Perris event preview

(FEBRUARY 16, 2003, PERRIS, CA) The World's fastest Sprint Cars, the O'Reilly World of Outlaws, will make their only Southern California appearance of their 25th Anniversary Season this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. Topping Saturday's...

(FEBRUARY 16, 2003, PERRIS, CA) The World's fastest Sprint Cars, the O'Reilly World of Outlaws, will make their only Southern California appearance of their 25th Anniversary Season this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway.

Topping Saturday's entry list will be 17-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser, 47, of Bloomington, Indiana, and Dover, Missouri's Danny "The Dude" Lasoski. Kinser captured last season's Championship over Lasoski, who won his only World of Outlaws title in 2001.

Last Friday, Lasoski, 44, and Kinser competed in the IROC (International Race of Champions) event at Daytona International Speedway. They were the only non-NASCAR divers to crack the top seven in the finishing order. Winston Cup star Mark Martin took the win over Kurt Busch, Lasoski, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Kinser and Kevin Harvick. Others in the race were two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Ryan Newman, Felipe Giaffone, Mike Bliss and Indy Racing League Champion Sam Hornish, Jr. Kinser won an IROC event in 1994 at Talladega, Alabama.

Considered by many to be the greatest Sprint Car diver of all time, Kinser won 20 "A" features in 2002 giving him an amazing 471 World of Outlaws victories in his illustrious career. However, he has never won a main event at Perris Auto Speedway.

Lasoski, who drives a car owned by NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, collected a career high 13 "A" main wins in 2002. He has 50 lifetime "A" main triumphs with the Outlaws. Lasoski was leading the 2002-point standings in late July when a pre-race hot lap session crash caused numerous injuries and forced him to miss the next four races.

Last year's Outlaw's event at The PAS provided a huge surprise when Owasso, Oklahoma's Darryn Pittman beat Kinser to the line in a photo finish. It was the first ever World of Outlaws "A" main event win for Pittman. Last month Pittman, 24, became the first American in history to win the prestigious World Series Sprint Car Championship in Australia.

In addition to Lasoski, Pittman and Kinser, other top stars vying for the win on Saturday include two-time series champion Mark Kinser of Oolitic, Indiana, former PAS winner Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minnesota, Minot, North Dakota's Donny Schatz and second generation star Joey Saldana of Brownsburg, Indiana.

The O'Reilly World of Outlaw Sprint Cars differ from their Southern California counterparts as they run huge wings on the top. The wings create down force and allow the Outlaws to run two seconds faster than non-wing Sprint Cars at The PAS.

Joining the O'Reilly World of Outlaws on Saturday's card will be the popular California Lightning Sprint Cars. Lightning Sprints are scaled down versions of the Outlaws powered by Motorcycle engines.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will be at 6:30 PM.

On March 1st, Temecula Valley Pipe and Supply and Vista Paint will present the NAPA Auto Parts/Auto Trader Magazines SCRA Sprint Cars and the VRA Sprint Cars in a doubleheader at The PAS.

Don't forget that at intermission on Saturday 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 are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4TIX (4849).

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Farmer's Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two miles to the fairgrounds.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Felipe Giaffone , Helio Castroneves , Jimmie Johnson , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Mike Bliss , Craig Dollansky , Joey Saldana , Mark Martin , Sam Hornis