Coons cruises to Angell Park win

Jerry CoonsBy Bryan Gapinski Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 23, 2009---Jerry Coons Jr. won the 50-lap Badger Midget Series feature victory Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The victory was his second straight and fourth at the track this season.
Coons quickly passed six cars in the first two laps, moving into fourth place. Davey Ray passed Brandon Waelti for the lead on the fourth lap, and before the conclusion of the lap Coons moved into second place. The events first caution appeared on lap 6. On the restart Ray and Coons pulled away from the field. The pair battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead,with Ray holding a slight advantage. 
Ray began lapping slower cars on lap 15, two laps later Coons exited turn 2 with a slight advantage and took the lead from Ray on the backstretch. Waelti running third, flipped on lap 23, escaping injury. On the restart Coons with a clear track ahead, easily pulled away from Ray, and began increasing his advantage each lap.
Coons spent the final ten laps lapping the field up to fifth place at the finish. Coons driving the Ralph Wilke owned Spike/Toyota No. 5 finished 5.86 seconds ahead of Ray. The event was the first race for Ray, since suffering leg injuries on May 29 at the Knoxville Midget Nationals. Mike Hess, Dakoda Armstrong and Brad Loyet completed the top five. 
Series points leader Scott Hatton suffered engine failure late in the race snapping a 15-race top five feature finish streak this season, and now holds a 125-point advantage over Hess. Badger and the USAC National Midget Series will co-sanction the Hall of Fame Midget Classic doubleheader on Aug. 29-30 at Angell Park.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FEAT   A FEAT  
1 5 COONS 14.455 1 SMITH 1 ARMSTONG 1 COONS
2 57 ALTIG 14.644 2 KUHN 2 MAYHEW 2 RAY
3 7A ARMSTRONG 14.688 3 WAELTI 3 FISCUS 3 HESS
4 1 HESS 14.701 4 ARMSTRONG 4 SHREFFLER 4 ARMSTRONG
5 33 RAY 14.761 5 LOYET 5 DULL 5 LOYET
6 17B KUHN 14.817 HT 2   6 JOHNSON 6 FISCUS
7 15 HATTON 14.886 1 ALTIG 7 SLOTTEN
8 21K MAYHEW 14.925 2 ERFURTH DASH 8 MAYHEW
9 3 WAELTI 14.931 3 RAY 1 HATTON 9 SHREFFLER
10 5W WALTERS 14.973 4 SHREFFLER 2 SHREFFLER 10 DULL
11 21S SHREFFLER 15.003 5 MAYHEW 3 ARMSTRONG 11 JOHNSON
12 7 FISCUS 15.038 HT 3 4 DULL 12 HATTON
13 56 DULL 15.091 1 COONS 13 SMITH
14 25 ERFURTH 15.104 2 HESS 14 WEALTI
15 13 SMITH 15.15 3 SLOTTEN 15 KUHN
16 19 SLOTTEN 15.202 4 DULL 16 ALTIG
17 82 JOHNSON 15.296 5 WALTERS 17 ERFURTH
18 o5 LOYET 15.312    
19 7X FISCUS NT