Final Points

  1. Christopher Bell
  2. Andrew Felker
  3. Zach Daum
  4. Tanner Thorson
  5. Rico Abreu

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Ramona Billings passes

Ramona Billings, 90, passed away on October 19. She was avid fan of racing at Angell Park and Badger events. She was the mother of former drivers Dick and Dean Billings. Her grandson Bryan Billings also raced selected events from 1997-2000. No services were planned.

McCabe elected new Badger Midget President

Cottage Grove, Wis., Nov. 11 --- The members of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) elected their 2015 officers during the Tuesday Night Nov. 11 general membership meeting. Quinn McCabe was elected President of the organization, with Clare Rhone serving as Vice President. "I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for Badger" commented McCabe.
The following will continue their current positions: Paul Krueger (Secretary), Jim Schulenberg (Treasurer), and Amy Schulz (Sgt. At Arms). Returning and new members comprise the Board of Directors which include: Dwight Huston, Brandon Waelti, Chuck Bollig, Chad Bogar, Steve Wineke, Buddy Luebke, Chad DeSelle, Harlin Kittleson, and Tory Strauss (alternate).

Landis George Scott "Landy" 95, of Greenfield died

Landis George Scott "Landy" 95, of Greenfield died November 3, 2014, surrounded by family. He was born June 21, 1919 to the late George and Laura Schaetz in Oconto, Wisconsin.

Landy and his family moved to Milwaukee in 1929. At the young age of 14, Landy began his career as a carpenter working for his family and later as the foreman at Warnbrunn Construction where he worked for 25 years.

Landy's dreams for becoming a race car driver were interrupted when he was drafted into the Army Air Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While in the service Landy married Dorothy Cira of Milwaukee and began his family.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the service Landy bought his first midget race car and began his racing career. Landy raced at dirt tracks, including the Milwaukee Mile and throughout the mid-west for 15 years and served as the president of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association from 1951 - 1959. Landy won the 1947 Badger Midget Auto Racing Associations Championship.

In 1977 Landy moved to Los Angeles, California. He also lived in Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to his roots in Wisconsin in 2009.

Landy is survived by his six children Michael, Lannis, Thomas, Daniel, Gary and Sharon, 10 grand children and 12 great-grand children.

Landy was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (d. 1982), the mother of his children, his second wife Elaine (d. 2009) and a grandson, Daniel Jr. (d. 2008).

You can read more about Landy's interesting life at his biographical website: www.landyscott.com

Condolences can be left on Landy's Guest Book page at: http://users3.smartgb.com/g/g.php?a=s&i=g35-70168-b9

Jim Jaeger passes

Jim Jaeger, former race track announcer died Nov. 2 at the age of 73 years old. Jaeger announced Badger Midget Series and events at Angell Park Speedway from the mid 70's to the mid 80'as well as other Wisconsin tracks including the Milwaukee Mile. He was also sports announcer for Sun Prairie High School athletics for the last forty-years. Jim is survived by his wife Karen; five children, and five grand children. Funeral services will be held at Living Hope Fellowship Church, 411 N. Thompson Rd., Sun Prairie, at 11AM on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Visitation will be held at Cress Funeral Home, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, from 4 PM until 7 PM on Thursday, Nov. 6. and until the time of service at the church on Friday.

Bell, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian & Sletten headline Badger Midget banquet

Sun Prairie, Wis., Nov. 1 --- Driver Champion Christopher Bell and car owner Kunz/Curb-Agajanian headlined the list of honorees at the annual Badger Midget Auto Racing Association awards banquet Saturday Night at the Angell Park Pavilion . The event brought the curtain down on the 78th anniversary season for the series sponsored by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie and Mid-State Equipment.

Bell's season was highlighted by five feature victories in the twelve race schedule, which saw events contested at four different tracks with eight different feature winners. Bell was the primary driver of Kunz/Curb-Agajanian owned Bullet/Toyota No. 71 which claimed the car owners championship.
Other award winners included: Tanner Thorson (Terry Vaughn Award), Tyler Courtney (Frank Conner Award), Bill Ecker (Pat Stender Award), Harlan Kittleson (Kevin Doty Award), Jim Tretow/Racing Roundup (Media Award), Jim Schulenberg, Al Weisensel (Appreciation Award), Mid-State Equipment, Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie, Don's Home Furniture, Advance Fastening Supply, 1855 Saloon, Cardinal Heating, Kleven & Company, Conrad Reality, and Momo Engines (Sponsor Appreciation), and Huston Solution (Best Appearing Car/Best Dressed Crew).
Brandon Sletten won three features to claim the Badger 600 Micro series Championship finishing ahead of Will Gerrits, defending series champion Matt Paderta, Zach Boden, and Tory Strauss completed the top five.

