FF: Stockton Regional, Irwindale wrapup 2002-09-02

Harris 1st at Stockton, Hunsaker ...

Harris 1st at Stockton, Hunsaker #1 at Irwindale.

Alex Harris and Todd Hunsaker recorded USAC Midget Car feature victories in Saturday night racing in California. Harris, of Simi Valley, Calif. won the 30-lap Western "Regional" Midget Car feature at the Stockton 99 Speedway, while Hunsaker won the 20-lap Ford Focus Midget Car feature at the Irwindale Speedway.

This Saturday night's originally-scheduled Ford Focus Midget Car race at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway has been cancelled. The next event for Western Midget Car participants comes September 14 when the Midget Car Series and the Ford Focus Midget Car Series combine for a "doubleheader" at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Harris, a two-time USAC TQ Midget Car Champion, fought off repeated challenges from Marc DeBeaumont in Saturday night's "regional" Midget race at Stockton. A total of eight lead changes featured drivers DeBeaumont, Harris and Ken Bonnema, who led the first three laps. Harris finally got by DeBeaumont for the final time on lap 22 and led to the checkered to beat DeBeaumont, Rory Price, Glenn Carson and fast qualifier Johnny Rodriguez.

DeBeaumont ends up as the 2002 USAC Western "Regional" Midget Car Champion with a 27-point margin over Floyd Alvis, who finished sixth at Stockton.

Hunsaker extended his Ford Focus Midget Car point lead at Irwindale, leading all but the opening lap of the 20-lap race. Steve Davis led the first lap but fell to last place in the race finish. Garrett Hansen finished second ahead of Ray Neveau, J.J. Ercse and Wayne McCormick. Hunsaker was also the fastest qualifier and emerged from the race with a 77-point lead over Ercse going into the September 14 Bakersfield race.

USAC WESTERN REGIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Marc DeBeaumont 182
2. Floyd Alvis 155
3. Cliff Servetti 144
4. Alex Harris 129
5. Johnny Rodriguez 122
6. Glenn Carson 110
7. Tim Joyce 94
8. Pete Davis 93
9. Bill Lindsey 88
10. Ken Molica 81

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Todd Hunsaker 755
2. J.J. Ercse 678
3. Phil Goodwine 671
4. Wayne McCormick 661
5. Garrett Hansen 649
6. Steve Davis 428
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 322
9. Chris Rahe 220
10. Timothy Barber 176

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Series USAC
Drivers Johnny Rodriguez , Chris Rahe , Floyd Alvis , Garrett Hansen , Pete Davis