Deselle, Doty & Fike brothers latest to enter Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 2, 2003) - Who will be crowned "King Doodlebug" in 2003? Who will win the second annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget ...
Deselle, Doty & Fike brothers latest to enter Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship.
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (May 2, 2003) - Who will be crowned "King Doodlebug" in 2003? Who will win the second annual Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship? Apparently Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) hot-shoes Chad DeSelle of Sun Prairie, Wisc., Kevin Doty of Burlington, Iowa, and the Fike brothers, Aaron and A.J., of Galesburg, Illinois, would each cherish those honors. All four drivers have entered the $4,000-to-win midget car showdown at Knoxville Raceway, May 30-31, to be sanctioned by the American (ARDC), Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), North American (NAMARS) and Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) groups.
2002 Badger champion Aaron Fike is also the defending National Midget Driver of the Year. Other recent entries for the two-day show are Jim Doyle and Andy Mason of Rocky Mountain, David Camfield and Jason Shields of Midwest, Critter Malone of North American, and Brandon Waelti and Scott Hatton of Badger. Early entrants included Cody Weisensel, Rich Camfield, Tim Siner, Craig Carey, Brian Terry, Rick Mueller, Randy and Aaron Fiscus, and "Big Al" Murie. The less expensive 'early-bird' entry deadline is May 15th.
The Friday night, May 30, program will feature five midget car heats and the inaugural fifteen-car, fifteen-lap $1,000-to-win "King Doodlebug" invitational feature. The first night of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend will also feature the eleventh annual $3,000-to-win Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic 360-cubic-inch sprint car show for drivers age fifty and over. The Saturday night, May 31, program will showcase two midget car consolations, a dash, and the thirty-car, 25-lap $4,000-to-win Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship feature. 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year runner-up Mike Hess is the event's defending champion. In addition, a regular show of 410 c.i. sprint car racing will culminate in the $3,000-to-win Kin Folks/Magic Muffler Shootout on Saturday night.
The King Doodlebug Invitational will start the five Friday night heat winners, the top point-getters from each of the five sanctions, and the top drivers from each of the following five events: 2002 Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship, 2002 Belleville Midget Nationals, 2002 Sun Prairie Fireman Nationals, 2003 Tulsa Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, and 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year rankings. According to National Speed Sport News editor emeritus Chris Economaki, the term "doodlebug" was created by the "big car" gentry in the late 1930's for the increasingly-popular "midget" car. Walter Bull, who founded the Illustrated Speedway News, then started a contest to crown "King Doodlebug". According to National Sprint Car Museum board members Larry Ball, Jr., and Bill Hill, the following six drivers were all crowned "King Doodlebug": Cletus "Cowboy" O'Rourke (1938), Bill Holmes (1939), Al Bonnell (1946), Ed "Dutch" Schaefer (1947), Bill Schindler (1948), and Ralph Pratt (1949).
Those seeking further information on the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship are urged to visit Knoxville's web-site, www.knoxvilleraceway.com.