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TURKEY NIGHT WIN MAKES LEFFLER
NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Irwindale, CA (11/26/99)----Before embarking on his NASCAR Busch Grand National career, Jason Leffler capped off a brilliant season of Midget Racing by capturing the inaugural National Midget Driver of the Year Award. The award was sponsored by National Speed Sport News and Arizona Sport Shirts.
        Leffler's win in the Turkey Night Grand Prix, at Irwindale Speedway, gave him three major midget wins, and ten overall for the season. Leffler also captured the Copper World Classic and the Summer Sizzle. 


1999 TOP 100

Driver
Points
Races/Wins   Driver Points
Races/Wins
1. Jason Leffler
1737
31/10   51. Brad Webber
413
13/0
2. Jerry Coons, Jr.
1492
38/5   52. Dave Strickland
393
15/3
3. Tracy Hines
1396
27/1         Mark Wakefoose
393
17/0
4. Dan Boorse
1237
21/9   54. Ed Stimely, Jr.
392
16/0
5. Jay Drake
1119
30/5         J.J. Yeley
392
9/1
6. Dave Darland
1109
16/8   56. Kevin Koch
389
13/0
7. Clay Klepper
1100
44/1   57. Steve Paden
386
22/1
8. Steve Knepper
1033
23/2   58. Aaron Fiscus
384
14/1
9. Ryan Newman
995
18/9   59. Mark Freeland
378
12/0
10. Randy Koch
947
24/1   60. Mike Hess
376
20/0
11. A.J. Fike
933
34/0   61. Bob Ellis
375
14/6
12. Matt Westfall
890
27/0   62. J.D. Turner
374
21/0
13. Critter Malone
851
19/2   63. David Birmingham
370
13/1
14. Scott Hatton
821
19/3   64. Randy Roberts
367
13/4
15. Marc DeBaumont
722
27/4         Kevin Newton
367
17/0
16. Boyd Calvert
716
18/1   66. Marty Davis
366
15/0
17. Don Lehmann
667
20/1   67. Alex Harris
353
20/1
18. Bobby Boone
662
29/1   68. John Sarale
348
23/1
19. Kevin Doty
640
16/3   69. Steve Barth
341
15/0
20. Travis Welpott
634
24/1   70. Sara McCune
337
17/1
21. Adam Clarke
629
22/0   71. Jimmy Sills
336
8/2
22. Brian Gerster
626
23/1   72. Terry Taraditti
333
16/2
23. Gene Lee Gibson
619
18/5   73. Ed Carpenter
328
22/1
24. Bryan Kobylarz
598
19/5   74. Jim Miller
326
14/1
25. Tony Elliott
573
10/1   75. Ray Caruthers
324
15/0
26. Shane Scully
570
27/2   76. Steve Thinnes
321
10/4
27. Andy Pierce
541
15/1         Sterling Pratz
321
19/1
28. Tom Meseruall
537
24/4   78. Floyd Alvis
316
17/0
29. Ricky Shelton
534
15/0   79. Glen Cabral
302
14/0
30. Sara Fischer
522
21/5   80. Mark Boice
300
13/2
31. Chad DeSelle
521
15/0   81. Rich Camfield
299
14/0
32. Dave Baumgartner
518
20/2   82. Walt Stearly
296
11/2
33. Tim Spindler
517
19/0   83. Dean Franklin
294
11/0
34. Randy Fiscus
515
16/0   84. Mike Parker
293
14/0
35. Dave Steele
502
11/1         Jason Fuller
293
15/1
36. Ron Smoker
486
11/2   86. Rick Hendrix
291
13/0
37. John Heidenreich
480
16/1         Ronnie Clark
291
14/1
38. Doug Schenck
479
11/0   88. Anthony Arta
290
16/0
39. Aaron Fike
469
25/0   89. Dan Drinan
289
10/1
40. Drew Fornoro
467
13/3   90. Wayne Chinn
287
18/0
41. Mike Lang
461
25/7   91. Mike Seymour
284
8/1
42. Russ Stoehr
460
14/4  

92. Davey Hamilton

276
8/2
43. A.J. Davis
455
24/2   93. Paul Lawless
274
12/0
44. Rick Treadway
454
23/0   94. Brian Stanfill
262
17/0
45. Matt Streeter
448
24/3         John Wolfe
262
10/0
46. John Starks
445
19/8   96. Jim McCune
259
12/0
47. Kevin Olson
443
13/0         Bruce Donaldson
259
7/1
48. Michael Lewis
433
20/0   98. David Thompson
258
10/0
49. Wally Pankratz
419
24/1   99. Robby Parrish
257
15/0
       Kevin Bastain
419
17/0         Shane Cottle
257
5/0

