Aussie Matt Smith tops Badger Dodge County

Matt Smith Wins 7/2/10By Bryan Gapinski
Beaver Dam, Wis., July 2---Matt Smith captured the 9th annual Mid State Equipment Sue Thiel Memorial Friday Night at Dodge County Fairgrounds. Smith becomes only the third Australian driver to win a Badger Midget Auto Racing Association sanctioned feature in the organizations 74-year history.

Smith made a daring three-wide high side pass for the lead entering Turn 3 on the opening lap. Once in front Smith continued the running the cushion while Series points leader Mike Hess ran the bottom of the track. The pair pulled away from the field, with Smith holding his advantage. Hess moved to cushion, with five laps remaining, and closed to Smith's rear bumper. One lap later Hess took the lead only to surrender the top position back to Smith on the next lap.

Smith driving the Steve Smith owned Triple X/Hawk Chevrolet No. 1 finished two car lengths ahead of Hess, followed by Davey Ray, Scott Hatton and fast qualifier Travis Berryhill. Brandon Waelti who entered the event second in Series points escaped injury in a spectacular flip, during the second heat race. Waelti's car nearly cleared the Turn 3 catch fence. Berryhill was involved in a separate flip in the same race.

QUAL       HT 1   A FEAT  
1 19 BERRYHILL 21.244 1 SMITH 1 SMITH
2 1 SMITH 21.290 2 HESS 2 HESS
3 6 RAY 21.341 3 TERRY 3 RAY
4 4 HESS 21.771 4 ERFURTH 4 HATTON
5 15 HATTON 21.901 5 BERRYHILL
6 19X TERRY 22.250 HT 2   6 SHREFFLER
7 41 WAELTI 22.288 1 RAY 7 ERFUTH
8 25 ERFURTH 22.565 2 SHREFFLER
9 21 SHREFFLER 22.735 3 WAELTI
10 83 LEHR 24.817 4 BERRYHILL
11 15X HATTON NT 5 HATTON