Flat Rock: Race report

Baumgartner wins Perry Younce Memorial at Flat Rock. FLAT ROCK MI (7-27-02) Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver Dave Baumgartner padded his point lead in the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series with a convincing victory in the ARCA/NAMARS co-sanctioned Perry...

Baumgartner wins Perry Younce Memorial at Flat Rock.

FLAT ROCK MI (7-27-02) Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver Dave Baumgartner padded his point lead in the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series with a convincing victory in the ARCA/NAMARS co-sanctioned Perry Younce Memorial Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway.

Baumgartner, who started sixth after winning the Old Milwaukee Quick Time Award earlier, quickly charged his way towards the front overtaking polesitter Adam Nuetzel on lap 13 of the 30-lap feature event. From there, Baumgartner, in his own Weld Wheels-Simpson Autocraft Hawk, never looked back to earn his 4th career ARCA Auto Value Midget Series victory.

"It feels great," said Baumgartner in victory lane. "The car was perfect right off the trailer. I could drive it pretty much anywhere I needed to. There's always two good grooves to work with at Flat Rock, sometime three. If you can make your car handle, you can pass here. I always wanted to win the Perry Younce race for who it's named after. I'm proud of this one."

The event, the 6th annual Perry Younce Memorial, was named in memory of Perry Younce who lost his life in a Midget racing accident in 1996.

Nuetzel held on for second in front of second-generation open-wheel driver Chris Hettinger who steered the United Cable Construction-Penske Shocks VW to the finish in third. New Carlisle, Ohio driver Matt Brun held off two-time ARCA Midget winner Aaron Pierce for fourth. Pierce finished fifth ahead of Isaiah Bross, Phil Rutledge, Mel Kenyon, Paul Perkins and two-time ARCA Midget champion Rick Harrell to complete the top-ten finishers respectively.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Aaron Pierce , Matt Brun , Adam Nuetzel , Dave Baumgartner