Coons tops Badger Angell Park field
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 22---Jerry Coons Jr. captured Sunday Night’s 1st annual “Norm Nelson Classic”, 30-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series Feature at Angell Park Speedway. The victory for Coons was his 27th career feature victory at the track, eighth on the track’s all-time feature win list.
Pole sitter Kurt Mayhew paced the initial lap of the event, before Robbie Ray took the lead on the second lap. One lap later Coons moved into second position. Coons passed Ray for the lead on the next lap on the backstretch, and began increasing his advantage over Ray.
Coons’ Hans Lein Racing teammate Billy Balog moved into second place on Lap 7. Coons saw his three second lead over Balog erased, when a caution appeared on Lap 11 for a stalled car. Balog stayed on Coons rear bumper on the restart and pulled into the lead as the pair crossed the start/finish line on Lap 15, Coons regained the lead before the lap was completed. A caution with ten laps remaining bunched up the field.
On the restart Coons jumped to a two-car length lead. The final few laps saw positions behind the lead pair change several times in a tightly group field of cars. Coons driving the Hans Lein owned DRC/Stanton SR-11 No. 2 finished .083 seconds ahead of Balog. Ray, Mayhew, and David Gough completed top five. “It's always great to get a victory here, the car was perfect on both the top and bottom groves” commented Coons.
A doubleheader weekend looms for the series starting on Saturday July 26 at the Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway, with the eighth annual "Salute to Harry Turner". The following evening Sunday July 27 action moves back to Angell Park Speedway for the "78th Anniversary Season" race presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie for Badger at the famed 1/3-mile oval.
All US Military Personnel, past and present will be admitted free with proper Government Military ID. Both events will also carry an increased purse.
30-lap Feature: 1. Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2. Billy Balog; 3. Robbie Ray; 4. Kurt Mayhew; 5. David Gough; 6. Eric Johnson; 7. Aaron Schuck; 8. Buddy Luebke; 9. Scott Hatton; 10. Kevin Olson; 11. Dan Smith; 12. Mike Stroik; 13. David Budres; 14. Daniel Robinson; 15. Andrew Felker; 16. Katlynn Lehr; 17. Brandon Waelti.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Coons, Felker.
Cars Present: 17
Norm Nelson Classic next at Angell Park
Badger Midgets, Micros, IRA Sprints, Legends-July 20
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 15---The "1st annual Norm Nelson Classic" is slated for Sunday Night July 20 at Angell Park Speedway, and will feature four divisions: The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Cars Series and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.
The race will honor Norm Nelson who won the first-ever midget feature at the track on June 2, 1946. Nelson also won inaugural Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Championship in 1960. Nelson's career is also highlighted by three USAC National Stock Car Championships, and thirty-five USAC Stock Car wins. Nelson's eleven victories at the famed Milwaukee Mile place him second on the tracks all-time win list. Nelson’s granddaughter Brittany Mattie will sing the evening’s National Anthem.
The event for IRA, ends a twenty-nine year absence of Winged 410 Sprint Car racing at the track. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow.
Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 545; 2. Tanner Thorson 439; 3. Rico Areu 423; 4. Zach Daum 392; 5. Parker Price-Miller 335; 6. Andrew Felker 333; 7. Darren Hagen 324; 8. Jake Blackhurst 279; 9. Brandon Waelti 216; 10. Scott Hatton 158.
Gehrke outduels Daum to win Lincoln
Fairbury rained out
Lincoln, Ill., July 11. – Chett Gehrke edged Zach Daum to win Friday Night’s 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Pole-sitter Parker Price-Miller, paced the first seven laps before Darren Hagen moved into the top position. Daum passed Hagen for the lead on a Lap 14 restart, with Gehrke in fourth position. Gehrke passed Daum for the lead four laps later, and the next lap the caution appeared for a stalled car.
Daum passed Gehrke for the lead on the restart. Gehrke regained the lead from Daum five laps later. Gehrke driving the Skip and Diana Matteson-owned Spike/Fontana No. 11 finished ahead of Daum who moved back into the POWRI points lead. Hagen, Austin Brown, and rookie Spencer Bayston completed the top five.
A heavy rainfall overnight and continuing into Saturday morning, forced officials to postpone the Saturday Night July 12 co-sanctioned event at the Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.
