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SANTOS WINS 68TH "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX; WHITT TAKES NATIONAL TITLE BY 1 POINT! Bobby Santos III of Franklin, Mass. and Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. shared the spotlight Thursday night in the 68th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Mopar ...

SANTOS WINS 68TH "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX; WHITT TAKES NATIONAL TITLE BY 1 POINT!

Bobby Santos III of Franklin, Mass. and Cole Whitt of Alpine, Calif. shared the spotlight Thursday night in the 68th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Mopar National/Western Midget race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Calif.

Santos won the 98-lap race, Whitt edged Tracy Hines by one point for the USAC Mopar National Midget title and Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, Calif. finished 13th, won the Don Basile "Rookie of the Year" award and the 2008 USAC Western Midget title.

Santos' victory also won the 2008 "Toyota Challenge" championship for his car owner Western Speed Racing of Fresno, Calif.

Hines barely missed joining Jerry Coons Jr. as a USAC Triple Crown Champion, Coons earned the honor earlier this month at Phoenix, Ariz.

Santos was the fifth and final leader of the race, passing Davey Hamilton on lap 90. Pole starter Bobby East led the first five laps, Chuck Gurney Jr. led the next three, Jason Leffler led for 48 laps and Hamilton led 33 before Santos made his winning move. Trailing Santos at the checkered flag were Hamilton, Darren Hagen, Ryan Kaplan and Leffler.

FINAL USAC MOPAR NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

1-Cole Whitt-1,196
2-Tracy Hines-1,195
3-Brad Sweet-1,097
4-Bobby East-1,084
5-Brady Bacon-1,041
6-Levi Jones-1,031
7-Darren Hagen-1,015
8-Jerry Coons Jr.-834
9-Brad Kuhn-803
10-Dave Darland-773

FINAL USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS

1-Nic Faas-1,028
2-Scott Pierovich-881
3-Robby Josett-768
4-C.J. Sarna-642
5-Shannon McQueen-505
6-Paul Zimmerly-482
7-Ernie Bartley III-471
8-Randi Pankratz-408
9-Daniel Bedford-377
10-Steve Mathews-300

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Davey Hamilton , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Bobby East , Levi Jones , Bobby Santos III , Ryan Kaplan , Darren Hagen , Scott Pierovich , Randi Pankratz , Cole Whitt , Brad Sweet , Chuck Gurney Jr. , Shannon McQueen , Robby Josett , Nic Faas , Jerry Coons Jr.