(OCTOBER 10, 2003) Current NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart has entered his Mopar Sprint Car Racing team of J.J. Yeley and Cory Kruseman in the 8th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista...
(OCTOBER 10, 2003) Current NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart has entered his Mopar Sprint Car Racing team of J.J. Yeley and Cory Kruseman in the 8th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint at Perris Auto Speedway on November 13th, 14th and 15th.
The high profile event will be the final round of the 2003 Non Wing World Championship and will mark a return to The PAS of former SCRA regulars Yeley, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and Kruseman of Ventura, California. Yeley won the first ever race at Perris Auto Speedway in March of 1996. Kruseman, the 2001 SCRA Champion, won in his last appearance at the track (September 6th) when he out dueled veteran Rip Williams on the final lap of the SCRA main event.
Yeley, who turned 27 on October 5th, has had a dream season thus far in 2003. He has already sewed up the USAC National Sprint Car Championship and the USAC Silver Crown title. In addition he has a 75-point lead over Tracy Hines with three races to go in the USAC National Midget standings. If Yeley can win that title, he will become only the second driver in USAC history to capture all three crowns in one season. Ironically, the other driver to execute that feat was his car owner, Stewart, in 1995.
In addition to his 2003 championships, Yeley has won a record setting single season total of 23 USAC main events this year. Of the 23, 13 have come behind the wheel of the Stewart owned Mopar sprint car. Earlier this week, Yeley tested a NASCAR Busch Series car for famed car owner and NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.
Kruseman, who owns and operates the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School at the Ventura Raceway, is no stranger to championships and main event wins. The 2001 SCRA Champion, Kruseman, 33, is tied for the most lifetime SCRA wins with Rip Williams. Each of them has 61 victories. This year, while running with USAC in the Midwest, Kruseman has only made 17 SCRA starts, but he sports a dazzling winning percentage as he has won 5 of the 17. And, he became the only driver in SCRA history to win main events for three different car owners (Stewart, Cory Witherill and Mark Alexander) in one season. When he won the SCRA Championship in 2001, Kruseman won 15 main events.
Even though his SCRA schedule has been limited in 2003, Kruseman, the proud father of a young daughter named Casie, ranks 11th in points. He currently stands sixth in the USAC National Sprint Car point standings.
Kruseman, who has also competed in the Indy Racing League and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, won the inaugural Non Wing World Championship in 1999 and the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Championship in 2000.
Advance tickets for the 8th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, 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.