Slinger, Wis., April 24— As the laps wound down, Dennis Prunty outdueled Steve Apel in heavy traffic to capture the victory in the season opening Miller Lite 75 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“We just got into lapped traffic and I was following Steve (Apel), “ Prunty stated from victory lane, describing the winning pass with three laps to go, “He was slipping and sliding and I was slipping and sliding and when he went down there, I just stuck it on the outside and it worked for me.”
Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte led the field to the green flag and they swapped the lead in the opening laps before LaMonte eventually prevailed to take the top spot from the outside lane. Brad Mueller also used the outer groove to challenge Prunty for second place, taking the position after a few laps of side by side racing and Steve Apel followed suite with a similar outside move to grab the third spot. Conrad Morgan’s car slowed to the inside on lap ten to draw the first caution flag with LaMonte leading over Mueller, Apel, and Prunty. Despite losing several positions, Morgan was able to continue in the event as the field began to form for the restart.
LaMonte maintained the lead on the restart as Mueller challenged for the top spot on the outside as racing resumed while Jeff Holtz and Dennis Prunty joined the lead group alongside Apel and Alex Prunty. Mueller was able to work the outside long enough to take the lead on lap 17 while LaMonte and Holtz remained glued on his bumper with Apel and Dennis Prunty side by side behind them. Mueller was unable to protect both the high and low side and after a nudge from Holtz in turn three, he skated up the track allowing the inside running LaMonte, Holtz and Apel to charge by and into the first three spots. By the time Mueller gathered up his car, Prunty also slipped by as the race remained under green. With LaMonte out front, Apel went to work on Holtz for second, first making a charge on the inside before moving to the outside lane to finally complete the pass. Dennis Prunty and Mueller also took to the outside to work their way around Holtz and into third and fourth respectively as Apel tried to track down LaMonte for the lead. Apel, Prunty, and Mueller were able to close on LaMonte as the leaders began to work lapped traffic as the heavy traffic took its toll further in the field as Conrad Morgan and Jamie Wallace exited the event after suffering damage as the result of contact with a lapped machine. While still in traffic, Apel used the outside groove to pin LaMonte behind a lapped car, allowing the defending track champion to take the lead and bring Prunty and Mueller along with him as LaMonte fell to fourth. Still amidst lapped cars, Prunty looked to the inside of Apel for the lead but could only pull alongside before being blocked by traffic with less than ten laps to go. With three laps to go, Prunty moved to the outside and was able to get a run alongside Apel off turn two in effect, pinning him behind the lapped machines and allowing Prunty to take the lead. Apel could only charge to Prunty’s rear bumper in the closing laps as Prunty scored the win while Apel had to settle for second. Brad Mueller finished a close third while Gary LaMonte and Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers.
Rob Braun edged James Swan to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as they along with third place Mitch McGrath and fourth place Brad Keith transferred to the main event. Grant Griesbach finished fifth. Super late model heat race victories were recorded by Jerry Eckhardt, Jerry Mueller, Casey Johnson, and Alex Prunty while Jeff Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.239 seconds.
Jordan DeVoy won the 40-lap late model feature over Kyle Chwala and Mike Held. Earlier leader Brian Holtz finished fourth while Mike Meyerhofer was fifth.
