Sun Prairie, Wis., July 16—Brad Kuhn captured the 5th annual “Salute to Harry Turner” 30-lap feature Saturday Night at Wilmot Raceway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series and POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The victory for Kuhn was his third straight in Badger and second in POWRi.
Pole sitter Davey Ray jumped into the lead at the start, while Brad Loyet passed five cars in the opening lap moving to third place. Loyet advanced another position on the next lap.Kuhn passed Chet Gehrke for third place on Lap 5, with Ray holding a commanding lead. The caution appeared for a stalled cars on Laps seven and ten bunching up the field.
On the restart Loyet used the bottom line to take the lead from Ray exiting Turn 2. Loyet running the bottom groove held a three-car length at the midway point. Kuhn moved into second place two laps later. Kuhn using the high groove around the 1/3-mile clay oval passed Loyet for the lead, with six laps remaining. A spirited four-car battle occurred behind the lead duo for the remainder of the event.
Kuhn driving the RW Motorsports owned Beast/Fontana No. 17 finished 0.563 seconds ahead of Loyet, Scott Hatton, Mario Clouser and Badger points leader Bubba Altig. The victory for Kuhn was his second in the Turner event also winning the 2006 event. “You had to figure out the changing track conditions quickly tonight, we the bite we needed on the top” commented Kuhn who has closed to within fifteen points of Altig for the Badger points lead.