VENTURA, Calif. — Starting second, Jake Andreotti led 27 laps to earn his first USAC Western States Midget triumph Saturday night at Ventura Raceway.
Racing the Pete Davis-owned No. 00 Hot Head Competition Heaters / Buchannan Automotive Stealth, the rookie contender finished ahead of fast-qualifier Logan Seavey, Chase Johnson, Robby Josett and hard charger Dylan Ito.
Polesitter Mike Leach Jr. led the opening three circuits at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Searching for traction, the young driver bobbled and Andreotti sliced his way to the top spot.
Once out front, Jake began to build a lead as Seavey took over second with Johnson close by in third. Seavey applied pressure to Andreotti for the lead, however, the young driver continued to hit his marks and sailed to the checkered flag.
Before winning the 30-lap main event, Andreotti qualified seventh out of the 18-car roster and ran second to C.J. Sarna in his heat race.
Making his first USAC Western start of the year, Seavey earned fast time honors in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 11.889 seconds.
Feature: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Andreotti (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Chase Johnson (5), 4. Robby Josett (8), 5. Dylan Ito (14), 6. Blake Bower (9), 7. C.J. Sarna (7), 8. Ron Hazelton (15), 9. Ben Worth (3), 10. Troy Rutherford (13), 11. Joey Bishop (16), 12. Mike Leach Jr. (1), 13. Caden Sarale (10), 14. Shannon McQueen (4), 15. Brody Fuson (12), 16. Randi Pankratz (17). NT.