Meeting information

The regular meeting for BADGER will be held on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM at 1855 Saloon & Grill, Cottage Grove, WI.

There will be the election of the 2015 Officers and three positions on the Board of Directors. The following nominations were made at the October meeting and the nominations will be reopened for additional names at the election at the vote to be held this meeting.

President-Nominated-Quinn McCabe
Vice- President-Nominated-Clare Rhone
Secretary-Nominated-Paul Krueger
Treasure- Nominated-Jim Schulenberg
Sgt. at Arms-Nominated-Amy Schultz
Brd. Of Directors-Nominated-Steve Wineke, Tim Crimmins, Chuck Bollig, Jeff Jesberger

Landy's #17 midget race car

Landy Scott's #17 Midget is headed to the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana for display (for 2 years). After showing the car at many Concours events in Southern California it was decided the car needed to be closer to home. The car was shipped October 8th and should be on display soon. For more information go to http://www.landyscott.com/ReturnsHome.html and The Studebaker National Museum

Banquet

The B. M.A.R.A. Banquet will be held on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Angell Park Pavilion. Dinner tickets will be $35.00 per person. Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, Awards Presentation at 8:00 PM.

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BADGER NEWSLETTER 10-1-2014

Congratulations to , Christopher Bell, 2014 Champion Driver and Kunz / Curb-Agajanian, 2014 Champion Car Owner.

The first regular meeting in the fall of 2014 for BADGER will be held on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM at 1855 Saloon & Grill, 218 S. Main, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. From I-94 exit Hwy N south to down town Cottage Grove to your left past the railroad tracks on Highway N.

The B. M.A.R.A. Banquet will be held on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Angell Park Pavilion. Dinner tickets will be $35.00 per person. Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, Awards Presentation at 8:00 PM.

The Dinner will be Buffet with tables that will seat about 10 persons per table. If you will be attending dinner it is important that you make your reservations early and that you be exact in the number of persons in your party. All dinner reservations must be made and paid for in advance by October 24, 2014. Because this is a Banquet dinner, we will need a final count, therefore, no tickets will be sold after this date, please make your reservations with Paul Krueger.

When you make reservations be sure to let us know what group you want to sit with or be near. The tables will be arranged by Car Number.

Nominations will be taken at this Meeting for the 2015 Officers and
for three positions on the Board of Directors.

The nominations will be reopened at the following monthly meeting and the election Will take place on November 11, 2014

Daum leads Macon field to victory


Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Badger Car Owner champion


Jacksonville, Ill., Sep. 6--- Zach Daum scored a wire-to-wire victory Saturday Night winning the 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature at Macon Speedway. The event was started on April 26, with preliminary race events completed, when rain showers forced postponement of the feature event as the field took the original green flag.
Daum led the first six-laps, before the race was stopped for Daniel Adler's flip. On the restart Daum pulled away from the field. Meanwhile attention focused on Bryan Clauson who started the event in the ninth row, substituting for 2014 Badger Midget Drivers Champion Christopher Bell.
Clauson worked his way to the runner-up position at the end of the race trailing Daum who drove the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5 to victory. Darren Hagen, Justin Peck, and Austin Brown completed the top five.
Clauson's spirited drive earned the Keith Kunz/Curb Agajanian Motorsports Team, the Badger Midget Car Owners Championship, finishing twenty-five points ahead of Hans Lein who led entering the event. Clauson capped off the evenings events winning the regularly scheduled 30-lap POWRi Feature event.

SUMMARY
MIDGETS
30-lap Feature: 1. Zach Daum; 2. Bryan Clauson; 3. Darren Hagen; 4. Justin Peck; 5. Austin Brown; 6. Parker Price-Miller; 7. Chet Gehrke; 8. Daniel Robinson; 9. Andy Malpocker; 10. Robbie Ray; 11. Ryan Chriswell; 12. David Budres; 13. Danny Smith; 14. Andrew Felker; 15. Seth Motsinger; 16. Daniel Adler 17. Jacob Patton; 18. Dereck King; 19. Colten Cottle; 20. Rico Abreu; 21. Tanner Thorson; 22. Tyler Thomas; 23. Derek Holmwood.
12-lap Semi Feature Winners: Gehrke, Malpocker.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Thorson, Bell, Abreu,Brown, Thomas.
Cars Present: 44 Feature Lap Leaders: Daum 1-30.

