From Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, WI — (August 14, 2011) — Bubba Altig captured the 30-lap Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The victory was the second of the season for the Mechanicsburg, Ill. driver, and allowed him to close to within 38-points of Series points leader Brad Kuhn, with two events remaining.
Altig, jumped into the lead at the start, two cautions during the first three laps slowed the pace, including a six-car accident on Lap 3, which saw Eric Johnson flip. Kuhn moved into third place on Lap 5, and second position one lap later. Fast qualifier Jerry Coons Jr. continued his march through the field moving into third place on Lap 7, and two laps later passing Kuhn for second place. Altig opened up a three-second when began lapping the tail of the field on Lap 9.
Coons closed the advantage to under two seconds at the midway point, and four laps later closed to Altig’s rear bumper. Both drivers had to change their “grooves” several times to deal with lapped cars. The caution was displayed for a stalled car, with nine laps remaining, as the leaders had lapped up to seventh place.
Altig took advantage of lapped cars between himself and Coons and Kuhn on the restart. Coons made several attempts to pass Altig for the lead, but couldn’t make the pass work, including dealing with lapped cars during the final two laps. Altig driving the D & I Motorsports owned Spike/Fontana No. 19 finished 0.82 second ahead of Coons,Kuhn, Davey Ray and Kody Swanson. “The crew had the car perfect, I knew Jerry & Brad were right there I had to be perfect after the restart” commented Altig.
Earlier in the evening Daniel Robinson won the 8th annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash, collecting $500 from the $2,011 purse. Cody Wisensel flipped during the second heat race and was transferred to University Hospital (Madison, Wis.) for undisclosed injuries.
For the second straight event, twelve year-old Robbie Resch was the class of the ten-car Badger 600 Micro Series field capturing the 15-lap feature over: Cody Ledger, Mike Hicks, Cole Possi and George Knudsen. Badger and the USAC National Midget Series will co-sanction next Sunday’s Aug. 21 Miller Lite Cornfest Midget Classic at the track.
30-lap Feature: 1. Bubba Altig; 2. Jerry Coons Jr. 3. Brad Kuhn; 4. Davey Ray; 5. Kody Swanson; 6. Robbie Ray; 7. Daniel Robinson; 8. Scott Hatton; 9. Bob Schreffler; 10. Chris Springer; 11. Jason Therkelsen; 12. Zach Daum; 13. David Budres; 14. Cody Ledger; 15. Jim Fuerst; 16. Ray Seach; 17. Bryon Walters; 18. Courtney Erfurth; 19. Eric Johnson; 20. Mike Hess; 21. Kurt Mayhew; 22. Brandon Waelti.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Altig, R. Ray, Kuhn.
6-lap Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash: 1. Robinson; 2. Kuhn; 3. D. Ray; 4. Budres; 5. Coons; 6. Cody Wisensel.
Fast Time: Coons, 14.520 seconds
Cars Present: 23 Feature Lap Leaders: Altig 1-30.
*Wisensel flipped in second heat race, transported to University Hospital for undisclosed injuries. Johnson flipped on Lap 3 of feature, uninjured.
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Brad Kuhn 792; 2. Bubba Altig 754; 3. Mike Hess 597; 4. Scott Hatton 510; 5. Davey Ray 427; 6. Jerry Coons Jr. 419; 7. Daniel Robinson 412; 8. Robbie Ray 389; 9. Brandon Waelti 377; 10. David Budres 346.