Perris to host April USAC/CRA events

Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Return To The PAS April 10th & 17th (APRIL 2, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Perris Auto Speedway fans and officials are eagerly looking forward to the return of Major League Sprint Car racing featuring the best 410 traditional...

Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Return To The PAS April 10th & 17th

(APRIL 2, 2004, PERRIS, CA) Perris Auto Speedway fans and officials are eagerly looking forward to the return of Major League Sprint Car racing featuring the best 410 traditional sprint car drivers on the West Coast when the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series comes back to the ultra modern facility on April 10th and April 17th.

The first race in the brand new series took place at The PAS on March 6th. Promoter Don Kazarian was more than pleased with the initial event. "We are very happy with the results of the first USAC/CRA race. We received positive feedback from the attending fans. The USAC name has brought increased recognition to the West Coast drivers and the track." The veteran promoter went on to say, "We have received a lot of phone calls from fans that heard we are now running USAC. Many of them have never been here before, but they recognize the USAC brand name and they want to come check us out."

In addition to the USAC name, the CRA moniker is drawing a lot of attention from fans that have not been to the races in years. "We expect to see a lot of them come out to see what is going on," enthused Kazarian. "We think they will like what they see. We had a top notch field of cars for the first race and we expect to see even more cars and stars at upcoming events."

Speaking of CRA, 1993 Champion Mike Kirby, who won the season opener, will be back behind the wheel of Glenn Crossno's bright red TCR when the series rolls back into The PAS for the two Saturday night events.

Among the Torrance, California superstar's chief opposition in the two races will be Concord's Damion Gardner, Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Tony Jones of Orange and Ojai's Troy Rutherford.

Since the season opener at The PAS on March 6th, the series traveled to the famous Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona for the annual Gary Sokola Classic two weeks ago. Indiana's Dave Darland won the preliminary main event on Friday and Ventura's Cory Kruseman came home victorious in the finale of the prestigious race on the big half-mile on Saturday. This Saturday night, the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series brings traditional 410 Sprint Car racing back to King's Speedway in Hanford, California for the first time since 1996.

Spectator gates at The PAS will open at 5:00 PM on the 10th and the 17th. 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 Dave Darland , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Rip Williams , Damion Gardner , Troy Rutherford
Teams Williams