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Coons Wins In Badger Midget Photo Finish

Jerry CoonsBy Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., July 24, 2004--In one of the closest finishes in recent history, Jerry Coons captured the 25-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Coons edged Davey Ray by approximately one foot at the line. Electronic timing, and scoring showed the victory margin at 0.0185 seconds.
The event got off to a rocky start, series point leader Scott Hatton stopped on he opening lap, and restarted at the tail of the field. On the restart a seven car accident blocked the track, all cars restarted the event. Finally underway A.J. Fike jumped into the lead with Coons moving into second on the fifth lap. Hatton who restarted in 16th place passed nine cars in the first four laps. A caution on lap eight for a stalled car bunched up the field.
On the restart Coons passed Fike for the lead. Ray moved into third on the 11th lap, and passed Fike for second place one lap later. The pair entered lap traffic with ten laps remaining, and Hatton was in third. Coons, and Ray raced through the field, on an extremely tricky track surface. Ray shadowed Coons by one to two car lengths during this time.
New Zealand Midget champion Michael Pickens, and Chad DeSelle tangled on the final lap. The event was stopped to pick up debris setting up a two-lap shootout. Coons driving the Karl Warnke owned Stealth-Fontana ran the cushion with Ray on the the bottom on the final circuit, with Coons edging Ray at the line for his sixth career feature win at the track. Hatton, Brad Kuhn, and Fike completed the top five. Hatton holds a 157 point lead over Ray heading into the July 31 event at the facility.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 15 HATTON 14.732 1 KUHN 1 GOUGH 1 COONS
2 5 RAY 14.996 2 FIKE 2 KERTCHER 2 RAY
3 13 CLARKE 15.022 3 KOCH 3 BRANSON 3 HATTON
4 23 COONS 15.109 4 CLARKE 4 TERRY 4 KUHN
5 20 WEISENSEL 15.114 5 J.JONES 5 WOOD 5 FIKE
6 99 KUHN 15.195 HT 2   6 FISCUS 6 LUNDGREEN
7 3 WAELTI 15.235 1 RAY 7 LUEBKE 7 CLARKE
8 82 GOUGH 15.273 2 LUNDGREEN 8 COONAN 8 GOUGH
9 32 FIKE 15.275 3 WEISENSEL 9 MAYHEW 9 PICKENS
10 5 BUCKWALTER 15.31 4 DESELLE 10 LABROSSE 10 COONAN
11 40 LINDGREEN 15.349 5 FISCUS 11 P.JONES 11 LUEBKE
12 14 KERTCHER 15.473 HT 3   12 DULL 12 KERTCHER
13 22 PICKENS 15.529 1 COONS 13 SCHREFFLER 13 SLOTTEN
14 43 LUEBKE 15.611 2 HATTON 14 SAUER 14 MAYHEW
15 57 KOCH 15.619 3 WAELTI 15 TERRY
16 29 P.JONES 15.64 4 PICKENS 16 WEISENSEL
17 21 MAYHEW 15.685 5 SLOTTEN 17 DESELLE
18 4 TERRY 15.753   18 WOOD
19 87 SLOTTEN 15.821 19 WAELTI
20 14 WOOD 15.829 20 BRANSON
21 21 J.JONES 15.913 21 J.JONES
22 93 LABROSSE 15.942 22 KOCH
23 7 FISCUS 15.974
24 59 BRANSON 15.146 DASH      
25 81X COONAN 16.348 1 COONS    
26 21 SHREFFLER 15.361 2 RAY    
27 56 DULL 16.383 3 HATTON    
28 74 SAUER 17.602 4 CLARKE    
29 81 DESELLE NT 5 KUHN    
30 6 FISCUS NT 6 WEISENSEL    
31 7X DOTY NT        
32 63 PERKINS NT