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Sun Prairie, WI (11/26/03)----Aaron Fike became the first repeat winner of the National Midget Driver of the Year Championship. Despite finishing 26th in the season finale Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway, Fike edged J.J. Yeley by 43 points for the title. A total of 194 events were run at 72 different tracks in 24 states over a 317 day period.     
          Fike, of Galeburg, Ill, scored five feature wins at: Clermont, Ind (2), Irwindale, Calif, Sun Prairie, Wis, and South Boston, Va. Yeley the USAC Triple Crown winner scored six winsfollowed by Bobby East, 2001 Champion Tracy Hines and Mike Hess. 
          A total of 524 drivers earned points during the season. Sean Caisse captured the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year Award. In the National Midget Manufacturer of the Year Award, Gaerte engines claimed the engine manufacture award for the third straight year,  while Stealth topped the point battle for chassis builders.
2003 Top 100 Drivers
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
  
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
1. Aaron Fike 1288 34/4   51. Ron Gregory 286 12/0
2. J.J. Yeley 1245 27/6   52. Jerry Coons Jr.   285 12/1
3. Bobby East  1179 32/2   53. Bobby Santos III 279 11/2
4. Hines, Tracy 1152 33/6   54. Howard Bumpus 275 15/1
5. Mike Hess 1022 30/7   55. Adam Nuetzel 274 22/2
6. Davey Ray 872 24/6   56. Boyd Calvert 273 17/0
7. Jay Drake 823 30/1   57. Gary Taylor 271 12/1
8. A.J. Fike 817 35/1   58. Johnny Rodriguez 270 19/0
9. Dan Boorse 799 21/6   59. Randy Fiscus 267 18/0
10. Scott Hatton 760 23/3   60. Brian Olson- R   266 11/0
11.Dave Darland 730 21/5   61. Tom Hessert 263 24/0
12. Chad DeSelle 695 19/3   62. Rich Camfield 259 10/1
13. Teddy Beach 642 24/1   63. Critter Malone 256 16/1
14. Cory Kruseman 592 17/2   64. Brad Curtis 254 12/2
15. Aaron Fiscus 586 23/1   65. Marc DeBeaumont 250 9/2
16. Steve Knepper 535 18/2   66. Billy Wease 239 17/0
17.  Brad Kuhn 522 35/0   67. John Meyers 238 11/1
18. Joey Payne Jr. 487 13/2   68. Todd Beach 236 14/1
19. Josh Wise 473 16/3   69. Ed Stimely Jr. 234 8/3
20. Dave Steele 467 11/5   70. David Thompson 232 11/2
21. Steve Paden 451 16/0   71. Korey Weyant 230 16/0
22. Brandon Waelti 409 18/0   72. Ben Seitz 229 13/0
23. Rick Moss 405 14/7   73. John Sarale 227 15/0
      A.J. Felker 405 19/5         Don Trent Jr. 227 10/1
25. Craig Carey 394 20/2   75. Justin Fisher 225 13/1
26. Ryan Durst 376 24/0   76. Rick Mueller 221 16/0
27. Michael Lewis 376 8/2   77. Wally Pankratz 220 13/1
28. Drew Fornoro 373 13/1         Lee Yetter 220 16/0
29. Nick Lundgreen 370 15/0   79. Pete Pernesiglio 218 9/1
30. Glenn Carson 367 16/0   80. Dave Camfield Jr. 216 14/0
31. Don Droud Jr. 366 14/0   81. Aaron Pollack 213 3/1
32. David Gough 358 25/1   82. Randy Koch 212 12/0
33. Robby Flock 353 12/4   83. David Rosales     211 14/1
34. Travis Berryhill 352 17/1   84. R.J. Johnson 207 14/1
35. Tim Siner 351 18/1   85. Sean Murphy 206 12/0
36. Donnie Lehmann 347 21/0   86. Kyle Carpenter 204 11/2
37. Ray Bull 345 13/5         Brian Gerster 204 9/0
38. Flyod Alvis 335 18/1   88. Marc Dailey 198 9/0
39. Chris DeShon 327 17/2   89. Rob Lindsey 197 14/0
40. Randy Cabral 317 11/1   90.Jeremy Sherman  195 8/6
41. Kenny Lewis 312 13/4   91.Van Knill 187 12/0
42. Cole Carter 308 18/0  

