Cory Kruseman All-HammerDown! Team: (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 )

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Kruseman wins at Kings in shortned USAC CRA feature - USAC Media - Hanford, CA. March 31, 2007 - Defending USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series champion Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. won Saturday night’s 20-lap feature at Kings Speedway, leading all but the first of the 20 laps. The race was shortened from its scheduled 30-lap distance by track curfew. Kruseman trailed teammate Michael Trimble on the opening lap, then took the lead in his Agromin Soil/Sander Engineering Bullet/Mopar. Becoming the ninth different race winner in nine 2007 races, Kruseman was trailed at the checkered flag by Tyler Brown, Scotty Weir, Rickie Gaunt and Davey Pombo. Fast qualifier Charles Davis Jr. escaped injury in a flip during the feature. (Summary)

One point seperates Gardner, and Kruseman as USAC-CRA heads to Ventura - By Dick Jordan - October 23, 2006 ...Only one point separates Damion Gardner and Cory Kruseman in their continuing battle for the 2006 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship! They will square off again Saturday night at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway as one of America’s most hotly-contested driving titles accelerates in its closing stages. Saturday night’s race will be the 100th in USAC/CRA Sprint Car history. Kruseman closed the point gap with a fourth-place finish behind winner Tony Jones in last Saturday night’s “Legends of Ascot Night” 25-lapper at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Gardner was 10th in that race after narrowly missing his 17th fast qualifying time of the season. Levi Jones, USAC’s defending National Sprint Car Champion, edged Gardner for the fast time, then finished second in the feature. Tony Jones led the final seven laps to win the Perris main event over Levi Jones, Danny Sheridan, Kruseman and Mike Spencer. Rip Williams led the first four laps and Sheridan led the next 14. The victory was Jones’ fifth in his last 11 Perris starts. A 30-lap feature is on tap this Saturday at Ventura. (Read it all)

Kruseman's Santa Maria style lands him in winner's circle - HD Staff - Santa Maria, CA. June 17, 2006 - The USAC/CRA sprint cars invaded Santa Maria Speedway Saturday night. Cory Kruseman of Ventura, CA won the feature event. (Summary)

Kruseman earns his second RRS win with USAC/CRA triumph - By Robert Mayson & HD Staff. Perris, CA. March 4, 2006 – Cory Kruseman, Ventura, Calif., started fifth in Glenn Crossno’s Agromin Soil #38 Bullet and went on to grab his first USAC/CRA win of the young season Saturday night at the Perris Auto Speedway. Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif. set fast time for the third consecutive race and finished second to Kruseman in the 30-lap main event. Robinson, Illinois’ Mat Neeley was third ahead of Josh Ford (Camarillo, Calif.) and Mike Spencer (Temecula, Calif.). The win for Kruseman was his second of the year in points earning events for the Racer's Racing Series. (Summary)

“The Kruser” Captures $10K in Sprint Bandits TNT East Bay Finale - By Lonnie Wheatley, TAMPA, Fla. (February 1, 2006) – Cory Kruseman fought off a strong bid from Daron Clayton to capture the $10,000 winner’s share in Wednesday night’s 40-lap O’Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour ‘N Topless finale at East Bay Raceway Park’s 30th Annual Winter Nationals. Kruseman took command from Bryan Clauson on the fourth lap and spent the final laps of the event fending off the charges of Clayton, who had charged through the field from his 20th starting position after winning the evening’s second “B” Main. “I’m just glad I drive for some guys that like to race as much as I do,” Kruseman commented from victory lane after taking the checkered flag aboard Glenn Crossno’s Downing-powered No. 38 Bullet. “We were happy to get a chance to come race down here in Florida and we look forward to coming back.” (Read it all)

Kruseman wins his fifth USAC/CRA feature of 2005 - By Ken Wagner – 08/06/05 – Perris, CA. ...On a night when it looked like Mother Nature would win the day, Cory Kruseman made a dramatic charge at the end to earn his fifth Valvoline USAC/CRA race of the year. The 30 lap event wasn’t affected by the gale winds and some light rain earlier in the day at Perris Auto Speedway. Cory drove the ITI Performance, Sander Engineering, Bullitt, Downing # 38 to victory circle. On the podium Cory said “we weren’t the fastest car out there tonight, but I’d rather have luck than be good”. (More)

