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Wise, Hansen share Santa Maria podium. "Regional" Midgets at Stockton, Ford Focuses at Irwindale. Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. and Garrett Hansen of Redondo Beach, Calif. shared the victory podium in USAC Western racing at the Santa Maria, ...

Wise, Hansen share Santa Maria podium.
"Regional" Midgets at Stockton, Ford Focuses at Irwindale.

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. and Garrett Hansen of Redondo Beach, Calif. shared the victory podium in USAC Western racing at the Santa Maria, Calif. Speedway Saturday night. Wise won the 30-lap Western Midget Car feature, while Hansen claimed the 20-lap Ford Focus Midget Car main event.

The Ford Focus Midget Car Series continues this Saturday night with a 20-lap feature on tap at the 1/3-mile paved Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, while the Western Regional Midget Car Series concludes Saturday night at the Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway, with a 30-lapper scheduled on the 1/4-mile pavement. Marc DeBeaumont, who won the 1999 USAC Western Midget Car title, leads Floyd Alvis by 14 points going into the series finale.

Wise passed Jerome Rodela on the 17th lap of the Midget Car feature and led the final 14 laps in Dino Tomassi's Mopar Parts/Finish Line Towing Mopar/Beast. Bobby Boone, Danny Stratton, Jimmy Christian and Robby Flock rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

Flock's finish vaulted him past the idle Shane Scully into the lead in the Western Midget Car standings going into a September 14 race at Bakersfield, Calif. The originally-scheduled September 7 race at Visalia, Calif. has been removed from the 2002 schedule. Scully remains at home recuperating from injuries suffered in an August 2 accident at Belleville, Kans.

Wise was also the fastest qualifier for Saturday night's Midget Car race at Santa Maria.

Garrett Hansen's third USAC Ford Focus Midget Car victory in four races came at Santa Maria as he passed series point leader Todd Hunsaker on the third lap and led the rest of the way. Trailing him in the 20-lapper were fast qualifier Dallen McKenney, Phil Goodwine, Hunsaker and J.J. Ercse.

Hunsaker's Ford Focus point lead over Goodwine stands at 57 points with 72 available in this Saturday night's program at Irwindale.

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 689
2. Phil Goodwine 632
3. J.J. Ercse 627
4. Wayne McCormick 609
5. Garrett Hansen 589
6. Steve Davis 396
7. Jon Wilcox 361
8. Bobby Owens 286
9. Timothy Barber 176
10. Chris Rahe 171

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