Pickens Leads Kiwis Charge At Angell Park

Michael PickensBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 26, 2007---New Zealand's Michael Pickens topped fellow countrymen Brad Mosen to win Sunday Night's 30-lap "National Midget Hall of Fame Classic" at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC National and Badger Midget Car Series.
Pickens jumped into the lead at the start from the pole position followed by Mosen and Danny Stratton. Pickens running the cushion began increasing his lead over a tightly bunched field of cars. By lap 10 Pickens held a 1.4 second lead over Mosen, and was increasing his advantage each lap. At the midway point Pickens held a three-plus second lead, as he began lapping slower cars.
Brady Bacon hit the frontstretch wall on lap 17 bringing out the caution erasing Pickens lead. On the restart Pickens took advantage of two lapped cars between himself and Mosen on the restart to build a quick lead. A multi-car tangle mid-pack on lap 19 resulted in Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Davey Ray, and Chad DeSelle all flipping in turn three, with an additional two cars involved. No injuries were reported from the accident.
Pickens easily pulled away from Mosen on the restart and the pair separated themselves from the rest of the field. Positions three thru seven changed several times over the remainder of the event. Pickens driving the Hans Lein Spike/Ford Esslinger#2 finished 2.57 seconds ahead of Mosen. USAC point leader Jerry Coons Jr., Badger point leader Brad Kuhn, and fast qualifier Brad Loyet completed the top five.
Another USAC/Badger co-sanctioned event "The Mid State Equipment Sue Theil Memorial" is slated for Friday Aug. 31 at Dodge County Fairgrounds (Beaver Dam, Wis.). The Badger point season concludes the following day with the 26th annual Firemans Nationals presented by Pepsi at Angell Park. 

Feature Lap Leaders: Pickens 1-30.
**LeJeune flipped during qualifying. Gurney, Fuerst, Dreher and Ramstack flipped during the qualifying race. Crawford flipped during the third heat. Stenhouse, D.Ray and DeSelle flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 5 LOYET 14.992 1 DUERST 1 STRATTON 1 PICKENS
2 15 HATTON 15.057 2 COONS 2 JONES 2 MOSEN
3 43NZ KUHN 15.076 3 STENHOUSE 3 MOSEN 3 COON
4 4 STRATTON 15.143 4 LOYET 4 HAGEN 4 KUHN
5 20 JONES 15.165 5 JONES 5 SWEET 5 LOYET
6 71 MOSER 15.175 HT 2   6 SCHENCK 6 STRATTON
7 19X SCHENCK 15.175 1 WIPPERFURTH 7 TAYLOR 7 JONES
8 2 PICKENS 15.192 2 DESELLE 8 B.WAELTI 8 SWINDELL
9 11 COONS 15.213 3 D.RAY 9 EAST 9 HAGEN
10 32 HAGEN 15.224 4 HATTON 10 HESSERT 10 HATTON
11 79 SWINDELL 15.256 5 HAGEN 11 FIKE 11 SWEET
12 41 LUNDGREEN 15.28 HT 3   12 WINDOM 12 SCHENCK
13 21 STENHOUSE 15.288 1 ALTIG 13 LUEBKE 13 DARLAND
14 91 D.RAY 15.298 2 SWINDELL 14 BARBER 14 B.WAELTI
15 67 SWEET 15.364 3 DARLAND 15 NOBLE 15 ALTIG
16 99 BACON 15.38 4 KUHN 16 FISCUS 16 LUNDGREEN
17 999 TAYLOR 15.395 5 SWEET 17 WAGNER 17 HESS
18 81 DESELLE 15.428 HT 4   18 GOUGH 18 WIPPERFURTH
19 9 DARLAND 15.43 1 HESS 19 MAYHEW 19 BACON
20 4 EAST 15.452 2 PICKENS 20 SHERRILL 20 STENHOUSE
21 191 DURST 15.462 3 LUNDGREEN 21 DULL 21 D.RAY
22 5 HESSERT 15.462 4 BACON 22 DESELLE
23 90 BARBER 15.509 5 B.WAELTI 23 DURST
24 69 FIKE 15.569  
25 135 SHERRELL 15.603 QUAL. RACE      
26 4X WIPPERFURTH 15.612 1 WINDOM    
27 33 ALTIG 15.623 2 NOBLE    
28 3 B.WAELTI 15.653 3 R.RAY    
29 98 DULL 15.681 4 FISCUS    
30 43 LUEBKE 15.735 5 GOUGH    
31 299 CRAWFORD 15.783 6 WAGNER    
32 44 HESS 15.815 7 KELLAN    
33 51 GURNEY 15.818 8 MAYHEW    
34 17 WINDOM 15.84 9 HOEGSTED    
35 2 RAMTACK 15.841 10 LEJEUNE    
36 3R R.RAY 15.868 11 L.WAELTI    
37 9X NOBLE 16.015 12 BOERS    
38 7 FISCUS 16.088 13 RAMSTACK    
39 6 GOUGH 16.088 14 DREHER    
40 69X DREHER 16.098 15 FUERST    
41 21K MAYHEW 16.103        
42 28 FUERST 16.162            
43 92 WAGNER 16.222            
44 97 HOEGSTED 16.277            
45 38 WYTTENBACH 16.367            
46 21X SHREFFLER 16.431            
47 17X KEELAN 16.482            
48 34 LEJENE 16.615            
49 79X BOER 17.954            
50 7W L.WAETI 17.202            
51 8M MECUM NT