FF: CD/CP: Weekend racing news 2005-08-09

WHITCHURCH, NEW POINTS LEADER BARBER SCORE CALIFORNIA DIRT FOCUS MIDGET WINS INDIANAPOLIS -- New USAC California Ford Focus Dirt Midget Car Series points leader Chase Barber of Morgan Hill, Calif. and Robbie Whitchurch of Chico, Calif. combined...

WHITCHURCH, NEW POINTS LEADER BARBER SCORE CALIFORNIA DIRT FOCUS MIDGET WINS

INDIANAPOLIS -- New USAC California Ford Focus Dirt Midget Car Series points leader Chase Barber of Morgan Hill, Calif. and Robbie Whitchurch of Chico, Calif. combined to score three victories during the last week of competition.

Whitchurch took the first two races, which included Wednesday's race at Ventura Raceway and Friday's event at Watsonville Speedway. At Ventura, Whitchurch became the fourth and final leader of the 25-lap event, leading the final 10 laps to Chris Veach, Barber, Keith Janca and Bret Engstrom. Veach, Barber and Janca all took turns at the point before Whitchurch took control.

At Watsonville, Whitchurch, in the No. 82 Ford Focus machine, passed Audra Sasselli on Lap 6 and led the remainder of the 20-lapper. Veach, Alex Harris, Barber and Sasselli rounded out the Top 5.

Barber, in the No. 91 Beast/Ford Focus, led all but the opening lap of Saturday's contest at Santa Maria Speedway. Barber beat Veach, Harris, Whitchurch and Janca to the stripe. Sasselli, who led the first lap, finished ninth.

Harris, who came into Wednesday's race with a three-point advantage over Barber, encountered mechanical problems prior to the Ventura feature and sits 63 points behind Barber heading into the Aug. 27 dirt race at Santa Maria.

<pre> CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS DIRT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Chase Barber 736 2. Alex Harris 673 3. Audra Sasselli 651 4. Chris Veach 621 5. Robbie Whitchurch 621 6. Keith Janca 576 7. Cal Smith 554 8. Bret Engstrom 535 9. Jet Davison 520 10. Cameron Veach 509

CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS PAVEMENT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Alex Harris 509 2. Chase Barber 499 3. Audra Sasselli 478 4. Robbie Whitchurch 457 5. Benny Moon 435 6. Jace Meier 384 7. Jeff Sakowicz 368 8. Chris Veach 352 9. Steve Davis 324 10. Darrell Herzog 293

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