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Monday, August 19th, 2013
Slinger, Wis., Aug. 18—Defending super late model track champion, Dennis Prunty captured his first feature victory of the season by winning the Pomp’s Tire 60 over Conrad Morgan Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“It feels good and it’s been a long time, “Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “We’ve been fast all year but just had bad luck everywhere we went.”
“Everybody said Conrad (Morgan) was really flying, “Prunty continued as he described the battle with Morgan, who worked his way through the field into second to have a final shot at the win when a late caution appeared with 13 laps to go, “But they didn’t know I was taking it easy and saving my tires so I had something for him there at the end.”
“I don’t blame Dennis (Prunty) for saving his tires,” Morgan quickly quipped immediately following the winner’s interview, “Because when you start up front you can.” Prunty began the event from the fourth position, three spots ahead of Morgan.
“I tried everything I could do,” Morgan continued, “But this wasn’t the first time he was leading a race when the caution came out late and he did great.”
Eric Fransen and Michael Bilderback led the field to the green flag and while they raced side by side, Fransen was able to edge ahead at the stripe to lead as the caution waved following a spin by Tom Hromadka in turn one. Fransen picked up right where he left off prior to the caution and led the restart as the inside lane proved to be advantageous early with Dale Prunty sliding into second and Dennis Prunty tucked right behind him racing with the outside running Bilderback for third. Dale Prunty was able to peek the nose of his car toward Fransen’s inside exiting turn four and when Fransen attempted to close the door in turn one, his maneuver was met with a nudge in his left rear corner which was enough to allow Dale Prunty to take the lead. Dennis Prunty followed suit the next lap and also worked the inside line to grab second, leaving Fransen to race with Bilderback over third. The Prunty brothers began to drive away out front with Dennis pressuring Dale for the lead and when Dale’s car washed wide in turn four on lap nine, Dennis found the opening he needed to make the inside pass for the top spot. Once out front Dennis began to open up a sizeable advantage over Dale while behind them Steve Apel used the low groove to pass by both Fransen and Bilderback to move into third as Travis Dassow and Conrad Morgan also advanced forward to enter the top five a few laps later. Apel ran down Dale Prunty and latched onto his bumper in a race for second but as the race progressed into the second half, the driver on the move was Morgan, who first passed Dassow to secure fourth and then tracked down Dale Prunty and Apel to set up a three car battle for the second slot. With Dennis Prunty comfortably out front, Apel tried the outside lane in a bid to overtake Dale Prunty for second but the move backfired when Morgan instantly filled the inside lane opening and snagged third place, dispatching Apel to fourth. This time it was Morgan’s turn to try the outside to get around Dale Prunty, but unlike Apel’s bid earlier, Morgan’s car handled well in the top groove and he completed the pass to move into the runner-up spot. Once he was alone in second, Morgan noticeably cut into Dennis Prunty’s lead but appeared to be too far back to mount a serious challenge. That changed drastically on lap 47 when an apparent suspension failure on Michael Bilderback’s car sent him sailing hard into the turn one wall to produce the caution flag and erase Dennis Prunty’s advantage over Morgan. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart while Morgan lined up alongside in the high groove and after an aborted start, the two raced side by side into turn one. Morgan held tough on the outside and he remained even with Prunty for a lap and a half before Prunty was able to push ahead exiting turn two. Morgan instantly ducked into the inside lane ahead of Apel to secure second while Dale Prunty and Dassow raced for third just ahead of Rob Braun and Lowell Bennett. Dennis Prunty would not be denied over the final laps and he drove to his first super late model feature win of the season while Morgan settled for a strong second. Apel crossed the stripe in third while Travis Dassow finished fourth. Rob Braun gained positions in the closing laps and he rounded out the top five in fifth.
Mike Egan won the super late model semi-feature over Mike Borchardt and Braison Bennett. Corey Funk and Nick Wagner finished fourth and fifth respectively. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Jake Vanoskey, Fred Winn, and Dennis Prunty. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.574 seconds.
Alex Prunty ended a two month victory drought by holding off Mike Lichtfeld to win the 40-lap late model feature.
