Everything You Need To Know About Turkey Night

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.

Watch 2019 USAC Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway Live!

Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

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.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Sleepy Tripp & Gary Zarounian.

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.

WEDNESDAY FORMAT 

PILL DRAW: Racers will pill draw for heat race lineups.

HEAT 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 the 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.

Watch 2019 USAC Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway Live!

Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

THURSDAY FORMAT

SEMI-MAINS: Depending on car count, there will be 2 or 3 twelve (12) lap semi-mains. 

SEMI-MAIN TRANSFERS: The top 3 or 4 finishers will transfer to the feature, which also depends on car count.

SEMI-MAIN 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.

Watch 2019 USAC Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway Live!

Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

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.

When the 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. 

Ryan 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 victory.

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Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

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 career. 

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 Raceway.

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.

Watch 2019 USAC Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway Live!

Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST: (Updated November 25, 2019)

01 Carson Sousa/Red Bluff, CA (Ken Dalby)

07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)

08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)

1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)

1NP Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)

1p Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)

3F Jessie Finkenbinder/Napa, CA (Ted Finkenbinder)

4 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)

4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)

4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)

4F Chad Frewaldt/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt)

5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

F5 Troy Rutherford/Ojai, CA (Wayne Simmons)

5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5H Casey Hicks/Platt City, MO (Casey Hicks)

7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

7R Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (CR Motorsports)

7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)

8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

9H Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)

11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)

11F Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Mitch Elliott)

13 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile)

15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)

15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)

15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)

17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)

19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)

20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)

21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)

25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)

25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)

27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)

c27 Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)

27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)

39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)

55 Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)

56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)

57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)

63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frank Guerrini)

67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)

68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)

71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)

71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

71s Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Marcie Campbell)

73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)

73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)

73T Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)

73x Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford)

76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)

77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)

81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)

84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)

98 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

Watch 2019 USAC Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway Live!

Nov. 27-28 | 3PM ET

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.

2019 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.

FINAL 2019 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.

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