The eyes of the Midget Racing world will be "focused" squarely on Kentucky Speedway July 10 when USAC presents the richest race to date in the three-year history of the revolutionary USAC Ford Focus Midget Car racing series. Drivers...
The eyes of the Midget Racing world will be "focused" squarely on Kentucky Speedway July 10 when USAC presents the richest race to date in the three-year history of the revolutionary USAC Ford Focus Midget Car racing series. Drivers will compete in 20-lap race for prize money totaling $5,240 on the 1/4-mile paved Kentucky oval located in the front straightaway infield of the sprawling complex. The race winner will earn a check for $1,000, which is attracting top drivers from the Midwest and the East.
The USAC event augments Kentucky Speedway's racing weekend which includes the ARCA Remax Series "Kentucky 150" on Friday night, July 9 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225" presented by the greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers on Saturday night, July 10. USAC veteran Boston Reid will compete in the ARCA race while USAC Midget racing graduate Tracy Hines and USAC vet Carl Edwards compete in the Truck series.
The Kentucky Focus race will feature USAC's 2003 Indiana Champion Robbie Ray of Davenport, Iowa, 2004 Midwest point leader Ryan Litt of Lyons, Ontario, Canada, 2004 Carolina/Virginia point leader Chase Scott of Concord, N.C., 2004 Indianapolis Speedrome point leader Brice Kenyon of Lebanon, Ind. and virtually all the rest of the top drivers from both the Midwest and Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Series.
The field could contain every Midwest and Carolina/Virginia Focus winner this year! In addition to Ray, Litt, Scott and Kenyon, that would include Tate Martz of Rushville, Ind., Jordan Noblitt of Columbus, Ind., Travis Young of Franklin, Wisc., Joshua Clemons of Greenfield, Ind., Jamie Williams of Columbus, Ind., Michael Sboro of Mooresville, N.C., Brandon Hartsell of Joliet, Ill., A.J. Davis of Spartanburg, S.C. and Kevin Conway of Lynchburg, Va.
Terry Hall of Stuart, Va. drives for the famed Wood Brothers Racing Team whose exploits in NASCAR are legendary, while Martz recently recorded a USAC Focus record four consecutive feature wins in the Midwest series. Kenyon is the son of legendary USAC Midget champion Mel Kenyon.
The distaff side will also be represented in the Kentucky field, with Stephanie Mockler of Westfield, Ind., Jodi Meyers of Indianapolis, Ind., Courtney Kirts of Crawfordsville, Ind. and Ginny Quinones of Pen Argyl, Pa. expected to compete. Kirts is the only one who has previous experience on the Kentucky oval, having raced with the USAC Midgets at the track in 2001 and 2002.
Trenton Darland of Lincoln, Ind. is also among top threats for victory in the Kentucky race and has some family history on his side. His father, USAC Triple Crown Champion Dave Darland, won USAC's 2001 Midget race at the oval.
Practice for the Focus cars begins at 3 pm on July 10, followed by racing at 3:30. Four eight-lap heat races and a 10-lap semi will precede the 20-lap finale.
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USAC CAROLINA/VIRGINIA FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS