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Dennis Prunty edges Steve Apel in Miller Lite 75

April 25th, 2016

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.

Slinger Speedway Awards Closes 67th Season

January 25th, 2016

Six Slinger Speedway champions were celebrated Friday night as the historic track ended its 67th year of racing. The night was filled with fine food, friendship and fun as all enjoyed the company of their extended racing family. Co-promoters Todd Thelen and Rodney Erickson greeted all and thanked everyone for another great season of racing. Awards and door prizes were greatly appreciated by those in attendance, and many basked in the warmth of friendship long after the ceremony ended.

Slinger can be proud of the fact that nineteen of its champions have been inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame, as well as track owner Wayne Erickson and flagger Dick Witt. By earning his third consecutive super late model title, Steve Apel joined four other Slinger champions and Hall of Fame members by achieving that hallmark at least once.

Apel began by thanking his crew, “We were on our own for the first time and a lot of them stuck by me. My wife had our first child and having him with me is awesome.” Referring to the title that came down to the last race, Apel added, “The last night of the season was packed like it was Slamfest. Fans wanted to see who would win, me or Dennis (Prunty). These drivers push me to be better. My worst finish was ninth. This whole year wouldn’t have been possible if the track wasn’t still around. I race four-cylinders here when I was fourteen, and I never raced before that in my life. To have watched Al Schill, Robbie Reiser, Conrad Morgan and Lowell Bennett earn three in a row is something I never thought possible.” Ending with thanks to his family and crew, Apel gave credit to Team 16 owners Dan and Sonya DelCamp for getting him started in the first place. Also taking home the Pepsi Challenge Series title, Apel told the audience, “We’ll be back at Slinger every week.”
Dennis Prunty achieved his goal of winning the elusive Slinger Nationals, but fell short of the track title with mechanical problems on the final night. “Racing is like everything else in life. You learn from your mistakes. It was awesome to win that $1600 in lap money (in Slinger Nationals race), and I hope they do it again. Congratulations to Steve Apel. Everybody thinks we’re enemies, but that’s not true. I love Slinger Speedway, and I’ll be there as much as I can.”

Danny Church was Rookie of the Year, claiming, “Moving up to the super late models was going to be a tough time. I’ve been watching a lot of them since I was in high school. I kind of struggled. It was basically a learning season for me. This is my favorite race track. I’ve raced probably 25 different tracks, dirt and asphalt, and Slinger is my favorite.”

Alex Prunty earned his second Late Model title at Slinger, exclaiming, “What a year. I can’t thank my dad enough.” With thanks to his younger brother for helping all season, Prunty ended with, “See you next year.”
Runner-up Mike Held provided a humorous moment by taking the podium. “What can you say about second place? Second sucks. We had some bad luck and some good luck. To finish second to a Prunty isn’t bad at all.” Jordan DeVoy earned top rookie honors and thanked everyone he could think of, the third-generation racer looking forward to better things.

Brian Holtz earned his first Midwest Sportsman title, stating, “Thanks to everybody for an awesome year. Giving a nod to his crew and sponsors, Holtz gave special thanks to one, “He came back from Florida just for this. That’s awesome.” Bob Hamel, probably the oldest in this division, was honored to be named Rookie of the Year.

Scott Goetzke earned an unprecedented eighth championship in the Figure 8 division, providing the shortest acceptance speech of the night, “Thanks.” That was a lot for the taciturn racer. Runner-up Ron Schmitt was more loquacious. “This was probably the worst year I ever had, and I finished second,” Schmitt began, referring to wrecking often. “I had a guy come to my house every week to do welding on my car. That modified is gone.” The upcoming season will see Schmitt in a different mount and Goetzke return one more year.
Second-generation racer Nick Egan earned the Area Sportsman championship. Thanking his family, crew and sponsors, Egan added, “This is an expensive hobby to have. Even though some people don’t think racing’s a sport, they don’t know. It’s been a crazy year. I never thought we’d be in this position. We’re a big group of friends, basically, even if it doesn’t look like it. It was a great year. We’re looking forward to more.”
Andy Welter finished second in the points, claiming, “I had the most fun I ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Scott Hoeft claimed Rookie of the Year honors, and all gave thanks to their supporters.

Tom Berens earned his first Slinger Bees title, stating, “It was probably my best season ever. I think last year there’s been more close racing than ever. I wasn’t the fastest car out there, but I had a lot of good finishes.” Young EJ Waldron claimed top Rookie honors, claiming, “ I didn’t have a very good year.” With his voice changing this year, this was Waldron’s very first speech. Joined by even younger brother, the youth movement has a way of making the others feel really old.

Other highlights of the evening came from the Super Late Model drivers. Lowell Bennett received the Hard Luck Award from Rocky Rococo’s on Brown Deer Rd and was grateful for the $500 bonus cash, saying, “This is a big surprise. I won this one during the season, too.” Finishing tenth in the point standings, Bennett later thanked the safety crew. “When you have a really bad wreck you know how good they are,” claimed Bennett, adding, “I had a pretty bad year at Slinger, but a good one at Kaukauna (WIR). Next year will be my fortieth race year.”

The ageless Jerry Eckhardt told the audience, “It was quite an honor for the track to honor my fiftieth year in racing. I’m not done yet. I’m going to race at least another year.” James Swan stood in for friend Rob Braun, who couldn’t make it, claiming, “We’re all entertainers. I come here because we’re all friends, too.” Conrad Morgan admitted, “I’m not really pleased with seventh in the points. I guess after all these years it averages out. I guarantee things will be better next year.”

Alex Prunty Seals Second Track Championship With Late Model Feature Win At Slinger

September 15th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 13-Alex Prunty stormed to the lead in the waning stages of the 40-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway and drove off to a convincing win to seal the deal on his second track championship.
“I can’t thank my family enough for getting me to the point where I am,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “(Uncles) Dennis, David, Dale, my Dad, and my Grandparents for letting me keep the car in the garage, it turned out to be one heck of a year.”
Jack Stern and Steven Schulz swapped the lead in the opening laps before Schulz was able to prevail from the outside on lap three. Behind the top two, Eddie May, Brian Holtz, and Mike Meyerhofer filled in the top five as Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, Mike Held, and Jordan DeVoy all worked their way forward from deep in the field. May was able to move into second which dropped Stern into a battle with Holtz just ahead of another struggle between Meyerhofer and Stippich which ended with Stippich spinning off turn two to draw the first caution flag on lap 14. Meyerhofer took responsibility for the contact and Stippich was awarded his spot back for the restart with Schulz leading over May, Holtz, and Stern. Schulz took the inside line at the lane cone and with Holtz moving to the outside, a cat and mouse game began between them which resulted in an aborted restart attempt. On the second try, more contact between the front row starters sent Holtz’s car near the retaining wall just past the start-finish line and as he swung out of turn two on the next lap, his car broke loose and clipped May’s machine sending it hard backwards into the turn three wall. The incident also severely damaged the car of championship contender Mike Held and he retired from the event. Schulz took the inside lane again as this time Stippich took to the high line and once again another aborted start bunched up the field damaging Joe Bongiorno’s car enough to send it to the pits. This time as racing resumed Schultz and Stippich raced side by side for the lead ahead of Stern and Prunty for a few laps before Schulz prevailed from the inside. A tap to Schulz’s rear corner a few laps later opened up the door for Stippich to edge inside and take the lead with Schulz staying directly in his tracks. Stippich continued to pace the race as Schulz bobbled slightly in turn three which allowed Prunty to sneak by and into second. Prunty tracked down Stippich and immediately took to the outside to drive into the lead on lap 29. Once out front, Prunty could not be caught and he drove away to the victory while Schulz prevailed in a spirited battle for second with Stippich. Jordan DeVoy finished fourth and Jack Stern rounded out the top five in fifth. Prunty’s victory also enabled him to clinch the 2015 Slinger Speedway late model track championship.
Matt Rowe and Jordan DeVoy were the winners of the late model heat races and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.168 seconds.
The American Ethanol Midwest Truck Series made a stop at the Slinger high banks and Chester Ace out-dueled Tommy Pecaro to claim the victory in the 40-lap main event.
Rick Corso led the opening laps before Derek Kraus was able to ease by on the inside a few laps after racing resumed from a lap four caution flag for a spin by Michael Raskovic. Chester Ace began to advance forward along with Tommy Pecaro, Nick Egan, and Kevin Knuese as Kraus continued to set the pace. Egan’s race came to an end on lap 16 when he hit the wall exiting turn four to bring out another caution with Kraus leading over Ace, Corso, and Pecaro. Kraus maintained his lead following the restart despite numerous looks to the inside by Ace while Pecaro, Knuese, and Corso were close behind. With just inside ten laps to go, Ace finally was able to edge the front of his truck far enough inside of the door of Kraus’ truck and he worked his way around and into the lead. Kraus tried to battle back but soon lost second to Pecaro as Ace set the pace. Ace drove to the victory over Pecaro and Kraus while Knuese and Corso rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Michael Raskovic and Derek Kraus each recorded Truck Series heat victories while Tommy Pecaro paced qualifying with a lap of 11.869 seconds.
Ryan Gutknecht took the lead on lap 19 and won the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Bryan Holtz and Eric Lingford. Jay Shambeau and Andy Haver completed the top five finishers. Holtz’s second place result helped him claim the 2015 Slinger Speedway Midwest Sportsman track championship.
Scott Shambeau and Andy Haver were the Midwest Sportsman heat race winners and Brian Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.780 seconds.
Jacob Schraufnagel drove to his third straight Area Sportsman feature victory in the 30-lap main event, ending the season on quite a run since taking over the former Kyle Chwala machine. Mike Winters returned to Slinger and finished a strong second while Andy Welter, Nick Egan, and Paul Wagner rounded out the top five. Nick Egan earned the 2015 Slinger Speedway Area Sportsman track championship.
Scott Hoeft and Joe Shelby were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Nick Egan set fast time once again with a lap of 12.911 seconds.
E.J. Waldron drove to the victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Schmidt and Tom Berens. Steve Zoromski and Jared Deming finished fourth and fifth respectively. With his third place finish Tom Berens clinched the 2015 Slinger Speedway Slinger Bee track championship.
Paul Reagles, Nick Schmidt, and Heather Stark all won Slinger Bee heat races and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.515 seconds.
Brian Baldyga won the American Super Cup 20-lap feature over Ken Jones. Chris Deren finished third ahead of Derek Doerr and Joel Schulz. Derek Doerr and Kaitlyn Judy were the winners of the American Super Cup heat races and Ken Jones set fast time at 15.140 seconds.
Rick Bruskiewicz won the Figure 8 race while Scott Goetzke claimed his eighth Slinger Figure 8 track championship.

Prunty and Apel to Decide Super Late Model Title, Sunday

September 3rd, 2015

(Slinger, WI)—Defending track champion Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty will do battle once again, in a winner take all showdown, Sunday night, September 6, at the Slinger Super Speedway as the super late model championship will be decided between the two drivers.

After his feature win this past Sunday night, Apel took a five-point advantage in the season-long standings. He’ll ride a streak that has seen him win three of the last four main events, into Sunday night.

“It’s going to come down to somebody breaking or beating the other person in the race,” said Apel. “We’ll do all of our work this week on the car so hopefully we don’t have an issue that would take us out of the race.”

Sunday night’s super late model feature is 100-laps and Prunty, who has eight feature win at the track this year including the Slinger Nationals, feels confident the extra distance will play well into his hand.

“If we qualifying first and second it’s going to come down to who beats the other guy in the feature,” said Prunty. “I know my car is good on the long run. The longer we stay green the better.”

A track championship for Apel would be his third consecutive title while Prunty is in search of his second track crown.

The late models, Area Sportsman, Heros Sandwich Shoppe Slinger bees and figure 8’s will join the super late models on the card Sunday night. Two weeks remain for those drivers in their 2015 championship chase.

