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USAC Midgets at Bakersfield Speedway

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Just after getting ready for hot laps it began to sprinkle on Bakersfield Speedway. After a good hot lap session on a wet and heavy track the clouds opened up before heat races were underway. After a some hard on and off rain for about a hour Bakersfield Speedway was forced to call the event due to rain.

 



VRA Vendor's Cup and VRA Midgets

Saturday, August 27, 2011

 

Ventura CA - August 27, 2011..... Matt Mitchell had a night to remember as he took home the victors check for over $7,000 and a beautiful trophy in the inaugural VRA Vendors Cup Race Saturday night by taking the 40 lap feature win over a strong field of 32 VRA 360 Sprint Cars. Starting from the pole position, he led all 40 laps holding off a strong challenge from Cory Kruseman who gave it all he ha to get by Mitchell. The race was a fast and furious event that saw two red flags slow the race. The first was for a flip in turn one involving VRA point leader Greg Taylor and later on lap 36 past VRA champ Kevin Kierce had a nasty side by side flip entering turn three. Both drivers emerged from their wrecked cars uninjured. Mitchell was driving Steve Watts number 81 sprinter Saturday night. Following Mitchell across the line in this prestigious event were Kruseman, Troy Rutherford, Brian Camarillo and Josh Ford. There were four heat races run Saturday night with wins going to Cliff Warren in the Extreme Muffler Heat One, Cory Kruseman in the Joie of Seating Heat Two, Brian Camarillo in the BR Motorsport Heat Three and Matt Mitchell in the Steve Watt enterprises Heat Four. The 12 lap Semi Main went to Johnathon Henry. At the end of the night Greg Taylor maintains a 230 point lead over Josh Ford in the season point race.

 

Ventura Raceway wants to thank all the vendors who contributed to make this the largest first place check in VRA Sprint Car history. Matt Mitchell's name is the first name on the Vendor's Cup perpetual trophy. We hope that this is the first of many Vendor's Cup Races to be held in future seasons.

 

VRA Midgets also were on the card Saturday night with many drivers doing dual duty. Johnathon Henry jumped out to an early lead and led the first 6 laps only to be passed by Jake Swanson who led then led until lap 26 when a flying Brian Camarillo passed him and went on to take the win. Camarillo roared around the top of he track thrilling the crowd with his daring style. The crowd roared when he took the lead and cheered loudly at his victory. Following him across the line were Jake Swanson, his brother Brent Camarillo, Cory Kruseman and Robby Josett. There were three heat races run with wins going to

Cory Kruseman in the West Evans Motorsports Heat One, Sean Dodenhoff in the Joie of Seating Heat Two and Brian Camarillo in Heat Three. Cory Kruseman, with his 2nd place finish keeps him 180 points ahead of Robby Josett in the point battle.

 

VRA Midgets

Race #9 08/27/2011

 

Main Event Results: 1. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 2. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, 30 Laps; 3. Brent Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 4. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 5. Robby Josett, Santa Clarita, 30 Laps; 6. Cody Swanson, Norco, 30 Laps; 7. Sean Dodenhoff, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 8. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 30 Laps; 9. Greg Edenholm, 30 Laps; 10. Jimmy Voitel, Covna, 27 Laps; 11. Johnathon Henry, Stockton, 23 Laps; 12. Austin Smith, Chino Hills, 23 Laps; 13. Joey Fabozzi, Norco, Ca, 23 Laps; 14. Randi Pankratz, Atascadero, 22 Laps; 15. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 20 Laps; 16. Wink Schweitzer, Bakersfield, 20 Laps; 17. Chris Ennis, San Diego, 2 Laps; 18. Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, 2 Laps; 19. Bruce Hiroshima, Camarillo, 1 Lap; 20. Chris Gansen, San Bernardino, Did not show

Lap Leaders: Johnathon Henry (1-6), Jake Swanson (7-25), Jake Swanson (26-30)

 

Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Cory Kruseman; Heat 2: Sean Dodenhoff; Heat 3: Brian Camarillo

BCRA Midgets at Placerville

Saturday, August 6, 2011

 

After a disappointing break while leading the main the night before the crew was up early to put the car back together again. With some help and parts from Shannon McQueen Racing the team was able to get the motor fixed for the show in Placerville. Chris was the last car to qualify Saturday and was able to get third quick time with a 12.357 behind Shannon McQueen and Matt Streeter. Starting from the outside of the third row in the heat Chris began making his way through the field quickly moving into the third position. After claiming second Chris went for the lead out of turn 4 on the final lap before being pushed down into the infield by the leader giving him third.

Chris would start outside of the third row for the main event. After a good start and a few yellows the car began struggling to get up to speed. With the altitude difference between last nights race the car was running too rich for the Placerville air forcing Chris to pull off after only 10 laps.

