Hess snaps 'Prairie drought

Mike HessBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., July 29, 2007--Mike Hess scored a late race victory capturing the 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The victory was the 23rd career midget feature for the Riverton, Ill. driver but first ever at the famed 1/3-mile clay oval.
Nick Lundgreen paced the opening lap before Hess took over the top position. A five car accident on the seventh lap brought out the events first caution. On the restart Davey Ray quickly moved into second place and began challenging Hess for the lead, passing Hess as the pair exited Turn 4 on the ninth lap. On the 12th lap the field was again bunched up due to a caution for stalled car.
On the restart Ray quickly moved away from the field and at the midway point held a 1.5 second lead over Hess. Three laps later Ray began lapping slower cars and increased his lead to a full straightaway when his engine began to mis-fire with five laps remaining. Ray began slowing but still maintained a sizeable margin, when his car came to a stop with three laps remaining.
On the restart Hess led fast qualifier Gary Altig, Nick Lundgreen, series point leader Brad Kuhn and Brandon Waelti. Altig made one attempt at Hess on the 28th lap but drifted high and spent the remainder of the event trying to maintain second place. Hess driving the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk Chevrolet#44 finished 2.43 seconds ahead of Altig, Lundgreen, Kuhn and Waelti. Kuhn holds a 235 point lead over Ray heading into the Aug. 4 series event at Wilmot (Wis.) Speedway, before returning to Angell Park Speedway on Aug. 5. 

Feature Lap Leaders: Lundgreen 1, Hess 2-9, Ray 10-27, Hess 28-30.
*Keelan flipped on lap 1 of first heat race. Jim Fuerst flipped on lap 5 of third heat race. Chad DeSelle flipped on lap 1 of fourth heat race. Kris Hoegsted flipped on lap 8 of semi feature. All drivers uninjured. 

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 67x ALTIG 14.99 1 B.WAELTI 1 R.RAY 1 HESS
2 43NZ KUHN 15.013 2 SMITH 2 KEELAN 2 ALTIG
3 33 D.RAY 15.015 3 NOBLE 3 WIPPERFURTH 3 LUNDGREEN
4 3 B.WAELTI 15.105 4 WYTTENBACH 4 MECUM 4 KUHN
5 19 SCHENCK 15.113 5 LUEBKE 5 MAYHEW 5 B.WAELTI
6 8 PICKENS 15.304 HT 2   6 DULL 6 SCHENCK
7 8M MECUM 15.355 1 D.RAY 7 LUEBKE 7 SMITH
8 13 SMITH 15.371 2 FISCUS 8 L.WAELTI 8 WIPPERFURTH
9 44 HESS 15.407 3 STRATTON 9 HOEGSTED 9 FISCUS
10 41 LUNDGREEN 15.417 4 SHREFFLER 10 FUERST 10 R.RAY
11 2 STRATTON 15.455 5 R.RAY 11 NOBLE
12 17 KEELAN 15.46 HT 3 12 DULL
13 6 DESELLE 15.481 1 KUHN 13 SHREFFLER
14 4 WIPPERFURTH 15.509 2 BEAUCHAMP 14 MECUM
15 3R R.RAY 15.556 3 PICKENS 15 WYTTENBACH
16 9 NOBLE 15.57 4 LUNDGREEN 16 D.RAY
17 21K MAYHEW 15.574 5 HOEGSTED 17 PICKENS
18 28 FUERST 15.656 HT 4   18 BEAUCHAMP
19 7 FISCUS 15.659 1 SCHENCK 19 MAYHEW
20 67 LUEBKE 15.696 2 HESS 20 RAMSTACK
21 2 RAMSTCK 15.704 3 ALTIG 21 KEELAN
22 112 BEUCHAMP 15.731 4 RAMSTACK 22 LUEBKE
23 21S SHREFFLER 15.951 5 DULL
24 38 WYTTENBACH 16.087      
25 56 DULL 16.223      
26 97 HOEGSTED 16.398    
27 7X L.WAELTI 17.41    
28 15 HATTON NT