April 10, 2001
The racing season at Memphis is two-thirds done, and at Hallett
it has not yet begun. They played at Gateway on an April Fool Sunday,
and at Heartland twice on a windy weekend.
Eleven races remain in the 2001 Mid-Am season plenty of time
for drivers not even among the 110 who so far have signed up for
the series to sweep a championship.
But so far, heres who the early leaders are:
SP: Chester Bailey (Wich) took two Heartland wins to start
off toward a second straight championship.
EP: Three KC drivers chased each other around Heartland Park, with
Ronald Davis coming out of the weekend two points up on Phillip
FP: David Fox (MidS) won the first Memphis, Bill Van Keppel
(KC) won the second Heartland, so theyre tied.
GP: Rocky Entriken (Sal) scored 12 twice at Heartland Park.
GT1: Mary Daly (StL) got top scores at the second Memphis
and again at Gateway, looking for a fourth clock.
GT3: Charles Guenther (KC) overcame car problems to run up
24 points at Heartland Park.
S2000: Al Essig (KC), the 1994 champ, returned from a few
years away to post a Heartland win.
SRF: Ron Lentz, the 1999-2000 champ, is after a third with
two wins from three finishes so far.
FA: Phil Gumpert (StL) won at the second Memphis.
FC: Phil Hemes (KC) ran up three wins in two straight weekends
when he took all the checkers at Gateway and Heartland Park.
CC: Don Strathearn (StL) won at his home track.
FM: Bob Hancock (NeOk) took steps to become the first Mid-Am
FM champ with twin wins at Heartland Park.
FF: David Livingston Jr. (MidS) won both the Memphis races.
CF: Making it a family affair, David Livingston Sr. (MidS)
also won both Memphis rounds, but Hans Iwand (Neb) matched
that at the two Heartland Park races.
Nobody has registered for any of these classes so far.
MiDivs newest racing class is led by Dick Faxon (OzMt),
who won the Gateway and both Heartland Park rounds, after Don
Wiseman (MidS) took both the Memphis contests.
ITS: David Bryson (StL) has three wins in four finishes in
the class that has seen the most action so far.
ITA: Mitch Johnson (Wich) waited for the Heartland races
to score his first two wins.
ITB: Chris Albin (StL) won the first four races but crashed
in the fifth.
ITC: Phil Harris (MidS) has a 3-point edge from winning both
the Memphis races, while Mark Buffon (KC) and D.J. Manis
(Kan) traded places at Heartland Park.
ITE: John Hemmingson (KC) won at Gateway and again at the
Saturday Heartland to take a good early lead.