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Williams Gets 61st Victory

September 01, 2003|Martin Henderson

One night after being tied as the winningest driver in Sprint Car Racing Assn. history, Rip Williams answered with his 61st career victory in the 50-lap main event Sunday at Perris Auto Speedway.

Williams, 47, has now won two of the three 50-lap main events this season on the half-mile Perris oval. This was the final 50-lapper of the season before the Budweiser Oval Nationals in November, a race in which $30,000 goes to the winner, and Williams must now be considered a prohibitive favorite.

"This is for everybody 40 and over," the Yorba Linda driver said after his third victory of the season, which helped him retain fourth place in the series behind Richard Griffin, Troy Rutherford and Damion Gardner.

Cory Kruseman had tied Williams on Saturday as the series' all-time winningest driver with a win at the 1/5th-mile Ventura Raceway.

Williams started 10th on the grid.

-- Martin Henderson

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