TOLEDO OH (11-15-02) ARCA, in an effort to concentrate its efforts on its core racing activities, has announced that the recently completed 2002 season would end its sanctioning of the ARCA Midget Series. "Given the time and effort that it takes...
TOLEDO OH (11-15-02) ARCA, in an effort to concentrate its efforts on its core racing activities, has announced that the recently completed 2002 season would end its sanctioning of the ARCA Midget Series.
"Given the time and effort that it takes to properly administrate our Midget Series in the motorsports community today, we felt we were not doing justice to the series," said ARCA president Ron Drager. "It's been a good 23-year run, and we're proud of what we've accomplished in the series through the years. Certainly, part of our decision is based on the ability of our teams to utilize their equipment in other professional, quality sanctioned midget series in this region, most notably USAC and NAMARS; so our teams at least have options."
The ARCA Midget Series was initially founded as WWAR (World Wide Auto Racing) in 1980 by club founder Dave Bruce. The traveling Midget Series came under the ARCA sanction in 1988 upon the blessings of Bruce whose health was failing. Since then, ARCA has crowned a Midget touring season champion each season, most recently, in November of 2002 when Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver Dave Baumgartner took top honors.
ARCA Midget champions over three decades also include the late Les Scott, NAMARS founder Jack Calabrase, all-time ARCA Midget winner (38) Jim Hettinger, Don Schilling, Rick Harrell, Jerry Nemire and Gene Lee Gibson to name a few. Former ARCA Midget Series winners include Mike Fedorcak, Rich Vogler, Mel Kenyon, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Sarah Fisher, Ryan Newman, Tom Bigelow, Ken Schrader, Kenny Irwin, Mack McClellan, the late Perry Younce and Eddie Horne among many others.
ARCA will continue in its commitment to sanction the ARCA RE/MAX Series and Lincoln Welders Truck Series as well as Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways in 2003 and beyond.