WS: Madera Western Sprint, Regional Sprint recap

Nichols earns 1st USAC victory at Madera; Hunt "Regional" Champ. USAC Western Sprint Car Point Leader Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. scored his initial USAC feature victory in Saturday night's "Harvest Classic" Western & Western Regional ...

Nichols earns 1st USAC victory at Madera; Hunt "Regional" Champ.

USAC Western Sprint Car Point Leader Chad Nichols of San Carlos, Calif. scored his initial USAC feature victory in Saturday night's "Harvest Classic" Western & Western Regional Sprint car race at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The win boosted his point lead to 45 points over Todd Ellison going into an October 12 race at El Cajon, Calif.

Tony Hunt, despite a disappointing 16th-place finish after leading Saturday night's race, earned the 2002 USAC Western Regional Sprint Car championship by a 58-point margin over lady driver Shauna Hogg, who finished sixth at Madera.

Nichols, the fastest Madera qualifier in his Home Buyers Connection.com Chevy/Beast, was trailed at the checkered flag by Scott Hansen, Ellison, Brian McClish and Jeff Gardner.

A total of 72 points will be available at the Western Sprint car race at El Cajon October 12.

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 WESTERN REGIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES FINAL STANDINGS
1. Tony Hunt 497
2. Shauna Hogg 439
3. Bryan Bullard 400
4. Jeff Gardner 367
5. Brian McClish 335
6. Bobby McMahan 321
7. Scott Hansen 296
8. Brad Bumgarner 278
9. Mark Monico 273
10. Todd Ellison 265

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Series USAC
Drivers Tim Barber , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Bobby McMahan , Brad Bumgarner , Scott Hansen