WS: Stockton Sprints, Midget Cars combine again at Irwindale

The Western USAC Sprint Cars and MCI WorldCom Midget Cars combine this Saturday night for a "doubleheader" racing program at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway after back-to-back events this past weekend in northern California. Kasey...

The Western USAC Sprint Cars and MCI WorldCom Midget Cars combine this Saturday night for a "doubleheader" racing program at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway after back-to-back events this past weekend in northern California. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash, Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. and Davey Hamilton of Las Vegas, Nev. recorded feature wins in the Madera Speedway and Stockton 99 Speedway events Saturday and Sunday respectively. Kahne won both Saturday night's Madera and Sunday's Stockton Midget Car 30-lappers in the Steve Lewis Wynn's/Beast/PRI Pink Ford. At Madera he trailed Ryan Newman for 28 laps before leading the final two to beat Newman, fast qualifier John Starks, Bobby Boone and Shane Scully. On Sunday he posted fast qualifying time, then caught Boone on the 22nd lap and led the rest of the way to beat Boone, Newman, Thomas Meseraull and Starks. Hunt passed Hamilton on the 26th lap at Madera and led the final 15 laps to win the 40-lap Sprint feature in Ken Pierson's Wynn's/Bos Sheet Metal Special. He was trailed to the checkered flag by lady driver Amy Barnes, Jason McCord, Hamilton and Mike Boat. Hamilton came back on Sunday to lead all 40 laps of the Stockton Sprint main in his Consani Racing Special, beating Todd Ellison, Jeff Gardner, fast qualifier Burney Lamar and Kevin Kierce. A 30-lap Midget Car and 40-lap Sprint Car feature are on tap for this Saturday at Irwindale, which hosted seven Sprint and six Midget Car races in its inaugural year in 1999.

<pre> USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Ellison         114
2. Tony Hunt            109
3. Jason McCord         99
4. Burney Lamar         97
5. Kenny Hamilton       96
6. Amy Barnes           96
7. Mike Boat            80
8. Jeff Gardner         78
9. Kevin Kierce         77
10. Dan Lyons           76

USAC MCI WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Kasey Kahne          233
2. Ryan Newman          186
3. Bobby Boone          172
4. Thomas Meseraull     149
5. Steve Paden          146
6. Wally Pankratz       142
7. Danny Ebberts        139
8. Shane Scully         126
9. Dave Darland         113
10. Clay Klepper        102

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Series USAC
Drivers Ryan Newman , Davey Hamilton , Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , Jason McCord , Burney Lamar , John Starks , Mike Boat , Steve Paden , Wally Pankratz , Clay Klepper , Tony Hunt , Thomas Meseraull