Hatton holds off Coons for Charter Raceway Victory

Scott HattonBy Bryan Gapinski Beaver Dam,Wis.,May 31, 2008---Scott Hatton held off a late race charge from Jerry Coons Jr. to win "Round Two of Duel at the Dam", 30-lap Badger Midget Series feature, Saturday Night at Charter Raceway Park. 
Hatton jumped into the lead at the start, while both of the events cautions occurred during the first three laps. Hatton stretched his lead on the restart, while Dave Darland, passed eight cars in the first four laps moving into third place. Hatton increased his lead over a tightly bunched field racing for positions second-sixth place.
Hatton held a 4.8 second lead at the midway point, when he began lapping the tail of the field. Coons moved into second place, two laps later. By lap 20 Coons cut Hatton's advantage to 2.6 seconds, as the pair pulled away from the field. Coons closed to within a car length of Hatton with five laps remaining, with both drivers running on the cushion. Coons made a pass for the lead on the 27th lap entering Turn 3, taking the lead. Exiting Turn 4 Coons brushed the wall, allowing Hatton to regain the top position. 
Hatton driving the Huston Solution owned Stealth/Mopar#15 finished two-car lengths ahead of Coons at the finish for his first series victory since Sept. 4, 2005. Darland, Bobby East and Brandon Waelti completed the top five, with all but one car finishing the feature event.

QUAL       HT 1   B FEAT   A FEAT  
1 7 KUHN 14.855 1 COONS 1 DARLAND 1 HATTON
2 41 LUNDGREEN 15.096 2 GALDREDGE 2 FISCUS 2 COONS
3 67 ALTIG 15.106 3 LUEBKE 3 WIPPERFURTH 3 DARLAND
4 11 COONS 15.125 4 BARBER 4 SHREFFLER 4 EAST
5 4X EAST 15.223 5 FISCUS 5 GOUGH 5 WAELTI
6 2 D.RAY 15.247 HT 2   6 D.RAY 6 ALTIG
7 4 HESS 15.31 1 HESS 7 NOBLE 7 HESS
8 90 BARBER 15.36 2 DESELLE 8 BUDRES 8 SHREFFLER
9 15 HATTON 15.379 3 WAELTI 9 HOEGSTED 9 LUNDGREEN
10 21 SHREFFLER 15.384 4 ALTIG 10 MECUM 10 FISCUS
11 9 DARLAND 15.4 5 DARLAND 11 BARBER
12 29 GALDREDGE 15.415 HT 3 12 LOYET
13 5 LOYET 15.451 1 D.RAY 13 D.RAY
14 5W WALTERS 15.517 2 LUNDGREEN 14 SLOTTEN
15 19 WIPPERFURTH 15.528 3 SWANSON 15 GALDREDGE
16 7 FISCUS 15.569 4 SLOTTEN 16 DESELLE
17 96 BREWER 15.656 5 SHREFFLER 17 WIPPERFURTH
18 8 MECUM 15.66 HT 4   18 R.RAY
19 14 GOUGH 15.668 1 LOYET 19 SWANSON
20 43 LUEBKE 15.698 2 EAST 20 NOBLE
21 3R R.RAY 15.754 3 KUHN 21 GOUGH
22 19X SWANSON 15.92 4 HATTON 22 LUEBKE
23 57 DESELLE 16.096 5 R.RAY
24 31 BUDRES 16.129  
25 97 HOEGSTED 16.514    
26 87 SLOTTEN 17.34  
27 71 NOBLE NT