Daum tops Angell Park field
Kuhn nears fourth Badger Crown
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 31---Zach Daum won the 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature Saturday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event kicked off the two-day Pepsi Midget Nationals at the track. Sunday's event will crown the Badger Midget and 600 micro Champions and be highlighted by the 33rd annual 50-lap Pepsi Midget Nationals.
Andrew Felker jumped into the lead at the start of event followed by Darren Hagen. Issac Chapel escaped injury during a flip on Lap One. Felker and Hagen held a slight advantage over the field during the first eight laps. Daum moved into second place on Lap 10. Fourth place running Austin Brown stopped on the track one lap short of the halfway mark causing a caution flag..
On the restart Hagen challenged Felker for the lead and pulled even with Felker on Lap 15. Terry Babb made contact with another car at the start finish/line and hit the wall flipping multiple times, with his car tearing into the front stretch catch fence with four fence posts being removed from the wall. Babb was uninjured and track officials made repairs in around 25 minutes.
Hagen driving the Wilke No 5. was unable to restart the event due to engine problems. Daum now running in second place began challenging Felker for the lead with ten laps remaining. Daum took the lead as the pair crossed the start/finish line on Lap 21. Caleb Armstrong also passed Felker for the second position. Two laps later Felker regained the second position. Daum continued to increase his lead, when third place Armstrong stalled, bringing out the caution, with two laps remaining.
Daum driving the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5 finished three-car lengths ahead of Felker. Brad Kuhn who started in 13th position placed third followed by fast qualifier Parker Price-Miller and Brandon Waelti.
Kuhn has a virtual lock on his fourth Badger Drivers Championship now holding a 99-point lead over Felker, with 116 points available in Sunday’s final event. The battle for the Car Owners Championship now has Dan Felker No. 11 holding a 13-point lead over Bill Ecker No. 57.
“The car was perfect at the bottom allowing us to pass Felker, hopefully this is a great tuneup for tomorrow’s race” commented Daum who scored his second career victory at the track, and sixth overall of the season.
MIDGETS 30-lap Feature: 1. Zach Daum; 2. Andrew Felker; 3. Brad Kuhn; 4.Parker Price-Miller; 5. Brandon Waelti; 6. Jake Blackhurst; 7. Davey Ray; 8. Daniel Robinson; 9. Billy Balog; 10. Dalton Armstrong; 11. Danny Stratton; 12. Garrett Aitken; 13. Cody Weisensel; 14. Caleb Armstrong; 15. Robbie Ray; 16. Darren Hagen; 17. Seth Motsinger; 18. Terry Babb; 19. Austin Brown; 20. Todd Lehr; 21. Tyler Thomas; 22. Issac Chapel.
12-lap Semi Feature Winner: Price-Miller.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Hagen, Stratton, Thomas.
Fast Time: Price-Miller, 14.654 seconds.
Cars Present: 26 Feature Lap Leaders: Felker 1-20, Daum 21-30
* Chappel flipped on Lap 1 and Babb flipped on Lap 15 of feature, no injuries.
Clauson tops Cornfest field
Sun Prairie, Wis., August 18---Bryan Clauson captured Sunday Night’s 30-lap Miller Lite Cornfest Midget Classic at Angell Park Speedway. The event was tri-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Dirt Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget, and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Pole sitter Andrew Felker jumped into the lead at the start followed by Caleb Armstrong and Clauson. Zach Daum passed five cars in the first four laps moving into second behind Felker. Clauson moved by Daum and Felker before the lap was completed taking the top position.
Clauson increased his lead over the field, with Tracy Hines taking second place on Lap 10. Four laps later Clauson began lapping the tail of the field. Clauson maintained his three-car length advantage over Hines with ten laps remaining. Continuing lapped traffic allowed Hines to close within a car length of Clauson.
Third place running Rico Abreu stalled with three laps remaining bringing out the caution. On the restart Clauson held his lead over Hines, and scored his second Cornfest victory in three years driving the Tucker-BCI/Curb-Agajanian owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger No. 39. Trailing the pair were: Darren Hagen who started in 15th position, Jerry Coons Jr., and Daum.
“It’s always great to win here this is one of my favorite midget tracks, we got to the right groove before everyone did, the car was perfect” commented Clauson who won his sixth career feature at the track.
