Ventura Raceway resumed their racing season, Saturday, September 8th, with another night of exciting racing. The fans in attendance saw close, hard fought competition from the opening heats to the final main events. VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets and Senior Sprints were on hand to compete for points as the 2018 season winds down.
Eight VRA Sprints were on hand Saturday night. Two heat races were run with wins going to Rick Hendrix in heat one and Kyle Edwards in heat two. They then ran their scheduled 30 lap main event with the win going to Rick Hendrix over Tyler Hatzikian and Joey Bishop. Due to several on track incidents only three cars were running at the end of the race, which was shortened to twenty laps. After eight races, Kyle Smith leads Jeremy Ellertson by 140 points in the point race.
In Dwarf Cars, Tommy Velasquez III took the win over a field of 10 cars. He took the lead on lap fifteen from early race leader Tim Conley, who’s motor blow up, and went on to take the win. He was followed across the line by brother Nick Velasquez, Jeff Heinz, Jason Horton and Mike Long. Two heat races were run with wins going to Tim Conley in heat one and Tommy Velasquez III in heat two. After nine races Johnny Conley has a 149 point lead over Jason Horton with Tommy Velasquez III following close behind with only a 25 points difference.
Nine Senior Sprints had two heat races, which were won by Chris Meredith in heat one and Tyler Hatzikian in heat two. The 20 lap main event was another exhilarating event, which went to past champ Chris Meredith, followed by Bruce Douglass, Tyler Hatzikian, Eddie Williams and Joey Bishop. Chris Meredith now leads Wally Pankratz by 60 points after seven races.
A five car field of Hobby Stocks took to the track. They ran one heat race with the win going to Tom Stephens Jr. Their 20 lap main event went to Ricky Lewis, taking his first win of the year, followed by Tom Stephens Jr, Mike Stanford, Alysa Smith and Heath Morton. Mike Stanford leads Heath Morton by 210 points in the points race.
The final group running Saturday night was the Focus Midgets. Five cars were in attendance for the night. They ran one heat race with the win going to Ashley Hazleton-Heredia. They then ran their 20 lap main event, which went to Mike Leach followed across the line by Ashley Hazleton-Heredia, Tim Foy and Mike Leach Sr.
This coming Saturday, September 15th, Ventura Raceway hosts the USAC Midgets for the first time in 2018! Also on the card will be VRA Dwarf Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds and Focus Midgets. For any information on upcoming events or Turkey Night Grand Prix tickets which are still on sale and going fast, please check out our website at www.venturaraceway.com, our Facebook page or call (805) 648-7223.
Ventura Raceway Race Results for 09/08/2018
VRA Sprint Cars
Race #8 09/08/2018
Main Event Results: 1. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 2. Tyler Hatzikian, El Segundo, 20 Laps; 3. Joey Bishop, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 4. Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, 15 Laps; 5. Jeremy Ellertson, Lawndale, 15 Laps; 6. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 6 Laps; 7. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 1 Lap; 8. Rick Haugh, Did not start
Lap Leaders: Joey Bishop (1-2), Rick Hendrix (3-20)
Heat Race Winners: Extreme Mufflers Heat 1: Rick Hendrix; Saldana Racing Products Heat 2: Kyle Edwards
Top 10 in points: 1. Kyle Smith, 1540; 2. Jeremy Ellertson, 1395; 3. Rick Hendrix, 1135; 4. Charlie Butcher, 865; 4. Joey Bishop, 865; 6. Kyle Edwards, 715; 7. Tyler Hatzikian, 405; 8. Guy Woodward, 260; 9. Brent Owens, 230; 10. Hobie Conway, 195
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #9 09/08/2018
Main Event Results: 1. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. Nick Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 3. Jeff Hinz, Saugus, 20 Laps; 4. Jason Horton, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 5. Mike Long, Thousand Oaks, 20 Laps; 6. Tim Morse, Burbank, 19 Laps; 7. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 14 Laps; 8. Johnny Conley, Camarillo, 0 Laps; 9. Tony Pellegrino, Simi Valley, 0 Laps; 10. Shane Linenberger, 0 Laps
Lap Leaders: Jeff Hinz (1-3), Tim Conley (4-14), Tommy Velasquez III (15-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Tim Conley; Heat 2: Tommy Velasquez III
Top 10 in points: 1. Johnny Conley, 2125; 2. Jason Horton, 1985; 3. Tommy Velasquez III, 1960; 4. Nick Velasquez, 1565; 5. Trent Morley, 1380; 6. Tommy Velasquez, 1295; 7. Tony Pellegrino, 1290; 8. Tom Morley, 1280; 9. Korey Cowan, 1110; 10. Jeff Brink, 1090
VRA Senior Sprints
Race #7 09/08/2018
Main Event Results: 1. Chris Meredith, Thousand Oaks, 20 Laps; 2. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 20 Laps; 3. Tyler Hatzikian, El Segundo, 20 Laps; 4. Eddie Williams, El Segundo, 20 Laps; 5. Joey Bishop, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 6. Greg Andrews, Fillmore, Ca, 20 Laps; 7. Rick Haugh, 20 Laps; 8. William Holmes, 17 Laps; 9. Wally Pankratz, Orange, 16 Laps; 10. Tom Stephens Sr, Ventura, 14 Laps
Lap Leaders: Chris Meredith (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: SpinTech Mufflers Heat 1: Chris Meredith; Saldana Racing Products Heat 2: Tyler Hatzikian
Top 10 in points: 1. Chris Meredith, 1185; 2. Wally Pankratz, 1125; 3. Eddie Williams, 1040; 4. Tom Stephens Sr, 910; 5. Tyler Hatzikian, 840; 6. Greg Andrews, 710; 7. Paul Mircik, 495; 8. Bill Badger, 375; 9. Joey Bishop, 305; 9. William Holmes, 305
VRA Hobby Stocks
Race #6 09/08/2018
Main Event Results: 1. Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 2. Tom Stephens Jr, Ventura, 20 Laps; 3. Mike Stanford, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. Alyssa Smith, 20 Laps; 5. Heath Morton, Oxnard, 20 Laps
Lap Leaders: Ricky Lewis (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Tom Stephens Jr
Top 10 in points: 1. Mike Stanford, 1170; 2. Heath Morton, 960; 3. Tom Stephens Jr, 665; 4. Ricky Lewis, 475; 5. Mike Keebler, 455; 6. Alyssa Smith, 415; 7. Tom Stephens Sr, 410; 8. Sam Garvin, 380; 9. Christina Garvin, 360; 10. Gary Rayburn, 260
Race #6 09/08/2018
Main Event Results: 1. Mike Leach, Foothill Ranch, 20 Laps; 2. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Northridge, 20 Laps; 3. Tim Foy, Ojai, 20 Laps; 4. Mike Leach Sr., Foot Hill Ranch, 19 Laps; 5. Wally Pankratz, Orange, 4 Laps
Lap Leaders: Mike Leach (1-20)