Kuhn notches first win of 'season at Wilmot

 

By Bryan Gapinski - Wilmot, Wis., July 13—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.

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 the third heat race, Motsinger flipped on opening lap of feature. Both drivers uninjured.

HT 1   A FEAT
1 DAUM     1 KUHN
2 HAGEN     2 DAUM
3 STRATTON     3 FELKER
4 THOMAS     4 BLACKHURST
5 WEISENSEL     5 BROWN
HT 2     6 AITKEN
1 MILLER     7 HATTON
2 KUHN     8 STRATTON
3 FELKER     9 MILLER
4 BROWN     10 LEHR
5 AITKEN     11 THOMAS
HT3       12 MOTSINGER
1 BLAKEHURST     13 HESS
2 COTTLE     14 HAGEN
3 MOTSINGER      15 PECK
4 HATTON     16 BRIGHT
5 BRIGHT    17 ROBINSON
        18 COTTLE
        19 JOHNSON
        20 WAELTI
        21 WEISENSEL