30-lap Feature:1. Chett Gehrke; 2. Zach Daum; 3. Darren Hagen; 4. Austin Brown; 5. Spencer Bayston; 6. Parker Price-Miller; 7. Terry Babb; 8. Nick Knepper; 9. Garrett Aitken; 10. Jake Blackhurst; 11. Joe B. Miller; 12. Shane Hollingsworth; 13. Jake Neuman; 14. Robbie Ray; 15. Jacob Patton; 16. Isaac Chapple; 17. Ryan Chriswell; 18. Seth Motsinger; 19. Darren Kingston; 20. Tyler Thomas; 21. Andrew Felker; 22. Colten Cottle.
Semi Feature Winner: Bayston.
Heat Race Winners: Hagen, Daum, Price-Miller, Patton.
Cars Present: 29 Feature Lap Leaders: Price-Miller 1-7, Hagen 8-14, Daum 15-17, Gehrke 18-19, Daum 20-24, Gehrke 25-30.
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 545; 2. Tanner Thorson 439; 3. Rico Areu 423; 4. Zach Daum 392; 5. Parker Price-Miller 335; 6. Andrew Felker 333; 7. Darren Hagen 324; 8. Jake Blackhurst 279; 9. Brandon Waelti 216; 10. Scott Hatton 158.
Bell tops Pepsi Nationals field
Oklahoma driver becomes 20th different event winner
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 6---Christopher Bell took the lead the with eleven laps remaining to win the 33rd annual Peps Midget Nationals Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget,and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. Bell becomes the first driver since Stevie Reeves (1991) to win the event in his first attempt.
Polesitter Garrett Aitken paced the initial lap, before New Zealand’s Michael Pickens took the lead. Bell who topped the field in qualifying, moved into third place on the fifth lap, and two laps later passed Aitken for the second position. Pickens enjoyed a two-plus second lead over Bell, with ten laps completed. Bell narrowed Pickens lead to four-car lengths at the midway point. Two caution flags for stalled cars on Laps 16 and 18, bunched up the field.
Bell passed Pickens entering Turn 3 on Lap 18, and began to increase his lead each lap. Pickens slid sideways running in third place causing several cars to slow, brining out the caution despite any cars coming to a stop. Bell quickly moved away from teammate Tanner Thorson on the restart. Rico Abreu running the third Kunz/Curb-Agajanian entry passed several cars in the final laps to claim third and complete a “podium sweep” for the team. The win was third event victory for car owner Keith Kunz. Chris Windom and last year’s winner Zach Daum completed the top five.
“Keith and crew had the car perfect all weekend the track was tricky at times, it’s great to win an event with such history” commented Bell who scored his eleventh overall midget feature victory of the season.
30-lap feature: 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Michael Pickens, 9. Jake Blackhurst, 10. Bill Balog, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Andrew Felker, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Garrett Aitken, 18. Parker Price-Miller, 19. Seth Motsinger, 20. Terry Babb, 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 22. Spencer Bayston.
12-lap Semi Feature Winner: Abreu.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Bell, Clauson, Thorson.
Fast Time: Thorson, 14.611 seconds.
Cars Present: 25 Feature Lap Leaders: Aitken 1, Pickens 2-18, Bell 19-30.
**Chapple flipped during Heat 1. Abreu flipped during Heat 1.
Pepsi Nationals Notes:
---Garret Aitken led the opening feature lap, only once has a driver led the opening lap and won the event, Davey Ray in 2003.
----The win marked the fifth straight Pepsi Nationals victory for engine manufacturer Toyota.
----Car Owner Keith Kunz’s previous event victories came with Page Jones (1993) and Jay Drake (2000).
---Five former winners ran the event: Kevin Olson, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons Jr., Brady Bacon, and Zach Daum.
----Nine drivers were competing in their first ever Pepsi Midget Nationals.
Six Pepsi Midget Nationals Champs look for repeat victory
Fireworks display highlights Saturday
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 1---Defending Champion Zach Daum, leads the list of drivers excepted to compete in the 33rd annual Pepsi Midget Nationals at Angell Park Speedway on Saturday and Sunday Nights July 5-6.
