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Paden Backs Up Western Midget Success With Perris Win! Defending USAC Western Midget Car Champion Steve Paden of Downey, Calif. notched his second consecutive series feature win in Saturday night's 30-lapper at Perris (Calif.) Auto...

Paden Backs Up Western Midget Success With Perris Win!

Defending USAC Western Midget Car Champion Steve Paden of Downey, Calif. notched his second consecutive series feature win in Saturday night's 30-lapper at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The win boosted him to fifth in the new series standings going into a June 5 race at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Paden and the Richard Farrier Esslinger Engineering/Anglemyer Crane Stealth/Esslinger passed Josh Lakatos on lap 19 and led the final 12 laps to beat series point leader Johnny Rodriguez, former series champ Wally Pankratz, Mike Leslie and four-time series champ Robby Flock.

Rodriguez emerged from the Perris event with an 84-point lead over Pankratz going into the June 5 race at Bakersfield. Jerome Rodela, the fastest Perris qualifier, ranks third in the new standings.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1.-Johnny Rodriguez-454
2.-Wally Pankratz-368
3.-Jerome Rodela-358
4.-Dallen McKenney-297
5.-Steve Paden-293
6.-Garrett Hansen-270
7.-Robby Flock-242
8.-Tyler Brown-232
9.-Matt Mitchell-230
10.-Josh Wise-200

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Series USAC
Drivers Johnny Rodriguez , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Mike Leslie , Josh Lakatos , Matt Mitchell , Garrett Hansen