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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 12-14. Justin Pawlak fell in the finals and Vaughn Gittin Jr. lost in the round of 32 in the final round of the season (Formula Drift). Gittin Jr. finished second, Pawlak fourth, in the final standings. Greg Biffle continues his charge up the standings with a fourth-place finish in Charlotte (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. suffered damage on the rear spoiler to cost him seven spots, but still registered a top-10 finish in Charlotte (NNS).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Clint Bowyer (Toyota) held off a cluster of drivers down the stretch, including top-Ford finisher Greg Biffle (4th) to claim victory at Charlotte
• Biffle led 71 laps, and Carl Edwards made it two Ford drivers in the top-10.
• Aric Almirola (12th) and Matt Kenseth (14th)
• Biffle was leading when the last round of pit stops came around, and the top-three finishers stayed out to gamble on fuel.
• After winning last week’s race at Talladega, Kenseth’s night went the opposite direction as he suffered a cut tire just 11 laps into the race and went down a lap after coming down pit road.
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 59 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Oct 21 at Kansas
NASCAR Chase Standings (After 5 of 10 events)
1. Brad Keselowski, 2,214 points
2. Jimmie Johnson, -7
3. Denny Hamlin, -15
4. Clint Bowyer, -28
5. Kasey Kahne, -35
6. Greg Biffle, -43
7. Martin Truex Jr, -49
8. Tony Stewart, -50
Jeff Gordon, -50
10. Kevin Harvick, -56
11. Matt Kenseth, -67
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr, -86
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Joey Logano (Toyota) claimed victory in Charlotte, ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (7th) and Michael Annett (10th)
• A pit stop to repair the rear spoiler on a late-race pit stop cost Ricky Stenhouse Jr. seven spots
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 37 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Oct 20 in Kansas
NASCAR Nationwide Championship Race (Five races remaining)
1. Elliott Sadler, 1,096 points
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, -13
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang) – NO RACE
• Ford leads the manufacturer standings by 3,740 points over Dodge with 5,720.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car postseason continues Oct. 25-28 in Las Vegas
NHRA Countdown to 1 Playoff Standings (After 4 of 6 events)
1. Jack Beckman, 2,437
2. Ron Capps, 2,414
3. Mike Neff, 2,383
4. Johnny Gray, 2,246
5. Cruz Pedregon, 2,244
6. John Force, 2,217
7. Courtney Force, 2,216
8. Robert Hight, 2,211
9. Tim Wilkerson, 2,207
10. Jeff Arend, 2,180
V8 Supercars (Falcon) – NO RACE
• Ford drivers Mark Winterbottom fell from a first-place tie down to third, and now trails Jamie Whincup (Holden) by 188 points.
• Will Davidson fourth (-470).
• Ford Performance Racing sits 174 points behind TeamVodafone for the team championship.
• The V8 Supercars schedule continues Oct. 19-21 with the Gold Coast 600
World Rally Championship (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) has clinched the driver’s championship. Ford drivers sit in positions 3-6, led by Jari-Matti Latvala in third (-113).
• The Ford World Rally Team sits second in the manufacturer’s standings with 259 points, trailing Citroen Total World Rally by 129.
• The WRC season continues Oct. 18-21 with Rally Italy
Global RallyCross (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Tanner Foust leads the championship standings with 72 points, 6 ahead of fellow Fiesta pilot Brian Deegan. They are the only two drivers still in contention for the driver’s championship.
• Ford has already clinched the manufacturer’s championship
• The 2012 schedule concludes at SEMA, in Las Vegas, on Oct. 30.
GRAND-AM CTSCC (MustangBoss302R/Focus ST-R) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Justin Pisctell and Roberto Dal Pont were the top-finishing Mustang Boss 302R at Lime Rock, finishing 13th.
• Jade Buford finished 12th in the standings (-74) as the top Mustang driver behind David Empringham/John Farano (Porsche).
• James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette finished 14th in the ST standings as the lead Focus ST (-75) behind Pierre Kleinubing (Mazda).
• Ford finished fourth in the GS manufacturer’s standings, 44 points behind Porsche.
• Ford finished seventh in the ST manufacturer’s standings, 170 points behind BMW.
Formula Drift (Mustang) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Justin Pawlak fell to Daigo Saito (Lexus) in the finals of the final round of the 2012 season, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. was edged for the championship when his season came to an end in the Round of 32.
• Saito’s victory allowed him to leapfrog Gittin for the 2012 Championship
• Gittin finished second, 19.5 points back, and Pawlak finished fourth, 47.5 points back.
• Just prior to the event, Ford and Formula Drift announced their partnership for 2013.
• The Formula D schedule concludes at Irwindale, CA, on Oct. 12-13.
World Touring Car Championship (Focus) – NO RACE
• James Nash sits 18th with 12 points and Tom Chilton sits 20th in the driver’s standings with seven.
• The WTCC 2012 schedule continues Oct. 19-21 in Japan.
Off-Road Racing (Trucks) – NO RACE
• Ford is led by Austin Kimbrell in the championship standings for Pro Lite, he sits in third, 84 back of the leader (Not updated at time of report)
• Ford drivers own the top-two spots in the Pro 4 Unlimited standings. Kyle LeDuc leads Todd LeDuc by 23 points (Not updated at time of report)
• Ford drivers own spots 1-5 in the championship standings in Pro 2 Unlimited, led by Brian Deegan (Not updated at time of report)
• The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship concludes October 27 in Chandler, AZ
GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor (Corvette) won the season finale at Lime Rock, finishing ahead of Ford’s championship contender Ryan Dalziel and his co-driver Alex Popow in sixth.
• Ryan Dalziel finished second in the championship standings with 367 points, 12 behind Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett (BMW).
• Ford sits second in the manufacturer standings, 35 points behind Chevy.
European RallyCross (Fiesta) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Foust finished in third place in the championship standings, four behind second and 48 behind the champion, Timur Timerzyanov (Citroen).
• Foust did not compete in 3 of the 10 stages due to scheduling conflicts.
Rally America (Fiesta) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Ken Block won both Rally America events he competed in this season.
• Ford became the first manufacturer to win the Two-Wheel-Drive and Open class divisions at the same Rally America National event in 2012 (Rally in the 100 Acre Woods and Olympus Rally). Ken Block won both events in Open class in his Fiesta H.F.F.V. and Chris Duplessis won both events in the Two-Wheel-Drive class in his Fiesta R2.
• Chris Duplessis put Ford on top of the Two-Wheel-Drive class this season with first place finishes at Sno*Drift Rally, Rally in the 100 Acre Woods, Susquehannock Trail and Olympus Rally.
• Ford’s presence in the Two-Wheel-Drive class continued with a Fiesta on podium at all six National Championship events with nine top-three finishes.
• Fiesta driver Verena Mei made Rally America history as the first female to win the inaugural B Spec Championship and is part of the first all-female team to win a Rally America Championship.
SCCA World Challenge GTS(Mustang Boss302S/Fiesta) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Justin Bell finished sixth in the points standings with 726, -545 behind leader Peter Cunningham (Acura)
• Fiesta driver Craig Capaldi finished second in the B-Spec standings with 651 points, 295 behind Jonathan Start (Honda).
• Ford finished second behind Acura (-14) for the lead in the GTS manufacturer standings and third in the B-Spec standings with 36 points, 31 behind Honda.