Driver of the year standings 2002-09-19

Hess new National Midget Driver of the Year point leader. SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 19---By virtue of a pair of third place finishes last weekend Mike Hess, now finds himself atop the Arizona Sport Shirts National Midget Driver of the Year...

Hess new National Midget Driver of the Year point leader.

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 19---By virtue of a pair of third place finishes last weekend Mike Hess, now finds himself atop the Arizona Sport Shirts National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings, heading into the homestretch of the season. Hess becomes the fifth driver to lead the points this year,a record and now holds a 31 point lead over Aaron Fike.

Hess has four victories this season, including the Knoxville Midget Championship, and the Hut 100. Fike, who won the Badger Midget Series Championship, has seven feature wins, tied with defending Driver of the Year Champion Tracy Hines, and NAMARS Champion Aaron Pierce, for the most wins. Hines, is third followed by: Dave Darland, Bobby East, Davey Ray, J.J.Yeley, Aaron Fiscus, Scott Hatton, and A.J. Fike. A total of 520 drivers have scored points in the 191 events run nationwide.

Beast holds a 52 point lead over Stealth in the Chassis Manufacturers points, while defening champion Gaerte Engines leads Esslinger in the Engine Manufacturers points. James Chesson holds a slim eight point lead over Ryan Durst in the Design 500 Racewear National Rookie of the Year Point battle. The season finale for midget auto racing is on November 30th at the BullRing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Associate sponsors for the award include: Arizona Sport Shirts, Design 500 Racewear, National Speed Sport News, midgetmadness. com, Hi-Performance Racing Cards and Sign 1-1.

        DRIVER                  PTS             RACES/WINS
1.      Mike Hess               1400            35/4
2.      Aaron Fike              1369            36/7
3.      Tracy Hines             1248            32/7
4.      Dave Darland            1126            22/2
5.      Bobby East              1056            36/6
6.      Davey Ray                895            26/0
7.      J.J. Yeley               795            20/4
8.      Aaron Fiscus             770            22/0
9.      Scott Hatton             721            17/1
10.     A.J. Fike                715            29/1
11.     Critter Malone           702            21/2
12.     Chad DeSelle             676            19/1
13.     Aaron Pierce             663            31/7
14.     Dan Boorse               652            17/3
15.     Brandon Waelti           640            20/1
16.     Teddy Beach              609            29/4
17.     Steve Paden              540            20/0
18.     David Steele             524            10/3
19.     Brian Gerster            518            18/1
20.     Jason Leffler            508            11/2

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP CHASSIS 1. Beast 560 2. Stealth 508 3. Ellis 146 4. Hawk 141 5. TCR 78

        ENGINE
1.      Gaerte          357
2.      Esslinger       300
3.      Brayton         162
4.      Pink            159
5.      Fontana         146

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1. James Chesson 429 2. Ryan Durst 421 3. Tom Hessert 213 4. Ben Sietz 203 5. Cody Wisensel 196

-ndoty-

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Series Midget
Drivers Jason Leffler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , James Chesson , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Steve Paden , Davey Ray , Ryan Durst , Brian Gerster , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Aaron Fiscus , Scott Hatton