Coons Wins At Beaver Dam

Jerry CoonsBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam, Wis., Aug. 31, 2007---Jerry Coons Jr. continued his hot streak, capturing the "6th annual Mid State Equipment Sue Thiel Memorial", Friday Night at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC National and Badger Midget Car Series. Early race leader and runner-up Brad Kuhn and his car owner Michael Quin clinched the Badger Midget Championship with two events remaining.
Coons and Kuhn shared the front row, with Kuhn getting the jump into the lead at the start. By the fifth lap Kuhn enjoyed a five car length lead, as the top six cars separated themselves from the field. Kuhn's lead was erased when Darren Hagen stalled at the midway point.
One additional lap was completed before a three car tangled occurred in turn three. Brad Sweet running second then spun on lap 17, bringing out another caution. On the restart, fast qualifier and heat race winner Ricky Stenhouse, looking for the clean sweep bonus hit turn 1 and flipped escaping injury, while running in third place.
Coons, who slid back as far as fifth place during the early running, now lined up on Kuhn's bumper for the restart. Coons made a perfect slide job work entering turn one on Kuhn for the lead. The pair were even exiting turn two, with Coons pulling ahead down the long backstretch of the half-mile track. Within two laps Coons enjoyed a 1.6 second lead over Davey Ray and Kuhn. Fourth place running Michael Pickens stalled on lap 21 bringing out the caution.
A spirited multi-car battle then took place over the remaining laps for second place, while Coons increased his advantage each lap. Coons driving the Wilke-PAK Motorsports Spike/Mopar#11 finished 3.16 seconds ahead of Kuhn, Darren Hagen who restarted from last position at the midway point, Levi Jones and Brady Bacon.

Feature Lap Leaders: Kuhn 1-17, Coons 18-30.
**Scott Hatton flipped during practice. Stenhouse flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 21 STENHOUSE 20.633 1 STENHOUSE 1 D.RAY 1 COONS
2 32 HAGEN 20.712 2 STRATTON 2 BACON 2 KUHN
3 2 PICKENS 20.844 3 COONS 3 DURST 3 HAGEN
4 91 D.RAY 20.852 4 SHERRILL 4 LOYET 4 JONES
5 999 TAYLOR 20.857 5 FIKE 5 LUNDGREN 5 BACON
6 67 SWEET 20.878 HT 2   6 MOSEN 6 D.RAY
7 99 BACON 20.884 1 HAGEN 7 DESELLE 7 STRATTON
8 43 KUHN 20.92 2 WAGNER 8 WAELTI 8 SWEET
9 11 COONS 20.952 3 SWEET 9 LUEBKE 9 HESS
10 57 SLOTTEN 20.953 4 SCHENCK 10 WIPPERFURTH 10 DURST
11 5 LOYETT 20.957 5 MOSEN 11 FIKE 11 NOBLE
12 299 CRAWFORD 20.959 HT 3   12 R.RAY 12 SCHENCK
13 4 STRATTON 20.986 1 JONES 13 CRAWFORD 13 WAGNER
14 2X STANBROUGH 21.002 2 NOBLE 14 RAMSTACK 14 LUNDGREEN
15 229 WHITT 21.033 3 PICKENS 15 PICKENS
16 9 DARLAND 21.034 4 WHITT 16 STENHOUSE
17 191 DURST 21.052 5 BACON 17 SHERRELL
18 71 MOSEN 21.097 HT 4   18 WHITT
19 41 LUNDGREEN 21.103 1 SWINDELL 19 LOYET
20 44 HESS 21.121 2 HESS 20 MOSEN
21 69 FIKE 21.123 3 DARLAND 21 SWINDELL
22 19X SCHENCK 21.153 4 KUHN
23 20 JONES 21.158 5 D,RAY
24 17 WINDOM 21.186  
25 135 SHERRELL 21.229      
26 92 WAGNER 21.31    
27 81 DESELLE 21.33    
28 79 SWINDELL 21.387    
29 4X WIPPERFURTH 21.399    
30 3 WAELTI 21.481    
31 6X NOBLE 21.507    
32 43X LUEBKE 21.574    
33 7 FISCUS 21.614    
34 2 RAMSTACK 21.622    
35 32 HAGEN 20.712    
36 3R R.RAY 22.143    
37 15 HATTON NT    
38 90 BARBER NT