Fike claims Badger Midget title; Hines wins second straight Firemans Nationals. SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 1---Tracy Hines, captured the 21st annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola, for the second straight year, Sunday Night at Angell...
Fike claims Badger Midget title; Hines wins second straight Firemans Nationals.
SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 1---Tracy Hines, captured the 21st annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola, for the second straight year, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Aaron Fike emerged as the Badger Midget Series Champion in the season finale for the series, despite finishing 20th in the event.
Scott Hatton paced the intinal lap, before Davey Ray who was challenging Fike for the title took over the lead. Ray began increasing his lead each lap over a tightly bunched field of cars. Ray enjoyed a ten car length advantage when he spun on the ninth lap. Ray restarted at the tail of the field. Hatton now assumed the lead and held it for a lap before Chad DeSelle moved in front, while Hines moved into fourth place.
Fike spun exiting turn two on the 14th lap running fourth, and was clipped by defending series champ Dan Boorse. The event was stopped, when it was discovered Fike needed medical attention, as a foreign object struck Fike entering his face sheild. Fike was transported to Columbus Hospital, and treated for facial injuries, and a slight concussion.
Hines chased down DeSelle passing him for the lead on the 17th lap, and began stretching his lead. Jay Drake who started last after missing qualifications now was running tenth. Hines began lapping the tail of field on the 30th lap, and Drake continued his charge throught the field.
Hines enjoyed a three second lead, over Hatton with ten laps remaining as Drake was now in third. A stalled car bunched up the field, with three laps remaining but on the restart Hines pulled away unchallenged. Hines drove the Wilke-PAK Motorsports/Stealth-Seco-Mopar#11 entry. Hatton, Drake, Matt Westfall in a second Wilke-PAK entry, and DeSelle rounded out the top five finishers. Ray finished sixth. Final standings show that Fike finished 26 points ahead of Ray, becoming the youngest champion in the 66 year history of the organization, at the age of 19 years, 9 months, and eight days old.
50-lap feature: 1.Tracy Hines 2.Scott Hatton 3.Jay Drake 4.Matt Westfall 5.Chad DeSelle 6.Davey Ray 7.Mike Hess 8.Brandon Waelti 9.Danny Ebberts 10.Aaron Fiscus 11.A.J. Fike 12.Kevin Doty 13.Brian Gerster 14.Doug Schenck 15.Quinn McCabe 16.Jeff Flesher 17.Brian claas 18.Critter Malone 19.Randy Koch 20.Aaron Fike 21.Dan Boorse 22.Nick Lundgreen 23.Craig Carey
15-lap "B" Feature: A.J. Fike
15-lap "C" Feature: Dean Erfurth
10-lap Heat Race winners: Mike Heiss, Doty, Ray, Boorse
Trophy Dash: Hines
Fast Time: Hines
CARS PRESENT: 50
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Hatton 1,10, Ray 2-9, DeSelle 11-17, Hines 18-50
FINAL BADGER MIDGET SERIES POINT STANDINGS
1. Aaron Fike 1405 2. Davey Ray 1379 3. Mike Hess 1248 4. Chad DeSelle 1179 5. Dan Boorse 1085 6. Brandon Waelti 1080 7. Aaron Fiscus 1034 8.Scott Hatton 926 9. Tracy Hines 757 10. Quinn McCabe 756