In addition, the final scheduled fireworks show for the season will take place. The fireworks show will be put on by Bartolotta Fireworks – one of the premier fireworks presenters in the Midwest.

Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.

Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Point Lead Changes Hands as Apel Edges Prunty

August 31st, 2015

Slinger, Wis., Aug 30—Steve Apel edged Dennis Prunty to win the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Singer Super Speedway and regained the lead in the battle for the season championship by a mere five points with one night of racing remaining.
“Joe and the guys from Pathfinder helped me out all day and we were missing something but we finally found it, “Apel said from victory lane after scoring his fifth feature win of the season, “Dennis (Prunty) and I put on an awesome show for the fans and next week is going to be one heck of a show.”
Conrad Morgan led the opening laps with fellow front row starter Nick Wagner challenging alongside while Jamie Wallace, Brad Keith, and Ryan DeStefano followed. John DeAngelis, Tim Lampman, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel comprised the next group of cars as the field remained tightly bunched. Nick Wagner’s car slid sideways and came to a halt exiting turn two on lap six while he battled Morgan for the lead to produce the first caution flag of the race. Jamie Wallace lined up alongside Morgan for the restart and he used the inside groove to grab the lead as Morgan worked the high side. Keith and DeAngelis battled for third and contact between them on lap seven sent them skittering up the racetrack in turn one, taking Ryan DeStefano with them as the seas parted on the inside for Prunty and Apel and they advanced into third and fourth. Rob Braun had moved up to challenge for the top five but as he made his move to the outside, the rear bumper of his car clipped the nose of John DeAngelis which sent Braun spinning into turn three to draw the caution flag once again.
This time on the restart, Morgan retook the top spot using the inside lane as Wallace held his ground on the outside with Prunty and Apel also side by side directly behind them. Morgan cleared Wallace for the lead and with the inside opened up, Apel and Prunty dove their as both passed Wallace for second and third respectively. Apel then tracked down Morgan and was able to edge to the inside to take the lead on lap 16 as his move brought along the hard charging Prunty as well into second. A spin by Derek Kraus off turn four on lap 20 produced the third caution flag of the race with Apel leading Prunty, Wallace, Morgan, and DeAngelis. Apel used the outside lane to maintain the point over Prunty on the restart while Morgan held down third as Wallace and Dan Church raced door to door over fourth. A half spin by Dave McCardle off turn two on lap 26 drew another yellow flag and during the slow down, Jamie Wallace left the speedway with an apparent mechanical issue. Apel and Prunty renewed their battle for the lead as racing resumed and Church used the high line to snag third place away from Morgan. As the lead cars battled for position, the action heated up behind them as hard racing between Brad Keith and Derek Kraus concluded with Kraus riding the turn three wall as the caution flag waved again on lap 33.
Apel again chose the high side for the restart and as was the case earlier, he and Prunty continued their tussle for the lead. With ten laps to go, Prunty began to apply the pressure to Apel’s rear bumper and as the aggressiveness ratcheted up, he was able to move alongside Apel with the laps winding down. Apel and Prunty intensely raced door to door and were deadlocked together with two laps to go when Dan Church’s car spun in turn one after battling with Jeff Holtz bringing out the yellow flag again to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Prunty made a valiant effort to wrestle the lead away from Apel but Apel proved to be too strong and he drove under the checkered flag for the victory. Prunty finished second while Morgan was third. Ryan DeStefano and John DeAngelis rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Jeff Holtz finished sixth followed by Tim Lampman and Brad Keith in seventh and eighth while Nick Wagner and Dale Prunty rounded out the top ten.
Dale Prunty won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Lowell Bennett and Jerry Mueller. Derek Kraus finished fourth to transfer to the main event while Ricky Heinan was fifth. Chris Blawat, Mike Egan, and John DeAngelis were the winners of the super late model heat races and Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.399 seconds.
Jesse Bernhagen captured his first career Slinger Speedway late model feature in the 40-lap main event.
Brian Holtz took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the beginning laps while Mike Meyerhofer moved into second just ahead of Steven Schulz. Meyerhofer pressured Holtz heavily for the lead, making numerous attempts on the inside. A few of those attempts resulted in some fender rubbing as Holtz tried to defend against the challenges and some of that contact cost both Holtz and Meyerhofer on lap 19 as Schulz drove by both of them to take the lead. Schulz maintained the lead in the mid stages of the race over Meyerhofer while Ryan Miles, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held sliced their way forward. Following lap 26 caution flag for a single car spin, Meyerhofer began to challenge Schulz for the lead, eventually taking the point on lap 29. Behind the leader, Miles, Prunty, and Held all worked their way into the second, third, and fourth positions while Jesse Bernhagen advanced into fifth. Miles, Held, and Prunty aggressively battled amongst each other and on lap 34 minor contact between Held and Miles, sent Miles up the track entering turn three allowing Prunty to fill the gap on the inside. Miles’s car kicked loose off turn four while Prunty was coming across off the bottom and with Held planted directly behind them contact between them sent Miles’ car hard into the outside wall while Prunty spun off the nose of Held in turn two producing a caution flag. Miles retired from the event with damage and Prunty and Held were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with Meyerhofer now leading over Bernhagen and Holtz. Bernhagen was able to use the outside line to build enough momentum to take the lead from Meyerhofer a few laps after racing resumed. Once out front, Bernhagen was not challenged and he drove to the victory followed by Meyerhofer and Holtz. Jordan DeVoy finished fourth and Dan Jung was fifth.
Brad Hetzel and Brian Holtz each won a late model heat race and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.268 seconds.
Jacob Schraufnagel scored his first Area Sportsman feature victory by winning the 30-lap feature in convincing fashion.
Schraufnagel built up a sizeable lead and never looked back as he took the checkered flag more than a straightaway ahead of Joe Shelby who finished second. Adam Bleskan crossed the finish line in third while Andy Welter and Nick Egan were fourth and fifth respectively.
Adam Bleskan won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was awarded the fastest qualifier distinction after he and Andy Welter turned in identical 13.050 second times. Egan set the mark first which made him the fastest qualifier for the night.
Heather Stark led flag to flag to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Schmidt and Tom Berens. E.J. Waldron took the checkered flag in fourth and Jared Deming was fifth.
Paul Reagles won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over T.J. Graczkowski and Jayden Buckley while Slinger Bee heat race victories were recorded by Tom Elsinger, Rick Schaefer, and Matt Rose. E.J. Waldron set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.488 seconds.
Scott Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator races in his 1987 Camaro and Ryan Lovald closed the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 race.

Apel Stops Prunty’s Streak at Slinger

August 10th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., Aug 9—The battle between Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty for the super late model track championship added another chapter Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as Apel held off Prunty to win the 60-lap feature, snapping Prunty’s five week winning streak.
“We got back on track tonight and we’re back to doing what we know is right, “ Apel said from victory lane after extending his championship points lead to nine over Prunty with just five weeks remaining in the season.
Brad Mueller and Lowell Bennett brought the field to the green flag and Mueller got the jump from the inside as he drove into the lead while Apel followed his lead and used the low lane to take over second a few laps later. Bennett slotted into the third spot just ahead of Travis Dassow and James Swan. With Mueller maintaining the lead over Apel, Swan worked his way by Dassow to take fourth while behind the top five, Dennis Prunty began his charge to the front after starting deep in the field. Apel pressured Mueller heavily for the lead and the sustained challenges eventually opened up some space to the inside of Mueller and Apel pounced on the opportunity, taking command of the race just before half way. With the leaders approaching lapped traffic, Duke Long’s car appeared to have experienced a tire issue as it spun wildly off turn two sending the drivers racing behind him, including the leaders scattering to avoid. Most survived unscathed expect for fast qualifier Conrad Morgan, who’s car experienced major damage after rear-ending Dassow during the slowdown. Morgan retired from the event as Apel led Mueller, Swan, Prunty, and Lowell Bennett for the restart. Apel chose the inside lane as the green flag waved and he kept his lead with Mueller ducking in behind him for second while Prunty went to work on Swan for third. The caution flag waved again two laps later when Dassow and Rob Braun tangled in turn one. This time, Mueller moved alongside Apel as he chose the outside lane for the restart and for a few laps, the two battled side by side for the lead. Prunty quickly closed to join the lead battle as Apel settled in as the leader followed closely by Mueller, Prunty, Swan, and Bennett. While Apel maintained the lead, Prunty continued his march toward the front, taking second away from Mueller and setting his sights on Apel for the lead. As the laps wound down, Prunty was able to close the gap slightly but Apel would not be denied as he drove under the checkered flag to capture the victory. Prunty finished second while Swan capped off an impressive night with a third place finish. Lowell Benentt and Gary Lamonte rounded out the top five.
Jeff Holtz won the super late model semi-feature over John DeAngelis, Chris Blawat, and Dale Prunty as those four drivers transferred into the main event. Super Late Model heat races were won by Jerry Eckhardt, John DeAngelis, and Brad Keith while Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier at 11.312 seconds.
Alex Prunty scored his fifth feature win of the season by taking top honors in the 40-lap late model feature.
Joe Bongiorno and Tyler Schley set the pace at the beginning with Alex Prunty, Jordan DeVoy, Al Stippich, and Adam Peschek racing for position close behind. Bongiorno led the opening laps through a few caution periods before Prunty emerged to take the lead on lap nine. Once out front, Prunty’s main challenges came from DeVoy and Mike Held, as caution flags waved for separate incidents on lap nine and seventheen. Prunty was up to the task on each restart and he turned back challenges from DeVoy and Held to grab his fifth feature win of the season. Jordan DeVoy finished second followed by Mike Held in third and Adam Peschek in fourth. Al Stippich finished fifth.
Jake Vanoskey and Joe Bongiorno each scored victories in the late model heat races while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.205 seconds.
Brian Holtz won the Midwest Sportsman feature after a torrid battle with Eric Lingford and Ryan Gutknecht throughout the race. Numerous times Lingford and Gutknecht aggressively challenged Holtz for the top spot, nearly moving alongside in several instances but each time Holtz was able to maintain the lead. At the finish, Holtz drove to the victory over Lingford and Gutknecht while Jimmie Evans and Scott Dunning rounded out the top five.
Kenny Joosten and Eric Lingford were the winners of the Midwest Sportsman heat races and Brian Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.874 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Dave Schmidt and Jacob Schraufnagel. Matt Rose and Steve Zoromski completed the top five finishers.
Carl Benn won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jayden Buckley, T.J. Graczkowski, and Paul Reagles. Brandon Mennicke scored his first career win during the first Slinger Bee heat race while T.J. Graczkowski and Jakob Hassler won the other Slinger Bee heat races. The third Slinger Bee heat race action was stopped under a red flag condition when Emery Waldron’s car broke loose and swerved a hard right directly into the turn four wall which caused it to roll over on it’ roof. Waldron did not appear to suffer serious injuries in the incident and was able to climb from the car under his own power but was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons. Tom Berens set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.525 seconds.
Carl Trapp won the Spectator Elminator races in his 1972 Chevy Nova and Ron Schmitt won the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

Rain and Hail Halt Slinger Speedway Action

August 3rd, 2015

Slinger, Wis., Aug 2—A sudden and swift hail storm came upon the track during the second super late model heat race and forced the postponement of the racing action at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday evening.
Fans in attendance are encouraged to keep their ticket stubs and redeem them for admittance to next Sunday night’s full racing program featuring the super late model, late model, Midwest sportsman, Slinger Bees, spectator eliminator, and Figure 8 divisions.
Randy Schuler captured the victory in the lone super late model heat race completed, taking the checkered flag in a photo finish with Jerry Eckhardt. Chris Blawat finished third while Braison Bennett and Brady Bennett completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier in the super late model division after turning in a lap at 11.416 seconds and Mike Held topped the late models with a 12.314 second lap. Nick Egan led the Area Sportsman qualifying after circling the speedway in 13.077 seconds and eleven year old Emery Waldron was the fastest qualifier in the Slinger Bees with a lap at 14.601 seconds.

