WM: FF: Bakersfield report

Boone, Hagen earn 1st 2002 victories at Bakersfield. Bobby Boone of Palmdale, Calif. became the 15th different winner in the last 17 USAC Western Midget Car races at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night, winning the 30-lap feature ...

Boone, Hagen earn 1st 2002 victories at Bakersfield.

Bobby Boone of Palmdale, Calif. became the 15th different winner in the last 17 USAC Western Midget Car races at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Saturday night, winning the 30-lap feature event. The win was the first in 2002 USAC competition for the 2000 series runnerup.

Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif. also recorded his initial 2002 USAC feature victory in Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget Car race at the 1/3-mile dirt Bakersfield oval.

Boone caught former series champion Wally Pankratz on the sixth lap and led the rest of the way in his Redmund Bumper Esslinger/Autoresearch. Danny Stratton finished second, ahead of Pankratz, Chuck Gurney, Jr. and series point leader Robby Flock, while fast qualifier Bobby East was 11th.

Stratton sliced 11 points off Flock's series lead and trails the three-time series champion by 34 points going into the November 23 "Old Pueblo Classic" at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park.

Hagen led the final 11 laps of the Ford Focus Midget Car race after passing Tyler Brown on lap 10. Brwon took second ahead of Garret Hansen, Wayne McCormick and Phil Goodwine, while fast qualifier J.J. Ercse and point leader Todd Hunsaker were sixth and seventh respectively.

Hunsaker's point lead over Ercse stands at 61 points going into the series finale November 28 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. A total of 72 points are available at Irwindale.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Robby Flock 881
2. Danny Stratton 847
3. Jerome Rodela 796
4. Wally Pankratz 777
5. Shane Scully 538
6. Josh Wise 497
7. Van Knill 494
8. Dallen McKenney 470
9. Bobby Boone 461
10. Matt Rossi 394

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Todd Hunsaker 983
2. J.J. Ercse 922
3. Garrett Hansen 883
4. Wayne McCormick 875
5. Phil Goodwine 848
6. Steve Davis 576
7. Jon Wilcox 482
8. Bobby Owens 358
9. Darren Hagen 293
10. Josh Lakatos 232

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Series USAC
Drivers Bobby East , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Darren Hagen , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton