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Carson Macedo scores thrilling Pepsi Midget Nat’l victory

By Bryan Gapinski

Sun Prairie, WI, July 3--Carson Macedo took the lead the with five laps remaining to win the 35th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals, sanctioned by the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series.  Macedo becomes the fourth driver to win the event in his first attempt joining: Rich Vogler (1985), Stevie Reeves (1991) and Christopher Bell (2014).

Macedo and Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate Spencer Bayston spent the majority of the event exchanging the lead on an extremely fast high groove track. Bayston jumped the cushion on Lap 30 flipping, bringing the event to a stop. Bayston was uninjured.

On the restart Macedo was flawless finishing three car lengths ahead of teammate Tanner Thorson, former event winner Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, and Holly Shelton. Shelton’s fifth place finish ties the best feature finish at the track for a female driver. The win was third straight Pepsi Nationals wins and fifth overall  for car owner Keith Kunz.

Robbie Ray won his second 20-lap Mid-State Equipment/Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Series feature of the season at the track. Ray took the lead from Mitchell Davis on the second lap. Ray who spent the second of the event lapping slower cars, appeared headed for a four car length victory, when the caution appeared for a spun car on the final lap.

On the restart Ray driving the Mark Ray owned DRC/Honda No. 3 pulled away fro the field,  finishing a half second ahead of series points leader Brandon Waelti. Davis, Aaron Schuck and Brad Greenup completed the top five.

SUMMARY
POWRi Midgets
35-lap feature: 1. Carson Macedo; 2. Spencer Bayston; 3. Zach Daum; 4.Andrew Felker; 5. Holly Shelton; 6. Ryan Robinson; 7. Jake Neuman; 8. Scott Hatton;9. Aaron Schuck; 10. Austin Prock; 11. Austin Brown; 12. Kaitlynn Leer; 13. Brayton Lynch; 14. Justin Peck; 15. Spencer Bayston; 16. Chad Boesflug; 17. Garrett Aitken; 18. David Budres; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer; 20. Kyle Schuett; 21. Cody Weisensel; 22. Andy Baugh.
 
Badger Midgets
20-lap Feature: 1. Robbie Ray; 2. Brandon Waelti; 3. Mitchell Davis; 4. Aaron Schuck; 5. Brad Greenup; 6. Derek Childs; 7. Kurt Mayhew; 8. Andy Baugh; 9. Jeff Zelinski; 10. Buddy Luebke; 11. Kyle Koch; 12. Neil Weigen; 13. Tommy Bigelow; 14. Mike Stroik; 15. Scott Zane; 16. Randy Reed; 17. John Schulke; 18. Bryce Dunn; 19. Don Bigelow; 20. Ken Hanson; 21. Kendra Leer; 22. Johnny Murdock.

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Waelti tops Rockford Clay Classic field
 
By Bryan Gapinski

Loves Park, Ill., June 29---Brandon Waelti won the “Outlaw Clay Classic” 20-lap Mid-State Equipment/Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Series feature Wednesday Night at Rockford Speedway. The event was the first for Badger at the track since September 1981.  Over 200 truckloads of clay turned the ¼-mile paved oval into a high banked dirt track. The event was run with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

The feature got off to a rough start, with Clint Woolbright flipping on the opening lap. On the restart an eight-car accident occurred on the backstretch sidelining five cars.

When racing resumed Robbie Ray jumped into the lead and paced the initial two laps, before Waelti took the lead. The pair pulled away from the field. Waelti began lapping the back of the field on Lap 7. Waelti held a two second advantage over Ray at the midway point.

Running in heavy lapped traffic Waelti increased his lead to a straightaway with five laps remaining. Ray and Aaron Schuck waged a torrid battle for the runner-up position over the final five laps.

Waelti driving the Harlan Kittleson owned Stealth/Ford Duratech No. 15 finished  6.43 seconds ahead of Schuck, Ray, Brad Greenup and Derek Childs. “Track was rough and kept you on top of your game tonight, hats off to the everyone at the track for turning this into a dirt track in four days” commented Waelti.

SUMMARY
20-lap Feature: 1. Brandon Waelti; 2. Aaron Schuck; 3. Robbie Ray; 4. Brad Greenup; 5. Derek Childs; 6. Tyler Baran; 7. Andy Baugh; 8. Zach Emmons; 9. Austin Archdale; 10.Buddy Luebke; 11. Kurt Mayhew; 12. Brian Peterson; 13. Jeff Zelinski; 14. Nick Baran; 15. Neil Weigen; 16. Mike Stroik; 17. Denny Smith; 18. Jordan Caskey; 19. Lamont Critchett; 20. Scott Koerner; 21. Bryce Dunn; 22. Clint Woolbright.
 
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