Sleepy Tripp of Costa Mesa, Calif. recorded his 160th USAC feature victory Saturday night at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, winning the 30-lap MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car race in his DL Motorsports Esslinger. The win was his 104th...
Sleepy Tripp of Costa Mesa, Calif. recorded his 160th USAC feature victory Saturday night at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, winning the 30-lap MCI WorldCom Western Midget Car race in his DL Motorsports Esslinger. The win was his 104th in Western MCI WorldCom competition and he now trails Rich Vogler's all-time record total of 170 USAC wins by only 10. Tripp led the first 11 laps, then passed Alex Harris on the 21st lap and led the final 10 to beat series point leader Marc DeBeaumont, Bryan Stanfill, Bud Kaeding and Michael Kendall as Harris slipped to sixth at the finish. A.J. Johnson was the fastest qualifier but he was first out of the 30-lapper. DeBeaumont, who led three laps of Saturday night's Bakersfield race, now leads Shane Scully, who was 10th at Bakersfield, by 105 points going into this Wednesday night's race at Eagle Raceway in Lincoln, Neb. The USAC Western Sprint Cars will be joined by the MCI WorldCom TQ Midget Cars for Saturday night's Irwindale (CA) Speedway "doubleheader" after the TQs compete Thursday night at the Ventura (Calif.) Fairgrounds Raceway. A 30-lapper in on tap at Ventura, while a 20-lap TQ and 30-lap Sprint Car main are scheduled at Irwindale. Gene Godepski of Trenton, N.J. and Ron Wade of Wilmington, Calif. captured MCI WorldCom TQ Midget races last week, Godepski leading all 20 laps to win at Ventura on Tuesday night and Wade leading all 20 at Bakersfield Saturday. Trailing Godepski at Ventura were new series point leader Greg Edenholm, Jim Styer, West Evans and fast qualifier Dennis Hart. Edenholm posted his fourth consecutive runner-up finish in Saturday night's Bakersfield feature, ahead of Evans, Godepski and Steve Lambert. Edenholm was the fastest qualifier at Bakersfield. Driver Joe Bishop suffered a concussion in a flip during the first heat race at Ventura. Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif. continues to lead the Western Sprint Car standings by 77 points over Rick Hendrix going into Saturday's Irwindale race.
MCI WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR STANDINGS
1. Marc DeBeaumont 412 6. Steve Paden 186 2. Shane Scully 307 7. Rick Hendrix 154 3. Alex Harris 302 8. Jimmy Sills 138 4. Bobby Boone 228 9. Jason Leffler 133 5. Wally Pankratz 213 10. Sleepy Tripp 128
MCI WORLDCOM TQ MIDGET CAR STANDINGS
1. Greg Edenholm 251 6. Gene Godepski 157 2. Josh Wise 231 7. Todd Hunsaker 129 3. Randi Pankratz 214 8. Ron Wade 122 4. Walt Johnson 171 9. Steve Lambert 119 5. West Evans 163 10. Jim Styer 115
WESTERN SPRINT CAR STANDINGS
1. Bud Kaeding 500 6. Dave Fitzgerald 318 2. Rick Hendrix 423 7. Mike Boat 299 3. Rick Williams 414 8. Jeff Gardner 299 4. Bobby McMahan 371 9. Tony Hunt 288 5. Curtis Brown 327 10. Paul Beregszaszy 239