Altig Is Aces In Badger Opener
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Bubba Altig won the 30-lap Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature Monday night at Angell Park Speedway.
The event was delayed 24-hours due to heavy rain on Sunday. It also marked the start of the 75th anniversary season for Badger, the oldest active sanctioning organization in midget auto racing, and the 65th season for Angell Park.
Defending champion Mike Hess led the opening three laps before Altig took the lead entering turn three. Once in front, Altig increased his lead, while attention turned to fast-qualifier Michael Pickens. Pickens who started 10th, was sixth by lap three, moved into fifth place two laps later and was third on lap eight.
Altig held a three-car length lead over Hess, and Pickens at the midway point. One lap later, Scott Hatton stalled on the track bringing out the caution. On the restart, Altig continued his pace, while Pickens moved into second on lap 18. Altig appeared headed for an easy victory, when he became trapped behind two lapped cars with three laps remaining, allowing Pickens to close the margin.
With two laps to go, third-place Matt Smith, hit a rut lapping slower cars, causing him to flip, escaping injury, the accident also collected fourth-place Hess.
On the restart, Altig was again flawless and finished 0.88 seconds ahead of Pickens. Davey Ray, David Budres, and Kurt Mayhew completed the top five.
Bubba Altig, Michael Pickens, Davey Ray, David Budres, Kurty Mayhew, Robbie Ray, Cody Weisensel, Mike Hess, Kevin Olson, Bryon Walters, Jason Dull, Matt Smith, Eric Johnson, Daniel Robinson, Scott Hatton, Derick Gough, Brandon Waelti, Bob Schreffler, Travis Berryhill.