92. Cameron Beard- R

185 14/0
43. Quinn McCabe 304 19/0        Greg Lueckert 185 12/0
44. Adam Cantor 300 12/1   94. Dave Birmingham Jr 184 13/0
      Jerry Hammock 300 11/6   95. David Fuhrman 183 17/0
46. Bud Kaeding 297 11/0   96. Cody Brewer - R 182 11/2
47. Sean Caisee-R 296 10/0   97. Ed Breault 180 10/0
      Sondi Eden 296 16/2         Mike Leslie  180 14/2
       Ken Ferris 296 12/3   99. Adam Young 177 10/1
50. Mike Heiss 294 23/0   100. Gary Harrell 176 6/3

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Sean Caisse 296
2. Brian Olson 266
3. Cameron Beard 185
4. Cody Brewer 182
5. Scott Thoman 164

TOP 5 MANUFACTURERS

              ENGINE                                       CHASSIS
1.  Gaerte 326 1.  Stealth 457
2.  Esslinger 313 2.  Beast 433
3.  Pink 246 3.  Hawk 139
4.  Mopar 226 4.  Ellis 119
5.  Autocraft 99 5.  TCR 82

524 Drivers Scored Points In  194 Events 111 Events Were Run On Dirt And 83 On Pavement

72 Tracks Were Visited In 24 States Average Car Count = 25

Most Wins = Rick Moss & Mike Hess 7 Most Races = A.J. Fike & Brad Kuhn 36

2003 SERIES CHAMPIONS

ARDC Ray Bull - 4th Championship (00, 01, 02)
AMRA R J Johnson- 2nd Championship (02)
Badger Davey Ray
BCRA Floyd Alvis - 7th Championship (78,79,80,87,01, 02)
MARA Steve Knepper - 8th Championship (86,87,89,90,92,96, 02)
NAMARS Todd Beach
NEMA Joey Payne Jr.
RMMRA Kenny Lewis - 3rd Championship (01, 02)
UMARA John Meyers - 2nd Championship (93)
USAC Nat'l J.J. Yeley
USAC West Steve Paden
WOWMS Gary Harrell
WMRA Rick Moss

2004

Sun Prairie, WI (11/25/04)----Bobby East used a late season charge with victories at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park on Nov. 20 and the Nov. 25 Turkey Night Grand Prix at  Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway to emerge as the 2004 National Midget Driver of the Year Champion. A total of 180 races were run over an 11 month period.   
         East also captured the USAC National Midget Car Series championship. East's season was highlighted by victories in the Hut Hundred, Belleville Midget Nationals and Turkey Night Grand Prix. East finished 196 points ahead of Davey Ray, with Badger Midget Series champion Scott Hatton, Josh Wise, and David Gough as 514 drivers earned points.
          Brett Anderson topped Greg Dennett by 12 points to capture the Design 500 Racewear National Midget Rookie of the Year Award. In the National Midget Manufacturer of the Year Award, Gaerte engines claimed the engine manufacture award for the fourth straight year,  while Stealth topped the point battle for chassis builders. 
Top 100 Drivers
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
  