HONDA USAC NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 18 2013 – Sun Prairie, Wisconsin – Angell Park Speedway – “Cornfest” – Co-sanctioned by POWRi and Badger
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Parker Price-Miller, 9P, Ronk-14.852; 2. Rico Abreu, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.887; 3. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-14.922; 4. Bryan Clauson, 39, Tucker/BCI/Curb-Agajanian-14.940; 5. Caleb Armstrong, 7c, C&A-14.954; 6. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.999; 7. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-15.090; 8. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.115; 9. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.131; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 63, Dooling-15.136; 11. Dalton Armstrong, 7A, C&A-15.142; 12. Brad Kuhn, 11, Wilke-15.145; 13. Robbie Ray, 3R, Ray-15.196; 14. Scott Hatton, 1, Hatton-15.234; 15. Darren Hagen, 3, RFMS-15.240; 16. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-15.272; 17. Jake Blackhurst, 25, Blackhurst-15.296; 18. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-15.305; 19. Seth Motsinger, 2M, KBR-15.318; 20. Brandon Waelti, 51, Huston-15.324; 21. Mike Spencer, 57, Ecker-15.326; 22. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-15.349; 23. Bubba Altig, 1H, Hardy-15.372; 24. Chris Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.423; 25. Terry Babb, 88, Babb-15.440; 26. Bob Shreffler, 21, Shreffler-15.506; 27. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-15.814.
FIRST HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Coons, 3. Felker, 4. Ray, 5. Price-Miller, 6. Babb, 7. Brown, 8. Balog, 9. Motsinger. 2:39.78
SECOND HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Blackhurst, 2. Thorson, 3. Abreu, 4. Hatton, 5. C.Armstrong, 6. Altig, 7. Waelti, 8. D.Armstrong, 9. Shreffler. 2:43.26
THIRD HEAT : (10 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Hagen, 3. Thomas, 4. Kuhn, 5. Bell, 6. Daum, 7. Weisensel, 8. Gehrke, 9. Spencer. 2:41.71
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Waelti, 3. D.Armstrong, 4. Altig, 5. Balog, 6. Gehrke, 7. Weisensel, 8. Motsinger, 9. Spencer, 10. Shreffler, 11. Brown, 12. Babb. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Zach Daum, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Chris Bell, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Brad Kuhn, 10. Bill Balog, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Brandon Waelti, 13. Parker Price-Miller, 14. Chett Gehrke, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Scott Hatton, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Caleb Armstrong, 19. Austin Brown (#2M), 20. Cody Weisensel, 21. Dalton Armstrong, 22. Robbie Ray, 23. Rico Abreu, 24. Bubba Altig. NT
**Brown flipped during the semi.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Felker, Laps 5-30 Clauson.
NEW HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bell-672; 2-Clauson-639; 3-Hines-596; 4-Coons-564; 5-Hagen-543; 6-Felker-531; 7-Daum-491; 8-Abreu-463; 9-Thorson-416; 10-Kuhn-415.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL DIRT MIDGET RACE: September 1 – Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway – 33rd “4-Crown Nationals”
Kuhn notches first win of 'season at Wilmot
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 30—Brad Kuhn captured the 7th annual "Salute to Harry Turner" 30-lap feature Saturday Night at Wilmot Raceway. The event was co-
sanctioned by the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series and POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The event featured seven
lead changes among four drivers.
Seth Motsinger flipped on the opening lap, causing a complete restart. Motsinger restarted and finished in 12th place. Pole sitter Zach Daum jumped into the lead at
the start pacing the initial three laps,before Jake Blackhurst paced the field for two laps. Kuhn passed Blackhurst for the lead and was followed by Hagen. Hagen
was even with Kuhn at the start/finish line on Lap 9. Kuhn retook the top spot on the next lap. Two cautions appeared during this time with Hagen moving to lead
each time, but surrendered the lead back to Kuhn, since a lap failed to be completed.
Hagen took the lead from Kuhn exiting Turn 2 on lap 12, and slowly increased his lead. Daum challenged Kuhn for second place at the midway. With ten laps
remaining Kuhn trailed Hagen by almost two seconds. Kuhn began closing on Hagen, and pulled to his rear bumper with four laps remaining. The next circuit, Hagen
slowed, coming to a stop on the track, giving the top position to Kuhn.
Kuhn ran the final three laps unchallenged driving the Bill Ecker owned Spike/Fontana No. 57 finishing 0.88 seconds ahead of Daum, POWRi points leader Andrew
Felker, Blackhurst and Austin Brown. It marked the third victory in the Turner event for the Avon, Ind. driver who also moved into the Badger points lead.
