WM: FF: Kings Speedway preview

Midgets, Ford Focus at Kings Speedway Saturday Steve Paden of Downey, Calif. hopes to advance in the USAC Western Midget Car Series standings this weekend when the series visits Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. Paden, who has finished in the...

Midgets, Ford Focus at Kings Speedway Saturday

Steve Paden of Downey, Calif. hopes to advance in the USAC Western Midget Car Series standings this weekend when the series visits Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Paden, who has finished in the "top-10" in series points the past two seasons (seventh in 2001 and 10th last year), trails Bobby East by 52 points in the standings but appears to be in a good position to challenge for the point lead since the top drivers in the standings earned their points in the five "National/Western" events held in March and April.

Paden did not compete in either Hanford feature last year, due to a full-time commitment to the USAC National series. His best finish in six 2003 Western starts has been a sixth at Bakersfield, Calif. in early April. Last year's Hanford Midget races were won by Alex Harris and Dallen McKenney.

Saturday night's Ford Focus Midget Car race at Hanford (the first for the series at the track) affords points toward the California North title. Defending Ford Focus Midget Car Champ Todd Hunsaker of Chino Hills, Calif. currently leads both the North and South series standings, eight points ahead of Tyler Brown in the North points.

A 30-lap Western Midget Car and 20-lap Ford Focus Midget Car feature event are on tap at the 3/8-mile Kings Speedway dirt track Saturday night.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Bobby East 274
2. J.J. Yeley 271
3. A.J. Fike 243
4. Tracy Hines 227
5. Steve Paden 222
6. Jay Drake 191
7. Teddy Beach 188
8. Jerome Rodela 171
9. Dave Steele 170
10. Josh Wise 157

USAC CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

NORTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 64
2. Ray Neveau 62
3. Ryan Kaplan 56
4. Tyler Brown 51
5. Michael Lewis 48

SOUTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 182
2. Tyler Brown 174
3. Phil Goodwine 154
4. Josh Lakatos 148
5. Bobby McGowan 130

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Series USAC
Drivers Michael Lewis , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Josh Lakatos , Ryan Kaplan