Waelti Survives to Score Charter Raceway Victory

By Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam, Wis., July 12, 2008---Brandon Waelti scored his second feature victory of the season, winning "Round Three of Duel at the Dam", 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Saturday Night at Charter Raceway Park. Due to curfew regulations, the events final seven laps were not completed.
Chad DeSelle moved from outside of row 2 to take the lead on the opening lap, followed by Brad Loyet, who improved two positions. The events first seven laps were slowed by four caution flags, including a five car accident on lap 7 involving series points leader Mike Hess. On the restart Dan Mecum, flipped escaping injury. 
Each restart DeSelle maintained the lead over Loyet. The turning point of the event came on lap 11, when Waelti moved into second position, one lap later Waelti took the lead from DeSelle. Two more cautions on laps 17 and 18, bunching up the field. Waelti maintained a three car-length advantage over Loyet when a ,mutli-car spin occurred on lap 23, forcing the completion of the event due to curfew regulations. 
Waelti driving the Waelti-Schulenberg Racing/Stealth/Ford-Esslinger finished ahead of Loyet, Matt Smith scored a career best feature finish, coming home in third place. Aaron Fiscus, and Hess who recovered from the lap 7 accident completed the top five. DeSelle set a 15-lap track record winning the semi-feature.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 67 ALTIG 14.653 1 DAUM 1 DESELLE 1 WAELTI
2 2 PICKENS 14.813 2 HATTON 2 FISCUS 2 LOYET
3 5W WALTERS 14.82 3 WIPPERFURTH 3 LUNDGREEN 3 SMITH
4 15 HATTON 14.827 4 GOUGH 4 MECUM 4 FISCUS
5 14AU SMITH 14.989 5 LUEBKE 5 WALTERS 5 HESS
6 4X EAST 15.003 HT 2   6 FUERST 6 HATTON
7 5 LOYET 15.006 1 LOYET 7 LUEBKE 7 DESELLE
8 57 DESELLE 15.074 2 MEYERS 8 HOEGSTED 8 R.RAY
9 3 WAELTI 15.084 3 ARMSTRONG 9 DULL 9 NOBLE
10 4 HESS 15.085 4 SLOTTEN 10 GOUGH
11 87 SLOTTEN 15.172 5 FISCUS 11 FIKE
12 19 WIPPERFURTH 15.198 HT 3 12 WIPPERFURTH
13 21S D.RAY 15.209 1 PICKENS 13 ARMSTRONG
14 8 MECUM 15.235 2 HESS 14 D.RAY
15 7A ARMSTRONG 15.253 3 EAST 15 HOEGSTED
16 14 GOUGH 15.283 4 NOBLE 16 DULL
17 3R R.RAY 15.359 5 MECUM 17 WALTERS
18 71 NOBLE 15.377 HT4   18 LUEBKE
19 7 FISCUS 15.401 1 WAELTI 19 SLOTTEN
20 5D DAUM 15.407 2 R.RAY 20 PICKENS
21 71X LUNDGREEN 15.441 3 D.RAY 21 MECUM
22 69 FIKE 15.487 4 SMITH 22 LUNDGREEN
23 25 MEYERS 15.54 5 FUERST 23 EAST
24 43 LUEBKE 15.695 24 FUERST
25 28 FUERST 15.976     25 DAUM
26 97 HOEGSTED 16.056     26 MEYERS
27 56 DULL NT      
28 15X NT      
29 7X NT