March Off-Track events for Badger Midgets
Sun Prairie, WI, March 4---The next three weekends will feature off-track Badger Midget Series social functions leading up the 80th anniversary season opener Sunday Night May 22 at Angell Park Speedway. They are:
Date: Saturday March 5 10am-1pm
Location: Industrial Truck Repair 637 Perkins Drive—Mukwonago, WI
Event: The OEM Midget Engine Seminar.
Learn about the different engine platforms, and simple transformations that can be made for racing with Badger. Also learn the basics of setting up a chassis. This seminar is designed to help out a team that is new to midget racing and/or a team that just wants to learn more about the new racing platform.
Date: Saturday March 12 10am-2pm
Location: Wisconsin Automotive Museum 147 N. Rural Street—Hartford, WI
Event: Wisconsin Southeastern Short Track Hall of Fame Meeting
The meeting will feature a power-point program/historical talk given by Bryan Gapinski, on the 80-year history of Badger Midget Series, which will feature approx 300 images lastingaround 45 minutes in length with question/answer at conclusion .A preview of the 2016 IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Car Series by President Steve Sinclair will follow. It will also be “Fan Appreciation Day” in recognition of all those who have supported our Get Together’s not only this year, but in past years as well. Along with our usual door prizes and lunch, admission for this show will be $5. The program will be held in the Hall of Fame portion within the Museum.
Date: Sunday March 20 12pm-4pm (sign-in starts at 11am)
Location: Dream Lanes 13 Atlas Court—Madison, WI
Event: BMARA Fan Club Bowling Event
The annual bowling event with Badger drivers, owners team members and fans.
Cost is: $20 adults/$18children 12 and under/$7 pizza only
2016 Angell Park Speedway Schedule Released
Millstadt, IL - 11 events have been scheduled for the 2016 season at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Angell Park's 2016 season will kick off on Sunday, May 22nd featuring IRA Sprint Cars, Badger Midgets, and Badger Micros.
The following weekend will be the Thiel Memorial on Sunday, May 29th with the historic 1/3rd mile hosting Badger Midgets, Micros and new for 2016, the WIMS Mini Sprint Series. This will be the WIMS Mini Sprint Series solo appearance at Angell Park Speedway.
As has been the case in for the past few years, fans and spectators alike will be treated to an assortment of racing throughout the 2016 season. The Badger Midget Auto Racing Association, Badger 600 Micro Series, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, IRA Sprint Cars, WIMS Mini Sprints, and Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints are scheduled to race throughout the 2016 season.
Quickly becoming a fan favorite, the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will return for a total of six shows in 2016, with the August 28th show sharing the stage with the Neal Tire and Auto Service MOWA Sprint Cars presented by Casey's General Store in conjunction with the IRA Sprint Cars. Parker Price-Miller, Scotty Neitzel, and Bill Balog took victories in 2015 when the wings invaded Angell Park Speedway.
Also making an appearance in 2016, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will come to town on July 3rd for the 35th Annual Pepsi Nationals. The Badger Midgets, Micros and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends will also join for the Pepsi Nationals.
New in 2016, the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints will come to Angell Park Speedway for a total of three outings. Joining the field on Sunday, July 31st, August 14th, and the season closer on September 4th, the wingLESS Sprints will give fans their fair share of traditional sprint car racing.
May 22 IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets and Micro's
May 29 Thiel Memorial - Badger National Midgets, Micro's,WIMS Mini Sprints
June 5 IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets, Wisconsin Dirt Legends
June 19 IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets and Micro's
July 3 Pepsi Nationals - POWRi National Midgets/Badger Midgets, Micro's and Legends
July 17 IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets and Wisconsin Dirt Legends
July 31 Badger Midgets, Micro's, Wisconsin Dirt Legends and Wisconsin wingless Sprints
Aug. 14 Badger Midgets, Micro's, Wisconsin Dirt Legends, Wisconsin wingless Sprints
Aug. 21 Cornfest IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets and Micro's
Aug. 28 IRA & MOWA Sprints, Badger Midgets and Wisconsin Dirt Legends
Sept. 4 Badger Midgets, Micro's and Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints
Budres, Manic Racing & Gerrits headline Badger Midget banquet
Sun Prairie, Wis., Nov. 7 --- Driver Champion David Budres and car owner Manic Racing 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 79th anniversary season for the series sponsored by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie and Mid-State Equipment.
