Whitt scores first Midget Feature Victory;
Hess locks up Badger Midget Title

Cole WhittBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam,Wis., Aug. 29, 2008---Cole Whitt survived five restarts as the leader to win the 30-lap Mid-State Equipment Sue Thiel Memorial, Friday Night at Dodge County Fairgrounds. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC Mopar National and Badger Midget Car Series. Mike Hess clinched the Badger Midget Driver's Championship, with one race remaining, placing eight in the event.
Whitt jumped into the lead at the start, and led a four-car breakaway from the field, when the events first caution appeared for a stalled car on lap 9. Whitt led Brady Bacon and Levi Jones for the next three laps, before another caution appeared again for a stalled car. Jerry Coons Jr., trying for a third straight feature victory at the track flipped on lap 16, running in fourth position. Coons was uninjured. 
One lap after the restart Bacon moved into second position. Bacon trailed Whitt by one car length for the next few laps, closely followed by Jones and Brad Sweet. Sweet who set a new track record in qualifying, stopped with five laps remaining causing the events final caution.
On the restart Bacon stayed on Whitt's bumper but couldn't pull off a pass for the lead, during the final five circuits. Whitt driving the Keith Kunz owned Billet/Ford-Esslinger No. 71 finished two car lengths ahead of Bacon. The win was the first ever midget feature victory for the Alpine, Calif. driver. Jones, USAC points leader Tracy Hines, and Darren Hagen completed the top five. 
The event, run before a Standing-Room Only Crowd was the final of four Midget Maynia Tour events, with Tony Stewart Racing's No. 21 winning the overall championship. Brad Loyet flipped hard into the Turn 3 wall, during qualifying. Loyet was transferred to Beaver Dam Memorial Hospital for observation. 

Feature Lap Leaders: Whitt 1-30.
**Loyet flipped during qualifying and was taken to Beaver Dam Memorial Hospital for observation. Coons flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

QUAL       HT 1   A FEAT  
1 49 SWEET 20.425 1 SWEET 1 WHITT
2 30 BOAT 20.454 2 HINES 2 BACON
3 99 BACON 20.517 3 HATTON 3 JONES
4 5 LOYET 20.521 4 ARMSRONG 4 HINES
5 19 SWANSON 20.579 5 SWANSON 5 HAGEN
6 20 JONES 20.537 HT 2   6 HATTON
7 71 WHITT 20.566 1 ALTIG 7 ALTIG
8 7 KUHN 20.588 2 BOAT 8 HESS
9 32 RAY 20.59 3 MORGAN 9 MORGAN
10 4X EAST 20.647 4 NOBLE 10 BOAT
11 21 HINES 20.653 5 RAY 11 RAY
12 9 HAGEN 20.667 HT 3 12 SWANSON
13 11 COONS 20.728 1 WHITT 13 SWEET
14 7A ARMSTRONG 20.798 2 WIPPERFURTH 14 KUHN
15 67 MORGAN 20.961 3 COONS 15 WIPPERFURTH
16 4 HESS 20.967 4 EAST 16 GOUGH
17 15 HATTON 21.023 5 BACON 17 WESTPHAL
18 67 ALTIG 21.072   18 NOBLE
19 19 WIPPERFURTH 21.203 19 COONS
20 57 DESELLE 21.272 20 FISCUS
21 71 NOBLE 21.356 21 ARMSTRONG
22 14 GOUGH 21.532 22 DESELLE
23 14X WESTPHAL 21.598 23 EAST
24 7 FISCUS 21.688  
25 69 FIKE NT