Western Midgets Weekend Report 1999-09-05

Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. and Walt Johnson of Simi Valley, Calif. captured MCI WorldCom USAC feature events at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Sunday night. Williams won the 30-lap Midget Car feature and Johnson took the 20-lap TQ...

Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. and Walt Johnson of Simi Valley, Calif. captured MCI WorldCom USAC feature events at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway Sunday night. Williams won the 30-lap Midget Car feature and Johnson took the 20-lap TQ Midget Car main event on the 1/30-mile dirt oval. The MCI WorldCom Midget Cars and Western Sprint Cars combine for a "doubleheader" racing program this Saturday night at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park. A 30-lap feature awaits both series, with Bud Kaeding (Sprint Cars) and Marc DeBeaumont (Midget Cars) out to protect their respective USAC series point leads on the 1/2-mile pavement. Williams led the last 15 laps of the 30-lap Bakersfield Midget Car feature after passing fast qualifier Bobby Boone on lap 16. The win was Rip's first in USAC competition. Trailing Williams' Autoresearch Esslinger were Boone, Shane Scully, Sleepy Tripp and Alex Harris. Harris trails DeBeaumont, who flipped during practice at Bakersfield, by 78 points going into the Tucson race. Johnson led the final 11 laps of the TQ Midget Car feature to beat Josh Lakatos, series point leader Greg Edenholm, fast qualifier Troy Barkley and West Evans. Edenholm emerged with a 29-point lead over Josh Wise going into a September 25 race at Irwindale, Calif. Wise finished sixth at Bakersfield.

WESTERN SPRINT CAR STANDINGS

1.      Bud Kaeding     674             6.      Dave Fitzgerald 410
2.      Rick Hendrix    567             7.      Tom Stansberry  364
3.      Rick Williams   547             8.      Todd Ellison    355
4.      Bobby McMahan   530             9.      Curtis Brown    353
5.      Tony Hunt       413             10.     Mike Boat       341

MCI WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR STANDINGS

1.      Marc DeBeaumont 421             6.      Wally Pankratz  241
2.      Shane Scully    343             7.      Jason Leffler   200
3.      Alex Harris     334             8.      Rick Hendrix    154
4.      Bobby Boone     325             9.      Clay Klepper    152
5.      Steve Paden     243             10.     Bryan Stanfill  152

MCI WORLDCOM TQ MIDGET CAR STANDINGS

1.      Greg Edenholm   344             6.      West Evans      208
2.      Josh Wise       315             7.      Todd Hunsaker   166
3.      Randi Pankratz  265             8.      Jim Styer       151
4.      Walt Johnson    245             9.      Ron Wade        135
5.      Gene Godepski   227             10.     Steve Lambert   129

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Bud Kaeding , Mike Boat , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Rip Williams , Clay Klepper , Josh Lakatos , Rick Williams , Randi Pankratz , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Bobby McMahan
Teams Williams