Ventura Raceway

Photographer Michael Coons and Reporter Jonathan Andrade covered an afternoon of racing at the Ventura Raceway on July  11. Dozens of local drivers bring their Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and others to race around a quarter-mile track at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Below are photos from Saturday’s race. To read Andrade’s story about the raceway, click here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cody Majors of Simi Valley races around the track in his Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Cody Majors of Simi Valley races around the track in his Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Drivers sign autographs for fans during intermission at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Drivers sign autographs for fans during intermission at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Ventura Raceway workers put out a small fire on Tom Stephens' car during the Hobby Stock race at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Ventura Raceway workers put out a small fire on Tom Stephens’ car during the Hobby Stock race at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Drivers in the IMCA Modified race drift around a turn during their race at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Drivers in the IMCA Modified race drift around a turn during their race at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A tow truck prepares to push start Chris Meredith's (Thousand Oaks) Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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A tow truck prepares to push start Chris Meredith’s (Thousand Oaks) Sprint Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Johnny Conley of Camarillo drifts around a turn in his Pro Dwarf Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Johnny Conley of Camarillo drifts around a turn in his Pro Dwarf Car during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley drifts around a turn in his IMCA Modified during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley drifts around a turn in his IMCA Modified during a warm-up lap at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Andrew Phipps, left, of Simi Valley and Mike Dunkleberger look at Phipps' IMCA Modified Car following a warm-up lap around the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Andrew Phipps, left, of Simi Valley and Mike Dunkleberger look at Phipps’ IMCA Modified Car following a warm-up lap around the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Tommy Velasquez III of Camarillo straps in to his car before the Pro Dwarf Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Tommy Velasquez III of Camarillo straps in to his car before the Pro Dwarf Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Brandie Varela of Ventura and her son, Lucas, 3, watch the races at Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Brandie Varela of Ventura and her son, Lucas, 3, watch the races at Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Tommy Velasquez III of Camarillo leads a pack of cars during the Pro Dwarf Car heat race at Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Tommy Velasquez III of Camarillo leads a pack of cars during the Pro Dwarf Car heat race at Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Drivers drift around a turn in their IMCA Modified during a heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Drivers drift around a turn in their IMCA Modified during a heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Ray Stansberry waits for the signal to allow drivers in the IMCA Modified heat to enter the track at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Ray Stansberry waits for the signal to allow drivers in the IMCA Modified heat to enter the track at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Kyle Smith of Moorpark races around the track in his Sprint Car during the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Kyle Smith of Moorpark races around the track in his Sprint Car during the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cody Majors of Simi Valley waits for the signal to enter the track for the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Cody Majors of Simi Valley waits for the signal to enter the track for the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Sheri Clawson, right, talks with her husband, Chris Meredith before the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Sheri Clawson, right, talks with her husband, Chris Meredith before the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Cody Majors of Simi Valley leads a pack of cars around a turn during the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Cody Majors of Simi Valley leads a pack of cars around a turn during the Sprint Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Nick Velasquez of Camarillo leads a pack in his #41 Pro Dwarf Car during the Pro Dwarf Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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Nick Velasquez of Camarillo leads a pack in his #41 Pro Dwarf Car during the Pro Dwarf Car heat at the Ventura Raceway on July 11.

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