Kuhn opens title defense with Angell Park victory

Brad KuhnBy Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., May 20, 2007---Defending series champion Brad Kuhn won the season opening Badger Midget Series feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event kicked off the 71st year of sanctioning midget auto racing for the organization, oldest in the country.
Aaron Fiscus jumped into the lead at the start of the feature, and held a three car length lead when the first caution appeared on lap seven for a stalled car. Kuhn moved into second place on the tenth lap, when third place running Scott Hatton stopped on the track. Kuhn shadowed Fiscus on the restart taking the lead as the pair exited turn four on the 13th lap.
Kuhn held a near three-second lead at the midway point and began lapping slower cars. Fiscus maintained second place as five cars fought a tight battle for second place. Doug Schenck escaped injury on the 31st lap flipping after hitting the backstretch wall. Third place running A.J. Fike stalled the following lap. On the restart Michael Pickens running in the top five made contact with another flipping violently into the first turn catch fence.
On the restart former series champion Davey Ray running third jumped the cushion and flipped. Due to curfew regulations the event was not restarted with Kuhn driving the Michael Quin Stealth/Mopar#43NZ being awarded the victory. Fiscus, Brad Loyet, Danny Stratton and Mike Hess completed the top five, with only half of the starting field of 22 cars finishing the scheduled 50-lap event. Another 50-lap event is scheduled for Sunday May 27 at Angell Park Speedway, with the following day as a raindate.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 5 COONS 14.674 1 D.RAY 1 LUNDGREEN 1 KUHN
2 5 LOYETT 14.823 2 STRATTON 2 SLOTTEN 2 FISCUS
3 15 HATTON 14.842 3 DURST 3 DESELLE 3 LOYETT
4 33 D.RAY 14.913 4 HESS 4 WIPPERFURTH 4 STRATTON
5 12 SLOTTEN 14.914 5 WIPPERFURTH 5 RAMSTACK 5 HESS
6 69 FIKE 14.934 HT 2   6 WALTERS 6 DESELLE
7 3 WAELTI 14.963 1 HATTON 7 KEELAN 7 COONS
8 91 DURST 14.922 2 SCHENCK 8 DULL 8 SLOTTEN
9 7 FISCUS 15.036 3 WAELTI 9 NOBLE 9 WAELTI
10 43NZ KUHN 15.11 4 GOUGH 10 R.RAY 10 D.RAY
11 19 SCHENCK 15.124 5 MAYHEW 11 LUEBKE 11 GOUGH
12 44 HESS 15.156 HT 3   12 MECUM 12 RAMSTACK
13 1AU PICKENS 15.178 1 SHREFFLER 13 WYTTENBACK 13 FIKE
14 41 LUNDGREEN 15.25 2 FIKE 14 MAYHEW 14 PICKENS
15 6 DESELLE 15.274 3 KUHN 15 SCHENCK
16 4 WIPPERFURTH 15.472 4 LOYETT 16 WIPPERFURTH
17 9 NOBLE 15.582 5 LUNDGREEN 17 WALTERS
18 2 RAMSTACK 15.64 HT 4   18 SHREFFLER
19 69 DREHER 15.643 1 PICKENS 19 HATTON
20 5W WALTERS 15.644 2 COONS 20 DURST
21 17 KEELAN 15.666 3 FISCUS 21 LUNDGREEN
22 20 WEISENSEL 15.724 4 FUERST 22 FUERST
23 43 LUEBKE 15.75 5 SLOTTEN
24 2 STRATTON 15.758      
25 28 FUERST 15.763      
26 21S SHREFFLER 15.758    
27 14 MAYHEW 15.804    
28 56 DULL 16.15    
29 3R R.RAY 16.154    
30 8 MECUM 16.289    
31 57 GOUGH 16.407        
32 38 WYTTENBACK 17.534      
33 8 JORDON NT