“It feels good to final get a feature win this season, Darren's trouble at the end played into our favor tonight" commented Kuhn, who is seeking his fourth career
Badger Driving Title.
MIDGETS 30-lap Feature: 1. Brad Kuhn; 2. Zach Daum; 3. Andrew Felker; 4. Jake Blackhurst; 5. Austin Brown; 6. Garrett Aitken; 7. Scott Hatton; 8. Danny
Stratton; 9. Parker Price-Miller; 10. Todd Lehr; 11. Tyler Thomas; 12. Seth Motsinger; 13. Mike Hess; 14. Darren Hagen; 15. Justin Peck; 16. Alex Bright;
17.Daniel Robinson; 18. Colton Cottle; 19. Eric Johnson.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Daum, Price-Miller, Blackhurst.
Cars Present: 21 Feature Lap Leaders: Daum 1-3, Blackhurst 4-5, Kuhn 6-8, Hagen 9, Kuhn 10-12, Hagen 13-27, Kuhn 28-30.
*Brandon Waelti flipped in third heat race, Motsinger flipped on opening lap of feature. Both drivers uninjured.
Daum Last Lap winner at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 30—Zach Daum scored a thrilling last-lap victory Sunday Night winning the 30-lap Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature at Angell Park Speedway.
Scott Hatton jumped into the lead at the start, one lap later a five car accident exiting Turn 4, involved Brandon Waelti, Austin Brown and Daniel Robinson with all three cars flipping, there were no driver injuries. On the restart Hatton continued to hold the lead closely followed by Andrew Felker, Daum, and Brad Kuhn. The top four were separated by less than four car lengths for the first half of the event. With ten laps remaining Hatton held a one car length lead on Felker.
One lap later Felker tried to pass Hatton exiting Turn 2, and surrendered place to Daum. Hatton's two car length lead was erased on Lap 26 for a stalled car. On the restart Hatton quickly moved away from the field, however before the lap could be completed the caution again appeared for a stalled car. The enusing restart was identical for Hatton.
Hatton drifted high entering Turn 1 on the white flag lap, Daum drew even on the backstretch then driving under Hatton entering Turn 3 with Hatton on the high side and Daum on the bottom groove. Daum finished one-car legnth ahead of the four-time Badger Champion driving the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5. Kuhn, series point leader Felker and Mike Hess completed the top five.
“I got a run on Scott down the backstretch after he was a little high enteruing Turn 1 and made it stick, it's great to finally get a feature victory here it was on my bucket list" commented Daum on his first career feature victory at the track, making him the 135th different midget feature winner at the track in 67-years of racing.
Jake Neuman scored a wire to wire victory capturing the 15-lap Badger 600 Micro feature finishing ahead of Jason Dull, Matt Paderta, Norm Ehrke, and Chad Bogar.
MIDGETS 30-lap 1. Zach Daum; 2. Scott Hatton; 3. Brad Kuhn; 4. Andrew Felker; 5. Mike Hess; 6. Kurt Mayhew; 7. Danny Stratton; 8. Cody Weisensel; 9. Travis Berryhill; 10. Paul Shaffer; 11. Brandon Waelti; 12. Daniel Robinson; 13. Austin Brown; 14. Casey Shuman; 15. Todd Lehr.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Kuhn, Brown.
Fast Time: Stratton, 14.583 seconds.
Cars Present: 16 Feature Lap Leaders: Hatton 1-29, Daum 30.
Three Racing Divisions & Fireworks Sunday at Angell Park
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 27—Two long standing traditions continue Sunday night June 30 at Angell Park Speedway. After an exciting race last weekend The Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series headline Sunday Night's program.
The Badger 600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends will also be on the racing card. Andrew Felker leads the Badger Midget points, additional money has been contributed to the midget purse for the evenings events.
For several decades the track has put together one of the finest fireworks displays in Dane County and the tradition continues at the conclusion of racing with "Budweiser Fireworks Spectacular". Grandstands open open at 4:30 pm, with practice beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by racing.
Abreu tops USAC/POWRi/Badger Field at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., June 23—Rico Abreu took advantage of a caution flag with nine laps remaining to win the 11th annual “Sue Thiel Memorial” Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was tri-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Abreu paced the initial four laps of the feature before Tracy Hines took over the top spot for two circuits. Fast qualifier Caleb Armstrong passed Hines for the lead on lap 7 running the high groove. Armstrong’s engine began to misfire on lap ten and stalled while leading.
