Mike Hess Sets Sail At Wilmot
WILMOT, Wis. – Former Badger Midget Series champion Mike Hess scored a wire-to-wire victory Saturday night, winning the 30-lap feature at Wilmot Raceway.
The victory moved Hess into second place in series points with five races remaining.
Separate incidents on the opening lap resulted in three complete restarts, the most serious of which saw Vance Lein flip, escaping injury.
Once underway Hess jumped into the lead followed by the tight pack of Billy Balog, Bubba Altig, Brandon Waelti and Caleb Armstrong.
Two cautions for stalled car on laps eight and ten kept the field close behind Hess. The next seven laps saw Hess hold off Altig for the lead, before the caution was displayed for a spun car.
On the restart Hess continued to run the lower portion on the multi-groove track leading Altig and Armstrong. Altig narrowed Hess’ advantage in the final two laps but was never able to challenge for the victory.
Hess, driving the Jerry Hardy owned Buzzard/Hawk Chevrolet No. 1, finished two-car lengths ahead of Altig, Armstrong, Waelti, and Balog.
“The car was great on the bottom of the track tonight, its a fresh motor it ran perfect,” said Hess.
Dalton Armstrong topped the field in qualifying with a lap of 14.477 seconds, besting Brad Loyet’s three-year old track record of 14.755 seconds.