Final 2014 Badger Midget Series Points:
Driver: 1. Christopher Bell 662; 2. Andrew Felker 611; 3. Zach Daum 561; 4. Tanner Thorson 497; 5. Rico Abreu 480; 6. Parker Price-Miller 475; 7. Brandon Waelti 402; 8. Jake Blackhurst 384; 9. Robbie Ray 374; 10. Scott Hatton 309.
Car Owner: 1.Kunz/Curb-Agajanian#71 742; 2. Hans Lein#2 717; 3. RAB Racing #57 602; 4. Dan Daum#5 561; 5. Kunz/Curb-Agajanian#67 497; 6. Kunz/Curb-Agajanian#97 480; 7. Tami Ronk#9 475; 8. Huston Solution#15 402; 9. Jake Blackhurst#25 384; 10. Jerryaric Motorsports#25 316.

Brandon Waelti retires from BMARA

By Rachel Scott Photos by Roger Hamilton,
Since the adventurous age of six, Brandon Waelti has been attending every
Badger Midget race at Angell Park Speedway if the weather held well. He
admits he's always had the desire to race a Midget. But this is no paved,
smooth track folks! Quite the opposite really. One that requires a little
practice with something less intimidating. He started with go-carts at age
eleven.

Brandon and his father, LeRoy, worked on the #3 race crew for family
friend Mike Fell during Mike's rookie year in 1995. Mike met Brandon
through racing go-carts and their friendship continued to grow as the
Waelti family bonded with Mike and Megan.

At the ripe, drivers-license-earning age of 16, Brandon climbed into the
#35 car that his dad owned and reached his goal his rookie year in 1996 to
win a C-main race. "I can't even tell you how big of a deal that was for
me. I think most people thought I'd be shy about it because I was just a
kid, but I loved being interviewed by Dennis Thompson. It was and still is
an honor to stand at Victory Lane where some of my childhood heroes have
been. Dan Boorse, Kevin Doty, Kevin Olson.......just to name a few."

Tragedy struck all of Firemen's Angell Park fans May 27, 1997 when Mike
Fell died at the track due to a race accident. Brandon experienced it as a
very personal loss of a good friend. Then in 1998 the owner of the #3 car,
Kevin Fillner, gave Brandon the offer to race. "I couldn't think of a
bigger honor. Racing the #3 car was so much fun. Lots of good times." But
in 2010 Fillner and Waelti sold the #3 car as it was getting too expensive
to keep up. Then blessings came Brandon's way again when John Jones
offered his #41 car for Brandon to drive. However, the following year
Jones sold everything at the Chili Bowl leaving Brandon once again with no
ride. In 2012 Dwight Huston called Brandon saying his #51 car needed a
driver. Brandon accepted and became race teammates with Huston car #15,
Scott Hatton. "Huston has been a great supporter not only for me
personally, but to Angell Park all together through the donations, time,
effort, everything."

Waelti, along with his wife and daughter, reside in Sun Prairie. Family is
very important to Brandon and that's another reason why Angell Park is far
more than just a race track. "Family is everything here at the track.
People race well against each other, but we all get along in the pit and
everywhere else. We have family cook-outs and tell so many racing stories
that we all relate to. You can't buy moments like those. Fond memories
with good men like Aaron and AJ Fike, Aaron Fiscus. Guys like Chad DeSelle
who don't race anymore, but are still so involved. I feel so privileged to
have raced alongside these names." Brandon also shared that over the years
he and the other racers would trade personalized racing T-shirts, and that
at one point he had a good half dozen shirts of fellow race friends.

Now at the age of 34, Brandon is retiring from his racing hobby and
focusing on his, as he puts it, "more grown-up matters like raising his
family, home improvements, etc." Sunday, August 31, 2014 was Brandon's
last race at the 1/3rd mile dirt track. Waelt's final race will be in
January 2015 at the Chili Bowl. Brandon also shared, "I think what I
enjoyed most was all the traveling, seeing so many different places. And I
wouldn't trade my racing experience for anything."

On his final night of racing at Angell Park, Waelti won heat one, finished
third in the Dave Schuleberg Memorial trophy dash and was running fourth in the
feature, when his car quit. He captured six features at Sun Prairie, including
the first Firemen's Nationals.

