Ventura, California (November 13, 2019)………As it stands now, the entry list for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix is stacked to the gills with the number of cars, drivers and the amount of talent that will be on display for the prestigious event on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California’s Ventura Raceway.
Ventura Raceway concluded its regular 2019 racing season Saturday night October 26. A full night of racing action kept the fans in attendance excited as the racers battled to see who would take track championships in two VRA divisions, the WMR Midgets and California Lightning Sprints. Headlining the night’s event was the fast and furious USAC Midgets.
As we move into the final round of the 2019 season on October 26, the race on Saturday October 19, set up the season finale for many of the competitors still battling for the season championship in their respective classes. Still to be determined are the championships in the VRA Dwarf Cars and WMR Midgets at Ventura. Saturday night October 19, did determine the champions in the VRA Hobby Stocks and VRA Senior Sprints. The night also saw two makeup races for Hobby Stocks and Senior Sprints from the October 5, event that had the power outage ending the night’s racing.
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.
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.