Craig Carey crowned "King Doodlebug" at Knoxville on Friday Craig Carey, from Springfield, Ill., won the Pepsi/Mt. Dew "King Doodlebug" special invitational feature for midget cars at the Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. Carey started on the...
Craig Carey crowned "King Doodlebug" at Knoxville on Friday
Craig Carey, from Springfield, Ill., won the Pepsi/Mt. Dew "King Doodlebug" special invitational feature for midget cars at the Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. Carey started on the pole and led all 15 laps of the $1,000-to-win midget car event. The victory margin was approximately two seconds at the checkered flags. Coming in a close second was Scott Hatton followed by Knoxville weekly 410-cubic-inch sprint car racer Don Droud, Jr.
Smoke could be found coming from Carey's car throughout the majority of the event. "I think we blew the oil line. We were smoking but we never lost power. I just stuck my foot down and said if it blew it blew," he commented. "I love racing here. It's so much fun to drive on this track."
The first of the two nights of racing was used to line-up the cars for the Saturday night program. Competitors earned passing points and placement points throughout the heat races.
Winning the five midget heat races were Ray Bull, Jr., Davey Ray, the 2002 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship winner Mike Hess (who also set a new eight-lap track record), Brian Gerster and Carey.
Forty-four competitors competed in the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship event. Drivers were represented by five midget car sanctioning organizations including Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), Rocky Mountain (RMMRA), North American (NAMARS) and American (ARDC). The King Doodlebug Invitational started the five Friday night heat winners, the top point-getters from each of the five sanctions, and the top drivers from each of the following five events: 2002 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, 2002 Belleville Midget Nationals, 2002 Sun Prairie Fireman Nationals, 2003 Tulsa Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, and 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year (NMDoY) rankings. According to National Speed Sport News editor emeritus Chris Economaki, the term "doodlebug" was created by the "big car" gentry in the late 1930's for the increasingly-popular "midget" car. Walter Bull, who founded the Illustrated Speedway News, then started a contest to crown "King Doodlebug". According to National Sprint Car Museum board members Larry Ball, Jr., and Bill Hill, the following six drivers were all crowned "King Doodlebug": Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke (1938), Bill Holmes (1939), Al Bonnell (1946), Ed "Dutch" Schaefer (1947), Bill Schindler (1948), and Ralph Pratt (1949).
Pepsi/Mt Dew Midget Championship
'King Doodlebug' Midget Invitational
First Heat, 8 laps: 1. Ray Bull; 2. Aaron Fiscus; 3. Sarah McCune; 4. Dave Camfield Jr; 5. Ron Kuhn; 6. Jim Doyle; 7. Kevin Doty; 8. Dave Camfield, Sr.
Second Heat, 8 laps: 1. Davey Ray; 2. Scott Hatton; 3. Chad DeSelle; 4. Don Droud Jr; 5. Brandon Waelti; 6. Rick Mueller; 7. Marc Dailey.
Third Heat, 8 laps: 1. Mike Hess; 2. A.J. Fike; 3. A.J. Felker; 4. Steve Knepper; 5. Rich Camfield; 6. Todd Beach; 7. David Gough.
Forth Heat, 8 laps: 1. Brian Gerster; 2. Damion Gardner; 3. Brad Kuhn; 4. Rik Forbes; 5. Donny Lehmann; 6. Randy Fiscus; 7. Tim Siner.
Fifth Heat, 8 laps: 1. Craig Carey; 2. Boyd Calvert; 3. Quinn McCabe; 4. Critter Malone; 5. Aaron Fike; 6. Ryan Durst; 7. Andy Mason; 8. Nick Lundgreen.
King Doodlebug Invitational, (15 laps) : 1. Craig Carey (heat five); 2. Scott Hatton (Belleville 2002); 3. Don Droud, Jr. (Knoxville 2002); 4. Aaron Fike (Tulsa 2003); 5. Ryan Durst (NAMARS); 6. Chad DeSelle (BMARA); 7. A.J. Fike (NMDoY 2002); 8. Mike Hess (heat three); 9. Marc Dailey (ARDC); 10. Ray Bull, Jr. (heat one); 11. Brandon Waelti (Sun Prairie 2002); 12. Donny Lehmann (MARA); 13. Rik Forbes (RMMRA); 14. Davey Ray (heat two); 15. Brian Gerster (heat four).