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Sprint Car Midget doubleheader at the PAS! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - OCTOBER 1) Open wheel race fans will get a treat on Saturday when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Cars and the USAC Western States Midgets at...

Sprint Car Midget doubleheader at the PAS!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - OCTOBER 1) Open wheel race fans will get a treat on Saturday when Vista Paint presents the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Cars and the USAC Western States Midgets at Perris Auto Speedway.

Saturday's event will be the final Sprint Car race at the PAS before the 7th Annual Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply $100,000.00 - 100 Lap Budweiser Oval Nationals on October 31st, November 1st & 2nd. It will also be the track's final Midget event of the year.

Saturday's race will be the first at The PAS for 32-year old Cory Kruseman since he made his Indy Racing League debut in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on September 15th. Kruseman, who recently turned 32, dropped out of his inaugural IRL start early due to gearbox problems after 74 laps.

The current SCRA and Indiana Sprint Week Champion, Kruseman has won 56 lifetime main events with SCRA including four victories in 2002. That ties him for first overall with 25-year racing veteran Rip Williams of Yorba Linda. Kruseman will be behind the wheel of the familiar Harlan Willis owned/Mike Nigh tuned #1 Sprint Car on Saturday night.

In addition to his Sprint Car ride, Kruseman, who won the prestigious 1999 Chili Bowl Midget race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will drive Andy Bondio's Midget on Saturday.

Williams, who won the SCRA main event at Santa Maria Speedway two weeks ago, will be on hand Saturday as will 3-time champion Richard "The Gasman" Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico, Garden Grove's Tony Jones, Mike Kirby & "Super Rickie" Gaunt of Torrance, Hesperia's "Haulin' Hollywood" John Scott, Corona's Steve Ostling, Mike English of Norwalk and the other SCRA stars.

The Western States Midgets will bring an exciting battle for the 2002 championship to The PAS. Murrieta's Robby Flock, who won the title in 1986, 1989 and 1993, holds a slim 13-point lead over El Monte's Jerome Rodela in the fight for the title. Riverside's Danny Stratton is in third some 29-point behind Rodela.

Flock defeated Rodela at The PAS on August 10th. Stratton was sixth.

Another driver doing double duty on Saturday will be impressive Josh Wise of Riverside. Three weeks ago the teenage sensation, who is sixth in the Western States Midget standings with one victory in 2002, made his Sprint Car debut driving for Don Argo at The PAS. Wise caught a lot of attention by making the dash and running in the top six in the main until he tangled with another car and dropped out. The following week at Santa Maria, Wise was the fast qualifier at the SCRA Sprint Car race and finished 5th in the main. Last week he was in Indiana racing with the USAC National Midgets.

Qualifying and preliminary races were originally slated for Friday with the main events on Saturday night. However, the Friday night show has been canceled and qualifying, preliminaries and all main events will be contested on Saturday. Spectator gates will open at the normal time of 4:00 PM on Saturday, but racing will start earlier than usual at 6:00 PM.

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 for Saturday's race are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4TIX (4849) 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.

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Josh Wise , John Scott , Rip Williams , Robby Flock , Mike English , Danny Stratton
Teams Williams