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DEARBORN - Highlights: Tanner Foust picked up a win in Round Five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Brian Deegan made it a 1-2 finish for Fiesta (GRC). Tim Wilkerson advanced to the semifinals as the highest-finishing Ford Mustang (NHRA). Greg Biffle (16th) and Matt Kenseth (35th) struggled at Dover while Carl Edwards grabbed his first top-five finish since the season’s fifth week (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Annett each grabbed top-10 finishes in Dover (NNS). the Grand-Am series wrapped up its 2012 season, with Ryan Dalziel (Rolex DP - 2nd) as the highest-finishing Ford in the championship hunts.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Carl Edwards picked up his first top-five since the fifth race of the season, his third of 2012, but Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth struggled once again in their pursuit of NASCAR’s driver championship.
• Biffle saw his championship chances diminish severely on lap 195 when a loose wheel forced him to come down pit road under green. After being one lap down in 11th-place at the time of the stop, Biffle found himself three laps down and 27th with must slightly more than half the race to go. He rallied to a 16th place finish.
• While Biffle was in catch-up mode, fellow Ford Chaser Matt Kenseth suffered a major blow as well when the track bar broke on the rear of his No. 17 EcoBoost Fusion with 92 laps to go. He was forced to the garage and wait while his team made repairs, but he ended up losing 26 laps in the process and finished 35th.
• Greg Biffle started sixth, Matt Kenseth 12th, Carl Edwards 15th and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17th
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 56 behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase continues on Oct 7 at Talladega
NASCAR Chase Standings (After 3 of 10 events)
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Jimmie Johnson, -5
3. Denny Hamlin, -16
4. Clint Bowyer, -25
5. Tony Stewart, -32
6. Kasey Kahne, -32
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr, -39
8. Martin Truex Jr, -42
9. Kevin Harvick, -46
10. Jeff Gordon, -48
11. Greg Biffle, -51
12. Matt Kenseth, -72
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Michael Annett finished third and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ninth behind race-winner Joey Logano (Toyota) at Dover.
• Elliott Sadler (Chevy) held onto the points lead and holds a nine point edge over Ricky Stenhouse Jr . Michael Annett sits sixth (-138).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 35 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Oct 12 in Charlotte
NASCAR Nationwide Championship Race (Five races remaining)
1. Elliott Sadler, 1,054
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, -9
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Tim Wilkerson continued his strong second half of 2012, reaching the semifinals in St. Louis, but was one of only two Ford drivers to advance past the first round.
• Mike Neff reached the second round, but was eliminated.
• John Force qualified second, Courtney Force fourth, Bob Tasca III in fifth, Robert Hight seventh, Tim Wilkerson 10th and Mike Neff 13th.
• Ford leads the manufacturer standings by 3,740 points over Dodge with 5,720.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car postseason continues Oct 4-7, in Reading, PA.
NHRA Countdown to 1 Playoff Standings (After 3 of 6 events)
1. Ron Capps, 2,361
2. Jack Beckman, 2,331
3. Mike Neff, 2,262
4. Cruz Pedregon, 2,202
5. Tim Wilkerson, 2,1,97
6. Courtney Force, 2,180
7. Robert Hight, 2,179
8. Johnny Gray, 2,149
9. Jeff Arend, 2,1,48
10. John Force, 2,143
Global RallyCross (Fiesta)
• Tanner Foust won Round 5 and clinched the Discount Tire Cup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his third podium of the season.
• The victory helped Ford clinch its second-consecutive manufacturers’ championship
• Brian Deegan joined Foust atop the podium, finishing second, for his fourth podium of the campaign.
• 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) (Updated Standings not available at time of report)
• The 2012 schedule concludes at SEMA, in Las Vegas, on Oct. 30.
GRAND-AM CTSCC (MustangBoss302R/Focus ST-R) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Justin Pisctell and Roberto Dal Pont were the top-finishing Mustang Boss 302R at Lime Rock, finishing 13th.
• Jade Buford finished 12th in the standings (-74) as the top Mustang driver behind David Empringham/John Farano (Porsche).
• James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette finished 14th in the ST standings as the lead Focus ST (-75) behind Pierre Kleinubing (Mazda).
• Ford finished fourth in the GS manufacturer’s standings, 44 points behind Porsche.
• Ford finished seventh in the ST manufacturer’s standings, 170 points behind BMW.
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 Rolex Series (Daytona Prototypes) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor (Corvette) won the season finale at Lime Rock, finishing ahead of Ford’s championship contender Ryan Dalziel and his co-driver Alex Popow in sixth.
• Ryan Dalziel finished second in the championship standings with 367 points, 12 behind Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett (BMW).
• Ford sits second in the manufacturer standings, 35 points behind Chevy.
European RallyCross (Fiesta) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Foust finished in third place in the championship standings, four behind second and 48 behind the champion, Timur Timerzyanov (Citroen).
• Foust did not compete in 3 of the 10 stages due to scheduling conflicts.
World Touring Car Championship (Focus) – NO RACE
• 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) – SEASON COMPLETE
• Ken 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) – NO RACE
• 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
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.