Davey Ray scores first victory for car owner John Jones at Angell Park

Davey RayBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 17, 2008---Former series champion Davey Ray captured the 50-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. It marked the first ever feature victory for car owner John Jones and Jones Motorsports. 
Joe Wipperfurth paced the initial two laps, before Ray moved into the lead. As Ray took the lead, Jerry Coons Jr. moved into fourth place, after starting in the 12th position. Two cautions appeared on laps six and seven for stalled cars. On the second restart, Coons passed Ray for the lead on the backstretch. Tracy Hines passed Ray for second place on lap 12 and trailed Coons by nearly three seconds.
Coons' lead was narrowed as he began lapping cars on lap 20. Coons led Hines at the midway point by one second. One of the events turning points took place on lap 28, when Hines pulled into the pit area, with mechanical problems. Fast qualifier Bobby East running in fourth place stopped on the track with a flat tire. During the caution series points leader Mike Hess pitted to change a right rear tire.
Coons pulled away from Ray, and began increasing his advantage, when on lap 35, Coons pulled off the track, with engine problems. Ray reassumed the lead, and with five laps remaining held a five car length lead over Scott Hatton. The caution then appeared for Brandon Waelti, who stopped with a flat tire.
On the restart Ray pulled away from the field, while Hess restarting in sixth place quickly passed two cars, and then Hatton slowed, one lap later, with engine problems. Hess continued his charge through the field and trailed Ray by one second at the finish. Ray drove the John Jones owned Stealth/Sesco-Mopar No. 41 to the victory followed by Hess, Brad Kuhn, Aaron Fiscus and Bubba Altig.
The victory ended a string of near-miss feature victories by Jones, who the series Rookie of the Year in 1997, and retired from driving a few seasons ago to become a car owner. Hess holds a point lead over Hatton heading into the doubleheader Aug. 23-24 events co-sanctioned with the USAC Mopar National Midget Series.

Feature Lap Leaders: Wipperfurth 1-2, Ray 3-7, Coons 8-35, Ray 36-50. 
*Jim Fuerst flipped in Semi Feature, uninjured.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 4X EAST 14.652 1 HINES 1 WAELTI 1 D.RAY
2 15 HATTON 14.821 2 D.RAY 2 WIPPERFURTH 2 HESS
3 8X EHRGOTT 14.883 3 NOBLE 3 ALTIG 3 KUHN
4 3 WAELTI 14.936 4 EHRGOTT 4 FISCUS 4 FISCUS
5 67 ALTIG 14.936 5 MAYHEW 5 EHRGOTT 5 ALTIG
6 24 HINES 14.967 HT 2   6 MECUM 6 WIPPERFURTH
7 14 HESS 15.009 1 HATTON 7 LUEBKE 7 HATTON
8 7 KUHN 15.038 2 KUHN 8 JONES 8 LUEBKE
9 41 D.RAY 15.146 3 WALTERS 9 FUERST 9 MAYHEW
10 19 WIPPERFURTH 15.162 4 ALTIG 10 MECUM
11 43 LUEBKE 15.33 5 LUEBKE 11 WAELTI
12 21 MAYHEW 15.419 HT 3 12 COONS
13 57 DESELLE 15.461 1 COONS 13 HINES
14 8 MECUM 15.222 2 HESS 14 EAST
15 71 NOBLE 15.538 3 EAST 15 DESELLE
16 7 FISCUS 15.554 4 DESELLE 16 JONES
17 28 FUERST 15.762 5 WAELTI 17 NOBLE
18 29 JONES 16.327 DASH   18 WALTERS
19 5W WALTERS 18.026 1 HATTON
20 5 COONS NT 2 EHRGOTT
21 7X FISCUS NT 3 WAELTI
22 4 HESS NT 4 EAST    
23 3R R.RAY NT
24 34 LEJEUNE NT