Jack Stern used the outside lane to lead the early laps before Lichtfeld took over the top spot with an aggressive pass in turn one. After Lichtfeld took the lead, Stern tried to make the high line work but despite being persistent, he gradually faded to fifth as Ryan DeStefano, Dan Church, and Alex Prunty all raced by on the inside. While the top two remained steady, Prunty used the high lane to grab third from Church while Adam Peschek entered the top five in fifth. A hard lick into the turn three wall by Tim Lange drew the first caution flag on lap 29 and as the field lined up for the restart, Prunty took advantage of the cone as he chose to test the outside and lined up next to Lichtfeld who continued to lead. As racing resumed, Lichtfeld and Prunty fiercely battled for the lead, trading paint on some laps before the caution flag waved again on lap 31 when John DeAngelis hit the turn three wall following some hard racing with Jerry Mueller. Just after the caution was shown, Bennett looped his car in turn four and the ensuing traffic jam damaged the cars of Tyler Schley, Jack Stern, and Justin Poenitsch. Lichtfeld and Prunty renewed their battle for the lead on the restart with Lichtfeld in the low lane and Prunty working the top. Lichtfeld’s car kicked loose slightly entering turn one which in turn twitched Prunty’s car loose as well as both drivers maintained control but behind them, Dan Church’s car washed loose after he attempted to allow Lichtfeld and Prunty to save their cars. As Church tried to straighten his car, contact was made with Braison Bennett and Bennett’s car momentarily ramped over Church’s machine as he tried to pass by on the inside. The result was Bennett’s car sliding through the infield and the caution flag waved as cars scattered behind him. Officials deemed the situation was set up by incidental contact between the lead cars and all drivers maintained their positions for the restart. This time Prunty, as the leader, chose the inside line and left Lichtfeld to take the outside groove. The decision paid off as Prunty was able to charge into the lead and hold off Lichtfeld over the final four laps and secure the victory. Lichtfeld finished in second while Ryan DeStefano took the checkered flag in third. Braison Bennett and Adam Peschek rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Ryan Farrell and Mike Lichtfeld were the winner of the late model heat races while Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.632 seconds.
Kody Hubred drove to his fifth feature victory of the season in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event.
Ken Schraufnagel paced the early laps over Nick Egan while Mark Fogel, Kody Hubred, and Kyle Chwala sliced their way through the field. Fogel took to the high lane to drive around both Egan and Schraufnagel to take the lead and Hubred and Chwala each made similar moves a few laps later to take over second and third respectively. Hubred dogged Fogel for the lead for several laps first trying the high side to get by and then eventually taking command of the race with an inside pass on Fogel a few laps later. Chwala also used the inside lane to advance into second a few laps later while Bill Prietzel joined the lead battle in fourth. Once out front, Hubred could not be caught and he drove to the victory over Chwala who was forced to settle for second at the checkered flag. Prietzel was able to pass Fogel for third at the finish, leaving Fogel with a fourth place result. Brad Hetzel finished fifth.
Area Sportsman heat race wins were captured by Ken Schraufnagel and Kody Hubred while Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 13.279 seconds.
Brandon Tackes passed Nick Schmidt following a late caution flag to win the Slinger Bee feature. Schmidt, who led many laps of the feature, finished in second while Marty Tackes took the checkered flag in third. Heather Stark and Matthew Rose completed the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively.
Al Roberts was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races and Ryan Lovald drove to the win in the Figure 8 event.
By Dan Margetta
Monday, June 17th, 2013
Slinger, Wis., June 16—James Swan passed Lowell Bennett with eleven laps to go and drove to his third super late model feature victory of the season in the PMF Landscape Supply 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“Holy Cow,” an excited Swan exclaimed from victory lane, “I don’t know what to say…I didn’t expect to win one, but three? This is Awesome!”
