Coons Jr. Wins Angell Park Opener

Jerry Coons JrBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., May 17, 2009---Jerry Coons Jr. scored an exciting late-race victory capturing Sunday Night's 25-lap Badger Midget Series feature at Angell Park Speedway. The event kicked off the 60th anniversary season of "racing under the lights" at the facility. Lights were installed at the start of the 1949 season,switching over to Sunday Night racing. Kelly Peters captured the first night race feature at the track on May 27, 1949.
Bubba Altig jumped into the lead at the start, while Davey Ray quickly moved from eighth to second place within the first three laps. Ray passed Altig for the lead exiting Turn 2 on the fifth lap. Ray increased his lead to over three seconds when only the only caution of the event appeared for a stalled car on lap 12.
Ray held the lead on the restart, while Coons restarted in fifth place. During the next two laps Coons improved his position one car per lap. Ray held a two-second advantage over Coons, when Coons moved into second place, with six-laps remaining. Coons cut into Ray's advantage each lap, and closed to Ray's rear bumper with two-laps remaining.
Coons passed Ray for the lead exiting Turn 4 as the white flag was displayed. Coons driving the Ralph Wilke owned Spike/Toyota#5 finished 0.88 seconds ahead of Ray for the victory. The victory marked the first ever feature victory at Angell Park, and in a Badger sanctioned event for Toyota which entered into midget auto racing in 2006. Altig, Brad Loyet, and Scott Hatton completed the top five. Tracy Hines placed sixth after starting last in the 21-car field. Series action continues at Angell Park on May 24, with the running of a 50-lap event. 

 
QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 3H HAGEN 14.489 1 D.RAY 1 KUHN 1 COONS
2 5 COONS 14.686 2 DESELLE 2 FISCUS 2 D.RAY
3 33 D.RAY 14.771 3 ALTIG 3 MAYHEW 3 ALTIG
4 24 HINES 14.843 4 FUERST 4 SLOTTEN 4 LOYET
5 3 WAELTI 14.887 5 BUDRES 5 FUERST 5 HATTON
6 2 BUDRES 14.922 HT 2   6 BUDRES 6 HINES
7 13 SMITH 14.956 1 WALTERS 7 DULL 7 HAGEN
8 5 LOYET 14.968 2 HATTON 8 ERFURTH 8 KUHN
9 21K MAYHEW 15.053 3 COONS 9 JOHNSON 9 HESS
10 1 HESS 15.056 4 LOYET 10 R.RAY 10 DESELLE
11 15 HATTON 15.082 5 PERKINS 11 PERKINS 11 FISCUS
12 57 ALTIG 15.124 HT 3 12 SMITH
13 41 KUHN 15.215 1 HESS 13 FUERST
14 3R R.RAY 15.256 2 HAGEN 14 WALTERS
15 28 FUERST 15.269 3 SMITH 15 DULL
16 7 FISCUS 15.293 4 SLOTTEN 16 MAYHEW
17 5W WALTERS 15.328 5 JOHNSON 17 JOHNSON
18 19 DESELLE 15.354 DASH   18 ERFURTH
19 87 SLOTTEN 15.399 1 LOYET 19 BUDRES
20 63 PERKINS 16.034 2 SLOTTEN 20 SLOTTEN
21 56 DULL 16.296 3 FUERST 21 PERKINS
22 82 JOHNSON 16.755 4 BUDRES
23 25 ERFURTH 16.995
24 21S SHREFFLER NT