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October 21, 1990 | PAUL OLSON
Sleepy Tripp of Costa Mesa powered past Hank Butcher of San Leandro on the back straightaway on Lap 19 to win the U. S. Auto Club Western States Series' 20-lap main event at Ventura Raceway on Saturday night In a race that began with a spectacular seven-car accident, Tripp sealed his fifth Western States season points championship. Frank Pedragon of Gardena nipped Butcher for second and Ricky Gray of Sepulveda was fourth.
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March 14, 2003 | SHAV GLICK
Beleaguered Ventura Raceway, saved from near extinction for another year at least by leaseholder Jim Naylor, will be in the racing nation's spotlight Saturday night when the U.S. Auto Club holds a national midget car championship race on the one-fifth-mile dirt oval. Two-time defending champion Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind., will be in one of Steve Lewis' midgets to open defense of his crown. Among the other entries are J.J.
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May 5, 1990 | PAUL OLSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Firsich of Port Hueneme won both the Street Stock and figure-eight main events at Ventura Raceway on Friday night. Eric Griffin of Oxnard led the tightly contested 15-lap Street Stock main event until the final turn. Griffin, Don Green of Ventura and Dave Hume of Ventura all tangled high in Turn 4 and Firsich cut underneath the careening cars to beat Griffin by a car length. Hume was third.
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March 8, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Racing fans are gearing up for tonight's season opener at the Ventura Raceway in what could be one of the final laps for the Saturday night "roar by the shore." At odds are a 25-year spring tradition of racing sprint, midget and dwarf cars around a dirt oval at the beachside track and a more upscale lifestyle featuring resort-like apartments, trendy restaurants and wine-tasting bars.
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June 17, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
Charles Utts of Camarillo won the 15-lap Street Stock oval main event, an eight-lap heat race and the trophy dash Friday night at Ventura Raceway before 2,800 spectators, expanding his oval-track points lead. Tom Stephens of Ventura and Jim Firsich of Port Hueneme finished second and third in the Street Stock race. Bill Floyd of Ventura captured the 20-lap Mini Stock main event, negotiating a 23-car field. Oxnard's Jim Jewett took second and Rock Ake of Moorpark finished third.
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October 15, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
Mark Holtz of Lyndon, Wash., outdistanced a 20-car field to capture the United States Auto Club 50-lap Western State Championship TQ Midget main event at Ventura Raceway on Saturday. Holtz came from sixth place to pass leader Mark Ward of Canoga Park on Lap 17, fighting off hard-charging Kara Hendrick of Chino and season points leader Gary Howard of Anaheim Hills, who finished second and third. The 10-lap semi-main event qualified the top four finishers for the main event.
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October 21, 1993
Ventura Raceway will conduct its final stock car racing program of the season Friday and will have a Midget racing program Saturday. Season championships will be decided in the Pony and Street Stock oval divisions Friday. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first race at 8 p.m. Saturday's program, which also includes a special presentation of old-time Midget and Sprint cars, will begin at 7 p.m.
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February 28, 1993 | PAUL OLSON
Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor was honored at the U.S. Auto Club's Western States Series annual banquet for his work in promoting USAC-sponsored events and helping USAC grow on the West Coast. Two local drivers and an owner were also honored. Rick Hendrix of Simi Valley was recognized for his 1992 USAC Three-Quarter Midget driving championship, sharing the award with car owner Jim Sharp of Oxnard. Walt Johnson of Sun Valley was named the Three-Quarter Midget division's most improved
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May 25, 1989 | PAUL OLSON
A racing program of full midgets and three-quarter midgets has been scheduled as part of a United States Auto Club-sanctioned event Saturday night at 7 at the Ventura Raceway at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Some of the top USAC drivers will be competing, including 1988 Western States champion Sleepy Tripp and points leaders Tommy Astone, Rusty Rasmussen, Robby Flock and P. J. Jones, son of 1963 Indy 500 champion Parnelli Jones. "This is Ventura Raceway's salute to Sunday's Indianapolis 500," track director Cliff Morgan said.
