Fort Wayne IN, 8-28-99 - UMARA Midget standout Steve Thinnes stood out Saturday night at Baer Field Speedway, held off a charge from Jimmy McCune and won the 30-lap ARCA Auto Value-UMARA sanctioned main event taking his second consecutive...
Fort Wayne IN, 8-28-99 - UMARA Midget standout Steve Thinnes stood out Saturday night at Baer Field Speedway, held off a charge from Jimmy McCune and won the 30-lap ARCA Auto Value-UMARA sanctioned main event taking his second consecutive victory in the aforementioned co-sanction. Jim Anderson led at the onset but his lead was short-lived when Thinnes, who started sixth, raced by the former leader to lead the second lap. Thinnes stretched his advantage over McCune, Gary Harrell and Larry Gibson and held strong throughout the race. McCune hustled hard to catch Thinnes and closed the gap in the latter stages but couldn’t find a way around the eventual winner. Harrell finished a strong third ahead of Dave Thompson and Aaron Fike to complete the top five. Leading ARCA Midget rookie contender Jason Fuller brought his midget home in sixth in front of Gibson, two-time ARCA Midget champion Rick Harrell, Rich Corsen and Jim Hines to round out the top ten. Current ARCA Midget point leader and defending champion Gene Lee Gibson started 10th and was quickly working his way forward before contact in a tight pack sent the open-wheel standout over on his side on the backstretch. Gibson was uninjured but through for the night and credited with the 20th finishing position. Don Carter set quick time of night at 14.722 seconds and Larry Gibson, Fike and McCune were heat race winners. The ARCA Auto Value Midgets, along with UMARA, will next appear at the brand new one mile Chicago Motor Speedway on September 12th before wrapping up the season at Toledo Speedway on September 19th.
1999 ARCA AUTO VALUE MIDGET SERIES EVENT #12 Baer Field Speedway, Fort Wayne IN, 8-28-99 Official Results
FIN STR CAR POS POS NO DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS 1 6 48 Steve Thinnes UMARA 30 Running 2 5 6 Jimmy McCune/Sylvania OH McCune Racing VW 30 Running 3 4 4 Gary Harrell/Temperance MI R&M Towing-TJ Roofing-Kayo Lumber Hawk 30 Running 4 8 24 Dave Thompson/Minooka IL Savage Racing-MAC Tools VW 30 Running 5 11 69 Aaron Fike UMARA 30 Running 6 9 9 Jason Fuller/Plymouth IN AFCO-Suspension Spring-Hogue Engines Hawk 30 Running 7 2 5 Larry Gibson/Richwood OH Gilliland Body Shop-Dotson's Garage Chevy 30 Running 8 13 1 Rick Harrell/Temperance MI Kayo Lumber-Total Prep Solution Hawk 30 Running 9 12 15 Rich Corsen UMARA 30 Running 10 14 17 Jim Hines UMARA 30 Running 11 18 1 BJ Manson/Perrysburg OH Cameleon Group-Corse Tek 30 Running 12 19 98 Larry Wesch UMARA 30 Running 13 17 4 Klaus Wever/Minooka IL K&B Auto-D'Arcy VW 29 Running 14 20 32 Roger Bettenhausen UMARA 28 Running 15 15 55 Don Moore/Springfield OH Moore Racing VW 18 Overheating 16 1 36 Jim Anderson/Joliet IL Rho-Chem/Automotive Excellence Pontiac 10 Suspension 17 7 71 Jim Hettinger/Mason MI United Cable Construction-Autocraft Hawk 9 Engine 18 16 19 Chris O'Connell/Roanoke IN O'Connell Racing VW 6 Engine 19 3 22 John Myers UMARA 3 Engine 20 10 0 Gene Lee Gibson/Richwood OH Gibson Racing Autocraft 3 Accident
FAST QUALIFIER: Don Carter Jr 14.722 seconds HEAT WINNERS: Gene Lee Gibson, Aaron Fike, Jimmy McCune B-MAIN WINNER: Don Moore LAP LEADERS: Anderson 1 (1); Thinnes 2-30 (29)