Kruseman kicks off Indiana Sprint Week with win - HD Staff - July 14, 2005 - North Vernon, IN. - ...Quickly becoming a premeir event on the list of any sprint car fan is the Indiana Sprint Week. Seven nights of racing in nine days under the USAC National sanction in the Hoosier state brings teams from all points of the USA. 53 cars were on-hand for night one of the 2005 Indiana Sprint Week. When the motors stopped it was Ventura California's Cory Kruseman in the winner's circle. Driving for Keith Kunz, Kruseman took the lead on lap 11 of 30 and never looked back. Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Levi Jones, and Bud Kaeding completed the top-five. Bloomington Speedway awaits the teams Friday July 15th. (Summary)

Kruseman wins 50-lap firecracker at Perris - HD Staff, 07/02/05 - Perris, CA. - Ventura California's Cory Kruseman won the USAC/CRA 50-lap feature at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night. Kruseman traded the top spot with Danny Sheridan before assuming command. Sheridan finshed second followed by Steve Ostling, Rip Williams, and Mike Spencer. Johnny Rodriguez had quick-time for the first time as a non-wing sprint car driver in USAC/CRA racing. (More)

Kruseman handles Perris 50-lapper - By Ken Wagner - Perris, CA. 05/28/05 - Cory Kruseman, of Ventura, California won the Valvoline USAC/CRA “Salute to Indy” 50 lap race at Perris Auto Speedway this week. Driving the ITI Performance, Sander Engineering, Bullitt, Downing # 38, The Kruser started 14th in the main event and chased early leader, Rip Williams, down and led the final 24 laps to win his third race of the season. His win stopped the win streak by Damion Gardner at four, The Demon was involved in a shunt in the main that bent his front end so severely that he fought it until he spun out with a few laps to go as he was charging into 4th place from the back. Rip Williams increased his point lead over Damion to 34 points as he finished third while Gardner was tenth. (More)

Kruseman wins Ventura USAC Western Midgets - HD Staff - Ventura, CA. 04/23/05 - Ventura's hometown ace Cory Kruseman bested a stellar field of Western USAC midgets Saturday night at Seaside Park. (Summary)

Kruseman best at Perris - HD Staff - 03/26/05 - Perris, CA. - Cory Kruseman is getting comfortable in the Crossno #38. That could be bad news for the competition. After switching rides in the off-season, Kruseman admitted to a learning curve with his 2005 sprinter. Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway, Kruseman won his seventh career USAC/CRA sprint car feature event. Mike Kirby led the opening 15 laps but Kruseman led the final 15. Kirby finished second, followed by 2004 USAC/CRA champion Rip Williams. Rickie Gaunt, and Charles Davis Jr. completed the top-five. The stout top-ten was filled out by Danny Sheridan, Josh Ford, Tony Jones, Tracy Hines, and Steve Ostling. Chico's Jason York was eleventh. ...Rip Williams has taken the lead in the new USAC/CRA point standings. (Summary)

RRS Hype / Kruseman gets comfy at Oildale - By Dick Jordan - Oildale, CA 03/12/05 ...Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. led the final 18 laps of Saturday night's Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway to record his sixth career series triumph. He took the lead from Danny Ebberts on lap 13 and led the rest of the 30-lap race in the Glen Crossno ITI Performance/Sander Engineering TCR/Donovan. "My crew gave me such a good car tonight, I think anybody could have won in it," said an ecstatic Kruseman after the race. (Summary)

Kruseman wins initial SCRA 360 event - By Dan Fleisher - Tulare, CA. 02/25/05 ...Honing his skills for the upcoming season of non-wing sprint car competition, veteran, standout driver Cory Kruseman captured the inaugural Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) 360 main event at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway. The "Kruser" started 13th in a field of 24 but quickly began passing car after car until he reached the third spot on lap 10. From there on, he set his sights on the front-running duo of Josh Ford and Steven Williams. Working the bottom line, Kruseman breezed by both to take command on lap 13 and continued on to receive his first checkers of the early year. Brad Sweet worked his way from the rear of the field in an awesome display of driving talent to finish in the runner-up spot, followed by Josh Ford, Steven Williams and Aaron Altaffer. SCRA will return to Thunderbowl Raceway on April 9th.

