Dancs Out in Front in Formula Russell - Farley Takes Lead in Masters Division Sonoma, CA -- Frank Dancs holds a 23-point advantage in the USAC Formula Championship after winning one of his two races at Sears Point Raceway last weekend. His ...
Dancs Out in Front in Formula Russell - Farley Takes Lead in Masters Division
Sonoma, CA -- Frank Dancs holds a 23-point advantage in the USAC Formula Championship after winning one of his two races at Sears Point Raceway last weekend. His closest competitor, Nathan Smith is just 23 points back with three races left to go in the championship. Smith, a rookie and the '98 Russell Graduate Run-Offs winner, finished second to Dancs in the Sunday race and just off the podium in fourth on Saturday.
Kart-racer Jason McCune continues to hold third in the standings with 155 points by finishing first and fourth over the weekend. McCune's finishes keep him ahead of fourth place driver Todd Oppenheimer with 136 points. Oppenheimer's two third place finishes pushed Toshi Kanamoto back to sixth. Timothy Barber still holds fifth with 132 points after a second place finish in the Saturday race behind McCune.
Drivers breaking into the top ten championship births last weekend were Bret Arsenault and Greg Thek. Arsenault was second on Saturday and third on Sunday, giving him a 104 points in just eight races. Thek, currently tenth with 101 points, has finished in the top ten in every race he has entered this year scoring a third and a win last weekend.
David Farley took the lead in the Masters Division, and is now 15th overall in the USAC Formula Russell Championship standings with 93 points. His fourth place finish in Sunday's race helped move him ahead of fellow competitor Patrick McDowell who is just four points back with 89 in the "over 45 class". Ken Snyder remains in third in the Masters Division, tied for 18th overall with Steve Hill at 79 points.
Over 100 drivers are competing for a piece of the Formula Russell prize package which includes a free season in the Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series sponsored by Yokohama in 2000, and is valued at over $15,000. An additional incentive is the opportunity afforded to the top ten drivers to compete in the Jim Russell World Scholarship in England. Over thirty drivers in the series are also competing in the Masters Division for a separate prize package that includes Yokohama tires, Sparco driving equipment, and a Jim Russell Driver Development program.
The next round of the USAC Formula Russell Championship is scheduled for October 23 and 24.
USAC Formula Russell Championship Points Standings After Round 8 of 10
1 Frank Dancs 194 6 Toshi Kanamoto 123 2 Nathan Smith 171 7 Leonardo Maia 111 3 Jason McCune 155 8 Matthew Mosley 110 4 Todd Oppenheimer 136 9 Bret Arsenault 104 5 Timothy Barber 132 10 Greg Thek 101
Drivers finishing in the top three were:
Saturday, September 18, 1999 Race 1: 1st Ze'ev Drori, 2nd Wayne Yurtin, 3rd Teena Larson Race 2: 1st Fernando Dias Riberio, 2nd Bret Arsenault, 3rd Greg Thek Race 3: 1st Sean O'Bannon, 2nd Ross Fonferko, 3rd Dan Hallahan Race 4: 1st Jason McCune, 2nd Tim Barber, 3rd Todd Oppenheimer
Sunday, September 19, 1999 Race 1: 1st Frank Dancs, 2nd Nathan Smith, 3rd Todd Oppenheimer Race 2: 1st Dan Hallahan, 2nd Jim Lawton, 3rd Brian Cleary Race 3: 1st Ross Fonferko, 2nd Teena Larson, 3rd Ted Voulgaris Race 4: 1st Greg Thek, 2nd Bud Moeller, 3rd Bret Arsenault MTP Race: 1st Charlie Swayne, 2nd Greg Finley, 3rd Chris Riggs