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GREAT COMEBACK EARNS HINES  DRIVER OF THE YEAR HONORS

Sun Prairie, WI (12/2/01)----The greatest point comeback in auto racing in 2001, belongs to Tracy Hines without a doubt.  Hines was 32nd in the National Midget Driver of the Year Point Standings at the mid-season point on July 1, and had a strong second half of the season to top 549 drivers to claim the honors.  
          A total of 197 events, at 80 tracks in 24 states were held over a 322 day period during the year.  "This is a great honor, because of all the races, and drivers involved around the country", commented Hines.  Hines scored victories in USAC, BADGER, MARA,  and NAMARS sanctioned events during the season including wins in the Hut 100, and the Pepsi Midget Nationals.  
         During a four week period from early August - early September Hines scored six wins, driving for the Joe Michner. and Wilke/PAK teams.  Hines missed the final two events of the season due to injuries.  
A.J. Fike finished 67 points behind Hines, and was followed by Jay Drake, who lead a good portion of the season, Aaron Fike, USAC National Midget Champ, Dave Darland. Eight of the top ten positions changed during the season's final event.  
         For the first times points were kept to determine the top manufacturers. Gaerte Engines easily won the engine category, while Stealth edged Beast by 20 points for top chassis honors.
2001 Top 100 Drivers
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
  
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
1. Tracy Hines 1287 31/8   51. Gurney, Chuck Jr 303 16/4
2. Fike, A.J. 1220 40/3         Thompson, David 303 14/1
3. Drake, Jay  1170 24/6   53. Pankratz, Wally 301 17/0
4. Fike, Aaron 1123 40/2   54. Kobylarz, Bryan 296 18/0
5. Darland, Dave 1087 25/6   55. Fornoro, Drew 289 10/1
6. Ray, Davey 1067 32/2   56. Dietz, Tim 288 10/3
7. Westfall, Matt 963 26/4   57. Kittredge, Barry 281 12/1
8. Kahne, Kasey 853 14/6   58. Elliott, Tony     280 12/2
9. Yeley, J.J. 838 21/1   59. Canfield, Rich 278 13/1
10. East, Bobby 836 29/9        Miller, Roger 278 15/0
11. Boorse, Dan 813 20/3   61. Pollack, Aaron 277 10/0
12. Hatton, Scott 799 24/4   62. Meyers, John 275 13/1
13. Hess, Mike 792 26/0   63. Miller, jim 272 14/1
14. Beach, Teddy 627 31/4   64. Gerster, Brian 268 17/0
15. Bull, Ray 605 15/10   65. Birmingham, DaveJr 263 13/2
16. Coons, Jerry Jr 596 24/1   66. Ward, David 255 9/1
17. Olson, Kevin 585 23/0   67. Rauch, Keith 253 9/2
18. Waelti, Brandon 568 19/1   68. Gregory, Ron 247 17/0
19. Miniea, Travis 542 26/2   69. Carson, Glen 245 16/0
20. Wise, Josh 524 21/1         Maustellar, Randy 245 13/0
21. Meseraull, Thomas 509 27/5         Stearly, Walt 245 13/0
22. Paden, Scott 499 28/0   72. Baumgartner, Dave 243 9/2
23. Ebberts, Danny 494 21/3         Carey, Craig 243 11/0
24. Alvis, Flyod 480 23/4   74. Maners, Matt 242 18/1
25. Davis, A.J. 477 23/2   75. Scully, Shane 241 17/0
26. McCune, Jim 457 19/2   76. Estep, Matt  240 17/0
27. Lewis, Michael 449 13/1   77. Eden, Sondi 239 15/1
28. Flock, Robby 437 12/4   78. Fiscus, Randy 236 14/0
29. Seymour, Bobby 423 11/1         Wease, Bill 236 15/1
30. Kuhn, Brad 401 13/1   80.HollingsworthShaine 235 9/2
31. Steele, David 399 9/1   81. Hettinger, Chris 229 13/0
32. Harris, Alex 395 19/0   82. Eggert, Kevin 228 14/0
33. Sherman, Jeremy 394 10/8         Streeter, Matt 228 16/0
34. DeSelle, Chad 389 18/0   84. Ave, Tony 225 9/0
35. Cabral, Randy 383 14/2   85. Matthews, Shaine 222 17/2
36. Gough, David 382 15/2   86. Nervo, John 220 15/0
37. Scott, Ryan 376 19/0         Sussex, Steve, Jr 220 13/0
38. Lewis, Kenny 373 14/5   88. Felker, A.J. 218 19/0
39. Thinnes, Steve 368 13/4   89. Horn, Jeff 217 9/1
40. Stoehr, Russ 367 11/3         Pernesigilio, Pete 217 10/0
41. Knepper, Steve 355 13/1   91. Pierce, Aaron 216 20/1
42. Fiscus, Aaron 345 20/0  

