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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 5-7. Matt Kenseth won his 23rd career Sprint Cup event at Talladega (NSC). The final three rounds of elimination were rained out in Reading, PA, with John Force and Mike Neff still standing (NHRA). Mark Winterbottom finished 11th at the Bathurst 1000, dropping him out of a championship points lead tie and into third (V8SC). Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in Rally France to move into third place in the driver’s standings (WRC).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag for the 23rd time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and first time at Talladega Superspeedway with today’s win.
• David Ragan finished fourth and Greg Biffle sixth to give Ford three cars in the top-10.
• Kenseth survived a wild last-lap multi-car accident to claim the victory, as approximately 25 cars were collected
• Kenseth dominated the restrictor plate races in 2012, leading on the final lap at some point during each of the four events.
• Today’s win is the fifth of the season for Ford Racing.
• The win came with Ford EcoBoost on Kenseth’s Fusion. It marked the second time EcoBoost has gone to Victory Lane and the first time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his EcoBoost Mustang in Victory Lane at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Nationwide Series earlier this season.
• The win is Ford’s 611th all-time series victory and the 129th for Roush Fenway.
• Greg Biffle started fifth, Carl Edwards seventh, Trevor Bayne eighth and Matt Kenseth 15th among the top-15 qualifiers
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 56 behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Oct 7 at Talladega
NASCAR Chase Standings (After 4 of 10 events)
1. Brad Keselowski, 2,179 points
2. Jimmie Johnson, -14
3. Denny Hamlin, -23
4. Kasey Kahne, -36
5. Clint Bowyer, -40
6. Kasey Kahne, -42
7. Tony Stewart, -46
8. Martin Truex Jr, -48
9. Greg Biffle, -49
10. Kevin Harvick, -49
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr, -51
12. Matt Kenseth, -62
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang) – NO RACE
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 35 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Oct 12 in Charlotte
NASCAR Nationwide Championship Race (Five races remaining)
1. Elliott Sadler, 1,054 points
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, -9
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Rain postponed the final three rounds of eliminations in Reading, PA, and the conclusion of the event will run on Monday.
• After the opening round, the only Ford Mustangs still in contention for the title are John Force and Mike Neff.
• Mike Neff qualified third, Courtney Force fifth, John Force seventh, Robert Hight 10th and Bob Tasca in 13th.Tim Wilkerson did not qualify for the elimination rounds.
• 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 3 of 6 events)
1. Ron Capps, 2,361
2. Jack Beckman, 2,331
3. Mike Neff, 2,262
4. Cruz Pedregon, 2,202
5. Tim Wilkerson, 2,1,97
6. Courtney Force, 2,180
7. Robert Hight, 2,179
8. Johnny Gray, 2,149
9. Jeff Arend, 2,1,48
10. John Force, 2,143
V8 Supercars (Falcon)
• Dean Canto/David Reynolds finished second to pace the Ford Falcon crew in the Bathurst 1000, behind race winners Jamie Wincup/Paul Dumbrell.
• Three Ford Falcons finished in the top-10, while championship contender Mark Winterbottom finished 11th.
• 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)
• Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) clinched the driver’s championship with a victory in Rally France, ahead of Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala in second.
• 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.
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.
Formula Drift (Mustang) – NO RACE
• Gittin holds a 25.5 point edge over second, while fellow Mustang driver Justin Pawlak sits 70 points back, in fourth.
• The Formula D schedule concludes at Irwindale, CA, on Oct. 12-13.
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.