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Hatton Captures Badger Midget Opener

Scott HattonBy Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., May 16, 2004--Scott Hatton captured the 50-lap Badger Midget Series season opener Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway. The event marked the start of the 68th year of racing for the Badger, the oldest active sanctioning organization in midget auto racing.
Pole sitter Aaron Fiscus paced the intinial lap before Brandon Waelti took over the lead. Kevin Doty running second was closing on Waelti when he spun on the sixth lap, moving Doty to the tail. Doty began moving back to the front on the restart.
Defending series champion Davey Ray suffered a flat tire on the tenth lap bringing out the caution, and retired from the event. Waelti maintained his lead over Hatton despite two more caution flags before lap 20 when Fiscus flipped. Fiscus escaped injury in the accident.
Hatton shadowed Waelti before moving into the lead on the backstretch on the 27th lap. Cody Wisensel flipped one lap later. On the restart Hatton paced the field easily before fast qualifier Josh Wise moved into second, on the 32nd lap. Hatton maintained his advantage over Wise for the remainder of the distance despite heavy lapped traffic. Hatton driving the Huston Solution Racing Stealth-Mopar finished with a 3.24 second advantage. Doty who passed 18 cars after his early race spin finished third. Waelti, and Chad DeSelle rounded out the top five. Hatton holds a 28 point lead heading into the next series event at the facility on May 23.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 2 WISE 14.42 1 DOTY 1 WISE 1 HATTON
2 30 CAREY 14.458 2 KUHN 2 KOCH 2 WISE
3 99 KUHN 14.489 3 BRANSON 3 CALVERT 3 DOTY
4 15 HATTON 14.516 4 HESS 4 WEISENSEL 4 WAELTI
5 5 RAY 14.543 5 J.JONES 5 LUEBKE 5 DESELLE
6 51 HESS 14.604 HT 2   6 SHREFFLER 6 CALVERT
7 57 KOCH 14.656 1 SLOTTEN 7 ALTMANN 7 HESS
8 82 GOUGH 14.673 2 RAY 8 P.JONES 8 J.JONES
9 50 DOTY 14.71 3 GOUGH 9 CAREY 9 GOUGH
10 3 WAELTI 14.738 4 FISCUS 10 WOOD 10 BRANSON
11 7 FISCUS 14.828 5 CALLAHAN 11 TERRY
12 20 WEISENSEL 14.923 HT 3   12 LUEBKE
13 81 DESELLE 14.938 1 WAELTI 13 ALTMANN
14 40 KENDALL 14.967 2 HATTON 14 CALLAHAN
15 21 J.JONES 15.112 3 DESELLE 15 WEISENSEL
16 4 TERRY 15.115 4 LABROSSE 16 KUHN
17 87 SLOTTEN 15.124 5 TERRY 17 FISCUS
18 19 CALVERT 15.131   18 LABROSSE
19 93 LABROSSE 15.134 19 KOCH
20 6 CALLAHAN 15.136 20 SLOTTEN
21 71 BRANSON 15.246 21 RAY
22 29 P.JONES 15.53 DASH   22 SHREFFLER
23 43 LUEBKE 15.844 1 HATTON    
24 21 SCHREFFLER 15.856 2 RAY    
25 14 WOOD 15.879 3 KUHN    
26 10 LETHERBERRY 15.895 4 HESS    
27 8 ALTMANN 16.01 5 WISE    
28 7x FISCUS NT 6 CAREY