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Lehmann Tops DQ Clash 

Donnie LehmannCanton, Ill., Apr. 10, 2005--Donnie Lehmann captured the DQ Clash 30-lap Gateway/Badger Midget Series co-sanctioned event Sunday Night at Spoon River Speedway. The event opened the season for both sanctioning groups.
Brandon Waelti jumped into the lead at the start, pacing the initial four circuits, before polesitter Danny Stratton moved under Waelti for the lead exiting turn two. Stratton pulled away from the field, and had a two second advantage when the first caution appeared on the eighth lap.
Stratton held a two car length lead over Waelti, while Lehmann, Steve Knepper, and Davey Ray waged an excellent battle for third place during the race's mid stages. A three car tangle on the 18th lap bunched up the field for a restart. During the caution a section of the track lighting malfunctioned causing darkness. The field was stopped for the light repair,and the feature restarted 20 minutes later. During the red flag Ray, and three other drivers made tire changes moving them to the tail of the field. 
Two laps after the restart Lehmann moved into second place, and passed Stratton for the lead on the same lap. Positions began to change behind Lehmann over the final ten laps which also saw three cautions. Lehmann finished 2.07 seconds ahead of Knepper, defending Gateway Series champion Mike Hess who started 21st charged to finish third ahead of Shane Hollingsworth, and Ray recovered from his tire change to round out the top five finishers. 
"We had our car set up for the final ten laps, and just hung around the front of the field until that point" commented Lehmann who has scored countless midget feature victories during his 18-year career, however it was his first feature victory in a Badger sanctioned event.
The Badger series continues on Apr. 30 at the Butler Battlegrounds Speedway (Quincy,Mich.), while Gateway returns to action on May 15 at Belle-Clair Speedway (Belleville, Ill.).

DRAW     HT 1   B-FT -1 A-FT  
1 20 WEISENSEL 1 WAELTI 1 WEYANT 1 LEHMAM
2 86 D.CAMFIELD JR 2 RAY 2 FISCUS 2 KNEPPER
3 30 CAREY 3 KNEPPER 3 HESS 3 HESS
4 25 MYERS 4 WEISENSEL 4 B. KUHN 4 HOLLINGSWORTH
5 3 WAELTI 5 ERFURTH 5 R. CAMFIELD 5 RAY
6 52 MONTGOMERY 6 BECKWITH 6 WAELTI
7 22 MUELLER 7 ADLER 7 STRATTON
8 5x RILEY 8 ERFURTH 8 GOUGH
9 51 HESS 9 HOWE 9 SINER
10 ,05 HUMMEL     10 SHREFFLER 10 MARRIETTA
11 15 SINER HT 2   11 D. CAMFIELD JR 11 WEYANT
12 ,00 HEISS 1 MONTGOMERY 12 JORDAN 12 HEISS
13 8 JORDAN 2 HUMMEL 13 MUELLER
14 31 HOWE 3 LOYET 14 LOYET
15 50 ADLER 4 MARIETTA 15 FORBES
16 87 SLOTTEN 5 WEYANT 16 FISCUS
17 2 STRATTON B-FT -2 17 DESELLE
18 187 R. CAMFIELD 1 DESELLE 18 KUHN
19 120 MARIETTA 2 GOUGH 19 CAREY
20 0.02 RAMSTACK     3 R. KUHN 20 HUMMEL
21 21 STROUD HT 3   4 JONES 21 MONTGOMERY
22 16 ANDERSON 1 MUELLER 5 PRUET 22 WEISENSEL
23 74 B. KUHN 2 SINER 6 DULL
24 99 WEYANT 3 CAREY 7 STROUD
25 10k R. KUHN 4 FORBES 8 McDUFFY
26 82 GOUGH 5 DESELLE 9 SOMMERFIELD
27 79 ERFURTH 10 MYERS
28 17k ADAMS 11 MOUNCE
29 21s SHREFFLER 12 SLOTTEN
30 6d DESELLE   13 RILEY
31 31x LEHMANN HT 4   14 ANDERSON    
32 5 RAY 1 STRATTON 15 LUEBKE  
33 51x BRANSON 2 LEHMAN
34 57 SOMMERFIELD 3 HOLLINGSWORTH
35 56 K DULL 4 HEISS
36 43 LUEBKE 5 MYERS
37 7 FISCUS
38 39 BECKWITH
39 95j FORBES
40 21x JONES    
41 25 KNEPPER  
42 ,05 LOYET    
43 33 McDUFFY    
44 85 HOLLINGSWORTH    
45 12j MOUNCE    
46 37p PRUETT