Late race charge nets Hess Badger win

Mike HessBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam, Wis., July 14, 2007---Mike Hess scored a thrilling victory capturing Round Two of Duel at the Dam 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Saturday Night at Charter Raceway Park. 
Hess jumped into the lead at the start, while Scott Hatton quickly moved from eighth to second place by the completion of lap three. One lap later Hatton took the lead. The field was bunched up for a caution on lap six. Again underway Hatton began increasing his lead each lap over a tightly bunched field which saw positions in the top five changing several times each lap.
Hatton held a 1.8 second lead at the midway point over Hess. A slowing car brought out the caution one lap later. On the restart Hatton easily pulled away from Hess and the field. Attention then turned to Danny Stratton who started in 16th starting position and was now racing in the top five. Hatton running the high groove increased his advantage over Hess to 3.9 seconds when Ryan Durst spun with four laps remaining.
On the restart Hatton used the lower groove while Hess began testing the cushion with Stratton moving into third place. Hess made a charge on Hatton going down the backstretch on the 28th lap and made the pass to take the lead at the start/finish line as the pair received the white flag. Hatton then tried to drive under Hess exiting turn four but fell a half-car length short of victory. 
Hess drove the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Chevrolet Hawk#44. The feature win was the first ever for Hardy, as a car owner. Stratton, Brandon Waelti, and fast qualifier Brad Kuhn completed the top five.

Feature Lap Leaders: Hess 1-3, Hatton 4-28, Hess 29-30.
*Matt Smith flipped on second lap of semi feature, uninjured. 

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 43 KUHN 14.613 1 HATTON 1 NOBLE 1 HESS
2 19 SCHENCK 14.651 2 DURST 2 SHREFFLER 2 HATTON
3 15 HATTON 14.671 3 LUNDGREEN 3 R.RAY 3 STRATTON
4 14S SCOTT 14.73 4 RAMSTACK 4 SCOTT 4 WAELTI
5 44 HESS 14.849 5 WAGNER 5 DREHER 5 KUHN
6 92 WAGNER 14.861 HT 2   6 WYTTENBACH 6 ALTIG
7 6 DESELLE 14.905 1 ALTIG 7 HOEGSTED 7 SCHENCK
8 4 WIPPERFURTH 14.943 2 HESS 8 DULL 8 WAGNER
9 9 NOBLE 15.049 3 FISCUS 9 SMITH 9 RAMSTACK
10 3 WAELTI 15.06 4 WIPPERFURTH 10 WALTERS 10 FISCUS
11 3R R.RAY 15.063 5 SCHENCK 11 SCOTT
12 2 RAMSTACK 15.086 HT 3   12 R.RAY
13 33 D.RAY 15.089 1 STRATTON 13 LUNDGREEN
14 21S SHREFFLER 15.1 2 DESELLE 14 WIPPERFURTH
15 91 DURST 15.116 3 KUHN 15 DURST
16 2 STRATTON 15.171 4 WAELTI 16 HOEGSTED
17 67 ALTIG 15.172 5 D.RAY 17 D.RAY
18 41 LUNDGREEN 15.227   18 NOBLE
19 5W WALTERS 15.243 19 DESELLE
20 7 FISCUS 15.262 20 SHREFFLER
21 14 SMITH 15.288 21 DREHER
22 56 DULL 15.435 22 WYTTENBACH
23 31 BRIDGES 15.618
24 69 DREHER 15.657      
25 97 HOGSTED 15.71      
26 38 WYTENBACH 15.713