The two-day event will be co-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Joining Daum are five former winners of the event, with a total of a dozen Pepsi Midget Nationals titles. They include: Kevin Olson (1983, 1986, 1987, 1997, 1998), Tracy Hines (2001, 2002 and 2010), Scott Hatton (2004-2005), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), and Brady Bacon (2008).\
A repeat victory for Daum would mark the seventh time in event history a driver has scored back-to-back victories. Daum currently leads the POWRi points, while Rico Abreu is atop the USAC points, with his teammate Christopher Bell leading the Badger standings.
A complete program of racing is slated each night, will Saturday being highlighted by a 30-lap feature, along with the track’s traditional Fireworks display presented by Budweiser at the conclusion of racing events.
Sunday’s feature will crown the Pepsi Midget Nationals Champion, and will also include the popular Pepsi “Lets Make a Deal” fan activities on the front stretch.
The Badger 600 Micro series will compete both nights. Defending series champion Matt Paderta will be seeking to extend his feature win streak to four, and is currently second in series points behind Brandon Sletten.
Spectator gates open at 4;30 pm, with practice at 6:00 pm, followed by racing. General admission is $20, students, ages 12-18, are $15, and children 12 and under are free.
USAC National Midget Standings: 1. Rico Abreu 481, 2. Tracy Hines 388, 3. Bryan Clauson 387, 4.Christopher Bell 370, 5. Dave Darland 311, 6. Tanner Thorson 311, 7. Zach Daum 285, 8. Andrew Felker 272, 9. Chris Windom 267, 10. Kevin Thomas 257.
POWRi National Midget Standings: 1. Zach Daum 2140, 2. Tyler Thomas 2070, 3. Christopher Bell 1950, 4. Tanner Thorson 1920, 5. Darren Hagen 1725, 6. Parker Price-Miller 1560, 7. Andrew Felker 1555, 8. Jake Blackhurst 1435, 9. Daniel Robinson 1410, 10. Austin Brown 1315.
Badger Midget Standings: 1. Christopher Bell 319, 2. Tanner Thorson 242, 3. Rico Abreu 240, 4. Darren Hagen 235, 5. Andrew Felker 218, 6. Parker Price-Miller 200, 7. Zach Daum 198, 8. Brandon Waelti 185, 9. Jake Blackhurst 147, 10. Scott Hatton 143.
Rain takes out June 1 Angell Park event
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 1---With the predicted weather forecast for today and tonight the decision was made forcing the postponement of the The "1st annual Norm Nelson Classic" at Angell Park Speedway.
Track and sanctioning body officials are working to secure a rescheduled date for the event which was to feature: The Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaws Sprint Cars Series and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.
The next event at Angell Park will be Sunday June 22 featuring the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series, Badger Midgets, Badger Micros and Wisconsin Dirt Legends. The Badger Micros next event will be June 7 at Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway.
Badger Midgets: 1. Christopher Bell 319; 2. Tanner Thorson 242; 3. Rico Abreu 240; 4. Parker Price-Miller 200; 5. Zach Daum 198; 6. Daniel Robinson 172; 7. Jake Blackhurst 147; 8. Andrew Felker 143; 9. Darren Hagen 119; 10. Scott Hatton 115.
Bell tops Angell Park Night One
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., May 24---Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell won the 30-lap "Danni Jo Thiel Memorial", Saturday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and The All-New Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. The event opened the United States portion of The POWRi Lucas Oil Midget World Championship. Bell becomes the 136th different midget feature winner in the tracks 68-year history.
Parker Price-Miller jumped into the lead at the start, closely followed by Bell. Fast qualifier Rico Abreu started in 13th position passing four cars on the opening lap. Abreu continued his charge moving into fifth place on Lap 5. Bell and Price-Miller exchanged slide jobs for the lead two lpas in arrow, before Bell took the top postion exiting Turn 4 on Lap 11. Bell’s teammate Tanner Thorson moved into second place the following lap. Bell began lapping the tail of the field at the midway. Thorson began slowing on the 18th lap, retiring with engine problems.
On the restart Bell moved away form the filed, while Abreu passed Zach Daum for second with ten laps remaining. Bell appeared headed for an easy when fifth place Seth Motsinger stalled, with two laps remaining.
