WINS GO TO ANDRETTI, PAKNRATZ, DOLACKI & CUSTER (2)
USAC’s Ford Focus program continues this week with races at Indianapolis, Gas City and Montpelier, Ind. and Ventura, Calif.
The Bryant Heating & Cooling Indianapolis Speedrome hosts Wednesday night’s “Elite 8” events presented by IUPUI, which include Midwest Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns racing, as well as the Mopar D1 Midgets. The Midwest Ford Focuses are at Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, then the Midwest Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns combine with the Mopar D1 Midgets Saturday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Saturday’s program at the Ventura (Calif.) Raceway includes the Western Ford Focus, Focus Young Guns and the Mopar Western Midgets.
Rain forced cancellation of last Wednesday’s races in Indianapolis and Saturday’s Eastern race at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway was cancelled by agreement between USAC and the race organizer. The Eastern Ford Focuses resume action July 1 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.
Jarett Andretti of Mooresville, N.C. piloted the Tracy Trotter Ford Focus to victory in Friday night’s 30-lap feature at Ace Speedway, leading all but the first lap after passing Steven Intravaia on lap two. Nick Drake finished second ahead of Intravaia, Chris Lamb and Nic Davidson. Andretti extended his series point lead to 59 over Drake.
Wally Pankratz of Orange, Calif. and Cole Custer of Kannapolis, N.C. claimed feature victories in USAC events Friday night at Ocean Speedway. Pankratz won the 25-lap Ford Focus feature and Custer took the 20-lapper for the Focus Young Guns. Trailing Pankratz, who led the final 20 laps for the win, were Kyle Edwards, Jet Davison, Daniel Williams and Tyler Dolacki. Custer led the final 19 laps of the 20-lap Focus Young Guns race to beat Trevor Hunt, Parker Colston, Christine Breckenridge and Katlynn Leer
Tyler Dolacki of Madera, CA and Custer were victorious in USAC Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns features Saturday night at Santa Maria Speedway. Dolacki passed Jarid Blondel on lap 10 and led the rest of the way to win the 25-lap Western Ford Focus race over Blondel, Pankratz, Robert Dolacki and Williams. Custer led all 20 laps of the Focus Young Guns race to beat Colston, Logan Williams, Breckenridge and Leer to the checkered flag