Dennis Prunty chalks up another win in Pomp’s 60

July 20th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., July 19-Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel have been the story all season at the Slinger Super Speedway and Sunday night was no exception as they added yet another chapter to their battles with Prunty scoring the victory in the Pomp’s Tire 60-lap super late model feature after aggressively taking the lead from Apel with less than five laps to go.
“I know I touched him a little bit but we were racing hard for the win,” Prunty stated from victory lane afterwards describing the winning pass that rooted Apel out of the inside lane, “I love racing with Steve (Apel).”
“I’m disappointed because we came here to win,” Apel said following his second place finish after leading for most of the race, “when it’s this hot it’s hard, the tires get hot really quick and things start to go away. That’s twice now Dennis (Prunty) has passed me at the end.”
Rob Braun and Steve Apel led the field to the green flag and Apel eventually prevailed from the outside lane after several laps of side by side racing. Braun found himself in a battle for second with Conrad Morgan, John DeAngelis, and Tim Lampmann as Apel began to ease away slightly. The inside lane proved to be the quick way in the early going and DeAngelis, Morgan, Dan Church, and Dennis Prunty all used it to advance as Braun and Lampman fell back on the high side. Morgan than worked his way in to the inside of DeAngelis to take over second while Church filled the inside gap and raced door to door with DeAngelis for third while the leader Apel and second place Morgan drew farther ahead. This time it was DeAngelis’ turn to be caught on the outside and Church and Prunty raced by on the inside for third and fourth place. A lap later, Prunty made his way around Church for third using the high groove as Apel and Morgan enjoyed a comfortable margin out front. A half spin by Nick Wagner in turn two produced the first caution flag of the race on lap 36 with Apel leading Morgan, Prunty, DeAngelis, and Church. A lap after racing resumed the yellow flag waved again for a spin by Brian Holtz in turn two and the caution period proved to be beneficial to Morgan as he spun in between turns three and four but was allowed to maintain his position due to the caution flag already being displayed for Holtz’s incident. Apel chose the inside lane for the restart while Morgan picked the top groove and the choice proved to be detrimental to Morgan as he struggled a bit on the high side allowing Prunty and DeAngelis to race by. Morgan fell in line directly in front of Church in fourth and the two began to dispute the position while Prunty and DeAngelis tried to track down Apel in the lead. As Church and Morgan battled into turn one on lap 40, contact between Church’s right front corner and Morgan’s left rear corner sent Morgan’s car spinning off turn two as the yellow flag waved for a third time. Church and Morgan were sent to the rear of the field for their involvement in the incident as Tim Lampman and Dale Prunty moved into fourth and fifth respectively behind Apel, Dennis Prunty, and DeAngelis. Apel chose the inside lane for the restart and Dennis Prunty took to the high side and as the green flag appeared, Apel was able to maintain the lead while Prunty slid back in line behind him. The top five ran nose to tail for the next several laps with Dennis Prunty glued to Apel’s rear bumper just ahead of DeAngelis in third. After several massages to Apel’s rear bumper, Prunty delivered a slightly harder shot exiting turn four with four laps to go and moved alongside as Apel’s car skidded up a groove. The pair raced side by side for the next two laps with DeAngelis directly behind them in third before Prunty prevailed from the inside. Apel was able to get back in line ahead of DeAngelis to keep second and although he gave a strong effort, he could not catch the leader as Prunty drove under the checkered flag for the win. Apel finished a close second directly followed by DeAngelis in third while Dale Prunty crossed the finish line in fourth. Tim Lampman finished a solid fifth while Conrad Morgan rebounded from his earlier spin to finish sixth. James Swan finished in seventh and Chris Blawat was eighth. Rob Braun and Nick Wagner completed the top ten finishers.
Super late model heat race wins went to Mike Egan and Steve Apel while Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier after completing a lap in 11.429 seconds.
Alex Prunty captured the victory in the 40-lap late model feature after taking the lead just past the half way mark.
Dan Jung paced the opening laps over Brian Holtz, Corey Funk, Grant Griesbach, and Kyle Chwala while Alex Prunty, Jordan DeVoy, Al Stippich and Mike Held battled close behind them. Funk and Griesbach tangled entering turn three on lap two triggering an incident that sent Funk’s and Chwala’s cars to the pits for repairs and retired Griesbach’s machine with extensive damage. Jung maintained the lead as racing resumed while Prunty, Held, and DeVoy began to work their way forward. Jung turned back many challenges until lap 21 when Prunty finally was able to work his way by to take command of the race, leaving Jung to battle intensely with Held for second. An incident between R.J. Braun and Brittiny Helmers in turn four on lap 34 drew the second caution flag of the event with Prunty leading over Jung, Held, and DeVoy. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag appeared while Held and Jung resumed their battle for second. Another caution flag for a single car spin in turn four waved with just three laps to go, setting up a sprint to the finish between Prunty, Jung, and Held. On the restart, Held was able to move into second place behind Prunty and as he made a bid for the lead, he made contact with Prunty’s car in turn two, sending the leader spinning down the backstretch as the caution waved again. Held took responsibility for the incident and tapped his roof which allowed Prunty to keep his lead position. Prunty was up to the challenge and he held off Jung in the final laps to score the victory. Jordan DeVoy finished third followed by Al Stippich and Brian Holtz.
Jake Vanoskey and Corey Funk were the winners of the late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.322 seconds.
Scott Ascher made his first appearance of the season at the Slinger high banks and he led flag to flag en route to the victory in the 35-lap Area Sportsman main event. Nick Egan gave chase for most of the event but could not catch Ascher and had to settle for second place at the checkered flag. Andy Welter finished in third while Paul Wagner and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Paul Wagner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was the division’s fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 13.081 seconds.
Devon Dixon also made his first appearance at Slinger of the season and drove to the feature win as well in the 25-lap Slinger Bees main event. Tom Berens worked his way forward from deep in the field to finish second while Jake Schraufnagel was third. Isaac Daniel took the checkered flag in fourth and Heather Stark was fifth.
Dave Lembke won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jakob Hassler and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Carl Benn and Travis Scheid rounded out the top five. Slinger Bee heat race wins went to Jakob Hassler, Nick Schmidt, and Heather Stark while Tom Berens set fast time at 14.651 seconds.
Ron Schmitt won the Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Joe Mueller to close out the evening.

Dennis Prunty Wins 36th Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals

July 15th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., July 14—Erasing the memories of a year ago where he fell victim to a mechanical failure with the checkered flag in sight, Dennis Prunty once again dominated the Superseal Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite Tuesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and drove to the victory to claim his first Nationals title.
“I always wanted a big check and I don’t know what to do, the girlfriend wants a ring, the kids want to go to Disney, but I want to go the Snowball Derby,” Prunty said after being presented with the $10,000 winning prize and alluding to the end of the year Florida race he has attempted the past few years, “So we’re going to the Snowball Derby baby!”
Prunty took the lead on lap nine and led a whopping 189 of the 199 laps, collecting nearly $6,000 in additional bonus money and survived a late caution period with six laps to go that was set up due to contact between second place running Ty Majeski and a lapped car, which resulted in the lapped car spinning. Majeski, who had cut into Prunty’s lead in the closing laps, was placed at the tail end of the lead lap cars in sixth place for his involvement in the incident which left Conrad Morgan to challenge Prunty for the win.
Morgan, who paced the opening eight laps of the race, gave a valiant effort on the inside for a few laps after racing resumed but in the end was no match for Prunty and he had to settle for a second place finish.
“I’m out of breath and Dennis (Prunty) did a heck of a job,” the 67-year old Morgan said afterwards, “he was tough right from the start and he kept that car going and kept the tires under it all night.” “In this race you have to survive the first 100 laps, then survive the next 95 and race the last five or so and that’s what I tried to do,” Morgan continued, “but he just had me beat.”
Steve Apel came out on top of a torrid battle with Ty Majeski and Dave Feiler in the final laps to grind out a third place finish while Majeski edged Feiler to finish fourth.
“He (Majeski) ran me clean and we gave each other room to race,” Apel stated following the finish, “I probably had a sixth or seventh place car but got lucky on that last restart and was able to come away with a third place finish.”
While Majeski didn’t agree with the late race call that placed him at the back of the lead lap but he charged forward in the final laps and following his fourth place finish gave his version of the incident with the lapped traffic.
“I was going for the win and he (lapped car) didn’t give me a lane in turns one and two and when we got to the other end, he parked it in the middle and I wasn’t expecting it,” Majeski stated, “but it could be a lot worse and we’ll take fourth.”
Following Feiler, who battled Prunty in the middle stages and led the event one time for two laps before finishing fifth, Brad Mueller took the checkered flag in sixth place followed by Ryan Farrell, who completed his first Nationals start with a respectable seventh place finish. Jeff Holtz finished in the eighth position while Matt Kocourek and Andrew Morrissey rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.
Among other notable drivers on hand, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Johnny Sauter finished 20th after experiencing suspension problems and four-time Nationals winner Rich Bickle was 22nd after tangling early with five-time Nationals champion Lowell Bennett. Bennett continued in the race and finished 13th. Ross Kenseth, who earlier this year made his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, qualified third but finished 24th after experiencing problems with the rear end of his car on lap 11.
Brad Mueller won the 30-lap qualifying race over Andrew Morrissey and Paige Decker who transferred into the main event along with fourth place finisher Ryan Farrell. Natalie Decker finished fifth. James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature and also transferred to the main event along with second place finisher Casey Johnson. John DeAngelis finished third ahead of Tim Lampman and Dan Church who finished fourth and fifth respectively. Chris Blawat won the 20-lap super late model consi over Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano. Ricky Heinan and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five. Dave Feiler was the fastest of 38 super late models to take qualifying times with a lap of 11.304 seconds.
Mike Held used a late race outside pass of Mike Meyerhofer to win the 35-lap late model feature. Al Stippich finished in third place while fast qualifier Jordan DeVoy took the checkered flag in fourth ahead of Kyle Chwala in fifth. The race was slowed by the caution flag a total of four times, the most serious for an incident in turn one that heavily damaged the cars of Jerry Mueller, Alex Prunty, and Joe Bongiorno.

Rich Bickle Slated to Return for SuperSeal Slinger Nationals

July 11th, 2015

(Slinger, WI)—Former Midwestern short track standout and NASCAR veteran, Rich Bickle, is scheduled to return to the Slinger Super Speedway for the 36th annual SuperSeal Slinger Nationals, presented by Miller Lite.  The 199-lap Nationals is scheduled for Tuesday night, July 14th and offers a rain date of July 15th.

The Edgerton, Wisconsin driver is a four-time winner of the prestigious Slinger Nationals, claiming the event most recently in 2013.  Bickle, 54 years-old, spent 2014 away from stock car racing, focusing his attention on other business ventures.  Bickle, however, dusted off his driver’s suit in recent weeks and hasn’t missed a beat.
In addition to being a four-time winner of the Slinger Nationals, Bickle has 218 career starts in NASCAR’s national touring divisions, including three wins in the Camping World Truck Series.  He is a five-time winner of Florida’s Snowball Derby and a two-time Slinger super late model track champion.
Another recent entry to Tuesday’s Slinger Nationals comes from the other end of the racing spectrum.  Dirt late model standout Bobby Pierce will make his Slinger Speedway debut behind the wheel of a second Rob Braun entry.
The eighteen year-old Pierce is the 2014 UMP DIRTCAR Late Model National Champion and the current DIRTCAR Summer Nationals point leader.  The Summer Nationals is a tour that competes 30 times across 32 days and nine states.  Pierce has two career pavement starts to his resume, having competed earlier this year at New Smyrna, Florida’s World Series of Asphalt.  He is scheduled to make his NASCAR debut later this month when the Camping World Truck Series visits Eldora (OH) Speedway.
Spectator gates open at noon, on Tuesday.  The afternoon will feature alternating practice sessions for the super late models and late models.  Qualifying is slated for 4:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:20.  The green flag for the Slinger Nationals is on tap for 8:14.
Tickets for the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite are now on sale at the track office.  An advance sale ticket purchase affords fans a five dollar savings over race-day general admission.
Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Prelude to the Nationals, King of the High Banks on Tap

July 11th, 2015

(Slinger, WI)—The new Badgerland Challenge Series will crown the King of the High Banks, Sunday night, July 12, at the Slinger Super Speedway as the series headlines the Prelude to the Nationals.   

