Kuhn nails third straight Badger victory

Brad KuhnBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam, Wis., June 2, 2007---Brad Kuhn made it three for three this season capturing Round One of Duel at the Dam 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Saturday Night at Charter Raceway. Kuhn driver of the Michael Quin owned Stealth/Mopar becomes the first driver since Aaron Fike in 2002, to capture the opening three features of the season.
Colorado's Russ Harper paced the initial three circuits before Kuhn took over the lead on a restart. One lap later sixth place Brad Loyet flipped entering turn three escaping injury. Kuhn again quickly jumped into the lead, while Scott Hatton and Jerry Coons moved into second and third place by the seventh lap. 
Two laps later Kuhn began lapping slower cars. Kuhn stretched his lead to a straightaway with ten laps remaining. One lap later Kuhn's lead was erased for a stalled car on the track. On the restart Kuhn took advantage of two laps cars between himself and Hatton to build an advantage. Coons and Darren Hagen passed Hatton on the restart. Kuhn appeared head for an easy victory when Harper stalled on the track with two laps remaining.
Kuhn took advantage of a lapped car between himself and Coons on the restart and finished 1.12 seconds ahead of Coons, Hagen, Hatton and Mike Hess. Earlier in the evening Coons became the first driver in track history to turn a sub 14-second qualifying lap, breaking Fike's five year-old track record by better than a half second.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 11 COONS 13.984 1 WAELTI 1 BIRO 1 KUHN
2 32 HAGEN 14.17 2 GURNEY 2 HARPER 2 COONS
3 5 LOYET 14.173 3 SCHENCK 3 DESELLE 3 HAGEN
4 19 SCHENCK 14.213 4 LUNDGREEN 4 SLOTTEN 4 HATTON
5 15 HATTON 14.296 5 RAMSTACK 5 NOBLE 5 HESS
6 44 HESS 14.336 HT 2   6 RAMSTACK 6 DESELLE
7 43NZ KUHN 14.388 1 LOYET 7 R.RAY 7 STRATTON
8 41 LUNDGREEN 14.403 2 D.RAY 8 FISCUS 8 D.RAY
9 22 BIRO 14.441 3 KUHN 9 FUERST 9 BIRO
10 9 HARPER 14.486 4 STRATTON 10 LUEBKE 10 MORGAN
11 2 STRATTON 14.524 5 SLOTTEN 11 MECUM 11 LUNDGREEN
12 51 GURNEY 14.563 HT 3   12 ALTIG 12 NOBLE
13 8F BACON 14.569 1 HAGEN 13 WALTERS 13 SCHENCK
14 91 DURST 14.571 2 WIPPERFURTH 14 OLSON 14 WAELTI
15 12 SLOTTEN 14.585 3 MOSER 15 BACON 15 HARPER
16 6 DESELLE 14.585 4 HESS 16 DURST 16 RAMSTACK
17 17 WINDM 14.589 5 HARPER 17 WINDOM
18 69X FIKE 14.618 HT 4   18 SLOTTEN
19 3M MOSEN 14.637 1 COONS 19 WIPPERFURTH
20 33 D.RAY 14.704 2 MORGAN 20 GURNEY
21 9 NOBLE 14.737 3 HATTON 21 MOSER
22 4M ALTIG 14.784 4 WINDOM 22 LOYET
23 43 LUEBKE 14.792 5 BACON
24 28 FUERST 14.883      
25 3 WAELTI 14.933      
26 14 MAYHEW 14.917    
27 4 WIPPERFURTH 14.995    
28 3R R.RAY 15.017    
29 2 RAMSTACK 15.096    
30 14X SCOTT 15.113    
31 7 FISCUS 15.14        
32 98 EGGERT 15.328      
33 8 MECUM 15.241    
34 11X MORGAN 15.437    
35 38 WYTENBACH NT    
36 5W WALTERS NT