out, and the Mid-Am season is more than half over! Summer has just
begun but there are only six races left in the 2001 season. The
very busy early schedule seems to have caught a lot of drivers unaware
as we also have the lowest driver count in years -- only 116 have
been registered to date. Compare that to a range of 165 to 173 drivers
in each of the past five years!
So, even though it is almost five months to the end of the
season, drivers seeking a championship will need to take advantage
of all the opportunities that remain.
Even for drivers who seem to have a big lead, if challengers
can get close enough by September, upsets can - and sometimes do
- happen in the double-points Bonus Race.
Who's up front so far?
- Chester Bailey (Wich)
with three wins is leading the pack.
- Ronald Davis (KC) has
won three, and is 17-up on Kyle
- Bill Van Keppel (KC)
posted his fourth win at Heartland Park for a 30-point lead.
- Rocky Entriken (Sal)
picked up his third 12-point score at Memphis to go six ahead of
Adam Hamric (MidS) with perennial champ Court Whitlock (OzMt) another six behind in the closest Production
- Three wins and two seconds have given Mary
Daly (StL) a 30-point edge over the Panoz of Dan Guterman (NeOk), a 2-time winner.
- Tommy Morrison (OzMt)
has only been out once for 12 points.
- Charles Guenther (KC)
scored his 48th point at Heartland Park.
- Al Essig (KC) has won
three times so far this season.
- Ron Lentz (KC) is leading
this busy class with 54 points, but Ken
Tripkos (Kan) won at Heartland Park and now is just 12 behind.
Wayne Hudec (NeOk) and Fernando Licopoli (KC) are both also in
- Phil Gumpert (StL)
only has the one finish at Memphis so far.
- Phil Hemes (KC) has
put a hammerlock on the class with six wins. Steve
Willenbrink (StL), Shane
Bennoch (OzMt) and Tom
Coppage (StL) are looking for the points that will put them
in contention to challenge at the Bonus Race.
- Bob Hancock (NeOk)
ran off three April wins.
- Dan Layton (StL) and
David Livingston Jr. (MidS) finally got
together at Heartland Park; Layton prevailed to take a three-point
- The I's have it, as Hans
Iwand (Neb) with three wins leads Chris
Ingram (OzMt) by six points.
- Ted Johnson (Neb) is
leading this class with three wins and 18 points over Scott
- Dick Faxon (OzMt) and
Don Wiseman (MidS) both have five wins,
but Faxon has one more second-place finish for a 9-point lead.
- David Bryson (StL)
has won four, Chris Flier (StL) and Randy
Wagner (NeOk) both have two. Bryson leads Flier by six.
- Bob Stretch (SIll)
has posted four wins, but Mitch
Johnson (Wich) with three is only five points back. Terry
Bryant (MidS) and David
Long (KC) are both also within close range.
- Chris Albin (SIll)
still owns this class, nine wins in 10 starts. Bill
Briggen (SIll) is second and Michael
May (Neb) is third with the only victory Albin didn't get.
- The best action this class has had in years shows D.J. Manis (Kan) six ahead of Phil
Harris (MidS) with Mark
Buffon (KC) another three back. Harris has won three, while
Manis and Buffon have two each.
- The leader is John Hemmingson
(KC) but three wins have Jeff
Demetri (Neb) only six points behind.