By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Ventura, CA
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Ventura, CA --
After a great run from the back row to third place in the last Senior Sprint Car race at Ventura Raceway, Dayle Henry raced to a win in the feature this week. New Zealand's Greg Keegan ran second over Sparky Edmonston. Former street stock ace Chris Tonoli was disqualified from his win in the IMCA Modified main event for not having four operating brakes with the victory going to Rich Wolfe. Tonoli protested the call saying that he did have four operating brakes and the temperature difference between the right front and left front was normal. Joe Henderson won the VRA Modified main event and cut point leader George Kreider IV's margin to 55 points. The pony stock feature was also decided in tech with James Brown disqualified and Wade Zimmerman picking off his first ever win.
The 16 Senior Sprints were split into a pair of qualifying heat races. John Jewett won the first over Henry and Keegan. Bob Moody won the second in front of dwarf car ace Ron Bach and point leader Jim Porter. Henry then captured the main event with Keegan second over Edmonston, Porter, Ron Butler, Jewett, Mike Cook and Dale Harwood. Porter holds a solid 550 point lead over Jewett. Harwood is 95 points back of Jewett and 110 ahead of Henry.
Although Bakersfield's Buck Cox was the only true visitor, the IMCA Modifieds still attracted a solid 23 car turnout. Heat winners were Gary Curtis, point leader Mike Furlong and Steve Greenland. They transferred four cars out of each heat and 8 from the B Main to set the 20 car grid for the A Main event. Rookie Mark Fullerton won the B Main over Bill Waltman, Ed Shelton and Al Adam. Tonoli paced the field to the checkered flag in the A Main only to face the controversial disqualification. This handed the win to Wolfe ahead of B Main transfer Waltman, defending champion Furlong, Houghton, Bob Dias, Steve Smith, Randy McGraw and John Aitken. Furlong's point lead is a solid 17 points over McGraw with Houghton just 2 points back of Houghton.
The VRA Modifieds had an 11 car turnout and George Kreider IV won the first heat over Marty Desbrow. Garret Pegler won the second heat over Mike Schwellinger. Henderson ran last in his heat race, but won the main event ahead of Kreider, Rick Rodarte, Mark Gallimore, Marty McLaughlin and David Lidren. Rodarte is third in points, 150 behind Kreider. Desbrow had problems in the main event and finished 11th.
Last season, a few of the Ventura pony stocks started going to Santa Maria Speedway on their off nights and tonight, the first Santa Maria cars visited Ventura with both Ben Caswell and Mike Weigel on hand. There were 31 pony stocks and heat wins went to point leader Shane Rungaitis, Zimmerman, Jake Ford and Dave Little. Jack Fullerton won the B Main over Cliff Ashlock and Bruce Blackman Jr. Caswell advanced to the A Main with a fourth while Weigel just missed with a sixth. Zimmerman gained the feature win with the Brown disqualification. Jody Davis finished second over Mike Frazier, Julie Masters, Adam McPhail, Jeff Graham, Blackman and Little. Point leader B Rungaitis ran 19th, but still leads the points by 175 over Ashlock. Tom Burroughs is 40 points back of Ashlock and 40 ahead of Graham.
Summary Pony Stock Heat 1-Shane Rungaitis, Mike Frazier, Eric Chambers, Ben Caswell, Jack Fullerton. Heat 2-Wade Zimmerman, Jody Davis, Tom Burroughs, Julie Masters, Cliff Ashlock. Heat 3-Jake Ford, Bryan Weaver, Bryan Rungaitis, Andy Frank, Dave Revard. Heat 4-Dave Little, Jeff Graham, Josh Ford, Adam McPhail, Jon Everhart. B Main-Fullerton, Ashlock, Bruce Blackman Jr, Caswell, John Mikkelsen, Mike Weigel, Joel Chavez, Dan Clarke, Everhart, Laurie Richardson. A Main-Zimmerman, Davis, Frazier, Masters, McPhail, Graham, Blackman, Little, Frank, Burroughs, Weaver, Chambers, S Rungaitis, Ashlock, Josh Ford, Jake Ford, Fullerton, Caswell, B Rungaitis. VRA Modified Heat 1-George Kreider IV, Marty Desbrow, Rick Rodarte, Ray Martinez, Joshua Nice. Heat 2-Garret Pegler, Mike Schwellinger, David Lidren, Marty McLaughlin, Joe Henderson. Main-Henderson, Kreider, Rodarte, Mark Gallimore, McLaughlin, Lidren, Martinez, Pegler, Schwellinger, Nice, Desbrow. IMCA Modified Heat 1-Gary Curtis, Bob Dias, Ed Cutler, Daman Redman, Al Adam. Heat 2-Mike Furlong, William Kruft, Steve Smith, Rich Wolfe, Mark Fullerton. Heat 3-Steve Greenland, Donald Houghton, Chris Tonoli, Randy McGraw, Ed Shelton. B Main-Fullerton, Bill Waltman, Shelton, Adam, Buck Cox, John Aitken, Bill Hiney, Wes Richardson, Brett Lynsky, Jimmy Phelan. A Main-Wolfe, Waltman, Furlong, Houghton, Dias, Smith, McGraw, Aitken, Adam, Hiney, Richardson, Shelton, Greenland, Fullerton, Cutler, Kruft, Redman, Curtis, Cox. Senior Sprint Heat 1-John Jewett, Dayle Henry, Greg Keegan, Sam Vale, Dale Harwood. Heat 2-Bob Moody, Ron Bach, Jim Porter, Sparky Edmonston, Jim Gresham. Main-Henry, Keegan, Edmonston, Porter, Ron Porter, Jewett, Mike Cook, Harwood, Gresham, Vale, Ed Ulyates, Tim Moon, Bach, Oren Prosser Sr, John Richards, Moody.