By Lance Jennings
VENTURA, CA – JULY 14, 2010… The 360 Sprint Cars of the Ventura Racing Association will return to “The Best Little Dirt Track In America” this Saturday night, July 17th. Also on the card will be the VRA Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Sport Compacts, Junior Midgets, and Mini Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 3:00pm with Racing to start at 5:30pm at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway.
Series point leader Troy Rutherford of Ojai won his third feature of the year on July 3rd. The pilot #11 Trench Shoring / L&H Consulting entry is closing in on his first series championship. As of the writing, Rutherford has a commanding 295 point advantage over Greg Taylor.
Ventura’s Greg Taylor had a second place finish on July 3rd and will look to cut into Rutherford’s lead. Driving the #7 Taylor Trucking & Crane Service / Four Paws Pet Grooming car, Taylor has three wins on the season and will look for his 46th career victory.
Sitting third in the point chase is Kevin Kierce of Reseda. The 2-time defending champion took the Fast Undercar / Direct Tire machine to fourth place on July 3rd. Kierce won the season opener on March 13th and will be one of the contenders on Saturday night.
Josh Ford of Camarillo is fourth in the point standings. The pilot of the 73 King Racing Products / A&A Precision car finished sixth on July 3rd. The former USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year won the All Coast Construction Challenge feature on March 20th.
Palmdale’s Rick Hendrix is fifth in the point chase. Driving the #15 Rick’s Gate Works Inc. / Wilwood Disc Brakes machine, Hendrix was eighteenth on July 3rd. The 1998 USAC Western Midgets Champion won the 30-lap feature on May 1st and will look to rebound on Saturday.
Among the other top contenders expected to be in action are Quartz Hill’s Steve Conrad, Camarillo’s Brian and Brent Camarillo, Rialto’s Don Gansen, Reseda’s Justin Kierce, and many more.
The VRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Fast Undercar, ITI Performance, Kaeding Performance, LRB Manufacturing, Lucas Oil, Snap On Tools, Steve Watt Enterprises, Sushi Fresh, and Twister-X for their support.
Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. Adult tickets are $14, Senior, Military, and Student tickets (ID Required) are $11, while Children’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, please visit www.venturaraceway.com.
VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Troy Rutherford 2925; 2. Greg Taylor 2630; 3. Kevin Kierce 2595; 4. Josh Ford 2455; 5. Rick Hendrix 2235; 6. Steve Conrad 2205; 7. Brian Camarillo 2145; 8. Brent Camarillo 2010; 9. Don Gansen 1825; 10. Justin Kierce 1670; 11. Cody Kershaw 1460; 12. Guy Woodward 1335; 13. Dakota Kershaw 1310; 14. Brody Roa 1225; 15. Kenny Perkins 1195; 16. John Nock 1135; 17. Brandon Thomson 1080; 18. Luis Espinoza 1000; 19. Ronnie Case 995; 20. Scott Hansen 870.
NEXT VRA SPRINT CAR RACE:
July 17- Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California