Two divisions make up the new traveling Badgerland challenge Series: Late Models and Area Sportsman.  Each division will compete for Slinger weekly points as well as Badgerland Challenge Series points.  In addition, the winner of the Late Model feature will be crowned King of the High Banks.
Both late models and area sportsman compete weekly at Slinger Speedway, but Sunday night’s event promises to bring fresh faces to the Slinger high-banks, including drivers from Central Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
After making their Slinger Super Speedway debut last year, the Mid-American Stock Car Series returns, Sunday night.  Home track driver Jeff Holtz used his Slinger experience to drive to the Mid-American Series win in 2014.  The Mid-American Series rules are used in the tracks Midwest Sportsman division, keeping with the theme of pitting the best Slinger drivers against the best touring drivers.
Sunday night’s Prelude to the Nationals sets the stage for Tuesday night, July 14, and the 36th annual running of the Super Seal Slinger Nationals, presented by Miller Lite.  The Slinger Nationals is one of short-track racings crown jewels.
The Heros Sandwich Shoppe Slinger bees and figure 8’s will join the Badgerland Challenge Series Late Models and Area Sportsman and Mid-American Stock Car Series on the card Sunday night.
Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00.  Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.
Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Dennis Prunty scores win four in Pepsi Challenge Series

July 11th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., July 5—Battling to regain the lead with four laps to go, Dennis Prunty edged Steve Apel to capture his fourth super late model feature victory of the season in the second round of the Pepsi Challenge Series Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Prunty and Matt Kocourek occupied the front row as the race began and Prunty quickly established himself as the leader from the inside lane, bringing along John DeAngelis with him and into second place which left Kocourek to battle with Conrad Morgan and Steve Apel for third. Kocourek struggled on the high side early and he began to fade as first Apel and Morgan and then later Brad Mueller and Michael Bilderback all drove by for position. With Dennis Prunty enjoying a sizeable lead, Apel tracked down DeAngelis and used an outside pass on lap 16 to take over second while Morgan, Bilderback, and Mueller staged a three-way battle over the third position. Bilderback and Morgan were both able to work to the inside of Mueller to nail down third and fourth place respectively while farther ahead Apel closed to Prunty’s rear bumper for the lead. A half spin in turn one by Gary LaMonte while racing for position in heavy traffic produced the first and only caution flag of the event on lap 31.
Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart but it was Apel who was on the button as racing resumed and he charged to the lead from the inside groove. Prunty had to fend off an inside challenge from DeAngelis to keep possession of second place while Bilderback quickly dove to the inside lane to defend fourth place from Mueller and Morgan. With Apel continuing to show the way over Prunty, Morgan made his move as he worked his way around both Mueller and Bilderback and a few laps later, Dale Prunty had his car working on the inside lane and he too passed Mueller and Bilderback to take over fifth. Dennis Prunty began to gradually close the distance between himself and Apel for the lead as the laps wound down while Morgan and Dale Prunty closed in on DeAngelis to challenge for third. With five laps to go, Dennis Prunty was on Apel’s tail as Apel’s car began to kick loose off the turns and with four circuits left, Prunty made his move, making in inside pass for the lead. Apel tried to battle back but his loose condition off the turns negated and hopes of retaking the point as Prunty drove to his fourth feature win of the season. John DeAngelis held off Conrad Morgan for third while Dale Prunty rounded out the top five finishers in fifth. Brad Mueller finished in the sixth position followed by Brian Johnson Jr. in seventh and Gary LaMonte in eighth. Michael Bilderback and Chris Blawat finished ninth and tenth respectively.
Chris Blawat won the 30-lap super late model semi feature over James Swan and Rob Braun as they along with fourth place finisher Tommy Hromadka advanced to the main event. Jerry Eckhardt finished fifth. Super late model heat races were won by Braison Bennett, Dale Prunty, and Dennis Prunty and Michael Bilderback was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.366 seconds.
Alex Papini made his first appearance on the Slinger high banks in 2015 and he drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model feature.
Jack Stern and Kyle Chwala swapped the lead in the opening laps before Chwala was able to edge ahead from the outside while behind them, Ricky Heinan, Alex Papini, Jordan DeVoy, and Alex Prunty all raced hard for position. A spin off the backstretch by Shaun Scheel while racing in traffic produced the caution flag on lap 13 with Chwala leading over Stern. The top three chose the inside lane for the restart while Papini took to the top side and the move paid off as he eased into the lead just before the caution waved again as Jerry Mueller’s car spun off turn two. Papini chose the inside groove for the restart and he maintained the lead as racing resumed while Chwala struggled on the high side allowing Stern to move by for second. Heinan, Prunty, and Mike Held also took advantage of Chwala’s high side struggles and they advanced forward from the inner groove. A few laps later, Prunty worked his way around Heinan for third and began to set his sights on Papini and Stern out front. Prunty also passed Stern for second on the inside shortly thereafter as Papini enjoyed a sizeable lead. The caution waved again on lap 31 and erased Papini’s lead as Grant Griesbach and Tyler Schley tangled in turn four. Papini and Prunty started side by side for the restart and Papini was able to hold onto the lead while behind them Chwala’s struggles in the high lane continued and his car slowed, bunching up the field and the ensuing incident heavily damaged the cars of Mike Held and Stephen Scheel as the caution waved again. Papini held the point on the single file restart but he was unable to get away from Prunty as the two prepared to settle the race amongst the two of them. Prunty closed to Papini’s rear bumper but was unable to make a bid for the lead as Papini drove to the victory. Corey Funk sliced his way forward late in the event to finish a strong third just ahead of Ricky Heinan and Jack Stern in fourth and fifth respectively.
Shaun Scheel and Kyle Chwala were the winners of the late model heat races and Jordan DeVoy was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.285 seconds.
Andy Welter won the Area Sportsman 30-lap feature and stopped Nick Egan’s win streak at three weeks.
Egan did not go quietly however as he and Welter raced door to door for the lead throughout the race with each swapping positions in the inside and outside grooves. As they drove to the white flag, the two were side by side with Egan on the inside and Welter on the outside and Welter shut the door entering turn one to turn back Egan’s challenge. Egan was forced to brake hard and Adam Bleskan raced by for second place as Welter drove under the checkered flag for the victory. Egan had to settle for third while Jim Taylor and Paul Wagner rounded out the top five.
Nick Egan won the Area Sportsman heat race and he also set fast time after circling the speedway in 13.042 seconds.
Tom Berens took the lead on lap 11 and charged to the victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over early leader Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Brandon Tackes. Dave Schmidt finished fourth and Jacob Schraufnagel was fifth. Carol Ostovich, Jared Deming, and Heather Stark were the Slinger Bees heat race winners while Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier at 14.686 seconds.
Carl Trapp drove his 1972 Chevy Nova to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race. Ashley Cridelich was crowned the new Miss Slinger Speedway during intermission.

Dale Prunty nets first ’15 win in Interstate Sawing 75

June 29th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., June 28—The box score will read Dale Prunty led all but the first lap of the 75-lap Interstate Sawing super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his first feature victory of the season.
But the story the stat sheet cannot tell is that he held off the two most successful drivers at the track this season in Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty to accomplish the task.
“Starting on the pole and losing would kind of suck,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “but starting up front and winning is good and I have to thank my crew and sponsors for all they have done.”
“I may have kind of screwed Dennis (Prunty) tonight, because I needed some rear shocks and I took them off the #42 car, “Dale Prunty continued referring to brother Dennis’ second car that was originally scheduled to be parked tonight but was quickly summoned into action when Dennis Prunty experienced problems with his #22 car in practice.
Along with defending track champion Steve Apel, Dennis Prunty wheeled that #42 car through the field as once near the front of the field both he and Apel never let Dale Prunty get out of their sight. Both Apel and Dennis Prunty swapped the second position a few times in the closing laps before staging a climactic side by side battle that ended with the two of them driving under the checkered flag in a virtual dead heat that the transponder scoring showed in Apel’s favor by mere inches.
“The car got kind of loose there at the end and I was trying to hang on and catch Dale (Prunty),” Apel explained afterwards, “I was getting close but then the car went away.” “It was a good race and I may have lost some track position in lapped traffic but Dale (Prunty) did a good job holding us off, “ Apel continued, “I was following Dennis (Prunty) and he got loose in turns one and two which let me go underneath him and then he got back around and we had a close finish.”
“It’s hard to tell in the cars, but when I looked over I was almost sure I was a little bit ahead of him (Apel), “Dennis Prunty stated following his third place run, “but the scoring said he was a little bit ahead of me.”
Lowell Bennett and Dale Prunty led the field to the green flag and Bennett edged ahead to lead lap one before Prunty raced around and into the lead from the outside groove. Dale Prunty and Bennett pulled ahead of the field slightly as Dave McCardle, Ryan DeStefano, and Nick Wagner raced to fill the top five. The first caution flag waved on lap nine when Duke Long’s car spun in turn one and collected the car driven by Jerry Eckhardt. Dale Prunty maintained his lead as the green flag appeared but a lap later, the race was back under the caution flag when John DeAngelis’ car experienced a mechanical failure as it trailed smoke on the front stretch and scattered the field behind him.
Once again Dale Prunty used the outside lane to fend off the challenges from Bennett as racing resumed. Behind the leaders, Apel and Dennis Prunty were methodically slicing their way forward and by lap 24 they both worked their way around Bennett and into second and third respectively. Three laps later, Dennis Prunty edged to the inside of Apel and took the second spot just before the event was slowed under caution again when Josh Wallace’s car stalled in turn two on lap 35. Dale Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart while Dennis Prunty and Apel both elected for the lower groove and both were able to make formidable challenges for the lead but Dale Prunty continuously was able to power ahead from the high groove. With Dale Prunty still out front, Apel and Dennis Prunty began to dispute the second spot as Apel retook the position with an inside pass while behind them, Ryan DeStefano, Dan Church, and Dave McCardle were all working on Bennett for the fourth position. DeStefano took the fourth spot while Church and McCardle also were able to pass Bennett however Bennett got the positions back when McCardle and Church made contact off turn two and upset both cars momentarily before both drivers regained control. Dale Prunty was able to work through the lapped cars as the leader while Dennis Prunty resumed his battle with Apel over second in the waning laps. Dale Prunty drove to the victory while Apel and Dennis Prunty crossed the stripe side by side with Apel earning the second spot by inches. Ryan DeStefano finished a strong fourth while Dan Church rounded out the top five. Lowell Bennett finished in sixth place followed by Jeff Holtz and Mike Egan in seventh and eighth respectively. Dave McCardle and Ryan Farrell rounded out the top ten finishers.
Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Paul Shafer Jr. and Duke Long. Rob Braun and Randy Schuler completed the top five. Super late model heat races were won by Rob Braun, Lowell Bennett, and Dennis Prunty while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.319 seconds.
Mike Held took the lead with two laps to go and drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Corey Funk and Jack Stern led the field to the green flag and Funk grabbed the early lead as Stern’ s car rode the turn three wall on the opening lap before falling back in line mid-pack. Funk paced the first four laps before Steven Schulz was able to work his way around by using the inside groove to take the lead on lap five. Brian Holtz advanced into second place while Joe Bongiorno and Tyler Schley were close behind with Alex Prunty and Mike Held looking to move forward. A spin by Funk in turn two on lap 31 produced the first and only caution flag of the event with Schulz leading over Holtz, Bongiorno, Schley, Held, and Prunty. Held was the man on the move in the final nine laps as he picked off cars one by one until he reached the leader Schulz with two laps to go. Using an inside move, Held was able to slip by Schulz and take the lead and drive to the victory, leaving Schluz to settle for a strong second. Brian Holtz was third while Joe Bongiorno and Alex Prunty rounded out the top five.
Grant Griesbach won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Jerry Mueller and Ricky Heinan. Jake Vanoskey and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Dan Jung, and Al Stippich while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.142 seconds.
Nick Egan drove to his third feature win of the season in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event.
Egan took the lead from Joe Shelby just before the halfway mark and never looked back en route to the victory. Adam Bleskan finished second and Andy Welter was third. Paul Wagner and Joe Shelby completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Andy Welter also won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.967 seconds.
Tom Berens held off a strong challenge from Nick Schmidt to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature. Schmidt had to settle for a close second place finish while Brandon Tackes was third. Heather Stark and Jakob Hassler finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
Paul Reagles won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Zach Braun and Dave Lembke. Emory Waldron and Tristan Dorzok rounded out the top five. Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Dave Lembke, Brandon Berens, and Nick Schmidt while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.721 seconds.
Willy Van Camp took home the trophy in the 15-lap extended Figure 8 race to close down the evening over Rick Bruskiewicz and Scott Goetzke.

