Kenny Perkins from last to first!
Kenny Perkins wins the VRA Sprint Car feature after spinning out in the warm-up laps, having to start last and then driving to first.
Johnny Conley got back to his winning ways after missing the first VRA Dwarf Car race, so he and his wife could welcomed a new baby girl into their lives.
Trevor Fitzgibbon wins his first Hobby Stock Main of the year.
Alex Grigoreas wins the California Lightning Sprints feature main.
(April 4, 2016 Cliff Morgan, Ventura Raceway) Ventura Raceway continued its 2016 car racing season to a good crowd of fans and a strong field of cars. After opening night’s event we had a week off for Easter but the racers were ready to go Saturday night and the night proved to be exciting and eventful. Competition was very close and hard fought from top to bottom in each class from the opening heat races to the final man events.
In VRA Sprints, 17 cars signed into the pits for their second race of the new season. Kenny Perkins, started dead last on the field and took the wild 30 lap main event over Rick Hendrix, Cory Kruseman, who also started in the last row, Luis Espinoza and Tom Hendricks. 2015 series champion Guy Woodward and Jeremy Ellertson both led many laps in the event but fell victim to on track incidents that took the lead away from them. Woodward was taken out of the race in his incident, on lap 25, but Ellertson continued on from his incident, on lap 10, to finish seventh. Heat race wins went to Kenny Perkins in heat one, Will “The Thrill” Perkins in heat two and Jeremy Ellertson in heat three. The VRA Sprint Car Series for 2016 promises to be a great series as several new drivers were on hand, Saturday, making their series debuts. Rick Hendrix now is leading in the point race by 80 points over Jeremy Ellertson and 85 points over Guy Woodward.
VRA Dwarf Cars returned to action Saturday with 2015 Champion Johnny Conley taking the win in their 20 lap main event over Jeff Fillingame, Gage Cheek, his dad David Conley and opening night winner Tim Conley. Gage Cheek made the move of the night going to the outside lane near the end of the race passing many cars to take his third place finish. Their four heat races went to Mike Neal, Jason Horton, David Conley and Johnny Conley. There were 22 dwarf cars signed in for the night’s action. Two races into the new season finds Tim Conley leading in points by 10 points over his dad David Conley and 65 points over Gage Cheek.
California Lightning Sprints made their 2016 debut and it was a rough night as half of the field fell out of the 20 lap main event due to flips, mechanical ills and spins. Alex Gregorias took the main event win over Darren Hilburg, Dan Hilberg, Pat Kelly and James Heling. 2015 series champion Bobby Michnowicz and Kevin Michnowicz both had bad nights as mechanical ills kept Bobby out of the main event, after problems in his heat race and Kevin fell out with car problems on lap 6 of 20 in the feature.
VRA’s Hobby Stock Class was on hand for their second race of their 2016 season with 15 cars in attendance. Trevor Fitzgibbons took the win in the 20 lap main event that saw good racing from start to finish. Following Fitzgibbons across the line were Jesse James Verdun, Mike Stanford, 2015 champion David Heurung and Tom Stephens Sr. Their two heat races went to Tom Stephens Sr. and David Heurung. After two events in 2016, Mike Stanford leads the point race by 30 points over Trevor Fitzgibbons and 45 points over David Heurung.
Ventura Raceway continues its 2016 season next Saturday April 9, with a full program of VRA Sprints, Senior Sprints, IMCAA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Go Karts.
