Jack Kindoll Classic Perris Auto Speedway 2001-11-17 47 Cars on Hand An exciting night of racing was in order as the SCRA Sprint Cars made it's last appearance of the 2001 Season at it's home track, Perris Auto Speedway. 47 cars signed in for...
Jack Kindoll Classic
Perris Auto Speedway
47 Cars on Hand
An exciting night of racing was in order as the SCRA Sprint Cars made it's last appearance of the 2001 Season at it's home track, Perris Auto Speedway. 47 cars signed in for the annual Jack Kindoll Classic, a race in honor of the longtime California Sprint Car owner. Most notable among his drivers is multi-time CRA Champion Jimmy Oskie, who was on hand to pace the field in Buzz Shoemaker's #27 King 'o Lawn Sprinter.
USAC's Bill Rose and Tony Elliott were in local SCRA rides, as Elliott was behind the wheel of the Gardner Motorsports #96 Sprinter. Tony would later go on to win the fourth heat race. Rose was chosen to drive the Rick Becker #67, wrenched by Ray Sheets. Mike English returned to action on this night, as "The Ripper" Rip Williams' teammate in the #3jr.
Northern California's Andy Forsberg once again made the trek south, this time with a 1980's Maxwell-copy chassis that had spent some considerable time in his grandmother's backyard. Indianapolis 500 veteran, Cory Witherill fielded a two car effort, with Jimmy May and Marc Hart in the WSA Health Care #61X and #16X.
Former Sammy Swindell wrench, Brad Meyers made a rare non-wing appearance in the #3M. Unfortunately, he would later get upside down in the C-Main. He was uninjured, but reports are that the car was totaled. Jack DeArmond Jr. had a new ride for the evening- the Ron DiDonato #57 Stinger. Paul Beregszazy and David Bateman made the journey from Arizona. Bateman, Bobby Boone, and Rodney Argo scratched for the event with mechanical problems before qualifying.
USAC Western Midgets competitor Brian Stanfill was the driver in the Crossno #38. He made the most of the opportunity, as he made the Passing Masters Dash and was running sixth in the 50-lap main event before a crash ended his night.
In qualifying, it was "The Cowboy" Tony Jones who set quick time with a 16.320 in the Mike Wall #37.
Fan favorite Cal Smith scored the win in heat race #2, over veterans Cory Kruseman, Richard Griffin, Mike Kirby, and John Scott. Kirby was in second, until his hood flew off, causing him to be black flagged.
Santa Maria's "Showtime" Danny Sheridan won the Passing Masters Dash, driving for Tom & Laurie Sertich in the Moose Racing #92.
In the Main Event, "Super" Rickie Gaunt led early, until being overtaken by Tony Jones. Jones had built up a lead over the field that was erased by a red flag for Brian Stanfill. After the restart, Jones was once again building up a lead from the pack, but this time he was followed by Cory Kruseman. Both cars made their way through lapped traffic, and then Cory made his move taking the lead from Jones. Kruseman, the 2001 Champion, never looked back on his way to his record setting 15th SCRA victory in a season. Jones finished in second and third went to "Hollywood" John Scott.
It was announced that Michael Hinrichsen is the 2001 SCRA Rookie of the Year. His closest competitor, Mike Spencer, the 2001 NWWC Rookie of the Year, made the transfer to the main event, but could not earn enough points to upset Hinrichsen.
SCRA will return to action at Perris Auto Speedway on February 9, 2002 for it's first "day race" in the track's history.