LAS VEGAS "” Laguna Beach resident Michael Lewis hit the jackpot at the three-eighths-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring on Saturday, driving his No. 60 Western Speed Ford Focus Midget to his second USAC California Pavement Ford Focus Series win.
Lewis was fast all evening, qualifying second with a time of 15.525 seconds. Then he and teammate Cody Gerhardt finished one-two in the heat race.
"The heat race went very well," Lewis said in a news release. "We tried some things to make sure the car was stable for the main [race]. We found out that the cars were very balanced and both cars were quick as we drove off. It was only six laps, but it was very fast and the car was really good."
Lewis and Gerhardt built a five car-length lead midway through the 30-lap main event.
On lap 14, Lewis took over the lead from Gerhardt, eventually capturing the win.
"I had to battle hard the last five laps because of a yellow flag and a restart," Lewis said. "But I ended up taking home the win."
Lewis will next take place in a Formula BMW Americas Collective Test this weekend at Putnam Park in Indiana. His next Ford Focus event will be July 25, at Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley City, Utah. Lewis remains fifth in series points.
"” From staff reports