First we must thank all the great spectators and the fabulous racers who turned out Saturday night June 26th. We were treated to some of the most exciting racing that we have seen in years.
We had 23 West Coast Sprint Cars in the pits headed by current points leader D.J. Johnson, Mr. Excitement Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, USAC-CRA regular Broady Roa and a host of terriffic sprint car drivers.
With all the northern tracks shutting down last weekend because of the extreme heat, Ventura Raceway became the coolest place to race in California. Twenty-one IMCA Modifieds showed up and IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Sport Compacts were introduced to Ventura for the first time. West Coast IMCA guru Paul Vetter was there to help with these new classes and add his flare to announcing all the IMCA classes. VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks rounded out the program.
We now have two weeks of racing under our belt and things are starting to feel a little more normal. We had seven divisions of racers in the pits, four car classes and three motorcycles classes.
VRA Sprint Cars along with Senior Sprints both had first time winners. Tom Stephens Sr. passed Mike Cook on lap seven and never looked back and went on to take his first VRA Senior Sprint Car Feature. Stephens has raced at Ventura Raceway for many decades and has been victorious in several divisions.
It’s good to be back racing after a fifteen month lay off. It was the 150th time USAC Midgets raced at Ventura Raceway and like always the Main Event was extremely exciting.