Fike holds Driver of the Year lead 2002-10-22

Fike holds slim lead. Beast clinches Manufacturers Championship. SUN PRAIRIE, WI, October 22---Aaron Fike continues to hold a slim lead in the Arizona Sport Shirts National Midget Driver of the Year point standings with only eight races...

Fike holds slim lead.
Beast clinches Manufacturers Championship.

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, October 22---Aaron Fike continues to hold a slim lead in the Arizona Sport Shirts National Midget Driver of the Year point standings with only eight races remaining. Fike holds a point lead over Mike Hess. Defending Champion Tracy Hines with another late season charge is now in third only 56 points behind Fike. Current USAC National Midget point leader Dave Darland, in fourth place, remains the only other driver in contention for the championship.

A total of 211 events have been run at 83 different tracks so far this season. Bobby East, J.J. Yeley, Davey Ray, A.J. Fike, Aaron Fiscus, and Aaron Pierce round out the top ten. The final race of the season is slated at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on November 30.

East Enterprises, producers of the BEAST chassis have clinched the National Midget Manufacturers Championship for chassis builders. Gaerte Engines continues to lead Esslinger Engineering in the engine category. Ryan Durst has recently taken over the point lead in the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year point battle passing James Chesson who had led the standings since early March.

The top ten drivers along with manufacturers champions, and Rookie of the Year will receive their awards on Saturday Night January 11 prior to the start of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Tickets for the event are available at www.chilibowl.com.

Jason Leffler('99), Kasey Kahne('00), and Hines('01), are previous winners of the award sponsored by Arizona Sport Shirts, and the Arizona Companies.

<pre> TOP TWENTY FIVE PTS RACES/WINS 1. Aaron Fike 1419 41/7 2. Mike Hess 1403 36/4 3. Tracy Hines 1363 36/7 4. Dave Darland 1292 26/3 5. Bobby East 1189 43/6 6. J.J. Yeley 953 24/4 7. Davey Ray 917 29/0 8. A.J. Fike 820 33/1 9. Aaron Fiscus 770 22/0 10. Aaron Pierce 731 35/7 11. Scott Hatton 721 17/1 12. Critter Malone 702 21/2 13. Teddy Beach 693 33/5 14. Chad DeSelle 676 19/1 15. Dave Steele 652 14/5 Dan Boorse 652 17/4 17. Brandon Waelti 640 20/0 18. Steve Paden 565 23/0 19. Brian Gerster 518 18/1 20. Jason Leffler 514 12/2 21. Steve Thinnes 493 19/5 22. Ron Gregory 482 28/2 23. David Gough 470 19/5 24. Steve Knepper 464 18/0 Matt Westfall 464 17/1

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP

CHASSIS: 1. Beast 652  2. Stealth 538  3. Hawk 180
ENGINE:  1. Gaerte 393  2. ESslinger 336  3. Pink 206

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1. Ryan Durst 459 2. James Chesson 429 3. Tom Hessert 250

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