Kevin Doty of Indianapolis captured the United States Auto Club 50-lap National Midget main-event race at Ventura Raceway last Saturday night. However it was Russ Gamester of Peru, Ind., who clinched the USAC National Midget Points championship earlier in the evening.
Former USAC Midget champion Stan Fox of Janesville, Wis., took an early lead in the main event before a broken steering box allowed Gamester to move into first on lap six.
A broken rear end on Gamester's car put him out of action on lap 14 and Doty took command for the win, holding off Sleepy Tripp of Costa Mesa and Ventura's Dennis Hart.
Gamester locked up the season points championship with a sixth-place finish in qualifying and a fourth-place heat-race finish, eliminating the faint hopes of five-time national champion Rich Vogler of Indianapolis and two-time champ Kevin Olson of Rockford, Ill.