OXNARD, California — On Saturday July 14, Ventura Raceway returns to action with a full program of racing action at its Ventura County Fairgrounds Facility. After a break for the Fairgrounds to hold two weekends of activities, we are back to put on some of the best racing to be seen anywhere. That night we will be featuring VRA Midgets, VRA Senior Sprints, VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Focus Midgets, VRA Go Karts and our VRA Junior Classes in full programs of heats and main events. All the drivers in these classes are working hard to move up in the points midway through our 2012 season.
VRA Midgets headline Saturday's action with fast and exciting hard fought racing. All the top VRA Midget drivers are back headed by point leaders Greg Edenholm, Cody Swanson, Wink Schweitzer, last race winner Ronnie Gardner and Randi Pankratz. Also expected to be racing is Danny Ebberts who has one win so far in 2012. These racers will be racing in a series of heats and a wild 30 lap main event sure to keep the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
VRA Senior Sprints are back led by point leader Victor Davis. Davis who won the July 4th race at Perris Auto Speedway leads his teammate Bruce Douglass by 90 points and Clif Warren by 100 points as we return to action. These over 45 year old racers always put on a great night of racing in their 360 sprint cars. So far in 2012 Davis has three wins, Douglass two wins and all time USAC star Wally Pankratz has one win.
VRA Dwarf Cars will continue their season with racing in both Senior and Pro classes. In the Pros, the season point lead belongs to past champion Ray Estrada followed by Randy Gordon, Luke Boles and Eric Moore. In Seniors, the point lead is held by Bill VanPraag, George Calvo, Tom Stephens and Bob Kauffman. These downsized sedans, coupes and trucks always put on an excellent night of tight hard fought competition.
VRA Focus Midgets are on the card as well with Parker Colston, Wally Pankratz, Michael Steele, Cole Custer, Christine Breckenridge and Brennan Rogers leading the field into the night's action. These Spech Ford Focus engined midget racers have put on several good races so far in 2012.
VRA Go Karts return to action on Ventura's big track this weekend as well. Since moving from the infield track to the big oval the racing has been exciting and fair. Last race winner Ashley Hazleton leads the field into Saturday's action. She trails point leader Cody Nigh by 15 points in the season point race.
The final groups racing Saturday night are our three kids classes. In Junior Midgets Devin McCree leads the class into action. In our Mini Dwarf Classes, multi race winner Blake Hendricks leads the Pistons into action while Nick Velasquez leads the Superchargers into competition tonight.
Pit gates will open at 12 noon with front gates opening at 3:00. Cars go on the track for warm ups and preliminaries at 3:30 with racing getting under way at 5:30. Admission prices for this event are $14.00 for adults, $11.00 for Seniors, Military and Juniors. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information, please call Ventura Raceway at 805-985-5433 Monday through Friday and 805-648-RACE on raceday