Richard Griffin leads SCRA into the PAS! Three time champion Griffin takes over SCRA point lead! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - JUNE 17, 2002) When Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and California Champ Trucks...
Richard Griffin leads SCRA into the PAS!
Three time champion Griffin takes over SCRA point lead!
(LAKE PERRIS, CA - JUNE 17, 2002) When Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and California Champ Trucks at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, three times SCRA Champion Richard "The Gassman" Griffin will come into the action as the points leader for the first time in 2002.
Griffin, who flies his own plane from Silver City, New Mexico to compete at The PAS, won his first main of the year at Santa Maria Speedway last Saturday night. The victory catapulted him past Corona's Steve Ostling for the points lead. The 38-year old became the third different leader in the series in less than a month.
Since late May the top four spots in the standings have looked like a revolving door. When SCRA came to The PAS on May 25th, Ventura's Cory Kruseman was leading followed by Garden Grove's Tony Jones, Griffin and Ostling. When they raced into Riverside County two weeks ago, Ostling sat on top of the heap over Griffin, Kruseman and Jones. Heading into this Saturday's race, Griffin holds a slim lead over Ostling (6 points back), Jones (20 points back) and Kruseman (38 points back).
Two years ago Griffin walked away with the SCRA Championship. He also won the titles in 1998 and 1999. In addition to those crowns, Griffin is the defending Non Wing World Champion. Kruseman won his first SCRA Championship last season. Ostling and Jones are seeking their first ever Championship titles.
Like Griffin, Corona's Dino Napier heads into Saturday's event with the point lead for this first time this year in the California Champ Trucks. Like SCRA, the Champ Trucks are having a great points battle as the season nears the midway point. A mere 10 points separate the top six in the standings. Murrieta's Mike Hixson trails Napier by one point and previous leader Art Peterson, of Cathedral City, is five points behind the leader.
Saturday's program will consist of qualifying, heat races, the dash, preliminary features and a 30-lap A main event for the open wheel stars of SCRA. The California Champ Trucks will run heat races and a 20-lap A main.
Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 6:30. Fans arriving between 4:00 and 5:00 PM will be able to meet popular driver Danny "Showtime" Sheridan as they walk through the front gate. Sheridan will be signing free autographs and will have his 800 horsepower sprint car on display.
June is Kid's Month at The PAS. All kids 12 and under will be admitted to the races free every Saturday night throughout the month.
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.