 



Ennis breaks rocker arm while leading at Chico

Friday, August 5, 2011

 

Chico, CA……..Chris Ennis qualified 4th quickest of a 24 car field for Friday night's USAC 30 Lap Mopar Western Midget Main Event. He started 2nd row inside behind two of the best midget drivers on the West Coast with Jake Swanson and Cody Swanson sitting on the front row. Chris took the lead on lap two after a hard charge coming off of turn two. He lead several laps unchallenged as Johnathan Henry worked his way into second place to battle Chris for the lead. Johnathan Henry tried several different lines for numerous laps to try and take the lead away from Chris. Chris continued to hold first place and have  6-8 car lengths on second place. Chris with a excellent lead and no lap cars in front of him looked poised and ready to capture first place and enjoy the winners circle. But as luck would have it he had engine failure and pulled into the infield on the 15th lap and was done for the night. Johnathan Henry took over the lead and was never challenged as he beat fast qualifier Shannon McQueen, along with Cody Swanson, Scott Pierovich, and David Prickett. Cory Kruseman finished 6th and continues to lead the Western Midget Point Standings.

 

MOPAR USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 5, 2011 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.328; 2. Johnathan Henry, 88, Henry-14.332; 3. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.501; 4. Chris Ennis, 97x, Martens-14.568; 5. Jake Swanson, 05, Swanson-14.639; 6. Cody Swanson, 71, Swanson-14.639; 7. Pete Davis, 00, Davis-14.639; 8. Cory Kruseman, 21k, Kruseman-14.685; 9. Connor Kassik, 15N, Neverlift-14.774; 10. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-14.820; 11. Kavin Morris, 17k, Morris-15.247; 12. Travis Haugh, 5H, Haugh-15.270; 13. Floyd Alvis, 83, Alvis-15.313; 14. Nick Chivello, 27B, Blackwell-15.423; 15. Dillon Silverman, 4A, Ram-15.456; 16. Nick Foster, 1x, Foster-15.508; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.524; 17. Gary Conterno, 18a, Conterno-15.720; 18. Rich Holbrook, 6, Holbrook-15.749; 19. Michael Snider, 2k, Snider-16.030; 20. J.R, Williams, 74, Williams-NT.

 

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Prickett, 2. McQueen, 3. Ennis, 4. Foster, 5. Alvis, 6. Holbrook, 7. Davis. NT

 

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Henry, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Bock, 5. Morris, 6. Snider. NT

 

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Pierovich, 3. Silverman, 4. Kassik, 5. Haugh, 6. Conterno, 7. Williams. NT

 

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Johnathon Henry, 2. Shannon McQueen, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Scott Pierovich, 5. David Prickett, 6. Cory Kruseman, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Kevin Morris, 9. Travis Haugh, 10. Connor Kassik, 11. Nick Foster, 12. Britton Bock, 13. Rich Holbrook, 14. Gary Conterno, 15. Floyd Alvis, 16. Michael Snider, 17. Chris Ennis, 18. Dillon Silverman, 19. Pete Davis, 20. J.R. Williams. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 C.Swanson, Laps 4-14 Ennis, Laps 15-30 Henry.

 

NEW MOPAR WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kruseman-315; 2-Prickett-308; 3-J.Swanson-283; 4-Henry-266; 5-C.Swanson-261; 6-Ennis-202; 7-Pierovich-191; 8-Kassik-118; 9-Austin Smith-100; 10-Tanner Swanson-96.

VRA vs. USAC Battle at the Beach Round 3

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ventura, CA……..Johnathon Henry of Stockton, Calif. won Wednesday night’s 30-lap USAC Mopar Western Midget feature at the Ventura Raceway, leading the final four laps after passing Troy Rutherford on lap 27. Rutherford, who led the first 26 laps, finished second ahead of new series point leader Cory Kruseman, Jimmy Crawford and Brent Camarillo.

 

MOPAR USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2011 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

 

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerome Rodela (#25 Rodela), 2. Johnathon Henry (#88 Graunstadt), 3. Jimmy Crawford (#73x Ford), 4. Brian Camarillo (#81 CamLand), 5. Chris Ennis (#97 Martens), 6. Nick Carlson (#25x Rodela), 7. Connor Kassik (#15N Neverlift), 8. Cody Swanson (#71 Swanson). NT

 

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Walt Schweitzer (#60 Schweitzer), 2. David Prickett (#15 Neverlift), 3. Sean Dodenhoff (#9D Dodenhoff), 4. Jake Swanson (#05 Swanson), 5. Josh Lakatos (#4x Lakatos), 6. Austin Smith (#33 Smith), 7. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 8. Jimmy Voitel (#21 Voitel), 9. Bruce Douglas (#31 Douglas). NT

 

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darren Hagen (#73 Ford), 2. Troy Rutherford (#87jr Rutherford), 3. Robby Josett (#2 Josett), 4. Cory Kruseman (#21k Kruseman), 5. Brent Camarillo (#51 CamLand), 6. Chris Gansen (#4 Gansen), 7. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 8. Viktor Davis (#31v Davis), 9. Bruce Hiroshima (#5 Hiroshima). NT

 

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Ennis, 2. Lakatos, 3. Gansen, 4. A.Smith, 5. K.Smith, 6. Brian Camarillo, 7. Hiroshima, 8. Douglas, 9. Carlson, 10. Voitel, 11. Edwards, 12. Kassik. NT

 

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz).

