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Midgets, Ford Focus Midgets share Bakersfield "Doubleheader" wet grounds force North Vernon cancelation, Two USAC championships will be contested this Saturday night at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway when the 1/3-mile dirt oval presents the...

Midgets, Ford Focus Midgets share Bakersfield "Doubleheader" wet grounds force North Vernon cancelation,

Two USAC championships will be contested this Saturday night at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway when the 1/3-mile dirt oval presents the 60th USAC "doubleheader" in its storied history.

A total of 72 points are available in each competing series, putting the series point lead up for grabs in both the Western Midget Car and USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series. Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. holds a 45-point lead over Danny Stratton of Fontana, Calif. in the Western Midget Cars, while Todd Hunsaker of Chino, Calif. leads J.J. Ercse of Bellflower, Calif. by 66 in the Ford Focus Midget Cars. Only four races remain on the 2002 calendar for each series.

The last 16 USAC Western Midget Car races at Bakersfield have produced 14 different winners, with only Stratton and Shane Scully, who is recovering from August injuries, posting repeat wins. Saturday night's race will be the 72nd for USAC Midgets at the Bakersfield oval since P.J. Jones won the inaugural USAC race there in 1987.

Josh Lakatos of Pasadena, Calif. has won two of the three USAC Ford Focus races at the track in the series' inaugural season. He's currently ninth in the standings going into Saturday night's program.

A 20-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget Car feature presedes the 50-lap USAC Western Midget Car main event. Practice starts at 5 pm.

Heavy Friday rains left Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Ind. soaked and efforts to create a raceable surface Saturday were unsuccessful, forcing cancellation of the scheduled USAC Sprint Car Special Event at the 3/8-mile dirt track.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Robby Flock 827
2. Danny Stratton 782
3. Jerome Rodela 755
4. Wally Pankratz 720
5. Shane Scully 538
6. Josh Wise 497
7. Van Knill 444
8. Dallen McKenney 435
9. Bobby Boone 401
10. Matt Rossi 394

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Hunsaker 933
2. J.J. Ercse 867
3. Garrett Hansen 824
4. Wayne McCormick 815
5. Phil Goodwine 794
6. Steve Davis 534
7. Jon Wilcox 482
8. Bobby Owens 358
9. Josh Lakatos 232
10. Darren Hagen 224

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Series USAC
Drivers P.J. Jones , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Darren Hagen , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton