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Badger midgets open at Beaver Dam

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  • ejesser@jvlnet.com
    Hi All, Saturday the storms had gone through the southern Wisconsin area early and I was able to get in 4 hours of watching the granddaughter’s softball
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2010
      Hi All,
      Saturday the storms had gone through the southern Wisconsin area early and
      I was able to get in 4 hours of watching the granddaughter’s softball
      games before a short trip to Beaver Dam Wisconsin for tonight’s races. The
      Badger Midgets would open their season racing on the high banked 1/3-mile
      dirt of Beaver Dam Raceway sharing the spotlight with the IRA Sprints. It
      was a very windy day and with the sun the track was dry on top and some
      dust appeared during hot laps but the surface dug up a little and the
      turns were tacky all night while the straights were dry slick. Both
      classes qualified with Scott Young the fastest of the 38 IRA Sprints at
      14.462 seconds. In the midget qualifying Brad Loyet got high in the 3rd
      turn and rolled twice for the first of many cars upside down tonight. Zach
      Daum took fast time honors for the 17 midgets with a 15.101 clocking. The
      four sprint heats were the first races with the top 4 finishers
      transferring to the feature and an invert of 6 in each heat. The first
      heat started with a bang as fast timer Scott Young went hard into the
      third turn concrete wall after something broke on his fast car. Todd Daun
      started on the pole and won the heat that ended with a red as the checkers
      flew when Russell Borland hit a spinning car and rolled on the last lap.
      Todd King captured the second heat from a front starting spot. The third
      heat was stopped on the second lap when Ricky Logan got the bad end of a 3
      wide run into the 3rd turn and flipped twice. Mike Reinke came from 4th to
      take the checkers this time. Dave Uttech won the 4th heat from the front
      to conclude the sprint heats. In the midget heats Bob Shreffler was
      leading the first heat when he almost spun and slowed leaving a close
      running Travis Berryhill upside down after bouncing off his wheel.
      Shreffler restarted and held on to win. The second heat produced the
      wildest flip of the night when tight racing had B G Wood a little sideways
      coming on the front straightaway when the car dug into the track and
      started about 8 rolls along the wall stopping at the foot of the flag
      stand. Wood was badly shaken but walked away. Scott Hatton won the second
      heat and Daum came from the back to win the third heat. The sprints had
      two semis with Todd Hepfner getting a quick start and pulling away to win
      the first semi that was slowed when Jimmy Sivia drove into the first turn
      wall and pin wheeled to a stop in the middle of the track. Ricky Logan
      repaired from his heat race flip and easily won the second semi. The
      30-lap midget feature was up next with 16 cars starting and missing only
      the Davey Ray ride that broke during the heat. Wood was not able to start
      the feature but the car was fixed so Davey Ray jumped into the number 14
      and started from 16th. They ran off 10 laps before something broke in the
      Loyet car as he stalled and was pushed to the pits. The race then went
      green to the end as Brad Kuhn who started 7th worked around Hatton for the
      win. Following Kuhn and Hatton were Daum from 8th, Berryhill from 10th and
      Davey Ray who had a good run from last in the unfamiliar car. The 30-lap
      sprint feature ran to the halfway point with pole sitter Reinke out front
      when a red flag appeared for a Phillip Mock flip on the backstretch. There
      was a spin 5 laps later and then another red when John Haeni bounced off
      the cushion and flipped in the first turn. Mike Kertscher was running fast
      on the inside all the time Reinke had the lead and after the restart with
      a clear track he just drove by the leader and took the feature win with
      Reinke second, Scott Neitzel third and Hepfner finishing 4th. The show
      had started on time at 7PM and was done at 10PM even with all the red
      flags during the night.

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