Troy Rutherford wins the ARP Battle at the Beach #2 and takes the trophy and check.
Chris Meredith and his son enjoying the Senior Sprint Feature win.
Jeff Brink wins his first ever Dwarf Car Feature.
Jarrett Kramer is undefeated at Ventura this year in California Lightning Sprint Mains.
Chris Whitford wins his first Hobby Stock Main.
Ventura Raceway resumed its 2019 season on a cool, overcast night with the running of the second USAC/VRA ARP Battle at the Beach race for 360 Sprint Cars, Saturday night June 1st. Five classes were on hand to put on an exciting night of racing for all in attendance.
Twenty one USAC/VRA Sprint Cars signed into the pits to battle for the second of four ARP Battle at the Beach events. In single car qualifying, Ryan Timmons took the pole with time of 12.194 seconds around Ventura’s 1/5 mile oval. They ran three heat races with wins going to Brandon Wiley in heat one, Steve Hix in heat two and Troy Rutherford in heat three. The 30 lap ARP Battle at the Beach feature event went to Troy Rutherford, who started fourth and worked his way to the lead to pass race leader Ricky Lewis. Lewis had led the first 26 of the 30 lap feature but succumbed to mechanical issues. Rutherford now is in the lead for the title of King of the Beach, which will be crowned in November at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Cody Majors and Tristan Guardino are both 110 points back. Following Rutherford to the finish were Brandon Wiley, Tanner Boul, Charlie Butcher and Koen Shaw.
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars were back to continue their season, with 14 cars signed into the pits. They ran two heat races with wins going to Nick Velasquez in heat one and Tommy Velasquez III in heat two. The 20 lap main event went to first time winner Jeff Brink, who led all 20 laps from his pole starting position. Brink led Tom Morley, Nick Velasquez, Gage Cheek and Johnny Conley to the checkered flag. After six races in the 2019 season, Horton leads Nick Velasquez by 100 points.
The very popular California Lightning Sprints had 23 cars on hand to run three heats, a semi main and a 25 lap feature. The heat race wins went to Dalton Sexton, in heat one, heat two went to Jarrett Kramer and heat three went to A J Bender. With the large car count, a 10 lap semi main was run to set the starting field for their 21 car, 25 lap main event. Dominic DelMonte took the win in the accident-shortened event. The 20 lap main winner was Jarrett Kramer, his second in a row at Ventura. Following Kramer to the line were Cody Nigh, Bobby Michnowicz, Brent Sexton and A J Bender.
VRA Senior Sprints resumed their 2019 season with 8 cars in attendance. Past champion, Chris Meredith, took the win in their 20 lap main event over Bruce Douglass, Wally Pankratz, Joey Bishop and Brian Drollinger. They ran one heat race with the win going to Wally Pankratz. After five races in the 2019 season, Chris Meredith leads Wally Pankratz by 25 points.
The final class racing Saturday night was the VRA Hobby Stocks. The night saw several drivers make the trip down from Santa Maria Speedway to compete with the VRA Regulars. Two heats were run with wins going to Matt McEwan in heat one and Jake Jones in heat two. The twenty lap main event went to, first time winner, Chris Whitford, followed by Matt McEwan, Ricky Lewis, Mike Keebler and Jake Jones. After four races, Ricky Lewis leads the point race by 95 points over Tom Stephens Jr.
Ventura Raceway will be back in action on Saturday June 8th, with a full program of exciting racing featuring VRA Sprints, Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, TQ Midgets and Motorcycles. If you are a 2018 Turkey Night Reserved Seat Holder, you must reserve your tickets (if you want the same seats) by June 30th by calling (805) 648-7223. All tickets will be available to the public on July 1st.
