Felker captures Badger/POWRi at Wilmot Raceway

Treault nails second straight Micro win

By Bryan Gapinski
Wilmot, Wis., July 14---Missouri's Andrew Felker captured the 6th 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 victory for Felker increased his POWRi points lead, and he became the first driver to repeat as a feature winner in Badger this season in the first nine events.
Pole sitter Brandon Waelti jumped into the lead at the start, with Felker improving his position each lap, before gaining the top position on Lap 3. Third place running Brad Kuhn slowed four laps later, bringing out the caution. On the restart Derek Holmwood flipped escaping injury. Three cautions over the next eleven laps kept the field tightly bunched with Felker leading Scott Hatton, Daniel Robinson, Brandon Waelti and Alex Bright. Hatton trailed Felker by one car length, with ten laps remaining. Hatton nearly passed Felker for the lead twice between laps 25-26. Hatton passed Felker for the lead exiting Turn 4 on Lap 27, at the same moment third place Brandon Waelti spun, giving Felker back the lead on the restart.
Fourth place Robinson clipped an infield tire on Lap 28, barrel rolling into the infield. Robinson was checked out by the track's medical staff and later released. Felker was again flawless on the restart and easily led the final two circuits. Felker driving the Dan Felker owned Spike/Fontana No. 11 finished two-car lengths ahead of Hatton, Jake Blackhurst, Bright and Badger points leader Bubba Altig.
Mario Clouser escaped injury in a wild series of flips while leading the third heat race . Rookie Andy Malpocker surprised the 26-car field setting the fastest lap in quaifications. Jason Treault scored a wire-to-wire victory capturing the Badger 600 Micro feature finishing ahead of Scott Crawford, Preston Benisch, Bill Trusky, Brendon Fickaus and heat race winner Chad Bogar.
SUMMARY


Cars Present: 26 Feature Lap Leaders: Waelti 1-2, Felker 3-30.
**Mario Clouser flipped during third heat race, Holmwood flipped on lap 1 of feature, both escaping injury. Robinson flipped on Lap 28 of feature.

QUAL HT 1   A FEAT
1 22 MALPOCKER 16.261 1 HESS   1 FELKEER
2 7 BROWN 16.306 2 BLACKHURST   2 HATTON
3 57 KUHN 16.400 3 KUHN   3 BLACKHURST
4 11 FELKER 16.418 4 GERKE   4 BRIGHT
5 33 RAY 16.452 5 WALTERS   5 ALTIG
6 32 AITKEN 16.526 HT 2   6 WELCH
7 15 HATTON 16.571 1 BRIGHT   7 HESS
8 51 WAELTI 16.625 2 COTTLE   8 COTTLE
9 17 HOLMWOOD 16.681 3 THOMAS   9 GEHRKE
10 57 ROBINSON 16.690 4 RAY   10 THOMAS
11 11 BRIGHT 16.742 5 WAELTI   11 HAGIN
12 11C GEHRKE 16.784 HT 3     12 MALPOCKER
13 37 HAGIN 16.813 1 ROBINSON   13 BURKE
14 5 COTTLE 16.857 2 ALTIG   14 WAELTI
15 25 BLAKHURST 16.893 3 FELKER    15 ROBINSON
16 12 EMMEL 16.959 4 MALPOCKER   16 AITKEN
17 91 THOMAS 17.233 5 HATTON 17 KUHN
18 191 WALTERS 17.198       18 LEIN
19 2 CLOUSER 17.205       19 EMMEL
20 20 WEISENSEL 17.233       20 BROWN
21 1 HESS 17.273       21 HOLMWOOD
22 19 ALTIG 17.366       22 WEISENSEL
23 54 BURKE 17.533       23 WALTERS
24 7L LEIN 17.566        
25 82 JOHNSON 18.120      
26 39 WELCH NT