Practice session slated at Angell Park Speedway
Sun Prairie, Wis., April 24---An open practice session has been scheduled at Angell Park Speedway for Sunday May 3 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The session is open to all divisions who will race at the 1/3-mile clay oval during the 2015 season. Pit passes will be $15, with free grandstand admission. There will be no concessions available.
The track will open Memorial Day weekend, with the Thiel Family Memorial doubleheader on May 23-24. The co-sanctioned event will feature the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series and the Mid-State Equipment/Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Series. Also competing both days will be the Badger 600 Micro Series and Illini Racing Series.
J.R. Smith & Bill Earnest Badger Midget notables pass away last week
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Apr. 13---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) extend their sympathies to Smith & Earnest Families.
Jerome Robert "Jerry" “J.R.” Smith, died at Madison’s St. Mary's Hospital on April 7 at the age of 72 years old.
While attending college at UW-Whitewater Jerry worked at Fordem Co., a paper converting business. In 1966, he and his brother Jay joined forces and purchased the business, creating unique processes to produce the various paper packaging products.
They sold the company in 1983. Jerry also founded American Walker Inc. which designed, built, and distributed mobility solutions for the elderly. Jerry holds a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the core product of this company.
His passion for racing followed him to Fitchburg Racing, where he teamed with Jim Fiscus, claiming the four Badger Midget Auto Racing Association titles with three drivers: Dan Boorse, (1984-85), Kevin Olson (’89), and Dean Erfurth (’90). The J.R. Smith Enterprises colors also captured several best appearing car awards during the period.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy, son, Sean, grandchildren, Madeleine and Ian; one sisters, two borthers and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jerry's life is planned for May 5, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nakoma Country Club, 4145 Country Club Road, Madison. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
William "Bill" Earnest died on April 6 , four days shy of his 90th birthday, in Orange, CA. He served in the Marine Corps, during World War II. Earnest built and operated several automotive parts & service business’ in the greater Rockford, IL area. On the racing side he is remembered for being co-owner of Rockford Speedway with Hugh Deery when the track was first constructed.
He also organized and promoted races at Chicago’s Soldier Field. His expertise and reputation led him to purchase the Dodge dealership in Rockford, where relocated it to the New Dodge City location. Earnest moved out west to Arizona and then to California where he owed and ran Sunnyvale Datsun in Northern California and then settled in beautiful Orange County, California, owning and running Earnest Ford.
Earnest also sponsored several midget racing teams and drivers in the Midwest over the years, and regularly attended events at Angell Park Speedway. Living in Orange, CA, Earnest began hosting a legendary “Thanksgiving Dinner” for his many Midwestern & West Coast racing friends, on Wednesday, preceding the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park. He was a veteran lifetime member of the USAC and lifetime member of the Indianapolis Old-timers Club.
Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Fairy; children, Connie Greffe, Geri (Tom) Hedges, and James (Christine) Earnest, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and his sister. At Bill's request, there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the City of Orange Fire Department, St. Joseph's Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
Auto accident claims Randy Fiscus at 51
By Bryan Gapinski
Madison, Wis., March 14---Randy Fiscus, a long-time competitor with the Badger Midget Series died Friday night as a result of an automobile accident in Madison, he was 51 years old.
Randy made his driving debut with Badger in 1984 racing for his father Jim. Randy was 1985 Badger Midget Mechanic of the Year for his efforts on Dan Boorse’s Championship Team, while driving a partial season in 1985-86. The title was the second of four Badger Car Owner Titles for Jim.
Returning to the cockpit in 1991 Randy qualified in the fastest four on four consecutive nights at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.) earning a position the trophy dash each night on his way to finishing 12th in Badger points. His return season was highlighted by a fourth place finish in the Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway (Canton, Ill.).
Fiscus scored his first career midget feature victory in 1996 capturing the 30-lap Badger event at the Hales Corners Speedway (Franklin, Wis.) in June.
He followed the victory with his biggest career win the 50-lap Al Fredenberg Memorial at Angell Park Speedway in August. The season resulted in a seventh place finish in Badger points, a career best, that he duplicated three years later. Randy and his younger brother Aaron continued running the Badger Series and other selected events during the following seasons.