 

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Johnathon Henry, 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. Cory Kruseman, 4. Jimmy Crawford, 5. Brent Camarillo, 6. Jerome Rodela, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Austin Smith, 9. Nick Carlson, 10. Chris Ennis, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Josh Lakatos, 13. David Prickett, 14. Cody Swanson, 15. Kyle Smith, 16. Bruce Douglas, 17. Walt Schweitzer, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Brian Camarillo, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Sean Dodenhoff, 22. Bruce Hiroshima. NT

 

Top 10 in points: 1. Cory Kruseman, 690; 2. Brent Camarillo, 635; 3. Johnathon Henry, 550; 4. Jake Swanson, 545; 5. Chris Ennis, 505; 6. Cody Swanson, 460; 7. Chris Gansen, 450; 7. Robby Josett, 450; 9. Austin Smith, 425; 10. Josh Lakatos, 400



VRA Midgets

Saturday, July 16, 2011

 

VRA Midgets were on hand with 23 cars signed into the pits. The win in the 30 lap midget feature went to point leader Cory Kruseman who took the lead on lap 8 from Austin Smith and went on to take the victory over "Flyin" Brian Camarillo who was on the move on the top of the track passing several cars in the last few laps of the race, There were three heat races run with wins going to Brian Camarillo in the West Evans Motorsports Heat One, Greg Bragg in the Joie of Seating Heat Two and Cory Kruseman in the BR Motorsports Heat Three. Kruseman now hold a 60 point lead over Robbie Josett heading into the Battle at the Beach Race 3 set for the Ventura County Fair on August 3.

 

VRA Midgets

Race #7 07/16/2011

 

Main Event Results: 1. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 2. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 3. Robby Josett, Santa Clarita, 30 Laps; 4. Austin Smith, Chino Hills, 30 Laps; 5. Jerome Rodella, El Monte, 30 Laps; 6. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 30 Laps; 7. Brent Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 9. Chris Gansen, San Bernardino, 30 Laps; 10. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 30 Laps; 11. Wink Schweitzer, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 12. Shannon McQueen, Tehachapi, 30 Laps; 13. Cody Swanson, Norco, 30 Laps; 14. Victor Davis, Simi Valley, 30 Laps; 15. Jimmy Voitel, Covna, 29 Laps; 16. Garrett Gilkey, 29 Laps; 17. Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, 29 Laps; 18. Greg Edenholm, 29 Laps; 19. Greg Bragg, Visalia, 21 Laps; 20. Chris Ennis, San Diego, 21 Laps; 21. Kenny Warren, Phoenix, 20 Laps; 22. Randy Pankratz, Atascadero, Did not start; 23. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Did not start

Lap Leaders: Austin Smith (1-7), Cory Kruseman (8-30)



USAC Midgets at Santa Maria

Saturday, July 2, 2011

 

Santa Maria, CA........Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif. is the new point leader in the 2011 Mopar USAC Western Midget series after winning Saturday night's 30-lap race at Santa Maria Speedway. Kruseman took the lead from Jimmy Crawford on lap eight and led the rest of the way to beat David Prickett, Crawford, Josh Lakatos and Jake Swanson. Lakatos led the first two laps of the race. 

 

MOPAR USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2011 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Speedway

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cory Kruseman, 21k, Kruseman-15.197; 2. Chris Ennis, 97, Martens-15.203; 3. Jimmy Crawford, 73, Ford-15.248; 4. Josh Lakatos, 4x, Lakatos-15.294; 5. Cody Swanson, 71, Swanson-15.358; 6. Johnathan Henry, 88, Graunstadt-15.365; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.443; 8. David Prickett, 15, Neverlift-15.500; 9. Bruce Douglas, 31, Douglas-15.597; 10. Jake Swanson, 05, Swanson-15.672; 11. Connor Kassik, 15N, Neverlift-15.790; 12. Greg edenholm, 73x, Edenholm-15.908; 13. Jimmy Voitel, 21, Voitel-16.078.

 

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. C.Swanson, 3. Crawford, 4. Voitel, 5. Pankratz, 6. Douglas. NT

 

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Henry, 2. Lakatos, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Ennis, 5. Prickett. NT

 

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. David Prickett, 3. Jimmy Crawford, 4. Josh Lakatos, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Johnathan Henry, 7. Randi Pankratz, 8. Chris Ennis, 9. Cody Swanson, 10. Greg Edenholm, 11. Connor Kassik, 12, Bruce Douglas, 13. Jimmy Voitel. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Lakatos, Laps 3-7 Crawford, Laps 8-30 Kruseman. 

 

NEW MOPAR WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kruseman-203; 2-J.Swanson-197; 3-C.Swanson-173; 4-Prickett-157; 5-Ennis-137; 6-Henry-127; 7-Tanner Swanson-96; 8-Pankratz-86; 9-Kassik-79; 10-Bryan Clauson-71.