Holtz charged to the early lead over Tyler James, Ryan Gutknecht, Meyerhofer, and DeVoy while Chwala and Held raced close behind. The inside groove worked best early on and James, Meyerhofer, and Held advanced ahead while Gutknecht and DeVoy worked the outside with Holtz still leading. As Held passed Gutknecht on the front straightaway, his right rear made slight contact with Gutknecht’s left front which edged Gutknecht into the wall to draw the first caution on lap five. Held restarted from the rear of the field while Gutknecht retired from the race as Holtz led James, Meyerhofer, Chwala, and DeVoy. Holtz maintained his lead as racing resumed while James and DeVoy were able to move forward on the inside ahead of Meyerhofer and Chwala. Tyler Schley also worked the inside to get in front of Meyerhofer and Chwala while Mike Held worked his way forward from the rear of the field. A spin in turn four by Tyler Hromadka produced a caution flag on lap 14 with Holtz leading over DeVoy, James, Held, and Schley. On the restart, DeVoy was able to power ahead of Holtz from the outside lane to take the lead while James and Schley raced for third as Held battled with Chwala and Al Stippich just behind them. As the field raced off turn four Schley’s car swung wide in the outside lane and as he corrected it, side contact with James caused James’ car to spin across the track to produce another caution flag. As racing resumed, DeVoy continued to lead over Holtz while Stippich battled with Chwala and Held for third. Holtz became caught on the outside and he faded back as Stippich, Chwala and Held battled for second behind the leader DeVoy. With just four laps to go smoke began to billow from Stippich’s car and the caution waved as fluid was on the track. DeVoy was up to the task during the final laps and he drove to the victory over Chwala and Held while Holtz and Meyerhofer rounded out the top five.
Jordan DeVoy and Justin Poenitsch each won a late model heat race and Mike Held set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.053 seconds.
Andy Welter won the 30-lap Area Sporstman feature over Paul Wagner and Jake Schraufnagel while Jay Kalbus and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five. Scott Reidner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Jake Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.953 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Steve Zoromski and Nick Schmidt. Kyle Sikora won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jayden Buckley and Jason Hennes. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Kyle Sikora and David Schmidt while Brandon Tackes set fast time with a lap of 14.933 seconds. Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race.
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Slinger, Wis., April 24— As the laps wound down, Dennis Prunty outdueled Steve Apel in heavy traffic to capture the victory in the season opening Miller Lite 75 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Slinger, Wis., June 15—Defending track champion Steve Apel netted his second feature victory of the season in the PMF Landscape Supply 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Apel took the lead from Mike Egan before the halfway mark and maintained his cushion out front throughout the event, even as Dennis Prunty appeared to close in on the lead.
“I saw him (Prunty) in the mirror and once out front I was just trying to pace myself and save the tires for the end of the race,” Apel stated in victory lane, “the car was on a rail tonight.”
Dale Prunty and Mike Egan battled door to door for the early lead in the 60-lap main event, while Rob Braun and Fred Winn did likewise for the third spot ahead of Ryan DeStefano, Tim Lampmann, and Apel. The race quickly fell under the caution flag on lap three when side contact down the front straightaway between Braun and Winn’s cars sent Winn sliding through the infield entering turn one. Prunty and Egan renewed their lead battle as racing resumed while Travis Dassow and Apel used the outside groove to bypass DeStefano and Lampman and move into third and fourth place respectively. Egan took sole possession of the top spot a few laps later when Prunty’s car kicked loose off turn two, while Apel took advantage of the situation to charge into Egan fell back into a second place battle with Dale Prunty. The jockeying up front allowed second from the outside. Egan’s car washed wide in between turns one and two a few circuits later, opening the door for Apel to storm into the lead as Travis Dassow, Austin Luedtke, and Dennis Prunty to close in on the lead pack as Apel began to stretch his lead. While Apel continued to show the way, Dennis Prunty was the driver on the move as over the next several laps, he dispatched Luedtke, Egan, and Dassow to advance into second place. Apel was up to the task however, as each time it appeared Dennis Prunty would close, Apel was able to maintain his lead of just over a second. Apel could not be caught without the aid of a caution flag as the race remained under the green flag the rest of the way with the defending track champion picking up his second super late model feature win of the season. Dennis Prunty settled for second place ahead of his brother Dale Prunty in third. Travis Dassow and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top five finishers. Conrad Morgan staged a spirited battle with Austin Luedtke to finish sixth while Luedtke was seventh ahead of Ryan DeStefano, Tim Lampman, and Mike Egan who rounded out the top ten finishers.
The super late model semi-feature was won by Braison Bennett over Chris Blawat and Dan Jung. Tommy Hromadka was fourth and Jerry Eckhardt finished fifth. Super late model heat races were won by Dan Jung, Conrad Morgan, and Fred Winn. Travis Dassow set fast time for the super late models with a lap of 11.423 seconds.
