Hess tops Badger Wilmot Feature

Treault scores win#3

By Bryan Gapinski
Wilmot, Wis., August 11---Former Series Champion Mike Hess scored a wire-to-wire victory winning the 30-lap Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature, Saturday Night at Wilmot Raceway. The victory moved Hess into second place in series points, with five races remaining.
Separate incidents on the opening lap resulted in three complete restarts, the most serious of which saw Vance Lein flip, escaping injury. Once underway Hess jumped into the lead followed by the tight pack of Billy Balog, Bubba Altig, Brandon Waelti and Caleb Armstrong. Two cautions for stalled car on laps eight and ten kept the field close behind Hess. The next seven laps saw Hess hold off Altig for the lead, before the caution was displayed for a spun car.
On the Hess continued to run the lower portion on the multi-groove track leading Altig and Armstrong. Altig narrowed Hess' advantage in the final two laps but was never able to challenge for the victory. Hess driving the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk Chevrolet No. 1 finished two-car lengths ahead of Altig, Armstrong, Waelti, and Balog. "The car was great on the bottom of the track tonight, its a fresh motor it ran perfect" commented Hess on his second career series feature win at the track
Dalton Armstrong topped the field in qualifying with a lap of 14.477 seconds besting Brad Loyet's three-year old record of 14.755 seconds. Jason Treault took the lead on the second lap winning the 15-lap Badger 600 Micro Series feature, finishing ahead of points leader Chad Bogar, fast qualifier Jake Reif, Matt Padtra, and Andrew Funk.

Fast Time: Dalton Armstrong, 14.477 seconds (NTR).
Cars Present: 19 Feature Lap Leaders: Hess 1-30.
**Lein flipped on opening lap of feature escaping injury.


Badger Micros
15-lap Feature: 1. Jason Treault; 2. Chad Bogar; 3. Jake Reif; 4. Matt Padtra; 5. Andrew Funk; 6. Jerry Reif; 7. Scott Crawford; 8. D.J. Stefan; 9. Pat Jones; 10. Ray Seech.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Bogar, Treault.
Fast Time: Jake Reif, 15.081 seconds.

QUAL   HT 1   A FEAT
1 7A D ARMSTRONG 14.477   1 FELKER   1 HESS
2 11M BERRYHILL 14.489   2 ALTIG   2 ALTIG
3 19 ALTIG 14.999   3 C.ARMSTONG   3 C.ARMSTRONG
4 51 WAELTI 15.024   4 JOHNSON   4 WAELTI
5 31 BUDRES 15.028   5 BREEDESON   5 BAYLOG
6 57 BALOG 15.053   HT 2   6 HATTON
7 57X FELKER 15.053   1 HESS   7 D.ARMSTRONG
8 1 HESS 15.127   2 BERRYHILL   8 MAYHEW
9 2 C.AMSTRONG 15.247   3 WEISENSEL   9 JOHNSON
10 15 HATTON 15.275   4 BUDRES   10 SEACH
11 20 WEISENSEL 15.352   5 SHREFFLER   11 BREEDESEN
12 21K MAYHEW 15.453   HT3     12 THERKELSEN
13 7 LEIN 15.487   1 HATTON   13 BUDRES
14 21S SHREFFLER 15.738   2 BAYLOG   14 SHREFFLER
15 82 JOHNSON 15.885   3 D.ARMSTRONG    15 WEISENSEL
16 11S SEACH 17.094   4 WARLTI   16 FELKER
17 11W THERKELSEN 17.348   5 LEIN 17 BERRYHILL
18 1B BREDESON 18.488         18 LEIN
19 71 CLEMENTS 21.032