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Pankratz 1st in Visalia Midgets. Goodwine wins Perris Ford Focus feature, heads for Irwindale Wally Pankratz' 396th USAC Western Midget Car feature start produced his 17th career victory Saturday night as the Orange, Calif. veteran captured the...

Pankratz 1st in Visalia Midgets.
Goodwine wins Perris Ford Focus feature, heads for Irwindale

Wally Pankratz' 396th USAC Western Midget Car feature start produced his 17th career victory Saturday night as the Orange, Calif. veteran captured the 30-lap race at Plaza Park in Visalia, Calif.

Phil Goodwine of Mira Loma, Calif. earned his initial USAC feature triumph in Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget Car race at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

The USAC Ford Focus Midget Cars compete at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway this Saturday night in a program switched from its originally-announced location of Bakersfield, Calif. The Western Midget Cars are idle until May 11 when they resume action at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

Pankratz, whose last USAC victory came nearly three years ago, led all 30 laps at Visalia in his Sta-Rite/HASA/Trench Shoring VanDyne/Edmunds to beat Danny Olmstead, fast qualifier Jerome Rodela, Dallen McKenney and Danny Stratton. Sixth-place Shane Scully emerged as the new series point leader with an 11-point lead over Robby Flock, who flipped and finished 13th at Visalia.

Goodwine was the fastest qualifier at Perris and trailed J.J. Ercse for the first nine lap, then led the last 11 to beat Todd Hunsaker, Garrett Hansen, Bobby Owens and Wayne McCormick. Ercse finished eighth.

USAC Western Midget Car Series Standings
1. Shane Scully 223
2. Robby Flock 212
3. Jerome Rodela 157
4. Van Knill 153
5. Danny Stratton 148
6. Wally Pankratz 141
7. Matt Rossi 109
8. Tony Hunt 107
9. Dallen McKenney 105
10. Rory Price 105

USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series Standings
1. Phil Goodwine 194
2. Todd Hunsaker 183
3. Timothy Barber 176
4. Wayne McCormick 152
5. Steve Davis 115
6. J.J. Ercse 110
7. Bobby Owens 105
8. Josh Lakatos 72
9. Garrett Hansen 54
10. Randi Pankratz 48

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Series USAC
Drivers Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Randi Pankratz , Tony Hunt , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton