Ventura brings Mach-1 Sport Compacts back to California

VENTURA, Calif. – A second IMCA division runs at Ventura Raceway this season, with five races dates scheduled for Mach-1 Sport Compacts. The 4-cylinder class is on Saturday programs March 13, April 10, May 22, June 19 and Sept. 25. “This is a division we wanted to run last year,” said promoter Jim Naylor, who saw his 2020 season end in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We like the rules and we’re excited about them. We want to get this division going and see it be successful.” Ventura is the first California track to sanction the Sport Compacts, which last ran a full season in The Golden State in 2009, this year. IMCA Modifieds have run at Ventura since 1992. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season for that division opens March 6 and also ends Sept. 25.  “We appreciate the long-time support our Modified division has enjoyed at Ventura,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard, “and look forward to new success there with the Sport Compacts.” 


Defending champion wins again at Ventura

VENTURA, Calif. (June 22) – His late-race pass netted defending track champion Trevor Fitz-Gibbon another IMCA Modified victory Saturday night at Ventura Raceway.  Andrew Greiman led the first 18 of 20 laps, only to be passed by Fitz-Gibbon on the 19th circuit.  Following Fitzgibbon, Greiman and Donald Houghton at the finish were Jack Parker and Terry Hershberger. 


Defending champ takes Ventura victory

VENTURA, Calif. (June 8) – Defending champion Trevor Fitz-Gibbon was the IMCA Modified feature winner Saturday at Ventura Raceway. The 20-lap main event was very competitive race and saw Scott Olsen lead laps 1-8.  He was passed by Austin Grawboski on lap nine. Grabowski led to lap 18, when Fitz-Gibbon passed him and went on to take the win.  Following Fitz-Gibbon to the line were Grabowski, Jack Parker, Andrew Greiman and Luis Espinosa. After the race, Grabowski failed to go to the IMCA claim area and was disqualified. After five races in 2019, Fitz-Gibbon leads Parker by six points. 


Ventura victory to Lauer

VENTURA, Calif. (May 18) – Ventura Raceway beat the rain and Ryan Lauer beat the rest of the IMCA Modified field to the finish line Saturday night.  The 20-lap main event proved fast and furious with Lauer passing Dennis Eckert on lap four and leading to the checkered flag for his second win of the season. Following Lauer to the line were 2018 track champion Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Austin Grabowski, Terry Hershberger and Jack Parker.


Ventura victory to Dylan Thornton

VENTURA, Calif.  (April 20) – Saturday’s 20 lap IMCA Modified main event was fast and furious with Dylan Thornton leading all 20 laps to take his first Ventura Raceway win.  Following Thornton to the line were 2018 track champion Trevor Fitz-Gibbon and Terry Hershberger.


Ventura is back in action on Saturday

VENTURA, Calif. – After two weeks off, Ventura Raceway has a full program of action-packed racing by the beach headlined by the IMCA Modifieds.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, E3 Spark Plugs California State and track points will be awarded.  Pits open at noon, grandstands at 3 p.m.  Admission is adults $15, seniors, military and students $11 and kids 12 and under are free.  Check the website for a full schedule or the Facebook page for other events, notes and contests to get free tickets. 


Ventura opening night honors go to Lauer

VENTURA, Calif. (March 16) – Danny Lauer was the winner of a fast and furious 20-lap IMCA Modified main event to open the season at Ventura Raceway. Austin Grabowski led laps one and two before Lauer took control and stayed in front to the finish, taking the win over 2018 track champion Trevor Fitzgibbon, who drove from the back of the field to finish second. Following Lauer and Fitzgibbon across the line were Dave Phipps, Austin Grabowski and Jack Parker.


IMCA Modifieds end season Saturday at Ventura

VENTURA, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds conclude the 2018 race season Saturday at Ventura Race­way. Unofficially, one point separates leader Trevor Fitzgibbon and Donald Houghton and Luis Espi­noza, who are tied for second going into the Sept. 15 finale. Grandstands open at 3 p.m., qualifying is at 3:30 p.m. and racing is at 5:30 p.m.  Adults spectator admission is $15, seniors, military and students are $11 and kids 12 and under are free.


Racing resumes Saturday at Ventura 

VENTURA, Calif. – After being off for three and a half weeks due to the county fair, Ventura Raceway returns to action on Saturday, Aug. 25. IMCA Modifieds are back after 22 cars showed up at the fair when Danny Lauer took win in front of a sold-out crowd.  Donald Houghton is the current points leader with Luis Espinoza close behind in second and Trevor Fitz right behind in third. Grandstand admission is adults, $15; seniors, military and students $11; and kids 12 and under are free. For further information, call 805 648-7223.


Ven­tura County Fair race is Wednesday

VENTURA, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds are on the Wednesday night program at the Ventura County Fair, racing for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, California State and track points will be awarded at the Aug. 1 show at Ventura Raceway. Modified teams are asked to arrive as close to 9:30 a.m. as possible to line up along the street to get the best possible spots as they are given on a first come, first serve basis. Drivers will be allowed to pit with their rigs as long as space is available; anyone lining up earlier than 9:30 a.m. will be turned away. Pit passes are $40 for members and $50 for non-members, with a car entry of $20. Crew members must also purchase a pit pass. All pit passes allow purchasers entry into the fair through the pit area gates. There will be no parking for personal vehicles in the pit area. Pits will open at 10 a.m., the [Read More]