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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.

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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.

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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.

SUMMARY
MIDGETS
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.

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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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