Defending champ Kruseman owns Friday night at Chili Bowl - HD Staff - Tulsa, OK. January 7, 2005. ...Cory Kruseman won his heat from the back and then started on the pole for the 25-lap preliminary feature Friday night at the Tulsa Expo Center. Kruseman on the pole at Chili Bowl equals 'game over'. P.J. Jones finished as runner up. The last two lock-in spots for Saturday night's 50-lap final went to tenth starter Dave Darland, and Turkey Night winner Bobby East. Brian Gerster had a strong night with a fifth place finish. The rest of the top ten was Jerry Coons Jr., Michael Pickens, David Gough, Tyler Walker, and Johnny Rodriguez. The hard charger of the night was Walker in his first run indoors on the tight dirt track. Walker started 22nd and finished ninth.

Notes: 2004 All-HammerDown! Team drivers in action Friday were Kruseman, Darland, East, Steve Kinser, and Tony Elliott. Kinser finished eleventh in the A-Main, and Elliott did not finish the B-Main. ...Steve Paden and Kasey Kahne both did well in advancing from the back of their B-Main to transfer to the preliminary A-Main. Paden finished 12th overall. Kahne was 23rd. ...Jimmy Sills won his heat race and made the A-Main, ending up with a 17th place result.

Kruseman wins wild Oval Nationals with last lap pass - By Bobby Gerould - Perris, CA. 10/30/04 ...Cory Kruseman took home $30,000 with a last-lap pass of Josh Ford to win the 50-lap Perris Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night. Driving the Tony Stewart owned #21, Kruseman drove deep into turn one on lap 50 to pull even with the low-groove running Ford. Kruseman won by less than a car-length at checkered flag. Levi Jones drove from the rear of the starting grid to complete the podium finishers. Bud Kaeding and Tony Elliott completed the top-five. Mike Kirby led the opening 38 laps but was involved in a fluky accident with Damion Gardner that eliminated both from contention for a win. As Gardner slid past Kirby in turn four on lap 39, Kirby charged back, lifting the front end of his Crossno #38. The front nerf bar on the #38 came down on the rear nerf bar of Gardner's car. The two were connected like toy trains and although they tried to shake each other off to untangle themselves, they ended up spinning in turn one. The lead fell to Bud Kaeding but his stay at the point was short-lived as the sixth starting Kruseman, and fourth starting Ford raced to the front. Ford was in the lead on lap 49 but Kruseman was the man pumping his fist in victory on the cool down lap. C-Main winner Mike Spencer transferred through the C-Main and B-Main to finish sixth! Charles Davis Jr. was running in the top-four late in the race but ended up seventh. Rip Williams, the USAC/CRA points leader finished eighth, followed by Steve Ostling, and Dave Darland. Brent Kaeding won the B-Main and ran 14th in the feature. Kruseman sliced heavily into Jay Drake's USAC National points lead; reducing the margin to 72 points. Drake finished 15th in the Oval Nationals A-Main.

Kruseman Best at Bakersfield - By Ken Wagner - Oildale, CA. 10/23/04 ...The Valvoline USAC/CRA series made the first ever visit to Bakersfield this week while Cory Kruseman made a family visit to Grandma's house nearby in town. While he was there, he slipped over to Bakersfield Speedway and won the 30 lap main event, his fourth of the season in the Mark Alexander car. It looked easier than it was, but he later said "the Alexander's set-up the car so easy to drive, anyone can win in it". (More)

FOURS ARE WILD AS KRUSEMAN WINS SCRA OPENER by Robert Mayson TULARE, CA, APRIL 4, 2004 - Cory Kruseman took the lead with four laps to go and went on to win Sunday's season opener for the NAPA Auto Parts / Auto Trader Magazines SCRA sprint cars at the Thunderbowl Raceway. Already the all-time leader in career main event wins with the SCRA, Kruseman's 63rd feature victory also gave him his third career win at Thunderbowl Raceway in just ten SCRA visits. (more)

...Cory Kruseman wants to race. The pro's pro was in the Midwest for an Eldora, Anderson doubleheader but when word came of a double rainout, Kruseman hopped a redeye to L.A. to race for Mark Alexander both Saturday and Sunday. Cory said he was operating on one hour of sleep on Saturday night at Hanford. Kruseman won the Sunday deal.

