Gary Curtis of Camarillo is known for his wild and hard-charging style of stock-car racing.
Curtis showed that style along with great determination as he battled back from a wreck and last place to claim the 10-lap Mini Stock figure-eight main event at Ventura Raceway Friday night.
Curtis jumped to an early commanding lead, but Terry Swauger of Ojai clipped the rear of Curtis' Pinto on Lap 3, sending Curtis to the pit with a flat tire.
After a quick tire change, Curtis made it back for the re-start, but in eighth place. Curtis' furious charge caught leader Gary Swenson of Ventura on Lap 8. The drivers bumped door-to-door in Turn 3, with Swenson spinning out and Curtis going on to take the checkered flag.
Joe Silva of Port Hueneme took second, with Swenson third.
John Csorba of Oxnard drove his badly smoking Monte Carlo to his third Street Stock figure-eight main-event victory of the season.
Tom Stephens of Ventura and Jim Firsich of Port Hueneme finished second and third, respectively.
Firsich took advantage of the pole position and ran away from the field to win the 15-lap Street Stock Oval Track main event.