Fisher First Again in ARCA Midgets Kalamazoo, MI, By Don Radebaugh - There were 47 hopeful ARCA, UMARA and NAMARS midgeteers that showed up Wednesday night at Kalamazoo Speedway. Unfortunately for 46, so did 18-year-old Sarah Fisher who...
Fisher First Again in ARCA Midgets
Kalamazoo, MI, By Don Radebaugh - There were 47 hopeful ARCA, UMARA and NAMARS midgeteers that showed up Wednesday night at Kalamazoo Speedway. Unfortunately for 46, so did 18-year-old Sarah Fisher who nailed down her third consecutive ARCA Auto Value Midget Series victory in as many attempts. The Ashville, Ohio second generation driver, aboard her father’s Mead Carbonless Paper-Esslinger-Hawk, overhauled defending ARCA Auto Value Midget Series champion and current point leader Gene Lee Gibson on the 16th circuit and hustled away from the pack only to be slowed by 3 cautions all for minor incidents. The yellow flag was the only apparent weapon against her as after a lap 47 and final caution in the 50 lap main event, she put at least 10 lengths between herself and Gibson. Gibson had to forget about the eventual winner late in the race anyway after Indianapolis, Indiana driver AJ Davis, whose spirited charge started from the 21st starting position, showed up inches away from his rear bumper. Davis gave Gibson all he could handle until time, and in part, his right rear tire, ran out. Leading ARCA Auto Value Midget Rookie contender Jason Fuller, in the Suspension Spring-Aro Shocks-Hogue Engines Hawk, finished 4th ahead of USAC standout Dave Steele to complete the top five. Matt Westfall set quick time of 12.862 seconds around the 3/8ths mile banked paved oval. Heat winners were Clay Klepper, Dave Thompson, AJ Fike and Gibson. All-time ARCA Midget winner Jim Hettinger won the B-main but spun late in the main event after contact with another car relegating the two-time ARCA Midget champion to 14th in the final running order.
1999 ARCA AUTO VALUE MIDGET SERIES EVENT #7 Kalamazoo Speedway, Kalamazoo MI Official Results, 7-14-99 FIN STR CAR POS POS NO DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS 1 2 67 Sarah Fisher/Ashville OH Mead-Fisher Motorsports Hawk 50 Running 2 1 0 Gene Lee Gibson/Richwood OH Gibson Racing Autocraft 50 Running 3 21 28 AJ Davis/Indianapolis IN Davis Racing VW 50 Running 4 7 9 Jason Fuller/Plymouth IN Suspension Spring-Aro Shocks-Hogue Engs Hawk 50 Running 5 17 15 Dave Steele/Indianapolis IN 50 Running 6 18 7 Brian Gerster/Indianapolis IN 50 Running 7 6 69 Aaron Fike/Galesburg IL 50 Running 8 10 69 AJ Fike/Galesburg IL 50 Running 9 9 61 Brice Kenyon/Lebanon IN 50 Running 10 15 38 Dave Baumgartner/Ottawa Lake MI Autocraft Engines-Linne Enterprises Ford 50 Running 11 8 54 Matt Westfall/Ludlow Falls OH 50 Running 12 16 4 Mark Boice/Noblesville IN 50 Running 13 11 26 Don Carter/Elwood IL 50 Running 14 5 71 Jim Hettinger/Mason MI Don Smith Hawk VW 50 Running 15 14 21 John Nervo 49 Running 16 19 53 JD Turner/Cincinnati OH 49 Running 17 13 24 Dave Thompson/Minooka IL 46 18 12 17 Clay Klepper/Caruthers CA 45 19 20 56 Dan Boorse/Whitefish Bay WI 14 20 17 58 Sarah McCune/Perrysburg OH A-1 Auto Parts Autocraft 10 21 3 40 Tom Fedewa/Leslie MI 5 22 4 3 Robbie Parrish/Knightstown IN 0 FAST QUALIFIER: Matt Westfall 12.862 seconds HEAT WINNERS: Clay Klepper, Dave Thompson, AJ Fike, Gene Lee Gibson B-MAIN WINNER: Jim Hettinger