Johnny Conley, the 2016 Dwarf Car Champion, wins his first feature or the new season.
Luis Espinoza wins the IMCA Main.
Travis Avila came all the way from Tulare and won the Hobby Stock Main.
Jet Davidson too exhausted to get out of his car after his Focus Midget Main win.
Ventura Raceway returned to action on another very nice Saturday night, March 18. Competition in each of the four classes competing was very close and hard fought from opening heat races to the final main events.
IMCA Modifieds action saw a very good race by a strong field of 16 Modifieds. The race saw many new drivers here to take part in this nationwide series for V8 powered open wheel racers. Luis Espinoza took the 20 lap feature win over opening night winner Chris Crompe, Josh Vogt, Austin Rodarte and 2016 track champion Jack Parker. The main event saw Espinoza, Crompe and Vogt put on a great three car battle for the lead in final laps, with Espinoza coming out on top at the checker. Three heat races were run with wins going to Aaron Rodarte in heat one, Andrew Greiman heat two and Jack Parker heat three. After two races, Chris Crompe leads in the season long point battle by four points over Luis Espinoza and by six points over Jack Parker.
There were 23 VRA Dwarf Cars signed in for this week’s event Saturday night. Johnny Conley took the win in their 20 lap main event over his dad, David Conley, Tom Stephens Jr., brother Tim Conley and Brad Curnel. The race was another rough and tumble affair for these downsized racers with only seven cars finishing from the original twenty! On track incidents and spins took out 13 cars by lap 12 of the feature. The seven cars that finished the race then ran lap 12 to 20 without any major incident. Their three heat races went to Johnny Conley, Tim Conley and Trevor Fitzgibbon. After two races in the new season, David Conley leads his son Tim Conley by 20 points and his other son Johnny Conley by 80 points in the battle to become the 2017 series champion.
VRA Hobby Stock action saw visiting driver Travis Avila score his first ever VRA feature win. He and his brother Ryan came down from Tulare to race with us Saturday night. Travis ran a very good race to take the win over a fast closing Mike Stanford, Sam Garvin, Christina Garvin and Gary Garvin. Tarkus Piper brought out the first crate motor Hobby Stock Saturday night. He ran strong but had mechanical issues with the car and did not have a good main event finish. The eight cars ran two heat races with wins going to Travis Avila in heat one and Gary Garvin in heat two. After two races, Christina Garvin leads the point race by 5 point over brother, Sam Garvin and by 10 points over her dad, Gary Garvin.
Focus Midgets made their 2017 Ventura Raceway debut with veteran driver Jet Davison taking the win over Mike Leach, Kyle Beilman, Brandon Biggs and Jessica Valentine in their 20 lap main event. Davison led all twenty laps to take his win. The Focus Midgets ran one heat race with the win going to Brandon Biggs.
Ventura Raceway Race Results for 03/18/2017
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #2 03/18/2017
Main Event Results: 1. Johnny Conley, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. David Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 3. Tom Stephens Jr, Ventura, 20 Laps; 4. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 5. Brad Curnel, Palmdale, 20 Laps; 6. Kody Cowan, Lancaster, 20 Laps; 7. Jeff Hinz, Saugus, 20 Laps; 8. D. J. Lebow, Camarillo, 12 Laps; 9. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 12 Laps; 10. Trent Morley, Woodland Hills, 12 Laps; 11. Nick Velasquez, Camarillo, 12 Laps; 12. Gage Cheek, Valencia, 12 Laps; 13. Tom Morley, Woodland Hills, 6 Laps; 14. Trevor Fitzgibbon, Camarillo, 4 Laps; 15. Jason Horton, Oxnard, 4 Laps; 16. Korey Cowan, Lancaster, 3 Laps; 17. Cody Black, Moorpark, 1 Lap; 18. Tommy Velasquez, Camarillo, 1 Lap; 19. Gary Cheek, 1 Lap; 20. April Banuelos, Sylmar, 1 Lap
Lap Leaders: Tim Conley (1-11), Johnny Conley (12-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Johnny Conley; Heat 2: Tim Conley; Heat 3: Trevor Fitzgibbon
Top 10 in points: 1. David Conley, 475; 2. Tim Conley, 455; 3. Johnny Conley, 395; 4. Tom Stephens Jr, 390; 5. Tommy Velasquez III, 370; 5. Nick Velasquez, 370; 7. Trent Morley, 340; 8. Brad Curnel, 325; 9. Kody Cowan, 320; 10. Cody Black, 310; 10. Jason Horton, 310
Race #2 03/18/2017
Main Event Results: 1. Luis Espinoza, Castaic, 20 Laps; 2. Chris Crompe, Nipomo, 20 Laps; 3. Joshua Vogt, Santa Maria, 20 Laps; 4. Austin Rodarte, Ventura, 20 Laps; 5. Jack Parker, Simi Valley, 20 Laps; 6. Chuck Becker, Yucaipa, 20 Laps; 7. Brandon Becker, 20 Laps; 8. Dave Phipps, Simi Valley, 20 Laps; 9. Scott Olsen, 20 Laps; 10. Andrew Greiman, Newbury Park, 20 Laps; 11. Justin Dunn, Riverside, 17 Laps; 12. Andrew Phipps, Simi Valley, 11 Laps; 13. Terry Hershberger, 10 Laps; 14. John Piller Piker, 6 Laps; 15. Aaron Rodarte, Ventura, 5 Laps; 16. Mark Davis, Ventura, Did not show
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Aaron Rodarte; Heat 2: Andrew Greiman; Heat 3: Jack Parker
Top 10 in points: 1. Chris Crompe, 79; 2. Luis Espinoza, 75; 3. Jack Parker, 73; 4. Dave Phipps, 71; 5. Andrew Greiman, 67; 6. Justin Dunn, 62; 6. Scott Olsen, 62; 8. Mark Davis, 58; 9. Ryan Lauer, 39; 10. Joshua Vogt, 38
Race #1 03/18/2017
Main Event Results: 1. Jet Davison, Running Springs, 20 Laps; 2. Mike Leach, Foothill Ranch, 20 Laps; 3. Kyle Beilman, 20 Laps; 4. Brandon Biggs, Saugus, 20 Laps; 5. Jessica Valentine, 20 Laps
Lap Leaders: Jet Davison (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Brandon Biggs
Top 10 in points: 1. Jet Davison, 250; 2. Mike Leach, 235; 3. Brandon Biggs, 215; 4. Kyle Beilman, 210; 5. Jessica Valentine, 185
VRA Hobby Stocks
Race #2 03/18/2017
Main Event Results: 1. Travis Avila, Tulare, Ca., 20 Laps; 2. Mike Stanford, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 3. Sam Garvin, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. Christina Garvin, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 5. Gary Garvin, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 6. Heath Morton, Oxnard, 12 Laps; 7. Ryan Avila, Tulare, Ca., 10 Laps; 8. Tarkus Piper, Lake Elizabeth, 7 Laps