Kuhn tops Badger/USAC field at Angell Park

By Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie,Wis., Aug. 23, 2008---Brad Kuhn, executed a late-race pass to win Saturday Night's 30-lap "National Midget Hall of Fame Classic Round One" at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by Badger Midget Car Series and the USAC Mopar National.
Levi Jones moved into the lead at the start, with Jerry Coons Jr. quickly moving into second place on lap 2. Two separate spins, two laps later involved Tracy Hines and Brad Sweet, both of whom restarted from the back of the field. Jones and Coons again pulled away from the field, with Coons gaining the top position on lap 7.Within a lap Coons moved to a one second lead. Two more cautions appeared for minor spins on lap 9.
Coons held the lead when another caution appeared on lap 13. During the caution Coons suffered engine problems forcing him to stop on the track, and retire from the event. Jones reassumed the lead over Kuhn on the restart. The next nine laps Jones ran the cushion, while Kuhn chose the bottom groove. Jones led a slight advantage, when fast qualifier Bobby East running in fifth place flipped, escaping injury on lap 22.
On the restart Jones and Kuhn again continued their battle for the lead using two different grooves. Kuhn drew even with Jones at the start/finish line on lap 26, and took the lead before the completion of the lap. Kuhn then increased his lead each lap. Sweet completed his charge from the back of the field making several passes for positions in the final laps.
Kuhn driving the Tanya Mentgen owned Spike/Fontana No. 07 finished four-car lengths ahead of Sweet, followed by Jones, Cole Whitt, and Davey Ray. Hines who finished seventh, and Mike Hess who placed 13th increased their point leads in their quest for USAC and Badger Championships.

Feature, Lap Leaders: Laps 1-6 Jones, Laps 7-13 Coons, Laps 14-26 Jones, Laps 27-30 Kuhn.
**Waelti flipped during second heat. East flipped during the feature.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 4 EAST 14.779 1 FISCUS 1 JONES 1 KUHN
2 5 LOYET 14.827 2 EAST 2 BOAT 2 SWEET
3 30 BOAT 14.842 3 MORGAN 3 KUHN 3 JONES
4 11 COONS 14.895 4 SWEET 4 ALTIG 4 WHITT
5 49 SWEET 14.917 5 HESS 5 HESS 5 D.RAY
6 99 BACON 14.925 HT 2   6 NOBLE 6 BACON
7 21 HINES 14.95 1 LOYET 7 MALONE 7 HINES
8 20 JONES 14.959 2 BACON 8 WAELTI 8 NOBLE
9 4H HESS 15.01 3 HAGEN 9 SWANSON 9 FIKE
10 7 KUHN 15.018 4 FIKE 10 GOUGH 10 FISCUS
11 32 D.RAY 15.024 5 NOBLE 11 ARMSTRONG 11 MORGAN
12 19 WIPPERFURTH 15.114 HT 3 12 DESELLE 12 DARLAND
13 67A ALTIG 15.131 1 HINES 13 LUEBKE 13 HESS
14 3 WAELTI 15.168 2 BARBER 14 MAYHEW 14 EHRGOTT
15 71 WHITT 15.204 3 WHITT 15 PERKINS 15 BOAT
16 2 DARLAND 15.206 4 D.RAY 16 R.RAY 16 HAGEN
17 41 MALONE 15.214 5 SWANSON 17 WIPPERFURTH 17 EAST
18 71N NOBLE 15.22 HT 4   18 BARBER
19 57 DESELLE 15.234 1 HATTON 19 COONS
20 15 HATTON 15.245 2 COONS 20 LOYET
21 67M MORGAN 15.261 3 EHRGOTT 21 HATTON
22 7A ARMSTRONG 15.264 4 DARLAND 22 ALTIG
23 90 BARBER 15.321 5 WIPPERFURTH
24 14 GOUGH 15.372  
25 7 FISCUS 15.446    
26 69 FIKE 15.526  
27 19S SWANSON 15.556  
28 8 EHRGOTT 15.563    
29 43 LUEBKE 15.615    
30 9H HAGEN 15.634    
31 21K MAYHEW 15.693      
32 21S R.RAY 15.785    
33 63 PERKINS 16.449    
34 5D DAUM NT