Sarah Fisher too fast for ARCA Midgeteers For Immediate Release, By Don Radebaugh Ovid, Michigan - At 18 years young, Sarah Fisher continues to show the ARCA Midget drivers how to get the job...
Sarah Fisher too fast for ARCA Midgeteers For Immediate Release, By Don Radebaugh
Ovid, Michigan - At 18 years young, Sarah Fisher continues to show the ARCA Midget drivers how to get the job done. The second generation Ashville, Ohio, rookie, in only her sixth attempt, won her fourth ARCA Auto Value Midget Series main event Saturday night at Owosso Speedway in dominating fashion. Fisher, in her father’s #67 Mead Carbonless Paper Hawk, raced by AJ Davis on the 11th circuit of the 30 lap feature, extended her advantage to five lengths and kept it right through the final stripe. David held on for second ahead of Gary Harrell, defending ARCA Midget champion Gene Lee Gibson and all-time ARCA Midget winner Jim Hettinger to complete the top five respectively. Fisher set the tone immediately with quick time in qualifying and a victory in the first heat. However, her outstanding qualifying run handicapped her with an eighth place starting position in the main event after the inversion, but she quickly answered that with an assertive charge to the front soon after the green flag fell. ARCA rookie of the year contender Jason Fuller led at the onset after starting from the pole and looked like a candidate for the win until overheating problems began slowing his charge. As his engine continued to lose power, Fuller continually backed up before retiring from the event two laps short of the finish. Davis took advantage of Fuller’s troubles and raced around the former leader to lead the sixth lap and opened up a sizable lead with Harrell, Gibson and Fisher in tow. But before ten laps could be counted, Fisher hustled into second and immediately erased Davis’s advantage. The Indianapolis, Indiana driver raced as hard as he could to keep the eventual winner behind him, but when Fisher showed up inches away bent on going to victory lane, it was only a matter of time before the newest ARCA Midget standout took control. Brandon Hartsell finished sixth with Phil Rutledge seventh and two-time ARCA Midget champion Rick Harrell eighth. Veteran Jerry Nemire, who won the second heat, was quickly working his way to the front before ignition troubles stopped his run early-on relegating the 1997 ARCA Auto Value Midget Series champion to 17th in the final running order.
1999 ARCA AUTO VALUE MIDGET SERIES EVENT #10 Owosso Speedway, Ovid MI, 7-24-99 Official Results FIN STR CAR POS POS NO DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS 1 8 67 Sarah Fisher/Ashville OH Mead Carbonless Paper-Esslinger Hawk 30 Running 2 2 28 AJ Davis/Indianapolis IN Brayton Engineering-Panther Racing Stealth 30 Running 3 3 4 Gary Harrell/Temperance MI R&M Towing-TJ Roofing-Kayo Lumber Hawk 30 Running 4 5 0 Gene Lee Gibson/Richwood OH Gibson Racing Autocraft 30 Running 5 7 71 Jim Hettinger/Lansing MI Bob Bohn-Roberts Racing 30 Running 6 4 111 Brandon Hartsell UMARA 30 Running 7 9 38 Dave Baumgartner/Ottawa Lake MI Autocraft Engines-Linne Enterprises Ford 30 Running 8 11 1 Rick Harrell/Lambertville MI Kayo Lumber-Total Prep Solution Hawk 30 Running 9 13 97 Tke Beesley Beesley Racing 29 Running 10 12 63 Paul Perkins NAMARS 29 Running 11 1 9 Jason Fuller/Plymouth IN Suspension Spring-Pro Shocks-Hogue Engs Hawk 28 Overheating 12 15 36 Brian Medley/Jackson MI Medley Motorsports VW 28 Running 13 14 3 Mike Astrauskas/Sand Lake MI Doherty Sales Autocraft Beast 26 Handling 14 6 0 Chris Hettinger/Grand Blanc MI Bob Bohn-Roberts Racing 23 Engine 15 16 19 Chris O'Connell/Roanoke IN O'Connell Racing VW 9 Engine 16 17 88 Lee King/Spring Lake MI King Racing VW 9 Accident 17 10 16 Jerry Nemire/Erie MI Nemire-Yager Racing Brayton Beast 4 Ignition FAST QUALIFIER: Sarah Fisher 14.546 HEAT WINNERS: Sarah Fisher, Jerry Nemire LAP LEADERS: Fuller 1-5 (5); Davis 6-10 (5); Fisher 11-30 (20)