Randy announced his retirement from driving at the 2003 Badger Awards banquet after finishing eleventh in points. He remained active overseeing the two-car effort for his father’s team, before the team ended over a quarter century participation in midget auto racing at the conclusion of 2010 season.
Randy was a master plumber for over 30-years and was a key member in the day-to-day operations at Fitchburg Plumbing. His wife Lisa survives him, daughters Alyssa, and Amanda, father James, brother Aaron, sister Jean, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Badger announces 11-race slate for 2015 season
Nine at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Feb. 11---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) released an eleven race schedule for the 2015 racing season, today. It marks the 79th year of sanctioning midget auto racing, for the country's oldest midget auto racing organization. Mid-State Equipment & Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie return as title series sponsors.
Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway continues as the cornerstone of the series, with nine races slated at the famed 1/3-mile facility. Among the highlights include: The 34th annual " Pepsi Midget Nationals" on July 5, The 2nd annual “Norm Nelson Classic” on July 19 ,and the Cornfest Open Wheel Classic on August 23.
The track will open Memorial Day weekend, with the Thiel Family Memorial doubleheader on May 23-24. The co-sanctioned event with Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series, kickoffs off the American portion of the POWRi Lucas Oil Midget World Championships, and will feature drivers from New Zealand and Australia.
After a popular return to the track last season, the IRA Bumper to Bumper Sprint Car Series will run at the facility five times on May 31, June 21, July 20, Aug. 23, and Aug. 30. The Aug. 30 event will be co-sanctioned with the newly formed National Sprint Car League (NSL). The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series will run at the track on Aug. 9.
Badger will join POWRi for events on July 11 at the Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, and Saturday Aug. 29 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway. The LaSalle event marks the first Badger event at the centrally located Illinois track since June 1997.
Sat. May 23 Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.)*
Sun. May 24 Angell Park Speedway*
Sun. May 31 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. June 21 Angell Park Speedway
Sun July 5 Angell Park Speedway*
Sat. July 11 Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway*
Sun. July 19 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. Aug. 9 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. Aug. 23 Angell Park Speedway
Sat. Aug. 29 LaSalle Speedway*
Sun. Aug. 30 Angell Park Speedway
*=co-sanction with POWRi
2015 Badger Midget Series Engine Rules
Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 28--- Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), recently announced 2015 season rule changes, affecting open wheel racing’s oldest active sanctioning organization. The following will clarify the questions regarding the “new engine rules package:
All engines must be normally aspirated, internal combustion, four cycle, in-line, reciprocating piston type, incorporating a maximum of four (4) cylinders. Engines must be a production engine from a passenger car and reasonably available in the United States. These engines are allowed a maximum displacement of 2.4 liters (146.457 CID) and have no more than four (4) valves per cylinder. All production passenger car engines must use the OEM block, OEM cylinder head, and OEM crankshaft combination from the same manufacturer.
The OEM block maybe machined or strengthened for longevity. Blocking and/or opening lubrication and coolant passages will be allowed. The crankshaft may be balanced, and oil passages may be chamfered. Lightening, chamfering or “knife edging” the crankshaft counterweights beyond minimal material removal for balancing is NOT permitted. Connecting rods, rod bolts, pistons, pins, and piston rings may be replaced with aftermarket products. Titanium products are not allowed.
The OEM cylinder head maybe machined or strengthened for longevity. Porting of the cylinder head including intake matching is not allowed. Machining, grinding, sanding, or etching of the intake and/or exhaust ports are strictly prohibited.
Camshafts, valve springs, valve spring retainers, keepers, and fowler maybe replaced with aftermarket products. All timing components such as cam gears, sprockets, timing chains, and timing belts maybe replaced with aftermarket products. Titanium products are NOT allowed.
The fuel injection system is open to either mechanical or electronic. Only the MSD ignition, the Electromotive Tech-S, and Electromotive XDI systems will be allowed. All other engines must be pre-approved by Badger before allowed in competition.
All current purpose built “National Type” midget racing engines are still allowed to compete, but with restrictions.
Badger Midgets set for new engine rules for 2015
Nine events slated for Angell Park
Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 11---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), have announced major rule changes, affecting open wheel racing’s oldest active sanctioning organization.
