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RAY DOMINATES FIREMAN'S NATIONAL

Davey RaySun Prairie, Wis, August 31, 2003--Davey Ray finished off his Badger Midget Series Championship season in form Sunday Night, capturing the 22nd annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola at Angell Park Speedway. Ray became the first driver in the events history the lead all 50-laps. Ray jumped into the lead from his pole position, and was followed by Wilke Racing teammate Tracy Hines. After a third lap restart for a spun car the pair quickly pulled away from the field. Ray began lapping the tail of the field on the 12th lap, and held a two second advantage over Hines at the midway point. Great wheel to wheel battles were occuring throughout the event while Ray, and Hines stretched their lead over the field.
Defending series champion Aaron Fike was driving a brillant race, and appeared in the top five after starting in 20th place. Hines trailing Ray by three seconds retired with a wheel vibration, due to excessive mud on the 38th lap, giving Ray a half lap lead over Cory Kruseman. At this point only four cars remained on the lead lap due to Rays torrid pace.
Craig Carey stalled with six laps remaining, bunching up the field. Ray used the advantage of six lapped cars between himself and Kruseman on the restart, and cruised unchallenged to a 5.62 second victory, driving the Rajo/Wilke-PAK RAcing Stealth Sesco-Mopar . Fike continued his charge, and on the final lap passed Kruseman for second place. Scott Hatton, and Aaron Fiscus rounded out the top five.
Earlier in the night Brandon Waelti captured the first annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial trophy dash in honor of his late sponsor. Ray finished 301 points ahead of Dan Boorse to win his first driving title. Scott Hatton, Chad DeSelle, and Aaron Fiscus completed the top five in points.

QUAL       HT 1     B-FT   A-FT  
1 23 CLARKE 15.004 1 CAREY   1 KRUSEMAN 1 RAY
2 3 WAELTI 15.022 2 R.FISCUS   2 HATTON 2 A.FIKE
3 7 MALONE 15.029 3 MILLER   3 MALONE 3 KRUSEMAN
4 2 KRUSEMAN 15.056 4 J.JONES   4 CALVERT 4 HATTON
5 17 KEELAN 15.08 5 FORBES   5 KEELAN 5 A.FISCUS
6 19 CALVERT 15.091 HT 2     6 KOCH 6 A.J.FIKE
7 72 FLESHER 15.121 1 A.FIKE   7 CAREY 7 CALVERT
8 11 HINES 15.127 2 KUHN   8 HEISS 8 DESELLE
9 20 WEISENSEL 15.128 3 GOUGH   9 MUELLER 9 KOCH
10 0 HEISS 15.156 4 DESELLE   10 STIMLEY 10 BOORSE
11 22 MUELLER 15.259 5 DOTY   11 R.FISCUS 11 MUELLER
12 7x DOTY 15.282 HT 3     12 LABROSSE 12 SCHENCK
13 5 RAY 15.289 1 A.J.FIKE   13 P.JONES 13 MAYHEW
14 7 A.FISCUS 15.31 2 A.FISCUS   14 HOEGSTED 14 CAREY
15 81 DESELLE 15.318 3 HINES   15 WEISENSEL 15 HINES
16 15 HATTON 15.35 4 WAELTI   16 McCABE 16 KUHN
17 20 McCABE 15.365 5 SCHENCK   17 MILLER 17 MALONE
18 82 GOUGH 15.399 HT 4     18 J.JONES 18 KEELAN
19 88 BOORSE 15.403 1 BOORSE   19 LUEBKE 19 DOTY
20 69 A.J.FIKE 15.43 2 CLARKE   20 SLOTTEN 20 CLARKE
21 99 KUHN 15.472 3 MAYHEW   21 FORBES 21 GOUGH
22 21 MAYHEW 15.497 4 RAY   22 FLESHER
23 6x SCHENCK 15.505 5 FLESHER   23 WAELTI
24 95 A.FIKE 15.512 DASH     C-FT    
25 93 LABROSSE 15.526 1 WAELTI   1 KOCH    
26 4 TERRY 15.559 2 KRUSEMAN   2 SLOTTEN    
27 6 STIMELY 15.605 3 CALVERT   3 LUEBKE    
28 95 FORBES 15.635 4 CLARKE   4 P.JONES    
29 30 CAREY 15.652 5 MALONE   5 HOEGSTED    
30 75 MILLER 15.703 6 KEELAN   6 ALTMANN    
31 21 J.JONES 16       7 McDUFFY    
32 6 R.FISCUS 15.738     8 DULL    
33 43 LUEBKE 15.799   9 SHREFFLER    
34 5 HARDER 15.928   10 GIERTZ    
35 69 SLOTTEN 15.928   11 HARDEN    
36 29 P.JONES 16.111   12 GUESS    
37 97 HOEGSTED 16.222      
38 34 LEJUENE 16.522      
39 56 DULL 16.561          
40 33 McDUFFY 16.571          
41 8 ALTMANN 16.754          
42 31 GIERTZ 16.81              
43 21 SHREFFLER 17.025              
44 99 GUESS 17.487              
45 57 KOCH NT