Tyler Courtney first-time Angell Park winner

Sletten tops micro field

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., August 31--- Indianapolis' Tyler Courtney won the 30-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Courtney became the fifth first-time feature winner at the track this season.
Colten Cottle took the lead at the start, followed by Courtney. The caution appeared on Lap 4 for a slowing car. Courtney passed Cottle for the lead one lap after the restart. Fourth place running Brandon Waelti slowed on the eighth lap bringing out another caution.
An excessive amount of oil and fluids from his car, caused the event to be stopped for track surface clean-up. Courtney pulled away from the field on the restart, and held a 2.2 second advantage over Cottle at the midway point.
Fast qualifier Parker Price-Miller passed Cottle for second place, with ten laps remaining, one lap later Price-Miller jumped the cushion in Turn 3, and suffered a flat tire bringing out he caution.
On the restart Courtney easily pulled away from Cottle and the rest of the field. Courtney driving the Hans Lein owned DRC/Stanton SR-11 No. 2 finished 4.96 seconds ahead of Cottle, with Scott Hatton, David Gough and David Budres completing the top five.
"To win here is big, the track has so much history, Hans Lein and everyone on the team had the car perfect" commented Courtney who became the 141st different midget feature winner in the tracks 68-year history.

Series points leader Brandon Sletten won the 20-lap Badger 600 Micro Series Feature. Sletten passed leader Will Gerrits in lapped traffic with five laps remaining to become the fourth leader of the event.
Sletten finished ahead of Gerrits, Matt Paderta Zach Boden and Tory Strauss. Sletten now holds a 33-point lead over Paderta heading into the season finale Sept. 19-20 "Fall Invitational" at Chilton (Wis.) Speedway.
Ted Rozinski Jr. won the 12-lap Milwaukee Stock Car Racing Association (MSCRA) feature, with heat race victories won by Butch Mierendorf, and Ron Feller.

Earlier in the night Cottle won the 12th annual 6-lap Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash, collecting a $600 first prize from a $2,375 purse.


SUMMARY
MIDGETS
30-lap Feature: 1. Tyler Courtney; 2. Colten Cottle; 3. Scott Hatton; 4. David Gough; 5. David Budres; 6. Cody Weisensel; 7. Kevin Olson; 8. Kurt Mayhew; 9. Benji Huss; 10. Chet Gehrke; 11. Parker Price-Miller; 12. Andrew Felker; 13. Brandon Waelti; 14. Buddy Luebke.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Waelti, Weisensel.
6-lap Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash Winner: Cottle.
Fast Time: Price-Miller, 14.497 seconds.
Cars Present: 14 Feature Lap Leaders: Cottle 1-4, Courtney 5-30.

MICROS
20-lap Feature: 1. Brandon Sletten; 2. Will Gerrits; 3. Matt Paderta; 4. Zach Boden; 5. Tory Strauss; 6. Jake Reif;7. Vance Lein; 8. Norm Ehrke; 9. Val Urman; 10. Ty Sampair; 11. Dusty Gerritsk 12. Tyler Brabant; 13. Jerry Reif; 14. Denver Larson; 15. Jarde Cech; 16. Jason Dull; 17. Jake Goeglein; 18. Tyler Tischendorf; 19. Matt Smith; 20. Ben Paderta.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: M. Paderta, W. Gerrits, Sletten.

Cars Present: 21 Feature Lap Leaders: B.Paderta 1-2, Strauss 3-11, W.Gerrits 12-15, Sletten 16-20.

Angell Park Speedway season finale Sunday

Fireman's Appreciation Night features three divisions

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 28---"Fireman's Appreciation Night" is slated for Sunday Night August 31, at Angell Park Speedway, and will mark the final racing event of the season at the track. The event will feature: The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, and the VMSC/MSCRA vintage modifeds.
The 30-lap Badger Midget feature will pay $2,000 to win. The fastest six Badger car owners will also participate in the 11th annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial Dash. The eight midget events run this season have produced four first-time Angell Park Speedway feature winners.
Brandon Sletten holds an eighteen-point lead over defending Badger 600 Micro Series champion Matt Paderta heading into the event. The Micro season ends with the "Fall Invitational" at Chilton (Wis.) Speedway on September 19-20.
The Vintage Modified Stock Car Club (VMSC) and the Milwaukee Stock Car Racing Association (MSCRA) will run heat races and a feature. The popular modified cars were the main staple of Wisconsin short tracking racing from the 1950's-70's.
Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow. Monday September 1 is the slated rain date for the event.

Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 648; 2.Andrew Felker 517; 3. Tanner Thorson 483; 4. Rico Areu 466; 5. Zach Daum 462; 6. Jake Blackhurst 384; 7. Parker Price-Miller 365; 8. Brandon Waelti 345; 9. Robbie Ray 317; 10. Scott Hatton 212.

