Kuhn captures Badger/POWRi at Wilmot Raceway

Third straight Badger win for Indiana driver

Kuhn winBy Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 16---Brad Kuhn captured the 5th annual "Salute to Harry Turner" 30-lap feature Saturday Night at Wilmot Raceway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series and POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The victory for Kuhn was his third straight in Badger and second in POWRi.
Pole sitter Davey Ray jumped into the lead at the start, while Brad Loyet passed five cars in the opening lap moving to third place. Loyet advanced another position on the next lap.Kuhn passed Chet Gehrke for third place on Lap 5, with Ray holding a commanding lead. The caution appeared for a stalled cars on Laps seven and ten bunching up the field.
On the restart Loyet used the bottom line to take the lead from Ray exiting Turn 2. Loyet running the bottom groove held a three-car length at the midway point. Kuhn moved into second place two laps later. Kuhn using the high groove around the 1/3-mile clay oval passed Loyet for the lead, with six laps remaining. A spirited four-car battle occurred behind the lead duo for the remainder of the event.
Kuhn driving the RW Motorsports owned Beast/Fontana No. 17 finished 0.563 seconds ahead of Loyet, Scott Hatton, Mario Clouser and Badger points leader Bubba Altig. The victory for Kuhn was his second in the Turner event also winning the 2006 event. "You had to figure out the changing track conditions quickly tonight, we the bite we needed on the top" commented Kuhn who has closed to within fifteen points of Altig for the Badger points lead.
Mike Hess completed a clean sweep winning the Badger 600 Micro feature and heat race. The next event for both series will be the July 17 "75th Anniversary Night of Badger Midget Auto Racing" at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.).
NOTES
---The event was the first ever at the track for POWRi, however the groups predecessor MARA and Gateway held four events at Wilmot. Kevin Doty won the MARA Skoal Dash event in July 1984, while MARA sanctioned two events in 2001 won by Jeff Flesher and Steve Knepper. Gateway co-sanctioned the 2005 Salute to Harry Turner won by Mike Hess.
---Four antique midgets were at the track including the Frederickson Roadster#50, which was featured in the 75th Anniversary Race Poster.
---Kuhn set a new 10-lap track record winning the first heat race erasing Scott Hatton's six-year old mark.
---Jason Therkelson who competed in most of the Badger events last year raced in the Modifed portion of the evening's events.
---Kevin Olson finished tenth in the feature, and has three feature victories at the track winning twice in Badger and once in a Dairyland sanctioned event at the track driving for Keith Kunz in 1986.
---Brad Loyet who finished second at Wilmot won the ASCS Warrior Series Sprint Car feature Friday Night at US 36 Raceway (Cameron, Mo.).
---Wilmot is the site of Badger's Director of Competition Chad DeSelle's final feature victory as a driver, wining the 2007 Salute to Harry Turner.

HT 1 B FEAT A FEAT
1 KUHN 1 ARMSTRONG 1 KUHN
2 BUDRES 2 KNEPPER 2 LOYET
3 FERNS 3 GALBRATH 3 HATTON
4 HESS 4 WALTERS 4 CLOUSER
5 OLSON 5 OLSON 5 ALTIG
HT 2 6 ADLER 6 D.RAY
1 HATTON 7 WAELTI 7 ANDERSON
2 JACKSON 8 NEAL 8 HESS
3 ANDERSON 9 JOHNSON 9 KNEPPER
4 FELKER 10 BROWN 10 OLSON
5 KNEPPER 11 CAMPBELL 11 R.RAY
HT 3   12 WEISENSEL 12 FELKER
1 ALTIG     13 GEHRKE
2 R.RAY     14 BROWN
3 ROBINSON      15 WALTERS
4 BROWN     16 GALBRATH
5 CLOUSER    17 JACKSON
HT 4       18 ADLER
1 D.RAY     19 ROBINSON
2 LOYET     20 FERNS
3 GEHRKE     21 BUDRES
4 ARMSTRONG     22 ARMSTRONG
5 GALBRAITH