Clauson Wins Godfrey Memorial
by Bryan Gapinski
Macon, Ill. August 18---Bryan Clauson won the Ninth Annual 30-lap Dana Godfrey
Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and Stark Automotive Group/Mid-State
Equipment Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned feature, Saturday night at Macon
Speedway. Bubba Altig despite finishing 23rd clinched the Badger Midget Drivers
Championship, with two races remaining. Altig becomes the 40th different Driver
Champion in the organizations 76-year history.
Rico Abreu took the lead at the start pacing the first two laps,
before Nick Knepper took the lead. Clauson passed seven cars in the first three
laps moving into third place. Clauson passed Knepper for the lead on the ninth
lap, with Coons taking the lead on Lap 11. Clauson regained the lead running
ahead of Coons and Knepper.
A caution with eight laps remaining erased Clauson's advantage. Coons
made his attempt for the lead, on the final lap entering Turn 3, but fell short.
Clauson driving the Corey Tucker-BCI-Curb-Agajanian owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger
No. 39, finished one-car length ahead of Coons, Knepper, Casey Shuman, and Brett
Anderson. The victory was the second straight for Clauson, and third Badger
victory of the season.
Altig ran his first season with Badger in 2007, and was runner-up last
season. The battle for the Car Owners Championship remains close as Hans Lein
No. 2 holds a 59-point lead over D&I Motorsports No. 19. The triple header
weekend ends on Sunday Aug. 19 with the running of the Corn Fest Midget Classic
at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.), tri-sanctioned event with USAC,
Badger and POWRi.
30-lap Feature: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Nick Knepper, 4. Casey
Shuman, 5. Brett Anderson, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Derrick Myers, 9.
Brad Kuhn,, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Jake Blackhurst, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Tony
Roney, 14. Scott Hatton, 15. Andrew Felker, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Daniel
Robinson, 18. Justin Grosz, 19. Daniel Adler, 20. Cameron Hagin, 21. Thomas
Meseraull, 22. Rico Abreu, 23. Bubba Altig.
12-lap Semi feature Winners: Roney, Darland.
10-lap Heat Race Winners: Knepper, Clauson, Siner, Blackhurst, Shuman.
Cars Present: 41
Current Badger Midget Series points: 1. Bubba Altig 866; 2. Mike Hess 611; 3.
Scott Hatton 595; 4. Brandon Waelti 588; 5. Daniel Robinson 582; 6. Danny
Stratton 548; 7. Davey Ray 422; 8. Brad Kuhn 400; 9. Jerry Coons Jr. 391. 10.
David Budres 376.
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