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Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. and Danny Ebberts of Canyon Lake, Calif. shared the spotlight as the WorldCom National and Western Midget Car series concluded its 2001 campaign this past week. Steele won Thursday night's 100-lap 61st...

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. and Danny Ebberts of Canyon Lake, Calif. shared the spotlight as the WorldCom National and Western Midget Car series concluded its 2001 campaign this past week.

Steele won Thursday night's 100-lap 61st Annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" presented by K & N Filters at the Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and Ebberts emerged as the WorldCom Western Midget Car Champion as rain forced cancellation of Saturday night's scheduled series finale at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway "Bullring."

Driving one of only two Mopar-powered cars in the 100-lap Irwindale race, Steele passed Kasey Kahne on the 22nd lap and never looked back in his Finish Line Towing/Mopar/Penske Shocks/Northside Propane Mopar/Beast. J.J. Yeley finished ahead of Kahne, Michael Lewis and Aaron Fike.

Ebberts, who finished 18th at Irwindale, finished the 2001 season with a 65-point margin over WorldCom Western Midget Car runner-up Josh Wise.

Bobby East of Brownsburg, Ind., who posted the fastest qualifying time for the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," finished 10th to earn the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" award.

USAC WORLDCOM NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS


1. Dave Darland 1,113
2. A.J. Fike 953
3. J.J. Yeley 933
4. Tracy Hines 890
5. Aaron Fike 793
6. Jay Drake 742
7. Steve Paden 704
8. Kasey Kahne 671
9. Jerry Coons, Jr. 525
10. Ryan Scott 511

USAC WORLDCOM WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS


1. Danny Ebberts 1,073
2. Josh Wise 1,018
3. Alex Harris 1,008
4. Wally Pankratz 802
5. Shane Scully 732
6. Thomas Meseraull 726
7. Robby Flock 659
8. Matt Streeter 627
9. Kasey Kahne 384
10. John Sarale 370

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Series USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Michael Lewis , Ryan Scott , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Aaron Fike , Jay Drake , Bobby East , A.J. Fike , Steve Paden , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock , Matt Streeter , Thomas Meseraull