NA-F2000: Charlotte Race One

HAMPTON BEATS LALLY TO CHARLOTTE WIN CONCORD, N.C. - For the second-straight year, Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif., won the first half of a U.S. F2000 National Championship doubleheader, part of the VisionAire 500k Weekend at Charlotte ...

HAMPTON BEATS LALLY TO CHARLOTTE WIN

CONCORD, N.C. - For the second-straight year, Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif., won the first half of a U.S. F2000 National Championship doubleheader, part of the VisionAire 500k Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hampton (No. 88 American Instruments/Body Abuse Tatuus Ford) took the lead from Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., with three laps to go, just before the race's final caution period to average 66.549 mph for the 30-lap, 48.0-mile contest. The win was Hampton's third in his career, second this season, and he closed to within 29 points of third place finisher David Besnard (251 to 222). "My crew couldn't tell me how many laps were left in the race, and I was thinking 'when am I going to get my shot,'" said Hampton, who set a qualifying record to record his first-career pole. "When the green came out with three laps to go, I just stepped on it and got the draft and the lead. It's important for us to just win every race if we want a shot at the title." Driving the No. 5 Maida/Red Line Oil/Highcroft Bowman Ford, Lally led 14 laps, the first of his career, but couldn't cut the draft. "I never count my chickens until they're hatched, and I knew I had no chance to run away with all of the yellows," said Lally. "We're real happy to move up to second after three thirds this season. This puts us second in the oval points and third in the National Championship." For the first time this year, Besnard did not lead a lap in the No. 13 Primus Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford, but lurked in third place for the majority of the race after starting fourth. "Our car is a better race car than a qualifier," said Besnard, of Sydney, Australia. "I needed points because we're trying to win this championship, but I wanted a green on the last lap. I think we could have used the draft to take the lead." Besnard's teammate, Sam Hornish Jr., of Defiance, Ohio, finished a career-best fourth, followed by Steve Rikert, of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Wilmer Valentin, of Puerto Rico, won the "B" Class for older cars.

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CONCORD, N.C. -- Results from the 30-lap, 48.0-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Round Nine race, part of the VisionAire 500k weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, class, car, laps and reason out (if any). 1. (1), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 2. (3), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 30. 3. (4), David Besnard, Sydney, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 4. (12), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 5. (2), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 6. (10), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 7. (9), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 8. (8), Marc Antoine Camirand, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 9. (18), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 10. (7), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 11. (16), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 12. (14), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 13. (15), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 14. (27), Wilmer Valentin, Puerto Rico, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 15. (26), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 29. 16. (5), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 28, acc. 17. (6), Larry Foyt, Houston, Texas, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 28, acc 18. (17), Tom Wood, Calgary, Alberta, Can., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 28, acc. 19. (19), Anthony Simone, Stouffville Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 28, acc. 20. (28), James Yott, Montreal Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 28. 21. (11), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22, acc.. 22. (21), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22, acc. 23. (24), John Miller, Edina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, acc. 24. (20), Ennis Bragg, Swainsboro, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, n.a.. 25. (22), Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, acc. 26. (13), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 11, acc. 27. (23), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 8, n.a. 28. (25), David Bleke, Whiteland, Ind., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 8, n.a. 29. (30), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 5, mech. 30. (29), Larry Vatri, Canal Winchester, Ohio, F2B, Swift DB-6 Ford, 1, acc. 31. (31), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, acc. Time of race: 43 minutes, 16.562 seconds. Average speed: 66.549 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .21599 seconds (Under caution) Lap leaders: No. 2 McGehee, laps 1-5; laps 6-10, No. 88 Hampton; lap11, No. 5 Lally; laps 12-13 Hampton, laps 14-21, No. 5 Lally; lap 22, No. 88 Hampton; laps 23-27, No. 5 Lally; laps 28-30, No. 88 Hampton. Fastest race lap: No. 5, Andy Lally, 0:43.385 (132.764 mph) Fastest qualifier: No. 88 Hampton, 0:43.636 (132.001 mph) Cautions: Four for 18 laps.

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