ROMANO SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET MAIN WIN WITH VICTORY AT MADERA SPEEDWAY Round 18 win extends Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle driver's championship lead entering the season-finale MADERA, CALIF. (October 27, 2009) -- Nik ...
ROMANO SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET MAIN WIN WITH
VICTORY AT MADERA SPEEDWAY
Round 18 win extends Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle driver's championship lead entering the season-finale
MADERA, CALIF. (October 27, 2009) -- Nik Romano extended his USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Car Series main race win streak to two in a row on Saturday (October 24), with the victory at Madera Speedway. With the Round 18 win, the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle increased his championship entering the season-finale in late November.
As has been customary, Romano utilized the opening practice session to tryout different racing lines prior to qualifying and the races. While the initial high-line around the 1/3-mile Madera Speedway oval did not generate the speed desired, the Ron Sutton Winner's Circle standout quickly adapted to another racing line, ending the session on par with the quickest car.
The Atherton, Calif., native continued his recent run of form in Saturday single-car qualifying, as the No. 42 Dr. Glass Reactor Repair/Romold Precision Molding/Romano Cosmetic Surgery/Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle USAC Ford Focus Midget turned the second fastest lap, placing Romano fifth on the grid -- due to the inverted field rule -- for his Heat race. While things did not go according to plan for the 2008 San Francisco Region SCCA Formula Ford Champion/Rookie of the Year and former Micro Sprints and Quarter Midgets champion driver in the Heat race, getting trapped behind a cluster of cars, both Romano and the Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle squad remained confident about their chances in the Main race a short time later.
When the green flag waved for 30-lap main event at Madera Speedway, Romano promptly became the driver to watch. Starting in sixth due to the inverted field rule, the second-year RSWC race pilot quickly worked his way past the slower cars ahead, taking over the top-spot by the completion of lap five. Once out front, Romano came under continued and sustained pressure from his Ron Sutton's teammate Keegan Walmer. With multiple yellow flags bunching the field back together, Romano was forced to defend several inside pass attempts by his teammate in turn one. Romano proved up to the challenge however, taking the checkered flag first at the end of 30 race laps, giving the 19 year-old his second consecutive Ford Focus Midget main event win.
"We are going to change his nickname from Quick Nik -- to Championship Nik," stated Team Owner Ron Sutton. "He has won championships in everything he has raced from Quarter Midgets, Micro Sprints, Formula Fords and now he has a huge points lead in the USAC Focus Midget Championship series. He has developed into an awesome racer, running lines and making passes where no one else goes. This win just adds to his great season."
Romano concludes his USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Car Series rookie campaign on November 26, with the Turkey Night Gran Prix at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. The Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle development driver enters the season-finale leading the chase for the championship title.