SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 2-----Tracy Hines scored his third midget win in four days, capturing the 20th annual Pepsi Nationals Badger Midget Series Event, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Hines placed second to Dan Boorse in 1999, and ...
SUN PRAIRIE, WI, September 2-----Tracy Hines scored his third midget win in four days, capturing the 20th annual Pepsi Nationals Badger Midget Series Event, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. Hines placed second to Dan Boorse in 1999, and suffered engine problems in qualifying last year. Hines won the USAC National Midget Event, Thursday at Route 66 Raceway(Joliet, IL),a nd the 50th annual Hut 100, on Saturday.
Boorse finished third, and won his seventh career Badger driving crown, a total only exceeded by Billy Woods, eight titles. Don Boorse, captured his fourth Car Owners championship. For Boorse it also marked his 14th career top five Pepsi Nationals finish.
Jay Drake, Hines teamate in the Wilke/PAK stable for the event returned as the defending champion, his second place finish allowed him to take over the lead in the National Midget driver of the Year Point Standings.
The streak of a driver leading the opening lap of the Pepsi Nationals, and not winning the event was stretched to twenty. Scott Hatton was the opening lap leader, and finished fifth.
Steve Paden, the evenings quickest qualifer, was the 17th different fast qualifer in the history of the event, and the only ever not to make the starting feature field.
For Hines's car owner the Wilke team, it was their sixth win in the event previous winneers have been: Kevin Olson('83, '86, '87), Rich Vogler('85), and Stevie Reeves('91).
Hines becomes the fourth driver to win the Pepsi, and hut 100 in the same year others have been: Vogler('85), Kevin Doty('94), and Drake('00). It also marked the first one-two team finish since the 1997 event when Olson topped his Denny Lamers Racing teamate Tony Elliott.
Aaron Fike, Hines, and Matt Westfall all flew aboard Don Fike's airplane from the DuQuoin State Fairgounds(DuQuoin, IL) to compete in the event, arriving after the completition of practice.