namars: BMARA: Knoxville report 2002-06-01

Hess Claims Knoxville Midget Race As First Career Win KNOXVILLE, IA, June 1---Mike Hess scored his first career feature win in dramatic fashion, winning the 1st annual Pepsi/Mountain Dew Midget Championship Saturday Night at the Knoxville...

Hess Claims Knoxville Midget Race As First Career Win

KNOXVILLE, IA, June 1---Mike Hess scored his first career feature win in dramatic fashion, winning the 1st annual Pepsi/Mountain Dew Midget Championship Saturday Night at the Knoxville Raceway. The event was sanctioned by the Badger, MARA, and NAMARS Midget Series.

Pole sitter James Chesson jumped into the lead at the start pacing the opening circuit. Davey Ray took over the lead on the second lap , with Hess in third.Craig Carey got a run on the leaders and moved from third to the lead on the eighth lap. Australian Kerry Madsen charged from the fifth row into second place and ran on the tail of Carey, positions in the top five were changing several times each lap.

Madsen took the lead the on the 16th lap, meanwhile Hess who faded back to fifth began charging back up through the field, and passed Madsen for the lead on the 19th lap. Attention turned to sprint car ace Don Droud Jr., who now was in third place after starting in the 16th position. Hess held his advantage over the remainder of the event to score a 1.92 second win over Madsen, Droud, Ray, and Chesson. Twenty seven cars in the starting field of thirty finished the event which went non-stop in a little over nine minutes and forty-two seconds.

The win was worth $4,000 to Hess, who drove the Hess Racing Buzzard-Esslinger#51. Chesson set a 8-lap track record in winning a heat race, and Chad DeSelle set a 15-lap record winning the second "B" feature.

RESULTS W25-lap Feature: 1. Mike Hess 2.Kerry Madsen 3. Don Droud Jr. 4. Davey Ray 5. James Chesson 6. Cory Kruseman 7. Craig Carey 8. Ryan Scott 9. Brian Gerster 10. Dave strickland Jr. 11. Steve Knepper 12. Critter Malone 13. Ryan Durst 14. Teddy Beach 15. Scott Hatton 16. Quinn McCabe 17. Steve Paden 18.John Jones 19. GregLueckert 20. Chad DeSelle 21. Marc Dailey 22. Don Lehmann 23. Aaron Fiscus 24. Aaron Pierce 25. John Nervo 26. A.J. Fike 27. Ray Bull 28. Jeff Flesher 29. Brandon Waelti 30. Keith Rauch

15-lap "B" Feature winners: John Nervo, and Chad DeSelle

8-lap Heat race winners:Beach, Madsen, Chesson, Carey, Knepper

CARS PRESENT: 53 PURSE: $23,225
VICTORY MARGAIN: 1.92 seconds
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Chesson 1, Ray 2-8, Carey 9-15, Madsen 16-19, Hess 20-25

<pre> CURRENT BADGER MIDGET POINTS: 1. Aaron Fike 333 2. Davey Ray 263 3. Chad DeSelle 245 4. Mike Hess 244 5. AAron Fiscus 204 6. Johnny Komppa 193 7. Dan Boorse 174 8. Quinn McCabe 163 9. Scott Hatton 161 10. Rick Mueller 136

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Series Midget
Drivers Ryan Scott , John Nervo , James Chesson , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Davey Ray , Kerry Madsen , Ryan Durst , Marc Dailey , Steve Knepper , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Ray Bull , Aaron Fiscus , Scott Hatton