Giant killer: Underpowered Rutherford still brings home a win

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Photo by Steve Lafond

Local racer Troy Rutherford recently made history by defeating sprint car racers who had bigger engines and more horsepower at the Ventura Raceway.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ojai’s Troy Rutherford played giant killer Saturday, winning the USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Ventura Raceway with 200 less horsepower than his competition.

“It’s one of the only times in history — I think the second time — that a 360 (cubic inch) motor beat a 410,” Rutherford

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