Weekly News 98-10-26

WESTERN STATES SERIES HENDRIX, HARRIS TAKE VENTURA FEATURE, EXTEND SERIES LEADS USAC "Western States" point leaders Rick Hendrix and Alex Harris, both of Simi Valley, Calif., bolstered their respective series point leads with feature ...

WESTERN STATES SERIES HENDRIX, HARRIS TAKE VENTURA FEATURE, EXTEND SERIES LEADS

USAC "Western States" point leaders Rick Hendrix and Alex Harris, both of Simi Valley, Calif., bolstered their respective series point leads with feature victories in Saturday night's "doubleheader" racing program at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Fast qualifier Hendrix drove his Rick's Gate Works/After Burner/TCR VanDyne-powered machine to victory in the 30-lap Midget feature, leading the last 20 laps after passing series point runner-up Bryan Stanfill on lap 11. Stanfill finished second, ahead of Keith Rauch, Shane Scully and Wally Pankratz.

Harris ended up the victor in the accompanying 20-lap TQ Midget feature which was halted after 11 laps due to impending rain. He had takeh the lead in his West Valley Grinding Honda just two laps earlier from Steve Lambert. Ron Wade finished second ahead of Josh Lakatos, Ken Bonnema and Paul Krueger.

The "Western States" Midgets resume action on November 21 at Phoenix, Ariz. while the Tqs are idle until November 25 at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Western States Midget Standings: 1-Rick Hendrix-541; 2-Bryan Stanfill-499; 3-Wally Pankratz-465; 4-Shane Scully-417; 5-Jason Leffler-379; 6-Steve Paden-362; 7-Bobby Boone-340; 8-Marc DeBeaumont-294; 9-Clay Klepper-290; 10-Dwayne Marcum-285.

Western States Sprint Standings: 1-Jeff Gardner-723; 2-Rick Williams-697; 3-Tyler Haylett-470; 4-Tony Hunt-446; 5-Monte Faccinto-335; 6-Dave Fitzgerald-299; 7-Davey Pombo-289; 8-Rick Sipes-261; 9-Ivan Worden-208; 10-Ken Hamilton-179.

TQ Midget Standings: 1-Alex Harris-567; 2-Gene Godepski-386; 3-Josh Lakatos-372; 4-Brian Harris-366; 5-Randi Pankratz-363; 6-West Evans-358; 7-Ron Ahrendt-306; 8-Todd Hunsaker-229; 9-Paul Krueger-224; 10-Greg Edenholm-224.

Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-766; 2-Davey Pombo-742; 3-Lawrence Edlund-522; 4-Mark Barroso-486; 5-Craig Stidham-420; 6-Jeff Gardner-396; 7-Larry Brown-369; 8-H.P. Myatt-291; 9-Mike Faria-266; 10-Rick Williams-260.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mark Barr , Wally Pankratz , Clay Klepper , Josh Lakatos , Rick Williams , Randi Pankratz , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix
Teams Williams