Badger 600 Micros points:1. Brandon Sletten 1152; 2. Matt Paderta 1134; 3. Will Gerrits 976; 4. Tory Strauss 938; 5. Zach Boden 875; 6. Norm Ehrke 776; 7. Chad Bogar 737; 8. Dusty Gerrits 709; 9. Tyler Brabant 649; 10. Vance Lein 548.

Bell wins Cornfest Midget Classic

Victory locks up Badger Championship

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 18-- Christopher Bell scored a wire-to-wire victory, winning the Miller Lite Cornfest Midget Classic Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget,and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
The victory also locked up the Badger Midget Driver's Championship for Bell, who becomes the 41st different champion, in the organizations 78 years of sanctioning midget auto racing.
Bell jumped into the lead at the start, two cautions during the first three laps, slowed the event. On the fourth lap, Chris Windom flipped down the backstretch in one of the most spectacular crashes in years at the facility. Windom was uninjuried. During the cleanup process track officials measured the Windom's flip at 254 feet in length.
Bell pulled away from the field on the restart. Daniel Robinson, and Bryan Clauson waged a torrid battle for second position. The pair made contact entering Turn 3 on Lap 10, the pair slid across the track into the wall, with Clauson flipping, the incident also collected fourth place running Rico Abreu. Clauson would restart in 20th position and eventually finish fifth in the event.
Bell again remained unchallenged for the lead, while Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Tyler Thomas and Jerry Coons Jr. battled for runner-up honors. Bell began lapping the tail of the field, with nine laps remaining. On the final lap Brady Bacon flipped, causing a two-lap restart.
Bell driving the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian owned Bullet-Toyota No. 71 finished ahead of Hagen, Thomas, Hines and Clauson. " It's a great honor to win the Badger Championship, the series has such a rich history, the car was great tonight, being up front kept me out trouble" commented Bell. The victory was his fourth of the year at the track, twelfth overall of the season.
Matt Paderta scored his sixth series victory of the season winning the 15-lap Badger 600 Micro Series feature. The event was slowed on the second lap, when a nine-car accident occurred, with multiple cars flipping. Once underway Paderta cruised to an easy victory over series points leader Brandon Sletten, Will Gerrits; Ben Paderta, and Tory Strauss. Paderta now trails Sletten by 18-points heading into the Aug. 23 event at Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway.
The Angell Park and Badger season finales will be on Sunday Aug. 31, featuring both divisions and the 12th annual Dave Schulenberg Memorial Trophy Dash.

SUMMARY
MIDGETS
30-lap Feature: 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Andrew Felker, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Jake Blackhurst, 11. Seth Motsinger, 12. Daniel Robinson, 13. Rico Abreu, 14. Tanner Thorson, 15. Austin Brown, 16. Terry Babb, 17. Kevin Olson, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Spencer Bayston, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Robbie Ray, 24. Brandon Waelti.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Windom, Hagen, Pickens
Cars Present: 24 Feature Lap Leaders: Bell 1-30.
**Price-Miller flipped in Heat 1. Windom flipped on Lap 4 of the Feature. Clauson flipped on Lap 10 of the Feature. Bacon flipped on Lap 29 of the Feature.

MICROS
15-lap Feature: 1. Matt Paderta; 2. Brandon Sletten; 3. Will Gerrits; 4. Ben Paderta; 5. Tory Strauss; 6. Jake Reif; 7. Val Urman; 8. Dusty Gerrits; 9. Tyler Brabant; 10. Trey Thesenvitz; 11. Vance Lein; 12. Jason Dull; 13. Zach Boden; 14. Preston Benisch; 15. Norm Ehrke; 16. Jerry Reif; 17. Jake Goeglein.
10-lap Heat race Winners: M. Paderta, Sletten.
Cars Present: 18 Feature Lap Leaders: M.Paderta 1-15.

Clauson hopes to continue Cornfest Magic

Sunday's race caps off four-day event At Angell Park

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., Aug. 13—Bryan Clauson hopes to continue his 'hot streak" into Sunday Night's August 17 Miller Lite Cornfest Midget Classic at Angell Park Speedway. The event will be tri-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Dirt Midget, POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Clauson has won both USAC and POWRi events in the past two weeks, with his record in the Cornfest event near perfect, scoring victories in 2011, and 2013. Clauson finished second in the 2012 event by 0.019 seconds being passed in the final fifty-yards before the start/finish line by Brad Kuhn.
Past Cornfest Winners: Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines, Scott Hatton, and Kevin Olson will also be competing. Point leaders Rico Abreu (USAC), Zach Daum (POWRi), and Christopher Bell (Badger) hope to increase their series leads with solid performances.
The annual Sweet Corn Festival will start on Thursday, August 14 and features a wide range of activities and entertainment throughout the weekend at the facility. The Badger 600 Micros, and the Iillini Racing series will also be on the racing card. Grandstands open open at 4:30 pm, with practice beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by racing.

