Stroik Breaks Through With Badger Midgets

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Mike Stroik in victory lane.
Mike Stroik in victory lane.

LUXEMBURG, Wis. — Mike Stroik captured his first career feature victory in the 25-lap Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Racing Series feature Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway.

Stroik took the lead on the opening lap. With an intense four-car battle for second place behind Stroik, he increased his lead each lap. Stroik’s straightaway lead over Chase Jones, Kevin Olson, and Chase McDermand was erased for a caution on lap seven.

Stroik running the bottom groove held off the challenge of Series points leader Jones when two caution flags appeared on laps 11 and 13, for spun cars.

Olson challenged Stroik on the final restart. Stroik held a one-second lead, with five laps remaining. Olson changed grooves with two laps remaining and closed to the rear bumper of Stroik. The pair were almost even at the start/finish line taking the white flag for the final lap.

Olson pulled alongside Stroik down the backstretch, but Stroik “held down the power” exiting turn four, finishing 0.112 seconds ahead of Olson driving his Stealth/Chevrolet No. 9.

Zach Boden with a late-race charge took third place, Jones, and Brian Peterson competed the top five.

“I had no power steering after the second lap, my three restarts as race leader went perfect and helped with the victory” commented Stroik after winning the first Badger Midget race at the track since Stan Fox’s victory on July 11, 1980.

The finish:

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