Field grows for Perris USAC/CRA event

(APRIL 6, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Just when you thought the competition could not get any tougher for the Budweiser Bash at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, it did just that! Jeremy Sherman, one of the most exciting sprint car drivers in the...

(APRIL 6, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Just when you thought the competition could not get any tougher for the Budweiser Bash at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, it did just that! Jeremy Sherman, one of the most exciting sprint car drivers in the Southwest, has thrown his hat into the ring and is one of the favorites for the 30-lap Valvoline USAC/CRA main event victory.

Sherman, who calls Phoenix, Arizona home, is no stranger to racing on The PAS half-mile. In fact, his dashes from deep in the field to the front of the pack have endeared him to the Southern California fans. And, he turned in one of the most exciting rides in the tracks history at last year's $30,000.00 to win Oval Nationals. Starting 21st in the 50-lap main event, Sherman weaved his way through the traffic to finish second behind Cory Kruseman. As he clawed his was to second place, the talented 27-year old passed such superstars as J.J. Yeley, Brent & Bud Kaeding, Damion Gardner, Richard "The Gasman" Griffin, Cary Faas, Mike Spencer, Jac Haudenschild, John Scott, Troy Rutherford, Tracey Hines, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones and Josh Wise.

Last month Sherman thrilled his hometown fans with another such performance in the Gary Sokola Classic at Manzanita Speedway. Starting 17th, he fearlessly steered his car to another second place finish against a superstar field. Making that feat more incredible is the fact that he did it driving with a 360 cubic inch engine against a field of 410 cubic inch giants.

Sherman has met with success while competing with USAC in the past. In 1995 he won the USAC Western States Midgets Rookie of the Year Award. Three years prior to that, he won the same award with the Arizona Midget Racing Association.

The biggest win in his relatively young career came in 2001 when he won the prestigious Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway. One year later he won the 360 version of the Western World Championship.

This weekend Sherman will be in the National Cold Storage/Shaver Specialties sprinter owned by Anne Wilkerson. Wilkerson's husband, Billy, won CRA Championships in 1967 and 1970 and will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa later this year.

Will Sherman have it easy at The PAS on Saturday? Hardly so with the likes of Damion Gardner, Rip Williams, Mike Kirby, Troy Rutherford, Steve Ostling, Tony Jones, Mike Spencer and a host of others looking to take home first prize in the Budweiser Bash at The PAS presented by Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply and Vista Paint. As sprint car Hall of Famer Bubby Jones likes to say, "This one is gonna' be tough. You better bring your spurs."

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM on Saturday.

Advance tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849, (909) 940-0134 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.

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Series USAC
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Bud Kaeding , Tony Elliott , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , John Scott , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Jac Haudenschild , Mike Spencer , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams