SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Zach Daum scored a thrilling last-lap victory during Sunday night’s 30-lap Stark Automotive Group-Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series feature at Angell Park Speedway.
Scott Hatton jumped into the lead at the start, but one lap later a five-car accident exiting turn four saw Brandon Waelti, Austin Brown and Daniel Robinson all flip. They were all unhurt. On the restart Hatton continued to hold the lead closely followed by Andrew Felker, Daum, and Brad Kuhn. The top four were separated by less than four car lengths for the first half of the event. With 10 laps remaining Hatton held a one car length lead on Felker.
One lap later Felker tried to pass Hatton exiting turn two and surrendered second-place to Daum. Hatton’s two car length lead was erased on lap 26 for a stalled car. On the restart Hatton quickly moved away from the field, however before the lap could be completed the caution again appeared for a stalled car. The ensuing restart was identical for Hatton.
Hatton drifted high entering turn one on the white flag lap, Daum drew even on the backstretch then driving under Hatton entering turn three with Hatton on the high side and Daum on the bottom groove. Daum finished one-car legnth ahead of the four-time Badger Midget Series champion driving the Dan Daum-owned Eagle/Toyota No. 5. Kuhn, series point leader Felker and Mike Hess completed the top five.
“I got a run on Scott down the backstretch after he was a little high entering turn one and I made it stick,” Daum said. “It’s great to finally get a feature victory here, it was on my bucket list.”
Daum is the 135th different midget feature winner at the track in 67 years of racing.
Jake Neuman scored a wire to wire victory in the 15-lap Badger 600 Micro feature, finishing ahead of Jason Dull, Matt Paderta, Norm Ehrke, and Chad Bogar.