RegM: Racing news 2006-08-14

ADDITIONAL RACES HELD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK IN REGIONAL COMPETITION INDIANAPOLIS -- Additional races will be held for two of the three USAC weekly Midget series this week, one week after the three divisions combined to set a USAC record for...

ADDITIONAL RACES HELD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK IN REGIONAL COMPETITION

INDIANAPOLIS -- Additional races will be held for two of the three USAC weekly Midget series this week, one week after the three divisions combined to set a USAC record for most features at one track on a given night.

The three "Wednesday Night Thunder" divisions -- the Regional, Indiana Ford Focus and Kenyon Midget Car Series -- will continue their seasons Wednesday at Mt. Lawn Speedway in New Castle, Ind., as that weekly series makes its final appearance at the 3/10-mile track this season.

The Regional Midget Car Series has an additional date Saturday at Grundy County Speedway at Morris, Ill., while the Kenyon Midget Car Series continues Friday at Anderson Speedway in Indiana.

Bryan Clauson and Brian Olson, third and fourth in Regional competition, dominated both ends of a doubleheader last week at Mt. Lawn. Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind., finished second to Olson in the first race -- which was made up following a rainout two weeks prior -- before beating the Puyallup, Wash. driver in the second feature.

Olson led 28 of the 30 laps in the first feature, having passed Travis Young on Lap 3, while Clauson passed Chase Barber on Lap 14 of 30. Point leader Scott Thoman was third, Mario Marietta fourth and Bobby Smith fifth in the first feature, while Barber, Young and Alex Pruett rounded out the Top 5 in race two. Thoman continues to hold the point lead by 91 over Young.

Zach Schiff of Ohio doubled up in the Focus twinbill, leading wire-to-wire in the first feature and passing Tate Martz midway thru the second feature in the No. 5 Janice East Beast/Ford Focus. James Robertson, Martz and MacLeod were second, third and fourth respectively in both races, while Ricky Ehrgott and Andy Nock were fifth in races one and two. Robertson extended his point lead to 39 over Martz with two races to go.

Blake Fitzpatrick of West Terre Haute, Ind., continued the Kenyon trend of winning races in bunches, topping the race after leading all 30 laps in the No. 10 machine. Fitzpatrick, who also won July 26, beat 2004 champ Dakoda Armstrong, point leader Chris Windom, Sammy Imel and Jeff Wimmenauer. Windom 's point lead over Imel stands at 18.

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Series USAC
Drivers Brian Olson , Mario Marietta , Scott Thoman , Bryan Clauson , Alex Pruett , Zach Schiff , Ricky Ehrgott , Chris Windom