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Kahne Sweeps Irwindale Sprints, Midgets TQ Finale Precedes Midgets Saturday At Bakersfield Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash. swept to victories in Saturday night's USAC WorldCom Western Midget Car and Western Sprint Car feature events at ...

Kahne Sweeps Irwindale Sprints, Midgets
TQ Finale Precedes Midgets Saturday At Bakersfield

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash. swept to victories in Saturday night's USAC WorldCom Western Midget Car and Western Sprint Car feature events at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. It marked only the 14th "sweep" in 123 USAC Sprint/Midget "doubleheaders since 1956.

USAC participants are gearing for another "doubleheader" this weekend, when the WorldCom Western Midget Cars and TQ Midget Cars compete at the 1/3-mile dirt Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. A 20-lap TQ and 30-lap Midget Car feature are planned.

Kahne caught Michael Lewis on the 12th lap of the Irwindale Midget Car race and led the rest of the way to win the 30-lapper in the Steve Lewis Ford/Beast/Performance Racing Industry Pink Ford/Beast. Dave Steele finished second ahead of Lewis, fast qualifier Travis Miniea and Aaron Fike.

In the 35-lap Sprint car feature, Kahne trailed Bobby McMahan for the first 14 laps, then led the rest of the way in his Consani Construction Chevy/Beast. Troy Cline finished second ahead of fast qualifier Tony Hunt, McMahan and Jeff Gardner.

Danny Ebberts of Canyon Lake, Calif. continues to lead the WorldCom Western Midget Car standings going into this Saturday night's Bakersfield race. He finished 17th at Irwindale, his point lead over Alex Harris slipping to 36 points in the process. Harris was seventh in the Irwindale feature.

Hunt, of Fair Oaks, Calif., extended his Western Sprint Car point lead over Jeff Gardner to 14 points going into a November 17 race at Tucson, Ariz. Walt Johnson of Sun Valley, Calif. hopes to lock up his first USAC driving title at Bakersfield. He leads WorldCom TQ Midget runner-up Steve Lambert by 49 points going into the series finale.

Jay Drake, of Val Verde, Calif., who was released from Indianapolis Methodist Hospital Saturday and is recuperating at home from injuries suffered in an October 20 Midget car accident at Terre Haute, Ind., is the only other driver to record a "doubleheader" sweep this year. He scored Sprint and Midget victories at Rossburg, Ohio June 22.

<pre> USAC WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Tony Hunt 799 2. Jeff Gardner 785 3. Ryan Flynn 642 4. Bryan Bullard 631 5. Troy Cline 598 6. Damion Gardner 538 7. Bobby McMahan 534 8. Kevin Kierce 447 9. Scott Hansen 424 10. Shauna Hogg 413

USAC WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Danny Ebberts 955 2. Alex Harris 919 3. Josh Wise 844 4. Wally Pankratz 749 5. Thomas Meseraull 693 6. Shane Scully 683 7. Matt Streeter 600 8. Robby Flock 591 9. John Sarale 370 10. Danny Stratton 357

USAC WORLDCOM TQ MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Walt Johnson 373 2. Steve Lambert 324 3. Todd Hunsaker 295 4. Ron Ahrendt 267 5. Steve Davis 263 6. Jim Adams 239 7. West Evans 237 8. Greg Edenholm 231 9. Chris Hedge 179 10. James Styer 179

-USAC

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Michael Lewis , Danny Ebberts , Travis Miniea , Dave Steele , Jim Adams , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Troy Cline , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Damion Gardner , Tony Hunt , Matt Streeter , Danny Stratton , Thomas Meseraull , Bobby McMahan , Scott Hansen