Western States News 98-09-08

WESTERN STATES SERIES RANDI PANKRATZ ONLY 3RD FEMALE USAC FEATURE WINNER! McMAHAN TAKES BAKERSFIELD SPRINT, CARSON CITY THIS SATURDAY Randi Pankratz of Bradley, Calif. and Bobby McMahan of Rio Linda, Calif. scored USAC "Western States" feature...

WESTERN STATES SERIES RANDI PANKRATZ ONLY 3RD FEMALE USAC FEATURE WINNER! McMAHAN TAKES BAKERSFIELD SPRINT, CARSON CITY THIS SATURDAY

Randi Pankratz of Bradley, Calif. and Bobby McMahan of Rio Linda, Calif. scored USAC "Western States" feature victories in Saturday night's "doubleheader' racing program at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. Pankratz became only the third female driver ever to win a USAC feature event when she won the 20-lap TQ Midget main. She passed West Evans on the 13th lap and led the rest of the way to beat Evans, Gene Godepski, Ken Bonnema and Tony Villelli. The daughter of USAC racing veteran Wally Pankratz, Randi is the first lady to win a USAC feature since Amy Wilson won in the TQ Midgets at Bakersfield on June 24, 1995. Bev Griffis , who won a 50-lap USAC Midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome on July 24, 1986, was USAC's first female winner! USAC TQ Midget point leader Alex Harris continues to lead the series standings going into a September 30 race at Bakersfield despite flipping in Saturday night's feature. McMahan passed Rick Williams on lap 19 and led the final 12 laps to win the 30-lap "Western States"/Regional Rebel Sprint feature at Bakersfield. Mike Faria, fast qualifier Davey Pombo, Harry Boudakian and Tyler Haylett completed the "top-five" at the checkered flag. "Western States" Sprint point leader Jeff Gardner finished 13th and holds a 50-point lead over Williams, who was 10th Saturday, going into this Saturday night's racing program at the Silver State Raceway in Carson City, Nev. A 30-lap feature is on tap on the 1/4-mile paved oval. "Regional Rebel" Sprint car point leader Monte Faccinto finished 12th at Bakersfield and now holds a slim five-point lead over Pombo going into an October 3 race at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

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-577; 2-Rick Williams-527; 3-Tyler Haylett-344; 4-Tony Hunt-327; 5-Rick Sipes-227; 6-Dave Fitzgerald-221; 7-Monte Faccinto-212; 8-Davey Pombo-208; 9-Kirk Wartman-151; 10-Ray Evans-110.

TQ Midget Standings: 1-Alex Harris-405; 2-Randi Pankratz-298; 3-Gene Godepski-298; 4-Brian Harris-288; 5-West Evans-286; 6-Josh Lakatos-245; 7-Ron Ahrendt-240; 8-Paul Krueger-192; 9-Todd Hunsaker-174; 10-Joe Bishop-169.

Regional Rebel Sprint Standings: 1-Monte Faccinto-661; 2-Davey Pombo-656; 3-Mark Barroso-486; 4-Lawrence Edlund-439; 5-Craig Stidham-334; 6-Larry Brown-323; 7-Jeff Gardner-323; 8-H.P. Myatt-254; 9-Mike Faria-212; 10-Ricci Faria-204.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Mark Barr , Wally Pankratz , Josh Lakatos , Rick Williams , Randi Pankratz , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Bobby McMahan , Ricky Shelton
Teams Williams