Tyler Baran tops Badger finale at Sycamore,
Brendle wins Super Late Model Main
By Bryan Gapinski
Sycamore, Ill.., September 10-Tyler Baran, of Plainfield, won the 25-lap Mid-State Equipment/Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Racing Series feature, Saturday Night at Sycamore Speedway. The event brought to a close the 80th year of sanctioning midget auto racing for the organization, oldest in the country.
With a field of 21 taking the green flag, polesitter Nick Baran took the lead at the start followed by Brad Greenup and Tyler Baran. The events only two cautions appeared for spun cars on the fourth and sixth lap. Tyler Baran passed his brother Nick for the lead on the lap 5. By the midway point Baran held a two second advantage over second place Sean Murphy.
Brandon Waelti, who clinched the Badger championship last week, started in 16th position, and drew the attention of the sizeable crowd as he charged through the field. Waelti was in tenth place on lap 5, and moved into the top five four laps later.
Baran continued increase his lead to a straightaway advantage over Murphy, with five laps remaining. Baran spent the final two laps in heavy traffic and saw a third of his lead disappear.
Baran, driving the Scott Baran-owned Boss/Chevy No. 11, finished 4.32 seconds, ahead of Murphy. Waelti's charge through the field netted him a third place finish, followed by Nick Baran, Kurt Mayhew and Brad Greenup.
''This victory is the result of a lot of hard work by my crew changing our team over to dirt this year from a pavement program, it's great to get a victory with Badger'' said Baran, who became the sixth different Badger feature winner in the 14-race series.
Stock Cars at Sycamore
On his way to his third division season track championship, Jay Brendle, of Kirkland, turned in another strong Saturday night performance winning the 44-lap super late model stock car feature race, which was part of the evening's Old Milwaukee Classic program. Division titlist in 2015 and 2014, Brendle defeated Greg Cantrell Jr., Charlie Spoonmore, Dan White, Jeff Schulze and Jeremy Spoonmore.
The 40-lap, $2000-to-win, feature race for 4 Bar-style late models saw Kirkland's T.J. Markham, use the inside groove most of the way to score the victory over Charlie Olson and Brendle.
Cortland's Kyle Smith was the winner of the 22-lap late model main event with Smith defeating D.J. Markham and Matt McCain.
Crest Hill's Jerry Legner took home top honors in the 15-lap headliner for Pure Stock division competitors. Mike Cunz, of Cortland, claimed top honors in the 10-lap feature race for compact (four-cylinder) racers.
Stan Kalwasinski Photos