WS: WM: FF: Weekend recap 2002-08-19

Gardner nabs 30-lap Madera "Regional" Sprint; Midgets, Ford Focuses return to Santa Maria Saturday night. Jeff Gardner, of Fresno, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western "Regional" Sprint Car feature event at the Madera ...

Gardner nabs 30-lap Madera "Regional" Sprint; Midgets, Ford Focuses return to Santa Maria Saturday night.

Jeff Gardner, of Fresno, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western "Regional" Sprint Car feature event at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He caught Anthony Simone on the 19th lap and led the rest of the way in his Pacific Boring/Revcon Chevy/Beast.

The victory left Gardner fourth in the Western "Regional" Sprint Car Series, which concludes September 21 at Madera.

Tony Hunt, who finished fourth in Saturday night's race, emerged with a 69-point lead over runner-up Bryan Bullard in the standings going into the series finale. Bullard was seventh in Saturday night's race.

Trailing Gardner in the Madera 30-lapper were Simone, who led the first 18 laps, fast qualifier Bobby McMahan, Hunt and lady driver Shauna Hogg.

USAC's Western Midget Car and Ford Focus Midget Car Series reunite for this Saturday night's "doubleheader" at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway. A 20-lap Ford Focus and 30-lap Midget Car feature are on tap at the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Shane Scully, sidelined with injuries suffered at Belleville, Kans. August 2, remains the point leader in the Western Midget Car Series, while Todd Hunsaker leads the Ford Focus standings in that series' inaugural season.

USAC WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Tony Hunt 469
2. Bryan Bullard 400
3. Shauna Hogg 391
4. Jeff Gardner 317
5. Bobby McMahan 297
6. Brian McClish 278
7. Brad Bumgarner 256
8. Tony Iacobitti 244
9. Mark Monico 242
10. Scott Hansen 235

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Shane Scully 538
2. Robby Flock 507
3. Jerome Rodela 501
4. Danny Stratton 475
5. Wally Pankratz 434
6. Van Knill 306
7. Matt Rossi 305
8. Josh Wise 300
9. Dallen McKenney 261
10. Dave Darland 242

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Hunsaker 630
2. Phil Goodwine 571
3. J.J. Ercse 570
4. Wayne McCormick 557
5. Garrett Hansen 521
6. Steve Davis 396
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 286
9. Timothy Barber 176
10. Chris Rahe 171

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Anthony Simone , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton , Bobby McMahan , Brad Bumgarner , Scott Hansen