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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 21-23. Bob Tasca III picked up his first win of 2012 at Texas (NHRA). Chris Duplessis won the 2WD championship by claiming victory at Olympus and Ken Block made it 2-for-2 in victories in the open class (Rally America). Tanner Foust finished sixth in Finland (ERC). The World Touring Car Championship made its first visit to American soil in Sonoma, Calif. Matt Kenseth (14th) and Greg Biffle (18th) struggled with handling in the second week of the Chase (NSC). Michael Annett (7th) finished in the top-10 in Kentucky (NNS).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle battled handling issues all day at New Hampshire, finishing 14th and 18th respectively behind race winner Denny Hamlin.
• Despite starting fifth, Carl Edwards ran in the teens most of the day before falling a lap down and eventually battling back for a 19th-place finish.
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 53 behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Sept 30 at Dover.
NASCAR Chase Standings
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Brad Keselowski, -1
3. Denny Hamlin, -7
4. Tony Stewart, -10
5. Kasey Kahne, -15
6. Clint Bowyer, -15
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr., -26
8. Kevin Harvick, -31
9. Greg Biffle, -33
10. Martin Truex Jr., -34
11. Matt Kenseth, -35
12. Jeff Gordon, -45
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Michael Annett finished seventh and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17th behind race-winner Austin Dillon (Chevy) at Kentucky.
• Elliott Sadler (Chevy) regained the points lead and holds a four point edge over Ricky Stenhouse Jr . Michael Annett sits sixth (-139).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 29 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Sept. 29 at Dover
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Bob Tasca III picked up his first win of 2012, edging Matt Hagan in the finals in Texas
• Courtney Force, Tim Wilkerson and Mike Neff reached the second round before being eliminated. Tasca was the only Mustang to reach the semis.
• Courtney Force qualified first, Tim Wilkerson in P2, Mike Neff P5, Bob Tasca III P9, John Force P10 and Robert Hight P15.
• John Force won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, claiming a $100,000 bonus in an event that saw Courtney Force, Robert Hight and Mike Neff also compete in their Ford Mustangs.
• Ford leads the manufacturer standings by 3,740 points over Dodge with 5,720.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car postseason continues Sept. 28-30 in St. Louis.
NHRA Countdown to 1 Playoff Standings
1. Ron Capps, 2,307
2. Mike Neff, 2,211
3. Jack Beckman, 2,210
4. Cruz Pedregon, 2,167
5. Robert Hight, 2,144
6. Courtney Force, 2,140
7. Tim Wilkerson, 2,123
8. Johnny Gray, 2,113
9. John Force, 2,104
10. Jeff Arend, 2,095
V8 Supercars (Falcon) – NO RACE
• 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) – NO RACE
• 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
European RallyCross (Fiesta)
• Tanner Foust finished sixth in Finland, the second-to-last event of the 2012 schedule, behind event winner Timur Timerzyanov, who also clinched the points championship.
• Foust sits 48 points behind the champion Timur Timerzyanov, with a 16 point cushion over third with one race remaining.
• The ERC Schedule concludes in Germany on Sept. 29.
World Touring Car Championship (Focus)
• The World Touring Car Championship made its first visit to American soil, running two stages at Sonoma, CA.
• Tom Chilton finished 12th and James Nash finished 17th in the first race, Chilton finished 15th and Nash 17th in the second event.
• 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.
Rally America (Fiesta)
• Ken Block brought home the overall win by over four minutes (4:23) and Chris Duplessis clinched his 2012 2WD crown in style with a victory in the 2WD class.
• Ed McNelly joined Duplessis on the 2WD podium, finishing third.
• 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.• The Rally America season concludes with Olympus Rally Sept. 22-23.
Off-Road Racing (Trucks)
• Rob Naughton had a pair of top-three finishes and Marty Hart added a second-place finish in Pro2 at Las Vegas
• Todd LeDuc had a win and a third-place finish and Kyle LeDuc added a third-place finish in Pro4 at Las Vegas
• Ford didn’t register a podium finish in ProLite.
• 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) – NO RACE
• 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.
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.