FF: California North title on the line at Kings Speedway

Three drivers will battle for USAC's California North Ford Focus Midget Car championship this Saturday night as the series returns to Kings Speedway in Hanford. Calif. The California South Ford Focus Midget Car series concludes November 27 at ...

Three drivers will battle for USAC's California North Ford Focus Midget Car championship this Saturday night as the series returns to Kings Speedway in Hanford. Calif. The California South Ford Focus Midget Car series concludes November 27 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway as part of this year's "Turkey Night Grand Prix" action.

Josh Lakatos of Pasadena, Calif., runner-up to Todd Hunsaker for last year's California Ford Focus title, leads newcomer Garratt Boyden of Santa Cruz, Calif. by only four points, while Ryan Kaplan of Chico, Calif. trails the leader by 47 points. A total of 72 are available in Saturday night's North finale on the 3/8-mile dirt fairgrounds oval.

Lakatos and Kaplan each own two North victories this season, but Boyden scored his initial series win in the May 10 race at Kings Speedway. Kaplan was third and Lakatos sixth in the May outing.

A 20-lap feature caps Saturday night's Hanford Ford Focus events.

Chris Rahe of Placentia, Calif was the fastest qualifier at Hanford in May and is one of several drivers with California North feature wins this season. Rahe won at Visalia, Calif. in July. Hunsaker won at Madera in April, while Lakatos won at Stockton in May and Madera in September. Thomas Meseraull won a pair of Madera events, in June and August, and Kaplan's victories came at Chico and Petaluma in July and August.

USAC CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

NORTH SERIES
1. Josh Lakatos 507
2. Garratt Boyden 503
3. Ryan Kaplan 460
4. Bradley Galedrige 399
5. Todd Hunsaker 379

SOUTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 892
2. Ryan Kaplan 790
3. Josh Lakatos 779
4. Bobby McGowan 734
5. Bradley Galedrige 695

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Series USAC
Drivers Chris Rahe , Josh Lakatos , Ryan Kaplan