Dale Prunty darted to the early lead at the drop of the green flag as the inside line gained the advantage with Mike Graczkowski moving into second ahead of Lowell Bennett, Chris Blawat, and Nick Wagner. The caution flag flew quickly on lap two when Jake Vanoskey’s car looped around off turn four and as the field lined up for the restart, Graczkowski and Blawat chose the outside groove with leader Prunty and the rest taking the inside lane. As racing resumed, Prunty once again drove to the lead with Bennett and Jeff Holtz moving into second and third respectively via the inside lane. Graczkowski tried to make the outside line work, racing high on the speedway in an attempt to build up momentum off the corners and he held his own until lap nine when his car swapped ends in turn four to produce the second caution flag. Prunty lined up on the inside for the restart with Bennett and Blawat choosing the high line and Holtz and Michael Bilderback on the bottom lane. Bennett timed the restart perfectly and he and Prunty battled side by side for the top spot as the green flag waved. The two ran door to door for several laps with Bennett driving hard into the turns on the outside, gradually gaining ground with strong runs off the turns. Bennett was able clear Prunty for the lead on lap 16 as behind them, Holtz and Bilderback held down third and fourth respectively as James Swan entered the top five by working his way around Blawat. Behind the top six, an aggressive battle began to brew between Rob Braun and Dennis Prunty as they worked their way forward. With Bennett still leading over Dale Prunty, Swan briefly ducked to the inside of Bilderback in fourth, but the passing attempt was short-lived as the caution flag waved for a third time on lap 22 for Nick Wagner’s car which slid to the track apron after racing for position with Dave McCardle. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and the lane choice backfired on him as he began to fade when racing resumed, leaving Bennett leading over Holtz and Bilderback as Swan quickly ducked from his outside lane restart position back to the inside behind Bilderback. While Bennett began to click off laps as the leader, Swan began to click off positions as he first moved around Bilderback for third and then caught Holtz for second place to set his sights on Bennett for the lead. Swan made up a lot of real estate on Bennett as the leaders encountered lapped traffic and as they worked the lapped cars, Swan was on Bennett’s rear bumper. Bennett began to have difficulty keeping his car in the bottom groove off the corners which allowed Swan to turn under him off turn two and draw alongside for the lead. Bennett and Swan raced side by side for several laps before Swan edged ahead off turn four on lap 49 and then was able to barely squeeze in front of Bennett as they came upon another lapped car in turn one. Once out front, Swan was able to hold Bennett off as he drove to his third feature win of the season. Bennett had to settle for second place at the finish while Jeff Holtz finished a strong third. Dennis Prunty and Rob Braun continued their battle all the way to the finish as they banged doors at the stripe with Prunty barely edging Braun in fourth. Michael Bilderback finished in sixth ahead of Conrad Morgan and Dale Prunty while Steve Apel and Mike Egan rounded out the top ten finishers.
Tommy Hromadka, Dennis Prunty, and Michael Bilderback all captured heat race victories while James Swan was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.458 seconds.
Alex Prunty changed his traditional #11 to #39, the number his father Dan competed with at the speedway, and drove the special Father’s Day scheme to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Al Stippich and Bill Prietzel led the field to the green flag and they raced alongside each other for two laps before Stippich’s car washed wide off turn four, carrying Prietzel’s machine with it and opening the door for Alex Prunty to charge to the lead on the inside. Mike Lichtfeld, Ryan DeStefano, and John DeAngelis also used the inside lane to advance around Stippich and Prietzel. Prunty maintained the lead while Lichtfeld tried to close the gap from second as DeStefano and DeAngelis were close behind in third and fourth when the caution flag waved on lap eleven as Prietzel and Ryan Farrell locked wheels in turn four and spun around. Prunty took the inside for the restart with Lichtfeld taking the high line and as racing resumed, Prunty darted to the lead as Litchtfeld battled with DeStefano over second. Lichtfeld eventually was able to claim second from DeStefano as Prunty increased his lead on the field. Prunty could not be caught in the closing laps and he drove to the victory over Lichtfeld and DeStefano while Dan Church and Braison Bennett rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Alex Prunty and John DeAngelis each scored late model heat race wins while Dan Church set fast time at 12.673 seconds.
Kyle Chwala passed Mark DePorter for the lead of the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature on lap 22 and drove to his third victory of the season. Kody Hubred also worked his way around DePorter late in the race to finish second while DePorter finished a strong third. John Daley and Mark Fogel crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth respectively. Tyler Schley and Kody Hubred were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier at 13.453 seconds.