551 Drivers Scored Points In  224 Events

111 Events Were Run On Dirt And 113 On Pavement

85 Tracks Were Visited In 25 States    Average Car Cou nt = 29

Most Wins = Jason Leffer 10    Most Races = Clay Klepper 44


2000

KAHNE CLINCHES DRIVER OF THE YEAR
HONORS WITH SECOND PLACE TURKEY NIGHT FINISH

Sun Prairie, WI (11/24/00)----By virtue of his second place finish in Thursday Night's Turkey Nite Grand Prix, Kasey Kahne has emerged as the 2000 Arizona Sport Shirts National Midget Driver of the Year.  Kahne entered the event with a slim 41 point lead over Jay Drake.  Drake finished 24th in the race, and second in overall points.
       Kahne, of Enumclaw, WA had led the point standings since late May, and wound up with nine feature wins, including victories in the Night before the 500, and the Belleville Midget Nationals.  For Kahne the honor comes in his first full season of racing midgets, last year he ran five events and finished tied for 187th place in the Driver of the Year points. 
       With 208 events run nationwide, Drake scored wins in USAC National, USAC Western, Badger, and NAMARS sanctioned events.  Kevin Doty with five wins finished third in points, followed by Aaron Fike and Kevin Olson. 
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2000 Top 100
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
  
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
1.Kasey Kahne
1531
27/9
  50. Jason Fuller
355
12/1
2. Jay Drake
1375
30/10
  52. Dean Franklin
352
13/0
3. Kevin Doty
1076
27/5
  53. Daryl Campbell
343
19/6
4. Aaron Fike
1070
42/1
        Dave Strickland
343
11/2
5. Kevin Olson
1012
27/1
        Brice Kenyon
343
23/0
6. Dave Darland
1007
29/3
  56. Shane Scully
322
17/1
7. Tracy Hines
977
24/1
  57. Rick Treadway
320
20/6
8. Scott Hatton
968
25/3
        Niki Fornoro
320
11/1
9. A.J. Fike
911
31/1
  59. Bryan Kobylarz
319
14/3
10. Chad DeSelle
877
21/3
        Keith Botelho
319
12/0
11. Jerry Coons Jr.
852
18/2
  61. Mike Roselli Jr.
318
11/1
12. Aaron Fiscus
790
23/3
        Kevin Koch
318
15/0
13. Matt Westfall
735
25/0
  63.DaveBaumgartner
317
15/1
14. Dan Boorse
730
22/3
       Mark Wakefoose
317
15/1
15. Clay Klepper
718
28/0
  65. John Wolfe
312
15/0
16.GeneLee Gibson
715
16/8
  66. Roger Miller
308
12/0
17. Michael Lewis
680
21/1
  67. Tony Stewart
306
3/2
18. Steve Paden
658
23/2
        Steve Thinnes
306
11/3
19. Don Lehmann
615
23/2
        A.J. Ernesto
306
13/0
20. Jeff Flesher
602
17/1
  70. Shane Cottle
304
9/1
21. Keith Rauch
596
21/6
  71. Sarah McCune
296
13/2
22. Jim McCune
592
16/1
  72. Jason Leffler
293
6/2
23. Bobby Boone
560
24/1
  73. Ed Stimley Jr.
292
11/4
24. Ryan Newman
543
12/2
  74. Josh Wise
291
14/3
25. Travis Welpott
519
24/1
  75. Luke Icke
287
14/1
26. Greg Lueckert
517
13/0
  76. Kenny Lewis
283
13/4
27. Wally Pankratz
507
23/0
        Randy Cabral
283
12/0
28.ThomasMeseraull
486
25/1
        Rick Hendrix
283
19/0
29. Mike Hess
470
18/0
  79. Dave Gough
274
10/0
30. Russ Stoehr
465
11/4
        Ted Hines
274
10/0
31. Dave Ray Jr.
463
18/0
  81. Brad Kuhn
271
18/2
32.Mike Figleomeni
459
15/2
  82. Brandon Hartsel
269
11/1
33. Danny Ebberts
453
23/0
  83. Cory Kruseman
265
3/2
34. Brandon Waelti
451
14/3
        Alex Harris
265
13/1
35. Ray Bull
450
15/3
  85. Quinn McCabe
264
17/0
36. Critter Malone
442
20/0
  86. David Furnham
263
19/3
37. Aaron Pollack
433
17/2
  87. Don Carter Jr.
261
12/0
38. Tony Elliott
422
10/1
  88. Boyd Calvert
256
11/0
39. Ed Carpenter
413
16/0
        John Nervo
256
19/0
40. Brad Weber
407
19/0
  90. Glen Carson
252
16/0
41. John Starks
406
17/6
  91.JohnHeyendreich
240
9/0
42.MarcDeBeaumont
394
19/1
 

92. Michael Lang

235
14/0
43. Randy Koch
383
14/0
  93. J.D. Turner
229
11/0
44. Steve Knepper
382
10/3
  94. Flyod Alvis
227
16/2
45. Bryan Stanfill
381
15/1
        Ed Breault
227
10/0
46. Bobby Seymour
380
11/1
  96. A.J. Davis
226
13/0
      Ryan Scott
380
17/0
        Matt Streeter
226
16/0
48. Brian Gerster
361
12/1
  98. Rory Price
225
14/2
49. Joe Boyles
358
10/1
  99. Kevin Bastain
220
 
50. Aaron Pierce
355
15/3
  100. Randy Fiscus
217
14/0

527 Drivers Scored Points In  213 Events  

110 Events Were Run On Dirt And 103 On Pavement

63 Tracks Were Visited In 27 States    Average Car Count = 27

Most Wins = Jay Drake 10    Most Races = Aaron Fike 42

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