Budres’s season was highlighted by his first career Badger Midget feature victory driving the Manic Racing Stealth/Fontana No. 31. Dave Budres was named Mechanic of the Year.
Other award winners included: Billy Balog (Terry Vaughn Award), Jake Neuman (Frank Conner Award), Buddy Luebke (Pat Stender Award), Johnny Murdock (Kevin Doty Award), Denny Smith (Appreciation Award), Mid-State Equipment, Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie, Don's Home Furniture, 1855 Saloon, Cardinal Heating, Kleven & Company, High Performance Lubricants, Industrial Truck Repair, Service Specialists and My Race Pass (Sponsor Appreciation), SET Racing (Best Appearing Car), and NAPA Racing (Best Dressed Crew).
Derek Childs was named midget rookie of the year, while rookie achievement awards were presented to: Tommy Bigelow, Donnie Bigelow, Laura Smith, Denny Smith, Neil Weigen and Childs.
Neuman wins Angell Park finale
Budres & Manic Racing capture Badger Titles
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, WI, Aug. 30---Jake Neuman captured the 20-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event concluded the season at the track and Badger’s 79th season of sanctioning midget auto racing. David Budres, and Manic Racing captured the Badger Drivers and Car Owner Championships.
Rookie Derek Childs paced the initial four laps, before Brandon Waelti moved into the top position. Neuman moved into second palce, two laps later and passed Waelti for the lead on eighth lap. Neuman held a one second lead over Budres at the midway point.
Neuman began lapping slower traffic, with six laps remaining, and continued to increase his lead each lap. Budres and Bill Balog waged a great battle behind Neuman. Neuman driving the RAB Racing owned Spike/Fontana No. 57 finished ahead of his teammate Balog who made the pass for second place on the final lap. Budres, Waelti and Aaron Schuck completed the top five. Twenty of the events twenty-two starters finished the race.
“The team gave me a great car, this is a great way to rebound after last week here at the track” commented Neuman who became the tracks fourth first-time midget feature winner of the season.
20-lap Feature: 1. Jake Neuman; 2. Bill Balog; 3. David Budres; 4. Brandon Waelti; 5. Aaron Schuck; 6. Mitchell Davis; 7. Kurt Mayhew; 8. Buddy Luebke; 9. Zach Emmons; 10. Derek Childs; 11. Brad Greenup; 12. Mike Stroik; 13. Danny Smith; 14. Ken Hanson; 15. Tommy Bigelow; 16. John Smith; 17. Randy Reed; 18.Paul Shaffer; 19. Neil Weigen; 20. Scott Zane; 21. Andy Baugh; 22. Johnny Murdock.
10-lap Semi feature Winner: Mayhew.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Luebke, Waelti, Balog.
Cars Present: 27 Feature Lap Leaders: Childs 1-4, Waelti 5-8, Neuman 9-20.
Waelti returns to victory lane at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, WI, July 19---Sun Prairie’s Brandon Waelti scored a popular hometown victory winning the “2nd annual Norm Nelson Classic” 20-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway.
Waelti took the lead on the third circuit, after Mark Heinert and Jeff Zelinski each led one lap. Series points leader Billy Balog moved into second place one lap later. Balog took the lead on Lap 8 taking advantage of a lapped car, two laps later Balog slowed with mechanical problems,bringing out the caution and returning from the event. Waelti and David Budres then pulled away from the field. The lead duo spent the final six laps in heavy lapped traffic, with Waelti maintaining his advantage.
