ARDC Rookie report

For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com Trent Tops ARDC Rookie Ranks So Far FLAGTOWN, N.J., June 13 - With seven of 18 ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series races in the book so far this year, Don Trent II of...

For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com

Trent Tops ARDC Rookie Ranks So Far

FLAGTOWN, N.J., June 13 - With seven of 18 ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series races in the book so far this year, Don Trent II of Honeybrook, Pa., is the highest-placing driver in the overall point standings of the seven registered drivers who have competed so far this year and are eligible for the organization's 1997 Dutch Schaefer/Jiggs Peters Rookie of the Year Award.

Trent has competed in six of the first seven shows. His best feature finish to date has been a tenth at Dixieland Speedway in Elizabeth City, N.C., on May 16. He is the owner and driver of a black Stewart Pontiac which carries the number 18T. Trent is 16th in the overall championship standings with 301 points.

Tom Fraschetta of Oaks, Pa., is the next-highest rookie in the current point standings with 212 points, which puts him in 21st position overall. He was looking forward to a great season with Lou Cicconi Jr.'s dirt midget, a Stealth Brayton, but he suffered a hand injury in a shop accident early in the year and now expects to be out for most, if not all, of the season.

Rudy Boetticher Jr. of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., is the third-highest finishing rookie so far this year, but he is far behind Trent. He is in 29th place overall with 88 points. He is competing in the same Lindblad Vogler which Bob Resco Jr. drove to two ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series victories last year before he was transferred to the South by the company for which he works.

Mark Wakefoose, a member of the Jack Kirchner team which Phil DiMario drove for when he won the 1996 ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series driver championship, is right behind Boetticher in 30th. He is from Hopatcong, N.J. He drove Kirchner's Hawk Gaerte No. 81 at Flemington, N.J., on May 24 and it's a very potent car; in addition to DiMario's success with it, Nick Fornoro Jr. drove it to the 1995 ARDC CARQUEST driving title. Kirchner is passing on the clay track events to concentrate on the asphalt tracks, and Flemington has been ARDC's only asphalt show at press time. Five more asphalt shows are coming up on the schedule through the rest of the season, however, so Wakefoose could very well be a contender.

Another Boetticher, Rudy's brother Robert from Fanwood, N.J., is 35th in points. Two more rookies - Mark Lawshe Sr. of Browns Mills, N.J., and Ray Bull of New Oxford, Pa., - round out the list of rookies who have earned points to date. Lawshe is 37th in points, while Bull, who has been having motor problems, is 39th.

Registered drivers eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award who have yet to compete include Paul Bailey Jr. of New Providence, Pa.; Leigh Earnshaw III of Morgantown, Pa.; and Bill Keimel of Rockaway, N.J.

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