By Dick Jordan
USAC Ignite Midget racing occurs this weekend in Ohio, California and Oregon, involving the Midwest, Eastern, Western and Northwestern series.
Saturday races are scheduled at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio (Midwest/East), Santa Maria Speedway in California (West) and Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon (Northwest).
Rain forced cancellation of two USAC Midwest Ignite events this past weekend. Both Friday’s race at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Saturday’s race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway fell victim to the weather.
Garrett Peterson of West Sacramento, Calif. kept his remarkable streak of feature victories at the Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway intact Saturday, leading all 30 laps to post a pair of Western victories. In the first 30 he was trailed by Ricky Bowers, Tyler Edwards, Molly Helmuth and Sheldon Didinger. In the second, Spencer Hill took second ahead of Bowers, Edwards and Helmuth.
Jeremy Miller of Montesano, Wash. earned his initial USAC triumph in Saturday night’s 25-lap Northwest Ignite feature at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. He passed Chase Goetz on lap four and led the rest of the way to beat Goetz, Michael Millard, Garrett Thomas and Garret Johnson.
Entering this week’s action, Ross Rankine sits atop the Midwest Pavement points, Jared Irvan is the Eastern leader, Garrett Peterson is tops in the Western North standings and Jared Peterson continues to lead the Northwest.
NEW USAC LAS VEGAS IGNITE MIDGET POINTS
1-Bryant Dawson-567, 2-Michael Fanelli-509, 3-Marina Turner-424, 4-George Blacker-409, 5-Autsin Blair-387, 6-Winn Frazin-381, 7-Christine Breckenridge-328, 8-Chris Lamb-258, 9-Wally Pankratz-92, 10-Katlynn Leer-53.
2012 USAC MIDWEST IGNITE PAVEMENT POINTS
1-Ross Rankine-848, 2-Cooper Clouse-844, 3-Gage Walker-768, 4-Sam McGhee-746, 5-Ryan Krachun-732, 6-Davey Hamilton Jr.-645, 7-Tyler Shullick-556, 8-Nic Davidson-470, 9-Chris Lamb-461, 10-Austin Nemire-413.
2012 USAC MIDWEST IGNITE DIRT POINT STANDINGS
1-Ross Rankine-458, 2-Toby Alfrey-400, 3-Cooper Clouse-391, 4-Stratton Briggs-347, 5-Sam McGhee-332, 6-Katlynn Leer-327, 7-Tyler Shullick-269, 8-Joey Greening-263, 9-Adam Thomason-192, 10-Kent Kriegbaum-175.
2012 WESTERN IGNITE DIRT MIDGET POINTS:
1-Cory Elliott-444, 2-Jet Davison-438, 3-Parker Colston-386, 4-Michael Steele-290, 5-Austin Blair-284, 6-Kaitlyn Leer-275, 7-Ashley Hazelton-271, 8-Clayton Ruston-196, 9-Christine Breckenridge-152, 10-Wally Pankratz-92.
2012 WESTERN IGNITE NORTH MIDGET POINTS:
1-Garrett Peterson-870, 2-Ricky Bowers-781, 3-Tyler Edwards-773, 4-Sheldon Didinger-729, 5-Molly Helmuth-605, 6-J.R. Williams-315, 7-Cole Glasson-250, 8-Spencer Hill-187, 9-Collin Milroy-177, 10-Christine Breckenridge-165.
2012 LAS VEGAS IGNITE MIDGET POINTS:
1-Bryant Dawson-369, 2-Winn Frazin-333, 3-Michael Fanelli-331, 4-Marina Turner-272, 5-George Blacker-268, 6-Chris Lamb-258, 7-Austin Blair-211, 8-Christine Breckenridge-159, 9-Wally Pankratz-92, 10-Katlynn Leer-53.
2012 USAC EASTERN IGNITE POINT STANDINGS
1-Jared Irvan-634, 2-Chris Lamb-558, 3-Nic Davidson-490, 4-Ryan Krachun-485, 5-Tyler Corriher-411, 6-Calvin Carroll-353, 7-Michael Fanelli-326, 7-Ross Rankine-233, 9-Matthew Lundstrom-214, 10-Orry Hunte-209.
2012 USAC NORTHWEST IGNITE POINT STANDINGS
1-Jared Peterson-735, 2-Chase Goetz-711, 3-Garret Johnson-659, 4-Garrett Thomas-633, 5-Michael Millard-546, 6-Todd Hartman-528, 7-Jeremy Miller-348, 8-Zak DeBakker-308, 9-Ariel Biggs-299, 10-Annika Johanson-239.