Driver
Points
Races/Wins
1. Bobby East 1448 29/9   51. Rich Camfield 281 10/2
2. Davey Ray 1251 24/7   52. Tim Siner   272 11/0
3. Scott Hatton  986 22/6   53. Gary Harrell 265 14/0
4. Josh Wise 758 31/1   54. Michael Hubert Jr. 264 18/1
5. David Gough 713 26/9   55. Bob Harr 262 15/1
6. Mike Hess 649 22/3   56. Rick Moss 258 10/2
7. Brandon Waelti 640 21/0   57. Greg Lueckert 257 11/0
8. Jerry Coons Jr. 615 16/4   58. Mike Heiss 256 16/0
9. Aaron Fike 614 21/0   59. Chris DeShon 248 15/1
10. Brad Kuhn 597 37/1   60. A.J. Lane 247 13/1
11. Tracy Hines 594 15/0   61. Pete Pernesiglio 246 11/0
12. Dave Darland 567 15/2   62. Dallen McKenney 245 17/0
13. Kevin Doty 549 13/2   63. Tony Hunt 235 9/2
14. Ray Bull 534 21/11   64. Aaron Fiscus 234 14/0
15. Johnny Rodriguez 513 23/0   65. Bobby Santos III 231 14/1
16. Jerome Rodela 512 23/1   66. Chris Hettinger 230 14/2
17. Ric Forbes 506 26/1   67. Tony Elliott 226 8/0
18. Chad DeSelle 505 20/0   68. Scott Pierovich 226 15/0
19. Adam Clarke 504 14/1   69. Critter Malone 225 7/0
20. Danny Stratton 499 16/4   70. Billy Wease Jr. 224 13/1
21. Thomas Meseruall 483 26/2   71. Brian Olson 220 11/2
22. Gary Taylor 480 21/6   72. Adam Nuetzel 216 24/1
23. J.J. Yeley 467 7/3   73. Jason Leffler 215 3/1
24. Ben Seitz 465 11/4   74. Ed Breault 214 11/0
25. Randy Cabral 451 12/1   75. Chad Branson 212 11/0
26. Tom Hessert III 447 19/0   76. Travis Miniea 212 16/1
27. Don Droud Jr. 435 15/1   77. Sondi Eden 207 13/1
28. Wally Pankratz 435 23/0   78. Travis Young 202 14/2
29. Cole Carter 433 17/0   79. Rob Russell 200 9/2
30. Ike Beasley 417 14/8   80. Ed Stimley Jr. 199 12/0
31. Joey Payne  415 11/2   81. Todd Beach 198 13/0
32. Ron gRegory 411 15/1   82. Rob Lindsey 198 17/0
33. Brian Gerster 396 11/0   83. Adam Cantor 195 11/0
34. Dave Steele 374 12/3   84. Phil Rutledge 192 13/0
35. Steve Paden 370 19/4   85. Ken Ferris 191 9/0
36. Mark Buonomo 365 12/1   86. Rick Ellis 190 15/1
37. Robby Flock 364 15/2         Adam Young  190 11/0
38. Craig Carey 339 16/2   88. John Jones 189 13/0
39. Teddy beach 333 16/2   89. Shannon McQueen 188 18/0
40. Brett Anderson 329 11/0   90. Rich Corson 187 13/1
41. Steve Buckwalter 329 19/2   91.Michelle Miller 186 16/0
42.Greg Dennett 317 18/1   92. Joe Montgomery 184 7/0
43. Jay Drake 310 11/0   93. Matt Mitchell 183 18/0
44. Brian Gard 308 18/1         David Thompson 183 12/0
45. Don Lehmann 306 12/2   95. Joe Boyles 180 9/1
46. Cory Kruseman 304 7/1   96. Dave Shirk 179 16/0
47. Michael Lewis 291 12/3   97. Steve Craig 178 16/0
48. Garrett Hansen 286 18/2   98. Jimmy Christan  177 10/1
49. Mike Miller 284 15/2        Tim Heath 177 8/1
50. Steve Knepper 281 10/2   100. Floyd Alvis 175 19/1

 

DESIGN 500 RACEWEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Brett Anderson 329
2. Greg Dennett 317
3. Brian Gard 308
4. A.J. Lane 247
5. Scott Piervoich 226

 

TOP 5 MANUFACTURERS

              ENGINE                                       CHASSIS
1.  Gaerte 326 1.  Stealth 457
2.  Esslinger 313 2.  Beast 433
3.  Pink 246 3.  Hawk 139
4.  Mopar 226 4.  Ellis 119
5.  Autocraft 99 5.  TCR 82

524 Drivers Scored Points In  194 Events 111 Events Were Run On Dirt And 83 On Pavement

72 Tracks Were Visited In 24 States Average Car Count = 25

Most Wins = Ray Bull 11 Most Races = Brad Kuhn 37

2004 SERIES CHAMPIONS

ARDC Ray Bull - 5th Championship 
AMRA R J Johnson- 2nd Championship 
Badger Scott Hatton- 2nd Championship 
BCRA Thomas Meseruall
Gateway Mike Hess
MARA Craig Carey
NEMA Joey Payne Jr.- 2nd championship
RMMRA Gary Taylor
 
UMARA David Gough - 2nd Championship 
USAC Nat'l Bobby East
USAC West Johnny Rodriguez
WOWMS Ike Beasley
WMRA Rick Moss- 7th championship

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