92. Carter, Dane

214 7/1
      Malone, Critter 345 12/0   93. Wolfe, John 208 11/0
44. Doty, Kevin  332 10/0   94. Stratton, Danny 199 6/2
45. Koch, Randy 325 13/0   95. Farmer, Chad     196 14/0
46. Buonomo, Mark 319 12/2   96. DiMario, Phil 194 5/0
47. Bumpus, Howard 318 12/1         Freeland, Mark  194 8/1
48. Starks, John 315 13/4        Mueller, Rick 194 16/0
49. Hartsell, Brandon  311 15/0   99. Krutz, Kathy 193 14/0
50. Gibson, Gene Lee 306 14/1   100. Stimley, Ed Jr 191 13/0

TOP 5 MANUFACTURERS

              ENGINE                                       CHASSIS
1.  Gaerte 433 1.  Stealth 461
2.  Brayton 247 2.  Beast 440
3.  Esslinger 246 3.  Hawk 182
4.  Pink 175 4.  Ellis 113
5.  Auto Craft/VW 141 5.  TCR 101

549 Drivers Scored Points In  197 Events   111 Events Were Run On Dirt And 86 On Pavement

80 Tracks Were Visited In 24 States  Average Car Count = 27   

Most Wins = Ray Bull 10 Most Races = A.J. and Aaron Fike 40

2001 SERIES CHAMPIONS

ARCA A J Davis
ARDC Ray Bull - 2nd Championship (00)
AMRA David Birmingham Jr.
Badger Dan Boorse -  7th Championship (84,85,93,95,96,99)
BCRA Floyd Alvis - 4th Championship (78,79,80)
MARA Rich Camfield
NAMARS Travis Miniea
NEMA Russ Stoehr - 4th Championship (90,97, 00)
RMMRA Kenny Lewis
SMRS Joe Boyles
UMARA Steve Thinnes - 2nd Championship (99)
USAC Nat'l Dave Darland
USAC West Danny Ebberts
USAC Reg John Wolfe
WMRA John Starks - 4th Championship (98,99,00)

2002

Sun Prairie, WI (12/1/02)----Aaron Fike won the 2002 National Midget Driver of the Year Championship, in the closest battle in the four year history of the award.  Fike edged Mike Hess by four points to win the honors, with Dave Darland, and defending champion Tracy Hines following as only 33 points separted the top four drivers. 
       A total of 537 drivers scored points in the 220 events run nationwide over a 327 day time period, at 83 tracks in 27 states. Fike 19, of Galesburg, IL won seven features driving for Wis-Co Racing, and RFMS Racing, Fike also captured the 2002 Badger Midget Series Title. 
      James Chesson won the Design 500 Racewear Rookie of the Year Award. Gaerte engines, and Beast Chassis won the National Midget Manufacturers Championship. 
Top 100 Drivers
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
  
