FF: CD/CP: Weekly racing news 2005-10-03

MICHNOWICZ TRIUMPHS AS BARBER TAKES DIRT TITLE; CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUS SERIES RESUMES SATURDAY INDIANAPOLIS -- With one title under his belt, Californian Chase Barber will now focus his attention squarely on another as the California Ford ...

MICHNOWICZ TRIUMPHS AS BARBER TAKES DIRT TITLE; CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUS SERIES RESUMES SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS -- With one title under his belt, Californian Chase Barber will now focus his attention squarely on another as the California Ford Focus Midget Car Series season winds down.

Barber claimed the 2005 California Ford Focus Dirt championship during Saturday's season finale at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., placing fifth to hold off Alex Harris in the final standings. The race victory went to Bobby Michnowicz of Harbor City, Calif., who passed Brett Engstrom on Lap 15 of the 20-lapper and led the final six laps, besting Alex Harris, Robbie Whitchurch, Audra Sasselli, and Barber. Barber's final lead sat at 20 points.

Barber will now set his sights on the 2005 California Ford Focus Pavement championship. The series continues Saturday on the 1/3-mile Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. Barber trails series points leader Harris by 15 markers heading into Saturday. Sasselli, second in points, is only 12 points behind Harris.

The Focus cars will join the USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car Series, which is scheduled to run a 40-lap feature.

<pre> FINAL CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS DIRT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Chase Barber 929 2. Alex Harris 909 3. Audra Sasselli 868 4. Robbie Whitchurch 835 5. Chris Veach 834 6. Keith Janca 781 7. Jet Davison 689 8. Cal Smith 689 9. Brett Engstrom 665 10. Cameron Veach 651

CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS PAVEMENT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Alex Harris 647 2. Audra Sasselli 635 3. Chase Barber 632 4. Robbie Whitchurch 598 5. Benny Moon 583 6. Jace Meier 545 7. Jeff Sakowicz 524 8. Chris Veach 487 9. Lindsay Kernohan 401 10. Cameron Veach 388

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Series USAC
Drivers Bobby Michnowicz , Robbie Whitchurch