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DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 7-9. Mike Neff beat Tim Wilkerson in an All-Ford Final in a rain-delayed U.S. Nationals (NHRA) … Wilkerson’s finals run pushed him into The Countdown past fellow Ford driver Bob Tasca III. Five Mustangs qualified for The Countdown, led by Robert Hight in second (-30). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and Michael Annett fifth at Richmond (NNS). Matt Kenseth (fifth) and Greg Biffle (ninth) finished in the top-10 in Richmond (NSC). Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose came up short in their final bid for NASCAR’s postseason. Ian James and Roger Miller drove their Mustang Boss 302R to a fifth-place finish Mustang at Laguna Seca (GRAND-AM CTSCC). Ryan Dalziel and Alex Tagliani finished third at Laguna Seca (GRAND-AM Rolex).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Fusion)
• Matt Kenseth (fifth) and Greg Biffle (ninth) were the Blue Ovals among the top-10 in Richmond, while the bids of Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose to join the duo in The Chase came up short.
• Greg Biffle won the “regular season” points battle, but enters The Chase in fifth (-6) and Matt Kenseth tied for seventh (-9) behind leader Denny Hamlin based on bonus points for wins.
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 48 behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule continues at Richmond on Sept 9, the final event prior to The Chase cutoff.
NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mustang)
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished second and Michael Annett fifth at Richmond behind race-winner Kevin Harvick (Chevy)
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits second in the driver's championship, 1 point behind Elliott Sadler (Chevy). Michael Annett sits sixth (-137).
• Ford sits third in the manufacturer standings, 31 points behind Chevy.
• The NASCAR Nationwide schedule continues Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway
NHRA Funny Car Series (Mustang)
• Needing a surge to make The Countdown, Tim Wilkerson made a run into the finals at the U.S. Nationals before falling to event champ and fellow Ford driver Mike Neff. In an all-Ford final.
• The victory was Neff’s third in 2012, the ninth of his career.
• Robert Hight and Courtney Force each won their opening-round match-up before falling in the quarters.
• In a critical first round meeting that would shape who would make the Countdown, Wilkerson beat fellow Ford driver Bob Tasca III to knock Tasca out of the postseason.
• Courtney Force qualified No. 1, Tim Wilkerson in fourth, Robert Hight sixth, John Force eighth, Mike Neff 10th, Bob Tasca III in 13th.
• The points have reset for The Countdown, with Robert Hight in second (-30), Mike Neff in fourth (-50), Courtney Force in sixth (-70), John Force in eighth (-90) and Tim Wilkerson in 10th (-110). Bob Tasca III finished the regular season in 12th.
• The 2012 NHRA Funny Car postseason starts Sept. 14-16 in Charlotte, NC.
GRAND-AM CTSCC (MustangBoss302R/Focus ST-R)
• Ian James and Roger Miller drove their Mustang Boss 302R to a fifth-place finish as the highest-finishing Mustang at Laguna Seca behind winners Matt Bell and John Edwards (Chevy). Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson withdrew following a crash in practice that left Roush with a broken wrist.
• James Gue/Gunnar Jeannette made it just two laps into the event at Laguna Seca, finishing 34th.
• 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. 28-9 at Lime Rock Park
V8 Supercars (Falcon) – NO RACE
• 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) – NO RACE
• 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
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
Other Ford Racing Results
• Ken Block won Rallye Delfi by over three minutes and Fiesta pilot Ed McNelly won the 2WD class.
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.