Busy Cory Kruseman Heads The Field At The PAS! (LAKE PERRIS, CA -- AUGUST 8, 2001) Southern California race fans will be treated to a two for the price of one doubleheader when the SCRA Sprint Cars and the California Champ Trucks take over...
Busy Cory Kruseman Heads The Field At The PAS!
(LAKE PERRIS, CA -- AUGUST 8, 2001) Southern California race fans will be treated to a two for the price of one doubleheader when the SCRA Sprint Cars and the California Champ Trucks take over Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday night.
On the Sprint Car portion of the program, Ventura, California's Cory Kruseman is the man to beat on Saturday. The 30-year-old Ventura veteran has won the last three SCRA main events at The PAS including the July 4th 50-lapper.
Kruseman has led the SCRA point standings from the outset of the 2001 campaign. Amazingly, he had never led the points with SCRA before 2001. In addition to Kruseman looking for his first SCRA Championship, his car owner, Harlan Willis, is looking for his first SCRA Owner's Championship.
Kruseman has been a very busy driver over the past couple weeks. Two weeks ago he was contesting USAC's Indiana Sprintweek. He competed in several events in that series (all of which are run over a one week period). After a Friday night race in Indiana, Kruseman hustled out of the track to the airport to catch a flight to California so he could compete - and win - at The PAS on Saturday.
After spending a few days with his wife Carri and one-month old daughter Casie Leann, Kruseman headed back to Indianapolis to compete in last Thursday's USAC Silver Bullet pavement race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. After starting 13th and placing 21st in the Silver Bullet battle, it was on to the airport to fly back to California for Saturday's SCRA race at the Thunderbowl in Tulare.
After finishing out of the top three at Tulare, Kruseman found himself flying across country again on Sunday. He destination was Oskaloosa, Iowa where he finished 5th in an open competition Sprint Car race on Monday night.
Lomita's Mike Kirby won the main event at Tulare's third-of-a-mile banked Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night after a ferocious late race battle
with Rip Williams. Kirby's win moved him to within 40 points of second place Richard Griffin. Griffin has missed the past two races due to an off track arm injury. Hesperia's John Scott took third at Tulare.
Joining SCRA on Saturday will be the California Champ Trucks. The driver to watch with the Trucks is Murrieta's Mike Hixson. Two weeks ago Hixson, who began racing in 1996, made history by becoming the first driver to win a Champ Truck and Ramona Tire PASSCAR Stock Car main event at The PAS on the same night.
The month of August is"Senior Citizen's Month" at The PAS. All fans 60-years of age and older will get into the races for $10.00 and will be able to get two ice cream cones for the price of one.
Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday.
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.
SCRA POINT STANDINGS
1. Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA 1730
2. Richard Griffin Silver City, NM 1447
3. Mike Kirby Lomita, CA 1407
3. Troy Rutherford Ojai, CA 1398
5. John Scott Hesperia, CA 1208
6. Rip Williams Yorba Linda, CA 1130
7. Steve Ostling Corona, CA 1097
8. Rickie Gaunt Torrance, CA 1086
9. Mike English Norwalk, CA 1038
10. Charles Davis Jr. Chandler, AZ 895