Daum tops Angell Park field

Kuhn nears fourth Badger Crown, Car Owner & Micro titles up for grabs

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 31---Zach Daum won the 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature Saturday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event kicked off the two-day Pepsi Midget Nationals at the track. Sunday's event will crown the Badger Midget and 600 micro Champions and be highlighted by the 33rd annual 50-lap Pepsi Midget Nationals.
Andrew Felker jumped into the lead at the start of event followed by Darren Hagen. Issac Chapel escaped injury during a flip on Lap One. Felker and Hagen held a slight advantage over the field during the first eight laps. Daum moved into second place on Lap 10. Fourth place running Austin Brown stopped on the track one lap short of the halfway mark causing a caution flag..
On the restart Hagen challenged Felker for the lead and pulled even with Felker on Lap 15. Terry Babb made contact with another car at the start finish/line and hit the wall flipping multiple times, with his car tearing into the front stretch catch fence with four fence posts being removed from the wall. Babb was uninjured and track officials made repairs in around 25 minutes.
Hagen driving the Wilke No 5. was unable to restart the event due to engine problems. Daum now running in second place began challenging Felker for the lead with ten laps remaining. Daum took the lead as the pair crossed the start/finish line on Lap 21. Caleb Armstrong also passed Felker for the second position. Two laps later Felker regained the second position. Daum continued to increase his lead, when third place Armstrong stalled, bringing out the caution, with two laps remaining.
Daum driving the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5 finished three-car lengths ahead of Felker. Brad Kuhn who started in 13th position placed third followed by fast qualifier Parker Price-Miller and Brandon Waelti.
Kuhn has a virtual lock on his fourth Badger Drivers Championship now holding a 99-point lead over Felker, with 116 points available in Sunday's final event. The battle for the Car Owners Championship now has Dan Felker No. 11 holding a 13-point lead over Bill Ecker No. 57.
"The car was perfect at the bottom allowing us to pass Felker, hopefully this is a great tuneup for tomorrow's race" commented Daum who scored his second career victory at the track, and sixth overall of the season.

Cars Present: 26 Feature Lap Leaders: Felker 1-20, Daum 21-30
* Chappel flipped on Lap 1 and Babb flipped on Lap 15 of feature, no injuries.

QUAL HT 1 B-FEAT A FEAT
1 9P MILLER 14.654 1 HAGEN 1 MILLER 1 DAUM
2 7C C.ARMSTRONG 14.745 2 BLACKHURST 2 D.ARMSTRONG 2 FELKER
3 5D DAUM 14.800 3 WAELTI 3 ROBINSON 3 KUHN
4 3R R.RAY 14.886 4 BALOG 4 MOTSINGER 4 MILLER
5 7 BROWN 14.894 5 DAUM 5 WEISENSEL 5 WAELTI
6 5 HAGEN 14.897 HT 2 6 LEHR 6 BLACKHURST
7 11A FELKER 14.898 1 STRATTON 7 CHAPPEL 7 D.RAY
8 7A D.ARMSTRONG 14.900 2 KUHN 8 LEER 8 ROBINSON
9 2L BALOG 14.922 3 BROWN 9 WALTERS 9 BALOG
10 88 BABB 14.942 4 C.ARMSTRONG 10 SHREFFLER 10 D.ARMSTRONG
11 32 AITKEN 14.966 5 AITKEN     11 STRATTON
12 1 HATTON 15.060 HT 3       12 AITKEN
13 2M MOTSINGER 15.083 1 THOMAS     13 WEISENSEL
14 57 KUHN 15.086 2 FELKER     14 C.ARMSTRONG
15 51 WAELTI 15.088 3 D.RAY      15 R.RAY
16 2 STRATTON 15.121 4 BABB     16 HAGEN
17 1H D.RAY 15.121 5 R.RAY    17 MOTSINGER
18 25 BLACKHURST 15.156         18 BABB
19 91T THOMAS 15.181         19 BROWN
20 57E ROBINSON 15.190         20 LEHR
21 52C CHAPPEL 15.314         21 THOMAS
22 20 WEISENSEL 15.374         22 CHAPPEL
23 3X LEHR 15.452            
24 5W WALTERS 15.493          
25 21S SHREFFLER 15.701        
26 77L LEER 16.317