scra: Perris Speedway results 2001-09-02

<pre> SCRA Sprint Cars September 2, 2001 Perris Auto Speedway 37 Cars on Hand FAST QUALIFIERS (Top 10) 1. Charles Davis Jr. - 16.850 2. Brian Venard - 16.992 3. Richard Griffin - 17.000 4. Rip Williams - 17.067 5. Troy Cline - 17.097 6.

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SCRA Sprint Cars September 2, 2001 Perris Auto Speedway 37 Cars on Hand

FAST QUALIFIERS (Top 10) 1. Charles Davis Jr. - 16.850 2. Brian Venard - 16.992 3. Richard Griffin - 17.000 4. Rip Williams - 17.067 5. Troy Cline - 17.097 6. Verne Sweeney - 17.129 7. Jordan Hermansader - 17.142 8. Rickie Gaunt - 17.151 9. Cory Kruseman - 17.161 10. John Scott - 17.180

C-Main 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Bobby Graham, 3. Dan Hillberg, 4. Cal Smith, 5. Keith Williamson, 6. Mel Murphy, 7. Jimmy Gardner

Heat 1 1. Mike English, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Troy Cline, 4. Charles Davis Jr, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. Jeremy Sherman, 7. Charlie Ekiss, 8. Mike Spencer

Heat 2 1. Michael Hinrichsen, 2. Verne Sweeney, 3. Jack DeArmond Jr, 4. Bobby Graham, 5. Keith Williamson, 6. Hank Winter, 7. John Scott, 8. Brian Venard

Heat 3 1. Richard Griffin, 2. Danny Sheridan, 3. Steve Ostling, 4. Jarrett Chaney, 5. Lance Gremett, 6. Ronnie Clark, 7. Jordan Hermansader, 8. Dan Hillberg

Heat 4 1. Rip Williams, 2. Rickie Gaunt, 3. Tony Jones, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Adam Mitchell, 6. Bobby Cody, 7. Cal Smith, 8. Gary W. Howard

Passing Masters Dash 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Rip Williams, 3. Troy Cline, 4. Richard Griffin, 5. Charles Davis Jr, 6. Jarrett Chaney, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Mike Kirby

B-Main 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Jeremy Sherman, 3. Adam Mitchell, 4. Lance Gremett. 5. John Scott, 6. Jordan Hermansader, 7. Ronnie Clark, 8. Mike Spencer, 9. Bobby Cody, 10. Cal Smith, 11. Dan Hillberg, 12. Keith Williamson, 13. Hank Winter, 14. Brian Venard, 15. Charlie Ekiss

A-Main - 50 Laps (With Starting Positions) 1. Richard Griffin (4th) 2. Rip Williams (2nd) 3. Jarrett Chaney (6th) 4. John Scott (11th) 5. Troy Cline (3rd) 6. Danny Sheridan (20th) 7. Rickie Gaunt (1st) 8. Charles Davis Jr. (5th) 9. Michael Hinrichsen (19th) 10. Steve Ostling (17th) 11. Lance Gremett (13th) 12. Troy Rutherford (12th) 13. Cory Kruseman (10th) DNF - Flip 14. Tony Jones (14th) DNF - Engine quit while he was leading 15. Jeremy Sherman (15th) DNF - Flip 16. Bobby Graham (22nd) DNF - Flip 17. Verne Sweeney (7th) (DNF) 18. Adam Mitchell (21st) (DNF) - Oil tank fell off 19. Jordan Hermansador (9th) Crash 20. Jack DeArmond Jr. (16th) DNF - Flip 21. Mike Kirby (8th) (DNF) - Suspected Fuel Pump 22. Mike English (18th) DNF - Flip Laps Led: Williams 1-39, Jones 40-44, Williams 45-49, Griffin 50

Notes: According to many, this was the best Sprint Car race they had ever seen.

Rip Williams led most of the way and at several times built up a half straightaway lead. There was a fabulous eight-car battle for the second through ninth positions that raged for approximately 25 laps in the middle of the main with positions changing every lap. Among those in that battle were Richard Griffin, Tony Jones, Troy Cline, Cory Kruseman, Jarrett Chaney, John Scott, Charles Davis Jr., Danny Sheridan, Rickie Gaunt and others.

Jones started 14th worked his way through the pack in the Mike Wall #37. He took the lead from Williams with one of his monster slide jobs in turn three and moved away from the field. In only his second time in the car, Jones looked to be headed for the win when his engine quit entering turn one on lap 44.

Williams was back in first on the restart, but received a heavy challenge from Jarrett Chaney, before another flag slowed the field. The final few laps featured a fierce battle with Williams, Chaney and Griffin. Williams led down the back chute on the last lap and seemed to have his winless streak coming to an end, but Griffin blasted by as they hit turn three. It still wasn't over. In the most spectacular finish in Perris Auto Speedway history, Griffin, Williams and Chaney came off turn four three abreast as they battled for the checked. Griffin got the best drive off the corner and finished with Williams and Chaney on his push bar.

Huge crowd and no injuries in the crashes. Cory Kruseman was in contention for his seventh straight PAS win, but got upside down after contact with Troy Cline on lap 47. Troy Rutherford turned his car over to avoid plowing into the flipping Kruseman.

-SCRA-

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Jones , Jack DeArmond , Cory Kruseman , Richard Griffin , Troy Cline , Ronnie Clark , John Scott , Charles Davis Jr. , Rip Williams , Mike English , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford , Danny Sheridan
Teams Williams