Brown first-time Angell Park winner

Ehrke tops micro field

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., July 27--- Austin Brown won the "78th Anniversary Night" 30-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Brown became the fourth first-time feature winner at the track this season.
Jake Blackhurst took the lead at the start, and opened up a four car-length advantage over the Brown when the caution appeared on Lap 5 for a slowing car. Blackhurst, Brown, Tyler Thomas, and Brandon Waelti led a four-car breakaway from the remainder of the field. Thomas moved into third place on Lap 12.
Blackhurst held a two-car length lead at the midway point. Brown using lapped traffic passed Blackhurst for the lead entering Turn 3 on Lap 21. Two laps later Blackhurst's run ended when he stalled on the track bringing out the caution flag.
On the restart Brown jumped to a three-car length lead over Thomas. Brown continued increasing his lead each lap, finishing two seconds ahead of Thomas who earlier in the night captured fast time, and victories in the trophy dash and heat race. Andrew Felker, Brandon Waelti, and David Gough completed top five.
"This is great to finally get a victory here" commented Brown who drove the Kenny Brown Racing owned Boss/Toyota No. 7, becoming the 140th different midget feature winner in the tracks 68-year history.


Norm Ehrke scored a wire-to-wire victory winning the 20-lap Badger 600 Micro Series. The victory was his second of the season for the Edgerton, Wis. driver. Ehrke finished ahead of Zach Boden, Matt Paderta, Jake Reif, and series points leader Brandon Sletten.

 

SUMMARY

MIDGETS
30-lap Feature: 1. Austin Brown; 2. Tyler Thomas; 3. Andrew Felker; 4. Brandon Waelti; 5. David Gough; 6. Kevin Olson; 7. Cody Weisensel; 8. Kurt Mayhew; 9. Katlynn Lehr; 10. Jake Blackhurst; 11. Robbie Ray; 12. Bobby Ollerman; 13. Buddy Luebke; 14. Eric Johnson.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Thomas, Blackhurst.
6-lap Trophy Dash Winner: Thomas.
Fast Time: Thomas, 14.662 seconds.
Cars Present: 14 Feature Lap Leaders: Blackhurst 1-21, Brown 22-30.

MICROS
20-lap Feature: 1. Norm Ehrke; 2. Zach Boden; 3. Matt Paderta; 4. Jake Reif; 5. Brandon Sletten; 6. Will Gerrits; 7. Chad Bogar; 8. Dusty Gerrits; 9. Ben Paderta; 10. Jason Dull; 11. Tyler Brabant; 12. Preston Benisch; 13. Jake Goeglein; 14. Tory Strauss; 15. Jerry Reif; 16. Brian Haugland.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: W. Gerrits, Jake Reif.
Cars Present: 16 Feature Lap Leaders: Ehrke 1-20.

Badger Midgets removed from Wilmot events on Saturday Night

Angell Park up next Sunday July 27

Wilmot, Wis., July 23---The scheduled Saturday July 26 Badger Midget Series event at the Wilmot Raceway has been postponed, allowing teams to focus on the following evening's events at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis).
"Due to some recent team attrition and scheduling we felt it was in the best interest for the track and Badger to exclude the midgets from Saturday's events and instead run only at Angell Park speedway this weekend" said Badger President Harlan Kittleson.
Saturday's event at Wilmot raceway will now include the Badger 600 Micro Series, with the tracks Modified, Street Stock, and Mini Sprint divisions participating.
The following evening action moves to Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.), for the "78th Anniversary Season Championship Race presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie" at the famed 1/3-mile oval. Fans are encouraged to come to the track early Sunday as numerous social events involving past participants from Badger will begin in the Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. running until 5:00 p.m. Pits open at 3:00 p.m., grandstands at 5:00 p.m., practice begins at 6:00 p.m., with racing to follow.
All United States Military past and present will be admitted free to the Sunday evenings racing events, with a proper Government issued Military ID. A limited number of American Flags will also be distributed to all fans while supplies last. The Badger 600 Micro Series and Wisconsin Dirt Legends Racing Series will be also racing.
Sunday's event will now pay $2,000 to to win and $250 to start the 30-lap midget feature.

