CALIFORNIA DIRT FOCUSES AT VENTURA SATURDAY; ROBERTSON WINS FORD FOCUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; THOMPSON TAKES ANDERSON KENYON "SPECIAL," ADLER ...
CALIFORNIA DIRT FOCUSES AT VENTURA SATURDAY; ROBERTSON WINS FORD FOCUS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; THOMPSON TAKES ANDERSON KENYON "SPECIAL," ADLER #1 AT BLYTHE
Nic Faas of Huntington Beach, Calif. is looking forward to closing out his 2007 USAC California Dirt Ford Focus championship season in Saturday night's series finale at the Ventura Raceway. Faas has a 132-point cushion over runner-up Dennis Howell entering the final race, where only 74 total points are available.
Faas has earned four feature victories this season, including three at the 1/5-mile Ventura oval. Other Ventura winners this year have included Howell, Nick Carlson, Robby Josett and Garrett Hansen.
James Robertson of Indianapolis, Ind. is the 2007 USAC National Ford Focus Champion. Robertson passed Andy Nock on the second lap of Sunday's 30-lap race at the Anderson Speedway and led the last 29 laps in Gregg Steele's Lucas Oil - Robertson Drywall Beast.
Alison MacLeod came on late in the race to finish a strong second ahead of third-place Tanner Swanson, the point leader in USAC's Carolina Ford Focus Series. Sunday's main event was halted four times by red flags and slowed once by a late yellow. The reds and yellows forced several cars from competition and driver Mike Mohelski suffered a broken ankle in a lap-four accident but was released from an Anderson hospital Sunday.
Robertson also posted Sunday's fastest qualifying time and won his heat race. The two 25-lap prelims were won by MacLeod and Jordan Pennington. Trailing Robertson, MacLeod and Swanson in the 30-lap feature were Andy Nock, P.J. Stergios, Steven Intravaia, Scott Hunter, Steven Mathews, Chris Lamb and Bill Kriegbaum.
"This is a tremendous honor," said Robertson in victory lane. "To win four USAC titles in my first three years is pretty special. I was struggling a little with the car at the start but the car was good enough to stay in front. I really didn't know Alison was closing at the end but I knew she was second because I could see the leader board. I knew I had to be consistent at the end to win it."
Jacob Thompson of Franklin, Ind. led all 25 laps to win the accompanying USAC Kenyon Midget special event in his A-Trophy Business Yamaha. Jacob Wlson, Tyler Cottongim, Cale Conley and Clint Wilson rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.
Daniel Adler of Columbia, Ill. won Saturday's 30-lap non-points, non-sanctioned California Pavement/Utah Ford Focus Special Event race at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, Calif. He passed Ian Miille on lap 23 and led the final eight laps to beat Miille, Justin Hommel, Mark Atkinson and Beau DeBard.