Dan Church won the action packed and wild 40-lap late model feature over Gregg Pawelski and Wayne Freimund.
Tyler Schley and Jack Stern swapped the lead in the early laps with Pawelski, Church, Ricky Heinan, and Freimund racing for position directly behind them. Alex Prunty and Mike Held also joined the lead group as the inside lane began to advance with Stern leading and Schley caught on the high side as Pawelski, Church, Prunty, and Freimund all moved forward in the lower groove. As Schley tried to fill a momentary gap in front of Freimund, contact between the cars sent Schley’s car looping around where it was struck by Heinan, producing the first caution flag on lap 11. Stern chose the inside lane for the restart and Pawelski made the outside work for him, battling side by side with Stern for the lead before his determination paid off on lap 13 with an outside pass for the lead. Church settled into third place while behind him, Alex Prunty came out on the winning end of a three car battle over fourth with Ryan Miles and Mike Held. Church and Prunty then used the inside line to move by Stern and into second and third respectively while Pawelski continued to lead. A spin by Duke Long in turn two produced another caution flag on lap 20 and Pawelski chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving the high side for Church. Contact on the backstretch between the leaders, temporarily log jammed the field and resulted in Church moving to the inside and Pawelski being sent up top as their lead battle continued. Church was hooked up on the inside and after several laps of racing side by side with Pawelski, he was able to ease into the lead just before the caution flew again on lap 26 when Miles and Stern tangled in turn three. Church and Pawelski renewed their battle for the lead as racing resumed with Alex Prunty now entrenched in third place directly behind them. A final caution flag waved on lap 33 when Grant Griesbach’s car got loose in turn two and collected Tyler Schley’s machine in the process and during the slowdown, Prunty left the track when his car began leaking fluid. Church continued to fend off Pawelski over the final seven laps and he drove to the victory with Pawelski finishing a close second. Wayne Freimund took the checkered flag in third place while Mike Held and Shawn Scheel rounded out the top five.
Shawn Scheel and Wayne Freimund each were winners of a late model heat race while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.556 seconds.
Mark DePorter edged Kyle Chwala in a photo finish to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature.
DePorter used the outside groove to move alongside Chwala for the lead as the white flag waved signaling the final lap. Chwala and DePorter remained glued together through turns one and two and down the backstretch before DePorter was able to inch ahead off turn four and win the dash to the checkered flag for the victory. Kody Hubred finished right behind the lead duo in third place while Ken Schraufnagel and Nick Egan were fourth and fifth respectively.
Rich Wagner won the opening Area Sportsman heat race over Andy Welter and Mark DePorter edged Kyle Chwala once again to win the second heat race. Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.309 seconds.
Jacob Schraufnagel held off a hard charging Nick Schmidt to win the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature. Heather Stark crossed the finish line with a strong third place result while Brandon Tackes was fourth and Paul Reagles finished fifth. Isaac Daniel won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Nicole Mueller and Zach Braun. Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Isaac Daniel, Carl Benn, and Jacob Schraufnagel. Brandon Tackes was the Slinger Bees fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.937 seconds.
Luke Fenhaus was the winner of the Bandolero feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Derek Kraus and Gabe Sommers. Parker Retzlaff and Alishya Krueger finished in fourth and fifth respectively. Luke Fenhaus also won the Bandolero heat race and was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.779 seconds.
The Spectator Eliminator races were won by a mystery driver in a red Mustang, calling himself “Jeff Gordon”, who then ultimately lost in the Spectator Challenge against Al Roberts pick-up truck.
Ron Schmidt was the winner of the Figure 8 race over Rick Bruskiewicz and Joe Mueller.