Waelti driving the Harlan Kittleson owned Stealth/Duratech No.15 finished 1.1 seconds ahead of Budres, Aaron Schuck, Mike Stroik, and Heinert. “The Duratech engine ran great tonight, it’s always nice to win memorial races, that remember great Angell Park drivers” commented Waelti who scored his eight career midget feature victory at the track and first in three years.
MIDGETS 20-lap Feature: 1.Brandon Waelti; 2. David Budres; 3. Aaron Schuck; 4. Mike Stroik; 5. Mark Heinert; 6. Buddy Luebke; 7. Brad Greenup; 8. Derek Childs; 9. Jason Dull; 10. Kyle Koch; 11. Neil Weigen; 12. Denny Smith; 13. Travis Spence; 14. Bryce Dunn; 15. Don Bigelow; 16. Laura Smith; 17. Billy Balog; 18. Tom Bigelow; 19. Scott Zane; 20. Jeff Zelinski; 21. Johnny Murdock; 22. Paul Shaffer; 23. Randy Reed.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Balog, Waelti, Budres.
Cars present: 23
Feature Lap Leaders: Heinert 1, Zelinski2, Waelit 3-8, Balog 9-10, Waelti 11-20.
Norm Nelson Classic Sunday at Angell Park
IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets, Legends-July 19
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 13---The "2nd annual Norm Nelson Classic" is slated for this Sunday Night July 19 at Angell Park Speedway, and will feature three divisions: The IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Cars Series. Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing 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. Sheldon Haudenschild (sprint car) and Jerry Coons Jr.(midget) were feature winners at last year’s event. Nelson’s granddaughter Brittany Mattie will sing the evening’s National Anthem. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow.
Abreu chases history in Pepsi Midget Nationals
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 30---Midget auto racing’s fourth longest continuous running event the 34th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals will be run on Sunday night July 5 at Angell Park Speedway.
The 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. Former event winners entered include: current USAC point leader Tracy Hines (2001, 2002 and 2010), and Jerry Coons Jr. (2007).
The event will also feature a tribute, for former driver Frank Burany. Burany, a member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame will make an appearance at the track, and be interviewed during the evening’s opening ceremonies, after qualifications. Burany celebrates his 100th birthday in August, and raced in the first-ever Badger sanctioned race in 1936.
Rico Abreu hopes to become only the second driver to win the Chilli Bowl Midget Nationals and Pepsi Midget Nationals in the same season, joining Dan Boorse who turned the double in 1999! Four other drivers have won both events during their career including: Rich Vogler, Jay Drake, Scott Hatton, and Hines.
The Badger 600 Micro Series,and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends Series will also be competing during the evening’s events. The track’s traditional Fireworks display presented by Budweiser will be done at the conclusion of racing events. Spectator gates open at 4;30 pm, with practice at 6:00 pm, followed by racing.
Balog scores second straight Angell Park win
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 21---Billy Balog won the 20-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. It was the second straight series victory for Balog.
Cody Weisensel took the lead at the start. A caution on the fourth lap erased Weisensel’s lead. On the restart Balog passed Weisensel for the lead entering Turn 3. David Budres moved into the second position three laps later. Balog increased his lead each lap, despite being in lapped traffic the second half of the event. Third place running Weisensel came to a stop bringing out the caution with two laps remaining erasing Balog’s advantage.
On the restart Balog ran the high side, while Budres tried the lower groove. Balog driving the RAB owned Spike/Fontana No. 57 finished two-car lengths ahead of Budres, with Buddy Luebke, Ray Seach, and Kurt Mayhew completing the top five. “The midget setup was spot-on by car owner Bill Ecker tonight” commented Balog.
The next event at the track will be Sunday July 5, “The 34th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals” sanctioned by USAC National, POWRi National, and Badger Midget Series. The Badger 600 Micros, and Wisconsin Dirt Racing Legends will also be competing.