Prunty makes it two in a row on PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night

June 22nd, 2015

Slinger, Wis., June 21—Driving a different car than the one he wheeled last Sunday, Dennis Prunty found himself in victory lane at the Slinger Super Speedway for the second week in a row after besting a strong field in the 65-lap super late model feature on PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night.
“We got the car pretty close and this is the Pete Wiedmeyer owned car,” Prunty said after climbing out of the #22 machine he has piloted for most of the season, “We are trying to get this car perfect for the Slinger Nationals and we’ll just keep tweaking on it each week.”
A few new faces were in the field as many area drivers have shown up to gain experience on the Slinger high banks in preparation for the upcoming Nationals event and one of those new faces was Ty Majewski who battled Prunty in the late stages before eventually finishing second. Majewski’s second place run was impressive considering he had to make the main event field through the semi-feature and began the race far back in the starting lineup.
“My car was real free underneath Dennis (Prunty) and I had to catch it“ Majewski said afterward, “We struggled in qualifying and had to make the race through the semi-feature but we were able to capitalize on a few other’s misfortunes and come home with a second place finish.”
John DeAngelis drove forward from his thirteenth starting position to finish a strong third while defending super late model track champion Steve Apel rebounded from an early spin to take the checkered flag in fourth. Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers but was later disqualified after failing post race technical inspection. Dale Prunty crossed the finish line in sixth place followed by Rob Braun in seventh and Travis Dassow in eighth while Rich Loch and Josh Wallace rounded out the top ten.
Matt Koucerek battled Natalie Decker to pace the opening six laps before Decker worked the inside lane to take command of the race on lap seven. Decker remained out front until lap 32 when Prunty was able to drive by for good. Decker raced in the top five for the first half of the race before becoming involved in one of the event’s four caution periods while battling with Dassow for second on lap 38 and eventually finished 13th.
Jeff Holtz won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as he transferred into the main event along with Ty Majewski, Josh Wallace, and David McCardle who finished second, third, and fourth respectively. Nick Wagner was fifth. James Swan, Rich Loch, and Brad Keith all picked up super late model heat race wins and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.432 seconds.
Al Stippich took the lead on lap 10 and turned back numerous challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event to score his first feature victory at Slinger in four years.
Jack Stern led the opening lap before Brian Holtz took over the top spot on lap two and held the lead until Stippich used the outside line to grab the lead on a restart following a caution flag on lap nine. Four more caution periods slowed the race and each time Stippich fended off different challengers as he remained out front before pulling away in the end to capture the victory. Jordan DeVoy advanced his way through the field to finish second with Ryan Zielski close behind in third. Alex Prunty and Mike Held were near the front for nearly the entire race and finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
Dan Jung won the late model semi-feature over Joe Bongiorno and Matt Rowe while Scott Patrick and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. R.J. Braun scored his first career late model victory in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller picked up the checkered flag in the second heat race. Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.279 seconds.
Nick Egan held off Andy Welter to score his second feature win of the season in the Area Sportsman 30-lap main event. Paul Wagner completed a strong race with a third place finish while Adam Peschek and Josh Fehrmann rounded out the top five. Welter picked up the win in the Area Sportsman heat race and Bill Prietzel circled the speedway in 13.069 seconds to become the division’s fastest qualifier.
Jacob Schraufnagel won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Heather Stark and Brandon Tackes while Nick Schmidt and Tom Berens rounded out the top five. Brandon Berens won the Singer Bee semi-feature to transfer to the main event along with Rick Schaefer, E.J. Waldron, and Jayden Buckley in second, third, and fourth. Jacob Hasler was fifth. Slinger Bee heat race victories went to Marty Tackes, E.J. Waldron, and Heather Stark while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.764 seconds.
Derek Doerr won the American Super Cup 15-lap feature over Andy Forster and Chris Deren. Ken Jones and Mick Ellis rounded out the top five. Doerr also won the American Super Cup heat race and set fast time as well with a lap of 15.428 seconds.
Nathan Larson drove is yellow Mustang to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Joe Mueller picked up the win in the Figure 8 race.

Prunty Back Out Front at Slinger

June 15th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., June 14— Dennis Prunty drove to his second super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he bested Steve Apel and Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap main event.
“This is the car Ross Kenseth is going to drive in the Slinger Nationals,” Prunty told the crowd after winning in his familiar #42 ride instead of the #22 car he drove to his other victory this season, “I didn’t want to give him a car we didn’t know would be good or not, so someone should call him tomorrow and tell him it’s pretty good.”
“I got through traffic pretty good and I got to Dennis (Prunty),” Apel said after starting from the sixth row, “then at the end I was just hanging on, but fast time and second place is nothing to hang your head over, it was a good night.”
“I was good early,” third place Brad Mueller stated, “At the end, Dennis (Prunty) and Steve (Apel) started getting away. I was really tight down in (turns) one and two and loose in three and four, it is what it is and at least we are on the podium.”
Chris Blawat and Kelsey Dassow occupied the front row at the drop of the green flag and Blawat immediately drove to the lead from the inside lane. Dennis Prunty, who started third after John DeAngelis experienced mechanical issues before the green flag, also used the inside lane to charge by Dassow for second and then at the completion of lap one, he took to the high side to challenge Blawat for the lead, completing the pass a lap later. Rob Braun, Brad Mueller, and Steve Apel also used the inside lane to advance into the top five. The only caution flag of the event appeared on lap four after an incident between Kelsey Dassow and Dan Church in turn four as Prunty led over Blawat, Braun, Mueller, and Apel. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and Blawat chose the inside while behind them, Braun and Apel followed Prunty up top while Mueller took to the inside behind Blawat. As racing resumed, Prunty maintained his lead from the outside while Braun and Apel eventually prevailed as well on the outside as they both swept around Blawat and into second and third respectively. Mueller also switched to the high side to make his way around Blawat as Dave McCardle moved up to challenge for the fifth spot. By lap 16 with Prunty still out front, Apel and Mueller were able to edge to the inside of Braun to take over second and third place while McCardle also used the inside to grab fourth ten laps later. Apel and Mueller began to try to track down Prunty for the lead as the front runners began to encounter lapped traffic during the race’s middle stages. Apel closed to Prunty’s bumper while in the traffic but despite several looks to the inside, was not able to make a serious challenge for the lead. In the final laps, Prunty threaded his way through the traffic and drove to his second feature victory of the season. Apel finished second and maintained his division point lead while Mueller took the checkered flag in third. Dave McCardle completed the best race of his season with a strong fourth place run while Dale Prunty drove from deep in the field to finish fifth. Mike Egan and Dan Church finished sixth and seventh respectively while Brad Keith, Josh Wallace, and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten.
James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi feature over Braison Bennett and Lowell Bennett. Rich Loch finished in the fourth, the final transfer position, while Nick Wagner was fifth. Lowell Bennett, Brad Keith, and Brad Mueller all won super late model heat races and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.411 seconds.
Alex Prunty survived a late race restart to capture the victory in the 40-lap late model feature to score his 30th win at the Slinger Speedway.
Jack Stern and Jordan DeVoy paced the field the green flag and DeVoy quickly raced out into the early lead. Alex Prunty began to work his way forward from his sixth starting position as he took over the second spot by lap five ahead of Stern, Ricky Heinan, and Kyle Chwala. The action at the front of the field was tight as Dan Jung and Mike Held also advanced to join the lead pack with the top seven cars racing in close quarters. A spin by Corey Funk off turn two while racing amongst the leaders on lap eight produced the first caution flag with DeVoy leading over Prunty, Stern, and Heinan. During the incident Brittiny Helmers made contact with the pit entrance wall in turn two and retired from the event. DeVoy chose the inside groove for the restart and Prunty immediately took to the high side with the choice paying off as he charged into the lead as racing resumed. DeVoy held tough in second while Heinan and Chwala used the inside lane to take over third and fourth with Stern falling back in line in fifth. The race remained steady for a few laps before the caution waved again on lap 14 for a spin by R.J. Braun in turn two. As the leader, Prunty remained committed to the high side and he chose the upper groove, leaving DeVoy the inside while third running Chwala followed in Prunty’s tracks on the top side. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag waved and Chwala used the high lane to pass DeVoy for second. Prunty and Chwala opened up a significant distance on the rest of the field while DeVoy fended off challenges from Dan Jung and Mike Held for third. The comfortable gap enjoyed by Prunty and Chwala was erased on lap 37 when a spin down the backstretch by Braun resulted in the third caution of the event. Prunty and Chwala looked to settle it out on the restart for the final three lap shootout and Prunty quickly charged to the lead. Chwala fell into line directly behind Prunty and made a final challenge on the last lap which fell just short as Prunty took the checkered flag for the victory. Chwala finished second while Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Dan Jung rounded out the top five.
Joe Bongiorno scored his first career Slinger Speedway victory in the first late model heat race while Tyler Schley was victorious in the second event. Alex Prunty and Kyle Chwala both turned in the exact fastest qualifying time at 12.292 seconds with Prunty being awarded the fast qualifier honors because he set the time first.
Brian Holtz executed a late race pass on Kenny Joosten to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature. Joosten settled for second place at the finish despite leading for most of the event. On the final lap, Eric Lingford and Ryan Gutknecht tangled on the backstretch while racing for third and as their cars slid to the infield Bobby Gutknecht and Jimmie Evans raced by to finish in third and fourth respectively. Jay Shambeau finished fifth.
Kenny Joosten and Scott Dunning each recorded Midwest Sportsmen heat race victories and Brian Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.858 seconds.
Tom Berens took the lead from Heather Stark in lapped traffic on lap 15 of the Slinger Bee feature as he went on to score the victory. Stark battled hard throughout the race and crossed the finish line in second while Nick Schmidt edged Dave Schmidt for third. Isaac Daniel finished fifth.
Tristan Dorzok, Heather Stark, and Dave Schmidt all were winners of Slinger Bees heat races while Isaac Daniel was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 14.745 seconds.
Lyle Messinger was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races with his Mercedes and Ryan Lovald closed the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 event.

