Coons dominates Wilmot Badger Midget Race

Jerry Coons Jr.By Bryan Gapinski
Wilmot, Wis., May 15---Jerry Coons Jr. scored a wire-to-wire victory capturing the 30-lap Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series feature Saturday Night at Wilmot Speedway. It marked the first time competing at the track for the Arizona driver, who also set fast time during qualifying.

Coons jumped into the lead from the pole followed by Brad Loyet. Third place running Robbie Ray came to a stop in Turn 2 on lap 6, and collected the next three cars in the running order: Zach Daum, Scott Hatton, and Brandon Waelti. All four cars were sidelined for the remainder of the event.

On the restart Coons increased his lead each lap, and held a five second-plus lead, when the caution appeared for a stalled car on lap 16. Loyet briefly challenged Coons for the lead on the restart. The events final caution appeared on lap 19 for another stopped car. Coons driving the Wilke-PAK owned Spike/Toyota#11 went unchallenged the final eleven laps finishing a straightaway ahead of Loyet, Mike Hess, Travis Berryhill and David Gough. Davey Ray set a new 8-lap track record winning the second heat race of the evening.

Berryhill currently holds a seven point lead over Loyet heading into the next series event at Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway on May 22. Badger returns to Wilmot on Aug. 14 for the "Fifth Annual Salute to Harry Turner".

QUAL       HT 1   A FEAT  
1 11 COONS 15.028 1 GOUGH 1 COONS
2 15 HATTON 15.359 2 LOYET 2 LOYET
3 o5 LOYET 15.386 3 R.RAY 3 HESS
4 16 BUDRESS 15.430 4 WOOD 4 BERRYHILL
5 57 ROBINSON 15.441 5 ROBERTS 5 GOUGH
6 19 BERRYHILL 15.444 HT 2   6 SHREFFLER
7 21 SHREFFLER 15.502 1 D.RAY 7 ROBINSON
8 41 WAELTI 15.538 2 HESS 8 WOODS
9 3r R.RAY 15.584 3 WAELTI 9 JOHNSON
10 25 ERFURTH 15.662 4 BERRYHILL 10 ERFUTH
11 6 D.RAY 15.668 5 HATTON 11 NITZ
12 6x GOUGH 15.679 HT 3 12 BUDRESS
13 5d DAUM 15.704 1 DAUM 13 R.RAY
14 4 HESS 15.725 2 COONS 14 DAUM
15 14 WOOD 15.880 3 ERFURTH 15 HATTON
16 82 JOHNSON 16.167 4 BUDRESS 16 WAELTI
17 19x TERRY 16.301 5 JOHNSON 17 D.RAY
18 39 ROBERTS 16.648 18 ROBERTS
19 54 NITZ 17.352