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Bakersfield features to Stratton & Lakatos; Sprint, Midget "Doubleheader" Saturday at Madera. Danny Stratton of Riverside, Calif. and Josh Lakatos of Pasadena, Calif. captured USAC feature victories in Saturday night's "doubleheader" ...

Bakersfield features to Stratton & Lakatos; Sprint, Midget "Doubleheader" Saturday at Madera.

Danny Stratton of Riverside, Calif. and Josh Lakatos of Pasadena, Calif. captured USAC feature victories in Saturday night's "doubleheader" racing program at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. Stratton will try to back up his win with one this Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway as the Western Midget Cars join the Western Sprint Cars for another USAC "doubleheader."

Stratton passed series point leader Robby Flock on the 24th lap and led the rest of the way in the Pinkston/Esslinger Engineering/Edmunds Autoresearch Esslinger/Edmunds. His victory propelled him into title contention, now only two points behind Flock going into this Saturday's race at Madera.

Jerome Rodela, who led 14 laps at Bakersfield, finished second in the 30-lap race, followed by Jimmy Christian, Ronnie Day and Bobby Boone. Boone led the opening lap before yielding to Rodela, who now trails the point leader by just seven points.

Lakatos led all but the opening lap of the 20-lap Ford Focus Midget Car feature, beating Darren Hagen, J.J. Ercse, Garrett Hansen and fast qualifier Wayne McCormick to the checkered flag. Series point leader Todd Hunsaker finished sixth.

Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. and Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. lead the Western and Western Regional Sprint Car standings going into the Madera "doubleheader." The 40-lap Sprint car race at Madera offers points toward both Sprint car titles, while the Western Midget Cars have a 30-lapper on tap.

Nichols' lead over 2000 USAC Western Sprint Car Champ Todd Ellison stands at 36 points, while Hunt's lead over Bryan Bullard in the "regional" points stands at 69.

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Chad Nichols 480
2. Todd Ellison 444
3. Tony Hunt 440
4. Tim Barber 439
5. Rick Hendrix 433
6. Scott Hansen 415
7. Brian McClish 379
8. Mike Aaby, Jr. 346
9. Mike Ford 263
10. Brad Bumgarner 216

USAC WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Tony Hunt 469
2. Bryan Bullard 400
3. Shauna Hogg 391
4. Jeff Gardner 317
5. Bobby McMahan 297
6. Brian McClish 278
7. Brad Bumgarner 256
8. Tony Iacobitti 244
9. Mark Monico 242
10. Scott Hansen 235

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Robby Flock 604
2. Danny Stratton 602
3. Jerome Rodela 597
4. Shane Scully 538
5. Wally Pankratz 503
6. Josh Wise 366
7. Van Knill 362
8. Matt Rossi 349
9. Jimmy Christian 342
10. Dallen McKenney 341

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Hunsaker 806
2. J.J. Ercse 737
3. Wayne McCormick 716
4. Phil Goodwine 712
5. Garrett Hansen 706
6. Steve Davis 469
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 322
9. Josh Lakatos 232
10. Chris Rahe 220

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Series USAC
Drivers Tim Barber , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Darren Hagen , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton , Bobby McMahan , Brad Bumgarner , Scott Hansen