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Pickens First Kiwi Winner At 'Prairie

Michael PickensBy Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., August 29, 2004--New Zealand's Michael Pickens scored a surprising victory in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Classic 25-lap Badger Midget Series feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway.
Pickens became the first driver from New Zealand to score a feature victory in the 68-year history of the facility.
2004 Badger Champion Scott Hatton jumped into the lead at the start, closely followed by Pickens. Davey Ray passed nine cars in the first two laps, moving into the top ten. Hatton's lead was erased when a car stalled on the sixth lap brought out the caution. On the restart Pickens passed Hatton entering turn one to take the lead. The pair along with Pickens' teammate Adam Clarke pulled away from the tightly bunched field.
Clarke moved around Hatton into second place on the 12th lap. Five laps later Aaron Fike slowed with a flat tire, bringing out the caution. On the restart Pickens running at the track for the third time, led Clarke, and Hatton. Pickens driving the Smith-Woods Racing/Breka-Smith entry ran eight perfect laps to finish 0.97 seconds ahead of Clarke. Hatton, Ray, and Greg Lueckert completed the top five.
Hatton clinched his second career Badger Championship before the evenings events began by virtue of the August 28 event at the Raceway at PowerCom (Beaver Dam, Wis.) being rained out. Hatton become the 12th driver in Badger history to win more than one championship. The 23rd annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola will complete the season on September 5 at the track.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 23 KUHN 14.819 1 LABROSSE 1 DESELLE 1 PICKENS
2 95 FIKE 15.001 2 ERFURTH 2 WEISENSEL 2 CLARKE
3 20 WEISENSEL 15.115 3 COONAN 3 HESS 3 HATTON
4 81 DESELLE 15.124 4 SMEE 4 STRATTON 4 RAY
5 7 FISCUS 15.125 5 DULL 5 J.JONES 5 LUECKERT
6 13 CLARKE 15.147 HT 2   6 FISCUS 6 WAELTI
7 19 CALVERT 15.195 1 CLARKE 7 KEELAN 7 KUHN
8 31 PICKENS 15.205 2 KOCH 8 STROEHLE 8 DESLLE
9 15 HATTON 15.236 3 HATTON 9 COONAN 9 HESS
10 10 LUECKERT 15.277 4 WOOD 10 SMEE 10 STRATTON
11 3 WAELTI 15.283 5 TERRY 11 ERFURTH 11 DROUD
12 21 J.JONES 15.308 HT 3   12 LeJEUNE 12 WEISENSEL
13 71 BRANSON 15.356 1 GOUGH 13 JORDAN 13 FIKE
14 7X HESS 15.367 2 RAY 14 NASH 14 CALVERT
15 57 KOCH 15.404 3 PICKENS 15 MAYHEW 15 J.JONES
16 21 MAYHEW 15.452 4 FIKE 16 LUEBKE 16 BRANSON
17 5 RAY 15.463 5 WAELTI 17 SCHREFFLER 17 FISCUS
18 2 STRATTON 15.477 HT4   18 LABROSSE 18 WOOD
19 22 DROUD 15.581 1 DROUD 19 DULL 19 TERRY
20 82 GOUGH 15.67 2 LUECKERT 20 P.JONES 20 KOCH
21 6 TERRY 15.685 3 BRANSON 21 WALTERS 21 KEELAN
22 87 CAMFIELD 15.688 4 KUHN 22 GOUGH
23 43 LUEBKE 15.705 5 CALVERT C-FT
24 14 WOOD 15.711 DASH   1 LeJEUNE    
25 5X KEELAN 15.745 1 CLARKE 2 JORDAN    
26 81X COONAN 15.758 2 DESELLE 3 SCHREFFLER    
27 9 STROEHLE 15.883 3 FISCUS 4 NASH    
28 99 SMEE 15.918 4 FIKE 5 P.JONES    
29 79 ERFURTH 15.964 5 WEISENSEL 6 SLOTTEN    
30 84 WALTERS 15.973 6 KUHN 7 RAMSTACK    
31 56 DULL 16.014        
32 93 LABROSSE 16.061      
33 51 NASH 16.242    
34 39 RAMSTACK 16.533    
35 34 LEJEUNE 16.549    
36 8 JORDAN 16.553    
37 29 P.JONES 16.858    
38 21 SHREFFLER 16.942    
39 87 SLOTTEN 17.091