scra: Perris doubleheader with VRA preview

(FEBRUARY 24, 2003, PERRIS, CA) Perris Auto Speedway will host a historic doubleheader when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the VRA Sprint Cars this Saturday...

(FEBRUARY 24, 2003, PERRIS, CA) Perris Auto Speedway will host a historic doubleheader when Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the VRA Sprint Cars this Saturday night. The event is expected to draw between 80-100 Sprint Cars.

SCRA staged it's first ever race at the end of the 1993 season. VRA was formed in 2000 by Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor. Ironically, that first ever SCRA race took place at Naylor's Ventura Raceway and was won by Yorba Linda's Rip Williams. Williams will be one of the favorites on the SCRA side of the program this Saturday at The PAS.

While Ventura has been a regular stop on the SCRA tour since that first year, the two groups have never raced together on the same program. That will all change on Saturday. VRA staged its first two races away from the Ventura Raceway last August at The PAS. The races were such a hit with the PAS fans that Oval Entertainment LLC President Don Kazarian decided to put them on the same card with SCRA. In addition to Saturday, they will get back together for another combined show at The PAS on October 4th.

The biggest difference between the two groups is the engine size. SCRA cars use 410 cubic inch engines while VRA uses a 360 cubic inch power plant.

Several drivers will be doing double duty -- running with both organizations -- on Saturday. Included in that group will be 2002 Jack Kindoll Classic Champion Steve Ostling, 40, of Corona, 2002 VRA Champion Jimmy "Neutron" Crawford, 34, of Ventura and 20-year old Josh Ford of Camarillo. Ford won the VRA season opener at The PAS on February 8th.

Other top stars entered for Saturday's SCRA portion of the show include Troy Rutherford who won the SCRA season opener two weeks ago, former Oval Nationals Champions Tony Jones & Rickie Gaunt, 2001 SCRA Champion Cory Kruseman, 4-time SCRA Champion Richard "The Gasman" Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico and Williams. Top VRA stars include last season's PAS winners Ronnie "The Rocket" Case & Chris Wakim, Tony Dighera and former USA International Speedway Motorcycle star Steve Gresham.

Please make a note of Saturday's earlier starting times. The pit gate will open at noon, spectator gates at 2:00 PM and qualifying will start at 4:00.

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.

<pre> NAPA AUTO PARTS/AUTO TRADER MAGAZINES SCRA SPRINT CARS 1. Troy Rutherford Ojai 69 2. Tony Jones Garden Grove 65 3. Rickie Gaunt Torrance 61 3. Mike English Norwalk 61 5. Adam Mitchell Escondido 54 6. Cory Kruseman Ventura 52 6. Levi Jones Olney, IL 52 8. Verne Sweeney Lomita 49 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. Tucson, AZ 43 10. Steve Ostling Corona 41 10. Rodney Argo El Segundo 41 10. Mike Spencer Temecula 41

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Levi Jones , Jerry Coons , Rip Williams , Josh Ford , Mike English , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams