2002 National Midget honors to be bestowed at Chili Bowl

Fike to recieve Driver of the Year honors at Chili Bowl. TULSA, OK, January 5---For the fourth straight year the National Midget Driver of the Year will be crowned before the start of the Chili Bowl Nationals on Saturday Night January 11, at...

Fike to recieve Driver of the Year honors at Chili Bowl.

TULSA, OK, January 5---For the fourth straight year the National Midget Driver of the Year will be crowned before the start of the Chili Bowl Nationals on Saturday Night January 11, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Aaron Fike will join Jason Leffler('99), Kasey Kahne ('00), and Tracy Hines ('01), as previous champions. The event will be the first point race for the chase for the 2003 Championship.

Fike is among the 204 pre-enteries for the event. The top ten drivers, along with National Midget Manufacturer of the Year Champion Gaerte Engines, and Beast Chassis, and Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year James Chesson. will also be honored.

The Chili Bowl event has been difficult for the past three driver of the year champions, as they have all failed to make the Saturday Night finale, during their championship season. <pre> FINAL TOP TWENTY 1. Aaron Fike 1433 45/7 2. Mike Hess 1429 40/4 3. Dave Darland 1411 29/3 4. Tracy Hines 1400 39/8 5. Bobby East 1279 46/6 6. J.J. Yeley 1099 27/4 7. Davey Ray 915 29/0 8. A.J. Fike 882 36/1 9. Dave Steele 792 16/5 10. Aaron Fiscus 770 22/0 11. Aaron Pierce 756 37/7 12. Scott Hatton 721 17/1 13. Teddy Beach 710 36/5 14. Critter Malone 702 21/2 15. Chad DeSelle 676 19/1 16. Dan Boorse 652 17/4 Steve Paden 652 26/0 18. Brandon Waelti 640 20/1 19. Jason Leffler 566 14/2 20. Ron Gregory 557 31/2

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1. James Chesson 513 2. Ryan Durst 471 3. Tom Hessert 291

NATIONAL MIDGET MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP Chassis 1. Beast 689 2. Stealth 540 3. Hawk 188

Engine 1. Gaerte 393 2. Esslinger 349 3. Pink 235

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