Apel Scores Win Number Three on Reunion Night

June 8th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., June 7—Steve Apel captured his third feature victory of the season Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway as he held off Dale Prunty to win the 60-lap super late model main event on Reunion Night.
“I probably have the best crew out there, “Apel said from victory lane explaining the extra work performed on his car this week after experiencing a fire while practicing a few days ago in Madison, “They are totally dedicated and I have to thank my wife for putting up with me being in the race shop until two or three in the morning.” “I was hoping to get through the lapped traffic as quick as I could and not get held up too much because I knew if I did they would catch me,” Apel continued, “The car was pretty good this week but we’ll try to make it just a little bit better for next week.”
When asked the difference between his second place finish and a victory, runner-up Dale Prunty simply stated, “Another caution.” “Steve (Apel) beat me and raced me clean and I was hoping for another caution because I might have had a little bit left, “ Prunty stated before giving a heartfelt dedication of the finish to longtime friend and sponsor Fritz Wiedmeyer who passed away earlier in the week.
Rich Loch and Dale Prunty led the field to the green flag and Prunty drove to the early lead from the outside lane as Loch settled into second ahead of Travis Dassow, Lowell Bennett, Dave McCardle, Steve Apel, and Rob Braun. Prunty and Loch maintained the top two positions as behind them Bennett, Apel, and Braun all advanced forward and into the third through fifth slots respectively. The first caution flag waved on lap 12 when Tim Lampman’s car came off the fourth turn and bounced off the door of Chris Blawat’s machine before spinning into turn one where the car of Mike Egan was collected as well. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart while Loch lined up to the inside and as the green flag waved, Prunty hesitated a bit and both he and Loch raced side by side for the lead for two laps before Prunty was able to once again power ahead from the outside. Behind them, Apel and Bennett were dueling over second while Braun and Dassow were joined by John DeAngelis and Dennis Prunty in the tussle over fourth. Apel used the inside lane to grab third from Bennett while Braun, DeAngelis, and Dennis Prunty all moved up also on the inside as Dassow became caught in the high groove and fell out of the top five. A few laps later, Apel was able to work his way to the inside of Loch to take second place just before another caution flag waved on lap 21 when DeAngelis and Braun got together in turn one while racing over fourth place. In the scramble to avoid, several other cars became damaged including Conrad Morgan and Tim Lampman, who struck the turn one wall very hard after climbing over the car of Josh Wallace which put the track under a red flag condition. Prunty again chose the outside for the restart and Apel promptly chose the bottom groove and when the green flag waved again, the two raced door to door for several laps before Apel was eventually able to ease ahead on lap 25. Behind the lead duo, Loch and Bennett also staged a side by side battle for third with Dassow and Dennis Prunty racing in formation behind them. Loch prevailed in that battle and once the cars lined up on the bottom, Dennis Prunty began to pick them off from the outside lane, passing first Bennett and then Loch to take over third with the laps winding down. In the closing laps, Apel maneuvered his way through lapped traffic flawlessly as Dale Prunty was unable to make a serious challenge for the lead. At the checkered flag, Apel scored the victory with Dale Prunty finishing second ahead of Dennis Prunty in third. Rich Loch and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top five. James Swan finished sixth followed by Jeff Holtz and John DeAngelis in seventh and eighth respectively while Travis Dassow and Dan Church completed the top ten.
Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Jeff Holtz and Nick Wagner as they along with fourth place finisher Duke Long transferred to the main event. Braison Bennett finished fifth. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Nick Wagner, Conrad Morgan, and John DeAngelis while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.340 seconds.
Mike Held survived a wild 40-lap late model main event to capture the victory in a caution-filled race.
Brian Holtz and Kyle Chwala paced the field to the green flag and Holtz led the first two circuits before the caution flag waved quickly a lap later when Corey Funk tagged the wall on the backstretch and came to a stop in turn four. As racing resumed, Chwala was able to wrestle the lead away from Holtz while behind them Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held all raced for position. With Chwala out front, Prunty eventually worked his way into second and began to track down the leader. With Chwala and Prunty running nose to tail on lap ten, a lapped car suddenly slowed in turn four directly in front of them and as Chwala ran into the lapped car, Prunty slid hard into the frontstretch wall as the caution waved again. Chwala was able to continue despite front end damage while Prunty was through for the evening. The caution flew once again three laps later when Held experienced a problem in turn four and left the speedway and returned before the restart and without losing a lap. Chwala and Holtz resumed their battle for the lead with Ryan Zielski, Tyler Schley, and Grant Griesbach all racing hard behind them. Another caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Jack Stern came to a stop off turn four with Chwala leading over Holtz, Zielski, Schley, and Greisbach. With each restart, positions shuffled with the caution cone as drivers such as Mike Held and Jordan DeVoy moved up by choosing the outside lane. As racing resumed, Chwala remained out front with the lead pack remaining tightly bunched with close quarters racing throughout the top running cars. With Chwala enjoying a rather comfortable lead in the final ten laps, further back, Tyler James spun off turn two while racing with Al Stippich and the race remained green with James’ car resting in the infield until James exited his machine to constitute a caution flag on lap 34. On the restart, Chwala kept the lead but behind him, contact between Holtz and DeVoy scattered the field on the frontstretch and the caution waved again as Zielski also was forced to leave the track with damage. The final five lap dash to the finish was set up with Chwala leading over Greisbach, Held, and Schley. Held pressured Chwala heavily in the final laps with Griesbach right in their tracks and on the final lap, contact between Held and Chwala forced Chwala high allowing Held to pass underneath exiting turn two. As they charged into turn three, Held drifted wide with Chwala outside him and Griesbach took advantage of the inside opening to make a bid for the win. Held won the drag race to the checkered flag with Griesbach finishing second and Chwala third. Schley finished fourth while Jerry Mueller was fifth.
Ricky Heinan and Brian Holtz each picked up a win in the late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.254 seconds.
Nick Egan took the lead at the halfway mark of the Area Sportsman feature and never looked back, driving to his first feature victory of the season in the 30-lap main event.
Adam Bleskan led the first 14 laps before Egan powered ahead on lap 15 with Bill Prietzel in hot pursuit. Prietzel also worked his way around Bleskan and began to track down Egan for the lead while Andy Welter and Adam Peschek moved into the top five. Egan was up to the task in the closing laps and he held off Prietzel to score the victory. Prietzel finished a close second while Welter took the checkered flag in third ahead of Bleskan and Peschek who completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Scott Hoeft and Adam Peschek were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.001 seconds.
Dale Kiley-Schaefer battled Tom Berens throughout the Slinger Bee 25-lap feature before capturing the victory in an exciting event. Berens crossed the finish line in second while Nick Schmidt battled his way from deep in the field to finish third. Brandon Tackes and Emery Waldron finished fourth and fifth respectivley.
Nick Schmidt picked up the win in the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Steve Zoromski and Marty Tackes. Bill Ostovich Jr. was fourth and Tristan Dorzok was fifth. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Steve Zoromski, Nick Schmidt, and Tom Berens while Isaac Daniel was the fastest qualifier at 14.769 seconds.
Ron Schmitt won the Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Willy Van Camp. Shane Becker and Rick Bruskiewicz finished in fourth and fifth.

DeAngelis takes Round One of the Pepsi Challenge

June 1st, 2015

Slinger, Wis., May 31—John DeAngelis Jr. turned back the challenges from Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and claim Round One of the Pepsi Challenge Series.
“I knew they were going to be really fast and I had to get going,” DeAngelis said from victory lane after capturing his second feature win in three weeks, “the traffic kind of helped me as I don’t think he (Mueller) could really get a good shot at me.”
“We were just trying to figure things out,” Mueller said after his second place finish, “We got a lot better tonight but we were bottoming out the left front of the car and I couldn’t approach the corners like I wanted to.”
DeAngelis and Mike Egan led the field to the green flag and DeAngelis was able to power into the lead from the outside as Conrad Morgan, Rob Braun, and Gary LaMonte followed with Brad Mueller, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel all looking to advance forward. DeAngelis and Egan were able to pull ahead slightly while the dogfight for third continued between Morgan, Mueller, Braun, and LaMonte with Prunty and Apel directly in their tracks. A half spin by Tim Lampman in turn two drew the caution flag on lap 13 as most got by unscathed except for Dale Prunty who left the speedway with right front damage. DeAngelis chose the outside lane for the restart and Egan lined up alongside followed by Morgan and Mueller in the second row. DeAngelis and Egan raced side by side for a few laps before DeAngelis once again edged ahead from the outside. With DeAngelis out front, Mueller worked his way to the inside of Egan and completed the pass for second while both Prunty and Apel advanced into the top five, maneuvering their way around Morgan and Braun. Once in second, Mueller began to track down DeAngelis for the lead while behind them first Apel and then Prunty raced around Egan to advance into third and fourth respectively. While Mueller kept DeAngelis in his sights as they sliced through lapped traffic, the real fireworks on the speedway were occurring in the battle for third between Apel and Prunty. Apel held the spot and used the outside to go around lapped cars with Prunty directly on his bumper. Prunty’s car appeared to be faster in the latter stages and he applied several solid taps to Apel’s bumper as it looked like Prunty’s car was able to get off the turns better than Apel yet both were boxed in by the lapped traffic. Mueller closed on DeAngelis in the final laps but was not able to make a serious charge as DeAngelis drove under the checkered flag for the win. Coming to the checkered flag, the battle between Apel and Prunty erupted with Apel’s car spinning in between turns three and four while racing with Prunty. Officials later awarded third place to Apel and penalized Prunty to the final car on the lead lap as a result of the contact between the cars. Conrad Morgan finished fourth and Mike Egan was fifth. Gary LaMonte and Rob Braun were sixth and seventh respectively. Prunty was placed eleventh.
Lowell Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over James Swan and Jeff Holtz as they along with fourth place finisher Ryan Farrell transferred to the main event. Nick Wagner finished fifth. Super late model heat races were won by James Swan, Ryan Farrell, and Dennis Prunty while Brad Keith topped a strong field of 29 super late models to nail down fast time honors with a lap of 11.365 seconds.
With the late model class off for the week, Kyle Chwala returned to the Area Sportsman division and led the final 12 laps to win the 30-lap main event.
Nick Egan led the first five laps before Mark DePorter tracked him down to take command of the race on lap six. Egan remained glued to DePorter’s rear bumper as Kyle Chwala, Joe Shelby, and Andy Welter raced for position behind them. While working lapped traffic, Egan was able to edge to the inside of DePorter and retake the lead on lap 16 with Chwala closing in fast from third. A lap later, Chwala used the inside to grab second from DePorter just before the first caution flag waved a lap later when Shelby’s car spun around in turn two while racing with Welter in fourth. Nick Ostberg was unable to avoid Shelby’s stalled car and slid into him as the caution waved. Egan chose the inside for the restart while Chwala immediately took to the top and as racing resumed, Chwala quickly charged around Egan and into the lead. Chwala would not be challenged from there and he drove to the victory while Welter passed Egan in the closing laps to finish second. Egan finished third followed by DePorter and Adam Bleskan in fourth and fifth respectively.
Nick Ostberg and Nick Egan each scored wins in Area Sportsman heat races while Andy Welter was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.986 seconds.
Brian Holtz won the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Ryan Gutknecht and Bill Prietzel in an event that ran caution free. Jay Shambeau and Rick Tackman rounded out the top five. Jay Shambeau was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.825 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Nick Schmidt. E.J. Waldron and Isaac Daniels rounded out the top five. Heather Stark won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Steve Zoromski and Misty Benn while Jeremy Kuhn and Tristan Dorzok were fourth and fifth respectively. Dale Kiley-Schaefer was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.667 seconds.
Ron Schmitt won the extended 15-lap Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Shane Becker. Joe Mueller and Ryan Lovald rounded out the top five.

