2002 year in review

Guinn, Baumgartner conquer ARCA Touring titles. TOLEDO, OH -- Erie, Michigan driver Chad Guinn raced his way into the ARCA record books earning his career-first ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series title in 2002 while Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver...

Guinn, Baumgartner conquer ARCA Touring titles.

TOLEDO, OH -- Erie, Michigan driver Chad Guinn raced his way into the ARCA record books earning his career-first ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series title in 2002 while Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver Dave Baumgartner nailed down his career-first ARCA Auto Value Midget Series championship.

Guinn, in his father Larry Guinn's BFI-Northland Collision Ford Ranger, posted five wins in '02 among nine top-five finishes and nine top-10s. In addition, the all-time series winner with 15 career victories led 190 laps en route to his first touring series title. "This is a great honor," said Guinn. "I especially want to thank my mom and dad for all their support and for standing by the program. We've got so much quality help; Chuck Carroll is one of the finest crew chiefs there is anywhere, in any series. We worked hard for this; I finally know what it feels like to be a champion; and it feels great." Guinn's victories came at Illiana Motor Speedway, Ona Speedway, Dixie Motor Speedway, the LaSalle Speedway dirt and the new Lake Erie Speedway.

Piqua, Ohio driver Jeff Speakman led the way with four Old Milwaukee Pole Awards and finished second in points in his own Pennzoil-National Auto Lube Ford 100 points away from Guinn. Speakman also picked up one victory at Lake Erie along the way. New Haven, Indiana driver Pete Wormcastle, who posted victories at Adirondack Int'l Speedway, Lorain County Speedway and I-75 Speedway, tied for third in points with Fairfield, Ohio driver Darren Jones who won the season finale on the Tri-City Speedway dirt. Wormcastle also led 262 laps in '02, more than any other driver. Sidney, Ohio 16-year old driver Brandon Knupp won the Hoosier Racing Tires Rookie of the Year honors en route to his 5th place points finish. Series veterans' Brett Oakley, Bill Withers, Robbin Slaughter, Joe Wormcastle and Jack Weethee completed the 10 in points respectively.

Additional Lincoln Welders Truck Series winners in '02 included Joe Wormcastle at Kentucky Speedway, Phil Bozell at Toledo Speedway and Paul Hahn at Flat Rock Speedway.

Baumgartner, driving for his father and champion car owner Jim Baumgartner all year, picked up three ARCA Auto Value Midget Series victories at Flat Rock, Mansfield and Shady Bowl Speedways en route to his first touring series title. "It feels great; no question about it," said the 25-year-old champion. "It's something I'll always have on my resume; maybe it can even help take us to the next level." Baumgartner also led the way with three Old Milwaukee Pole Awards.

Crawfordsville, Indiana driver Sondi Eden posted one victory at Dixie Motor Speedway on her way to finishing a career-high second in points over series veteran Gary Harrell who finished third. Seymour Autocraft Engines ARCA Rookie of the Year Adam Schuyler finished fourth in series points with second generation open-wheel racer Chris Hettinger finishing fifth overall. Phil Rutledge, Chris O'Connell, Ryan Gillenwater, Matt Maners and Isaiah Bross completed the top-10 respectively.

Outside of Baumgartner, Noblesville, Indiana driver Ron Gregory won twice on the tour at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and Columbus Motor Speedway while the remaining ARCA Midget victors in '02 included Aaron Pierce at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Travis Miniea at Sandusky Speedway, Matt Brun at Shady Bowl Speedway and Teddy Beach at the Speedrome.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Travis Miniea , Teddy Beach , Ron Gregory , Matt Brun , Brandon Knupp , Dave Baumgartner