Ventura Raceway Race Results for 06/01/2019
VRA Sprint Cars
Race #6 06/01/2019
Main Event Results: 1. Charlie Butcher, Santa Barbara, 30 Laps; 2. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 30 Laps; 3. Joey Bishop, Camarillo, 30 Laps
Heat Race Winners: Extreme Mufflers Heat 1: Charlie Butcher; Saldana Racing Products Heat 2: Rick Hendrix
Top 10 in points: 1. Rick Hendrix, 1385; 2. Charlie Butcher, 1310; 3. Kyle Smith, 660; 4. Joey Bishop, 520; 5. Brandon Wiley, 425; 6. Tyler Hatzikian, 420; 7. Bruce Douglass, 405; 8. Tyler Williams, 365; 9. Kenny Perkins, 355; 10. Gage Rucker, 350
ARP Battle at the Beach
Race #2 06/01/2019
Main Event Results: 1. Troy Rutherford, Ojai, 30 Laps; 2. Brandon Wiley, Santa Maria, 30 Laps; 3. Tanner Boul, Auberry, CA, 30 Laps; 4. Charlie Butcher, Santa Barbara, 30 Laps; 5. Koen Shaw, Fresno, CA, 30 Laps; 6. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 30 Laps; 7. Will Perkins, Oxnard, 30 Laps; 8. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 30 Laps; 9. Austin Ervine, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 10. Cody Majors, Simi Valley, 30 Laps; 11. Steve Hix, Ventura, 30 Laps; 12. Joey Bishop, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 13. Ryan Timmons, Pleasant Hill, 30 Laps; 14. Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, 26 Laps; 15. Ricky Kirkbride, Bakersfield, 26 Laps; 16. Gage Rucker, 26 Laps; 17. Austin Williams, Yorba Linda, 15 Laps; 18. Ryan Stolz, Atascadero, 14 Laps; 19. Tristan Guardino, Fremont, CA, 11 Laps; 20. Hannah Mayhew, Acton, Ca, 1 Lap; 21. Slater Helt, Harrisonville, MO, 0 Laps
Lap Leaders: Ricky Lewis (1-26), Troy Rutherford (27-30)
Top 10 in points: 1. Chris Meredith, 1150; 2. Wally Pankratz, 1125; 3. Bruce Douglass, 985; 4. Danny Parrish, 815; 5. Greg Andrews, 765; 6. Paul Mircik, 670; 7. Mark Sheppard, 495; 8. Brian Drollinger, 400; 9. Tyler Hatzikian, 375; 10. Mike English, 330
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #6 06/01/2019
Main Event Results: 1. Jeff Brink, Ventura, 20 Laps; 2. Tom Morley, Woodland Hills, 20 Laps; 3. Nick Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 4. Gage Cheek, Valencia, 20 Laps; 5. Johnny Conley, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 6. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 7. Brad Curnel, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 8. Trent Morley, Woodland Hills, 20 Laps; 9. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 10. Jason Horton, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 11. Zach Curnel, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 12. Tommy Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 13. Tony Pellegrino, Simi Valley, 20 Laps; 14. Tony Margott, Simi Valley, 20 Laps
Lap Leaders: Jeff Brink (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Nick Velasquez; Heat 2: Tommy Velasquez III
Top 10 in points: 1. Jason Horton, 1365; 2. Nick Velasquez, 1265; 3. Tommy Velasquez III, 1240; 4. Trent Morley, 1190; 5. Tom Morley, 1155; 6. Jeff Brink, 1020; 7. Brad Curnel, 860; 8. Tony Margott, 820; 9. Johnny Conley, 815; 10. Tommy Velasquez, 775
Cal. Lightning Sprints
Race #3 06/01/2019
Main Event Results: 1. Jarrett Kramer, Spring Valley, 25 Laps; 2. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, 25 Laps; 3. Bobby Michnowicz, Lomita, 25 Laps; 4. Brent Sexton, Lake Side, CA, 25 Laps; 5. A. J. Bender, San Diego, 25 Laps; 6. Dalton Sexton, Lakeside, 25 Laps; 7. Dominic Del Monte, Gardena, 25 Laps; 8. Eric Greco, Palmdale, 25 Laps; 9. Jon Robertson, Torrance, 25 Laps; 10. Jeff Dyer, Bermuda Dunes, 25 Laps; 11. Gage Cheek, Valencia, 25 Laps; 12. Robb Pelmear, Ventura, 25 Laps; 13. James Heling, San Bernardino, 25 Laps; 14. Jason Arnolde, Santee, 24 Laps; 15. Frank Ditmar, Lakewood, 24 Laps; 16. Grant Sexton, Lakeside, 23 Laps; 17. Doug Nunes, Kingsburg, 14 Laps; 18. Shane Sexton, Lakeside, 6 Laps; 19. James Turnbull, Indio, 5 Laps; 20. Kyle Dodd, Ramona, 0 Laps
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Dalton Sexton; Heat 2: Grant Sexton; Heat 3: A. J. Bender
Top 10 in points:
VRA Hobby Stocks
Race #4 06/01/2019
Main Event Results: 1. Chris Whitford, Santa Maria, 20 Laps; 2. Matt McEwan, Arroyo Grande, 20 Laps; 3. Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. Mike Keebler, Lompoc, 20 Laps; 5. Jake Jones, Santa Maria, 20 Laps; 6. Tom Stephens Jr, Ventura, 20 Laps; 7. Ryan Changus, Fillmore, 16 Laps; 8. Tom Stephens Sr, Ventura, 15 Laps; 9. Bill Changus, Fillmore, 4 Laps; 10. Alyssa Smith, Norco, Did not show
Lap Leaders: Mike Keebler (1-17), Chris Whitford (18-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Matt McEwan; Heat 2: Jake Jones
Top 10 in points: 1. Ricky Lewis, 895; 2. Tom Stephens Jr, 800; 2. Ryan Changus, 800; 4. Alyssa Smith, 520; 5. Chris Whitford, 490; 6. Jeff Houghton, 375; 7. Ricky Roberts, 345; 8. Matt McEwan, 240; 9. Justin Jackson, 235; 10. Mike Keebler, 210
Report Created by Ventura Raceway Scoring Program
Report Created: 06/03/2019 06:49
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