USAC’s busy Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns campaigns continue at a rapid pace this week, with races slated at five tracks in Indiana, North Carolina and California.
The Midwest and Eastern series convene at Plymouth (Ind.) Motor Speedway Friday night, while the Western series are in action Wednesday at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday at Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway.
Monday night’s USAC Eastern Ford Focus/Focus Young Guns racing program at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley, N.C. was rained out. Double feature events for each series will be held this Saturday at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Chuck Groat of West Valley City, Utah passed Austin Luttmer on lap four and led the final 22 laps to win Saturday night’s USAC Utah Ford Focus feature at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Trailing Groat at the checkered flag were Kipp Posey, Jim Waters, Gregg Fuette and Luttmer. Groat was also the fastest qualifier.
Wally Pankratz of Orange, Calif. and Brodie Kostecki of Roseville, Calif. were the winners in Saturday night’s USAC Western Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns races at Santa Maria Speedway. Pankratz benefitted when the engine expired in Jarid Blondel’s car and Pankratz ended up the 35-lap race winner over Tyler Dolacki, Jet Davison, Daniel Williams and Brodie Kostecki. In the 20-lap Focus Young Guns race, Kostecki led all the way to beat Parker Colston, Trevor Hunt and Christine Breckenridge
Scott Hunter of Concord, N.C. and Cole Custer of Kannapolis, N.C. scored feature victories at East Lincoln Speedway Saturday night before rains washed out the second features for the USAC Eastern Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns, postponing them to August 8 when the track will again host “double features.” Hunter caught Custer on lap 28 in the Ford Focus race and led the final eight laps to win the 35-lapper over Ross Rankine, Shane MacMillan, Nick Drake and Custer. In the Focus Young Guns, Custer passed Jared Irvan on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to take the 25-lapper over Irvan and Sam McGhee
Nick Drake and Cole Custer drove their #55 cars to victory in Wednesday night’s USAC Eastern Ford Focus and Focus Young Guns features at Concord Motor Speedway. Drake, of Mooresville, N.C., led the final 36 laps of the 75 Ford Focus feature to beat Scott Hunter, Chris Lamb, Austin Prock and Nick Davidson. Custer, of Kannapolis, N.C., passed Sam McGhee on lap eight and led the rest of the 40-lap Focus Young Guns race to beat McGhee, Jared Irvan, Cooper Clouse and Mikell McGee
USAC NATIONAL FORD FOCUS POINT STANDINGS
1-Nick Drake-708, 2-Ross Rankine-690, 3-Jarett Andretti-651, 4-Jessica Clark-570, 5-Jim Waters-543, 6-James Robertson-517, 7-Toby Alfrey-507, 8-Chuck Groat-498, 9-Scott Hunter-498, 10-Chris Lamb-496.
USAC NATIONAL FOCUS YOUNG GUNS POINT STANDINGS:
1-Cole Custer-474, 2-Trevor Hunt-468, 3-Sam McGhee-468, 4-Brody Kostecki-468, 5-Stevie Kuhn-453, 6-Cooper Clouse-447, 7-Christine Breckenridge-402, 8-Parker Colston-399, 9-Mikell McGee-342, 10-Michael Fanelli-324.
USAC MIDWESTERN FORD FOCUS POINT STANDINGS
1-Ross Rankine-726; 2-James Robertson-573; 3-Toby Alfrey-553; 4-Jarett Andretti-536; 5-Jessica Bean-517; 6-Nick Drake-488; 7-Nick Hamilton-455; 8-Joey Greening-394; 9-Tyler Shullick-346; 10-Kent Kriegbaum-290.
USAC MIDWESTERN FOCUS YOUNG GUNS POINT STANDINGS
1-Sam McGhee-542; 2-Stevie Kuhn-503; 3-Cooper Clouse-374; 4-Emmy Gray-285; 5-Mikell McGee-257; 6-Michael Fanelli-244; 7-Cole Custer-163; 8-Tyler Shullick-137; 9-Adam Thomason-114; 10-Justen Garmenn-105.
USAC EASTERN FORD FOCUS POINT STANDINGS
1-Nick Drake-706; 2-Scott Hunter-565; 3-Jarett Andretti-556; 4-Chris Lamb-448; 5-Nic Davidson-427; 6-Austin Prock-387; 7-Steven Intravaia-329; 8-Tyler Corriher-298; 9-Orry Hunte-274; 10-Ross Rankine-212.
USAC EASTERN FOCUS YOUNG GUNS POINT STANDINGS
1-JaredIrvan-262; 2-Max McGhee-259; 3-Cole Custer-193; 4-Trey Hutchens-158; 5-Cooper Clouse-117; 6-Mikell McGee-111; 7-Michael Fanelli-104; 8-Tyler Shullick-70; 9-Brendon Bock-64; 10-Stevie Kuhn-64.
USAC WESTERN FORD FOCUS POINT STANDINGS
1-Jim Waters-654, 2-Jessica Clark-642, 3-Chuck Groat-618, 4-Austin Luttmer-577, 5-Jarid Blondel-499, 6-Tyler Dolacki-476, 7-Jeff Kelley-464, 8-J.R. Williams-460, 9-Gregg Fuette-441, 10-Wally Pankratz-440.
USAC WESTERN FOCUS YOUNG GUNS POINT STANDINGS
1-Trevor Hunt-555, 2-Brody Kostecki-553, 3-Cole Custer-461, 4-Parker Colston-447, 5-Christine Breckenridge-438, 6-Brandon White-264, 7-Ricky Bowers-245, 8-Katlynn Leer-222, 9-James Eden-180, 10-Keegan Walmer-146.
USAC UTAH FORD FOCUS POINT STANDINGS
1-Jim Waters-653; 2-Chuck Groat-618; 3-Austin Luttmer-577; 4-Jeff Kelley-464; 5-Gregg Fuette-441; 6-Ron Duncombe-424; 7-J.R. Williams-366; 8-Michael Daniels-341; 9-Jessica Clark-296; 10-Guy Sainsbury-259.