Fike leads Driver of the Year points 2002-09-05

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 5----Aaron Fike continues to lead the National Midget Driver of the Year point standings after 185 events nationwide. Fike's once sizeable lead has been trimmed as two drivers are now within 104 points of the...

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 5----Aaron Fike continues to lead the National Midget Driver of the Year point standings after 185 events nationwide. Fike's once sizeable lead has been trimmed as two drivers are now within 104 points of the lead.

Fike who has been fourth the past two seasons in points, won the Badger Midget Series title last weekend, despite finishing 20th in the Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola. Mike Hess, currently trails Fike by 78 points with defending Driver of the Year Champion Tracy Hines in third place. Hines won the Fireman's Nationals for the second straight year. Dave Darland, Bobby East, Davey Ray, J.J. Yeley, Scott Hatton, Aaron Fiscus, and Chad DeSelle round out the top ten.

In the manufacturers category Beast leads Stealth in Chassis points, while defending champion Gaerte Engines, leads Esslinger in the engine manufacturers points. Ryan Durst has closed to within 11 points of James Chesson in the battle for the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year. The season finale for midget racing is November 30th at the Bullring at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

<pre> CURRENT/ POINTS

DRIVER                  PTS             RACES/WINS
1. Aaron Fike           1352            34/7
2. Mike Hess            1271            31/4
3. Tracy Hines          1248            31/7
4. Dave Darland         1066            20/2
5. Bobby East           1056            35/6
6. Davey Ray             881            25/0
7. J.J. Yeley            767            19/3
8. Scott Hatton          703            16/1
9. Aaron Fiscus          682            20/0
10. Chad DeSelle         676            19/1
11. Aaron Pierce         660            30/7
12. Dan Boorse           652            17/4
13. A.J. Fike            652            25/1
14. Critter Malone       612            19/0
15. Brandon Waelti       592            18/1
16. Teddy Beach          584            28/4
17. Steve Paden          540            20/0
18. David Steele         524            10/3
19. Jason Leffler        508            11/2
20. Brian Gerster        468            17/1

MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP

CHASSIS 1. Beast 555 2. Stealth 493 3. Ellis 146 4. Hawk 141 5. TCR 78

ENGINE 1. Gaerte 351 2. Esslinger 296 3. Pink 159 4. Brayton 154 5. Fontana 146

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1. James Chesson 429 2. Ryan Durst 408 3. Tom Hessert Jr. 213 4. Ben Seitz 203 5. Justin Fisher 192

-bmara-

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Series Midget
Drivers Jason Leffler , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , James Chesson , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Steve Paden , Davey Ray , Ryan Durst , Brian Gerster , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Aaron Fiscus , Scott Hatton