WM: FF: Bakersfield preview

Flock, Hunsaker lead USAC to Bakersfield Saturday. Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. and Todd Hunsaker of Chino Hills, Calif. lead their respective USAC racing series to Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway for this Saturday night's "doubleheader" racing...

Flock, Hunsaker lead USAC to Bakersfield Saturday.

Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. and Todd Hunsaker of Chino Hills, Calif. lead their respective USAC racing series to Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway for this Saturday night's "doubleheader" racing program on the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Flock is one of four drivers separated by only 25 points in the Western Midget Car standings going into the Bakersfield events, while Hunsaker enjoys a "safe" lead over three drivers separated by only 17 points in the battle for second in the Ford Focus Midget Car Series.

Flock's only 2002 victory came at Perris, Calif. in August but he has three seconds and a pair of fifths to his credit this season. Unfortunately, his two Bakersfield outings have resulted in finishes out of the "top-10." Shane Scully, who ranks second in the standings, will miss Saturday's race, still recovering from injuries suffered at Belleville, Kans. in early-August. Scully won at Bakersfield in March.

Hunsaker's four victories have all come on paved tracks and his two Bakersfield Ford Focus races produced a sixth and a seventh, so he could face some stiff competition Saturday.

The June 8 Bakersfield "doubleheader" produced brand-new 2002 feature winners, Ronnie Day in the Midgets and Chris Rahe in the Ford Focuses. Josh Lakatos won the March Ford Focus race at Bakersfield.

A 20-lap Ford Focus and 30-lap Midget Car feature are on tap Saturday.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Robby Flock 559
2. Shane Scully 538
3. Jerome Rodela 537
4. Danny Stratton 534
5. Wally Pankratz 473
6. Josh Wise 366
7. Van Knill 333
8. Matt Rossi 305
9. Dallen McKenney 303
10. Jimmy Christian 288

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Hunsaker 755
2. J.J. Ercse 678
3. Phil Goodwine 671
4. Wayne McCormick 661
5. Garrett Hansen 649
6. Steve Davis 428
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 322
9. Chris Rahe 220
10. Timothy Barber 176

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Series USAC
Drivers Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton