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Pankratz wins Perris Midget Race; Kings race Saturday Sprints, Ford Focus Midgets combine for Cajon "Doubleheader". Wally Pankratz of Orange, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Midget Car feature at the Perris (Calif.) Auto ...

Pankratz wins Perris Midget Race; Kings race Saturday Sprints, Ford Focus Midgets combine for Cajon "Doubleheader".

Wally Pankratz of Orange, Calif. captured Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Midget Car feature at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The Western Sprint Cars and USAC Ford Focus Midget Cars will share this weekend's spotlight with the Western Midget Cars, all three series in action in California.

Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. and Todd Hunsaker of Chino Hills, Calif. lead the Sprint Cars and USAC Ford Focus Midget Cars to Saturday night's "doubleheader" at Cajon Speedway in El Cajon, Calif. Nichols has a 45-point lead over 2000 champion Todd Ellison in the Sprints, while Hunsaker's lead over J.J. Ercse in the USAC Ford Focus Midgets stands at 69 points. A 20-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget and 40-lap Sprint feature are on tap at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Robby Flock of Murietta, Calif. has a 38-point lead over Jerome Rodela in the Western Midget Car Series, which continues with a Saturday night program at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. A 30-lap feature is scheduled on the 3/8-mile dirt track.

Pankratz, USAC's 2000 Western Midget Car Champion, recorded his 19th career victory in the series at Perris, leading the final 14 laps in his Sta-Rite/HASA VanDyne/Edmunds. Pankratz was the fourth driver to lead the race, taking the lead from Alex Harris on lap 17. Danny Olmstead led the first five laps and Bryan Stanfill led the next eight before Harris went to the front.

At the checkered flag, Harris was second ahead of Steve Paden, series leader Flock and fast qualifier Danny Stratton.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Robby Flock 722
2. Jerome Rodela 684
3. Danny Stratton 681
4. Wally Pankratz 620
5. Shane Scully 538
6. Van Knill 412
7. Josh Wise 396
8. Matt Rossi 394
9. Bobby Boone 382
10. Dallen McKenney 372

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Chad Nichols 550
2. Todd Ellison 505
3. Tim Barber 478
4. Scott Hansen 476
5. Rick Hendrix 472
6. Tony Hunt 468
7. Brian McClish 436
8. Mike Aaby, Jr. 365
9. Mike Ford 310
10. Shauna Hogg 247

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS

1. Todd Hunsaker 806
2. J.J. Ercse 737
3. Wayne McCormick 716
4. Phil Goodwine 712
5. Garrett Hansen 706
6. Steve Davis 469
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 322
9. Josh Lakatos 232
10. Chris Rahe 220

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Series USAC
Drivers Tim Barber , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Bryan Stanfill , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton , Scott Hansen