Drivers From 14 States Will Vie
for National Focus Title
By Dick Jordan/Michael Harker
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National Championship Entry List
Martz, Robbie Ray, Ryan Smith, Alex Harris and Chase Barber have a leg up on the
field entering next weekend's (Sept. 17-18) inaugural USAC Ford Focus National
Championships at Lima, Ohio and Anderson, Ind.
Those five drivers are the only ones in the 41-driver field who have won on both
pavement and dirt tracks this season, although 18 of the entered drivers have
accounted for a total of 51 feature victories.
Martz, of Rushville, Ind., leads the Midwest standings and has five wins on
pavement and one on dirt. Alex Harris of Simi Valley, Calif., who leads the
California Pavement standings, has four pavement and three dirt triumphs, while
Chase Barber of Morgan Hill, Calif., who leads the California Dirt standings,
has three wins on each surface. Robbie Ray of Davenport, Iowa, runner-up in the
Carolina/Virginia points, has three dirt wins and two on pavement, while Ryan
Smith of Kunkeltown, Pa., fifth in the Northeast standings, has one win on each
Martz, Harris and Barber are joined in the field by 2005 USAC Oklahoma Champion
Jasiel Randolph of Tulsa and point leaders Chase Scott of Concord, N.C.
(Carolina/Virginia Series) and Michael Sboro of Watertown, N.Y. (Northeast
leads the driver parade with 12 participants, while California sends seven.
States with three representatives each are New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma and
Pennsylvania, while North Carolina and Ohio are sending two each. Other states
represented in the 41-driver field are Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois,
Michigan and Nevada.
Harris leads the list of 2005 feature winners, with seven victories so far.
Martz and Barber have six, while Ray has five, Clemons and Scott four each.
The field also includes four female drivers. In all, females have recorded 22
total USAC feature wins, including five this year.
The Sept. 17 and 18 races at Limaland
Motorsports Park and Anderson respectively comprise the first-ever National
Championship for the Ford Focus Midgets, which debuted under USAC sanction in
2002 and recently celebrated their 200th event. Fifty lap feature events are on
tap at Lima's 1/4-mile dirt oval and Anderson's 1/4-mile paved oval.
On Sunday, spectator gates open at noon with racing beginning at 3.
Admission is $15 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under
get in free.
For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.