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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for April 27 - 29, 2012. Mike Neff extended John Force Racing's winning streak to six in Houston. Robert Hight's bid for a fifth-consecutive victory ended in the semifinals. A drive-through penalty after a controversial restart in Richmond bumped Carl Edwards from the front of the pack to an eventual 10th place finish in Sprint Cup. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fourth and climbed to within two of the Nationwide series lead in Richmond. Ford M-Sport scored points in its 150th consecutive WRC event, the first manufacturer to reach the milestone.
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Mike Neff extended John Force Racing's winning streak to six with a victory over Matt Capps in the Funny Car finals in Houston.
• JFR's Robert Hight's bid for a fifth-consecutive event victory ended in the semifinals, when he lost to Capps.
• Fellow Ford drivers Courtney Force, Bob Tasca III and Tim Wilkerson reached the second round.
• Bob Tasca III led the Ford qualifying effort in third, ahead of Tim Wilkerson (P5), Robert Hight (P6), Courtney Force (P7), Mike Neff (P9) and John Force (P14).
• Robert Hight leads with 597 points, Mike Neff sits second (-108). John Force sits seventh (-274). Bob Tasca III sits eighth (-278) and Courtney Force in ninth (-329). Tim Wilkerson checks in at P12 (-383)
• Ford holds a commanding lead in the manufacturer’s standings with 1,600 points, holding a 1,100 point lead over Dodge.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car schedule continues May 4-6 at Atlanta Dragway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• A drive-through penalty assessed to Carl Edwards after a controversial restart cost the Ford driver a likely victory after leading 206 laps, pushing the top-finishing Ford down to 10th behind race winner Kyle Busch (Toyota) at Richmond International Raceway. Matt Kenseth finished 11th and Greg Biffle in 18th.
• Greg Biffle remains atop the points standings with 338, 5 in front of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth sits fourth (-10) and Carl Edwards sits 9th (-51).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer’s standings with 49 points, trailing Chevy by 11 points.
• The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season continues at Talladega Superspeedway on May 6.
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Ford Mustang driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fourth behind winner Kurt Busch (Toyota) at Richmond International Raceway. Fellow Ford Michael Annett also earned a top-10 in P8.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has closed the gap in the championship standings, and now sits just two points back of Elliott Sadler with 283 points. Michael Annett sits in fifth place (-65).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer’s standings with 38 points, trailing Chevy by eight points.
• The 2012 NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5.
World Rally Championship (Fiesta)
• Fiesta driver Mads Ostberg finished third to lead the Ford drivers at Rally Argentina, followed by fellow Ford drivers Martin Prokop in fourth and Petter Solberg in sixth.
• Substitute driver Dani Sordo, in for the injured Jari-Matti Latvala, had to retire from his likely third-place finish with just 4 km remaining with a suspected alternator problem.
• Ford M-Sport scored points in its 150th consecutive event, becoming the first manufacturer to reach the milestone in series history.
• Petter Solberg sits second in the driver’s standings with 73 points (-18), Mads Ostberg sits fourth with 68 points (-23).
• The Ford World Rally Team sits second in the manufacturer’s standings with 106 points, trailing Citroen Total World Rally by 45.
• The WRC season continues May 25-27 with Acropolis Rally
GRAND-AM CTSCC (Mustang Boss302R/Focus ST-R)
• Mustang Boss 302R co-drivers Billy Johnson/Jack Roush Jr. finished fifth to lead the Ford drivers in the GS class at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
• Focus ST-R drivers James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette finished ninth in the ST class.
• Mustang Boss 302R drivers Billy Johnson/Jack Roush Jr. sit fifth in the GS standings, 22 back of Nick Longhi/Matt Plumb.
• The ST Standings were not updated at the time of this report. James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette entered the week tied for 19th the ST series with 17 points (-48)
• The updated manufacturer standings were not available at the time of this report. Ford entered the week second in the GS manufacturer’s standings with 57 points, five behind BMW.
• The Grand-Am CTSCC season resumes May 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Other Ford Racing Results
SCCA World Challenge GTS (Mustang Boss 302S/Fiesta)
• Brian Adams was the highest finishing Ford in the fourth race of the GTS schedule, crossing the line sixth in class. Championship leader Justin Bell placed 10th in class.
• Craig Capaldi finished third in all three races to open the B-Spec schedule in his Ford Fiesta
• Justin Bell has 475 points, 38 in front of Peter Cunningham.
• Ford leads the GTS Manufacturer’s standings with 25 points, six in front of Acura.
• The SCCA schedule resumes with the Monterey Grand Prix on May 10.
European RallyCross (Fiesta)
• Tanner Foust had to retire in seventh in the B Final after one lap of the event in France.
• Tanner Foust is tied atop the championship standings with Mats Lysen at 24 points.
• The ERC Schedule continues in Australia on June 26.
GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes)
• Heavy rain caused all sorts of problems in a shortenend Grand Prix of Miami.
• Ford-powered Lucas Luhr and Alex Popow of Starworks finished fourth to lead the Ford drivers.
• Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio were assessed an aggressive driving penalty, and finished sixth in class, just ahead of fellow Ford drivers Oz Negri and John Pew in seventh.
• Ryan Dalziel/Enzo Potolicchio slipped into a tie for second with Alex Popow/Lucas Luhr with 85 points, two back of the leaders (Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas). Oz Negri/John Pew climbed into fifth with 82 points.
• The manufacturer standings were not updated at the time of this report. Entering the week, Ford held a two point lead over Chevy.
• The Rolex series resumes May 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
World Touring Car Championship (Focus)
• Focus drivers Tom Chilton and James Nash both DNF'd on the first race in Slovakia.
• Chilton rebounded to finish 10th in the second race.
• Focus driver James Nash sits 14th with 10 points and Focus Driver Tom Chilton sits 16th in the driver’s standings with seven points.
• The WTCC 2012 schedule continues April 28-29 in Slovakia.
Off-Road Racing (Trucks) - NO RACE
• Raptor and F-150 driver Brian Deegan sits third in Pro2 Unlimited (-22) and 21st in Pro Lite Unlimited (-130)
• Kyle LeDuc leads the Pro4 Unlimited standings by 24
• The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship returns May 19-20 at Surprise, AZ for rounds 5 and 6.
Formula Drift (Mustang) – NO RACE
• Mustang GT driver Justin Pawlak leads the championship standings by 12 points over Daijiro Yoshihara. Mustang driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. sits 17th, 76 points back of Pawlak.
• The Formula Drift schedule continues May 11-12 at Road Atlanta.
Rally America (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Fiesta driver Chris Duplessis leads the 2WDchampionship standings with 44 points, 10 in front of second, and Fiesta driver Dillon VanWay sits in third with 28 points (-16).
• Fiesta driver Ken Block sits third in the overall championship standings, despite running only 1 of 2 events.
• The Rally America season continues with Oregon Trail Rally on May 4-6.
Global RallyCross (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• The 2012 schedule starts May 26 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.