Hess kicks off Badger Midget season with Charter Raceway Victory 

Mike Hess WinsBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam, Wis., May 2, 2009---Mike Hess opened defense of his series championship by capturing the 25-lap Badger Midget Series, Saturday Night at Charter Raceway Park. The event kicked off the 73rd year of sanctioning midget auto racing for the organization, oldest in the country. 
Brandon Waelti paced the initial two laps, before serenading the top position to Scott Hatton. Hatton built a two-second advantage, when on lap 7 Bubba Alitg flipped, escaping injury. On the restart Hatton paced the field, with Hess and fast qualifier Brad Kuhn restarting in sixth and seventh positions. Hess made two excellent passes and moved into second place by the completion of lap 9.
Hess closed on Hatton, while Kuhn moved into third place at the mid-way point. Hatton and Hess were even at the line on lap 14, with Hess making the winning pass exiting Turn 2. Hess increased his lead and with five laps remaining began lapping the tail of the field. One lap Later Kuhn moved into third, and in the final two laps cut Hess's margin, to three-car lengths at the finish. 
For Hess who drove the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk#1, the victory was his third in five events at the facility. Completing the top five were Hatton, Chad DeSelle, and Washington State's Austin Wheatley. The complete feature field with the exception of Altig were running at the finish. Series action continues on Sunday May 17 at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.). 

QUAL       HT 1   A-FT  
1 41 KUHN 15.708 1 HESS 1 HESS
2 13 SMITH 17.737 2 FUERST 2 KUHN
3 1 HESS 15.785 3 WHEATLY 3 HATTON
4 5W WALTERS 15.817 4 ALTIG 4 DESELLE
5 21 RAY 15.928 5 JOHNSON 5 WHEATLY
6 57 ALTIG 15.971 HT 2   6 LOYET
7 19 DESELLE 15.984 1 WAELTI 7 WAELTI
8 5 LOYET 16-020 2 LOYET 8 SMITH
9 73 WHEATLY 16.059 3 SMITH 9 RAY
10 15 HATTON 16.148 4 RAY 10 MOUGHAN
11 3 WAELTI 16.234 5 MOUGHAN 11 BUDRES
12 28 FUERST 16.294 HT3   12 FISCUS
13 7 FISCUS 16.421 1 KUHN 13 SLOTEN
14 43 LUEBKE 16.447 2 HATTON 14 FUERST
15 56 DULL 16.709 3 FISCUS 15 WALTERS
16 87 SLOTTEN 16.754 4 SLOTTEN 16 JOHNSON
17 31 BUDRES 17.124 5 ERFURTH 17 DULL
18 82 JOHNSON 17.27   18 ERFURTH
19 25 ERFURTH* 17.785 19 ALTIG
20 55 MOUGHAN 18.781