MARTZ DOUBLES UP AT ANDERSON, SPEEDROME; LEADS MIDWEST SERIES TO IOWA, WISCONSIN Tate Martz of Rushville, Ind. picked up where he left off in the 2004 Midwest Ford Focus Midget Car Series by sweeping the second and third events of 2005 -- last...
MARTZ DOUBLES UP AT ANDERSON, SPEEDROME; LEADS MIDWEST SERIES TO IOWA, WISCONSIN
Tate Martz of Rushville, Ind. picked up where he left off in the 2004 Midwest Ford Focus Midget Car Series by sweeping the second and third events of 2005 -- last week at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and the Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome -- and looks to continue that trend this weekend in Iowa and Wisconsin.
Martz, who now owns 11 series triumphs, will look for No. 12 and No. 13 this weekend on the quarter-mile at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the 1/3-mile dirt track of Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis. Martz won races at both tracks last season.
Martz, who kicked off the season with a second-place run May 14 at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, won Wednesday at Anderson, as he cruised past Jordan Noblitt on Lap 8 of the 30-lapper in the No. 1 Duffy/Warble Beast/Ford Focus, owned by Greg Steele. He was challenged only slightly by runner-up Stephanie Mockler, who was followed by Josh Clemons, Dustin Morgan and Kyle Robbins.
Martz came back the next night at the Speedrome and held off multiple challenges by Speedrome Ford Focus Midget Car Series points leader Jamie Williams to win for the first time in his Ford Focus career on the 1/5-mile paved track. Mockler came in third, while Jon Randall and James Robertson followed. Martz led all 50 laps.
With her two podium finishes last week, Mockler sits only 17 points behind Martz in the points standings heading into the weekend.
<pre> MIDWEST FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Tate Martz 197 6. Kyle Robbins 115 2. Stephanie Mockler 180 7. Brandon Wagner 111 3. Josh Clemons 155 8. Adam Kramer 111 4. James Robertson 146 9. Ronnie Wuerdeman 100 5. Jimmy Light 136 10. Courtney Kirts 96