FF: Irwindale recap, North Vernon preview, standings

Hagen tops at Irwindale; Busch an impressive ninth! North Vernon next for Indiana after Ft. Wayne cancellation Darren Hagen of Placentia, Calif. captured Saturday night's 25-lap USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car feature at the Irwindale ...

Hagen tops at Irwindale; Busch an impressive ninth!
North Vernon next for Indiana after Ft. Wayne cancellation

Darren Hagen of Placentia, Calif. captured Saturday night's 25-lap USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car feature at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, leading all 25 laps in his JMI/GTL Stealth. The race featured an impressive USAC open-wheel racing debut for NASCAR veteran Kurt Busch.

Busch, who qualified ninth in a field of 23 cars, drove to fifth before a spin sent him to the back of the field on a restart. He eventually worked his way back to finish ninth in the 25-lap race!

Trailing Hagen at the checkered flag were series champion, point leader and fast qualifier Todd Hunsaker, Ryan Kaplan, Garrett Hansen and Bradley Galedrige.

Hunsaker leads the California South and North Ford Focus Series standings, with a May 10 race at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. next on the calendar.

The race originally scheduled for this Saturday night (May 3) at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway has been cancelled by the race organizer, while Sunday's (April 27) Indiana event at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, Ind. was cancelled by USAC. The next race for the Indiana Ford Focus Midget Cars will be at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Ind. on May 10.

USAC CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

NORTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 64
2. Ray Neveau 63
3. Ryan Kaplan 56
4. Tyler Brown 51
5. Michael Lewis 48

SOUTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 182
2. Tyler Brown 174
3. Phil Goodwine 154
4. Josh Lakatos 148
5. Bobby McGowan 130

USAC INDIANA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Tony Ave 66
2. Chad DeSelle 61
3. Trenton Darland 59
4. Bill Jones 56
5. Jamey Neeley 51
6. Heather Margo 47
7. Samantha Weakley 46
8. Jim Mills 45
9. Brice Kenyon 39

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Series USAC
Drivers Kurt Busch , Tony Ave , Michael Lewis , Chad DeSelle , Josh Lakatos , Ryan Kaplan , Darren Hagen , Garrett Hansen