After several recent general and Board of Director Meetings, the new “rules package” will be utilized for the 2015 racing season. The rule changes have been made due to diminishing car count in the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois area.
Badger will implement an OEM set of rules for engines currently in place with several organizations. “These rules will implement cost savings to our competitors for years to come and revitalize Badger’s future” commented Quinn McCabe.
The rules allow all production passenger car engines, with a maximum displacement of 2.4 liters (146.457 CID). Engines must be four (4) cylinder inline and have no more than four (4) valves per cylinder to compete.
All production passenger car engines must use the original manufacturer’s OEM block, an OEM cylinder head, and an OEM crankshaft combination that was produced from the factory.
All current purpose built “National Type” midget racing engines are encouraged to compete, but will be restricted. A complete outline of rules will be released shortly.
Badger has also reached an agreement with Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.) to run nine events during the 2015 season. The Angell Park dates along with a complete Badger Midget and Badger 600 Micro Series Schedules will be released in late January.
McCabe elected new Badger Midget President
Cottage Grove, Wis., Nov. 11 --- The members of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) elected their 2015 officers during the Tuesday Night Nov. 11 general membership meeting. Quinn McCabe was elected President of the organization, with Clare Rhone serving as Vice President. “I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for Badger” commented McCabe.
The following will continue their current positions: Paul Krueger (Secretary), Jim Schulenberg (Treasurer), and Amy Schulz (Sgt. At Arms). Returning and new members comprise the Board of Directors which include: Dwight Huston, Brandon Waelti, Chuck Bollig, Chad Bogar, Steve Wineke, Buddy Luebke, Chad DeSelle, Harlin Kittleson, and Tory Strauss (alternate).
Bell, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian & Sletten headline Badger Midget banquet
Sun Prairie, Wis., Nov. 1 --- Driver Champion Christopher Bell and car owner Kunz/Curb-Agajanian headlined the list of honorees at the annual Badger Midget Auto Racing Association awards banquet Saturday Night at the Angell Park Pavilion . The event brought the curtain down on the 78th anniversary season for the series sponsored by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie and Mid-State Equipment.
Bell's season was highlighted by five feature victories in the twelve race schedule, which saw events contested at four different tracks with eight different feature winners. Bell was the primary driver of Kunz/Curb-Agajanian owned Bullet/Toyota No. 71 which claimed the car owners championship.
Other award winners included: Tanner Thorson (Terry Vaughn Award), Tyler Courtney (Frank Conner Award), Bill Ecker (Pat Stender Award), Harlan Kittleson (Kevin Doty Award), Jim Tretow/Racing Roundup (Media Award), Jim Schulenberg, Al Weisensel (Appreciation Award), Mid-State Equipment, Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie, Don's Home Furniture, Advance Fastening Supply, 1855 Saloon, Cardinal Heating, Kleven & Company, Conrad Reality, and Momo Engines (Sponsor Appreciation), and Huston Solution (Best Appearing Car/Best Dressed Crew).
Daum leads Macon field to victory
Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Badger Car Owner champion
Jacksonville, Ill., Sep. 6--- Zach Daum scored a wire-to-wire victory Saturday Night winning the 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature at Macon Speedway. The event was started on April 26, with preliminary race events completed, when rain showers forced postponement of the feature event as the field took the original green flag.
Daum led the first six-laps, before the race was stopped for Daniel Adler’s flip. On the restart Daum pulled away from the field. Meanwhile attention focused on Bryan Clauson who started the event in the ninth row, substituting for 2014 Badger Midget Drivers Champion Christopher Bell.
Clauson worked his way to the runner-up position at the end of the race trailing Daum who drove the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5 to victory. Darren Hagen, Justin Peck, and Austin Brown completed the top five.
Clauson’s spirited drive earned the Keith Kunz/Curb Agajanian Motorsports Team, the Badger Midget Car Owners Championship, finishing twenty-five points ahead of Hans Lein who led entering the event. Clauson capped off the evenings events winning the regularly scheduled 30-lap POWRi Feature event.
