Hess increases point lead with Beaver Dam win

From Bryan Gapinski

Beaver Dam, Wis., July 3— Series points leader Mike Hess won The Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series 30-lap feature Saturday Night at Beaver Dam Raceway. Hess is the ninth different driver to win a feature event this season in nine races.

Travis Berryhill paced the intinal two laps, before Hess took the lead. Once in the lead Hess began increasing his lead each lap .Matt Smith moved into second place on Lap 10, and trailed Hess by a straightaway at the midway point. Three laps later Berryhill running in fourth position hit the Turn 2 wall and flipped three times, escaping injury.

On the restart Smith stayed with Hess for a few laps, before Hess pulled away to a comfortable margain. Hess driving the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk Chevrolet No. 4 finished 2.7 seconds ahead of Smith, Scott Hatton,Courtney Erfurth and Bob Shreffler. Hess now holds a 90-point lead over Hatton heading ino the July 17 event at Beaver Dam Raceway.

30-lap Feature: 1. Mike Hess; 2. Matt Smith; 3. Scott Hatton; 4. Courney Erfurth; 5. Bob Shreffler; 6. Eric Johnson; 7. Tim Noble; 8.Brian Terry; 9. Travis Berryhill.
10-lap Qualifying Race Winner: Erfurth.
Fast Time: Hatton, 14.966 seconds.
Cars Present: 9 Feature Lap Leaders: Berryhill 1-2, Hess 3-30.
*Berryhill flipped on Lap 18 of feature, uninjuried.
Current Badger Midget Series Point Standings: 1.Mike Hess 708; 2.Scott Hatton 618; 3. Travis Berryhill 552; 4. Davey Ray 542; 5.Brandon Waelti 489; 6. Bob Schreffler 477; 7. Courtney Erfurth 450; 8. Brad Loyet 338; 9. Eric Johnson 306; 10.Daniel Robinson 246.