Fike wins Driver of the Year at Vegas

Fike claims National Midget Driver of the Year honors with 11th place Vegas finish. LAS VEGAS, NV, November 30---Aaron Fike has emerged as the 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year Champion, Saturday Night at the BullRing at Las Vegas Motor ...

Fike claims National Midget Driver of the Year honors with 11th place Vegas finish.

LAS VEGAS, NV, November 30---Aaron Fike has emerged as the 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year Champion, Saturday Night at the BullRing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he finished eleventh in the USAC National/Western Midget feature, won by Tony Stewart.

Fike, 19, of Galesburg, IL won seven midget features nationwide, and the 2002 Badger Midget Series Title this season. Fike topped 537 drivers who scored points at 220 events nationwide.

Mike Hess, and defending champion Tracy Hines entered the Las Vegas event trailing Fike by four, and 33 points, but both drivers retired early from the event with mechanical problems. USAC National Midget Champion Dave Darland who finished second at Las Vegas, passed Hines to finish in third place. Bobby East, J.J. Yeley, Davey Ray, A.J. Fike, Dave Steele, and Aaron Fiscus round out the top ten drivers. James Chesson captured the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year Honors.

In the Manfuacturers Championship for the second straight year Gaerte engines won the engine maufacturers title while Beast was the top chassis builder. Fike, and the top ten along with the special award winners will recieved their honors on Saturday Night January 11 prior to the start of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl National in Tulsa, OK, for ticket information go to: www.chilibowl.com.

<pre> FINAL TOP TWENTY FIVE PTS RACES/WINS 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 702 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 21. Brian Gerster 518 18/1 22. James Chesson 513 15/0 23. Steve Thinnes 493 19/5 24. Ryan Durst 471 27/0 25. David Gough 470 19/5

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