DARLAND TOPS BADGER RAYOVAC PRAIRIE FEATURE By Bryan Gapinski SUN PRAIRIE, WI, June 10----Dave Darland scored an impressive win in the 25-lap Badger Midget Series Feautre, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The win for Darland...
DARLAND TOPS BADGER RAYOVAC PRAIRIE FEATURE
By Bryan Gapinski
SUN PRAIRIE, WI, June 10----Dave Darland scored an impressive win in the 25-lap Badger Midget Series Feautre, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The win for Darland came in his first ever night of racing at the facility. The last driver to win in his first attempt at the track was Cary Faas on July 18, 1993. The event was part of Rayovac Showdown at the Prairie Doubleheader with USAC Sprint Cars.(See accompying story on Sprint Car Race).
Mike Hess jumped into the lead at the start of the event, which was halted on the second circuit for a four car tangle which saw Nick Lundgreen, and Matt Estep flip. Both drivers escaped injury.
Critter Malone took the lead one lap after the restart, while Darland appeared in the top five on the fifth circuit. During a caution for a stalled car on the twelfth lap, third place running Kevin Doty retired with a flat tire moving Darland into second on the restart.
Darland slid under Malone as the pair entered the third turn for the lead, and led across the line on the 14th lap. Darland began stretching his lead, and led a two second margin with five laps remaining, and cruised unchallenged to a 3.36 second win over: Malone, Mike Hess, Tony Elliott, and Jay Drake rounded out the top five. Current series point leader Dan Boorse won the trophy dash for the third straight week, and holds a 75 point lead over Davey Ray, heading into the weekend events at Manitowoc, WI on June 15, and Sun Prairie, WI on June 17.
Darland topped the 49 car field in qualifying. J.J. Yeley, Randy Koch, and Brian Terry escaped injury in a three car flip in the B-Main.
25-lap feature: 1. Dave Darland 2. Critter Malone 3. Mike Hess 4. ÿony Elliott 5. Jay Drake 6. Dan Boorse 7. Chad DeSelle 8. Tracy Hines 9 . Brandon Waelti 10. ûoyd Calvert 11. Scott Hatton 12. Bobby East 13. A.J. Fike 14. Kevin Olson 15. uaron Fiscus 16. Kevin Doty 17. Jerry Coons Jr. 18. Davey Ray 19. ÿravis Miniea 20. Randy Fiscus 21. Nick Lundgreen 22. Matt Estep
15-lap "B" Feature: 1. Hess 2. Hatton 3. Hines 4. Waelti
15-lap "C" Feature: 1. Aaron Fike 2. Hines
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Cory Kruseman, Drake, Elliott, A. Fiscus
6-lap Trophy Dash: Boorse
Fast Time: Darland, 15.413 seconds CARS PRESENT: 49 PURSE: $11,350
CURRENT BADGER MIDGET SERIES POINTS: 1. Dan Boorse 307 2. Davey Ray 232 3. Mike Hess 172 4. Chad DeSelle 170 5.(tie) Kevin Doty & Brandon Waelti 166 7. Kevin Eggert 141 8. Jerry Coons Jr. 118 9. Boyd Calvert 10.(tie) Randy Koch & Scott Hatton 112