CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUS DIVISION RETURNS SUNDAY; HARRIS, SASSELLI CLAIM WEEKEND DIRT WINS INDIANAPOLIS -- Californians Alex Harris of Simi Valley and Chase Barber of Morgan Hill continue their season-long battle for California Ford...
CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUS DIVISION RETURNS SUNDAY; HARRIS, SASSELLI CLAIM WEEKEND DIRT WINS
INDIANAPOLIS -- Californians Alex Harris of Simi Valley and Chase Barber of Morgan Hill continue their season-long battle for California Ford Focus Midget Car Series titles Sunday at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif.
Harris is the Pavement Series leader, up 14 points over Dirt Series leader Barber and 46 over fifth-place runner Benny Moon. The Stockton weekend also features the USAC Western Sprint and Midget Car Series divisions.
Barber's lead on the dirt took a hit over the weekend as Harris and Audra Sasselli claimed victories heading into the homestretch of the season. Sasselli went flag-to-flag in Friday's 25-lapper at Watsonville (Calif.) Speedway in her No. 17 machine. Trailing her at the finish were Harris, Keith Janca, Brett Engstrom and Cameron Veach. Barber flipped during the evening and finished 11th in the feature.
The win for Sasselli was her fourth career, making her the all-time winningest female driver in USAC feature history.
Harris closed again on Saturday at Petaluma (Calif.) Speedway, taking his No. 54 Quality Communities/West Valley Grinding TCR/Ford Focus to Victory Lane after taking control of the event on Lap 3 from Janca. Chris Veach, Janca, Cal Smith and Robbie Whitchurch rounded out the Top 5.
Barber finished seventh Saturday, and his lead dwindled to 37 points heading into the final race of the season Oct. 1 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.
<pre> CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS DIRT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Chase Barber 881 6. Keith Janca 750 2. Alex Harris 844 7. Cal Smith 643 3. Audra Sasselli 812 8. Jet Davison 640 4. Chris Veach 787 9. Brett Engstrom 639 5. Robbie Whitchurch 776 10. Cameron Veach 631
CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS PAVEMENT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Alex Harris 552 6. Jace Meier 449 2. Chase Barber 538 7. Jeff Sakowicz 431 3. Audra Sasselli 519 8. Chris Veach 388 4. Robbie Whitchurch 516 9. Darrell Herzog 328 5. Benny Moon 506 10. Steve Davis 324