 

VRA vs. USAC Battle at the Beach Round 2

Saturday, June 25, 2011

 

The Second Battle of the Beach for USAC versus VRA Midgets proved to be another great race. With 24 cars signed into the pits and all of them taking the green flag for the 30 lap feature the fans in attendance knew that the race would be one not to miss. Josh Lakatos who has raced hard here on many occasions finally got his first USAC Midget win at Ventura as he started outside front row and went on to dominate the race leading all 30 laps. VRA Midget driver Brent Camarillo tried desperately to catch him to no avail and finished a strong second. Cory Kruseman took third to maintain his point lead in the Battle at the Beach Series as well as the VRA Midget Series. Fourth place went to Robby Josett with fifth going to Greg Bragg. There were a number of early race incidents that took four cars out of the event. Once the race got going it race fast and furious to the end. Sean Dodenhoff had the hardest crash of the evening as he flipped his number 9D midget in turn three on lap 26 bringing out a short red flag condition. There were three heat races competed on Saturday with wins going to Cory Kruseman in heat one, Brent Camarillo in heat two and Josh Lakatos in heat three.



VRA Midgets

Saturday, May 28, 2011

 

Saturday started out rough. Just starting up the Grapevine the trucks transmission blew a line, leaving the team stranded. After some help from Jim’s Towing and a trade for a different truck the team got back on the road to Ventura. After arriving late Chris had to tag onto the back of the final heat race, but bad luck would catch up with the car before that. Chris had trouble with the rear-end of the car during hot laps, but with some help and a spare rear-end from Shannon McQueen Racing Chris would make his heat. Starting from the back row in the 8th position Chris was able to move up into the 5th spot during the 8 lap race. The fifth place finish put Chris on the inside of the 8th row for the main event. With a fast track there was a lot of passing going on throughout the race. With ruts in the low line of the track drivers had to make a choice between negotiating them or taking the long way around on the high line. With a red flag on lap 25 there was a five lap dash to the finish. After some cars got together in turn one on the final lap Chris would finish the night in 8th.

 



USAC West Coast 360 Sprints

Saturday, May 21, 2011

 

Chris and crew headed to Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway at the Hanford Fairgrounds to race with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series. This would only be the second race in the new 777 chassis for 2011. After starting inside the second row in the fourth heat race. After a red flag early in the race Chris would finish in the fourth and final transfer position making his way into the nights A Main event. Starting inside the 8th row Chris would battle other drivers for position on the dry-slick track early. After hooking bumpers with Wes Gutierrez, Chris would do a complete 360 degree spin before continuing on in the 11th position. Chris would move into the top 10 up on the high line of the track before taking the checkered flag in the 10th position.



VRA Midgets

Saturday, May 14, 2011

 

Ventura CA - May 14, 2011.....The old saying, "It is the best of times, it is the worst of times" , holds meaning for Cory Kruseman after Saturday's VRA Sprint Car race. Kruseman was the apparent winner of the race only to find that he did not finish the race with both mufflers intact and on the car. VRA Rules state that all cars must have mufflers at all times and Kruseman's fell off just before he took the white flag. There was not enough time to black flag him so he took the checkered without the required muffler. After officials conferred and looked at the rules the decision was made to place Kruseman on the lap he finished at the time the muffler fell off, placing him in a final11th position for the race. Kruseman was informed and took the news in a positive manner understanding that the rule is the rule. The fact that he was placed lower does not diminish the great race he ran against Greg Taylor, Dakota Kershaw and Markus Niemela. The 30 lap race was one of the best seen this year with leaders and others changing position on each lap. Tom Harper led laps 1-5. On lap 6, Dakota Kershaw moved into the lead and then led until lap 18 when Kruseman moved into the lead and led to the finish. The problem Kruseman had moved Greg Taylor into the winners position and into the VRA point lead after 8 events. Finishing second through fifth were Markus Niemela, Dakota Kershaw, Josh Ford and Don Gansen. there were 24 cars signed into the pits Saturday with four heat races run. Wins went to Jimmy Crawford in heat one, Kruseman in heat two and Taylor in heat three. the 12 lap semi main went to Brent Camarillo.

 

VRA Midgets made their 4th appearance in the 2011 season Saturday night. There were 21 midgets signed into the pits. There were three heat races run with wins going to Matt Mitchell in heat one, Shannon McQueen in heat two and Victor Davis in heat three. The 30 lap feature was a fast and furious affair with pole sitter Danny Ebberts leading the first 27 laps only to lose the lead to a hard charging Robby Josett on lap 28. Josett then led the field to the finish for the win. Following Josett to the line were Ebberts, Cory

Kruseman, Jake Swanson and David Prickett. Kruseman's third place finish keeps him in the season point race lead by 30 points over Josett.

 

VRA Sport Compact had a first time winner when Gary Marshall Jr. took his first win of the season. He started second on the field and took the lead from Ryan Changus on lap 2 and led to the checkered flag. He was followed by point leader Trevor Fitzgibbon, Brent Underwood, Cody Greiman and Ryan Changus. The one heat race went to Marshall as well.

 

Ford Focus Midgets ran in two divisions Saturday night. In the Regular focus class the win went to Nick Carlson over Wally Pankratz, Casey Martinez, Kyle Edwards and Jarid Blondell. Their heat race went to Pankratz. In Junior Focus racing the win went to three time VRA winner Cole Custer who led all 20 laps.

