Courtney Crone wins her first VRA Sprint Car Feature.
Chris Meredith, senior points leader, puts the 66 sprinter back in the winners circle.
Johnny Conley’s Dwarf Car Feature win makes it number 9 for the season.
Daniel Anderson wins the Focus Main and is the current points leader.
Trevor Fitzgibbon wins the Hobby Stock Main and is the current points leader.
Saturday night, September 10, saw some exciting short track racing at Ventura Raceway. With the season winding down, competition in every class has become very close and hard fought throughout the night’s events, as drivers battle to try to move up in the season long point race battles. There are only 4 race nights left in the 2016 season.
In VRA 360 Sprints, a field of 7 cars signed into the pits for the night’s action. The night saw rookie driver Courtney Crone take the 20 lap main event in her first ever sprint car race here. She took the lead from Brandon Wiley on lap 9 and then led to the finish. Following her to the finish were series point leader Rick Hendrix, Brandon Wiley, Matt McCarthy and Ed Schwarz. Their one heat race went to Rick Hendrix. Hendrix now leads Austen Figueroa by 770 points after 13 races.
VRA Dwarf Cars returned to action Saturday with past champ Johnny Conley taking another win in their 20 lap main event. He had to pass Tommy Velasquez III on lap 6 and then went on to take the win over Velasquez III, his brother Tim Conley, Nick Velasquez and his dad David Conley. Their three heat races went to Tim Conley, Trent Morley and Tommy Velasquez III. There were 18 dwarf cars signed in for the night’s action. Fourteen races into the season finds Johnny Conley leading Tommy Velasquez III by 300 points.
VRA Senior Sprints were on hand with eight cars signed into the pits. Point leader Chris Meredith took the 15 lap feature win over Richard Fajardo, Smokey Stover, Russell Martin and Ed Schwarz. Two heat races were run with the wins going to Wally Pankratz and Steve Brown. After eight races, Chris Meredith leads Steve Brown by 185 points.
VRA Hobby Stocks returned to action with the 20 lap feature going to point leader Trevor Fitzgibbon over Ernie Malone, Zachary Peterson, Devin Montgomery and Sam Garvin. Their two heat races went to Devin Montgomery and Trevor Fitzgibbon.
USAC/VRA Focus Midgets were the final class racing Saturday night. Thirteen midgets were on hand for the night’s action. Their 20 lap Main Event went to VRA Focus point leader Daniel Anderson over Randi Pankratz, Jess Love IV, Tristin Thomas and Jet Davison. They ran two heat races with wins going to Tristin Thomas and Joel Rayborne.
Ventura Raceway continues its 2016 season next night, September 17, with the final 2016 Flat Track/Speedway event. We will then take a weekend off on Saturday September 24.
Our racing schedule will then resume on Saturday night October 1, with VRA Sprints Cars, Senior Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds and the winged California Lightning Sprints.
Ventura Raceway Race Results for 09/10/2016
VRA Sprint Cars
Race #13 09/10/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Courtney Crone, Corona, 20 Laps; 2. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 3. Brandon Wiley, Santa Maria, 20 Laps; 4. Matt McCarthy, 20 Laps; 5. Ed Schwarz, Santa Fe Springs, 20 Laps; 6. Jeff Fillingame, Santa Paula, 14 Laps; 7. Wally Pankratz, Orange, Did not show
Lap Leaders: Brandon Wiley (1-9), Courtney Crone (10-20)
Heat Race Winners: Extreme Mufflers Heat 1: Rick Hendrix
Top 10 in points: 1. Rick Hendrix, 2610; 2. Austen Figueroa, 1840; 3. Guy Woodward, 1835; 4. Kyle Smith, 1825; 5. Chris Meredith, 1250; 6. Hobie Conway, 955; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 935; 7. Tommy Dunkel, 935; 9. Tyler Williams, 735; 10. Charlie Butcher, 660
VRA Senior Sprints
Race #8 09/10/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Chris Meredith, Thousand Oaks, 15 Laps; 2. Richard Fajardo, Hollister, 15 Laps; 3. Smokey Stover, Manhattan Beach, 15 Laps; 4. Russell Martin, Yorba Linda, 12 Laps; 5. Ed Schwarz, Santa Fe Springs, 10 Laps; 6. Ron Bach, Santa Paula, 9 Laps; 7. Steve Brown, Ontario, Ca, 3 Laps; 8. Wally Pankratz, Orange, 3 Laps
Lap Leaders: Russell Martin (1-4), Chris Meredith (5-15)
Heat Race Winners: SpinTech Mufflers Heat 1: Wally Pankratz; Saldana Racing Products Heat 2: Steve Brown
Top 10 in points: 1. Chris Meredith, 1450; 2. Steve Brown, 1265; 3. Ed Schwarz, 1200; 4. Ron Bach, 1050; 5. Wally Pankratz, 1005; 6. Russell Martin, 955; 7. Richard Fajardo, 850; 8. Clif Warren, 845; 9. Smokey Stover, 710; 10. Joe Bishop, 605
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #14 09/10/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Johnny Conley, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 3. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. Nick Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 5. David Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 6. Brandon Busenbark, Santa Clarita, 20 Laps; 7. Tommy Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 8. Kody Cowan, Lancaster, 20 Laps; 9. Brad Curnel, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 10. Gage Cheek, Valencia, 19 Laps; 11. Trent Morley, Woodland Hills, 19 Laps; 12. David Cheek, Valencia, 19 Laps; 13. Todd Atkins, Ventura, 19 Laps; 14. Jeff Fillingame, Santa Paula, 4 Laps; 15. Mike Stanford, Oxnard, 4 Laps; 16. Tom Morley, Woodland Hills, 4 Laps; 17. Zach Curnel, Palmdale, 4 Laps; 18. Korey Cowan, Lancaster, 4 Laps
Lap Leaders: Tommy Velasquez III (1-5), Johnny Conley (6-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Trent Morley; Heat 2: Johnny Conley; Heat 3: Tommy Velasquez III
Top 10 in points: 1. Johnny Conley, 3045; 2. Tommy Velasquez III, 2745; 3. Tim Conley, 2700; 4. Jeff Fillingame, 2550; 5. David Conley, 2490; 6. Nick Velasquez, 2405; 7. Gage Cheek, 2160; 8. Trent Morley, 2130; 9. Jason Horton, 2115; 10. Tommy Velasquez, 1840
VRA Hobby Stocks
Race #10 09/10/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Trevor Fitzgibbon, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. Ernie Malone, Ojai, 20 Laps; 3. Zachary Peterson, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. Devin Montgomery, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 5. Sam Garvin, Oxnard, 19 Laps; 6. Gary Garvin, Oxnard, 19 Laps; 7. Christina Garvin, Oxnard, 19 Laps; 8. Jerry Jones, Ventura, 16 Laps; 9. Wayne Heurung, Ventura, 15 Laps; 10. Dave Condon, Santa Maria, 0 Laps
Lap Leaders: Ernie Malone (1-2), Trevor Fitzgibbon (3-20)