VRA Sprint Cars
Race #3 04/02/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Kenny Perkins, Newport Beach, 30 Laps; 2. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 30 Laps; 3. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 4. Luis Espinoza, Castaic, 30 Laps; 5. Tom Hendricks, Simi Valley, 30 Laps; 6. Luke Boles, Goleta, 30 Laps; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, Lawndale, 30 Laps; 8. Austen Figueroa, El Segundo, 30 Laps; 9. Charlie Butcher, Santa Barbara, 30 Laps; 10. Chris Meredith, Thousand Oaks, 30 Laps; 11. Daniel Williams, Glendale, 30 Laps; 12. Tyler Williams, Suwanee, Georgia, 30 Laps; 13. Malyssa Perkins, Newport Beach, 30 Laps; 14. Guy Woodward, Santa Clarita, 25 Laps; 15. Austin DeBlauw, lVentura, 25 Laps; 16. Tommy Dunkel, Hesperia, 20 Laps; 17. Will Perkins, Hesperia, Did not start
Lap Leaders: Jeremy Ellertson (1-10), Austin DeBlauw (11-15), Guy Woodward (16-25), Kenny Perkins (26-30)
Heat Race Winners: Extreme Mufflers Heat 1: Kenny Perkins; Saldana Racing Products Heat 2: Will Perkins; BR Motorsports Heat 3: Jeremy Ellertson
Top 10 in points: 1. Rick Hendrix, 455; 2. Jeremy Ellertson, 375; 3. Guy Woodward, 370; 4. Luis Espinoza, 365; 5. Chris Meredith, 320; 6. Tyler Williams, 275; 6. Charlie Butcher, 275; 8. Austen Figueroa, 270; 8. Tommy Dunkel, 270; 10. Kenny Perkins, 260
VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #2 04/02/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Johnny Conley, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. Jeff Fillingame, Santa Paula, 20 Laps; 3. Gage Cheek, Valencia, 20 Laps; 4. David Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 5. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 6. Frankie Politelli, Acton, 20 Laps; 7. Tom Stephens Jr, Ventura, 20 Laps; 8. Trenton Morley, Woodland Hills, 20 Laps; 9. Nick Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 10. Corbin Hames, Oak View, 20 Laps; 11. Jason Horton, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 12. Kody Cowan, Lancaster, 19 Laps; 13. Mike Neal, Northridge, 12 Laps; 14. Michael Tobiason, San Diego, 12 Laps; 15. Brandon Wiley, Santa Maria, 0 Laps; 16. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 0 Laps; 17. D. J. Lebow, Camarillo, 0 Laps; 18. Brandon Busenbark, Santa Clarita, 0 Laps
Lap Leaders: Johnny Conley (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Mike Neal; Heat 2: Jason Horton; Heat 3: David Conley; Heat 4: Johnny Conley
Top 10 in points: 1. Tim Conley, 460; 2. David Conley, 450; 3. Gage Cheek, 395; 4. Jeff Fillingame, 380; 5. Jason Horton, 365; 6. Trenton Morley, 340; 7. Corbin Hames, 320; 8. Tommy Velasquez III, 310; 9. Brandon Wiley, 300; 9. Nick Velasquez, 300
VRA Hobby Stocks
Race #3 04/02/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Trevor Fitzgibbon, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 2. Jesse James Verdun, Santa Paula, 20 Laps; 3. Mike Stanford, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 4. David Heurung, Ventura, 20 Laps; 5. Tom Stephens Sr, Ventura, 20 Laps; 6. Matt Dockstader, Santa Maria, 20 Laps; 7. Sam Garvin, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 8. Ernie Malone, Ojai, 20 Laps; 9. Matt Sweeney, Sherman Oaks, 19 Laps; 10. Dave Condon, Santa Maria, 19 Laps; 11. Devin Montgomery, Oxnard, 18 Laps; 12. Christina Garvin, Oxnard, 16 Laps; 13. Zachary Peterson, Oxnard, 15 Laps; 14. Gary Garvin, Oxnard, 11 Laps; 15. Jim Jewett, 11 Laps
Lap Leaders: Trevor Fitzgibbon (1-20)
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Tom Stephens Sr; Heat 2: David Heurung
Top 10 in points: 1. Mike Stanford, 465; 2. Trevor Fitzgibbon, 435; 3. David Heurung, 420; 4. Sam Garvin, 400; 5. Tom Stephens Sr, 390; 6. Jesse James Verdun, 385; 7. Zachary Peterson, 345; 8. Christina Garvin, 330; 9. Gary Garvin, 300; 10. Jim Jewett, 260
Cal. Lightning Sprints
Race #1 04/02/2016
Main Event Results: 1. Alex Grigoreas, Upland, 20 Laps; 2. Darren Hillberg, Corona, 20 Laps; 3. Dan Hillberg, Placentia, 20 Laps; 4. Pat Kelly, Chino, 20 Laps; 5. James Heling, San Bernardino, 20 Laps; 6. Zack Zauss, Murietta, 20 Laps; 7. Dale Gamer, Anaheim, 20 Laps; 8. A. J. Bender, San Diego, 20 Laps; 9. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 20 Laps; 10. Jeffrey Dyer, Victorville, 20 Laps; 11. Aiden Lange, Lakewood, 20 Laps; 12. Jon Robertson, Torrance, 20 Laps; 13. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 14. Kevin Michnowicz, Lomita, 20 Laps; 15. Wyatt Downing, Lakewood, 20 Laps; 16. Bobby Michnowicz, Lomita, Did not start
Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: James Heling; Heat 2: Zack Zauss
Top 10 in points:
Report Created by Ventura Raceway Scoring Program
Report Created: 04/04/2016 08:18