"Kuhn increases Driver of the Year point lead at Phoenix" "Bowman new rookie point leader" Phoenix, Ariz., Nov.12---Brad Kuhn increased his point lead Thursday Night in the battle for the 2009 National Midget...
"Kuhn increases Driver of the Year point lead at Phoenix"
"Bowman new rookie point leader"
Phoenix, Ariz., Nov.12---Brad Kuhn increased his point lead Thursday Night in the battle for the 2009 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship. Kuhn finished fourth in the 34th annual Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway. Kuhn now holds a 59-point lead over Bryan Clauson, with four events remaining.
Clauson appeared headed for a possible PIR victory and the NMDOTY points lead, when he took the white flag as the race leader. Contact with race winner Bobby Santos III entering the final two turns at the one-mile track, saw Clauson regulated to an 18th place finish. Rookie Alex Bowman placed third and took the lead in the Design 500 Racewear Rookie fo the Year standings.
Action will now switch to Jim Naylor's Ventura Raceway on Nov. 21 for the ARP/J.W. Mitchell Fall Classic, which will pay $5,000 to win. Kuhn has several runner-up feature finishes at the Oceanside 1/4-mile dirt oval. The Toyota Speedway at Irwindale California will then host the 69th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night Nov. 26.
The final two events which will determine the Championship will be on Friday & Saturday Night's Nov. 27-28 events at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, Ariz.). The Southwest Championships will feature midget racing sanctioned by the AMRA, along with non-winged 360 sprint Cars, and mini sprints. Saturday Night's feature will pay $2,000-to-win. Sands Chevrolet in Glendale, Ariz. has joined the growing list of sponsors for the event which has seen severalpurse increases since the event was announced.
Trailing Kuhn and Clauson, and still in contention for the NMDOTY title are also '07 Champion Jerry Coons Jr.and Brad Loyet. Kuhn's primary car owner RW Motorsports increased their lead the Car Owners Championship to 101 points over Loyet Motorsports.