VENTURA’S “79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” STARTS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings
NOVEMBER 25, 2019... Starting
Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprints
will clash at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action.
Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “79th Running of the
Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Wednesday
non-point program for the 360 sprint cars and practice for the
USAC National and Western States Midgets. On Thursday, the
sprint cars will return for their non-point “ARP Battle of the
Beach” finale along with the complete midget show. The
Wednesday Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in
America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be
held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and
practice starts at 3:15pm. On Thursday, the Pit Gates will
open at 11:00am and the other times will be the same. For more
information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com
or call 805.648.RACE.
NOTE: In case of bad weather,
Ventura Raceway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have a
contingency program that can be found online at:
NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday,
October 31st, was the deadline for the $50 early entry fee.
The entry fee is now $100, including entries submitted on
raceday. The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form can be found online at
- USAC West Coast
Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL
MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT:
FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER:
53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535,
14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply
with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin
to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire
and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- Engine restrictor
rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS
- The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver
and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found
online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
GRAND MARSHALLS: Sleepy Tripp & Gary Zarounian.
VIEW: The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live
streamed at floracing.com.
ARP BONUS: $5,000 in ARP
bucks will be handed out during driver introductions for
Thursday’s sprint car main event. All twenty-two (22)
positions will get a random envelope with a check from ARP.
THURSDAY FEATURE: Thursday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach”
main event will be 41 laps in honor of Jason Johnson. Lap 40
will pay an additional $141 in lap money and Bobbi Johnson
will be sending a care package of giveaways for racers & fans.
PROVISIONALS: There will be 2 ARP provisionals for the
Thursday night feature.
DRAW: Racers will pill draw for heat race lineups.
RACES: There will be no more than 10 cars per heat race for
ten (10) laps each.
- QUALIFYING RACES: Depending on car
count, there will be 4 or 5 twelve (12) lap qualifying races
with a four (4) car inversion.
- A PASSING POINTS SYSTEM
WILL BE USED FOR HEAT RACES AND QUALIFIERS.
- DASH: The
top-10 cars in points will make the fifteen (15) lap dash. The
lineup will be straight up by points and the finish will set
the first five rows of Thursday’s 41-lap main event.
WEDNESDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1000, 2-$600, 3-$400, 4-$300, 5-$250,
6-$225, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.
- SEMI-MAINS: Depending on car count, there will
be 2 or 3 twelve (12) lap semi-mains.
TRANSFERS: The top 3 or 4 finishers will transfer to the
feature, which also depends on car count.
LINEUP: The lineup is based on total passing points from the
Wednesday heat races and qualifiers. The lineup will be
straight up by points.
- FEATURE: The main event will have
twenty-two (22) cars with two possible ARP provisionals.
THURSDAY PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$2000, 3-$1500, 4-$1000, 5-$800,
6-$700, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$200. All
non-transfers = $75.
Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura
County Fairgrounds has held fifteen West Coast 360 events and
ten different drivers have claimed victory. Led by newly
crowned champion Tristan Guardino and Jake Swanson with three
wins, Guardino also set a new 1-lap track record of 11.958 on
March 23rd. Swanson won the last visit on August 24th, while
Troy Rutherford claimed the June 1st feature and Guardino
raced to victory on March 23rd. A complete series win list at
Ventura is at the end of this release.
checkered flags flew on October 12th at Petaluma, Tristan
Guardino (Fremont, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast
Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #15T
Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won by
150 points on the strength of three feature wins, two Woodland
Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories,
eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. With eight
victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander
Weerd for seventh on the win list and will be looking to add
the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” to his resume.
Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for
the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto
& Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons Year had
two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race
victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, nine top-10
finishes, and 11 feature laps led to his credit. At Ventura,
Ryan will have his sights on his third career USAC West Coast
Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranked third in the
USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88
Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw posted
one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard
Charger Award, and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. At
press time, the versatile driver has not pre-entered the
Turkey Night Grand Prix.
T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) placed
fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the May
Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim,
Smith posted four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing
Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 9
feature laps led on the season. The former Santa Maria track
champion will be looking for the fifth series win of his
After claiming the winged Ocean Sprint Car
Championship at Watsonville, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) ran
fifth in the USAC West Coast points and earned rookie of the
year honors. Racing the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone
Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple X, Ringo posted one heat
race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards,
seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season.
Ringo will have his sights on his first USAC win at Ventura
Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong
contingent of racers with the Ventura Racing Association.
Charlie Butcher, Chris Meredith, Kyle Smith, Brent Owens, Gage
Rucker, Joey Bishop, Kenny Perkins, Ricky Lewis, and Trent
Williams round out the top-10 drivers.
A pre-entry list
of drivers is at the bottom of the release with over 30 sprint
car drivers expected to be in action at Ventura Raceway. In
addition, an estimated over 70 cars will compete in the midget
portion of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.
is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor
Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and
for more event information, visit the track’s website at
venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.
The USAC West
Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing
Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns
Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme
Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal
Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products,
Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products,
Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their
support. If you or your company would like to become part of
the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at
For more information on the
series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC
Racing. You can also find exclusive content at
westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR PRE-ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver –
Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Rosa, CA /
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller
3- Kaleb Montgomery / Templeton, CA / Jason
8- Danny Faria Jr. / Tipton, CA / Jim Richardson
12- Stevie Sussex / Tempe, AZ / Robbie & Gaye Allen
Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, CA / Rick Hendrix
Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi /
Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
17R- Jeff Fillingame /
Fillmore, CA / Jeff Fillingame
21- Carson Macedo / Lemoore,
CA / Tom Tarlton Sr.
24- Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA /
29T- Ryan Timmons / Pleasant Hill, CA / Dave
34AZ- Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / John Grau & Mike
38- Colby Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
39- Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, CA / Gordon Edwards
52V- Trent Williams / Apple Valley, CA / Toby & Linda Stanford
57- Tyler Edwards / Salina, OK / Steve Hix
71- Brent Owens
/ Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Russell & Jean Martin
Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt /
Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens /
Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney /
Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Chris Windom / Canton,
IL / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim
87- Ricky Kirkbride / Bakersfield, CA / Bob & Toni
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
09S- Geoffrey Strole / Laton, CA / Mark Strole
Scelzi / Fresno, CA
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR
CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham,
2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria
Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa,
2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.
TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff
Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan
Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery,
1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.
VENTURA USAC WEST
COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan
Guardino, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon,
1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin
Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Troy Rutherford.
USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan
Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J.
Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7.
Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt
®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12.
Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael
Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255,
17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon
Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.
2019 BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy
Rutherford-595, 2. Tristan Guardino-550, 3. Ryan Timmons-510,
4. Steve Hix-495, =. Jake Swanson-495, 6. Rick Hendrix-485, 7.
Koen Shaw-480, 8. Slater Helt-450, 9. Tanner Boul-385, 10.
Austin Ervine-360, -. Cody Majors-360, -. J.J. Ringo-350, 14.
Charlie Butcher-330, 14. Gage Rucker-352, 15. Tom
Hendricks-265, -. Ricky Lewis-265, 17. Brandon Wiley-240, 18.
Hannah Mayhew-235, 19. T.J. Smith-555, 20. Carson Macedo-215.
2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS -
Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt
Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner:
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa
Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl
Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
*Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
(Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway -
Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
*Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner:
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma,
CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway -
Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
28: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix /
ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is
subject to change.