Increased purses for Badger doubleheader this weekend

Military admitted free on Sunday at Angell Park

By Bryan Gapinski, Wilmot, Wis., July 22---A weekend doubleheader for the Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series is now only four-days away!
Action kicks off on Saturday July 26 at the Wilmot Raceway with the Eighth annual "Salute to Harry Turner". Pits open at 3:00 p.m., grandstands at 5:00 p.m., racing beginning at 6:45 p.m. Racing action will also include the Badger 600 Micro Series, with the tracks Modified, Street Stock, and Mini Sprint divisions participating.
The following evening action moves to Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.), for the "78th Anniversary Season Championship Race presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie" at the famed 1/3-mile oval. Fans are encouraged to come to the track early Sunday as numerous social events involving past participants from Badger will begin in the Pavilion at 1:00 p.m. running until 5:00 p.m. Pits open at 3:00 p.m., grandstands at 5:00 p.m., practice begins at 6:00 p.m., with racing to follow.
All United States Military past and present will be admitted free to the Sunday evenings racing events, with a proper Government issued Military ID. A limited number of American Flags will also be distributed to all fans while supplies last. The Badger 600 Micro Series and Wisconsin Dirt Legends Racing Series will be also racing.
Midget competitors will be eligible for increased purses at both events including a minimum $500 to drivers who start both feature events. The Mid- State Equipment Challenge" will award a $500 bonus to any driver winning both feature events.

Coons tops Badger Angell Park field

Paderta notches fifth win in photo finish

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., June 22---Jerry Coons Jr. captured Sunday Night's 1st annual "Norm Nelson Classic", 30-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series Feature at Angell Park Speedway. The victory for Coons was his 27th career feature victory at the track, eighth on the track's all-time feature win list.
Pole sitter Kurt Mayhew paced the initial lap of the event, before Robbie Ray took the lead on the second lap. One lap later Coons moved into second position. Coons passed Ray for the lead on the next lap on the backstretch, and began increasing his advantage over Ray.
Coons' Hans Lein Racing teammate Billy Balog moved into second place on Lap 7. Coons saw his three second lead over Balog erased, when a caution appeared on Lap 11 for a stalled car. Balog stayed on Coons rear bumper on the restart and pulled into the lead as the pair crossed the start/finish line on Lap 15, Coons regained the lead before the lap was completed. A caution with ten laps remaining bunched up the field.
On the restart Coons jumped to a two-car length lead. The final few laps saw positions behind the lead pair change several times in a tightly group field of cars. Coons driving the Hans Lein owned DRC/Stanton SR-11 No. 2 finished .083 seconds ahead of Balog. Ray, Mayhew, and David Gough completed top five. "It's always great to get a victory here, the car was perfect on both the top and bottom groves" commented Coons.
Matt Paderta took the lead from Chad Bogar in the final ten-yards to capture his fifth Badger 600 Micro feature of the season. The margain of victory 0.074 seconds, the closest in the four-year history of the series. The pair exchanged the lead four times in the 20-lap event, with Paderta driving under Bogar exiting Turn 4 on the final lap for the winning pass. Will Gerrits, Norm Ehrke, and Tory Strauss completed the top five.
A doubleheader weekend looms for the series starting on Saturday July 26 at the Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway, with the eighth annual "Salute to Harry Turner". The following evening Sunday July 27 action moves back to Angell Park Speedway for the "78th Anniversary Season" race presented by Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie for Badger at the famed 1/3-mile oval.
All US Military Personnel, past and present will be admitted free with proper Government Military ID. Both events will also carry an increased purse.

SUMMARY
MIDGETS
30-lap Feature: 1. Jerry Coons, Jr.; 2. Billy Balog; 3. Robbie Ray; 4. Kurt Mayhew; 5. David Gough; 6. Eric Johnson; 7. Aaron Schuck; 8. Buddy Luebke; 9. Scott Hatton; 10. Kevin Olson; 11. Dan Smith; 12. Mike Stroik; 13. David Budres; 14. Daniel Robinson; 15. Andrew Felker; 16. Katlynn Lehr; 17. Brandon Waelti.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Coons, Felker.
Cars Present: 17 Feature Lap Leaders: Mayhew 1, Ray 2-3, Coons 4-14, Balog 15, Coons 16-30.

