Ventura, Calif. (August 27, 2022) – Phoenix’s AJ Hernandez won his first career Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction feature on Saturday night in a 20-lap contest at Ventura Raceway. Hernandez was driving the potent No. 11 Triple-X Chassis with a stock production GM power plant. Photo by Top Dawg Photos
Las Vegas’ Kyle Hawse and Fresno’s TJ Smith won the heat races to set up for the feature. Hernandez started on the pole alongside Delano’s Terry Nichols. Hernandez drove immediately into the lead with third starting Smith in pursuit. Both Smith and Nichols retired from the race on lap seven, however. Stockton’s Caden Sarale went into a back-and-forth battle with Concord’s Adam Teves for second but Sarale held the position.
Todd Hawse of Moorpark spun in turn three to erase Hernandez’ advantage over the field. Sarale showed Hernandez his nose exiting turn two on the restart but Hernandez held the lead. Lodi’s Nate Wait drove past Teves for third then turned his sights on Sarale. Wait passed Sarale and ran down a multiple car length lead that Hernandez had accumulated. Hernandez led Wait closely across the line in a narrow finish. Sarale held off Teves for third while Santa Cruz’ Logan Mitchell drove the Pepper Supply Co. No. 96x to finish fifth.
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August 27, 2022 – Ventura Raceway (Ventura, Calif.) Results
HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 20 Kyle Hawse HEAT 2 (8 laps) – 7 TJ Smith
FEATURE (20 laps) – 1. 11 AJ Hernandez, 2. 20w Nate Wait, 3. 35 Caden Sarale, 4. 35s Adam Teves, 5. 96x Logan Mitchell, 6. 20 Kyle Hawse, 7. 35x Tuesday Calderwood, 8. 31 Todd Hawse, 9. 7 TJ Smith, 10. X Terry Nichols, DNS: 9 Blake Bower