He was followed by Zack Bogner, Austin Blair Christine Breckinridge and Katlynn Leer. Austin Blair took their heat race win. Wally Pankratz leads in regular Focus points and Custer leads in Junior Focus points after three races this season.

 

The final class racing Saturday was our VRA Go Karts. There 20 karts signed into the pits. Heat race wins went to Richard Renken, Scott Bohle and Ashley Hazleton. The 20 lap feature went to Johnny Conley followed by James Locey, Renken, Dave Pankratz and Cody Nigh. Renken continues in the season point lead by 100 points over Locey and David Pankratz.

 

Ventura takes a weekend off next Saturday May 21. We will return to action on Saturday May 28, with a full program of racing featuring VRA Sprint Cars, VRA Midgets, IMCA Modifieds, Ford Focus and Junior

Focus as well as our VRA Go Karts.

 



VRA Midgets

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Ventura CA - April 16, 2011.....Brody Roa came back to Ventura Raceway after a few weeks off and made it a special night as he took his first ever VRA Sprint Car Main Event over a field of 20 top contenders. Brody opened the 2011 season with some less than hoped for finishes and took some time off. Saturday night he proved that the 2010 title of VRA Rookie of the Year was well earned with a 14th to first run in the feature after finishing second in the Semi Main to earn the feature starting spot. The race started off with Troy Rutherford jumping out front and leading the first nine laps. He and Greg Taylor battled until on lap 9 a turn four incident put Rutherford out of the event. Taylor then grabbed the lead and led until lap 22 when engine problems forced him into the infield. Derek Buckley then led one lap until passed by the charging Brody Roa who took the lead on lap 24 and led to the finish. Roa's final challenge came from Cory Kruseman who made a move to pas Roa on lap 29 only to spin to the edge of turn one as the field went on to the checkered flag. Following Roa across the finish line were Derek Buckley with another fine finish, Steve Conrad, Brandon Thomson and visiting USAC 360 front runner Richard Vanderweerd, who came from 13th to his fifth place finish after winning the Semi Main. There were three heat races run for the 23 cars signed into the pits for this Easter Eve event. Heat one went to Brian Camarillo, heat two went to Cory Kruseman and heat three went to Cody Kershaw. Rutherford who had won four of the first five VRA events in 2010 finished 16th but retains a 85 point lead over Steve Conrad and a 105 point lead over Greg Taylor in the season long point race.

 

Cory Kruseman came back with a vengeance from his VRA Midget win on March 19th to take the 30 lap VRA Midget race over a stellar field of 22 VRA Midgets. His second win of the season in this new series was a hard fought win over a field that saw 19 of the 22 starters finish on the lead lap. Starting 6th on the grid, Kruseman made a gigantic move to take the lead on lap two of the event from lap one leader Randi Pankratz. He then went on to lead the remainder of the event holding off a late race Banzi move on the top of the raceway by Brian Camarillo. while most racers were running the lower groves, Camarillo took the high line and passed several cars to take second place. Following Kruseman and Camarillo to the line were Josh Ford, Robby Josett who had started 16th and Josh Lakatos. Kruseman's keeps him out front in the season point race. Three heat races were competed Saturday night with wins going to Cory Kruseman in heat one, Brian Camarillo in heat two and Josh Ford in heat three. This fine new series will resume next Saturday night April 30.

 

The Ford Focus Midgets were also on hand Saturday night to run a program that included a make up feature from the rained out race on March 19th. That race went to Wally Pankratz with Tyler Dolacki, Jared Blondel, Daniel Williams and Robert Dolacki following him to the checkered flag. the regularly scheduled feature went to Nick Carlson with Jared Blondel, Wally Pankratz, Robert Dolacki and Casey Martinez following him to the finish. Two heat races were run with wins going to Pankratz and Robert Dolacki.

 

IMCA Modifieds were signed into the pits with 14 cars Saturday night. Two heat races were run with wins going to Austin Rodarte and Jack Parker. The 20 lap feature was a rough and tumble affair that saw several incidents in the first 10 laps. Jack Parker jumped out front on lap one only to be passed by Aaron Rodarte who went on to take the win over Brad Prows, Parker, Rob Green and Gary Curtis. Aaron Rodarte's win moved him into second place, 8 points behind Brad Prows in the point race.

 

VRA Junior Focus saw 7 cars signed into the pits with the heat race win going to Katlynn Leer. The 20 lap feature was a powerful run by Cole Custer who also took the win here on March 19. Following Custer across the finish line were Parker Colston, early race leader Christine Breckenridge who led lap 1-17, Katlynn Leer and Austin Blair.

 

The final group racing with us on Saturday night was our VRA Go Kart division. Three heat races were run with wins going to Kenny Byers Jr in heat one, Rich Renken in heat two and Scott Bohle in heat three. Heat one saw a wild accident that saw Ken Ito flip in turn three. the 20 lap main event saw Rich Renken take the lead on lap five and go on to take his second win of the season. Finishing second through fifth were Kenny Byers Jr., Jared Byrd, Jamse Locy and Scott Bohle. Renken's win puts him 30 points out front in the point race over Locy after three races.

