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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 14-16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. picked up his fifth win of the season and took over the points lead in Chicago (NNS). Jari-Matti Latvala claimed victory for the second-consecutive season at Rally GB (WRC) as part of a two-Fiesta podium. Mark Winterbottom finished second and moved into a tie for the championship lead (V8SC). Mike Neff fell in the finals at Charlotte (NHRA). Greg Biffle (13th) and Matt Kenseth (18th) experienced separate struggles in the opening weekend of The Chase in Chicago (NSC).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• It was a tough start to the Chase in Chicago for the Ford contingent, especially that of the No. 17 car of Matt Kenseth. A year after running out of fuel on the race’s final laps while running second, Kenseth saw trouble brew again this season losing a shock on lap 169 while running in the top-10 all day long. Kenseth was forced to make multiple pit stops to get the issue corrected before coming home with an 18th place finish.
• Teammate Greg Biffle led the Ford group with a 13th place effort on a day that saw Brad Keselowski (Dodge) win the race and take over the Chase standings lead. Biffle complained of a bad final pit stop and tire change that took the car from being fast to being undriveable as the culprit for falling out of the top-10.
• Greg Biffle sits in eighth behind points leader Brad Keselowski, while Matt Kenseth sits 11th, 26 points back.
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 50 behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Sept 23 at New Hampshire.
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr picked up his fifth Nationwide victory of 2012, the first of his career at Chicago, and the seventh NNS victory of his career overall.
• Michael Annett finished seventh.
• The victory was the 19th for Mustang since its introduction into the Nationwide Series.
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the championship points lead with the victory, enjoying a nine-point edge over Elliott Sadler (Chevy). Michael Annett sits sixth (-145).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 34 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Sept. 22 at Kentucky
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Mike Neff fell to Ron Capps (Dodge) in the finals in Charlotte, the first round of The Countdown.
• Tim Wilkerson, John Force and Neff were the only Ford drivers to escape the opening round, and Neff was the only Mustang to reach the semifinals.
• Tim Wilkerson qualified 1st, Neff third, Courtney Force sixth, Robert Hight 7th, Bob Tasca III ninth, John Force 11th,
• Mike Neff sits 73 points back of leader Ron Capps (2,230) in second, Robert Hight sits fourth (2,113), Courtney Force seventh (2,074), John Force eighth (2,072) and Tim Wilkerson 10th (2,064).
• Ford leads the manufacturer standings by 3,640 points over Dodge with 5,500.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car postseason continues Sept. 20-23 in Dallas, TX.
V8 Supercars (Falcon)
• Mark Winterbottom finished second at the Sandown 500 to move into a tie for the championship lead.
• Ford drivers Mark Winterbottom is tied for the championship lead with Jamie Whincup (Holden) and Will Davidson fourth (-236).
• Ford Performance Racing sits 174 points behind TeamVodafone for the team championship.
• The V8 Supercars schedule continues Oct. 4-7 with the Bathurst 1000.
World Rally Championship (Fiesta)
• Jari-Matti Latvala won Wales Rally GB for the second-consecutive season, claiming a 27.8s winning margin over Sebastien Loeb.
• Petter Solberg joined Latvala on the podium with a third-place finish, just 0.9 seconds behind Loeb.
• Ford drivers sit 3-7 in the points standings, led by Petter Solberg in third with 119 points (-100) behind leader Sebastien Loeb (Citroen)
• The Ford World Rally Team sits in the manufacturer’s standings with 237 points, trailing Citroen Total World Rally by 111.
• The WRC season continues Oct. 4-7 with Rally France
GRAND-AM CTSCC (MustangBoss302R/Focus ST-R) – NO RACE
• Jade Buford sit 11th in the standings (-71) behind David Empringham/John Farano (Porsche)
• James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette sit 12th in the ST standings (-76) behind Derek Whitis/Tom Long (Mazda)
• Ford sits fourth in the GS manufacturer’s standings, 47 points behind Porsche.
• Ford sits fifth in the ST manufacturer’s standings, 142 points behind BMW.
• The Grand-Am CTSCC season concludes Sept. 28-29 at Lime Rock Park
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. 29 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes)
• Ryan Dalziel and Alex Tagliani finished third at Laguna Seca, behind race winners Antonio Garcia and Richard Westbrook (Corvette)
• Ryan Dalziel sits second in the championship standings with 342 points, 13 behind Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett (BMW).
• Ford sits second in the manufacturer standings, 25 points behind Chevy
• The Rolex Series concludes Sept. 28-29 at Lime Rock Park
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.
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
• Ford drivers own the top-two spots in the Pro 4 Unlimited standings. Kyle LeDuc leads Todd LeDuc by 23 points
• Ford drivers own spots 1-5 in the championship standings in Pro 2 Unlimited, led by Brian Deegan
• The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship returns Sept. 21-22, in Las Vegas.
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.
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 12 points 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.