From Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 10—Brad Kuhn captured Sunday Night’s 30-lap Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature event at Angell Park Speedway. The victory for Kuhn was his third, in the last four Badger events.
Brandon Waelti led the intinial two laps, before Mike Hess took the top position. Kuhn moved into second place on Lap 4 and two laps later passed Hess for the lead. Scott Hatton who started tenth, passed two cars on Lap 8 moving into second position.
Hatton closed on Kuhn each lap. One lap after the midway point, Hatton made an outside pass on Kuhn exiting Turn 4 , Hatton hit the wall and rode the wall passing Kuhn at the start/finish line to lead the lap. Hatton’s car came off the wall and continued in second place for a few laps, before retiring on Lap 23. the events only caution apperared on Lap 17 for a stalled car.
Kuhn continued to run a flawless race, while an intense three car battle for the runner-up position was waged by Hess, Bubba Altig and Davey Ray for the remainder of the event.
Kuhn driving the RW Motorsports owned Beast/Fontana No. 17 finished 3.23 seconds ahead of Hess, Bubba Altig, Davey Ray, and Waelti. “We made alot of changes to this car during the week in the shop and they all worked great for us tonight, there alot of big races in the upcoming weeks this is the time to peak during the season” commented Kuhn in victory lane.
Billy Balog completed a clean sweep winning the 10-lap Badger 600 Micro feature finishing ahead of Preston Benisch, George Knudsen and Dick Heath. Altig now holds a four-point lead over Hess, with Kuhn in third place trailing by 50-points heading into the upcoming doubleheader weekend. Badger along with the Lucas Oil POWRi Midget series will co-sanction the Fifth annual “Salute to Harry Turner” on Saturday July 16 at Wilmot (Wis.), and the following night “The 75th Anniversary Night of Badger Midget Racing” at Angell Park.
30-lap Feature: 1. Brad Kuhn; 2. Mike Hess; 3. Bubba Altig; 4. Davey Ray; 5. Brandon Waelti; 6. Robbie Ray; 7. Taylor Ferns; 8. Billy Balog; 9. David Budres; 10. Courtney Erfurth; 11. Dalton armstrong; 12. Bryon Walters; 13. Matt Jackson; 14. Kurt Mayhew; 15. Eric Johnson; 16. Scott Hatton; 17. Daniel Robinson; 18. Jim Fuerst; 19. Derrick Gough; 20. Bob Schreffler; 21. Cody Weisensel.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: R. Ray, D. Ray, Hess.
Fast Time: Kuhn, 14.996 seconds.
Cars Present: 21 Feature Lap Leaders: Waelti 1-2, Hess 3-6, Kuhn 7-15, Hatton 16, Kuhn 17-30.
*Mayhew flipped during qualifying, uninjuried.
Badger Midget SeriesPoints: 1. Bubba Altig 466; 2. Mike Hess 462; 3. Brad Kuhn 416; 4. Scott Hatton 275; 5. Daniel Robinson 267; 6. Robbie Ray 233; 7. David Budres 228; 8. Bryon Walters 225; 9. Brandon Waelti 224; 10. Davey Ray 205 .