MIDGETS 30-lap feature: 1. Billy Balog; 2. David Budres; 3. Buddy Luebke; 4. Ray Seach; 5. Kurt Mayhew; 6. Mike Stroik; 7. Aaron Schuck; 8. Tommy Bigelow; 9. Don Bigelow; 10. Cody Weisensel; 11. Derek Childs; 12. Bryce Dunn; 13. Denny Smith.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Balog, Budres.
Cars Present: 13 Feature Lap leaders: Weisensel 1-4, Balog 5-20.
Four divisions highlight June 21 Angell Park event
IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets, Micros, Legends on tap
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 17---Four divisions of racing are slated for Sunday Night June 21 at Angell Park Speedway, and will feature: IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaws Sprint Cars Series, The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.
The same four divisions produced a spectacular night of racing at their most recent event at the track on May 31 which included new track records in the midget and sprint car divisions. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow.
Balog scores record setting Angell Park win
Two division victory & 65-year old track record fall
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., May 31---Billy Balog turned in one of the most amazing performances in track history Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway winning the 20-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature. Balog’s evening highlights include:
---A new 20-lap midget track record besting the old mark set by two-time Badger Midget Champion Billy Johnson on August 14, 1949.
---Balog then won the final event of the evening the 30-lap IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Car Series feature. Balog becomes the first driver to win two features in different divisions on the same evening in the track’s 69-year history.
---Balog also is the first driver in track history to have won feature events in three different divisions at the track. Balog’s first feature victory at the 1/3-mile clay oval came winning the Badger 600 Micro feature on July 10, 2011.
Aaron Schuck led the 16-car field to the start in the feature, before David Budres took over the top position on the second lap. One lap later Balog moved into second place. The pair began to move away from the rest of the field. Budres began lapping slower cars on Lap 8. Budres held a one-car length lead over Balog at the mid-way point.
Budres increased his lead over Balog, however heavy lapped traffic allowed Balog to close back on the rear bumper of Budres on Lap 17. Balog almost drew event with Budres at the start/finish line as the pair took the white flag.
Budres drifted high entering Turn 3, allowing Balog to take the lead. Balog driving the RAB Racing owned No.57 Spike/Fontana finished 0.370 seconds ahead of Budres at the finish. Ray Seach, Kurt Mayhew, and Schuck completed the top five.
“It’s great to finally win a midget feature and especially here at Angell Park” said Balog, who’s previous best feature finish was second at the track.
Will Gerrits took the lead on a Lap 10, passing his brother Jake Gerrits to win his second straight 15-lap Badger 600 Micro Series presented by My Race Pass feature. Chad Bogar, Norm Ehrke, Tyler Brabant, and defending series champion Brandon Sletten completed the top five.
The next event at the track will be Sunday June 21, with IRA, Badger Midget, Badger Micro, and Wisconsin Dirt Racing Legends competing in the four division event.
30-lap feature: 1. Billy Balog; 2. David Budres; 3. Ray Seach; 4. Kurt Mayhew; 5. Aaron Schuck; 6. Buddy Luebke; 7. Patrick Bruns; 8. Brad Greenup; 9. Mike Stroik; 10. Johnny Murdock; 11. Derek Childs; 12. Denny Smith; 13. Tommy Bigelow; 14. Neil Weigen;15. Bryce Dunn; 16. Don Bigelow.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Budres, Balog.
Cars Present: 16 Feature Lap leaders: Schuck 1, Budres 2-29, Balog 30.
Four divisions highlight May 31 Angell Park event
IRA Sprints, Badger Midgets, Micros, Legends on tap
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., May 28---Four divisions of racing are slated for Sunday Night May 31 at Angell Park Speedway, and will feature: IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaws Sprint Cars Series, The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.
The event will be the first of five events at the track for IRA. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow.
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