(LAKE PERRIS, CA - MAY 20, 2002) Fans attending Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night will get something extra when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars Annual Salute to the Indianapolis 500. ...
(LAKE PERRIS, CA - MAY 20, 2002) Fans attending Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night will get something extra when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars Annual Salute to the Indianapolis 500. Actually they will be getting 66% extra laps of main event action as Saturday's battle will be 50 laps around the lightning fast Riverside county clay oval instead of the normal 30.
The extra 20-laps present several intriguing differences to the drivers and their crews. Tire wear and fuel conservation become significant concerns, as does driver stamina. In addition, the extra 20-laps brings out the possibility of more changing track conditions. In dirt track racing, track conditions normally change throughout the program. The wrong set up can make a team that is running up front in the early going, nothing more than a back marker when the checkered flag comes down after 50 laps.
If Saturday's race is anything like the last three SCRA events at The PAS, it will not be decided until the last 50 feet of racing and the margin of victory will be no more than one car length.
Last Saturday, Garden Grove's Tony Jones took his third SCRA main event win of the year by less than a car length over Corona's Steve Ostling. Jones, 31, started seventh in the 22-car field. Early on he was not a player for the lead, but late in the race he dazzled the crowd with several nifty moves and he took the point position with five laps to and parlayed it into the winner's paycheck. Three other drivers, Silver City, New Mexico's Richard "The Gassman" Griffin, Rip Williams of Yorba Linda and Concord's Damion Gardner, also lead the main event.
Ostling, 39, who started tenth and who is known for passing a lot of cars in main events, went to the inside of Jones as they exited turn four and headed for the checkered flag. In the end he was a car length short and logged his second straight runner up finish at The PAS.
Jones came into last Saturday 24 points behind SCRA series leader Cory Kruseman of Ventura. The win, coupled with Kruseman's sixth place finish, allowed Jones to close to within 9 points heading into Saturday's 50-lapper.
Ostling and his #29 Fisher Motorsports/Watt Enterprises/Pacific Coast Sportswear sprint car will be just inside the front gate to meet fans and sign free autographs from 4:00 to 5:00 PM this Saturday.
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.