Hess locks up Badger title with BDM win

By Bryan Gapinski
Beaver Dam, Wis., Aug. 21--- Mike Hess captured his second straight victory, Saturday Night winning the Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series 20-lap feature at Beaver Dam Raceway. The victory clinched the second career Badger Driver's Championship for the Riverton, Ill. native. Hess' car owner Jerry Hardy also locked up his second Car Owner Championship with the two races remaining.

David Budres paced the initial lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval, before Hess took the lead. A caution for debris on Lap 5 bunched up the field. On the restart Budres flipped several times entering Turn 3, escaping injury. On the second restart Hess pulled away from the field while an intense battle waged for second place between four cars.

Scott Hatton moved into second place three laps later. Hess continued to hold his advantage when the caution appeared for a stalled car, with six laps remaining. Hatton then drew even with Hess for the lead at the start/finish line on Lap 16. Two laps later Hatton took the lead but before the lap could be completed Hess regained the top position exiting Turn 4 to take the white flag. Hess finished two car lengths ahead of Hatton, followed by Daniel Robinson, Rich Camfield and Eric Johnson.

Hess also set a 8-lap track record winning his heat race, breaking Hatton's mark set earlier this year. The next Series event will be Aug. 28 event at Beaver Dam Raceway.

QUAL       HT 1   A FEAT  
1 15 HATTON 15.804 1 ROBINSON 1 HESS
2 57 ROBINSON 15.844 2 CAMFIELD 2 HATTON
3 19 BERRYHILL 15.928 3 BUDRES 3 ROBINSON
4 6 RAY 16.109 4 THERKELSEN 4 CAMFIELD
5 19X TERRY 16.329 5 WAELTI 5 JOHNSON
6 5 CAMFIELD 16.446 HT 2   6 WEISENSEL
7 4 HESS 16.606 1 HESS 7 BERRYHILL
8 41 WAELTI 16.800 2 HATTON 8 BUDRES
9 25 ERFURTH 17.044 3 WEISENSEL 9 THERKELSEN
10 33 BUDRESS 17.839 4 BERRYHILL 10 TERRY
11 82 JOHNSON 17.879 5 ERFURTH 11 ERFURTH
12 11 THERKELSEN 18.055 12 RAY
13 20 WEISENSEL 18.092 13 SHREFFLER
14 21 SHREFFLER 24.244 14 WAELTI