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
1. Aaron Fike 1433 45/7   51. Farmer, Chad 360 10/4
2. Hess, Mike 1429 40/4   52. Stout, Shawn      346 20/0
3. Darland, Dave  1411 29/3   53. Corson, Rich 343 18/0
4. Hines, Tracy 1400 39/8   54. Thompson, David 341 16/2
5. East, Bobby 1279 46/6   55. Stewart, Tony 337 7/2
6. Yeley, J.J. 1099 24/4   56. Bull, Ray 336 12/3
7. Ray, Davey 906 29/0        Pankratz, Wally 336 18/3
8. Fike, A.J. 882 36/1   58. Kruseman, Cory 319 6/2
9. Steele, David 792 16/5   59. Wise, Josh 318 21/1
10. Fiscus, Aaron 770 22/0   60. Carpenter, Kyle     312 15/1
11. Pierce, Aaron 756 37/7   61. Johnson, R.J. 309 16/2
12. Hatton, Scott 721 17/1   62. Alvis, Flyod 301 17/2
13. Beach, Teddy 710 36/5   63. Lewis, Kenny 300 15/2
14. Malone, Critter 702 21/2   64. Lueckert, Greg 295 13/1
15. DeSelle, Chad 676 19/1   65. Nervo, John 294 17/0
16. Boorse, Dan 652 17/3   66. Eden, Sondi 293 19/1
      Paden, Steve 652 26/0   67. Hessert, Tom - R 291 24/0
18. Waelti, Brandon 640 20/1   68. Leslie, Mike 287 19/0
19. Leffler, Jason 566 13/2   69. Heiss, Mike 286 18/0
20. Gregory, Ron 557 31/2   70. Ferris, Ken 276 12/3
21. Gerster, Brian 518 18/1   71. Brun, Matt 275 17/1
22. Chesson, James-R 513 15/0   72. Scully, Shane 265 11/1
23. Thinnes, Steve 493 19/4         Seymour, Bobby 265 11/1
24. Durst, Ryan-R 471 27/0   74. Fisher, Justin - R 264 18/0
25. Gough, David 470 19/5   75. Siner, Tim 262 13/2
26. Knepper, Steve 469 19/0   76. Camfield, Rich 261 13/0
27. Westfall, Matt 464 17/1   77. Fiscus, Randy 255 18/0
28. Kahne, Kasey 456 6/0   78. Moss, Rick 243 10/5
29. Fornoro, Drew 455 12/3   79. Dolan, Ryan 242 12/1
30. Cabral, Randy 454 14/1   80. Carson, Glenn 238 13/2
31. Wease, Billy 451 26/3   81. Nuetzel, Adam 237 26/0
32. Strickland, Dave 445 14/4   82. Jacobs, Richie 234 12/0
33. Doty, Kevin 442 11/1   83. Schell, Fred     233 11/1
34. Baumgartner, Dave 439 15/2   84.Birmingham Jr David 231 14/2
35.HollingsworthShane 433 18/3   85. Mason, Andy 229 13/0
36. Lewis, Michael 426 10/3   86. Seitz, Ben - R 225 12/0
37. Stoehr, Russ 420 13/2         Dailey, Marc 225 16/2
38. Bumpus, Howard 413 15/2   88.AndruskevitchAaron 222 9/2
39. Flock, Robby 412 18/1        Calvert, Boyd 222 12/0
40. Scott, Ryan 402 17/1   90. Rossi, Toni      219 14/0
     Rodela, Jerome 402 21/1   91. McKinney, Dallen 215 13/1
42. Lehmann, Don 398 15/3  

      Ward, David

215 13/0
43. Ebberts, Danny 394 22/0   93. Linder, Derek 213 11/1
44. Rauch, Keith 388 17/4         Burch, Kyle 213 19/0
45. Icke, Luke 386 17/3   95. Harris, Alex 211 10/2
46. Coons Jr., Jerry 385 13/3   96. Edwards, Chris 210 12/2
47. Stratton, Danny 383 20/2        Elliott, Doug - R 210 19/1
48. McCabe, Quinn 368 16/0   98. Day, Ronnie     208 9/1
49. Carey, Craig 367 21/1        Pernesiglio, Pete 208 9/1
50. Drake, Jay 365 9/2       Sussex, Steve 208 12/1

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. James Chesson 513
2. Ryan Durst 471
3. Tom Hessert 291
4. Justin Fisher 246
5. Ben Seitz 225

TOP 5 MANUFACTURERS

              ENGINE                                       CHASSIS
1.  Gaerte 393 1. Beast 689
2.  Esslinger 349 2. Stealth 540
3.  Pink 235 3.  Hawk 180
4. Brayton 196 4.  Ellis 174
5. Fontana 189 5.  TCR 95

537 Drivers Scored Points In  220 Events 123 Events Were Run On Dirt And 97 On Pavement

83 Tracks Were Visited In 27 States Average Car Count = 26

Most Wins = Tracy Hines 8 Most Races = Bobby East 46

2002 SERIES CHAMPIONS

ARCA

Dave Baumgartner
ARDC Ray Bull - 3rd Championship (00,01)
AMRA R.J. Johnson
Badger Aaron Fike
BCRA Flyod Alvis - 6th Championship (78,79,80,87,01)
MARA Steve Knepper - 7th Championship (86,87,89,90,92,96)
NAMARS Aaron Pierce
NEMA Russ Stoehr - 5th Championship (90,97,00,01)
RMMRA Kenny Lewis - 2nd Championship (00)
SMRS Ryan Durst
UMARA Steve Thinnes - 3rd Championship (99,01)
USAC Nat'l Dave Darland - 2nd Championship (01)
USAC West Robby Flock - 4th Championship (86,89,93)
USAC West Reg Marc DeBeaumont
WMRA Ken Ferris


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