Stratton tops Badger Midgets at Antigo 

Danny StrattonBy Bryan Gapinski Antigo, Wis., July 7, 2007---Danny Stratton turned in a dominating performance Saturday Night capturing the 27-lap Mole Lake Casino/Lodge Lucky 7 Badger Midget Challenge for the Badger Midget Series at Langlade County Speedway. The event marked the first ever midget auto race in the facilities 45-year history.
Nick Lundgreen led the first two laps of the feature, before Davey Ray took the lead, with Stratton advancing four positions to sixth place. With Ray leading Stratton continued his charge moving to fourth place on the sixth lap and into second place, three laps later. At lap ten Ray held a 1.6 advantage over Stratton as the top five cars broke away from the field on a very fast race surface.
Stratton narrowed Ray's lead each lap and closed to his rear bumper on the 14th lap, before taking the lead on the next lap around the 1/2-mile dirt track. One lap later, the event was stopped when third place running Matt Smith hit the wall and flipped in turn 3. A minor delay took place for fence repairs.
On the restart Stratton assumed the lead, however the race pace was slowed by for two cautions during the next four laps for stalled cars. Stratton, the evening's fastest qualifier driving the Hans Lein owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger executed perfect restarts both times and cruised unchallenged over the final seven laps finishing 1.72 seconds ahead of three-time series champion Scott Hatton, Ray, Brandon Waelti, and New Zealand's Brad Mosen.

Feature Lap Leaders: Lundgreen 1-2, Ray 3-14, Stratton 15-27.
*Smith flipped on lap 16 of feature, uninjured.

QUAL       HT 1   B-FT   A-FT  
1 2 STRATTON 21.07 1 FISCUS 1 SMITH 1 STRATTON
2 2B MOSEN 21.184 2 DESELLE 2 WIPPERFURTH 2 HATTON
3 91 DUERST 21.188 3 LUNDGREEN 3 RAMSTACK 3 D.RAY
4 3 WAELTI 21.195 4 DUERST 4 EGGERT 4 WAELTI
5 15 HATTON 21.212 5 WIPPERFURTH 5 DREHER 5 MOSEN
6 2 STRATTON 21.301 HT 2   6 R.RAY 6 SCHENCK
7 19 SCHENCK 21.364 1 NOBLE 7 D.RAY 7 HESS
8 33 D.RAY 21.517 2 HATTON 8 WALTERS 8 DURST
9 41 LUNDGREEN 21.6 3 SLOTTEN 9 FUERST 9 SLOTTEN
10 14 SMITH 21.634 4 MOSEN 10 SHREFFLER 10 NOBLE
11 57 SLOTTEN 21.648 5 D.RAY 11 EGGERT
12 7 FISCUS 21.697 HT 3   12 FISCUS
13 44 HES 21.708 1 HESS 13 LUNDGREEN
14 2 RAMSTACK 21.805 2 SCHENCK 14 FUERST
15 4 WIPPERFURTH 21.831 3 WAELTI 15 RAMSTACK
16 98 EGGERT 21.961 4 STRATTON 16 R.RAY
17 9 NOBLE 21.981 5 SMITH 17 DESELLE
18 69 DREHER 22.132 DASH   18 WIPPERFURTH
19 5W WALTERS 22.254 1 DUERST 19 SMITH
20 28 FUERST 22.34 2 STRATTON 20 SHREFFLER
21 3R R.RAY 22.698 3 MOSEN 21 WALTERS
22 21S SHREFFLER 22.734 4 WAELTI
5 DESELLE
6 HATTON