Boden Goes Wire To Wire In Wilmot Badger Run

Boden Goes Wire
Zach Boden in victory lane at Wilmot Raceway.

WILMOT, Wis. – Zach Boden won the 10th annual Salute to Harry Turner Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Racing Series feature Saturday night at Wilmot Raceway.

The win marked the first career series feature victory for the third-year driver.

Boden jumped into the lead at the start of the event, closely followed by Jordan Mattson. The event’s only caution appeared on lap seven, when second-place Mattson came to a stop, retiring from the event.

On the restart, Tristan Koenings escaped injury in a turn one flip.

Boden led Brian Peterson, and Chase McDermand on the restart. McDermand took over second place at the mid-way point. Boden’s advantage was a 1.8 second-lead over McDermand, with five laps remaining.

Boden caught the tail of the field two laps later, allowing McDermand to quickly cut into Boden’s lead.

Driving the Harlan Kittelson-owned Bullet/Ford Duratech No. 2, Boden finished 0.34 seconds ahead of the fast-closing McDermand.

Peterson, Ryan Probst, and rookie Matt Rechek rounded out the top five.

“I got really slowed down by the lapped cars the last couple of laps, but I was committed to running the bottom,” noted Boden. “I knew someone had to be closing on me. I finished second to Scott (Hatton) in this race two years ago during my rookie year, so it’s great to finally get a win.”

Routson leads McDermand by 20 points entering Sunday night’s 38th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals event at Angell Park Speedway.

The finish:

1. Zach Boden; 2. Chase McDermand; 3. Brian Peterson; 4. Ryan Probst; 5. Matt Rechek; 6. Jeff Zelinski; 7. Jack Routson; 8. Scott Hatton; 9. Kevin Olson; 10. Kurt Mayhew; 11. Mike Stroik; 12. Jim Fuerst; 13. Kyle Koch; 14. Jeremy Douglas; 15. R.J. Corson; 16. Denny Smith; 17. Harrison Kleven; 18. Shay Sassano; 19. Pat Henson; 20. Jordan Mattson; 21. Tristan Koenings; 22. Mike Ungar.