Ventura Raceway is a world-famous dirt track located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Ventura Raceway became world famous in the early 1990’s when it hosted several years of the ESPN Thunder Series on television. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Sleepy Tripp, J.J. Yeley, Mike Bliss, Billy Boat and so many others were a part of this series and helped make Ventura Raceway famous.
Ventura promoter, Jim Naylor, recently inducted into the Ventura County sports Hall of Fame, took over a small 1/8 mile dirt oval and through foresight and hard work has made Ventura Raceway one of the top short track dirt racing venues in the United States. With weekly racing events held on most Saturday nights from March through October, Ventura Raceway has a worldwide following of short track racing fans. Most Saturday nights you can find the powerful VRA 360 Sprint Cars racing at the 1/5 mile oval. These 600+ horsepower, open wheel racers hit speeds in excess of 80 mph on the track that is smaller than a high school oval track. These are the same cars that many of racing’s super stars cut their teeth on. A. J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Al Unser SR and Junior, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and many other all time US racing stars raced sprint cars on their way to fame in glory in USAC, IRL and NASCAR.
Beyond the sprint cars, there are classes for seniors (age 45 and up) down to kids as young as 5 years old in a family friendly environment that is sure to fill your need for speed. If you enjoy motorsports, you will love Ventura Raceway. All time midget star Jimmy Sills called Ventura the “raciest little dirt track in the world” a title that has stuck. For family fun and a great night out, give Ventura raceway a try; racing just doesn’t get any better! With reasonable admission prices and kids 12 and under always free the value and excitement is there.