30-lap Feature: 1. Zach Daum; 2. Bryan Clauson; 3. Darren Hagen; 4. Justin Peck; 5. Austin Brown; 6. Parker Price-Miller; 7. Chet Gehrke; 8. Daniel Robinson; 9. Andy Malpocker; 10. Robbie Ray; 11. Ryan Chriswell; 12. David Budres; 13. Danny Smith; 14. Andrew Felker; 15. Seth Motsinger; 16. Daniel Adler 17. Jacob Patton; 18. Dereck King; 19. Colten Cottle; 20. Rico Abreu; 21. Tanner Thorson; 22. Tyler Thomas; 23. Derek Holmwood.
12-lap Semi Feature Winners: Gehrke, Malpocker.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Thorson, Bell, Abreu,Brown, Thomas.
Cars Present: 44 Feature Lap Leaders: Daum 1-30.
Final 2014 Badger Midget Series Points: Driver: 1. Christopher Bell 662; 2. Andrew Felker 611; 3. Zach Daum 561; 4. Tanner Thorson 497; 5. Rico Abreu 480; 6. Parker Price-Miller 475; 7. Brandon Waelti 402; 8. Jake Blackhurst 384; 9. Robbie Ray 374; 10. Scott Hatton 309.
Angell Park Speedway season finale Sunday
Fireman’s Appreciation Night features three divisions
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 28---“Fireman’s Appreciation Night" is slated for Sunday Night August 31, at Angell Park Speedway, and will mark the final racing event of the season at the track. The event will feature: The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, and the VMSC/MSCRA vintage modifeds.
The 30-lap Badger Midget feature will pay $2,000 to win. The fastest six Badger car owners will also participate in the 11th annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash. The eight midget events run this season have produced four first-time Angell Park Speedway feature winners.
Brandon Sletten holds an eighteen-point lead over defending Badger 600 Micro Series champion Matt Paderta heading into the event. The Micro season ends with the “Fall Invitational” at Chilton (Wis.) Speedway on September 19-20.
The Vintage Modified Stock Car Club (VMSC) and the Milwaukee Stock Car Racing Association (MSCRA) will run heat races and a feature. The popular modified cars were the main staple of Wisconsin short tracking racing from the 1950’s-70’s.
Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow. Monday September 1 is the slated rain date for the event.
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 648; 2.Andrew Felker 517; 3. Tanner Thorson 483; 4. Rico Areu 466; 5. Zach Daum 462; 6. Jake Blackhurst 384; 7. Parker Price-Miller 365; 8. Brandon Waelti 345; 9. Robbie Ray 317; 10. Scott Hatton 212.
Badger Midgets removed from Wilmot events on Saturday Night
Angell Park up next Sunday July 27”
Wilmot, Wis., July 23---The scheduled Saturday July 26 Badger Midget Series event at the Wilmot Raceway has been postponed, allowing teams to focus on the following evening’s events at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis).
“Due to some recent team attrition and scheduling we felt it was in the best interest for the track and Badger to exclude the midgets from Saturday’s events and instead run only at Angell Park speedway this weekend” said Badger President Harlan Kittleson.
Saturday’s event at Wilmot raceway will now include the Badger 600 Micro Series, with the tracks Modified, Street Stock, and Mini Sprint divisions participating.
The following evening action moves to Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.), for the “78th Anniversary Season Championship Race presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie” at the famed 1/3-mile oval. Fans are encouraged to come to the track early Sunday as numerous social events involving past participants from Badger will begin in the Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. running until 5:00 p.m. Pits open at 3:00 p.m., grandstands at 5:00 p.m., practice begins at 6:00 p.m., with racing to follow.
All United States Military past and present will be admitted free to the Sunday evenings racing events, with a proper Government issued Military ID. A limited number of American Flags will also be distributed to all fans while supplies last. The Badger 600 Micro Series and Wisconsin Dirt Legends Racing Series will be also racing.
Sunday’s event will now pay $2,000 to to win and $250 to start the 30-lap midget feature.
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 662
2. Andrew Felker 611
3. Zach Daum 561
4. Tanner Thorson 497
5. Rico Abreu 480
6. Parker Price-Miller 475
7. Brandon Waelti 402
8. Jake Blackhurst 384
9. Robbie Ray 374
10. Scott Hatton 309
1947 Badger Midget Champion website