USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series driver Derek Fisher gained valuable ground in the Midwest division points standings by landing a feature race win on the paved quarter-mile track at Kentucky Speedway this afternoon.

The Columbus, Ind., native, who entered the day 11th in the series standings, hugged the low line in his No. 97 Keith Kunz Motorsports/Vital Express/Bullett/Ford Focus and led all 20 race laps in just his seventh career series start.

"I'm really starting to get used to the car," he said. "When I first got in it, I didn't know where my tires were or anything because I was sitting so low in the seat. I have a good feel for it now and it just feels great."

Fisher started the feature on the inside front row after qualifying for the main event with a second-place finish in the fourth eight-lap heat race of the afternoon.

"I was lucky to be able to start up front and that' s what it took here," Fisher said. "The car handled great today. I just had to hold my line and make sure I didn't mess up. As long as I held my line, I knew no one was going to get around me unless they went over the top."

Stephanie Mockler, who entered the race second in the division standings, finished second in the No. 16 Mark Frew/Regal Printing -AED Motorsports/Stealth/ Ford Focus and Chase Scott finished third in the No. 4 Real Race Cars/Beast/Ford Focus.

Qualifying for tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" is up next at the speedway and begins at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the main entrance of Kentucky Speedway at Gates 15 and 16 up to race time.

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