 

Ventura Raceway Race Results for 04/23/2011

 

VRA Midgets

Race #2 04/23/2011

 

Main Event Results: 1. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 2. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 3. Josh Ford, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 4. Robby Josett, Agua Dulce, 30 Laps; 5. Josh Lakatos, Pasadena, 30 Laps; 6. Brent Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 7. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, 30 Laps; 8. Chris Ennis, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 9. Sean Dodenhoff, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 10. Cody Swanson, Norco, 30 Laps; 11. Austin Smith, Chino Hills, 30 Laps; 12. Wink Schweitzer, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 13. Victor Davis, Simi Valley, 30 Laps; 14. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 30 Laps; 15. Randy Pankratz, 30 Laps; 16. Chris Gansen, San Bernardino, 30 Laps; 17. Rick Shuman, 30 Laps; 18. Greg Edenholm, 30 Laps; 19. Bruce Hiroshima, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 20. Steve Stasa, West Hills, 11 Laps; 21. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 4 Laps; 22. David Prickett, Fresno, 1 Lap

Lap Leaders: Randy Pankratz (1), Cory Kruseman (2-30)

 

Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Cory Kruseman; Heat 2: Brian Camarillo; Heat 3: Josh Ford

 

Top 10 in points: 1. Cory Kruseman, 260; 2. Brian Camarillo, 240; 3. Josh Ford, 225; 4. Josh Lakatos, 200; 5. Robby Josett, 190; 6. Brent Camarillo, 185; 7. Chris Ennis, 165; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, 155; 8. Jake Swanson, 155; 10. Cody Swanson, 150



BCRA Midgets at Placerville

Saturday, April 9, 2011

 

Scott Pierovich grabs the win on the smooth and fast 1/4 mile Placerville Speedway. Pete Davis finished 2nd, followed by early leader David Prickett, Jonathon Henry and Shannon McQueen rounding out the Top 5. Next was Chris Ennis, Nick Foster Jr., Danny Parker, Dillon Silverman and Nick Chivello Top 10.

 

Qualifying: 1. 88 Jonathon Henry 12.136, 2. 7 Shannon McQueen 12.383, 3. 35 Scott Pierovich 12.488, 4. 00 Pete Davis 12.590, 5. 28 Danny Parker 12.624, 6. 14jr Matt Streeter 12.636, 7. 15 David Prickett 12.636, 8. 82 Robbie Whitchurch 12.672, 9. 91 Chris Ennis 12.778, 10. 1 Nick Foster Jr. 12.947, 11. 15n Connor Kassik 13.029, 12. 67 Britton Bock 13.066, 13. 4a Dillon Silverman 13.185, 14. 27b Nick Chivello 13.268, 15. 2k Darin Snider 13.328, 16. 83 Floyd Alvis 13.333, 17. 18a Bill Lindsey 14.105, 18. 74 J.R. Williams 14.420, 19. 17k Kevin Morris 14.886 20. 75 Dan Jones 15.754

 

Heat 1(8 laps): 1. Ennis, 2. Parker, 3. Pierovich, 4. Kassik, 5. Henry, 6. Prickett, 7. Silverman, 8. Lindsey, 9. Snider, 10. Morris DNS

 

Heat 2(8 laps): 1. McQueen, 2. Bock, 3. Davis, 4. Whitchurch, 5. Alvis, 6. Chivello, 7. Williams, 8. Jones, 9. Foster, 10. Streeter

 

Feature(30 laps): 1. Pierovich, 2. Davis, 3. Prickett, 4. Henry, 5. McQueen, 6. Ennis, 7. Foster Jr., 8. Parker,  9. Silverman, 10. Chivello, 11. Alvis, 12. Lindsey, 13. Williams, 14. Kassik, 15. Snider, 16. Streeter, 17. Jones, 18. Whitchurch, 19. Morris, 20. Bock DNS

 

* Article courtesy of the Bay Cities Racing Association



VRA Sprints

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Ventura CA - April 2, 2011.....After a rainout on March 26, Ventura Raceway got back to action Saturday night April 2, with a full program of wild and exciting racing action. It was a very busy night as seven adult classes and three kids classes competed.ace

 

Greg Taylor led the first 29 of 30 laps of the VRA Sprint Car feature only to see it go away in turn 4 of the final lap when he and Derek Buckley, who had been running second almost all race got together coming to the finish and stopped at the top of the track bringing out the yellow flag. That put Dakota Kershaw out front for the restart with one lap to go. Troy Rutherford who had one off the track early in the race for a pit stop came from last spot to be in second as the green flew for the final lap. Rutherford was able to pass Kershaw in turn two and went on the take the win and regain the season points lead. Kershaw finished second with Don Gansen third, Josh ford fourth and Steve Conrad in fifth. The turn four incident on the last lap placed Taylor 13th and Buckley 14th in the final standings. Saturday's race saw 27 cars in the pits with four heat races competed. Wins went to Dakota Kershaw, Greg Taylor, Steve Conrad and Derek Buckley. One semi main was run with the win gong to Troy Rutherford.

