SUN PRAIRIE,WI, August 30---The chase for the 2001 Badger Midget Series Championship will be decided this Sunday September 2 at Angell Park Speedway, with the running of the 20th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals. It marks the tenth time the event had...
SUN PRAIRIE,WI, August 30---The chase for the 2001 Badger Midget Series Championship will be decided this Sunday September 2 at Angell Park Speedway, with the running of the 20th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals. It marks the tenth time the event had determined the Badger Champion.
Six-time Badger titlist Dan Boorse holds a slim 53 point cushion over fast closing Davey Ray. Ray has trimmed 156 points off of Boorse's lead since July 15. Ray has finished all eight features in the top ten during that time span. Ray is seeking his first driving championship, since beginning his midget career in 1997, last season Ray finished eleventh in the Badger Midget points.
Of the nine previous Pepsi Nationals events to determine the title, Boorse has been involved in six of the outcomes. His first career Badger title was clinched with his victory in the 1984 Pepsi Midget Nationals. Two close heart breaking misses for Boorse occured in 1990, when he finished second in the Nationals, but missed the title by 19 points, and in 1996, when Boorse entered the feature with a huge 65 point lead only to be sidelined by mechanical problems, losing the title by eight markers to Randy Koch. Koch was driving for the Harlan Kittleson team at the time, Ray's current car owner.Boorse has three feature wins this year, in the 18 race series.
For Ray the season has been spectular, winning his first career feature on opening night at Angell Park, edging Boorse by a car length. Ray also won the 4th annual Milwaukee Cup Midget Classic at the Hales Corners Speedway(Franklin, WI) on June 29. Ray also has finished second in five feature events this season. Ray is the son of 1978 Badger Midget Champ Dave Ray, and is looking to become the third father-son championship combination in the organization's history. The two championship pairs are: Al Fredenberg Sr.(1956), Dan Fredenberg('81), and Ron Erfurth('64), Dean Erfurth('90).
A closer battle rages in the Car Owners Championship, with Don Boorse's#88 Stealth-Gaerte holding a slim seven point lead over Harlan Kittleson's #2 Beast-Mopar entry. Boorse, the 1979 Badger driver runner-up, has three previous car owners titles, while Kittelson recieved the top honors in 1996.
Four previous winners of the event are excepted to compete:Kevin Olson('83,'86,'87,'97,'98) Boorse('84,'99), Koch('96), and defending winner Jay Drake.