Steve Dickson took the lead of the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature on lap 17 and held off Nick Schmidt for the victory. Carl Benn finished in third place while Jacob Schraufnagel and Ryan Savage were fourth and fifth respectively. Allen Maher won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Nicole Mueller and the two transferred into the main event. Slinger Bees heat race wins were recorded by Dale Kiley-Schaefer, Jacob Schraufnagel, and Nick Schmidt. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.004 seconds.
Dennis Prunty won the five lap grudge match between himself and Al Roberts with Prunty wheeling a 1981 Pontiac Firebird and Roberts driving his souped up pick-up truck. Roberts returned later in the evening to win the Spectator Eliminator races, driving his truck to victory over a BMW. Ron Schmitt topped the wild Figure 8 race to bring the evening to a close.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
Slinger, Wis., July 8— Alex Prunty claimed top honors in the King of the Highbanks 60-lap late model feature while Mike Egan held off Dennis Prunty to score his first super late model feature victory of the season in the Netwurx 50 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
King of the High Banks Late Model Winner Alex Prunty
“This feels good, “Prunty exclaimed from victory lane after turning back a strong challenge from Zack Riddle before taking the win over Gregg Pawelski and John DeAngelis Jr., “Zack Riddle had one of the fastest cars out there and I gave him the outside…he didn’t want the outside but he wasn’t getting the inside from me.”
Super Late Model Winner Mike Egan
Al Stippich led the opening circuits of the 60-lap late model feature while the rest of the field raced in two-by-two formation behind him with Ryan DeStefano, Dan Church, Gregg Pawelski, and Braison Bennett rounding out the top five. Behind them, Alex Prunty, Zack Riddle, and John DeAngelis battled for sixth all within striking distance of the lead. With Stippich still out front, the inside lane advanced forward as Church and Bennett found themselves caught on the outside as DeStefano, Pawelski, Prunty, DeAngelis, and Riddle all passed by on the inside. DeStefano made a bid for the lead to the inside of Stippich on lap eight and took the top spot a lap later while Prunty challenged for Stippich for second, moving alongside just before the caution flag flew for Nick Wendt’s car which slowed after a minor tangle with Rich Hinerichsen on lap ten.
King of the High Banks Late Model Action 0 Destefano 11 Prunty
DeStefano chose the inside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, maintained the lead while Stippich held tough on the outside for two laps before Prunty and DeAngelis were able to race to the inside to take second and third respectively as Stippich lost ground on the high side. Bennett and Riddle also moved into fourth and fifth as Stippich looked for room on the inside with Pawelski caught on the outside as well directly behind him. Meanwhile, up front, Prunty made a quick bid for the lead on the inside of DeStefano and when that move was blocked, took to the top side to draw even with DeStefano for the top spot. Prunty and DeStefano raced door to door for the lead for three laps before Prunty was able to power ahead off turn four on lap 19 while DeAngelis and Riddle worked their way into third and fourth with Bennett holding off Stippich for fifth.
Late Model Fast Time Zack Riddle
As Prunty continued to lead over DeStefano, Riddle was able to sneak the nose of this car under DeAngelis’ left rear fender and edge into third place just before the second caution flag waved on lap 26 for a tangle in turn four involving Adam Peschek and Rob Myers. Prunty was able to power to the lead over DeStefano and Riddle on the restart as Bennett and DeAngelis raced over fourth place with Pawelski and Andy Wendt close behind. Bennett and Pawelski both worked the low line to pass DeAngelis who finally found an opening down low to slot in sixth just ahead of Wendt with Prunty still leading over DeStefano. As Prunty began to ease away slightly, Riddle was able to turn to the inside of DeStefano to take second which opened the door for Bennett to move into third as DeStefano found himself in a side by side battle with Pawelski over fourth. Pawelski eventually took the fourth position a few laps later as the leaders settled down in single file order with Prunty enjoying a comfortable margin over Riddle, Bennett, Pawelski, and DeStefano. Stippich momentarily lost control of his car off turn four on lap 50 and slid toward the infield which drew the caution flag when he attempted to rejoin the race in turn one, erasing Prunty’s advantage over Riddle and Bennett. Prunty used the inside lane to pull ahead of Riddle for the lead on the restart but Riddle remained in Prunty’s tire tracks, making Prunty aware of his presence with a few taps on the left rear corner of Prunty’s bumper. Pawelski held the third spot as the caution waved once again on lap 51 when Bennett spun in turn four while racing over fourth with DeStefano, relegating both cars to the rear for the restart and moving Andy Wendt and DeAngelis into the top five. Riddle worked the outside and kept even with Prunty for a few laps after the race went back to green but Prunty proved to be too strong on the inside as he once again drove to the lead. Pawelski and DeAngelis took advantage of Riddle’s plight on the outside and both drove around in the low groove to move into second and third, leaving Riddle to battle with Wendt and Mike Lichtfield over fourth. Prunty turned back all challenges in the final laps and he drove to the victory over Pawelski and DeAngelis while Lichtfield muscled his way past Riddle in the closing circuits to finish fourth.
