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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 24-27. Greg Biffle held onto the points lead and both he and Matt Kenseth clinched spots in The Chase (NSC). Marcos Ambrose claimed his third-consecutive top-five finish at Bristol, crossing the line in fifth (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second at Bristol and inched closer to the points lead (NNS). Mark Winterbottom closed to within a point of the championship lead (V8SC). Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in Rally Deutschland (WRC). Vaughn Gittin Jr. finished third in Las Vegas and widened his championship lead heading into the final event of 2012 (Formula D).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Carl Edwards gambled for the victory but came up just short. Edwards stayed out when many pitted with 85 laps to go, but on older tires, he was overcome by Denny Hamlin with 39 laps to go and then had to pit with four laps left for fuel. Hamlin went on to win the event.
• Marcos Ambrose earned a third-consecutive top-five finish, finishing fifth, to lead the Ford drivers. Matt Kenseth ran at the front until an accident while taking the lead hurt his chances.
• Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth clinched spots in The Chase.
• Biffle keeps the championship points lead, enjoying an 11-point cushion over Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth sits fourth (-26). Carl Edwards (-134) sits 34 back of 10th and will likely need a victory to earn a spot in The Chase as a Wild Card. Marcos Ambrose would also become a strong wild card contender with a victory in any of the final two events.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule continues at Atlanta on Sept 2, with just two events remaining prior to The Chase cutoff.
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second behind race winner Joey Logano and Michael Annett joined him in the top-10 with a eighth-place finish at Bristol.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits second in the driver's championship, 19 points behind Elliott Sadler (Chevy). Michael Annett sits sixth (-138).
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Sept. 1 at Atlanta
V8 Supercars (Falcon)
• Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison finished 2-3 in the Saturday event at Sydney Motorsport Park, and the duo finished third and fifth respectively during Sunday’s event.
• Ford drivers Mark Winterbottom sits second (-1) and Will Davidson third (-122) behind points leader Jamie Whincup (Holden).
• Ford Performance Racing leads the team championship by six points over TeamVodafone.
• The V8 Supercars schedule continues Sept 14-16 with the Dick Smith Sandown 500
World Rally Championship (Fiesta)
• Jari-Matti Latvala finished second and Mads Ostberg fourth in Rally Deutschland behind event winner Sebastien Loeb (Citroen)
• Ford drivers sit 3-7 in the points standings, led by Petter Solberg in third with 104 points (-95) behind leader Sebastien Loeb (Citroen)
• The Ford World Rally Team sits in the manufacturer’s standings with 197 points, trailing Citroen Total World Rally by 123.
• The WRC season continues Sept. 13-16 with Wales Rally GB
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang) – NO RACE
• Robert Hight was knocked off the top of the standings for the first time all season, and now trails Ron Capps by 53 points in second. Mike Neff sits fifth (-240), Courtney Force sits sixth (-345), John Force in eighth (-386) and Bob Tasca in 10th (-458) all currently hold a seat in the Countdown.
• Tasca’s lead over 11th place Matt Hagan is 19. Tim Wilkerson sits 12th, 28 back of Tasca for 10th.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car regular season concludes with the U.S. Nationals Aug 29- Sept. 3
Global RallyCross (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Tanner Foust leads the championship standings with 62 points, 12 ahead of Samuel Hubinette. Brian Deegan sits third (-13), Marcus Gronholm fourth (-19), David Binks fifth (-20) and Ken Block sixth (-22)
• Ford leads the manufacturer’s standings with 134 points, a 49-point edge over Hyundai
• The 2012 schedule continues on Sept. 1, at an as yet announced location.
GRAND-AM CTSCC (MustangBoss302R/Focus ST-R) – NO RACE
• Jack Roush Jr./Billy Johnson sit eighth in the standings behind David Empringham/John Farano (Porsche)
• James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette sit ninth in the ST standings behind Pierre Kleinubing (Mazda)
• Ford sits fourth in the GS manufacturer’s standings, 25 points behind Porsche.
• The Grand-Am CTSCC season resumes Sept. 8 at Laguna Seca.
Other Ford Racing Results
SCCA World Challenge GTS(Mustang Boss302S/Fiesta)
• Justin Bell finished third in the GTS class in his Mustang Boss 302S in Round 12.
• 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.
Off-Road Racing (Trucks)
• In Pro 2 Unlimited’s Saturday event, Marty Hart and Greg Adler made it a 1-2 Ford finish. Sunday’s race results were not available at the time of this report.
• Kyle LeDuc returned to the Pro 4 Unlimited winner’s circle on Saturday ahead of brother and fellow Ford Todd LeDuc placed in third. Todd, Curt and Kyle LeDuc made it a family affair on Sunday’s event, finishing 2-4 behind race-winner Carl Renezeder (Nissan)
• Bradley Morris (third) and Brian Deegan (second) led the way for Ford in the two Pro Lite events
• Ford is led by Austin Kimbrell in the championship standings for Pro Lite, he sits in fourth, 64 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 21 points (Not updated at time of report).
• Ford drivers own spots 1-5 in the championship standings in Pro 2 Unlimited, led by Marty Hart (436 points), 15 ahead of Brian Deegan (Not updated at time of report).
• The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship returns Sept. 21-22, in Las Vegas.
Formula Drift (Mustang)
• Vaughn Gittin Jr. battled to a third-place finish in Las Vegas, widening his championship lead with just one event remaining.
• 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.
GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes) – NO RACE
• Ryan Dalziel sits second in the championship standings with 312 points, 18 behind Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett (BMW).
• Ford sits second in the manufacturer standings, 20 points behind Chevy
• The Rolex Series resumes Sept. 7-9 at Laguna Seca, and only two events remain.
European RallyCross (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Foust sits second (-39) in the championship standings, behind the leader, Timur Timerzyanov (Citroen). Foust would have to win each of the final two events. Timerzyanov can claim the 2012 championship with a single point in either of the final two events.
• The ERC Schedule continues in Finland on Sept. 22.
World Touring Car Championship (Focus) – NO RACE
• James Nash finished 15th and Tom Chilton 16th in both races during the Brazil stop
• James Nash sits 18th with 12points and Tom Chilton sits 19th in the driver’s standings with seven.
• The WTCC 2012 schedule continues Sept. 21-23 at Sonoma, CA.
Rally America (Fiesta) – NO RACE
• Fiesta driver Chris Duplessis holds the championship lead, enjoying a 17-point cushion. Fellow Ford drivers Ed McNelly (T-P3, -38),Verena Mei (P5, -44) and Dillon Van Way (P6, -45) remain in contention for third place in the final standings.
• The Rally America season concludes with Olympus Rally Sept. 22-23.