Hess scores last lap Badger Midget victory 

Mike HessBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 3, 2008---Series points leader Mike Hess scored a dramatic last victory, capturing the 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. 
Davey Ray took the lead at the start, a close battle behind Ray settled down by lap 5, with Brandon Waelti, running in second place, followed by Hess. Waelti caught Ray on lap 9, and made a pass for the lead. Five laps later Hess took over the second position, trailing Waelti by nearly two seconds. 
A four car accident on the next lap, erased Waelti's advantage. Waelti jumped to a four car length advantage on the restart. Waelti chose the bottom groove, while Hess ran the high line against the wall on a thin cushion. The next ten laps, Waelti's advantage remained around three car lengths as the pair pulled away from the field. Hess closed to Waelti's rear bumper with three laps remaining.
Hess got a great run off the cushion, coming for the white flag, and was the leader at the start/finish line by a few feet. Waelti regained the lead entering Turn 1. The leaders cleared a lapped car, and were even down the backstretch. Hess again had a great run off the cushion, as the pair exited Turn 4 and edged Waelti by a car-length at the finish. Trailing Hess who drove the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk Chevrolet No. 4 and Waelti were Bubba Altig, Ray, and Australian Matt Smith.
SUMMARY

Feature Lap Leaders: D. Ray 1-9, Waelti 10-28, Hess 29-30.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 13 CLARKE 14.644 1 HESS 1 WAELTI 1 HESS
2 67 ALTIG 14.751 2 NOBLE 2 GOUGH 2 WAELTI
3 15 HATTON 14.796 3 HATTON 3 BUDRES 3 ALTIG
4 19 WIPPERFURTH 14.88 4 GOUGH 4 LEJEUNE 4 D.RAY
5 14AU SMITH 14.9 5 DESELLE 5 FUERST 5 SMITH
6 3 WAELTI 14.981 HT 2   6 KEELAN 6 HATTON
7 3R R.RAY 15.058 1 ALTIG 7 WIPPERFURTH
8 7 FISCUS 15.09 2 FISCUS 8 CLARKE
9 4 HESS 15.096 3 SMITH 9 NOBLE
10 41 D.RAY 15.1 4 FUERST 10 MAYHEW
11 34 LEJEUNE 15.141 5 LEJEUNE 11 BUDRES
12 14 GOUGH 15.186 HT 3 12 LEJEUNE
13 21K MAYHEW 15.226 1 CLARKE 13 FISCUS
14 17 KEELAN 15.354 2 D.RAY 14 GOUGH
15 71 NOBLE 15.409 3 WIPPERFURTH 15 DESELLE
16 31 BUDRES 15.441 4 R.RAY 16 FUERST
17 57 DESELLE 15.84 5 BUDRES 17 DULL
18 28 FUERST 15.627   18 KAISER
19 82 KAISER 16.776 19 R.RAY
20 56 DULL NT
21 7X NT
22 15X NT