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Fike and Witherill score top-five finishes Kansas City, KS -- The Hemelgarn/Johnson team turned in another strong performance with Aaron Fike finishing fourth and Cory Witherill fifth in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway on June...

Fike and Witherill score top-five finishes

Kansas City, KS -- The Hemelgarn/Johnson team turned in another strong performance with Aaron Fike finishing fourth and Cory Witherill fifth in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway on June 6.

Fike, winner of the Pikes Peak 100 on June 14, started second after posting a qualifying run of 30.0385, 182.166 in the No. 91 RFMS/Hemelgarn Racing entry. It appeared that the Galesburg, Ill. resident would be in contention for a back-to-back win.

The USAC standout battled with the race leaders, never falling out the top-five, but couldn't catch race winner Mark Taylor. Ed Carpenter took second while Tom Wood finished third.

"We ended up all right today," said Fike. "As soon as we lost the draft, we were out to lunch. Overall, it was a good run for the points. A fourth- and fifth-place finish for the Hemelgarn/Johnson team isn't too bad.

His performance moved him into fourth in the series point standings with 136.

At the start of the 67-lap race, Witherill seemed to be hotter than the scorching temperatures of Kansas City. Navajo Witherill started 12th, after failing to qualify due to electrical troubles, and quickly charged to sixth on the first lap. By Lap 6, he was running in the top-three. "We had to start in the back of the field because we didn't get a qualifying speed posted due to fuel-pressure problems," said Witherill, of Santa Monica, Calif. "The team figured it out last night. It's just unfortunate that we didn't start up front, but it didn't really matter because I made my way up to third in about six laps. It was a pretty good run. The team did an awesome job preparing the car. I was just hoping to get that WSA Healthcare car in the No. 1 spot. Aaron (Fike) and I were working together but my front-end started pushing so it probably scrubbed a little speed off, and we fell back a little bit. We know what the car can do, so we'll go on to Nashville and hope for another win."

The next Infiniti Pro Series race is the Nashville 100 on Friday, July 18 at Nashville Superspeedway.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Cory Witherill , Aaron Fike , Tom Wood , Ed Carpenter