FF: California series Petaluma recap

Kaplan takes Petaluma; Focuses head for Madera. Ryan Kaplan of Chico, Calif. scored his second consecutive USAC Ford Focus Midget Car feature victory in Saturday night's 20-lap race at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif. Kaplan ...

Kaplan takes Petaluma; Focuses head for Madera.

Ryan Kaplan of Chico, Calif. scored his second consecutive USAC Ford Focus Midget Car feature victory in Saturday night's 20-lap race at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif.

Kaplan passed Thomas Meseraull on the fourth lap and led the rest of the way in his Whit Church Trucking/Hoserville.com Stealth to beat Garratt Boyden, Bradley Galedrige, Ashley Walker and Jeff Gregory to the checkered flag.

The victory vaulted Kaplan into second place in the California North standings in what has become one of the most hotly-contested USAC point races of the year. He trails Boyden in the new standings by just two points, with Josh Lakatos, the former series leader, now seven out of the lead in third! Lakatos finished eighth at Petaluma.

A 20-lap feature event is slated this Saturday night at the 1/3-mile paved Madera (Calif.) Speedway where the series competed in April and June. Defending series champion Todd Hunsaker won in April and Meseraull won in June.

USAC CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

SOUTH SERIES
1. Todd Hunsaker 597
2. Josh Lakatos 559
3. Bobby McGowan 484
4. Ryan Kaplan 476
5. Garratt Boyden 428

NORTH SERIES
1. Garratt Boyden 400
2. Ryan Kaplan 398
3. Josh Lakatos 393
4. Bradley Galedrige 298
5. Todd Hunsaker 261

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Series USAC
Drivers Josh Lakatos , Ryan Kaplan , Thomas Meseraull