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July 19, 1992 | PAUL OLSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Walt Johnson of Sun Valley recorded the biggest and richest win of his career Saturday night at Ventura Raceway. Johnson started on the pole and led to the finish in the U.S. Auto Club's Western States Series three-quarter Midget main event before a crowd of 2,262. The Western States Dirt championship title that came along with that win added up to a $1,000 purse for Johnson, his largest payday as a racer. Johnson held off three challenges on restarts.
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November 26, 2002 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Approaching 56, Jim Naylor speaks with the ceaseless passion of a man who has spent most of his life watching small cars whip at high speed around a tiny dirt oval. But he doesn't raise his voice. Noise from the Ventura Raceway has become a hot political issue and Naylor, the track's promoter, bulldozer operator, announcer and guiding spirit for 25 years, has no desire to add to it. Today, Naylor's contract to run the raceway at the Seaside Park fairgrounds will be up for a one-year renewal.
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September 17, 2002 | JESSICA BLANCHARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
. Seaside Park could be transformed from a noisy raceway to a concert venue under one scenario being considered by the Ventura County Fair Board as it attempts to create a master plan for the park. The board at 9 a.m. today will discuss renewing its contract with Ventura Raceway, which sponsors weekend races referred to by some residents as the "roar by the shore."
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July 19, 2000 | DARIN ESPER
One of the biggest obstacles facing motorsports in Southern California is property values. Almost any property large enough to accommodate racing can be made more profitable by being converted into residential, commercial or industrial complexes. Lions Dragstrip, Riverside International Raceway, Ascot Park, Saugus Speedway, Ontario Motor Speedway and five tracks in Irwindale are all defunct. There is a possibility Ventura Raceway could be added to the list.
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June 28, 2000 | DARIN ESPER
Despite stereotypes to the contrary, racing is a family sport and the best evidence of this occurs every Fourth of July. Bakersfield Speedway, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary, has presented fireworks shows as part of its Independence Day racing program since its inception. These types of shows are a long-standing tradition at short tracks around the nation, although many tracks have opted not to compete directly with the scores of fireworks shows taking place July 4.
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March 4, 2000 | DARIN ESPER
In 1994, Ventura Raceway became the first track on the West Coast to feature International Motor Contest Assn. 360 sprint cars. This season, which begins tonight, the raceway is dropping the IMCA sanction and its $800 engine-claiming rule and will act as its own sanctioning body for 360 cars. According to Cliff Morgan, raceway general manager, the decision by promoter Jim Naylor has already paid off with an increase in entries for the popular series.
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June 23, 1999 | DARIN ESPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A long-standing tradition of motorcycle racing at Ventura Raceway will be renewed this weekend after a one-year hiatus. Tuesday night International Speedway programs featuring 500cc alcohol-fueled motorcycles without brakes were a staple at the track from 1971 through the 1980s, and the 1990s saw the advent of an annual flat-track race for vintage motorcycles. Both events return, with the Outlaw Vintage Short Track Motorcycle Races taking place Saturday night and a speedway race Sunday.
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October 2, 1994 | DARIN ESPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ron Shuman's four-race Sprint Car Racing Assn. winning streak came to an end Saturday night at Ventura Raceway. The Tempe native qualified in a track-record 11.527 seconds, eclipsing Ron Dinotato's 11.750 mark established July 30, started fifth and worked his way through the pack in the 30-lap feature, but was held off in the end by Yorba Linda's Rip Williams. Williams, who started fourth, grabbed the lead from Torrance's Rickey Gaunt with an outside pass coming out of Turn 2 on Lap 14.
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March 1, 1999
Ventura resident Barry Wayne Wilding died in a local hospital Friday, after a brief illness. He was 51. Wilding was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Winnipeg, Canada. His family moved to Ventura County in 1959. Wilding attended grade school in Ventura and graduated from Buena High School in 1966. He was a third-generation plumber and, along with his wife, owned and operated Da-Nite Plumbing Co. in Ventura. Wilding enjoyed auto racing and owned a modified race car that he raced at the Ventura Raceway.
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September 19, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
On a Saturday night, you can hear the engines' roar from miles away. The oval race course is at Ventura's Seaside Park, but nobody can mistake the noise for high tide. Its source is the internal combustion engine in a hundred incarnations--everything from puny 20-horsepower go-carts to very, very serious 800-horsepower sprint cars, all whipping around the track 20 or 30 times with ear-splitting enthusiasm. The drivers are just as diverse.
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