Nick Wendt won the late model semi-feature over John Baumeister and Adam Peschek while Rich Hinerichsen and Andy Wendt rounded out the top five. Mike Lichtfield and Nick Wendt each scored late model heat race victories while Ryan DeStefano won the late model fast dash. Zack Riddle was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.401 seconds.
“That was awesome, “ an excited Mike Egan stated from victory lane after a hard fought battle for the win in the 50-lap super late model feature, “Conrad Morgan and I battled for fifteen laps side by side and I think we touched one time and that was it and then I saw that big orange #42 (Dennis Prunty) behind me and he told me earlier he was going to wreck me if I parked in the corners, so I figured I had better not.”
Figure 8 Winner Scott Goetzke
Conrad Morgan and Rob Braun led the field to the green flag and they traded the lead in the opening laps with Morgan on the inside and Braun working well on the outside as Mike Egan, Dennis Prunty and Lowell Bennett followed behind them. Morgan eventually worked the low line to pull ahead out front as Egan and Braun staged a side by side battle for second while Bennett took over fourth ahead of Prunty and Dan Jung. While Braun ran well on the high side, he couldn’t sustain the momentum as Egan, Bennett, and Prunty used the low groove to get by, leaving Braun to race with Steve Apel who advanced forward to join the top five. Pete Wiedmeyer and Nick Wagner made contact on the frontstretch and Wiedmeyer’s right front wheel climbed over Wagner’s left rear tire and rode up to Wagner’s door as the cars entered turn one stuck together. Both cars made contact with the turn one wall with Wagner backing into the fence and Wiedmeyer hitting the concrete nearly head on as the caution flag waved on lap 21. Morgan chose the low side for the restart, leaving Egan to the outside and as the green waved, Egan was able to get a strong run off the corners to remain even with Morgan as they battled for the lead. Egan and Morgan raced door to door for the top spot, trading the lead for several laps as Bennett, Prunty, and Apel followed, waiting for the top two to make a mistake. Egan was finally able to power ahead of Morgan as they entered turn three, clearing him just enough to drop to the inside to take the lead on lap 35 just before the caution flag waved for a second time a lap later when Rob Braun and Chris Blawat tangled in turn three while racing for position. This time Egan chose the low side for the restart leaving Morgan to the outside and as racing resumed, Egan charged to the point, leaving Morgan to battle with Prunty who filled the gap on the inside in a bid for second. Behind them, Apel and Bennett fought over fourth with both cars getting sideways momentarily after Apel was tagged slightly by the car behind him. Prunty began to chase Egan for the lead while Apel recovered to track down Morgan for third with Bennett close behind. Prunty could get to Egan’s bumper but was unable to make a serious charge for the lead as Egan drove to his first super late model feature win of the season. Prunty settled for second place at the finish while Apel took the checkered flag in third just ahead of Bennett and Morgan in fourth and fifth respectively. Dan Jung finished sixth and Fred Winn was seventh while Mike Graczkowski, Jerry Eckhardt, and Chris Ratajczyk rounded out the top ten finishers.
Slinger Bee Winner Steve Dickson
Mike Egan also won the super late model fast dash while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.483 seconds.
James Swan took the lead on lap seven and went on to capture his sixth feature win of the season in the Midwest Sportsman 30-lap main event. Ryan Farrell drove the car normally piloted by Carl Benn to a second place finish while Kyle Chwala finished third in his first trip to the speedway this season. Jay Shambeau and Jack Stern crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth respectively. Ryan Farrell won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan topped all qualifiers after touring the speedway in 13.044 seconds.
