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MIDGETS VISIT KINGS SPEEDWAY SATURDAY; FLOCK AIMS FOR 5TH HANFORD VICTORY Robby Flock of Murrieta, Calif. will try to increase his USAC Western Midget career victory total this Saturday night when the series visits Kings...

MIDGETS VISIT KINGS SPEEDWAY SATURDAY; FLOCK AIMS FOR 5TH HANFORD VICTORY

Robby Flock of Murrieta, Calif. will try to increase his USAC Western Midget career victory total this Saturday night when the series visits Kings Speedway in Hanford. Calif.

Flock won the first USAC Midget race ever held at Kings in 1986 and added three more in 2001 and 2003. Only Billy Boat owns more USAC Midget wins at the 3/8-mile dirt track, claiming six.

Flock passed up the series opener at Phoenix, Ariz. last month but would like nothing better than getting a head start on what would be a fifth series championship. He previously won the Western title in 1986, 1989, 1992 and 2002. He has 52 career victories, good for second on the all-time series list, but far short of Sleepy Tripp's record of 104.

Danny Ebberts, USAC's 2001 Western Midget Champ, is also expected to compete at Hanford, along with lady drivers Shannon McQueen and Randi Pankratz. McQueen became the first female driver to win a Western Midget race last year at Madera, while Pankratz, whose father Wally won the 2000 title, owns a victory in USAC TQ competition.

Scott Pierovich, Chris Rahe and C.J. Sarna, who all recorded "top-10" point finishes last year, are also entered, along with Ford Focus graduate Paul Zimmerly and Al and Bradley Galedrige.

Like Flock, Ebberts is also a former USAC Midget winner at Kings Speedway. The series standings are sure to be revised after Saturday's race, since the current standings reflect the top finishers in last month's race at Phoenix, which also offered National points.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Billy Boat , Danny Ebberts , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Scott Pierovich , Randi Pankratz , Shannon McQueen