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DEARBORN - Matt Kenseth won his third race of the season in Charlotte to lead five Ford finishers in the top-11. Carl Edwards (p3) extended his points lead in The Chase for the Sprint Cup to five over Kevin Harvick and Kenseth (-7) moved into third. Edwards also won his 8th Nationwide event of the season, the 12th for Mustang. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. remains atop the Nationwide standings.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Matt Kenseth picked up his third victory of the season in a race where all seven of Ford’s primary teams ran in the top-10 for a majority of the day.
• Carl Edwards finished third, extending his points lead in the championship standings to five, and Ford’s two Chase participants were joined in the top-10 by Marcos Ambrose (P5) A.J. Allmendinger (P7). David Ragan (P11) made it five Ford Fusions in the final top-11.
• At one point midway through the race, seven of the top-nine were Fords.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase has five events remaining, including next week’s event at Talladega on Oct. 23.
NASCAR Chase Field
1. Carl Edwards (2,203 points)
2. Kevin Harvick (-5)
3. Matt Kenseth (-7)
4. Kyle Busch (-18)
5. Tony Stewart (-24)
6. Brad Keselowski (-25)
7. Kurt Busch (-27)
8. Jimmy Johnson (-35)
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-60)
10. Ryan Newman (-61)
11. Jeff Gordon (-66)
12. Denny Hamlin (-86)
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Carl Edwards overcame a encounter with the wall early in the race to pick up his eighth Nationwide victory of the season in Charlotte.
• Edwards now has 37 career Nationwide victories, tied for third-most in history. He has finished in the top-two in six consecutive events.
• Trevor Bayne also boasted a strong day, crossing the line in third, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished ninth.
• Ford extended its manufacturer’s standings lead over Toyota to 10 points, on the strength of the series-best 12th win for Mustang. Stenhouse still leads the drivers' championship.
• There are three races remaining on the schedule. The Nationwide series returns Nov. 5, at Texas.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Standings
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1,1100)
2. Elliott Sadler (-15)
3. Aric Almirola (-87)
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Bob Tasca III and Robert Hight were eliminated in the Round of Eight at the Arizona Nationals, with the other three Ford drivers falling in the first round.
• Mike Neff (p4), Tim Wilkerson (p7), Bob Tasca (p9), John Force (p12), Robert Hight (p13) had a tough time in qualifying, setting up a tough ladder.
• Ford (2,860 points) leads the manufacturer’s standings by 1,180 points over Dodge
• The Countdown continues in two weeks in Las Vegas on Oct. 27-30.
NHRA Funny Car Countdown Field
1. Jack Beckman (2,362 points)
2. Matt Hagan (-5)
3. Mike Neff (-22)
4. Cruz Pedregon (-48)
5. Robert Hight (-58)
6. Jeff Arend (-123)
7. Ron Capps (-139)
8. Bob Tasca III (-141)
9. John Force (-194)
10. Tim Wilkerson (-205)
World Rally Championship (Fiesta) -- NO RACE
• Mikko Hirvonen is tied with Sebastian Loeb for the driver's championship, with two events remaining.
• Ford sits second in the manufacturer's standings behind Citroen (-54).
• The second-to-last event on the 2011 schedule, Rally of Spain, is set for Oct 20-23.
WRC Driver's Championship
1. tie, Sebastian Loeb (196)
1. tie, Mikko Hirvonen (-0)
Other Ford Racing Results
NHRA Pro Stock Series (Mustang)
• Larry Morgan qualifid ninth at the Arizona Nationals, but fell in the opening round.
• NHRA Pro Stock returns next week in Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 14-16..
Formula Drift -- SEASON COMPLETE
• Justin Pawlak finished second and Vaughn Gittin Jr. 11th in the final standings.
GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes) – SEASON COMPLETE
• John Pew and Oz Negri of Michael Shank Racing were the next highest-ranked Ford-powered drivers, finishing sixth.
• Ford finished third in the engine manufacturer standings, 44 points behind Chevy/BMW.
GRAND-AM CTSCC (Mustang Boss 302R) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Billy Johnson/Jack Roush Jr. finished second in both the driver and team standings, just nine points behind champion Paul Dalla Lana. Maxwell/Foster finished eighth in the driver standings.
• Ford finished second in the engine manufacturer standings, 14 points behind BMW.
Global RallyCross Championship (Fiesta/Focus) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Tanner Foust clinched the Global RallyCross Championship, SuperRally Championship and Overall Championship at X Games 17.
RallyCar Rally America (Fiesta) –SEASON COMPLETE
• Dillon Van Way was the highest finishing Ford Fiesta taking second in the 2011 2WD championship. Ford RallyCar winners in 2011 were Dillion Van Way (Sno*Drift) and Chris Duplessis (New England Forest Rally).
SCCA World Challenge GTS (Mustang) -- SEASON COMPLETE
• Paul Brown won the driver's championship, and helped Ford to a manufacturer's title.