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Western wins to McKenney, Hansen & Ercse. All 3 headed for Irwindale "Tripleheader" Saturday. California drivers Dallen McKenney, Scott Hansen and J.J. Ercse are expected to compete in this Saturday night's USAC "tripleheader" at the Irwindale...

Western wins to McKenney, Hansen & Ercse.
All 3 headed for Irwindale "Tripleheader" Saturday.

California drivers Dallen McKenney, Scott Hansen and J.J. Ercse are expected to compete in this Saturday night's USAC "tripleheader" at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, fresh from feature victories in USAC competition last Saturday night.

Hansen, of Simi Valley, Calif., wheeled his L & S Engineering Chevy/Beast to victory in the 50-lap Western Sprint Car race at Cajon Speedway in El Cajon, Calif., leading all but the first three laps. The winningest driver in USAC TQ Midget Car history, Hansen joins Rick Hendrix as the only drivers to record Western wins in USAC Sprint Cars, Midget Cars and TQ Midgets. He took the lead from Brian McClish and led the rest of the way to beat McClish, fast qualifier Tony Hunt, Bobby McMahan and Hendrix.

McKenney, of Clovis, Calif., also led all but three laps of Saturday night's 30-lap USAC Western Midget Car feature at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. Danny Stratton, fast qualifier Ronnie Day, Peter Murphy and Wally Pankratz rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag. Josh Wise led briefly for laps 15-17 before McKenney regained the advantage in the race co-sanctioned by BCRA.

Ercse, of Lakewood, Calif., led 13 of the 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Ford Focus Midget Car feature at Cajon Speedway in El Cajon, Calif. He caught Garrett Hansen on the 19th lap to record the win over Darren Hagen, Todd Hunsaker, fast qualifier Wayne McCormick and Hansen.

Chad Nichols, Robby Flock and Todd Hunsaker lead the respective series standings entering Saturday's Irwindale "tripleheader" which includes a 20-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget Car feature on the 1/3-mile pavement and 30-lap Western Midget Car and 40-lap Western Sprint Car feature on the 1/2-mile.

Nichols and Flock each finished sixth in their respective feature races last Saturday.

USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Robby Flock 772
2. Danny Stratton 743
3. Jerome Rodela 719
4. Wally Pankratz 675
5. Shane Scully 538
6. Dallen McKenney 435
7. Van Knill 429
8. Josh Wise 426
9. Bobby Boone 401
10. Matt Rossi 394

USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Chad Nichols 599
2. Todd Ellison 546
3. Scott Hansen 543
4. Tony Hunt 532
5. Rick Hendrix 528
6. Brian McClish 500
7. Tim Barber 478
8. Mike Aaby, Jr. 408
9. Mike Ford 343
10. Shauna Hogg 287

USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. Todd Hunsaker 868
2. J.J. Ercse 803
3. Wayne McCormick 779
4. Garrett Hansen 765
5. Phil Goodwine 754
6. Steve Davis 501
7. Jon Wilcox 413
8. Bobby Owens 322
9. Josh Lakatos 232
10. Chris Rahe 220

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Series USAC
Drivers Tim Barber , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Chris Rahe , Robby Flock , Josh Lakatos , Darren Hagen , Tony Hunt , Rick Hendrix , Garrett Hansen , Danny Stratton , Bobby McMahan , Peter Murphy , Scott Hansen