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Hatton caps off championship season with National victory

Scott HattonSun Prairie, WIs., Sep. 5, 2005- Scott Hatton finished off his second straight Badger Midget Series Championship season with a victory in the 24th annual Fireman's Nationals presented by Pepsi. The victory for Hatton allowed him to become the fifth multi-time winner of the event.
The event got off to a rocky start when Jeff Flesher flipped on the opening lap escaping injury setting up a complete restart. Danny Stratton quickly moved from fourth to the lead by completion of the first lap. Stratton held an incredible straightaway lead at the conclusion of lap four when second place Darren Hagen stalled on the track.
On the restart Hatton lined up second behind Stratton. Stratton again pulled away from the field and enjoyed a two second advantage when he began lapping the tail of the field on the 12th lap. Hatton and Brad Kuhn were waging an excellent battle for second when the event was stopped to a dramatic fire in Bryan Clauson's car.
Stratton, Hatton and Kuhn pulled away from the field on the restart. Hatton shadowed Stratton until the 34th lap when he drove under Stratton for the lead entering turn one. Once in the lead Hatton maintained a two car length-plus advantage over Stratton and Kuhn for the remainder of the race. The leaders spent the final ten laps in heavy lapped traffic. Hatton driving the Huston Solution Racing Stealth-Mopar finished 0.665 seconds ahead of Stratton, followed by Kuhn, fast qualifier Brandon Waelti and Aaron Fiscus. 
The field received the checkered flag on lap 49, one short of the scheduled distance, and ran the final lap under caution as a tribute to Kevin Doty. Doty whose car number was 50, had won the event a record five times, died of injuries last month from a Aug. 14 crash at the track. Hatton and his car owner Dwight Huston leads the list of honorees for the series awards banquet slated for Saturday Night Nov. 12 at the Angell Park Pavilion.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 3 WAELTI 14.813 1 WIPPERFURTH 1 STRATTON 1 HATTON
2 74 KUHN 14.841 2 HOEGSTED 2 WAELTI 2 STRATTON
3 13 PICKENS 14.921 3 KUHN 3 STROEHLE 3 KUHN
4 71X CLAUSON 14.946 4 ADAMS 4 FLESHER 4 WAELTI
5 15 HATTON 15.015 5 CLAUSON 5 HAGEN 5 FISCUS
6 17K ADAMS 15.092 HT 2   6 OLSON 6 DESELLE
7 2 STRATTON 15.11 1 QUINN 7 SLOTTEN 7 LUECKERT
8 71 HAGEN 15.125 2 LUECKERT 8 WALTERS 8 MUELLER
9 10 LUECKERT 15.207 3 PICKENS 9 KEELAN 9 ADAMS
10 19 STROEHLE 15.227 4 PERKINS 10 RAMSTACK 10 LIGHT
11 22 MUELLER 15.229 5 ADAMS 11 MAYHEW 11 QUINN
12 43NZ QUINN 15.253 HT 3   12 HOEGSTED 12 OLSON
13 99 WEISENSEL 15.285 1 DESELLE 13 CALLAHAN 13 LABROSSE
14 7 OLSON 15.299 2 KUHN 14 JORDAN 14 SHREFFLER
15 5W WALTERS 15.315 3 SHREFFLER 15 WIPERFURTH 15 PERKINS
16 88 FISCUS 15.335 4 MUELLER 16 SAUER 16 PICKENS
17 6 DESELLE 15.345 5 HATTON 17 K.DULL 17 SLOTTEN
18 87 SLOTTEN 15.352 HT 4   18 J.DULL 18 WEISENSEL
19 93 LABROSSE 15.358 1 LABROSSE 19 JONES 19 CLAUSON
20 21S SHREFFLER 15.371 2 FISCUS 20 HAGEN
21 40 FLESHER 15.418 3 LIGHT 21 STROEHLE
22 4 LIGHT 15.488 4 CLAUSON 22 FLESHER
23 21K MAYHEW 15.489 5 WEISENSEL
24 63 PERKINS 15.596 DASH      
25 2 RAMSTACK 15.619 1 HATTON      
26 17 KEELAN 15.679 2 PICKENS    
27 87X J.DULL 15.763 3 WAELTI    
28 6X CALLAHAN 15.765 4 KUHN    
29 29 JONES 15.883 5 ADAMS    
30 97 HOEGSTED 16.037 6 CLAUSON    
31 8 JORDAN 16.285        
32 9X WIPPERFURTH 16.514      
33 96 SAUER 16.538    
34 56 K.DULL 16.863    
35 43 LUEBKE NT