FF: CP/CD: Weekly news 2005-09-12

SASSELLI CLOSES ON HARRIS WITH STOCKTON PAVEMENT WIN; CALIFORNIA FOCUS CONTINGENT READY FOR NATIONALS INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight drivers from the USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car Series divisions will trek from the West Coast to the Midwest...

SASSELLI CLOSES ON HARRIS WITH STOCKTON PAVEMENT WIN; CALIFORNIA FOCUS CONTINGENT READY FOR NATIONALS

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight drivers from the USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car Series divisions will trek from the West Coast to the Midwest this weekend for the inaugural Ford Focus National Championships.

Two of those drivers -- Californians Alex Harris of Simi Valley and Chase Barber of Morgan Hill -- lead California Ford Focus points.

But Audra Sasselli is closing in on Harris in the Pavement Series. The Fresno, Calif. native Sasselli -- USAC's all-time winningest female driver in feature competition -- added to her list over the weekend with a fifth career victory, this coming in Sunday's 50-lapper at Stockton, Calif.

Sasselli split time at the front of the field, passing Jace Meier on Lap 26 and leading the rest of the way in the No. 17 David Zoriki owned machine. Behind her were Jenna Frazier, Chris Veach, Robbie Whitchurch and Benny Moon. Sasselli vaulted ahead of Barber for second and is now only three points behind Harris, who was placed ninth.

While Sasselli -- who closed to within 15 points of Harris with three races to go on the calendar -- won't be competing in this weekend's Ford Focus National Championships, Harris and Barber will. The two have teamed to win 14 features in 2005, Harris having taken eight and Barber six. Harris has also led 13 races this year for 256 laps.

Barber leads the Dirt series by 37 over Harris with one race to go in the division.

Sasselli will try wrestling the hardtop lead from Harris on Sept. 24 at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif. Three races remain in the Pavement series. <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 588 6. Jace Meier 477 2. Audra Sasselli 585 7. Jeff Sakowicz 464 3. Audra Sasselli 571 8. Chris Veach 442 4. Robbie Whitchurch 567 9. Lindsay Kernohan 362 5. Benny Moon 559 10. Darrell Herzog 362

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