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Faccinto Stuns The Midget World In Vermiel Classic At Calistoga

Michael Faccinto worked his way around Tanner Thorson with just three laps remaining to win Sunday night’s “Louie Vermiel Classic” USAC Western States Midget feature at Calistoga Speedway.

Faccinto, of Hanford, California, started on the outside of the front row and eventually worked his way to the lead around pole sitter Ronnie Gardner on the sixth lap. Thorson, Saturday night’s “Vermiel” winner, grabbed the lead on lap 13 as Faccinto fell back to second.

A late caution bunched the field up and Faccinto took advantage, slipping past Thorson for the top spot on lap 28.

Thorson made one last-ditch effort into turn three on the final lap to no avail as Faccinto kept his foot it in and powered away to take the checkered flag as Bacon snuck by Thorson for second on the bottom. Thorson took third in front of Gardner and Carson Macedo.

Faccinto took the MF Motorsports OZV/Lucas Oil Spike/Chevy to victory lane for the second time in the series this season and remains second in the standings, 42 behind Gardner, heading into next Thursday’s “Gold Cup Race of Champions” (co-sanctioned by BCRA) at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2016 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – 9th Annual “Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-19.926; 2. Tanner Thorson, 67x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.051; 3. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-20.102; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.121; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-20.123; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.147; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.154; 8. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.189; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-20.262; 10. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.272; 11. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-20.386; 12. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-20.590; 13. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-20.621; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-20.818; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-20.884; 16. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-20.961; 17. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-21.208; 18. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-21.220; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.314; 20. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-21.523; 21. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-21.582; 22. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-22.307.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Macedo, 3. Robinson, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Golobic, 6. Crone, 7. Pankratz, 8. Hazelton. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Faccinto, 3. Thorson, 4. Shelton, 5. Guerrini, 6. Cofer, 7. Waite. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Gardner, 3. Elliott, 4. Dalby, 5. Simas, 6. C.Swanson, 7. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Holly Shelton, 9. Frankie Guerrini, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Courtney Crone, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Taylor Simas, 14. Nate Waite, 15. Ashley Hazelton, 16. Randi Pankratz, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Spencer Bayston, 20. Shane Golobic. NT
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**Bock flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Gardner, Laps 6-12 Faccinto, Laps 13-27 Thorson, Laps 28-30 Faccinto.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ashley Hazelton

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-626, 2-Faccinto-584, 3-Guerrini-447, 4-Elliott-431, 5-Crone-368, 6-Pankratz-350, 7-C. Swanson-344, 8-Cofer-324, 9-Dalby-323, 10-Tyler Dolacki-279.

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 8 – Chico, CA – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions” Co-Sanctioned with BCRA

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