Western States Midget News 98-07-13

WESTERN STATES SERIES HARRIS SCORES 6TH 1998 TQ MIDGET WIN AT THE PAS LEFFLER EYES LINCOLN AFTER PPIR WIN; REBELS AT HANFORD FRIDAY Alex Harris of Simi Valley, Calif. is now 6-for-7 in the USAC TQ Midgets this year after winning Saturday...

WESTERN STATES SERIES HARRIS SCORES 6TH 1998 TQ MIDGET WIN AT THE PAS LEFFLER EYES LINCOLN AFTER PPIR WIN; REBELS AT HANFORD FRIDAY

Alex Harris of Simi Valley, Calif. is now 6-for-7 in the USAC TQ Midgets this year after winning Saturday night's 20-lap feature at Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, Calif. He led the last 11 laps in his West Valley Grinding Special after passing West Evans to earn his second 1998 triumph at the PAS.

Trailing Harris at the checkered flag were Gene Godepski, Brian Harris, fast qualifier Steve Lambert and Evans.

The Regional Rebel Sprint Cars return to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. this Friday night for a program of events topped by a 30-lap feature. Hanford's Monte Faccinto leads 1997 USAC "Western States" Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year' Davey Pombo by just 21 points in that series standings.

Rick Hendrix of Simi Valley, Calif. continues to lead the "Western States" Midget Series after finishing 11th in Sunday's National/"Western States" Midget race at the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. He leads Wally Pankratz (10th at PPIR) by 35 points going into the "Mid-Summer Midget Classic" at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Neb. July 28.

Jason Leffler won Sunday's "Rocky Mountain Classic" at PPIR in his Ford/Beast/ASE/Wynn's/Performance Racing Industry Pink Ford, leading all but four laps of the 25-mile race to earn a paycheck for over $11,000, which included a $3,000 roll-over bonus from the Wynn's Challenge. Dave Steele, Davey Hamilton, Jay Drake and John Heydenreich rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag on the 1-mile paved oval.

Western States Midget Standings: 1-Rick Hendrix-291; 2-Wally Pankratz-255; 3-Bryan Stanfill-251; 4-Bobby Boone-209; 5-Shane Scully-200; 6-Steve Paden-166; 7-Dwayne Marcum-164; 8-Clay Klepper-161; 8-Sleepy Tripp-154; 10-Nick Mitchell-144.

Western States Sprint Standings: 1-Jeff Gardner-361; 2-Rick Williams-300; 3-Monte Faccinto-177; 4-Tyler Haylett-168; 5-Kirk Wartman-151; 6-Davey Pombo-148; 7-Tony Hunt-141; 8-Dave Fitzgerald-118; 9-Ray Evans-110; 10-Kevin Urton-105.

TQ Midget Standings: 1- Alex Harris-304; 2-Gene Godepski-182; 3-Paul Krueger-164; 4-Randi Pankratz-162; 5-West Evans-157; 6-Ron Ahrendt-148; 7-Josh Lakatos-146; 8-Brian Harris-142; 9-Ron Wade-125; 10-Joe Bishop-113. Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-452; 2-Davey Pombo-431; 3-Mark Barroso-308; 4-Lawrence Edlund-298; 5-Craig Stidham-247; 6-Jeff Gardner-182; 7-Larry Brown-175; 8-Shane Travioli-149; 9-Rick Williams-144; 10-Tyler Haylett-139.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Davey Hamilton , Mark Barr , Jay Drake , John Heydenreich , Wally Pankratz , Clay Klepper , Josh Lakatos , Rick Williams , Randi Pankratz , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix
Teams Williams