Slinger, Wis., May 25– Defending track champion Steve Apel picked up his first feature win of the year in the E.H. Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Weekend 75-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Apel raced to the victory after holding off Dennis Prunty on a lap 67 restart. Al Schill and Austin Luedtke led the field to the line to start the 75 lap feature and Luedtke jumped to the lead by lap two. John DeAngelis swept past Schill on lap 24 and Brad Mueller followed along to move into third. Luedtke pulled out a full straightaway lead before the first caution flag of the event flew on lap 30 for a 3 car incident coming out of turn four involving Chris Blawat, Jeff Holtz and Rich Loch. On the restart De Angelis took the lead from the outside starting position as Steve Apel moved from fifth to third. Two laps later Luedtke moved back around DeAngelis for the lead with Apel following along to second. Another caution flag waved on lap 37 for a sping by Schill in turn one. Luedtke chose the outside lane on the restart, but that plan eventually failed as Apel rocketed out to the lead from the inside with 7th starting Dennis Prunty following along to second past Luedtke. One more caution flag appeared when Lowell Bennett lost oil pressure and came to a stop on the infield near turn one. That final restart on lap 67 saw Apel jump to the lead with Prunty fading with a right front tire issue. Prunty’s misfortunes allowed Luedtke to get one last shot at Apel but it was to no avail as Apel hung on for the win. Luedke was forced to settle for second while John DeAngelis came home third. Mike Eagen and Brad Mueller rounded out the top five finishers.
The 30-lap.super late model semi feature was won by Jeff Holtz, who along with Dale Prunty Chris Blawat and Nick Wagner advanced to the feature in a caution free event. Super late model heat race winners were Randy Schuler, Lowell Bennett, and Tim Lampmann. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.415 seconds.
Alex Prunty drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event for his first feature win of the season.
Steve Schultz and Ricky Heinan set the pace for the 40 lap feature and Schultz grabbed the lead on lap five after a side by side battle. Schultz set the pace for another five laps before retiring to the pits with an ignition issue on lap ten. That allowed Heinan to build a half a lap lead before Brittney Helmers brought out the first caution on lap 16. On the restart Justin Poenitsch lost his hood in an incident with several other cars allowing for another restart. Heinan got the jump on that restart with Alex Prunty moving to second. On lap 20 Heinan and Prunty got together in turn one causing both to spin and bring out another caution. Heinan retired from the event and admitted fault for the incident allowing Prunty to get his spot back as the leader for the restart. Following another caution on lap 22 for a turn one incident involving Kevin Knuese, Prunty and Stephen Scheel battled side by side for the lead. Prunty eventually pulled away and raced off to win the feature event with Scheel coming in second and Wayne Freumund finishing third.
Ryan Zielski and Ricky Heinan each won a late model heat race while Danny Church set fast time at 12.654 seconds.
Kyle Chwala nailed down his second Area Sportsman feature victory of the season in the 30-lap main event.
Visiting Minnesota driver Michael Gilomen led the early laps as Chwala advanced from his sixth starting spot into second by lap five. Chwala took the lead from Gilomen on lap nine. A caution on lap 24 for a small fire in the pits set up a 6 lap dash to the finish but Chwala was never challenged on the restart en-route to the feature win. Mark Deporter came from his seventh starting spot to finish second with Gilomen, Joe Shelby, and John Daley rounding out the top five finishers.
Gilomen and Chwala each scored Area Sporstman heat race victories while Chwala was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 13.352 seconds.
Nick Schmidt won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature event, taking the checkered flag ahead of Jacob Schraufnagel.
T,J, Graczkowski led the Slinger Bee field to the green and Schmidt went to the lead on lap three before a caution came out for a three car incident in the first turn. Schmidt led from the restart and never looked back to pick up the feature win while Schraufnagel hung on for second ahead of Heather Stark in third.
Slinger Bee semi-feature was won by Kevin Bush while Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Nicole Mueller, Marty Tackes, and Jacob Schraufnagel. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.960 seconds.
Rick Bruskiewicz was the winner of the ten lap Figure 8 race while Ed Christ drove his Ford Mustang to the win in the Spectator Eliminator events. Chris then took on Al Roberts and his classic Chevy pick-up truck in a special $100 challenge, which Roberts won handily.
Slinger, Wis., June 23—The two most successful super late model drivers of the season to date, battled it out for the win in the YP.com 60 lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway with Steve Apel besting James Swan to capture his third feature victory of the year.
