DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 19-21. Matt Kenseth won for the second time in three races, picking up the victory at Kansas (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helped Ford sweep the NASCAR weekend at Kansas with his sixth victory of the season. Will Davison won the second Gold Coast race and Mark Winterbottom added a pair of third-place finishes (V8SC). Fiestas finish second through fourth in Rally Italy (WRC). NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Matt Kenseth, after hitting the wall just past the midway point of the race, rallied to claim his third win of the season and first ever at Kansas Speedway.
•Watch the final laps of Kenseth’s victory HERE: http://ow.ly/eEmCr
• While the story late was Kenseth, the story early was Aric Almirola who led 69 laps early in the race, and did it with ease. The 43 car opened up as much as a five-second lead at points in the early going; eclipsing the total number of laps he led in his career prior to today (67) in this one race.
• The title dreams of Greg Biffle took a heavy blow on lap 176, when a single-car accident caused significant rear end damage to the 3M Ford Fusion. Biffle had to take the car behind the wall for 39 laps before being able to get back on track and ended up with a 27th place finish.• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 58 points behind Chevy.
• Almirola qualified fifth, Biffle 11th and Kenseth 12th
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Oct 28 at Martinsville NASCAR Chase Standings (After 6 of 10 events)
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Jimmie Johnson, -7
3. Denny Hamlin, -20
4. Clint Bowyer, -25
5. Kasey Kahne, -30
6. Martin Truex Jr., -43
7. Tony Stewart, -47
8. Jeff Gordon, -51
9. Matt Kenseth, -55
10. Kevin Harvick, -59
11. Greg Biffle, -62
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr., -122 NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. turned what looked like a sure disastrous day into his sixth win of the season, closing the gap in championship points with a win at Kansas Speedway.
•Watch the final laps of Stenhouse Jr.’s victory HERE: http://ow.ly/eEmEZ
• Stenhouse, who at one point was two laps down in the race after contact with the 18 car, was able to battle back for a last-lap pass of Kyle Bush who ran out of gas on the back straightaway coming toward the checkered flag.
• Michael Annett came home eighth, and now sits fifth in the championship standings with 16 top-10 finishes in 2012.
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 39 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Nov. 3 at Texas NASCAR Nationwide Championship Race (3 races remaining)
1. Elliott Sadler, 1,130 points
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, -6 V8 Supercars (Falcon)
• Mark Winterbottom finished third to lead three Falcons in the top-10 in the first race of the Gold Coast weekend
• Will Davison won the second Gold Coast race, ahead of fellow Falcons Winterbottom (third) and Tim Slade (fourth)
• Mark Winterbottom sits second (-218) and Will Davison fourth (-557) behind points leader Jamie Whincup (Holden)
• Ford Performance Racing sits 555 points behind TeamVodafone for the team championship.
• The V8 Supercars schedule continues Nov. 2-4 in Abu Dhabi World Rally Championship (Fiesta)
• Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen) claimed victory in Rally Italy ahead of three Ford Fiestas in 2nd through fourth, led by Evgeny Novikov in second
• Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) has clinched the driver’s championship. Ford drivers sit in positions 3-6, led by Mads Ostberg in third (-107).
• The Ford World Rally Team sits second in the manufacturer’s standings with 281 points, trailing Citroen Total World Rally by 132.
• The WRC season concludes Nov. 8-11 with Rally Spain 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 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
• 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. World Touring Car Championship (Focus)
• Tom Chilton finished 15th and James Nash 19th in the first of two races in Japan, Nash 16th and Chilton 18th in the second.
• James Nash sits 18th with 12 points and Tom Chilton sits 20th in the driver’s standings with seven.
• The WTCC 2012 schedule continues Nov. 2-4 in China. 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
• Ryan Dalziel finished second in the championship standings with 367 points, 12 behind Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett (BMW).
• Ford finished second in the manufacturer standings, 35 points behind Chevy. Formula Drift (Mustang) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Vaughn Gittin Jr. finished second in the driver’s championship, 19.5 points back of Diago Saito (Lexus), and Justin Pawlak finished fourth, 47.5 points back. 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). 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.
• 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.