Schaefer’s Service Kids giving the command to start engines
Brad Hetzel edged Nick Egan in a photo finish to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature, making the charge for the lead in the final corner of the final lap. John Daley finished third followed by Tyler Schley and Tim Kreuser. John Daley was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel set fast time at 13.663 seconds.
Steve Dickson was the winner of the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Schmidt and Grant Griesebach. Ricky Heinan took the checkered flag in fourth and Brandon Tackes was fifth. Nick Schmidt was the winner of the first Slinger Bee heat over Steve Dickson and Grant Griesebach while Paul Reagles and Ricky Heinan were fourth and fifth respectively. Dave Schmidt won the second Slinger Bee heat over Ryan Savage and Ethan Roskopf. Zack Welter was fourth and Dave Lembke finished fifth. Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier at 15.188 seconds. Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race to close the evening.
Next Sunday July 15th AT&T The Real Yellow Pages presents the YP.com night at the races. A 50 lap Super Late Model Feature will highlight the evening. Super Late Models will be joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s and the Wild and Crazy Figure 8′s. Gates open at 4 pm, qualifying is at 4:45 with opening ceremonies at 6:30 and racing to follow.
By Dan Margetta
Monday, June 25th, 2012
Slinger, Wis.,—Steve Apel steered clear of the early incidents that plagued the Keith’s Marina 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his second super late model feature victory of the season, taking the checkered flag ahead of Rich Bickle.
“Everyone on this team is just awesome, “Apel told the crowd from victory lane after dedicating the win to his father who returned to the track after being away due to health reasons, “The car was on a rail tonight and I’m just the lucky one behind the wheel.”
Rob Braun and Jeff Holtz brought the field to the green flag and Lowell Bennett’s car immediately slowed from the outside of the second row and as Bennett drifted high in turns one and two, Dennis Prunty and Donavan Morgan ducked to the inside in possible anticipation of Bennett leaving the race track. That set up a three-wide situation in turn two and contact between Prunty and Bennett, sent Bennett’s car hard into the concrete at the exit of turn two right side first. The event was stopped under the red flag as safety personnel tended to Bennett who exited his car under his own power but entered the ambulance with a possible shoulder injury.
After the clean-up, the race was restarted with Braun and Holtz remaining out front but after only a single lap was completed, Dennis Prunty’s car spun wildly out of fourth place and sailed into the turn one wall, making hard contact with both the left rear and the left front as Dan Jung’s car pulled into the infield with a fluid leak. Again as racing resumed, Braun and Holtz led the field with Mike Egan and Steve Apel behind them and Holtz jumped out to the early lead but just as the second lap was in the books, Conrad Morgan’s car broke loose in turn one and as he caught the car, he made contact with Donavan Morgan who was racing to his outside. Donavan Morgan’s car veered to the right and climbed the turn two wall with the right side of his car before coming to rest in turn two with the caution flag waving again. The race finally achieved a clean restart and Holtz established himself as the leader while Mike Egan and Rob Braun battled side by side for second ahead of Steve Apel, Dale Prunty, and Brad Keith. Egan took the second spot with an inside move as Apel and Prunty followed along to take third and fourth respectively as Braun found himself caught on the outside until he could get back to the low groove in fifth. Apel quickly made his way around Egan for second and traced down Holtz for the lead, racing on his bumper by lap 13. Two laps later, Apel took to the outside lane to pull even with Holtz and after two determined laps, Apel powered to the lead off turn two as Holtz fell into line in second ahead of Egan, Prunty, and Keith. With the lead cars stabilized, Rich Bickle was the man on the move, slicing his way forward from the back of the field to advance within sight of the top five. Egan drifted high in turns three and four which opened the door for Dale Prunty to drive by on the inside for third place as Keith filled the gap and raced Egan over fourth. Egan and Keith raced door to door for several laps before Egan took a high line out of turn four while Keith’s tail end twitched loose momentarily and as Egan swung down from the high groove and Keith corrected up from the loose condition, the cars made door contact just past the start-finish line. The contact knocked Keith’s car out of shape slightly as Egan tried to gain momentum on the outside and as the