 

VRA Senior Sprints returned to action Saturday with two heat races and a 20 lap feature. The heat race wins were taken by Rob Kershaw and Bruce Douglass. The 20 lap main event went to Douglass with Russell Deblauw second, Kershaw third, Victor Davis fourth and Richard McCormick fifth. Douglass's win puts him into first place in the point race over 2010 season champion Kershaw.

 

IMCA Modifieds raced two heats with wins going to Danny Lauer and Austin Rodarte. The 20 lap feature had to be shortened to 15 laps due to many on track incidents that took 1/2 of the starting field out of the race. Lauer had a tough start in the event but came from last to first to take his third IMCA win at Ventura this season. Following him across the finish line were Chris Crompe, Brad Prows, Rob Green and Doug Thornton.

 

VRA Dwarf Cars ran in two divisions with heat race wins going to George Calvo and Mike Neal in Seniors and Kevin Calvo and Mike Lewis in pros. The two divisions then ran a combined main event for the 22 cars in attendance. Wins went to Ray Estrada in the Pros and George Calvo. The race saw a large accident before a compete lap was run that sent Kevin Calvo to the hospital to be checked out after he flipped on the front straight. This and several other on track incidents caused the race to be shortened to 15 laps.

 

VRA Mod Lites ran their second event with four cars in attendance. The heat race went to Jim Chapp and their 15 lap feature went to Kevin Alverson.

 

The final adult class racing Saturday night was the VRA Sport Compacts. Two heat races were run with the wins going to Gary Marshall Jr. in heat one and Trevor Fitzgibbon in heat two. The 15 lap feature went to Fitzgibbon followed on the track by Marshall, Cody Greiman, Brent Underwood and Jess Carlucci. After the race, Marshall's car failed a post race tech inspection and was removed from the finishing order.

 

The three VRA Kids classes also ran Saturday night with wins going to Destyn Garcia in the Supercharger heat, J D Brown in the Piston Heat and Tommy Velasquez and Oliver Blades in Junior Midget heats. Main event wins went to Brennan Rogers in Junior Midget, Nick Velasquez in Superchargers and Jake Aguilar in Pistons.

 

Ventura Raceway Race Results for 04/02/2011

 

VRA Sprint Cars

Race #4 04/02/2011

 

Main Event Results: 0. Steve Hix, Ventura, 0 Laps1. Troy Rutherford, Ojai, 30 Laps; 2. Dakota Kershaw, Agoura, 30 Laps; 3. Don Gansen, San Bernardino, 30 Laps; 4. Josh Ford, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 5. Steve Conrad, Quartz Hill, 30 Laps; 6. Chris Ennis, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 7. Guy Woodward, Santa Clarita, 30 Laps; 8. Clark Templeman III, Santa Clarita, 30 Laps; 9. Brandon Thomson, Ventura, 30 Laps; 10. Jimmy Crawford, Ventura, 30 Laps; 11. John Nock, Newhall, 30 Laps; 12. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 30 Laps; 13. Greg Taylor, Ventura, 30 Laps; 14. Derek Buckley, Ojai, 29 Laps; 15. Brent Camarillo, Camarillo, 25 Laps; 16. Austin DeBlauw, lVentura, 25 Laps; 17. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 21 Laps; 18. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 15 Laps; 19. Marcus Niemela, Santa Barbara, 14 Laps; 20. Tom Harper, Reseda, 5 Laps; 21. Justin Kierce, Reseda, 2 Laps

Lap Leaders: Greg Taylor (1-29), Troy Rutherford (30)

 

* Article courtesy of Ventura Raceway



USAC vs. VRA Midgets: Battle at the Beach

Saturday, March 19, 2011

 

Ventura CA - March 19, 2011.....2010 VRA Champion Troy Rutherford had something to prove Saturday night March 19th after falling out early on March 12. He came back with a fury to take the win in the first All Coast Challenge Series Race and pocket the $3,000 winners purse and take the All Coast Challenge Series point lead. Also Saturday night Cory Kruseman took the win in the first of the Battle at the Beach Series for VRA-USAC Midgets.

 

On a night that had fans and Raceway officials looking over their shoulders for the predicted rainfall that would put a damper on this special race night, all were treated to a excellent night of outstanding open wheel racing. The expected the rains held off and allowed us to get all main events in except the USAC Ford Focus main event.

 

The first All Coast Challenge Race of 2011 was just what all in attendance expected as the top VRA drivers and a few out of the area challengers battled to see who would take the $3,000 winners share of the purse and also take the point lead in the three race series that will conclude in October. USAC/CRA Series Champion Mike Spencer, Nick Faas and Jon Stanbrough led the visiting contingent against the VRA regulars on Saturday night. On the night they would meet with varied success as Spencer finished 6th, Stanbrough finished 8th and Faas failed to make the main finishing one spot out of the transfer spot in the semi main. The night belonged to 2010 VRA Series Champion Troy Rutherford as he put his number 11 sprinter out front on lap 5 passing Kyle Smith, who led the first four laps, and went on to lead the rest of the way to take the 30 lap feature. Following Rutherford across the finish line were Derek Buckley, Johnathon Henry, VRA point leader Greg Taylor and Cory Kruseman. Taylor now holds a slim 65 point lead over Rutherford in the 2011 VRA series point battle. four heat races were competed on Saturday night with wins going to Johnathon Henry, Derek Buckley, Greg Taylor and Don Gansen. One 12 lap semi main was run with the win going to Justin Kierce.