Numerous close battles throughout the top ten kept the attention of the large crowd. Hines led Abreu, Darren Hagen, Andrew Felker, and Jerry Coons Jr. at the midway point. A caution for a stalled car on Lap 21 bunched up the field.
On the restart Abreu took the lead from Hines and open up a slight advantage. Hagen passed Hines for second place on Lap 24, and chased Abreu for the remainder of the event. Abreu driving the Kunz-Curb-Agajanian No. 67 finished three-car lengths ahead of Hagen. Hines, Coons and Felker completed the top five.
“Angell Park is one of my favorite tracks to race a midget, Keith Kunz and crew had the car perfect for me” commented the 21-year old California driver. The win was his fifth career midget feature victory, second at Angell Park and first in USAC National competition.
Racing at Angell Park continues Sunday Night June 30 with the Badger Midgets, Badger 600 Micros, and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends, followed by the traditional Fireworks display.
MIDGETS 30-lap 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Christopher Bell, 10. Austin Brown, 11. Brad Kuhn, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Zach Daum, 14. Brandon Waelti, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Mike Hess, 17. Jake Blackhurst, 18. Dalton Armstrong, 19. Danny Stratton, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Taylor Ferns, 22. Scott Hatton, 23. Caleb Armstrong, 24. Chase Stockon.
12-lap Semi Feature Winner: Kuhn.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Ferns, Coons, Hatton.
Fast Time: C. Armstrong, 14.324 seconds.
Cars Present: 27 Feature
Lap Leaders: Abreu 1-4, Hines 5-6, C. Armstrong 7-10, Hines 11-21, Abreu 22-30.
Hagen sets track record winning at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., May 20---Darren Hagen won the 30-lap Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Hagen completed the event in 7 minutes and 57 seconds, besting the track record set by Brad Kuhn on June 26, 2011, by over seven seconds.
Brady Bacon jumped into the lead at the start, and quickly increased his lead over the field to a straightaway advantage by Lap 5. Bacon continued to increase his lead each lap, while Andrew Fleker and Hagen waged a great battle for second position. Bacon led the field by over four seconds, with ten laps completed. Bacon encountered heavy lap traffic two laps later.
Hagen regained second position from Felker on Lap 18, one lap later Bacon with a six-plus second lead driving the Wilke-PAK No. 11, slowed with engine problems. Hagen continued to lead Felker, and over the final five laps increased his advantage to five car lengths at the finish. Hagen driving the RFMS Racing owned DRC/Ford-Esslinger No. 3 finished ahead of Felker, Austin Brown, Zach Daum, and Scott Hatton.
"It feels great to finally win here, after many close misses, this place has so much history" commented Hagen who became the 134th different midget feature winner at the facility in 67-years of racing. The finishes for Felker, Brown and Daum marked their career best feature finishes at the track.
Jason Dull won the 10-lap Badger 600 Micro Series feature, finishing ahead of defending Series Champion Matt Paderta, Vance Lein and Ben Paderta. Dull passed leader Bogar in lapped traffic on Lap 4 to take the lead.
Brad Kuhn holds a twelve point lead over Travis Berryhill in Badger points heading into the May 25-26 "11th annual Sue Thiel Memorial", Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series/Badger co-sanctioned at the track. Saturday Night's event will pay $2,000 to win, with the first place prize on Sunday doubling to $4,000.
Badger Midgets 30-lap Feature: 1. Darren Hagen; 2. Andrew Felker; 3.Austin Brown; 4. Zach Daum; 5. Scott Hatton; 6. Dave Darland; 7. Davey Ray; 8. Brad Kuhn; 9. Brandon Waelti; 10. Mike Hess; 11. Travis Berryhill; 12. Jake Blackhurst; 13. Cody Weisensel; 14. Kurt Mayhew; 15. Brady Bacon; 16. Mark Heimert; 17. Stefanie Bigelow.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Felker, Brown, Hagen.
Cars Present: 18 Feature Lap Leaders: Bacon 1-19, Hagen 20-30.
1. Brad Kuhn 1343
2. Andrew Felker 1244
3. Zach Daum 1069
4. Austin Brown 827
5. Jake Blackhurst 740
6. Danny Stratton 662
7. Brandon Waelti 500
8. Daniel Robinson 482
9. Mike Hess 415
10. Scott Hatton 396
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