cars exited turn two, they once again made slight door contact which this time was enough to propel Egan ahead as they entered turn three. The battle ended quickly however as Egan’s car went around in turn four following contact with Keith’s bumper and with the caution flag waving on lap 47, both cars were sent to the rear of the field for the restart. Apel led the field back to green as Holtz immediately dropped in line behind him while Prunty tried to fend off Bickle for third as Braun and Rich Loch raced for fifth. Bickle worked his way to the inside of Prunty in turn three and after several laps of side by side racing, took the third position, setting his sights on Holtz in second as Apel began to drive away out front. The caution waved for another time a few circuits later when Braun found himself against the turn one wall on lap 53. Apel maintained his lead on the restart with Holtz and Bickle once again following in his tire tracks as Egan used the inside to take fourth from Prunty. Bickle caught Holtz for second and after a few looks to the inside, Bickle took to the high line and used it to drive around Holtz and into second as Prunty retook the fourth spot from Egan. As Bickle began to try to erase Apel’s comfortable lead, Prunty edged to the inside of Holtz and drove into third place. In the final laps, Apel proved to be too strong and Bickle was unable to pose a challenge as Apel drove to his second feature win of the season. Bickle finished a strong second while Dale Prunty took the checkered flag with a solid third place result. Holtz and Egan rounded out the top five while Brad Keith was sixth ahead of Chris Blawat in seventh. Rich Loch finished eighth while Randy Schuler and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top ten finishers.
James Swan was the winner of the 35-lap super late model semi-feature over Dan Jung and Randy Schuler. Jerry Eckhardt finished fourth and Jake Vanoskey was fifth. Mike Egan was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Steve Apel set fast time at 11.380 seconds.
Alex Prunty took the lead on lap 23 and drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Jerry Mueller charged out to the early lead as Pat McIntee and David McCardle raced for second with Jon DeAngelis and Alex Prunty side by side behind them. McCardle drifted slightly on the outside which allowed McIntee, DeAngelis, and Dan Church to get by as Ryan DeStefano pulled alongside McCardle. As DeStefano and McCardle entered turn three side by side, they closed quickly on Church’s car and when DeStefano tried to avoid hitting Church’s car, he moved up which sent McCardle’s car hard into the wall to draw a caution flag. DeStefano restarted from the rear of the field as Mueller and McIntee led the field back to the green flag. The outside lane was not the place to be for McIntee and both DeAngelis and Prunty worked their way by on the inside for second and third respectively while Mueller maintained the lead. Al Stippich also tried to race to the inside of McIntee and as they raced for position, both cars spun in turn one and the caution flag waved for a second time. Mueller held the lead on the restart as Prunty worked the inside line to take second place away from DeAngelis, who kept the third position by fending off DeStefano and Justin Poenitsch. With Mueller leading, DeStefano used the inside line to pass DeAngelis for third, bringing Braison Bennett along with him into fourth, moving DeAngelis to fifth. DeStefano then went to work on Prunty for second place but as they closed in on Mueller for the lead, Prunty took to the outside lane and made a bid for the top spot. Prunty was able to take the lead from the outside and when contact between Mueller and DeStefano briefly held up the field, Prunty opened up a sizeable lead. Prunty went unchallenged the rest of the way and captured the victory while Mueller held off DeStefano for second as Braison Bennett and Al Stippich rounded out the top five.
Jerry Mueller was the winner of the late model fast dash and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.468 seconds.
James Swan was the winner of the 35-lap Midwest sportsman feature after taking the lead late in the event.
Jimmie Evans and Jack Stern swapped the lead in the opening laps as they raced side by side with Swan and Ryan Farrell close behind them. The field remained tightly bunched in a pack until Stern spun around in turn four on lap 30 with Evans leading over Farrell and Swan. Evans maintained the lead as racing resumed while Swan was able to get around Farrell for second place just before the caution flag waved again on lap 32 when Stern stalled in turn one. Swan proved to be too strong on the outside for Evans on the restart and he powered by Evans for the lead upon exiting turn two. Swan then eased away to score the win while Evans crossed the stripe in second ahead of Farrell, Brad Keith, and Brian Holtz.
