FF: Prelim entries for national championship race

16 STATES & CANADA REPRESENTED IN PRELIMINARY ENTRIES FOR 3RD USAC FORD FOCUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Preliminary entries for Sunday's third annual USAC National Ford Focus Championship race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway for the ...

16 STATES & CANADA REPRESENTED IN PRELIMINARY ENTRIES FOR 3RD USAC FORD FOCUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Preliminary entries for Sunday's third annual USAC National Ford Focus Championship race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway for the Henry Ford Sweepstakes Trophy include drivers from 16 different states and Canada.

Among the entries so far are 2007 USAC Midwest Champion James Robertson of Indianapolis, Ind., Indiana Champion Chett Gehrke of Broken Arrow, Okla., Carolina point leader Tanner Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. and USAC/UMARA Champion Mario Clouser of Auburn, Ill.

Canadian drivers include Alison MacLeod of Mississauga, Ont. and Steven Mathews of New Liskeard, Ont.

Eleven of the entered drivers have already been to victory lane this year, topped by Clouser's 10 wins. Gehrke has eight and Robertson seven, while Tyler Irwin of Polson, Montana and Swanson each have four. Drivers with three wins this year include Eric Fehrman of Greensburg, Ind., Robby Josett of Santa Clarita, Calif. and Steven Intravaia of Saylorsburg, Pa. Single wins have been posted by Michael Sboro of Watertown, N.Y., Craig Haack of Lewisburg, Tenn. and MacLeod, who is one of only 17 females to win USAC races in the club's 52-year history.

Sunday's program begins with practice at noon. Following qualifying at 1:30, heat races will begin at 3 pm. Two 25-lap "A" Mains will help determine the starting lineup for the 30-lap USAC National Ford Focus Championship feature.

Robbie Ray of Davenport, Iowa won the first National Ford Focus title in 2005 and Michael Faccinto of Fresno, Calif. won last year's championship.

Sunday's activities at the 1/4-mile paved oval also include a special non-points program of USAC Kenyon Midget racing. Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind. is USAC's 2007 Kenyon Midget Champion.

The winner of Sunday's 30-lap Ford Focus feature will be featured among USAC's 2007 driving champions at the annual USAC "Champions Night" National Wards Dinner in Indianapolis, Ind. January 19.

-credit: --USAC--

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Series USAC
Drivers Chett Gehrke , Alison MacLeod , Tanner Swanson , Robby Josett , Robbie Ray