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HARRIS LEADS CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUSES TO IRWINDALE SATURDAY AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WINS On the strength of three straight victories in USAC California Ford Focus Pavement Midget Car Series action, Alex Harris of Simi Valley, Calif. leads the ...

HARRIS LEADS CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FOCUSES TO IRWINDALE SATURDAY AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WINS

On the strength of three straight victories in USAC California Ford Focus Pavement Midget Car Series action, Alex Harris of Simi Valley, Calif. leads the division to the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, a place at which he has already visited Victory Lane twice in 2005.

Harris, now third in the series' points standings, led the opening 24 laps and the final one at the Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway, beating Chase Barber, Matt Triplett, Benny Moon and series leader Audra Sasselli. Harris, driving the No. 54 West Valley Grinding/Quality Community Homes TCR/Ford Focus, retook the lead from Robbie Whitchurch on the final lap after Whitchurch, who passed Harris on lap 25, spun. Moon was the event's fast qualifier.

Harris, now with three California pavement wins and a dirt victory at Ventura, Calif., has won both Irwindale shows this season, while Triplett is the only other winner on the circuit. Sasselli now leads Barber by 14 points heading into Saturday's 20-lapper on the 1/3-mile paved oval.

<pre> CALIFORNIA FORD FOCUS PAVEMENT MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Audra Sasselli 236 2. Chase Barber 222 3. Alex Harris 200 4. Robbie Whitchurch 183 5. Steve Davis 174 6. Matt Triplett 161 7. Benny Moon 154 8. J.R. Williams 147 9. Darrell Herzog 143 10. Chris Veach 130

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Series USAC
Drivers Robbie Whitchurch
Teams Williams