SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Bryan Clauson captured the 30-lap Miller Lite Cornfest Midget Classic Sunday night at Angell Park Speedway.
The event was co-sanctioned by the USAC Mopar National Midget Series and the Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Series.
Bubba Altig and David Budres flipped on the opening lap of the feature, causing a complete restart. Caleb Armstrong jumped into the lead at the start followed by Clauson. Clauson took the lead exiting turn two on the second lap. By the completion of lap five, the top four Clauson, Kyle Larson, fast-qualifier Jerry Coons, Jr. and Armstrong pulled to a slight advantage over the rest of the field.
Clauson began lapping the tail of the field on lap 10 and held a 1.2-second advantage. At midway, Clauson’s lead was cut in half to just over a half second.
Clauson continued his march through lapped traffic, and held a two-second lead over Coons, when the caution was displayed for a stalled car with nine laps remaining. On the restart fourth-place Armstrong spun, and on the ensuing restart Mario Clouser flipped.
Clauson opened up an advantage over Coons each lap after the restart. On the final lap Clauson jumped the cushion, allowing Coons to close to within two car lengths at the finish.
Clauson, driving the Corey Tucker-BCI-Curb-Agajanian owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger No. 19, finished ahead of Coons, Kuhn, Kyle Larson and USAC point-leader Darren Hagen.
“The bobble on the final lap didn’t cost us since we had a big lead,” Clauson said. “It’s a great tune-up for the upcoming Pepsi Nationals.”
Kuhn has put a virtual lock on his third Badger Drivers Champion, and now leads Altig by 114 points heading into the season finale 30th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals on Saturday Night Sept. 3. Badger and the USAC National Midget Series will co-sanction the event.
For the third straight event, 12-year-old Robbie Resch was the class of the Badger 600 Micro Series field capturing the feature, heat race and trophy dash.