Waelti captures Badger Midget Opener at Sandbox Arena

Brandon WaeltiBy Bryan Gapinski New Richmond, Wis., March 29 2008---Brandon Waelti captured the season opening Badger Midget Series 30-lap feature at the Amsoil Sandbox Arena at Cedar Lake Speedway, Saturday Night. The event was the first ever automobile race event inside America's newest indoor racing facility.
Waelti passed the initial two laps around the 1/4-mile dirt oval, before Dave Darland took the lead. Running multiple grooves Darland, Waelti, Bubba Altig and Jerry Coons Jr. pulled away from
the field. Four cautions between laps 7-12 slowed the event. 
Darland and Waelti crossed the line separated by inches at the midway point. Exiting turn two Waelti drove under Darland for the lead. Waelti's two car length lead was erased with eight laps remaining when third and fourth place running Coons and Altig came to a stop in turn two. On the restart Waelti and Darland changed grooves with Waelti running the high side and Darland tried several low side passes, coming up two-car lengths short at the finish. Waelti drove the Jim Fiscus/Spike/Ford-Esslinger#7, and was followed by Darland, Aaron Fiscus, fast qualifier David Gough and Nick Lundgreen.
The series along with the legends cars and outlaw winged karts will run another complete program Sunday afternoon.

QUAL       HT 1   DASH   A-FT  
1 14 GOUGH 11.818 1 RAY 1 DARLAND 1 WAELTI
2 34 LEJUNE 11.824 2 ALTIG 2 WAELTI 2 DARLAND
3 67 ATIG 11.893 3 LUNGREEN 3 FISCUS 3 FISCUS
4 7X WAELTI 11.906 4 NOBLE 4 ALTIG 4 GOUGH
5 15 HATTON 11.934 5 DESELLE 5 RAY 5 LUNDGREEN
6 63 RAY 12.074 HT 2   6 COONS 6 HATTON
7 4 HESS 12.121 1 COONS 7 ROSENBOOM 7 NOBLE
8 19 WIPPERFURTH 12.168 2 BUDRES 8 BUDRES 8 RAY
9 71 NOBLE 12.2 3 ROSENBOOM 9 LUNDGREEN 9 WIPPERFURTH
10 43 LUEBKE 12.207 4 WIPPERFURTH 10 DULL
11 56 DULL 12.232 5 HATTON 11 ALTIG
12 8 MECUM 12.243 HT 3   12 COONS
13 7 FISCUS 12.315 1 DARLAND 13 PETERSON
14 6X ROSENBOOM 12.32 2 FISCUS 14 MECUM
15 41 LUNDGREEN 12.321 3 WAELTI 15 DESELLE
16 2 DARLAND 12.33 4 HESS 16 ROSENBOOM
17 31 BUDRES 12.427 5 LUEDKE 17 BUDRES
18 5W WALTERS 12.485   18 HESS
19 1 PETERSON 12.53 19 LUEBKE
20 5 COONS 12.72 20 LEJUNE
21 94 DESELLE NT
22 21S SHREFFLER NT
23 33 RAY NT