namars: UMARA: Springport Midget Race Report 2000-06-16

Springport MI, 6-16-00 – Travis Welpott held off defending ARCA Auto Value Midget Series champion Gene Lee Gibson and a hard-charging Nick Fornoro to win the tri-sanctioned ARCA-UMARA-NAMARS Midget 30 lap main event Friday night at Springport ...

Springport MI, 6-16-00 – Travis Welpott held off defending ARCA Auto Value Midget Series champion Gene Lee Gibson and a hard-charging Nick Fornoro to win the tri-sanctioned ARCA-UMARA-NAMARS Midget 30 lap main event Friday night at Springport Speedway.

The Pendleton, Indiana driver, in a Beast chassis, started outside polesitter Gibson and snagged the lead at the onset with Gibson in tow. From there, Welpott refused continual attempts from Gibson and never relinquished the lead streaking underneath the checkered flag ahead of runner-up finisher Gibson, Fornoro, Matt Westfall and Tom Fedewa to complete the top-five.

Aside from Welpott’s win, Fornoro may have been the class of the field having charged from 19th starting position to third in the final running order. The Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania veteran simply ran out of time before he could mount the necessary challenge on the top-two contenders.

1999 ARCA Midget Rookie of the Year Jason Fuller finished sixth in front of Matt Estep, current ARCA Midget point leader Dave Baumgartner, Larry Gibson and Don Carter rounding out the top-10. Fedewa won the Hoosier Tire Pole Award with quick time at 14.520 seconds while Fornoro, Larry Gibson, Branson Hartsell and defending UMARA Midget champion Steve Thinnes picked up heat race victories.

The next events for the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series will be at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois June 24 and July 8 before returning to Springport Speedway on July 21.

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Series ARCA , Midget
Drivers Matt Westfall , Dave Baumgartner