WS: Salt Lake recap, Stockton preview

WYSONG EXTENDS LEAD WITH SALT LAKE CITY VICTORY 100-LAP "GERHARDT CLASSIC" NEXT FOR WESTERN SPRINTS Kody Swanson leads the Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Series to this Sunday's "Fred Gerhardt Open Wheel Classic" ...

WYSONG EXTENDS LEAD WITH SALT LAKE CITY VICTORY 100-LAP "GERHARDT CLASSIC" NEXT FOR WESTERN SPRINTS

Kody Swanson leads the Valvoline USAC Western Sprint Car Series to this Sunday's "Fred Gerhardt Open Wheel Classic" USAC "tripleheader" at the Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. He holds a 34-point lead over defending series champion Tony Hunt, who gained slightly as a result of Monday's race at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jimmy Wysong of South Jordan, Utah extended his lead in the 2005 Young Automotive Group Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series standings as a result of his 40-lap victory in Monday's Salt Lake City race. Wysong led all 40 laps in his Spiers Concrete Construction/Royal Purple Wysong/Chevy to beat Mike Murgoitio, Rick Pardee, Jim Waters and Hunt in the race which awarded points toward both the Valvoline USAC Western and Rocky Mountain championships.

Swanson was eighth at Salt Lake City but has not fared as well as Hunt at Stockton this year. Hunt finished second at Stockton in June and was the fastest qualifier two weeks ago before a stuck throttle sent him over the wall during the feature. Swanson's Stockton finishes this year have been fourth and 12th, while Brian McClish and Tim Barber, both "top-five" ranking drivers, have won the two Stockton outings.

Hunt finished second in the only 100-lap Western Sprint race conducted last year, at Madera, Calif.

Wysong emerged from the Salt Lake City race with a 43-point lead over Waters in their battle for the 2005 Young Automotive Group title, which will be finalized at RMR September 17.

Sunday's Stockton events include a 100-lap feature for the USAC Western Midgets and a 20-lap feature for the USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Midgets.

USAC VALVOLINE WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Kody Swanson-516
2.-Tony Hunt-482
3.-Mike Murgoitio-481
4.-Tim Barber-471
5.-Brian McClish-403
6.-Cody Veenstra-396
7.-Michael Trimble-363
8.-Brad Bumgarner-326
9.-Chris Petersen-304
10.-Shauna Hogg-288

USAC YOUNG AUTOMOTIVE GROUP ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Jimmy Wysong-653
2.-Jim Waters-610
3.-Rick Pardee-507
4.-Dave Fitzgerald-449
5.-Mel Andrus-420
6.-Chuck Maddox-357
7.-Jim Campbell-321
8.-Mark Bergener-310
9.-Tony Hunt-301
10.-Todd Ellison-259

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Series USAC
Drivers Tim Barber , Jim Campbell , Mike Murgoitio , Cody Veenstra , Kody Swanson , Tony Hunt , Brad Bumgarner