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Rodela wins "Vukovich Memorial;" Stockton Midgets Saturday. Hendrix tops Orange Show Ford Focus. Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif., making only the third pavement start of his career, won Saturday night's 30-lap "Vukovich Memorial" USAC ...

Rodela wins "Vukovich Memorial;" Stockton Midgets Saturday.
Hendrix tops Orange Show Ford Focus.

Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif., making only the third pavement start of his career, won Saturday night's 30-lap "Vukovich Memorial" USAC Western Midget Car feature at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The race was co-sanctioned by BCRA.

Rodela and his Fontana/Hawk passed Travis Johnson on the 20th lap and led the rest of the way to beat Rob Russell, defending series champion Wally Pankratz, fast qualifier Sleepy Tripp and series point leader Shane Scully. Tripp out-qualified the 29-car field in his first 2002 series appearance. Russell, who finished second, was making his initial start on pavement!

Former USAC Western Midget Car Champion Rick Hendrix of Simi Valley, Calif., the only driver to win in USAC's Western Sprint Car, Midget Car and TQ Midget Car series, added a victory Saturday night in USAC's brand-new Ford Focus Midget Car Series. He led all 20 laps on the 1/4-mile paved Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif. to beat Wayne McCormick, fast qualifier and series point leader Todd Hunsaker, Garrett Hansen and J.J. Ercse to the checkered flag. Hunsaker's finish extended his point lead over runner-up Phil Goodwine to 36 points going into a June 1 race at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.

The USAC Western Midget Car Series visits the Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway this Saturday night, with a 30-lap feature on tap at the 1/4-mile pavement.

Shane Scully of Encino, Calif. leads Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. by 47 points going into the Stockton program. Flock led the first nine laps at Madera Saturday before yielding to Travis Johnson and dropping out of the race.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Shane Scully 336
2. Robby Flock 289
3. Wally Pankratz 241
4. Jerome Rodela 240
5. Danny Stratton 219
6. Van Knill 174
7. Matt Rossi 152
8. Dallen McKenney 150
9. Tony Hunt 140
10. Danny Olmstead 128

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Todd Hunsaker 376
2. Phil Goodwine 340
3. Wayne McCormick 308
4. J.J. Ercse 265
5. Garrett Hansen 212
6. Bobby Owens 201
7. Timothy Barber 176
8. Steve Davis 169
9. Jon Wilcox 142
10. Josh Lakatos 117

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Series USAC
Drivers Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , John Travis , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton