By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (October 3, 2019)………USAC West Coast Midget racing legends Sleepy Tripp and Gary Zarounian have been named as co-grand marshals for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

Tripp, of Costa Mesa, Calif., scored more USAC Midget victories (total National and Regional) than anyone in history. His total of 161 lists him third on the all-time USAC list behind Rich Vogler (171) and A.J. Foyt (162). The 1986 inductee into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame won a pair of USAC National Midget titles (1975 and 1976) and seven championships in USAC’s Western Midget Series.

Tripp also earned notoriety with his exploits in New Zealand, which resulted in numerous major race victories and championships, including an amazing nine wins in the prestigious 50-Lap Classic at Auckland. In 1985 and 1987, he also won the prestigious Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. In addition to his United States and New Zealand successes, his career also included victories in Australia and Canada.

Zarounian, of Visalia, Calif., whose family built car dealerships in central California, immersed himself in not only auto racing but also in numerous business ventures. The Zarounian team hired the best drivers in the business and their success was immense. In addition to eight USAC Silver Crown victories and 11 in the USAC National Midget wars, they fielded cars for drivers like Tripp.

During the 1980s and 1990s the Tripp-Zarounian Western team was nearly unbeatable. Tripp won 78 USAC Western States Midget races aboard Zarounian’s immaculately-prepared No. 67. In all, Zarounian cars won 88 total Western States Midget features between 1983 and 2000 with drivers Tripp, Ken Nichols, Jeff Gordon, Donnie Beechler, Pat Bliss and Tony Hunt. Nine of Zarounian’s 88 victories came at Ventura Raceway, all with Tripp. Zarounian was previously inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

The 2019 edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix begins Wednesday, November 27 and closes out on Thursday, November 28, the 98-lap main event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets. Also in action both nights are the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars, who’ll clash in special non-point races and the finale of the ARP Battle of the Beach mini-series.

Advance tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling (805) 648-7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

We are excited to announce that we are selling laps for the 79th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix, being held at Ventura Raceway. You can purchase laps for BOTH the Sprint Car and the Midget Main Event. These are being held on Thursday, November 28th! You can purchase a lap for $100. That money will go directly to the 1st place ($50), 2nd place ($30) and 3rd place ($20) drivers for each lap during their main event.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to sponsor a lap for your business, your favorite driver’s car number or in memory of someone who was very important to this sport!

Call (805) 648-7223 today to sponsor a lap. It is first come, first serve for the specific lap so don’t wait!

Check the availability of Midget Lap Sponsors for the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix

Check the availability of Sprint Car Lap Sponsors for the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix

Most Recent Racing Results

Results 9-28-2019

On a cool, breezy evening, the drivers in five car classes were on hand to continue the season long point battle in each class. Fans in attendance saw exciting racing in every class that competed Saturday night.

VRA Sprint Cars had a small field of five cars Saturday night. 2019 series champ Rick Hendrix took their one heat race. Senior Greg Andrews won their one heat race. The main events for the two classes were combined with the regulars starting out front. A 25 lap main event then ran with the wins going to Trent Williams over Rick Hendrix, Brent Owens, Nick Diani and James Herrera in the regular VRA Sprints and Chris Meredith over Tyler Hatziakian, Greg Andrews and Wally Pankratz in Senior Sprints. Chris Meredith now lead Wally Pankratz by 20 points in Seniors after twelve races.

Results 9-21-2019

Saturday night September 21, saw an evening of exciting open wheel and stock car racing along with a fifteen car Demolition Derby. A full house of racing and derby fans saw drivers in the four car classes on hand continue the season long point battle in each class. Fans in attendance also witnessed exciting Demolition Derby action with a full field of fifteen cars crashing and bashing on the raceways clay oval.

Results 9-14-2019

On a warm, muggy night, the USAC Midgets made their second appearance at Ventura Raceway Saturday night September 14. Along with VRA Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars and IMCA Modifieds Classes the fans in attendance were treated to some exciting racing from the opening heat races to the final main events.

Results 9-7-2019

Saturday night, September 7th, saw a small field of cars and motorcycles take to Ventura’s 1/5 mile oval. Racing in three motorcycle classes and two car classes drivers went all out to go for the wins in their respective classes.

The California Lightning Sprints headlined the program with 12 cars in attendance. They ran two heat races with wins going to Dominic Del Monte in heat one and Jon Robertson in heat two. They then ran a special format for their feature event. They ran twin fifteen lap main events. The first was run to set the field for the final fifteen lap feature. Dominic Del Monte won the first fifteen lap race and pulled a six invert for the final fifteen lap race. The final fifteen lap race went to Jarrett Kramer over Cody Nigh, A J Bender, Aiden Lange and Doug Nunes. Kramer’s win was his fifth of the six Lightning Sprint races held at Ventura so far this season. Cody Nigh has the only other win here this year.

Results 8-31-2019

Ventura Raceway continued its 2019 season Saturday night, August 31st. On a breezy evening, the drivers in six car classes were on hand to continue the season long point battle in each class. Fans in attendance witnessed exciting racing in every class from the opening heats to the final main events.

VRA Sprint Cars had very small field of three cars Saturday night. Tanner Boul took their one heat race. Due to a small field of four Senior Sprints, the two classes were combined. Senior Wally Pankratz won their one heat race. The main events for the two classes were combined with the regulars starting out front. A 20 lap main event then ran with the wins going to Rick Hendrix over Trent Williams and Tanner Boul in the regular VRA Sprints and Chris Meredith over Wally Pankratz, Tyler Hatzikian and Mark Sheppard in Senior Sprints. Rick Hendrix now leads the VRA Sprint Car point race after 12 races. Chris Meredith now leads Wally Pankratz by 20 points in the Senior Sprint Car division.

Results 8-24-2019

Ventura Raceway resumed its 2019 season after a month long break for the Ventura County Fair on a cool night with the running of the third USAC/VRA ARP Battle at the Beach race for 360 Sprint Cars, Saturday night August 24th. Five classes classes were on hand to put on an exciting night of racing for the fans in attendance.

 

The 79th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix reserved seat tickets are on sale now for $45 each and are the top half of the grandstands.  General admission tickets are also on sale.  Wednesday tickets can be purchased as a two day pass for $5 off the normal general admission price with your reserved seat.  You can also group it together with a half price pit pass for Thursday’s show for only $25!  Seats are going fast so be sure to login to the Event Brite site to pick yours today or call (805) 648-7223.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/79th-annual-turkey-night-grand-prix-tickets-55354303211