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Ray Captured Badger Thriller

Davey RayBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie,Wis., June 20, 2004--Defending Badger Midget Series Champion Davey Ray scored a thrilling victory using lapped traffic to capture the 25-lap feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway.
Kevin Doty jumped into the lead at the start closely followed by Jerry Coons Jr.. On the third lap Ray moved into third place. Two laps later the events only caution appeared for a stalled car.
On the restart Doty led Coons, and Ray. On the sixth lap series point leader Scott Hatton moved into fourth. The four drivers pulled away from the field. On the tenth lap Coons passed Doty entering turn two but as they exited the corner Doty re-took the lead.
The leaders began lapping the tail of the field on the one lap later, and at the midway point four car lengths separated the top four.
The leaders continued to work heavy lapped traffic with Ray moving into second on the 15th lap. On the 20th lap Doty was squeezed between two lap cars allowing Ray to take the lead. The final five laps Ray led the trio through heavy lapped traffic. At the finish Ray led Doty by 1.24 seconds driving the Rajo-Wilke-PAK/Stealth-Seco Mopar entry. Hatton, Coons, and Chad DeSelle completed the top five. Eleven cars finished on the lead lap, with all but one of the starting field of 22 cars finishing the event.
Davey Ray's cousin Robbie Ray,captured the 30-lap USAC Midwest Ford Focus Midget Car Series Feature. In the first ever appearance at the facility for series. Ray traded the lead several times with runner-up Trenton Darland over the final half of the race. Brandon Hartsell, Brice Kenyon, and Jordan Noblitt completed the top five.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 15 HATTON 14.721 1 COONS 1 OLSON 1 RAY
2 82 GOUGH 15.002 2 KUHN 2 LABROSSE 2 DOTY
3 99 KUHN 15.027 3 DOTY 3 BRANSON 3 HATTON
4 81 DESELLE 15.041 4 WOOD 4 COONAN 4 COONS
5 5 RAY 15.112 5 J.JONES 5 ALTMANN 5 DESELLE
6 23 COONS 15.12 HT 2   6 SCHREFFLER 6 KUHN
7 3 WAELTI 15.146 1 RAY 7 DULL 7 WAELTI
8 22 CLARKE 15.314 2 HESS 8 KOCH 8 GOUGH
9 50 DOTY 15.317 3 CKARKE 8 GUESS 9 BRANSON
10 29 CAREY 15.469 4 KEELAN 10 PERKINS 10 J.JONES
11 17 KEELAN 15.531 5 GOUGH 11 KOCH
12 71 BRANSON 15.532 HT 3   12 HESS
13 87 OLSON 15.548 1 DESELLE 13 FISCUS
14 6 HESS 15.554 2 HATTON 14 OLSON
15 57 KOCH 15.602 3 WAELTI 15 LABROSSE
16 7X FISCUS 15.608 4 FISCUS 16 COONAN
17 93 LABROSSE 15.674 5 KERTSCHER 17 KERTSCHER
18 21 J.JONES 15.77   18 SCHREFFLER
19 4 KERTSCHER 15.79 19 WOOD
20 7 FISCUS 15.861 20 ALTMANN
21 81X COONAN 15.88 21 DULL
22 14 WOOD 15.906 22 KEELAN
23 63X NORRIS 16.056    
24 99X GUESS 16.222 DASH      
25 21S SCHREFFLER 16.23 1 HATTON    
26 63 PERKINS 16.238 2 RAY    
27 8 ALTMANN 16.255 3 COONS    
28 56 DULL 16.668 4 KUHN    
29 43 LUEBKE 16.744 5 DESELLE    
30 34 LeJEUNE NT 6 GOUGH    
31 20 WEISENSEL NT