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May 10, 2014 Results

Damion Gardner wins another USAC/CRA Main

Damion Gardner wins the All Coast presents the Fred Thomson Tribute Race for USAC/CRA sprint cars.

Johnathan Henry wins the Jim Scribellito Tribute Race for VRA Pro Dwarf Cars with a last lap pass.

(May 12, 2014, Cliff Morgan, Ventura Raceway) Saturday night's special events were very successful with full fields in both classes on hand to pay tribute to two fine racing gentlemen. Fred Thomson was honored in the Sprint portion and Jim Scribellito was honored in the VRA Pro Dwarf car portion.

For the first time in over 4 years the USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars returned to Ventura Raceway for a full program of exciting open wheel racing. With 32 sprint cars signed into the pits the fans on hand knew they would witness great racing. The cars qualified for their heat race starting spots with Jake Swanson posting fast time. There were four heat races run with wins going to Cory Kruseman in heat one, Damion Gardner in heat two, VRA driver Brian Camarillo in heat three and Richard Vanderweerd in heat four. There was also a 12 lap semi main run with transfer spots to the main event going to Cody Williams, Johnathan Henry, Markus Niemela and Brody Roa. The 30 lap main event was all Damion Gardner who led all 30 laps from his pole starting position. He showed the fans why he is the current USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series point leader. Competition in the pack was top notch as drivers moved through traffic on Ventura's tight 1/5 mile track. Following Gardner to the checkered flag were Nic Faas, Jake Swanson, Ryan Bernal and Cory Kruseman. There was one really wild flip that involved Cody Swanson who hit the wall before the start finish line and flipped end over end into the turn one entrance. His car was heavily damaged but Cody emerged uninjured.

The Sprint car portion of the night's event was a tribute to Jim Thomson who raced and owned cars in the west for over 50 years. He was the father of Jim Thomson and grandfather of Brandon Thomson, both of whom raced and won races here at Ventura Raceway. A beautiful trophy was presented to main event winner Damion Gardner in his honor. Ventura Raceway and the competitors also want to thank Mike Grosswendt and All Coast Construction for their support in helping to make this event successful.

VRA Pro Dwarf Cars also competed Saturday night. Their night of racing paid tribute to Jim Scribellito. Scribellito was a top notch Dwarf Car competitor at Ventura and throughout California before moving to Texas to open a race track. He was severely injured in a track incident and passed away in 2013.
Twenty-eight pro dwarf cars signed into the pits for the special event. They ran four heat races with wins going to Eric Moore in heat one, Mike Lewis in heat two, Keith Vondersaar in heat three and Hannah Mayhew in heat four. They also ran a 12 lap semi to set the feature line up. Johnny Conley won the race with Jessica Clark, Ricky Lewis and Tommy Velasquez also transferring to the 20 lap main event. The main event saw Hannah Mayhew take the lead from the first lap and lead the race until she was passed in turn four by Johnathan Henry as they came to the white flag. Henry then went on to lead the field to the checkered flag to take the win over Mike Lewis, Mike Neal, George Calvo and Hannah Mayhew. As with the sprint cars, a beautiful special trophy was presented to Henry in honor of Jim Scribellito.

Ventura Raceway returns to action next Saturday night May 17, with a full program of VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Focus Midgets, Go Karts and our three kids classes.

Ventura Raceway Race Results for 05/10/2014

USAC-CRA Sprint Cars
Race #1 05/10/2014

Main Event Results: 1. Damion Gardner, Concord, 30 Laps; 2. Nic Faas, Huntington Beach, 30 Laps; 3. Jake Swanson, Anaheim, 30 Laps; 4. Ryan Bernal, Hollister, 30 Laps; 5. Cory Kruseman, Ventura, 30 Laps; 6. Rickie Gaunt, Torrance, 30 Laps; 7. Jonathan Henry, 30 Laps; 8. Brody Roa, Buena Park, 30 Laps; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, Visalia, 30 Laps; 10. Brian Camarillo, Camarillo, 30 Laps; 11. Kyle Smith, Moorpark, 30 Laps; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, Visalia, 30 Laps; 13. Chris Gansen, San Bernardino, 29 Laps; 14. Don Gansen, San Bernardino, 26 Laps; 15. Austin Williams, Yorba Linda, 25 Laps; 16. Rick Hendrix, Palmdale, 25 Laps; 17. Austin DeBlauw, lVentura, 17 Laps; 18. Markus Niemela, Santa Barbara, 12 Laps; 19. Wally Pankratz, Orange, 9 Laps; 20. Cody Williams, Yorba Linda, 7 Laps; 21. Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, 7 Laps; 22. Logan Williams, Yorba Linda, 7 Laps
Lap Leaders: Damion Gardner (1-30)

Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Cory Kruseman; Heat 2: Damion Gardner; Heat 3: Brian Camarillo; Heat 4: Richard Vander Weerd

Ventura Raceway does not calculate points for this class


VRA Pro Dwarf Cars
Race #5 05/10/2014

Main Event Results: 1. Jonathan Henry, 20 Laps; 2. Mike Lewis, Sunland, 20 Laps; 3. Mike Neal, Northridge, 20 Laps; 4. George Calvo, Agua Dulce, 20 Laps; 5. Hannah Mayhew, Acton, Ca, 20 Laps; 6. Johnny Conley, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 7. Kevin Calvo, Agua Dulce, 20 Laps; 8. Brian Saxton, Mentone, 20 Laps; 9. Ricky Lewis, Oxnard, 20 Laps; 10. Tommy Velasquez, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 11. Brent Stevens, Simi Valley, 20 Laps; 12. Tommy Velasquez III, Camarillo, 20 Laps; 13. Bill Van Praag, Ventura, 20 Laps; 14. Jessica Clark, Ventura, 20 Laps; 15. Keith Vondersaar, Acton, 20 Laps; 16. Devin McCree, Ventura, 20 Laps; 17. Tim Conley, Oxnard, 19 Laps; 18. L.J. Billings, Monrovia, 7 Laps; 19. Curt Cook, Santa Paula, 6 Laps; 20. Eric Moore, Oak View, 4 Laps
Lap Leaders: Hannah Mayhew (1-18), Jonathan Henry (19-20)

Heat Race Winners: Heat 1: Eric Moore; Heat 2: Mike Lewis; Heat 3: Keith Vondersaar; Heat 4: Hannah Mayhew

Top 10 in points: 1. Johnny Conley, 980; 2. Brian Saxton, 850; 3. Tommy Velasquez III, 815; 4. Eric Moore, 765; 5. Tommy Velasquez, 755; 6. Kevin Calvo, 710; 7. Devin McCree, 700; 8. Jonathan Henry, 695; 9. Mike Lewis, 650; 10. Jessica Clark, 635


Report Created by Ventura Raceway Scoring Program
Report Created: 05/12/2014 11:22

3 VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Sport Compacts & Mod Lites
10 USAC-CRA Sprint Cars & Pro Dwarf Cars ( Special Event Prices )
17 VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Focus Midgets, Go-Karts, Junior Midgets & Mini Dwarfs
31 VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Focus Midgets, Junior Midgets & Mini Dwarfs

7 VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Focus Midgets & Go-Karts
21 VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Go-Karts, Junior Midgets & Mini Dwarfs
28 AMA Speedway Bike National Championship Round  ( Special Event Prices )

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