Jimmie Evans won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and James Swan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.931 seconds.
Tyler Schley led all 20 laps to win the Thunderstock main event as he held off John Daley at the finish. Ken Schraufnagel took the checkered flag in third place while Joe Shelby and Rich Schaefer rounded out the top five. Rick Schaefer edged Nick Egan in a photo finish to win the Thunderstock heat race. Ken Schraufnagel was third followed by Joe Shelby and Tyler Schley. Tyler Schley also was the fastest qualifier at 13.723 seconds.
Steve Dickson won the Slinger Bee feature in a spirited battle with Nick Schmidt. Brandon Tackes finished third ahead of Marty Tackes and Jacob Schraufnagel. The race was stopped momentarily after the first lap when a multi-car accident left Zach Braun’s car upside down in turn one. Brandon Tackes and Jacob Schraufnagel each won Slinger Bee heat races while Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier at 15.300 seconds. Ryan Crane was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator events with his Mitsubishi EVO and Shane Becker won the Figure 8 race.
By Dan Margetta
Monday, April 30th, 2012
Slinger, Wis.—Recovering from a miscue with 20-laps remaining that sent him back to third, Dennis Prunty tracked down first Chris Blawat and then Jeff Holtz to capture the win in the season opening Miller Lite 130 super late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I almost hit the wall twice…that’s crazy” Prunty stated from victory lane after nearly losing control of his machine in turn two late in the going, “I thought I snapped an axle and just lifted and thought ‘we’re done’.” “And about three laps later the car was still going and we came right back for it, we found a new groove and away we went, “Prunty continued describing the recovery and the way he hunted down Holtz for the lead, taking command of the race on lap 119.
“It just kept getting looser and looser, “Holtz told the crowd afterwards, somewhat disappointed with the runner-up finish after leading a majority of the event, “I was trying my damnedest and I’m surprised he (Prunty) came back and passed me like that. We had a fast car but just didn’t have any tires left there at the end… it was fun racing out there today.”
Chris Blawat turned in his best super late model performance to date, racing among the leaders early before being involved in one of the many caution flags, and then charging back through the pack to finish third. Josh Wallace and Brad Keith took the checkered flag in fourth and fifth respectively while Jake Vanoskey finished in sixth and Mike Egan was seventh ahead of Rob Braun and Race McComb in eighth and ninth. Steve Apel led the middle stages of the race before retiring from the event with three laps to go and finishing tenth.
Six drivers swapped the lead a total of eleven times and eleven caution flags slowed the pace of the event.
Dennis Prunty also won the super late model fast heat over Chris Blawat and Jeff Holtz while Jake Vanoskey was the winner of the regular super late model heat over Dan Jung and Corey Funk. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.356 seconds.
Alex Prunty opened the 2012 season with a win in the 35-lap late model feature over Ryan DeStefano and Dan Church while Pat McIntee and Al Stippich rounded out the top five. Jerry Mueller won the late model fast dash while Braison Bennett captured the win in the late model heat race over Andy Welter and Dan Church. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.319 seconds.
James Swan was the winner of the Midwest sportsman feature when Dave Thomas became caught up in lapped traffic while battling Swan for the lead with four laps to go. Ryan Farrell finished second ahead of Kenny Joosten and Jack Stern. Jay Shambeau finished fifth. Dave Thomas was the winner of the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Ryan Gutknecht won the heat race over Eric Lingford and Jay Shambeau. Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.439 seconds.
John Daley won the Thunderstock feature over Brad Hetzel and Ken Schraufnagel while Jerry Kulas and Joe Shelby rounded out the top five. Tyler Schley won the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel scored the win in the Thunderstock heat race over Josh Fehrman and Joe Shelby. John Daley was the afternoon’s fastest qualifier at 13.950 seconds.
Nick Schmidt won the Slinger Bee feature, finishing ahead of Ryan Savage and Davey Pennel. Dave Lembke and Misty Benn were fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger Bee heat race wins were picked up by Nick Schmidt, Jason Dull, and Corey Romanesko. Davey Pennel was the fastest qualifier at 15.420 seconds.
Willie Van Camp was the winner of the Figure 8 event.
By Dan Margetta