FF: Nik Romano 2009 season wrap-up

ROMANO WRAPS UP SEASON WITH 2009 USAC CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FORD FOCUS CAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle standout won twice and finished second in eight races SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (December 10, 2009) -- When Nik Romano first ...

ROMANO WRAPS UP SEASON WITH 2009 USAC CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT FORD FOCUS CAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle standout won twice and finished second in eight races

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (December 10, 2009) -- When Nik Romano first got behind the wheel of his USAC Ford Focus Midget at the start of the 2009 season he had two objectives, win races and capture the USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Car Series title. The Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle development driver showcased why he is one of the rising stars in oval racing doing just that, ending his rookie season of Ford Focus Midget competition as the series champion and a two-time feature race winner.

Romano, having enjoyed a highly successful inaugural season in the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle program -- winning both the 2008 SCCA San Francisco Region Formula Ford Rookie of the Year and Championship titles -- returned to the prestigious driver development program in 2009 racing a USAC Ford Focus Midget for the first time. The transition from road racing to oval track racing proved a relatively easy affair for Romano, as the Atherton, Calif., native immediately showed good speed and skill, finishing fourth and leading several laps in his USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Car Series debut at Havasu 95 Speedway. This proved to be just the start of what ultimately would be yet another championship-winning season for the 19 year-old race driver. By the end of the month of May, Romano had established himself as a leading candidate for the series title, thanks to three runner-up finishes in the first six Feature races and a Heat race win.

Gaining confidence and learning every time he got behind the wheel of the No. 42 Dr. Glass Reactor Repair/Romold Precision Molding/Romano Cosmetic Surgery/Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle USAC Ford Focus Midget, the former Micro Sprints winner and Quarter Midget champion continued his championship charge throughout the months of June, July and August with top finishes. Romano, racing on a variety of 1/3-mile, 1/4-mile and 3/8-mile ovals, finished second an impressive six times in a row, eight times total, in 10 races, adding a Heat race win, Dash race win and two quick times in qualifying for good measure.

Romano kept the momentum going in the final three races of 2009 campaign, with a pair of superb performances, winning at Stockton 99 Speedway and Madera Speedway. Propelling himself to the championship title, the second-year RSWC driver won both races in California, leading 53 of 70 laps. Romano was officially confirmed as the USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Car Series one race later, when he crossed the stripe in fourth place at the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Setting the stage for what many believe will be a career in NASCAR, Romano ended the 2009 season with two Feature race wins, two Heat race wins, one Dash race win, nine runner-up finishes, three top qualifiers and having led four races for 70 laps.

"Nik Romano is a champion short and simple," declared Ron Sutton. 'He is always up front, regardless of what he races. We are proud he won his second championship in a row in our development program. We are very excited about racing Nik in NASCAR Grand American Modifieds in 2010. This is no bold prediction when I say look for him in Victory Lane and contending for the Championship. That is what Nik Romano does."

With the 2009 race season now complete, Romano and the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle squad will take a short break before commencing preparations for the 2010 race season.

-credit: nrPR

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