WM: namars: National Midget Driver of the Year final standings

Great Comeback Earns Hines Driver Of The Year Honor -- Awards Presenation Set For Chili Bowl SUN PRAIRIE, WI, December 2---The greatest point comeback in auto racing in 2001, belongs to Tracy Hines without a doubt. Hines was 32nd in the ...

Great Comeback Earns Hines Driver Of The Year Honor -- Awards Presenation Set For Chili Bowl

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, December 2---The greatest point comeback in auto racing in 2001, belongs to Tracy Hines without a doubt. Hines was 32nd in the National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings at the mid-season point on July 1, and had a strong second half of the season to top 549 drivers to claim the honors. He joins Jason Leffler('99), and Kasey Kahne('00), as previous winners.

A total of 197 events, at 80 tracks in 24 states were held over a 322 day period during the year."This is a great honor, because of all the races, and drivers involved around country" commemted Hines, who has preivously finished third, and seventh in points. Hines scored victories in USAC, BADGER, MARA, and NAMARS sanctioned events during the season, including wins in the Hut 100, and the Pepsi Midget Nationals. During a four week period from early August-early September Hines scored six wins, driving for the Joe Michner, and Wilke/PAK teams. Hines missed the final two events of the season due to injuries, and is expcepted to be ready when the 2002 season kicks off in Tulsa next month.

A.J. Fike finished 67 points behind Hines, and was followed by Jay Drake who led a good portion of the season, Aaron Fike, USAC National Midget Champ Dave Darland, Davey Ray, Matt Westfall, Kahne, J.J. Yeley, and Bobby East. Eight of the top ten positions changed during the season's final event.

For the first time points were kept to determine the top manufacturers. Gaerte Engines easily won the Engine category, while Stealth edged Beast by 20 points for top chassis honors.

The manufacturers along with the top ten drivers will recieve their awards prior to the start of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl on Saturday Night January 12 at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Tickets are avaiable by calling (918)838-3777. <pre> FINAL TOP TWENTY FIVE PTS RACES/WINS 1. Tracy Hines 1287 31/8 2. A.J. Fike 1220 40/3 3. Jay Drake 1170 24/6 4. Aaron Fike 1123 40/2 5. Dave Darland 1087 25/6 6. Davey Ray 1067 32/2 7. Matt Westfall 963 26/4 8. Kasey Kahne 853 14/6 9. J.J. Yeley 838 21/1 10. Bobby East 836 29/9 11. Dan Boorse 813 20/3 12. Scott Hatton 799 24/4 13. Mike Hess 792 26/0 14. Teddy Beach 627 31/4 15. Ray Bull 605 15/10 16. Jerry Coons Jr. 596 24/1 17. Kevin Olson 585 23/0 18. Brandon Waelti 568 19/1 19. Travis Miniea 542 26/2 20. Josh Wise 524 20/1 21. Thomas Measeruall 509 27/5 22. Steve Paden 499 28/0 23. Danny Ebberts 494 21/3 24. Flyod Alvis 480 23/4 25. A.J. Davis 477 23/2

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP Engine 1. Gaerte 433 2. Brayton 247 3. Esslinger 246 4. Pink 175 5. Autocraft/VW 141

Chassis 1. Stealth 461 2. Beast 441 3. Hawk 182 4. Ellis 113 5. TCR 101 </pre>

-BMS-

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Series ARCA , Midget , USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Travis Miniea , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Josh Wise , Davey Ray , Brandon Waelti , Ray Bull , Scott Hatton , Jerry Coons Jr.