Western States News 98-08-31

WESTERN STATES SERIES HUNT, COONS & BRIAN HARRIS SHARE TUCSON "TRIPLEHEADER" PODIUM SPRINTS & TQ MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY SATURDAY Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif., Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Brian Harris of...

WESTERN STATES SERIES

HUNT, COONS & BRIAN HARRIS SHARE TUCSON "TRIPLEHEADER" PODIUM SPRINTS & TQ MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY SATURDAY

Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif., Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and Brian Harris of Hawthorne, Calif. captured USAC feature victories during Saturday night's "tripleheader" at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park. The "Western States" Sprint Cars and TQ Midgets continue their 1998 racing calendar in a "doubleheader" this Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, while the "Western States" Midgets resume action September 19 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Hunt put the Ken Pierson Sprinter in victory lane at the 3/8-mile paved Tucson oval, leading the final 11 laps after passing Jerry Coons, Jr. on lap 20. Coons took second ahead of Rick Williams, Tyler Haylett and Dave Fitzgerald. Jeff Gardner was sixth and continues to lead the Sprint standings by 59 over Williams going into the Bakersfield event which also awards "Regional Rebel" points. Monte Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. leads the "Regional Rebel" points. Coons led all but the first two laps of the 30-lap Tucson Midget race in his Sunrooms of Colorado Fontana. Series point leader Rick Hendrix finished second ahead of Steve Paden, who led the first two laps, Shane Scully and Dwayne Marcum. Two Harrises battled for the victory in the 20-lap Tucson TQ Midget feature, Brian beating Alex on the final lap! Alex led the first 19 laps and finished second, ahead of Randi Pankratz, West Evans and Todd Hunsaker. Alex, Saturday night's fastest TQ qualifier, continues to lead the series points going into this Saturday's Bakersfield events.

Western States Midget Standings: 1-Rick Hendrix-406; 2-Bryan Stanfill-351; 3-Wally Pankratz-340; 4-Shane Scully-306; 5-Bobby Boone-271; 6-Steve Paden-269; 7-Jason Leffler-266; 8-Marc DeBeaumont-205; 9-Ricky Shelton-197; 10-Dwayne Marcum-195.

Western States Sprint Standings: 1-Jeff Gardner-547; 2-Rick Williams-488; 3-Tony Hunt-327; 4-Tyler Haylett-290; 5-Dave Fitzgerald-221; 6-Rick Sipes-182; 7-Monte Faccinto-177; 8-Kirk Wartman-151; 9-Davey Pombo-148; 10-Ray Evans-110.

TQ Midget Standings: 1- Alex Harris-383; 2-Gene Godepski-272; 3-Brian Harris-271; 4-Randi Pankratz-261; 5-West Evans-255; 6-Josh Lakatos-245; 7-Ron Ahrendt-219; 8-Paul Krueger-192; 9-Greg Edenholm-160; 10-Todd Hunsaker-155.

Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-617; 2-Davey Pombo-598; 3-Mark Barroso-445; 4-Lawrence Edlund-439; 5-Craig Stidham-334; 6-Jeff Gardner-278; 7-Larry Brown-270; 8-H.P. Myatt-254; 9-Ricci Faria-204; 10-Shane Travioli-199.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mark Barr , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Wally Pankratz , Josh Lakatos , Rick Williams , Randi Pankratz , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Ricky Shelton
Teams Williams