National Midget Driver, Manufacturer Points 2001-09-28

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 28---Gaerte Engines has clinched the National Midget Driver of the Year Manufacturers Championship in the Engine category. Only twenty events remain on this years schedule, and Gaerte holds a 195 point lead over Brayton...

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 28---Gaerte Engines has clinched the National Midget Driver of the Year Manufacturers Championship in the Engine category. Only twenty events remain on this years schedule, and Gaerte holds a 195 point lead over Brayton Engineering. This season marks the first year point were kept to determine the top engines, and chassis manufactuer. Stealth currently holds a 50 point lead over Beast in the chassis category.

Tracy Hines is the new leader in Driver points, he currently holds a slim three point lead over Jay Drake. Hines becomes the eighth different driver to lead the points in the three year history of the award(others have been: Jason Leffler('99 Champ), Kasey Kahne('00 Champ), Dan Boorse, Jerry Coons Jr, Cory Kruseman, Drake, and A.J. Fike ).

Mid-season point leader A.J. Fike now trails Hines by 36 points, with Aaron Fike, and Davey Ray rounding out the top five. Current USAC National point leader Dave Darland, Matt Westfall, Badger champ Dan Boorse, Scott Hatton, and Mike Hess round out the top ten, after 176 events nationwide, 530 drivers have scored points.

Four events are scheduled this weekend with Hines and Drake excepted to compete in the USAC World Comm National event at the Anderson Speedway(Anderson, IN), on Saturday September 29. The season finale will be November 24 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The top ten drivers and manufacturers champions will recieve their award during the annual awards cermony held at the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals(Tulsa, OK), on January 12.

<pre> TOP 25 DRIVERS PTS RACES/WINS 1. Tracy Hines 1173 28/7 2. Jay Drake 1170 24/6 3. A.J. Fike 1137 34/3 4. Aaron Fike 1041 37/2 5. Davey Ray 1034 30/2 6. Dave Darland 1007 23/6 7. Matt Westfall 927 25/4 8. Dan Boorse 813 20/3 9. Scott Hatton 799 24/4 10. Mike Hess 788 25/0 11. J.J. Yeley 639 17/0 12. Bobby East 608 24/7 13. Kasey Kahne 597 10/5 14. Kevin Olson 585 23/0 15. Jerry Coons Jr. 568 23/1 Brandon Waelti 568 19/1 17. Teddy Beach 556 28/4 18. Ray Bull 555 14/9 19. Travis Miniea 468 23/2 20. Jimmy McCune 443 18/2 21. Flyod Alvis 438 19/3 22. Thomas Measurall 418 20/4 23. Steve Paden 410 22/0 24. Brad Kuhn 398 12/1 25. Chad DeSelle 389 18/0

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP Engine 1. Gaerte 415* 2. Brayton 220 3. Esslinger 209 4. Pink 137 5. VW 130

Chassis 1. Stealth 425 2. Beast 375 3. Hawk 169 4. Ellis 95 5. TCR 87

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Series Midget , USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne , Brad Kuhn , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Travis Miniea , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Jimmy McCune , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Davey Ray , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Ray Bull , Scott Hatton , Jerry Coons Jr.