Apel edges Prunty in photo finish

May 26th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., May 25—Longtime Slinger Speedway track rivals Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty staged a memorable battle for the win in the E.H. Wolf and Sons 75 Sunday as they crossed the finish line side by side with Apel scoring the victory by .002 seconds in one of the closest finishes in speedway history.
“We came out here to put on a show and I hope you guys enjoyed it because that’s the way it is going to be every single week,” Apel told the large crowd on hand from victory lane, “I gave Dennis (Prunty) what I thought was plenty of room to race with me and we put on one heck of a show.”
“I should have just crashed him like he did to me last week,” a less gracious Prunty stated afterwards. “I’m not here to make friends and I’m going to run him like that every time I get a chance, “ Prunty continued before launching several barbs directed at Apel and his crew.
Rich Loch and Ryan DeStefano led the field to the green flag and Loch raced out to the early lead while Dale Prunty and Mike Egan followed. Loch paced the first six laps before Dale Prunty caught him and used the outside groove to sweep by for the lead on lap seven. Dale Prunty and Loch ran nose to tail for several laps with Egan in their tracks in third while behind them Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel sliced their way forward from deep in the field and into the top five. Conrad Morgan and Nick Wagner tangled in turn two to produce the first caution flag on lap 26 with Dale Prunty continuing to lead over Loch, Dennis Prunty, Egan, and Apel. Dale Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and Loch took to the high side which proved costly when racing resumed as Dale Prunty and Apel launched ahead from the low groove. Dennis Prunty was caught behind Loch on the outside and also fell back as Egan raced by. Once Dennis Prunty was able to move to the low lane, he first passed Loch, followed by Egan and then set his sights on Dale Prunty and Apel who maintained first and second respectively. The caution flag waved for a second time on lap 59 when Morgan’s car suddenly broke loose off turn two and looped around after several attempts to catch it in an incident that also swept up Jamie Wallace and Al Schill. Dale Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and Apel took to the top side and as the green flag appeared, Apel timed it perfectly to charge into the lead off turn two. Dennis Prunty also made his way around Dale Prunty a few laps later, setting up the tremendous battle for the lead between the last two super late model track champions. With five laps to go, the pair ran door to door with Prunty able to edge alongside entering the corners while Apel was able to power off the turns from the outside. On the final lap, Prunty was able to duck inside entering turn three and had a slight edge exiting turn four and as Apel powered back on the top, the two drag-raced to the checkered flag with Apel barely in front at the stripe by just .002 seconds. Dale Prunty capped off a strong race with a third place result while Mike Egan and Gary LaMonte rounded out the top five. Rob Braun was sixth followed by John DeAngelis Jr. and Lowell Bennett while Ryan DeStefano and Dan Church completed the top ten finishers.
Lowell Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Al Schill and Travis Dassow. Jamie Wallace and Chris Blawat were fourth and fifth respectively. Super late model heat race wins went to Chris Blawat, Jamie Wallace, and Mike Egan while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.373 seconds.
Ryan Zielski turned back several challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event.
Zielski charged to the lead at the start as Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala followed in second and third as farther back Mike Held and Alex Prunty began to work their way forward. A spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two drew the first caution flag on lap 18 with Zielski leading over Schley, Chwala, Held, and Prunty. Zielski and Schley chose the inside for the restart while Chwala went to the outside and the move paid off as he was able to edge ahead of Schley for second just before the caution waved again on lap 21 for debris on the speedway with Zielski still leading. Zielski again chose the inside as racing resumed and he was once again able to keep the lead as Chwala slotted into second again just ahead of Schley and Held. Chwala made several attempts to edge to the inside of Zielski but each time came up short and when Chwala’s car began to slide off the corners, Zielski was able to pull away slightly. Zielski would not be caught over the final laps and he drove to the victory ahead of Chwala who settled for second at the finish. Tyler Schley finished off an impressive race with a strong third place showing and Alex Prunty finished fourth after passing Mike Held late in the race, leaving Held to finish fifth.
Steven Schultz won the late model semi-feature over Jake Vanoskey and Matt Rowe. Brittiny Helmers and Tyler Hromadka rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Brian Holtz, and Alex Prunty. Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.188 seconds.
Jason Thoma passed Joe Shelby on the final lap to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature after starting deep in the field. Shelby finished a strong second after leading all but the final circuit. Adam Peschek finished third and Nick Egan was fourth as both collided at the start-finish line. Adam Bleskan was fifth.
Scott Hoeft won the Area Sportsman heat race for his first win at the Slinger Speedway and Jason Thoma was the fastest qualifier at 12.935 seconds.
14 year old E.J. Waldron won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature edging out Tom Berens in an exciting race. Heather Stark finished third while Brandon Tackes and Bill Rose rounded out the top five.
Dave Schmidt won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Paul Reagle and Brandon Berens while Slinger Bee heat race victories went to Misty Benn, Rick Schaefer, and Nick Schmidt. Dale Kiley-Schaefer set fast time for the Slinger Bees with a lap of 14.769 seconds.
Scott Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator races in his Chevy IROC Camaro while Shane Becker captured his first Figure 8 race win in nearly three years to close out the evening.

Extended Feature and Fireworks Heat up Slinger

May 21st, 2015
(Slinger, WI)  Memorial Day weekend at the Slinger Super Speedway traditionally ushers in a host a big summer racing events, and this weekend is no exception as E.H. Wolf and Sons, Inc. presents the Memorial Day Special.  EH Wolf has added $1000 worth of product gift certificates that will be up for grabs for the racers.  The Sunday night, May 24, program features a 75-lap main event for the super late models and is always one of the bigger races of the season.
The super late models will be joined on Sunday night by a full program for the late models, area sportsman, Slinger bee’s and figure 8’s.  In addition, the first of three scheduled fireworks shows for the season will take place.  The fireworks show will be put on by Bartolotta Fireworks – one of the premier fireworks presenters in the Midwest.
“It’s just one of those nights that you circle on your racing calendar,” said Slinger resident and super late model competitor, Mike Egan.  “The whole community comes out to support the race track on these nights so you can count on racing in front of a full house.”  Egan continued, “How many towns get fireworks three nights a year?”
Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00.  Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.  In the event of inclement weather, Monday, May 25 will serve as a rain date.
Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.comor call the track office at 262-644-5921.
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2015 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at:www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

DeAngelis Scores First Career Feature Win

May 18th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., May 17—Scoring your first career super late model feature victory is always a memorable moment, but when you do it driving a car #7 in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial at the Slinger Super Speedway, it becomes even more special.
John DeAngelis Jr. did just that Sunday night as he held off a stout field to capture that elusive first win Sunday night in the 60-lap super late model main event, the 22nd edition of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial, held each year in honor of the late 1992 NASCAR Champion.
“I don’t even know what to say right now,” an obviously excited DeAngelis beamed from victory lane, “It was seriously amazing to drive the Alan Kulwicki #7 on a Polish Victory Lap. I didn’t think it would come on this night but it did!”
Chris Blawat paced the opening laps from his outside front row starting position as Tim Lampman and DeAngelis also used the outside groove to move into second and third ahead of pole sitter Nick Wagner. DeAngelis then drove to the inside lane and completed a pass of Lampman for second as Blawat continued to lead. Behind the top three, Ryan DeStefano, Rob Braun, Rich Loch, Mike Egan, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel all worked the high line as they advanced forward lined up nose to tail. On lap 12, DeAngelis looked to the outside of Blawat and grabbed the lead on lap later while behind them Braun worked to the inside of DeStefano for position which opened the door for Loch, Prunty, and Apel to get by. While the mid-pack jostling for position was occurring, DeAngelis began to stretch his lead as Lampman caught Blawat for second and took the spot with an inside move. Blawat developed a problem which appeared to be a tire going down soon thereafter and he faded quickly as the field began to rapidly pass by with DeAngelis still leading over Lampman. Braun advanced his way into third place while Prunty and Apel both were able to get by Loch to snag fourth and fifth respectively and the three of them began to close in on Lampman for second by lap 28. Braun was the first to run down Lampman and he charged to the inside to complete the pass for second as Prunty and Apel soon followed while DeAngelis enjoyed a fairly sizeable lead. Prunty and Apel closed to Braun’s bumper for second and Prunty was able to edge alongside Braun in the low groove with Apel directly in their tracks. As the side by side battle with Braun and Prunty approached lapped traffic in the inside lane, Braun used the traffic as a pick for Prunty and when Apel tried to fill the gap on the outside, Prunty muscled his way to the top, forcing Apel wide as they both drove around the lapped car. Just one lap later, the first caution flag waved on lap 49 when contact between Apel and Prunty resulted in Prunty looping around off turn two and both were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with DeAngelis leading over Braun, Lampman, Loch, and Lowell Bennett. DeAngelis chose the inside lane for the restart and was able to outgun Braun for the lead as racing resumed while Bennett and Loch raced door to door for third with Dale Prunty advancing to challenge Lampman for fifth just ahead of Brad Keith. A tangle between Keith and Lampman on lap 52 in turn four drew the second caution flag of the event setting up an eight lap sprint to the finish with DeAngelis leading Braun, Loch, and Bennett. Once again DeAngelis was able to power ahead on the restart and he kept the lead over Braun while Loch and Bennett renewed their side by side battle for third. DeAngelis could not be beat over the final laps and drove the victory ahead of Braun while Bennett edged Loch for third at the stripe. Dale Prunty battled from deep in the field to finish fifth while Mike Egan was sixth. Conrad Morgan finished seventh while Steve Apel, Dennis Prunty, and Ryan DeStefano rounded out the top ten.
Al Schill returned to the highbanks for the first time in nearly a year and he won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Josh Wallace, and Dan Church. Kelsey Bauer-Dassow finished fourth to advance to the main event while Braison Bennett was fifth. Super late model heat race victories were recorded by Jeff Holtz, Lowell Bennett, and Dennis Prunty. Prunty also set fast time with a lap of 11.378 seconds.
Alex Prunty drove to victory in the 40-lap late model feature event, leading the final 23 laps to take the checkered flag.
Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala brought the field to the green flag and Schley drove to the early lead from the inside groove as Ricky Heinan, Brian Holtz, and Alex Prunty battled behind the lead duo. Chwala applied heavy pressure to Schley for the lead, trying both the inside and outside grooves to get by which allowed Heinan and Prunty to close in. As the leaders worked lapped traffic, Schley was able to maintain his slight lead over Chwala while Prunty was able to use the traffic to get around Heinan for third. After numerous attempts to take the lead from the outside, Chwala’s car lost traction on lap 15 and he spun off turn two and the caution flag waved as Tyler Hromadka’s car spun as well. Schley chose the inside lane for the restart while second place Prunty went to the outside with Heinan and Mike Held lined up in order behind them. Schley was able to hold onto the lead for a single circuit as racing resumed before Prunty powered by on the outside, bringing Held along with him. Heinan also was able to advance around Schley in the waning laps for third, leaving Schley to race with Jordan DeVoy over fourth. Prunty was able to keep Held at bay and he drove to the victory, leaving Held to settle for second. Heinan took the checkered flag in third while an incident between Schley and DeVoy coming to the checkered flag in which DeVoy’s car spun off turn four was under review at the time of this article. DeVoy was scored fourth and Al Stippich fifth with the official results pending.
Late model heat races were won by Grant Griesebach who held off Joe Bongiorno for his first victory in the division and Jerry Mueller who muscled his way around Kyle Chwala on the final lap. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.203 seconds.
Andy Welter passed early leader Scott Hoeft on lap three and drove to the victory in the 25-lap Area Sportsman feature. Nick Egan and Adam Peschek both charged from the rear of the field to finish second and third respectively while Joe Shelby and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five finishers.
Adam Bleskan won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.130 seconds.
Heather Stark captured the first feature victory by a female driver at the Slinger Speedway in over a decade as she led start to finish to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature. EJ Waldron finished second and Jacob Schraufnagel was third. Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Tom Berens rounded out the top five.
Steve Zoromski won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jakob Hassler and John Daley. Misty Benn finished fourth and Tristan Dorzok was fifth. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.754 seconds.
Kyle Pritchard won the Spectator Eliminator races and Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

