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Pickens Tops Close PowerCom Park Midget Feature

Michael Pickens Beaver Dam, Wis., July 16, 2005-New Zealand's Michael Pickens won a thrilling 25-lap Badger/Gateway Midget Series Feature, Saturday Night at the Raceway at PowerCom Park. The event saw four lead changes in the final seven laps. 
Series point leader Danny Stratton jumped into the lead at the start, while Pickens passed five cars on the opening lap moving into second place. The event was slowed for a spun car on the fourth lap. On the restart Pickens passed Stratton for the lead. Pickens brushed the wall twice in the next two laps maintaining his lead. 
On the eighth lap Jimmy Quinn flipped trying to avoid the slowing car of Davey Ray. Quinn escaped injury. On the restart Pickens led Scott Hatton, and Stratton. With Pickens leading tight racing took place behind him. At the mid-way point Chad DeSelle moved into second after starting 12th. Multi-groove racing took place throughout the field. 
Stratton regained the lead on the 18th lap, one lap later a three car tangle bunched the field. De Selle running the bottom groove led the 19th lap, with Stratton leading the next lap using the high side of the track. Pickens used a high groove pass for the lead on the 21st lap. 
Pickens driving the Steve Smith owned Hawk/Smith#1NZ entry pulled away from the field during final four laps finishing 1.42 seconds ahead of Stratton, DeSelle, Hatton, and Steve Buckwalter. Earlier in the night Stratton set a new 8-lap track record winning the trophy dash.

DRAW     HT 1   DASH   A-FT  
1 51 M.HESS 1 BUCKWATER 1 STRATTON 1 PICKENS
2 2 RAMSTACK 2 KUHN 2 HATTON 2 STRATTON
3 44 PACE 3 ANDERSON 3 RAY 3 DESELLE
4 6 DESELLE 4 QUINN 4 BUCKWATER 4 HATTON
5 18 DREHER 5 WAELTI 5 LOYET 5 BUCKWATER
6 51X DURST 6 KUHN 6 KUHN
7 11 HOOD HT 2 7 PICKENS 7 LAKATOS
8 5 LOYET 1 HATTON 8 M.HESS 8 LOYETTE
9 95 FORBES 2 STRATTON 9 WEISENSEL 9 FORBES
10 43NZ QUINN 3 DESELLE 10 LAKOTAS 10 ANDERSON
11 96 SAUER 4 HOWE 11 LUEBKE
12 20 WEISENSEL 5 MAYHEW 12 SINER
13 99 DULL     13 DURST
14 93 LABROSSE HT3   14 FISCUS
15 5X BUCKWATER 1 RAY 15 GOUGH
16 99X CLAAS 2 LOYET 16 MUELLER
17 57 GOUGH 3 PACE B-FT   17 HOWE
18 87 SLOTTEN 4 ADAMS 1 MUELLER 18 M.HESS
19 21K MAYHEW 5 COONAN 2 WAELTI 19 WAELTI
20 74 KUHN     3 DURST 20 RAY
21 15X SINER HT4   4 FORBES 21 QUINN
22 59 FLESHER 1 PICKENS 5 LUEBKE 22 HOOD
23 94 COONAN 2 WEISENSEL 6 HOOD
24 12J MOUNCE 3 GOUGH 7 FISCUS
25 3 WAELTI 4 SHREFFLER 8 QUINN
26 40 LUNDGREEN 5 HOOD 9 HOWE
27 22 MUELLER 10 ADAMS
28 51H B.HESS HT5 11 LABROSSE
29 2 STRATTON 1 M.HESS 12 SAUER
30 43 LUEBKE 2 LAKATOS 13 COONAN
31 6H FISCUS 3 SINER 14 DREHER    
32 1AU PICKENS 4 LUNDGREEN 15 B.HESS  
33 5 RAY 5 DURST 16 RAMSTACK
34 15 HATTON     17 MOUNCE
35 19 STROEHLE     18 LUNDGREEN
36 4P LAKATOS     19 MAYHEW
37 21 SHREFFLER 20 CLAAS
38 17K ADAMS 21 SHREFFLER
39 31 HOWE 22 SROEHLE
40 11 ANDERSON
41 7 FISCUS