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A.J. FIKE SCORES FIRST PRAIRIE WIN DAVEY RAY CLINCHES BADGER TITLE

AJ FikeSunPrairie, Wis, August 24, 2003--A.J. Fike scored a exciting victory in the 25-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway.
The win was his first ever at the facility. Davey Ray who finished second clinched the Badger Midget Series Drivers title. Ra-Jo/Wilke PAK Racing(Ralph Wilke, and Joe Vukovich) clinched the Car Owners title.
Randy Fiscus jumped into the lead at the start of the event. On the second lap Critter Malone, Boyd Calvert, and Kevin Doty were involved in a hard crash on the front stretch. Doty's car caught fire from a major impact in the tail tank. The event was stopped Doty escaped injury.
Fiscus paced the event until the fifth lap, when he suffered electrical problems, and was forced to retire. Fike inherited the lead, and led a tightly bunched field. Fike led Ray by two car lengths at the midway point with Jerry Coons Jr. in third. Coons retired with a flat tire three laps later.
Ray challenged Fike several times, and trailed Fike by a car length with five laps remaining. A stalled car on the 23rd lap set up a two lap shootout. On the restart third place running Scott Hatton flipped, escaping injury. The final two laps Ray ran wheel to wheel with Fike. Fike finished 0.36 seconds ahead of Ray. Brandon Waelti, Cody Wisensel, and Don Droud Jr. rounded out the top five. Fike drove the Wisco Racing Stealth-Esslinger entry. Fike's brother Aaron the 2002 Badger Champ escaped injury in a wild flip in qualifying.
Ray's title comes 26 years after his father Dave's Badger Championship, making them the third father-son combination to win the Badger Championship.
The event capped off the weekend's events which included the National Midget Auto racing Hall of Fame Inductions. The 22nd annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola will be the season finale this Sunday at the facility.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 81 DESELLE 14.983 1 LABROSSE 1 DESELLE 1 A.J.FIKE
2 3 WAELTI 15.01 2 GIERTZ 2 A.J.FIKE 2 RAY
3 2 DROUD 15.031 3 LUEBKE 3 MALONE 3 WAELTI
4 5 RAY 15.082 4 P.JONES 4 MEULLER 4 WEISENSEL
5 23 COONS 15.102 5 LEJEUNE 5 A.FISCUS 5 DROUD
6 22 MUELLER 15.113 HT 2   6 KEELAN 6 BOORSE
7 20 WEISENSEL 15.195 1 DROUD 7 HEISS 7 McCABE
8 7 A.FISCUS 15.231 2 DOTY 8 J.JONES 8 A.FISCUS
9 69 A.J.FIKE 15.239 3 SLOTTEN 9 CALLAHAN 9 KUHN
10 6 R.FISCUS 15.291 4 McCABE 10 HOEGSTED 10 MAYHEW
11 15 HATTON 15.305 5 SCOTT 11 P.JONES 11 SLOTTEN
12 10 SCOTT 15.318 HT 3   12 LEJEUNE 12 HATTON
13 7 MALONE 15.361 1 BOORSE 13 GIERTZ 13 KEELAN
14 88 BOORSE 15.38 2 HATTON 14 SAUER 14 COONS
15 20 McCABE 15.404 3 COONS 15 LABROSSE 15 DESELLE
16 0 HEISS 15.435 4 WAELTI 16 J.DULL 16 SCOTT
17 17 KEELAN 15.478 5 KUHN 17 R.FISCUS
18 50 DOTY 15.554 HT 4   18 MUELLER
19 19 CALVERT 15.613 1 RAY 19 MALONE
20 99 KUHN 15.643 2 MAYHEW 20 DOTY
21 69 SLOTTEN 15.674 3 CALVERT 21 CALVERT
22 21 MAYHEW 15.741 4 R.FISCUS 22 HEISS
23 21 J.JONES 15.743 5 WEISENSEL    
24 6x CALLAHAN 15.761 DASH      
25 93 LABROSSE 15.906 1 RAY    
26 43 LUEBKE 16.396 2 DROUD    
27 97 HOEGSTED 16.623 3 DESELLE    
28 29 P.JONES 16.626 4 WAELTI    
29 34 LEJEUNE 16.731 5 COONS    
30 31 GIERTZ 16.78 6 MUELLER    
31 56 J.DULL 17.09        
32 19 CALVERT 17.431      
33 63 Ar.FIKE NT