SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. – The 83rd year of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Ass’n has come to a conclusion.
The Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie-sponsored series reached several milestones during the 19-race season which spanned a period of 161-days.
– Nineteen events, producing eighteen features were held at seven different tracks, with eleven different feature winners, six events were cancelled due to weather related issues.
– The average car count was 24.5 cars per event, with a total of 53 different cars and 59 different drivers competing.
– Chase McDermand becomes just the third teenage Badger driver champion, and the youngest at 19 years old, two months and two days. Others under twenty were: Christopher Bell (2014 – 19 years, 8 months, 0 days) and Aaron Fike (2002 – 19 years, 9 months, 8 days).
– Chase McDermand’s two-point margin in the final point tally was the closest ever in drivers points the record of a three-point difference between Bob Walldan, and John Hartwig in 1974. Car Owner Kevin McDermand topped Tim Routson by thirty-points in the owners points.
– Jack Routson became the youngest feature winner ever capturing the
June 8 event at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Routson was 17 years old, three months, and four days. On the other side of the coin, five-time series champion Kevin Olson became the oldest Badger and Angell Park Speedway feature winner, at 68 years, four months and twenty-eight days when he won the July 21 event.
– Ryan Probst led the series with 47-feature laps led. Probst also tied with Chase McDermand, and Scott Hatton for the most preliminary race wins (six).
– Chase McDermand, Scott Hatton, and Jack Routson tied for the series lead with three fast times each.
– Six different drivers won Badger-sanctioned features for the first time in their career: Jack Routson (four), Thomas Meseruall (two), Chase Jones, Mike Stroik, Zach Boden and Jordan Mattson.
– Eight new track records were established at five different tracks.