 

VRA Midgets battled USAC Midgets in the first Battle at the Beach Series race of 2011. There were 27 midgets signed into the pits for this special event that also marks the first race in the new VRA Midget Series that will run all season long. The main event saw Brent Camarillo lead lap one and two. Then Jake Swanson took the lead and led until lap eleven when Ventura driver Cory Kruseman took the lead and led to the checkered flag on lap 30 to take the $2,000 winners check and the series point lead. Following Kruseman across the line were Jake Swanson, Chris Ennis Brent Camarillo and Alex Bowman. There were four heat races run with wins going to Johnathon Henry, Connor Kassik, Chris Ennis and Austin Smith. the 12 lap semi main went to Cody Swanson. The new VRA Midget series will resume with their next event set for April 23.

 

USAC Ford Focus and Junior Ford Focus were also on the program Saturday night. In Junior Focus racing, Cole Custer took wins in both the one heat race and the 12 lap main event. I Ford Focus competition, there was only a heat race run as the rain that came after the end of the sprint car main event forced a cancellation of the Focus main event. Robert Dolacki took the win in their heat race that ran early in the night.

 

All in all it was a great night of racing that many felt would not occur due to the dire weather prediction for the night. Fans in attendance saw some of the best in open wheel dirt track racing anywhere. Ventura Raceway will return to action on Saturday night March 26 with a full program of Sprint Car racing, VRA Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Mod Lights and our kid's divisions.2010 VRA Champion Troy Rutherford had something to prove Saturday night March 19th after falling out early on March 12. He came back with a fury to take the win in the first All Coast Challenge Series Race and pocket the $3,000 winners purse and take the All Coast Challenge Series point lead. Also Saturday night Cory Kruseman took the win in the first of the Battle at the Beach Series for VRA-USAC Midgets.


Ventura Raceway Race Results for 03/19/2011

 

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USAC-VRA Midget Battle

Race #1 03/19/2011

 

Main Event Results: 1. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 2. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, 30 Laps; 3. Chris Ennis, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 4. Brent Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 5. Alex Bowman, Tuscan, 30 Laps; 6. Johnathon Henry, Stockton, 30 Laps; 7. Cody Swanson, Norco, 30 Laps; 8. Tanner Swanson, Kingsberg, 30 Laps; 9. Shannon McQueen, Bakersfield, 30 Laps; 10. Austin Smith, Chino Hills, 30 Laps; 11. Chris Gansen, San Bernardino, 29 Laps; 12. David Prickett, Fresno, 29 Laps; 13. Greg Edenholm, 29 Laps; 14. Rick Shuman, 28 Laps; 15. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 18 Laps; 16. Robby Josett, Agua Dulce, 17 Laps; 17. Josh Ford, Camarillo, 15 Laps; 18. Connor Kassik, Lake Havasu City, 3 Laps; 19. Bruce Douglass, Ventura, 3 Laps; 20. Wink Schweitzer, Bakersfield, 2 Laps

Lap Leaders: Brent Camarillo (1-2), Jake Swanson (3-10), Cory Kruseman (11-30)

 

Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Johnathon Henry; Heat 2: Connor Kassik; Heat 3: Chris Ennis; Heat 4: Austin Smith

 

Top 10 in points: 1. Cory Kruseman, 255; 2. Jake Swanson, 235; 3. Chris Ennis, 225; 4. Brent Camarillo, 210; 5. Alex Bowman, 200; 6. Johnathon Henry, 195; 7. Tanner Swanson, 170; 7. Austin Smith, 170; 9. Cody Swanson, 165; 10. Shannon McQueen, 160

 

*Article courtesy of Ventura Raceway



2011 25th Anniversary Chili Bowl

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Starting in the ‘L’ Main Chris would have a long night ahead of him if he wanted to make to the ‘A’ Main event. After qualifying into the ‘K’ Main from the ‘L’ Main, Chris’s bad luck would continue in Tulsa. Early in the ‘K’ Main Ennis would have no where to go and be involved in yet another pile up. WIth a bent front axle, radius rods, and right front flat tire Chris would tag onto the back of the field for the restart. With a bent ill-handling car Chris moved to the top of the track to make his way past a few cars, but fell one car short of the transfer position finishing fifth.



2011 25th Anniversary Chili Bowl

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Chris would have a rough start to his rookie Chili Bowl attempt. Starting in his qualifying heat on the outside of the fourth row in the 8th position, he would quickly move up into the 5th position, maybe too quickly. On lap three the car would bicycle and flip entering turn 1, ending Chris’s heat. He would then have to run the ‘C’ Main Event later in the night, where his luck would not improve. Chris would be involved in an early race pile up, breaking his right front shock and putting his night to an end.



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