MICROS
20-lap Feature: 1. Matt Paderta; 2. Chad Bogar; 3. Will Gerrits; 4. Norm Ehrke; 5. Tory Strauss; 6. Zach Boden; 7.Brandon Sletten; 8. Dusty Gerrits; 9. Jason Dull; 10. Preston Benisch; . 11. Tyler Brabant; 12. Daniel Stefan; 13. Jake Goeglein; 14. Bobby Ollerman; 15. Dustin Stefan; 16. Vance Lein.
8-lap Heat Race Winners: Ehrke, W. Gerrits.
Cars Present: 16 Feature Lap Leaders: Bogar 1-8, Paderta 9-11, Bogar 12-19, Paderta 20.

Norm Nelson Classic next at Angell Park

Badger Midgets, Micros, IRA Sprints, Legends-July 20

By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., July 15---The "1st annual Norm Nelson Classic" is slated for Sunday Night July 20 at Angell Park Speedway, and will feature four divisions: The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series, Badger 600 Micros, IRA Bumper to Bumper Outlaw Sprint Cars Series and the Wisconsin Dirt Legends.
The race will honor Norm Nelson who won the first-ever midget feature at the track on June 2, 1946. Nelson also won inaugural Interstate Racing Association (IRA) Championship in 1960. Nelson's career is also highlighted by three USAC National Stock Car Championships, and thirty-five USAC Stock Car wins. Nelson's eleven victories at the famed Milwaukee Mile place him second on the tracks all-time win list. Nelson's granddaughter Brittany Mattie will sing the evening's National Anthem.
The event for IRA, ends a twenty-nine year absence of Winged 410 Sprint Car racing at the track. Grandstands open at 4:30 pm, practice and qualifying beginning at 6:00 pm, with racing to follow.

Current Points:
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 545; 2. Tanner Thorson 439; 3. Rico Areu 423; 4. Zach Daum 392; 5. Parker Price-Miller 335; 6. Andrew Felker 333; 7. Darren Hagen 324; 8. Jake Blackhurst 279; 9. Brandon Waelti 216; 10. Scott Hatton 158.

Badger 600 Micros:1. Brandon Sletten 688; 2. Matt Paderta 593; 3. Will Gerrits 576; 4. Tory Strauss 542; 5. Zach Boden 517; 6. Chad Bogar 461; 7. Norm Ehrke 441; 8. Bobby Ollerman 430; 9. Vance Lein 417; 10. Dusty Gerrits 401.

Gehrke outduels Daum to win Lincoln


Fairbury rained out

Lincoln, Ill., July 11. – Chett Gehrke edged Zach Daum to win Friday Night's 30-lap POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature at Lincoln Speedway.
Pole-sitter Parker Price-Miller, paced the first seven laps before Darren Hagen moved into the top position. Daum passed Hagen for the lead on a Lap 14 restart, with Gehrke in fourth position. Gehrke passed Daum for the lead four laps later, and the next lap the caution appeared for a stalled car.
Daum passed Gehrke for the lead on the restart. Gehrke regained the lead from Daum five laps later. Gehrke driving the Skip and Diana Matteson-owned Spike/Fontana No. 11 finished ahead of Daum who moved back into the POWRI points lead. Hagen, Austin Brown, and rookie Spencer Bayston completed the top five.
A heavy rainfall overnight and continuing into Saturday morning, forced officials to postpone the Saturday Night July 12 co-sanctioned event at the Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.
RESULTS
30-lap Feature:1. Chett Gehrke; 2. Zach Daum; 3. Darren Hagen; 4. Austin Brown; 5. Spencer Bayston; 6. Parker Price-Miller; 7. Terry Babb; 8. Nick Knepper; 9. Garrett Aitken; 10. Jake Blackhurst; 11. Joe B. Miller; 12. Shane Hollingsworth; 13. Jake Neuman; 14. Robbie Ray; 15. Jacob Patton; 16. Isaac Chapple; 17. Ryan Chriswell; 18. Seth Motsinger; 19. Darren Kingston; 20. Tyler Thomas; 21. Andrew Felker; 22. Colten Cottle.
Semi Feature Winner: Bayston.
Heat Race Winners: Hagen, Daum, Price-Miller, Patton.
Cars Present: 29 Feature Lap Leaders: Price-Miller 1-7, Hagen 8-14, Daum 15-17, Gehrke 18-19, Daum 20-24, Gehrke 25-30.
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Christopher Bell 545; 2. Tanner Thorson 439; 3. Rico Areu 423; 4. Zach Daum 392; 5. Parker Price-Miller 335; 6. Andrew Felker 333; 7. Darren Hagen 324; 8. Jake Blackhurst 279; 9. Brandon Waelti 216; 10. Scott Hatton 158.|

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