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"Fike Brothers Three Points Apart For Driver Of The Year Honors" "Battle For Manufacturers Championship Heats Up" SUN PRAIRIE, WI, July 25---The Fike Brothers, A.J., and Aaron, are separted by only three points atop the ...

           "Fike Brothers Three Points Apart For Driver Of The Year Honors"

"Battle For Manufacturers Championship Heats Up"

SUN PRAIRIE, WI, July 25---The Fike Brothers, A.J., and Aaron, are separted by only three points atop the current National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings. A.J. Fike becomes only the seventh different driver to lead the points in the awards three year existence(leaders have been: Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons Jr, Dan Boorse, and Cory Kruseman).

A.J. Fike, has one feature win, and is currently in the top ten in USAC National, and Badger Midget Series points. Younger brother Aaron also has one victory, and is in the top ten in USAC National, and UMARA Midget Series Points. Early season leader Jay Drake now trails Fike by only nine markers, with a very busy month of midget racing in August upcoming.

Badger Midget Series leader Dan Boorse, Dave Darland, Matt Westfall, Jerry Coons Jr., Davey Ray, Scott Hatton, Mike Hess, and rookie Booby East round out the top ten in points. Ray Bull, and Bobby East lead all drivers with five feature wins. Currently 456 drivers have scored points in the 103 events run nationwide this season.

In the battle for the manufacturers championship, Gaerte Engines holds a commanding 143 point margain over Brayton. Only seven points separte the battle for the chassis manufacter, with Stealth leading Beast.

The third annual awards cermony will be held on Saturday Night January 12, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, prior to the start of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Natoinals.

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CURRENT POINTS DRIVER PTS RACES/WINS 1. A.J. Fike 618 17/1 2. Aaron Fike 615 19/1 3. Jay Drake 609 12/3 4. Dan Boorse 550 12/3 5. Dave Darland 486 11/3 6. Matt Westfall 447 13/3 7. Jerry Coons Jr. 444 15/1 8. Davey Ray 439 13/2 9. Scott Hatton 419 13/2 10. Mike Hess 403 12/0 Bobby East 403 15/5 12. Thomas Meseraull 362 14/4 13. Teddy Beach 358 17/4 14. J.J. Yeley 350 9/0 15. Kevin Doty 332 10/0 16. Jim McCune 330 12/2 17. Brandon Waelti 311 9/0 18. Ray Bull 299 8/5 19. Travis Miniea 289 14/1 20. Flyod Alvis 279 15/2 21. Kasey Kahne 276 6/2 22. A.J. Davis 271 14/2 23. David Gough 258 10/1 24. Danny Ebberts 249 10/1 25. Tracy Hines 247 11/0 26. Chuck Gurney Jr. 243 12/3 27. Steve Thinnes 241 8/3 28. Chad DeSelle 232 10/0 29. Tim Dietz 230 8/3 30. Alex Harris 229 10/0 Steve Paden 229 13/0

MANUFACTUERS CHAMPIONSHIP

ENGINE 1. Gaerte 293 2. Brayton 150 3. Esslinger 129 4. Pink 74 5. VW 73

CHASSIS 1. Stealth 232 2. Beast 225 3. Hawk 115 4. TCR 61 5. Ellis 47

-Bryan Gapinski

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Series Midget , USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Travis Miniea , Aaron Fike , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Matt Westfall , A.J. Fike , David Gough , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Davey Ray , Chad DeSelle , Brandon Waelti , Ray Bull , Chuck Gurney Jr. , Scott Hatton , Thomas Meseraull , Jerry Coons Jr.