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 Ford Racing Weekend Results - 9/16/2011

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Highlights: Mike Neff fell in the final round of the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte, NC, but remains on top of the standings after the first of six races in the Countdown.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Carl Edwards finished fourth in a race that was once again affected by fuel mileage in the final laps, claiming victims that included fellow Ford driver and Chase participant Matt Kenseth. 
• Kenseth ran out of fuel with one lap to go and fell from second to 21st.
Kenseth started from the pole position and led 46 laps, featuring one of the best cars in the field until he ran out of fuel. Edwards also led 39 laps.
• After Monday's race, Edwards moved up two positions into third, while Kenseth fell six spots into 10th.
• Rain forced the postponement of the race from Sunday to Monday afternoon
• Chase competitors Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Kenseth all ran out of fuel in the final laps.
• Ford sits in second in the manufacturer's standings with 150 points, 30 points back of Chevrolet (180).
• The next event in The Chase is scheduled for Sept. 25, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Chase Field
1. Kevin Harvick (2,054 points
2. Tony Stewart (-7)
3. Carl Edwards (-10)
4. Kurt Busch (-11)
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-13)
6. Brad Keselowski (-14)
7. Ryan Newman (-14)
8. Jimmie Johnson (-16)
9. Kyle Busch (-19)
10. Matt Kenseth (-24)
11. Jeff Gordon (-25)
12. Denny Hamlin (-41)

NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
   • Carl Edwards finished second and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took eighth at Chicagoland Speedway, behind winner Brad Keselowski.
   • Trevor Bayne finished 11th
   • Ford sits second in the manufacturer’s championship (167 points), two points behind Toyota (169).
   • The NASCAR Nationwide series returns Sept. 25 at New Hampshire

NASCAR Nationwide Series Standings
   1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (986)
   2. Elliott Sadler (-14)
   3 Reed Sorenson (-47)

NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Matt Hagan defeated Mike Neff in the finals of the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte, N.C.
   • Tim Wilkerson fell to Neff in the quarterfinals. Bob Tasca III, Robert Hight and John Force all fell in the first round.
   • The NHRA Funny Car series returns with the second of six events in the Countdown in Dallas, TX on Sept. 22-25.

NHRA Funny Car Countdown Field
   1. Mike Neff (2,209)
   2. Matt Hagan (-22)
   3. Jack Beckman (-53)
   4. Cruz Pedregon (-96)
   5. Robert Hight (-106)
   6. Ron Capps (-127)
   7. Jeff Arend (-145)
   8. John Force (-146)
   9. Bob Tasca III (-154)
   10. Tim Wilkerson (-157)

World Rally Championship (Fiesta) – NO RACE

  • Mikko Hirvonen sits second in the driver’s championship standings, 15 points behind Sebastian Loeb. Jari-Matti Latvala currently sits fourth in the standings (-80).
  • The World Rally Championship has three events remaining, and returns with Rallye de France Alsace on Sept 29-Oct. 2.


Other Ford Racing results

GRAND-AM Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes)

  • Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchi picked up Ford’s first victory of the season in the final event of the 2011 Rolex schedule, holding off a BMW down the stretch by less than half a second in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • John Pew and Oz Negri of Michael Shank Racing were the next highest-ranked Ford-powered drivers, finishing sixth.
  • Ford finished third in the engine manufacturer standings, 44 points behind Chevy/BMW.


GRAND-AM CTSCC (Mustang Boss 302R)

  • Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr. finished second at the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell finished 10th
  • Johnson/Roush Jr. finished second in both the driver and team standings, just nine points behind champion Paul Dalla Lana. Maxwell/Foster finished eighth in the driver standings.
  • Ford finished second in the engine manufacturer standings, 14 points behind BMW.


NHRA Pro Stock Series (Mustang)

  • Larry Morgan and Buddy Perkinson both lost in the opening round in the NHRA Nationals at Charlotte.
  • Larry Morgan qualified seventh and Buddy Perkinson qualified 11th.
  • The NHRA Funny Car series returns with the second of six events in the Countdown in Dallas, TX on Sept. 22-25.


SCCA World Challenge GTS (Mustang)

  • Round 11 results were not available at the time of this report.
  • Paul Brown inched closer to clinching the driver’s championship by claiming the pole at Laguna Seca.
  • The final round of the SCCA World Challenge is scheduled for at Petit Le Mans on Sept. 28-Oct. 1\

SCCA World Challenge (Mustang Boss 302S)

• Paul Brown and his Mustang Boss 302S clinched the GTS class driver's championship a week after clinching the manufacturer's title for Ford with a wire-to-wire victory in stage 11, held at Laguna Seca.
• The final event of the 2011 season, Stage 12, will be held at Petit Le Mans on Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

Global RallyCross Championship (Fiesta/Focus) – SEASON COMPLETE

  • Tanner Foust clinched the Global RallyCross Championship, SuperRally Championship and Overall Championship at X Games 17.


RallyCar Rally America (Fiesta) –SEASON COMPLETE

  • Dillon Van Way was the highest finishing Ford Fiesta taking second in the 2011 2WD championship. Ford RallyCar winners in 2011 were Dillion Van Way (Sno*Drift) and Chris Duplessis (New England Forest Rally).



9/19/2011 12:00 AM