Hagen blisters Angell Park field to win Fredenberg Memorial

Third APS feature win of season for California driver

By Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 4---Darren Hagen won the 36th annual Al Fredenberg Memorial 50-lap feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. It mark Hagen's third victory of the season at the track in the event sanctioned by the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Hagen jumped into the lead at the start of the event. At the completion of Lap 5 Hagen held a two second advantage over Jake Blackhurst and fast qualifier Terry Baab. Three laps later Hagen began lapping the tail of the field. Hagen increased his lead over Balckhurst to slightly over four seconds on Lap 10, Blackhurst open up a large advantage over a tightly packed group of who were battling for positions three-seven.
Hagen continued to lap cars, and led Blackhurst by 5.2 seconds at the midway point. Hagen lapped up to seventh position, when the caution appeared when Scott Hatton's car stalled on Lap 32, erasing Hagen 7.1 second advantage. Hagen again pulled away on the restart, taking advantage of lapped cars between himself and second place Blackhurst. A stalled car on Lap 45, caused a caution, bunching up the field.
Baab jumped the cushion, with four laps remaining, collecting fourth and fifth place running Andrew Felker and Danny Stratton. Felker flipped escaping injury. On the restart Badger points Brad Kuhn passed Blackhurst for the second position. Hagen driving the RFMS owned DRC/Ford-Esslinger No. 3 finished ahead of Brad Kuhn, Blackhurst, and Davey Ray the only four cars to complete the full distance. Daniel Robinson finished fifth, as thirteen cars finished the race.
"The crew had this car perfect all night, it's great to win a race that has as much history as this one here at Angell Park" commented Hagen who collected $3,200 for the victory.

Cars Present: 22 Feature Lap Leaders: Hagen 1-50.
* Felker flipped on Lap 45 of feature, no injuries.

QUAL HT 1   A FEAT
1 88 BABB 14.486 1 HATTON     1 HAGEN
2 3 HAGAN 14.493 2 RAY     2 KUHN
3 51 WAELTI 14.538 3 BERRYHILL     3 BLACKHURST
4 6A GOUGH 14.571 4 BROWN     4 RAY
5 25 BLACKHURST 14.604 5 SHREFFLER     5 ROBINSON
6 11J BERRYHILL 14.635 HT 2     6 BROWN
7 1H HESS 14.694 1 FELKER     7 HESS
8 57 KUHN 14.772 2 KUHN     8 WAELTI
9 33 RAY 14.786 3 HAGEN     9 WEISENSEL
10 2 STRATTON 14.813 4 BLACKHURST     10 GOUGH
11 11A FELKER 14.847 5 MAYHEW     11 LRHR
12 1 HATTON 14.870 HT 3       12 SHREFFLER
13 3X LEHR 14.882 1 HESS     13 MAYHEW
14 21K MAYHEW 14.887 2 BABB     14 FELKER
15 21S SHREFFLER 15.141 3 ROBINSON      15 STRATTON
16 57E ROBINSON 15.312 4 LEHR     16 BABB
17 2P PARDO 16.487 5 GOUGH    17 BERRYHILL
18 7 BROWN 16.737         18 HATTON
19 0 LOWTHER 17.175         19 WALTERS
20 5W WALTERS NT         20 LOWTHER
21 20 WEISENSEL NT         21 PARDO