Driver of the Year race tightens, two events remain

Fike back on top two events remain. SUN PRAIRIE, WI , November 24---Aaron Fike, and three other drivers will battle it out for the 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year Award,presented by Arizona Sport Shirts, as the season comes to a close ...

Fike back on top two events remain.

SUN PRAIRIE, WI , November 24---Aaron Fike, and three other drivers will battle it out for the 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year Award,presented by Arizona Sport Shirts, as the season comes to a close this upcoming weekend. Fike who finished second at Tucson on Saturday now leads Mike Hess by four points. Defending Driver of the Year Champion Tracy Hines, winner at Tucson now trails Fike by 35 points, with Dave Darland still in contention, 127 markers behind.

After 217 events nationwide over a 326 day period, the final two events will bring to a close dramatic season. The 62nd annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale Raceway will be run on Thanksgiving evening, with the season finale two days later November 30 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both events also award USAC National/Western Series points.

Fike, the 2002 Badger Midget Series Champion is also involved in a tight battle for the USAC National Midget Series Title, currently trailing Darland, and J.J. Yeley. James Chesson has closed to within 12 points of Ryan Durst in their battle for the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year Title.

Gaerte Engines for the second straight season has won the National Midget Manufacturers Championship for engine maufacturers clinching the crown over the weekend. Earlier in the month Beast Enterprises clinched the chassis title.

Lives updates from the series finale at Las Vegas will begin at 7:00 pm Eastern time on www.nmdoty.com. Both events will also be broadcast on a tape delayed basis on ESPN 2 on Sunday December 1, and 8th, check local listings for broadcast times. <pre> CURRENT TOP FIFTEEN PTS RACES/WINS 1. Aaron Fike 1433 43/7 2. Mike Hess 1429 38/4 3. Tracy Hines 1398 36/7 4. Dave Darland 1306 27/2 5. Bobby East 1189 44/6 6. J.J. Yeley 969 25/4 7. Davey Ray 906 29/0 8. A.J. Fike 845 34/1 9. Aaron Fiscus 770 22/0 10. Aaron Pierce 731 35/7 11. Scott Hatton 721 17/1 12. Critter Malone 702 21/2 13. Teddy Beach 699 34/5 14. Chad DeSelle 676 19/1 15. Dan Boorse 652 17/3 Dave Steele 652 14/5

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1. Ryan Durst 459 2. James Chesson 447 3. Tom Hessert 255

NATIONAL MIDGET MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP Chassis: 1. Beast 662 2. Stealth 539 3. Hawk 188 Engine: 1. Gaerte 393 2. Esslinger 349 3. Pink 210

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Series Midget
Drivers Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , James Chesson , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Davey Ray , Ryan Durst , Chad DeSelle , Aaron Fiscus , Scott Hatton