Kuhn nails Badger Midget opener

Brad KuhnBy Bryan Gapinski, Beaver Dam, Wis., May 1---Two-time Series Champion Brad Kuhn captured the season opening Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing series 30-lap feature Saturday Night at Beaver Dam Raceway. The event kicked off the 74th year of sanctioning midget auto racing for the organization, oldest in the country.

Brandon Waelti paced the opening lap while Scott Hatton passed four cars in the first two laps to take the lead on the second lap closely followed by Kuhn. Kuhn then took over the lead two laps passing Hatton. The pair pulled away from the field and had a sizeable advantage, when the events only caution appeared on Lap 10 for a stalled car.

Kuhn then pulled away from Hatton on the restart increasing his advantage slightly every lap around the 1/3-mile oval. Kuhn spent the final eight laps in lapped traffic. Kuhn driving the RWB Motorsports owned Beast/Fontana#17 finished 3.23 seconds ahead of Hatton, fast qualifier Zach Daum, Travis Berryhill and Davey Ray who started in last position. The victory was the fourth career feature win at the track for the Avon, Ind. driver. Series action continues on May 15 at Wilmot (Wis.) Speedway.

QUAL HT 1 A FEAT
1 5d DAUM 15.101 1 SHREFFLER 1 KUHN
2 17 KUHN 15.142 2 GOUGH 2 HATTON
3 19 BERRYHILL 15.198 3 ROBINSON 3 DAUM
4 4 HESS 15.301 4 BERRYHILL 4 BERRYHILL
5 15 HATTON 15.382     5 D.RAY
6 57 ROBINSON 15.410 HT 2 6 WAELTI
7 6 D.RAY 15.417 1 HATTON 7 SHREFFLER
8 16 BUDRESS 15.508 2 KUHN 8 BUDRESS
9 6x GOUGH 15.563 3 LOYET 9 ROBINSON
10 41 WAELTI 15.565 4 ERFURTH 10 ROBERTS
11 25 ERFURTH 15.571 5 BUDRESS 11 JOHNSON
12 21s SHREFFLER 15.704 HT 3   12 HESS
13 3r R.RAY 15.785 1 DAUM 13 R.RAY
14 14 WOODS 15.828 2 HESS 14 LOYET
15 2 ROBERTS 16.181 3 WAELTI 15 GOUGH
16 82 JOHNSON 16.283 4 R.RAY 16 ERFUTH
17 o5 LOYET NT 5 JOHNSON