Pickens blisters Angell Park field

Bogar bags Micro Win

By Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., May 26---New Zealand's Michael Pickens won the 30-lap "Danni Jo Thiel Memorial", Saturday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series. The victory was the fifth career for Pickens at the track and first since June 15, 2008.
Austin Brown jumped into the lead at the start pacing the opening lap, before Pickens moved into the lead. Pickens opened up a three second advantage by Lap 5, one lap later a caution appeared for a stalled car. Pickens again moved away from Brown and teammate Brad Mosen on the restart.
Parker Price-Miller hit the wall flipping several times down length of the front stretch and was struck by the car driven by Chet Gehrke, causing the Oklahoma driver also to flip. Both drivers escaped injury in the accident. Pickens again went unchallenged on the restart and held a straightaway lead over the field at the midway point.
Pickens spent the final nine laps of the event lapping slower cars, yet still increasing his advantage. Pickens driving the Bill Buckley owned Breaka/Ford-Esslinger No. 1nz finished 6.192 seconds ahead of Brad Kuhn, Brown, Mosen, and Mike Hess. "The car was perfect on the cushion, it's great to be back here at Angell Park, I couldn't think of a better way to start our US campaign" commented Pickens who will be racing in the United States for the next three weeks.

10-lap Heat Race Winners: Thomas, Pickens, Felker.
Fast Time: Daum, 14.352 seconds.
Cars Present: 25 Feature Lap Leaders: Brown 1, Pickens 2-30.

QUAL HT 1 B-FEAT A FEAT
1 5D DAUM 14.352 1 THOMAS 1 MILLER 1 PICKENS
2 2 BALOG 14.389 2 BROWN 2 BLACKHURST 2 KUHN
3 7 BROWN 14.393 3 MOSEN 3 BABB 3 BROWN
4 9P MILLER 14.452 4 COTTLE 4 NEUMAN 4 MOSEN
5 1NZ PICKENS 14.512 5 AITKEN 5 GERHRKE 5 HESS
6 7M MOSEN 14.532 HT 2 6 MAYHEW 6 ROBINSON
7 11A FELKER 14.549 1 PICKENS 7 LEHR 7 THOMAS
8 57 KUHN 14.609 2 KUHN 8 RANKIN 8 DAUM
9 25 BLACKHURST 14.611 3 ROBINSON 9 PECK 9 WAELTI
10 27 BRIGHT 14.621 4 HESS 10 SHREFFLER 10 FELKER
11 1H HESS 14.628 5 BALOG     11 BALOG
12 5C COTTLE 14.653 HT3       12 BLACKHURST
13 20W WEISENSEL 14.774 1 FELKER     13 BRIGHT
14 11C GEHRKE 14.797 2 WAELTI     14 WEISENSEL
15 5X PECK 14.843 3 DAUM      15 AITKEN
16 21K MAYHEW 14.861 4 BRIGHT     16 BABB
17 57 ROBINSON 14.864 5 WEISENSEL    17 MAYHEW
18 91 THOMAS 14.872         18 LEHR
19 51 WAELTI 14.873         19 COTTLE
20 88 BABB 14.901         20 MILLER
21 32 AITKEN 14.963         21 GEHRKE
22 3X LEHR 15.198         22 NEUMAN
23 39R RANKIN 15.477            
24 21S SHREFFLER 25.290          
25 3N NEUMAN NT