“We had a mishap last week and the guys really stuck it out this week and put in the time in the shop and made some changes,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane, “And in the long run, that’s what did it.” “If it wouldn’t have been (James) Swan, I probably would’ve went to the outside,” Apel continued explaining how he used the inside groove to turn back the challenges of Swan, “My car is good on the outside but I knew Swan would be fast.”
“I got more than I thought I did,” Swan stated afterwards describing his attempt at using the outside lane in the final laps, “I didn’t think I had much and I was lucky to be third, fourth, or fifth, so I’m really happy with second.”
Lowell Bennett led the opening laps from the pole and brought Conrad Morgan along with him and into second while outside front row starter, Dan Jung battled with Jeff Holtz, Michael Bilderback, and Apel over third. Holtz, Apel, and Bilderback all worked their way under Jung for the third through fifth spots while Bennett maintained his lead over Morgan. Morgan had difficulty keeping his car down off the corners and both Holtz and Apel took advantage of that by sweeping by into second and third respectively in the inside lane. While Bennett continued to show the way, Apel and Holtz formed a side by side battle over second as the caution flag waved on lap 15 when Dale Prunty spun around in turn four while racing with Dave McCardle. Holtz took the outside lane and lined up alongside Bennett for the restart and as racing resumed, launched into the lead with a strong run to the green flag. Conrad Morgan also took to the top lane and raced his way into second, edging Bennett for the position while Apel and Bilderback fought over fourth just before the caution waved again on lap 18 after Nick Wagner’s car turned around after contact with Dan Jung. This time Holtz chose the inside lane for the restart and he was able to outgun Morgan at the restart to maintain the lead while behind them, Apel went to work on Bennett for third while James Swan moved around Bilderback to enter the top five. Apel completed the pass for third and then swept around Morgan for second with an inside move a few laps later. Apel rapidly closed in on Holtz for the lead as the event neared the halfway mark and after numerous attempts at finding an opening on the inside, he jumped to the high lane and completed the pass for the lead on lap 31. Once out front, Apel began to increase his lead as Holtz dropped back a bit as Morgan ducked his way by on the inside for second with Swan knocking on the door in fourth. Nick Wagner looped his car directly in front of the leaders on lap 51, sending the front runners scattering as the caution flag waved with nine laps to go and Apel leading over Morgan, Holtz, Swan, and Michael Bilderback. Morgan chose the high lane for the restart and made an attempt at the lead as the green flag waved. Apel proved to be too strong however and as Morgan’s outside lane bid fell short, he attempted to slide to the inside gap behind the leader as they entered turn three, but that space was occupied by the nose of Holtz’s third place car and Morgan’s car swapped ends, stacking up the field behind them with the caution waving once again. The incident moved Swan up to second place behind the leader, Apel while Bennett advanced to third place after Bilderback left the speedway during the caution period. Swan tried his hand at the outside for the restart and was able to hold his ground for a lap before moving to the inside behind Apel as racing resumed. Behind the top two, Bennett secured third place as Rob Braun and Chris Blawat raced door to door over fourth. Apel pulled away in the closing laps and drove to his third feature victory of the season while Swan settled for second place at the checkered flag. Bennett crossed the line in third followed by Rob Braun and Chris Blawat who rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Jeff Holtz finished in sixth place and Brad Keith was seventh while Conrad Morgan raced up to eighth at the finish. Mike Egan and Dale Prunty rounded out the top ten finishers.
Corey Funk was the winner of the 20-lap super late model semi-feature over Mike Graczkowski and Tommy Hromadka while Jake Vanoskey and Nick Ostberg were fourth and fifth respectively. Mike Strupp, Dale Prunty, and Michae Bilderback all recorded super late model heat race victories while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.506 seconds.
Dan Church took top honors in the 40-lap late model main event for his second feature victory of the season.
