Coons captures 75th Anniversary Race at Angell Park


Kuhn takes Badger point lead; Win #92 for Wilke at APS

Kuhn winBy Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., July 17---Jerry Coons Jr. captured the "75th Anniversary Night" 30-lap feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series and POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. The race capped off a doubleheader weekend and special off-track activites celebrating Badger's 75-years of sanctioning midget auto racing.
Pole sitter Davey Ray jumped into the lead at the start. Coons made a major position advancement on Lap 4 passing three cars moving into four place. One lap later Coons took over third, and on Lap 7 moved into the runner-up position behind Ray. Brad Kuhn looking for his fourth straight Badger victory, passed nine cars in the first ten laps, after starting in the 17th position.
Coons closed onto the rear bumper of Ray and took the lead on Lap 12, however the caution appeared before the lap was completed putting Ray back into the top position. On the restart Scott Hatton and Chet Gehrke tangled, with an additional five cars being involved in the accident. The race was red flagged to allow safety equipment to remove the cars from the track.
Ray held off Coons on the restart,while Kuhn continued his march through the field into the top five on the restart. Coons made a run on "the cushion" on Lap 17 and took the lead from Ray exiting Turn 2. Coons then increased his lead over Ray, and began lapping the tail of the field with seven laps remaining. Kuhn took over second position, with the caution appearing for a stalled car with four laps remaining.
Coons pulled to a three-car length lead on the restart, and led the final four laps unchallenged driving the Ralph Wilke owned Spike/Toyota No. 5 finishing ahead of Kuhn, fast qualifier Darren Hagen, Ray and Brad Loyet. "The different types of track conditions is what makes Angell Park such a challenge and fun place to race at" commented Coons after the victory.
For the Wilke team it marked their 92nd feature victory at the track. Chad Bogar captured the Badger 600 Micro Series feature. Kuhn now holds a 14-point lead over Bubba Altig heading into the July 24 event at Angell Park.

NOTES:

---Forty-six retired drivers, numerous past car owners crew members, and officials attended the reception in the track's pavillion before the racing began. The group included past Badger Driver Champions: Keith Thomas, Owen Snyder, Jim McClean, and John Hartwig. Two-time Car Owner Champion Walter Whitehorse ('61, '63) was also in attendance.
---Frank Burany was at the event. Burany competed in the first ever Badger race on June 4, 1936 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway.
---Seven drivers competed at AngellPark Speedway for the first time in their career. daniel Adler finished the best among the group placing eleventh in the feature.
---Thirteen different drivers have won for the Wilke team at Angell Park Speedway, totaling 92 feature victories.
---Tom Venturini from the ARCA team Venturini Motorsports was in attendance watching his first ever dirt midget race.

QUALIFY       HT 1     B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 3H HAGEN 14.957 1 FUERST   1 KUHN 1 COONS
2 3 R.RAY 15.135 2 NEAL   2 ANDERSON 2 KUHN
3 11A ANDERSON 15.145 3 GALBRATH   3 WAELTI 3 HAGEN
4 17 KUHN 15.176 4 FELKER   4 ARMSTRONG 4 D.RAY
5 15 HATTON 15.223 5 ARMSTRONG   5 BUDRES 5 LOYET
6 5 COONS 15.274 HT 2     6 A.BROWN 6 ALTIG
7 55F FERNS 15.305 1 HESS   7 FERNS 7 HESS
8 7A ARMSTRONG 15.355 2 ADLER   8 JOHNSON 8 HATTON
9 31 BUDRES 15.408 3 KNEPPER   9 K.BROWN 9 BUDRES
10 19 ALTIG 15.422 4 WALTERS   10 FELKER
11 55 N.KNIPPER 15.460 5 ANDERSON   11 ADLER
12 11F FELKER 15.483 HT 3   12 WALTERS
13 7 A.BROWN 15.507 1 GEHRKE   13 GEHRKE
14 41 WAELTI 15.517 2 COONS   14 ANDERSON
15 1 HESS 15.542 3 ALTIG   15 GALBRATH
16 28 FUERST 15.551 4 R.RAY   16 FUERST
17 2 D.RAY 15.568 5 K.BROWN     17 WAELTI
18 11C GEHRKE 15.624 HT 4   18 KNEPPER
19 5W WALTERS 15.634 1 LOYET   19 R.RAY
20 98G GALBRAITH 15.646 2 HAGEN   20 A.BROWN
21 o5 LOYET 15.815 3 D.RAY   21 NEAL
22 7B K.BROWN 15.872 4 HATTON   22 ARMSTRONG
23 15S ADLER 15.877 5 A.BROWN  
24 38 NEAL 15.881    
25 82 JOHNSON 16.019      
26 57 ROBINSON 16.892    
27 19C CAMBPELL NT    
28 20 EWISENSEL NT