Stanfill Rides a Rocky Road to Midget Victory at Ventura


In dirt track racing, track conditions can change from lap to lap, often having an effect on the outcome of a race.

Saturday night at Ventura Raceway, the condition of the track never changed, as it was rough all evening, which definitely affected the outcome of the races.

Only six of 20 cars were around at the end of the 13-lap Dwarf Car main event, which was shortened from 20 laps and finished under caution, and the TQ Midget feature was cut to 15 laps.


Bryan Stanfill of Bakersfield earned his first TQ feature victory in a short race that was was marred by five caution flags, and Roger Teno of Acton won the Dwarf main event.

Stanfill took the lead from Scott Hansen of Simi Valley on a 14th lap restart, following a caution flag brought on by a spin by Steve Kellick of Calabasas.

Hansen and Kellick had spent the entire race swapping the lead.

Teno took the lead on the 10th lap of the Dwarf race after starting ninth.

The Dwarf field was decimated by a seven-car collision on the start that sent defending series champion Ed Johns of San Pedro to Ventura County Medical Center complaining of lower back pains.

Billy Boat earned his 11th consecutive United States Auto Club Midget victory in the 30-lap feature race.