Jerry Mueller led the beginning laps over Braison Bennett while Dan Church, Steve Schulz, Mike Lichtfeld, and Alex Prunty jockeyed for position behind the top two. Bennett tried the top lane to take the lead from Mueller and when Mueller’s car bobbled and kicked loose off turn four, Bennett moved alongside in the high lane while Church ducked underneath to set up a momentarily three wide situation for the lead down the frontstretch. Church backed off entering turn one, leaving Mueller and Bennett side by side for the lead and when Mueller’s car notched loose once again off turn four, Bennett took over the lead. Alex Prunty joined the leaders and within a few laps, took to the outside lane to pass Mueller for second, a move Church copied a few circuits later to take third. Prunty started to track down Bennett for the lead but wisps of smoke began to appear from behind his car. Prunty’s car began to leak transmission fluid on the track which caused Adam Peschek to spin in turn two and draw the caution flag. During the caution period, Prunty headed to the pits leaving Bennett leading over Church, Mueller, Ryan DeStefano, and Ryan Farrell. Church was able to parlay a strong outside run to the lead on the restart as contact between the top runners jumbled up the front of the field with Church leading over Bennett, Mueller, DeStefano, and Farrell. Destefano was able to pass Mueller for third and as the handling on Mueller’s car began to fade, Farrell and Mike Lichtfeld began to pressure him over fourth. Mueller’s car began to wander up the track off the corners which resulted in his car spinning in front of the field after an intense battle with Farrell and Lichtfeld. Mueller was sent to the pits to correct his handling issues and as racing resumed, Church raced to the lead while DeStefano and Bennett battled for second. Church drove to the win while DeStefano edged Bennett in a photo finish for second. Mike Lichtfeld finished fourth and Justin Poenitsch was fifth.
Adam Peschek and Jerry Mueller each captured victories in late model heat races while Alex Prunty set fast time at 12.758 seconds.
Kody Hubred was the winner of the 30-lap Area Sporstman feature event, taking command of the race in the closing laps.
Mark Fogel set the pace early while Hubred and Kyle Chwala advanced their way forward through the field. Fogel held the top spot until lap 27 when Hubred drove by to take the lead and Chwala followed suit a few laps later to take second. Hubred drove to the victory while Chwala finished second ahead of Fogel in third while Nick Egan and Joe Shelby rounded out the top five.
John Daley won the first Area Sportsman heat race over Rick Coppernoll while Tyler Schley captured the win in the second heat race over Kody Hubred. Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.370 seconds.
Nick Schmidt won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Brandon Tackes and Jacob Schraufnagel. Steve Dickson finished fourth and Grant Griesbach finished fifth. Griesbach was the winner of the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Justin Thomas and Nicole Mueller. Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Justin Thomas, Marty Tackes, and Gary Stark. Gary Stark was also the fast qualifier with a lap of 15.125 seconds.
Ron Schmitt scored his second Figure 8 feature win in a row while the school bus Figure 8 race was won by Jack Sutherland.
By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 9—Steve Apel defeated Conrad Morgan to capture the 60-lap super late model feature victory on Throwback Night Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway for his second consecutive main event triumph.
“I gave Conrad (Morgan) room on the inside and he gave me plenty of room on the outside and we raced,” Apel stated describing his late race battle with Morgan, “He did a heck of a job and I hate to steal one from him because I know he wants it probably as bad as I do.”
