent driving of Ojai's Troy Rutherford (Rutherford has yet to finish out of the top five this year) are making it tough on veteran Richard Griffin who is trying to win his fifth SCRA driving Championship. Heading into Saturday's event New Mexico's Griffin, who always seems to be near the head of the pack in the main events and championship tilts, holds a slim 10-point lead over Rutherford. Gardner is 57 points back. All three will drop the gloves and square off in a show that will consist of qualifying, four heats races, a dash, preliminary mains and a 30-lap A main at The PAS on Saturday.
In addition to the battle for the point's championship, SCRA is also enjoying a thrilling skirmish for the 2003 Jeff Bagley Memorial Rookie of the Year award. Bakersfield's Bryan Stanfill, who has two top ten finishes in the last three races, leads the rookie standings by 18 points over 2002 VRA Champion Jimmy "Neutron' Crawford of Ventura. Camarillo's Josh Ford, a teammate of Gardner, is just 6 points behind Crawford. Bakersfield teenager Alan Ballard is fourth and San Clemente's Seth Wilson, the grandson of 4-time Indianapolis 500 starter Dempsey Wilson, is fifth. Incidentally, when Wilson's grandfather was a rookie at Indianapolis in 1958, he finished 15th, one spot ahead of another rookie named A.J. Foyt.
Joining SCRA's finest on Saturday's card will be the CarQuest Hornets.
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).
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.
NAPA AUTO PARTS/AUTO TRADERS MAGAZINES SCRA POINTS
1. Richard Griffin Silver City NM 452
2. Troy Rutherford Ojai CA 442
3. Damion Gardner Concord CA 395
4. Rip Williams Yorba Linda CA 323
5. Steve Ostling Corona CA 320
6. Mike English Norwalk CA 314
7. Rickie Gaunt Torrance CA 290
8. Mike Spencer Temecula CA 273
9. Levi Jones Olney IL 249
10. Tony Jones Garden Grove CA 215