WM: National Midget Driver of the Year point standings 2001-09-18

Drake Leads Hines In Driver Of The Year Points SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 19---Jay Drake holds a slim four point lead over Tracy Hines, after 170 events nationwide in the National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings, heading into this...

Drake Leads Hines In Driver Of The Year Points

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 19---Jay Drake holds a slim four point lead over Tracy Hines, after 170 events nationwide in the National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings, heading into this weeks events. Both Drake, and Hines will compete in the USAC 4 Crown Nationals at the Eldora Speedway(Rossburg, OH), on September 21-22.

Hines has won seven features sanctioned by USAC, Badger, NAMARS, and MARA in the past six weeks to close in on Drake. A.J. Fike, the only other point leader this season, is currently third thirty nine markers behind Drake. Davey Ray, Aaron Fike, current USAC National point leader Dave Darland, Matt Westfall, Badger Champion Dan Boorse, Scott Hatton, and Mike Hess round out the top ten, as 528 drivers have scored points. ARDC Champion Ray Bull remains the winningest driver with nine feature wins.

In the maufacturers championship, Stealth holds a slim 59 point lead over Beast for chassis manufacturers. In the engine category Gaerte holds a near 200 point lead, and could clinich the championship this weekend as only 23 events remain for the season.

A new web site was debuted on September1 for current updated Driver of the Year points, news,point table, and previous years standings. A special weekly updated page "This week in Midget Auto Racing History" also highlights the web site: www.nmdoty.com.

The top ten drivers and the manufacturers champions will recieve their awards on January 12 prior to the start of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals.

<pre> DRIVER POINTS pts races/wins 1. Jay Drake 1169 23/6 2. Tracy Hines 1165 27/7 3. A.J. Fike 1130 33/3 4. Davey Ray 1034 30/2 5. Aaron Fike 1023 36/2 6. Dave Darland 971 22/6 7. Matt Westfall 902 24/4 8. Dan Boorse 813 20/3 9. Scott Hatton 799 24/4 10. Mike Hess 780 24/0 11. Bobby East 608 24/7 12. Kasey Kahne 597 10/5 13. J.J. Yeley 589 16/0 14. Kevin Olson 585 23/0 15. Brandon Waelti 568 19/1 16. Ray Bull 555 14/9 17. Jerry Coons Jr. 540 22/1 18. Teddy Beach 529 27/4 19. Travis Miniea 463 22/2 20. Jim McCune 425 17/2 21. Thomas Measeruall 414 19/4 22. Brad Kuhn 398 12/1 23. Chad DeSelle 389 18/0 24. David Gough 382 15/2 25. Steve Paden 379 21/0

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP Chassis 1. Stealth 419 2. Beast 360 3. Hawk 169 4. Ellis 95 5. TCR 82

Engine 1. Gaerte 412 2. Brayton 216 3. Esslinger 207 4. Pink 129 5. VW 124

-NMA-

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Series ARCA , Midget , USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Travis Miniea , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , David Gough , Steve Paden , Davey Ray , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Ray Bull , Scott Hatton , Jerry Coons Jr.