Kruseman Collects Sokola Classic Cash - By Bobby Gerould - 03/20/04, Phoenix, AZ. …Ventura California driver Cory Kruseman mastered the Manzanita Speedway half-mile Saturday night to score the $3,500 winner's share of the Valvoline, United States Auto Club / California Racing Association, Sokola Classic sprint car feature event. Driving the Alexander Racing #4, Kruseman pressured early leader Tony Jones for the opening 17 of 40 laps. The winning pass on lap 18 came on the low groove of the first set of turns on the heavy, sticky, dirt surface. (more)

Chili Bowl to Kruseman - HD Staff, Tulsa, OK. 01/10/04 Cory Kruseman became a two-time Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Champion with 50-lap win Saturday night at the Tulsa Expo. The Indoor midget event finished with a stout top five. Danny Lasoski was second, J.J. Yeley third, Tony Stewart fourth, and Jason Leffler fifth. (Read summary)

Cory Kruseman Wins $30,000 at Oval Nationals - HD Staff - Perris, CA. 11/16/03 ...Cory Kruseman won the 50 lap A-main Sunday evening at Perris Auto Speedway, claiming $30,000 in the process. Kruseman held off 21st starting Jeremy Sherman who was runner-up, and Bud Kaeding who finished third. Damion Gardner and Richard Griffin completed the top five. Sixth through tenth fell to Rickie Gaunt, Mike Spencer, J.J. Yeley, Brent Kaeding, and Bill Rose.

Kruseman Beats Stewart, Fike in Friday's Final Chili Bowl Prelim - By Lonnie Wheatley – TULSA, Okla. (January 10, 2003) – Cory Kruseman became the third past Chili Bowl champion in as many nights to grace Tulsa Expo Raceway’s victory lane, as he led Tony Stewart to the checkered flag in Friday night’s 25-lap Cherokee Casino Chili Bowl Nationals Qualifying Showdown main event. (read the whole deal)

Kruseman Still Number One - KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 11, 2002) - Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., last year's "Driver of the Year", has retained his number one ranking in the country in the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, as determined by the voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Kruseman, pilot of Harlan Willis' sprinter in Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) competition, earned nine of the fifteen first-place ballots cast in the "Robbie Stanley Memorial" spring edition of the poll. Kruseman continues to lead the SCRA point standings in the WorldGate-sponsored sprinter, although he continues to compete in non-sanctioned open-wheel events on 'off' weekends. (read the whole deal)

Kruseman Tops Spectacular Night of Perris Racing - Perris, CA. - HD Staff - 04/13/02 ...A three-way fight for the lead between Cory Kruseman, Mike Kirby and Richard Griffin highlighted the SCRA points race at Perris Auto Speedway, Saturday night. Kruseman led the last 13 laps but was constantly challenged by either Kirby or Griffin. Kirby at one point dropped from fourth to eighth, but charged back to second. Three of the four heat races winners came from the fourth row. A fantstic dash saw pole sitter Damion Gardner drop to third and come back to the front passing Kruseman and Griffin. The most serious incident of the night was Verne Sweeney taking a nasty flip down the back straight early in the main. He was uninjured. (summary)

Kruseman Scores Perris Win - HD Staff, 03/24/02, Perris, CA. - Defending SCRA champ, Cory Kruseman scored a wire to wire win at Perris Auto Speedway, Saturday night. John Scott was very impressive, coming from from 8th to 2nd. Tony Jones was spectacular coming from 14th to 3rd. SCRA points leader, Troy Rutherford had a flat tire in the B Main and did not transfer. His teammate, Indiana’s Tony Elliott, graciously stepped out of his car and a 8th place starting spot in the A main to let Rutherford have the ride.

Robby Flock flipped on the first lap of the main due to a big tangle in front of him. He was out for the night. Jeremy Sherman and Steve Ostling brought a red flag a few laps later with Sherman tipping over. Both restarted at the back. Adam Mitchell, who went from 16th to about 6th, got upside down hard in the main in turn one. All drivers were uninjured.

... SCRA Champion, Cory Kruseman took an Indy Racing League Rookie Test for PDM Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 2002 will be busy for the smooth driving hero. He will be running in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series for Skip Matczak of Connecticut and Ron Mucci from New York.


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