WM: Irwindale recap, final standings

WEASE WINS "TURKEY NIGHT;" COONS, KUNZ, RODELA & BARBER EARN USAC TITLES Billy Wease of Noblesville, Ind. captured Thursday night's 66th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The event concluded the 2006 USAC ...

WEASE WINS "TURKEY NIGHT;" COONS, KUNZ, RODELA & BARBER EARN USAC TITLES

Billy Wease of Noblesville, Ind. captured Thursday night's 66th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The event concluded the 2006 USAC National and Western Midget racing series.

Wease's victory led a 1-2 sweep by the Western Speed Racing Team. Teammate Kody Swanson paced the 67 qualifiers and led the first 80 laps before yielding to Wease, driving the K & N Performance/Performance Trailers Gerhardt Racer/Esslinger Ford. Swanson earned the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" award for his second-place finish.

Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. won the 2006 USAC National Midget driving title, while Keith Kunz Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. ended the season as the car entrant champion. In the Western Midget Series, Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif. earned the title for the second consecutive year, while the car entrant's title went to Bret Barber of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Trailing Wease and Swanson in Thursday's 100-lap race were Josh Wise, Dave Steele and Kyle Nicholas. NASCAR veterans Tracy Hines, Casey Mears, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler and Bobby East finished sixth, 16th, 24th, 30th and 34th respectively.

USAC Midget racing will conclude the 2006 calendar year Dec. 29-30 with the annual running of the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" events at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

<pre> USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES FINAL STANDINGS 1. Jerry Coons Jr. 940 2. Josh Wise 901 3. Dave Darland 872 4. Jay Drake 829 5. Bryan Clauson 740 6. Levi Jones 729 7. Brad Loyet 680 8. Darren Hagen 672 9. Dave Steele 641 10. Brad Kuhn 549

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES FINAL STANDINGS 1. Jerome Rodela 956 2. Chase Barber 795 3. Tyler Brown 708 4. Shannon McQueen 634 5. Ryan Kaplan 614 6. Garrett Hansen 607 7. Scott Pierovich 572 8. Greg Bragg 538 9. Chris Rahe 526 10. Matt Mitchell 448

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Casey Mears , Kyle Nicholas , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Billy Wease , Chris Rahe , Bryan Clauson , Ryan Kaplan , Matt Mitchell , Darren Hagen , Scott Pierovich , Kody Swanson , Brad Loyet , Greg Bragg , Shannon McQueen , Garrett Hansen , Jerry Coons Jr.