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Hatton Tops Fireman's Nationals

Scott HattonBy Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., September 5, 2004--Scott Hatton capped off his Badger Midget Series championship season in style, capturing the 23rd annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Coca-Cola, Sunday Night at Angell Park Speedway.
Aaron Fiscus paced the initial two laps, before Aaron Fike moved into the lead. The caution appeared for a stalled car on the fourth lap. On the restart Hatton moved into second place. A four car tangle brought out the caution on the sixth lap, and at the same time Rick Mueller flipped.
On the restart Fike, and Hatton pulled away from the field, as the fast groove moved to the top of the track. Hatton moved around Fike, and took the lead as the pair crossed the line to complete lap ten. Hatton, Fike, and Brad Kuhn pulled away from the field as Hatton began lapping slower cars on the 15th lap.
Hatton opened up a two second lead when Randy Koch stalled on the track, on the 23rd lap. On the restart Kuhn moved into second place, however moments later, his right rear wheel came loose, ending his race. Hatton held a three second lead over Fike, when the yellow appeared for another stalled car on the 34th lap.
Hatton again controlled the event on the restart, with ten laps Fike trailed Hatton by five car lengths. A tightly bunched pack of cars raced for third through seventh positions running multiple grooves behind the pair.
Australia's Adam Clarke passed Fike for second with seven laps remaining. Hatton driving the Huston Solution Stealth/Mopar finished ahead of Clarke, Fike, Brandon Waelti, and Danny Stratton. Kevin Doty who started 22nd, Chad DeSelle, fast qualifier Michael Pickens, Mike Hess, and Chad Branson completed the top ten.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 31 PICKENS 14.665 1 CALVERT 1 KUHN 1 HATTON
2 74 KUHN 14.669 2 WOOD 2 HESS 2 CLARKE
3 13 CLARKE 14.729 3 DOTY 3 MUELLER 3 FIKE
4 5 HESSERT 14.761 4 KEELAN 4 FISCUS 4 WAELTI
5 20 WEISENSEL 14.779 5 LABROSSE 5 OLSON 5 STRATTON
6 7X HESS 14.782 HT 2   6 DOTY 6 DOTY
7 15 HATTON 14.79 1 FORBES 7 CALVERT 7 DESLLE
8 81 DESELLE 14,802 2 BRANSON 8 DROUD 8 PICKENS
9 95 FIKE 14.804 3 GERSTER 9 STROEHLE 9 HESS
10 3 WAELTI 14.835 4 FIKE 10 J.JONES 10 BRANSON
11 11 WISE 14.885 5 CLARKE 11 KEELAN 11 DROUD
12 7 FISCUS 14.886 HT 3   12 WALTERS 12 GOUGH
13 7M MALONE 15.043 1 KOCH 13 MAYHEW 13 OLSON
14 22 MUELLER 15.075 2 STRATTON 14 LABROSSE 14 TERRY
15 94 GERSTER 15.091 3 FLESHER 15 SCHREFFLER 15 FORBES
16 21 MAYHEW 15.092 4 WEISENSEL 16 P.JONES 16 CALVERT
17 2 STRATTON 15.098 5 DESELLE 17 MALONE 17 KUHN
18 71 BRANSON 15.109 HT4   18 SLOTTEN 18 KOCH
19 6 TERRY 15.11 1 HATTON 19 HESSERT 19 GERSTER
20 57 KOCH 15.11 2 WAELTI 20 COONAN 20 FISCUS
21 29 P.JONES 15.117 3 PICKENS 21 WOOD 21 MUELLER
22 82 GOUGH 15.148 4 TERRY 22 FLESHER
23 40 FLESHER 15.206 5 GOUGH C-FT 23 WEISENSEL
24 95J FORBES 15.215 DASH   1 DROUD    
25 4 OLSON 15.234 1 HESS 2 J.JONES    
26 50 DOTY 15.256 2 CLARKE 3 WALTERS    
27 9 STROEHLE 15.257 3 KUHN 4 SLOTTEN    
28 81X COONAN 15.258 4 WEISENSEL 5 SHREFFLER    
29 19 CALVERT 15.267 5 HESSERT 6 LEJEUNE    
30 93 LABROSSE 15.309 6 PICKENS 7 NASH    
31 14 WOOD ,15.399     8 DULL    
32 5H KEELAN 15.336   9 ANDERSON    
33 99 DROUD 15.426 10 RAMSTACK    
34 39 RAMSTACK 15.46    
35 21 J.JONES 15.49    
36 51 NASH 15.568    
37 87 SLOTTEN 15.63    
38 34 LEJEUNE 15.658    
39 39 RAMSTACK 15.755        
40 21S SHREFFLER 15.944        
41 36 ANDERSON 16.12        
42 56 DULL 16.172            
43 43 LUEBKE NT