Bell took advantage of a lapped car between himself and Abreu on the restart and ran the final two laps unchallenged driving the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian owned Bullet/Toyota No. 97. Abreu trailed Bell by 1.17 second at the finish, with Daum, Tyler Thomas, and Price-Miller completing the top five. “ It’s great to win at a track with such a great history, we struggled here last year” commented Bell afterwards.
Midgets 30-lap Feature: 1.Christopher Bell; 2. Rico Abreu; 3. Zach Daum; 4. Tyler Thomas; 5. Parker Price-Miller; 6. Jake Blackhurst; 7. Scott Buckley; 8. Austin Brown; 9. Brandon Waelti; 10. Justin Peck; 11. Andrew Felker; 12. Daniel Robinson; 13. Darren Hagen; 14. Scott Hatton; 15. Terry Baab; 16. Jacob Patton; 17. Spencer Bayston; 18. Seth Motsinger; 19. Robbie Ray; 20. Cody Weisensel; 21. Tanner Thorson; 22. Brad Mosen.
12-lap Semi Feature Winner: Abreu.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Mosen, Thorson, Hagen.
Fast Time: Abreu, 14. 497 seconds.
Cars Present: 26
Feature Lap Leaders: Price-Miller 1-11, Bell 12-30.
POWRi/Badger Lincoln show weather victim
Lincoln, Ill., April 2---The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget/ All-New Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series co-sanctioned event scheduled for Friday, April 4th at Lincoln Speedway, has been cancelled due to heavy rains and severe weather in the forecast.
Badger announces 16-race slate for 2014
Ten at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 23---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) released a sixteen race schedule for the 2014 racing season, today. It will mark the 78th year of sanctioning midget auto racing, for the country's oldest midget auto racing organization. Mid-State Equipment returns as title series for the fifth consecutive year.The series will run events at six tracks in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway continues as the cornerstone of the series, with ten races slated at the famed 1/3-mile facility. Among the highlights include: a new two-day date for the 33rd annual " Pepsi Midget Nationals" on July 5 and 6, and The Cornfest Midget Classic on August 17, both events will be tri-sanctioned by Badger, POWRi, and USAC.
The track will open Memorial Day weekend with the Sue Thiel Memorial doubleheader on May 24-25. The co-sanctioned event with POWRi, kickoffs off the American portion of the fifteen-race POWRi Lucas Oil Midget World Championships, and will feature drivers from New Zealand and Australia.
Three Sprint Car/Badger Angell Park events are scheduled, highlighted by the return of the IRA Bumper to Bumper Sprint Car Series to facility on June 1 and July 20. It marks the first IRA sanctioned event at the track since August 7, 1985. The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series will run three weeks later on June 22.
Wilmot (Wis.) Speedway will host "The 8th annual Salute to Harry Turner" on Saturday July 26. Badger will co-sanction five events in Illinois with POWRi including the season opener at Lincoln Speedway on April 4, and return to the facility on July 11. Remaining events include: Jacksonville Speedway (April 25), Macon Speedway (April 26) and Fairbury American Legion Speedway (July 12).
The Badger 600 Micro Series will run all ten events at Angell Park Speedway, along with both Wilmot Speedway races. Additional stand-alone races for the Micro's will be announced in early February.
Fri. Apr. 4 Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway*
Fri. Apr. 25 Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. Apr. 26 Macon (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. May 24 Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.)*
Sun. May 25 Angell Park Speedway*
Sun.June 1 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. June 22 Angell Park Speedway
Sat. July 5 Angell Park Speedway**
Sun. July 6 Angell Park Speedway**
Fri. July 11 Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. July 12 Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway*
Sun. July 20 Angell Park Speedway
Sat. July 26 Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway
Sun. July 27 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. Aug. 17 Angell Park Speedway**
Sun. Aug. 31 Angell Park Speedway (rain date: Sep. 1)
*=co-sanction with POWRi
**=co-sanction with USAC Nat'l, & POWRi
1. Christopher Bell 545
2. Tanner Thorson 439
3. Rico Areu 423
4. Zach Daum 392
5. Parker Price-Miller 335
6. Andrew Felker 333
7. Darren Hagen 324
8. Jake Blackhurst 279
9. Brandon Waelti 216
10. Scott Hatton 158
1947 Badger Midget Champion website