ARDC: Rookies are ready for 2004

The 2003 Ray's Yamaha 'Polaris" Victory American Racing Drivers Club Midget Series had 6 rookie competitors vying for the prestigious Dutch Schaeffer/Jiggs Peters Memorial Rookie of the Year title. This year the race may be amongst teammates for...

The 2003 Ray's Yamaha 'Polaris" Victory American Racing Drivers Club Midget Series had 6 rookie competitors vying for the prestigious Dutch Schaeffer/Jiggs Peters Memorial Rookie of the Year title. This year the race may be amongst teammates for the coveted award.

Steve Lenig, Selinsgrove PA, the 2003 ARDC Rookie of the Year will return for his sophomore season in the 9L midget. Two competitors have made their intention to compete for the 2004 rookie honors. The unique situation is that the gentleman are teammates under the Mega Motorsports banner, which also fields the defending champions race car.

Carey Becker joins ARDC after 20 years of experience racing motorcycles on dirt tracks. Becker believes that operating from within a cage and learning the aspects of the car and tracks will be a thorough learning experience. Becker became affiliated with the Mega Motorsports team when his brother Dyke became involved as a sponsor.

For Dave Shirk, the road to a midget ride was much different. Shirk previously fielded a Stealth house car in the 600cc competition. When an injured driver missed the midget event at Mercer Raceway Park last summer, Shirk got the call to fill in. He had been serving as a crew member for Mega Motorsports the entire season. Shirk ran a Twin Twenty format event. One race wingless and one race was winged. Shirk finished both races in the top 10, cementing his ride for 2004.

Both rookie drivers are eager to start the season and conquer the learning curve that comes with the new challenge. Leading the drivers to the green is four-time ARDC Drivers Champion Ray Bull. Bull joined Mega Motorsports in 2003 and proved the combination could work. With guidance from the pack leader, there is no telling where these two rookies are headed.

The American Racing Drivers Club midget season will get underway on May 14, at the famed Williams Grove Speedway. Veteran announcer Bob Marlow will rejoin the midgets. Prior commitments kept Marlow from calling the race the past two seasons. The evening is sure to be memorable.

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Series Midget
Drivers Ray Bull
Teams Williams