SUN PRAIRIE, Wis, – Scott Hatton moved into fifth on the all-time winners list at Angell Park Speedway after winning the 30-lap Badger Midget Series main event Sunday.
A wild start saw rookie driver Vance Lein and Hunter Imhoff flipping entering turn one on the opening lap, with Jim Fuerst flipping at the same time on the backstretch.
A short delay took place to repair the fence and transport Imhoff to a local hospital for undisclosed injuries.
Mike Hess jumped into the lead at the start, while fast qualifier Jerry Coons, Jr, was quickly moving from the 13th starting position.
Coons passed four cars on the opening lap. Second-place Bubba Altig slowed on lap five, bringing out the caution. On the restart Hatton passed Hess for the lead, with Coons running fifth. Two laps later Hatton’s teammate Brandon Waelti moved into second place, with Coons now holding in third place. Debris slowed the race on lap 18.
On the restart Coons made a charge for the lead on Hatton but jumped the cushion in turn three one lap later and flipped, escaping injury.
The restart saw Waelti stay on Hatton’s rear bumper but he couldn’t pull off a pass for the lead, trailing Hatton by one-car length at the finish. Hess, Danny Stratton and Cody Wisensel completed the top five.
“Everyone on the team did a great job preparing this car” said Hatton