Mike Egan and Dave McCardle started from the front row and at the drop of the green flag, the outside lane advanced as McCardle took the lead with James Swan following in second while Egan battled Conrad Morgan, Lowell Bennett, and Steve Apel for third. A few laps later, Swan ducked under McCardle for the lead and with McCardle trapped in the outer groove, Morgan, Egan, and Bennett all passed while Apel and Dennis Prunty lost ground as they were also immobilized in the outside lane. Al Schill and Michael Bilderback took advantage of the situation as well as both advanced forward in the inside lane. Bilderback attempted to duck under Schill exiting turn two on lap 21, but Schill would have none of it and as he made his effort to seal off the inside, the cars came together in turn three, drawing the caution flag as Schill spun around. Both Bilderback and Schill were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with Swan leading over Morgan, Bennett, Apel, and Prunty. Morgan chose the outside lane at the restart cone and as racing resumed, he built up enough momentum on the high side to stay even with Swan for a lap before gradually easing ahead for the lead. Apel also took to the outside along with Rob Braun and when Swan’s car began to struggle with sparks flying out from underneath it in the corners, both Apel and Braun advanced forward. Swan eventually pulled his car into the infield as Morgan led over Apel while Bennett and Braun disputed third place ahead of Prunty. The caution flag waved again on lap 28 for a second incident between Al Schill and Michael Bilderback and during the slow-down, officials sent both drivers to the pit area for the remainder of the event. Morgan held the lead on the restart with Apel taking to the upper groove and the two raced side by side for the top spot for several laps before Apel was able to edge ahead and clear Morgan for the lead. Behind the leaders, Dennis Prunty sliced his way forward to claim third place from Bennett while Jeff Holtz used a late run to enter the top five. While Morgan could keep Apel in his sights, he was never able to make a serious charge for the lead as Apel charged to his second super late model feature victory in as many weeks. Morgan had to settle for second at the finish while Prunty crossed the stripe in third place. Lowell Bennett and Jeff Holtz were fourth and fifth respectively. Rob Braun finished in sixth place ahead of Mike Egan and Fred Winn in seventh and eighth while Mike Graczkowski and Dave McCardle rounded out the top ten.
Tommy Hromadka, Mike Egan, and Rob Braun all claimed victories in the super late model heat races while Michael Bilderback was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.537 seconds.
When late model driver Adam Peschek became ill at the track, the team tabbed Michael Bilderback to drive in relief and he responded by starting at the back and driving through the field to win the 40-lap feature.
“I hadn’t even looked at the car,” Bilderback said after leading the final four laps en route to the victory, “They came to my trailer and said he (Peschek) was sick and I’m not going to turn down a chance to drive a race car.”
John DeAngelis took the lead at the beginning after battling with Al Stippich and held the point until Ryan Farrell took command of the race with an inside pass on lap 12. Bilderback, who started at the tail of the field due to the driver change, methodically sliced his way forward, entering the top five by lap 13 and working his way to second place in the late stages. Once in second, Bilderback began to track down Farrell for the lead and he took the top spot using the outside groove with just four laps remaining. Bilderback was able to maintain the lead in the closing laps, scoring the win over Farrell at the stripe. Stippich finished a strong third while DeAngelis and Braison Bennett rounded out the top five.
Jerry Mueller and Braison Bennett each captured victories in the late model heat races while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.582 seconds.
Kyle Chwala held off Kody Hubred to take top honors in the Area Sportsman 30-lap feature while Jim Tate Jr. crossed the finish line in third place. Mark Fogel completed a strong feature run in fourth place and Tyler Schley took the checkered flag in fifth.
Carl Benn drove the car normally driven by John Daley to the win in the first Area Sportsman heat race over Nick Egan while Mark Fogel edged Kyle Chwala for the win in the second Area Sportsman heat. Jim Tate Jr. set fast time for the division with a lap of 12.273 seconds.
Kenny Joosten bested Ryan Gutknecht in a spirited battle to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature. Brad Keith drove to a solid third place finish while Brian Holtz and Jay Shambeau completed the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Jimmie Evans won the first Midwest Sportsman heat race by edging rookie Cody Erdmann in a close finish while Brian Holtz helped celebrate his birthday with a win in the second Midwest Sportsman heat race. Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.829 seconds.
Steve Dickson and Nick Schmidt crossed the finish line nearly dead even at the finish of the Slinger Bee feature with Dickson taking the victory by a mere .078 seconds. Grant Griesbach finished third ahead of Russ Davison and Zachary Clarke. The event was stopped under the red flag when an incident between Davey Pennel and Marty Tackes while battling for the lead, sent Tackes’ car hard into the turn two wall where it rolled over on its roof. Tackes was not injured in the crash and once the car was righted, he returned to the race track and completed the feature event. Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Davey Pennel each scored victories in Slinger Bees heat races while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.992 seconds.
Joe Mueller edged Russ Lorbiecki to win the Figure 8 race that closed the evening.
By Dan Margetta