Apel Scores Clean Sweep

May 4th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., May 3— Defending super late model track champion Steve Apel returned to victory lane in grand fashion Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway by setting fast time, winning his heat race, and then prevailing in a hard fought battle with Dennis Prunty to win the 60-lap main event.
“This is a good start to the year and that was a heck of a battle with Dennis (Prunty) for the lead,” Apel exclaimed from victory lane after several laps of intense side by side racing, “He bumped me and I bumped him back, we got sideways and we got back at it…I’m tired!”
“I’m not sure what happened, maybe I had a fuel issue,” Prunty said after a momentary slow down relegated him from the lead battle to a third place finish, “We touched a couple of times and my car was so good on the outside but it wasn’t good enough to get it done today.”
Tim Lampman and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag and they traded the top spot during the opening laps with Travis Dassow, Chris Blawat, and Jamie Wallace following close behind them. Lampman claimed sole possession of the lead from the inside lane, leaving Morgan to battle with Dassow over second as both Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel advanced to join the lead pack. Dassow’s car washed wide in turn two allowing Blawat to take over in the battle with Morgan for second as Jamie Wallace also worked his by as Dassow fought to control his car. On lap six, Dassow’s car slid up the track once again, momentarily bottling up those behind him and in the aftermath, Rich Loch and Fred Winn hooked together and spun off the backstretch to draw the first caution flag. Lampman and Morgan resumed their side by side battle for the lead as racing resumed with Blawat and Wallace racing in tandem behind them just ahead of Prunty and Apel who also raced door to door over fifth. Morgan’s car drifted high in between turns three and four on lap 13 and as he slowed to save the car, Blawat and Wallace dove to the inside, setting up a three-wide situation that ended with Wallace spinning off the nose of Blawat’s car into turn one and the caution flag waved again.
Lampman and Morgan again resumed their fight for the lead as the green flag waved but this time they had Apel and Prunty breathing down their necks from the outside lane while Josh Wallace and Rob Braun used the inside groove to join the front runners. Morgan was able to wrestle the lead away from the outside lane as Lampman’s car began to loosen up on the inside and a few laps later both Apel and Prunty also worked their way around Lampman and into second and third respectively. Apel soon tracked down Morgan and worked the inside groove to grab the lead and Prunty soon followed suit, taking over second place as Morgan dropped to third. Prunty then went to work on Apel for the lead, applying heavy pressure to Apel’s rear bumper in the center of the turns. Apel’s car kicked sideways off turn four after mild contact from Prunty but he kept his foot in it and continued to battle alongside Prunty for the lead. After several laps of side by side racing, Prunty was able to drive to the lead from the outside but Apel kept him in his sights and a spin by Nick Wagner in turn four on lap 52 set up an eight lap shootout between the two super late model champions. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed was able to edge ahead of Apel entering turn one. However, Prunty’s car slowed off turn two and Apel and Morgan raced by before Prunty picked up speed again off turn four. Once out front Apel would not be denied and he held off Morgan for his first feature victory of the season, completing the clean sweep on the afternoon. Morgan finished a strong second while Prunty recovered to finish third. Tim Lampman and Josh Wallace rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Jamie Wallace finished sixth ahead of Rich Loch and Rob Braun while Chris Blawat and Travis Dassow completed the top ten.
Braison Bennett held off his father Lowell Bennett to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature and they along with Pat McIntee and Dan Church advanced to the main event. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Lowell Bennett, Dale Prunty, and Steve Apel while Apel was also the fastest qualifier at 11.318 seconds.
Mike Held captured his first career Slinger Speedway feature victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Ricky Heinan and Jack Stern paced the field to the green flag and Heinan drove to the early lead while Stern raced with Brian Holtz and Jordan DeVoy for the second through fourth spots. Behind the top four Kyle Chwala and Mike Held began to work their way forward just before the caution flag waved on lap nine for a spin by Joe Bongiorno in turn two. Heinan led the first lap back under green but then slid loose off turn four which allowed Stern to take command from the outside and bring Held along with him into second. Stern paced the event for a few laps before Held tracked him down and took the top spot with an inside pass just before the caution waved again on lap 33 Tyler Schley’s car looped around off turn two. While under the caution period it was determined the car of Tyler Hromadka was leaking fluid and during the clean up Stern left the speedway with some sort of mechanical issue. That advanced Chwala to the second position and he lined up alongside Held for the restart with seven laps to go. Held would not be denied however and he drove to his first career feature victory while Chwala took the checkered flag in second. Alex Prunty sliced his way forward in the closing laps to finish third while Ricky Heinan and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five.
Duke Long and Ricky Heinan each were winners of late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.162 seconds.
Adam Peschek won the Area Sportsman feature over Joe Shelby and Nick Egan while Andy Welter finished fourth ahead of Nick Ostberg in fifth. Peschek also won the heat race and Egan was the fastest qualifier at 13.086 seconds.
Nick Schmidt won the Slinger Bees feature, holding off the challenges of Tom Berens for the victory. Brandon Tackes crossed the finish line in third while Matt Rose and Jakob Hassler finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Nick Schmidt also won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Paul Reagles and Jared Deming. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Paul Reagles, Nick Schmidt, and Heather Stark while Carl Benn set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.644 seconds.
Derek Doerr won the American Super Cup feature over David Cerer and Andy Forster. Chris Deren and Ken Jones completed the top five finishers. David Cerer won the American Super Cup heat race and Derek Doerr was the fastest qualifier at 15.237 seconds.
Justin Wemette was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races in his Subaru while Joe Mueller won the Figure 8 race which was the final event on the afternoon.

Dennis Prunty all the way in Miller Lite 75

April 27th, 2015

Slinger, Wis., April 26—The record books will show Dennis Prunty led every lap in the Miller Lite 75-lap super late model season opening feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway but the eventful race was anything but a cake walk for the 2012 track champion as he had to survive numerous incidents and turn back the challenges of Rob Braun en route to victory.

Prunty bested pole sitter Tim Lampman at the drop of the green flag and immediately drove to the lead from his outside front row starting position while Braun went to work on Lampman for second with Chris Blawat, Gary LaMonte, Ryan DeStefano, and Dan Church all mixing it up for position behind them. On the second lap, LaMonte bobbled in between turns three and four and swung wildly toward the outside wall before saving the car and continuing on despite losing several positions. With Prunty maintaining his lead, a mid-pack dust up around lap 15 sent Blawat cutting across the infield and left a struggling Nick Wagner with a flat left rear tire as cars scrambled to avoid his slowed machine. Wagner was unable to steer the car off the racing surface and as he slid to a stop on the frontstetch to draw the caution flag, he was tagged by Travis Dassow, who had already committed to the high side to get by and was left with nowhere to go.
Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Braun the inner groove and Braun made several attempts to take command of the event from the low side only to have Prunty power ahead off the corner and keep the lead. Behind the lead duo, Lampman, DeStefano, Church, and Mike Egan all raced in a tight pack for the third through sixth spots. Lowell Bennett and Steve Apel also joined that battle and within a few laps both used the outside lane to pass Egan just before Lampman’s race ended with engine problems on lap 28 and the fluid spewed from his car drew the race’s second caution flag.
Prunty again left Braun the inside lane for the restart and this time Braun kept even for the lead for a few laps before once again, Prunty eventually pulled ahead while DeStefano, Church, Bennett, and Apel were joined by Egan and Conrad Morgan in their fight for position. Morgan’s car suddenly snapped around in turn one on lap 40 and as the caution flag waved it was quickly determined a majority of the race track was coated in oil leaked from an unknown car. As Morgan was awarded his spot back due to the oil, Apel’s car was found to be the source of the fluid and he was taken off the track only to return later several laps down.
Following a massive clean-up, the race restarted with Prunty once again choosing the outside lane and as Braun charged into turn one from the inside, he slid in the oil dry and skated high up the track, saving the car as Lowell Bennett raced by into second. A half spin by Fred Winn in turn two on lap 42 slowed the event once again under caution with Prunty now leading over Bennett, Braun, Church, and Egan. Bennett took his shot from the inside as racing resumed but once again, Prunty was able to power ahead exiting the turns as Bennett soon became under attack from both Braun and Church for the second position. Bennett’s car appeared to swing wide off turn four as the field completed lap 45 and when the cars exited turn two, contact during the battle for second pushed Bennett’s car into the backstretch wall. As he slid off the fence towards turn three, Bennett’s car turned to the left and was struck hard on the left side by the car of Ryan DeStefano. The incident produced a red flag on the speedway as Bennett was tended to and later taken to the hospital for an apparent foot injury.
The final 30 laps were contested caution free as Braun made numerous charges from the inside lane but each time was unable to unseat Prunty from the top spot. Prunty pulled away in the later stages and drove under the checkered flag for the victory while Braun settled for second place with Conrad Morgan rebounding to finish third. Mike Egan and Rich Loch rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Mueller finished a respectable sixth ahead of Josh Wallace and John DeAngelis while Steve Apel and Nick Wagner completed the top ten despite being many laps down at the finish.
Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Brad Mueller and Conrad Morgan as they along with fourth place finisher Fred Winn all advanced to the main event. James Swan missed the cut by one spot and finished fifth. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Josh Wallace, Lowell Bennett and Travis Dassow while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.262 seconds.
Alex Prunty and Casey Johnson battled for the lead throughout the 40-lap late model feature before Prunty was able to edge ahead at the finish and record the victory.
Johnson led the opening laps over Ryan Zielski, Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Prunty before the first caution flag waved when Zielski spun off turn four after contact from Held. As racing resumed, Johnson and Prunty traded the lead over the next several laps as both drivers used both the high and low grooves to work their way by one another while DeVoy occupied third ahead of Jerry Mueller and Brian Holtz. With close contact racing occurring through the field, a spin by Duke Long on lap 27 drew the second caution flag of the race with Prunty leading over Johnson and DeVoy. Prunty and Johnson resumed their lead battle on the restart with Prunty edging ahead just before the caution waved again two laps later when Corey Funk looped his car on the front straightaway. After another quick caution on lap 31, Prunty and Johnson picked up just where they left off and again battled hard for the lead. Prunty eventually prevailed while Wayne Freimund and Jerry Mueller went to war for the fourth position. Their battling allowed Mike Held to charge by while Prunty maintained his lead over Johnson and DeVoy. Prunty held off Johnson and drove to the victory while Johnson finished a close second just ahead of DeVoy who turned in an impressive performance by finishing third. Mike Held was fourth and Jerry Mueller edged Wayne Freimund for fifth.
Wayne Freimund won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over rookie Joe Bongiorno and Jack Stern. Tyler Schley and Jake Vanoskey rounded out the top five. Late model heat  races were won by Jack Stern, Al Stippich, and Casey Johnson while Alex Prunty set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.065 seconds.
Jason Thoma edged Bill Prietzel in a thrilling finish to the Area Sportsman 30-lap feature as the two raced under the checkered flag side by side. Scott Hoeft paced the opening laps before getting crossed up in turn two on lap 19 and looping his car on the backstretch to draw a caution flag. Devin Schmidt took the lead for a lap from there before getting passed by Bill Prietzel on lap 20. Jason Thoma advanced through the field and challenged Priezel for the top spot and the two raced door to door for the lead in the closing laps. On the final lap with the pair side by side, Thoma edged Prietzel for the win in a photo finish while Adam Peschek finished third. Joe Shelby and Nick Egan rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Area Sportsman heat race wins were captured by Jay Kalbus and Andy Welter while Bill Prietzel set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.868 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Nick Schmidt and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Jacob Schraufnagel took the checkered flag in fourth ahead of defending track champion Brandon Tackes in fifth. EJ Waldron won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Tristan Dorzok and Jared Deming. Jayden Buckley and Kevin Bush rounded out the top five. Slinger Bees heat races were won by EJ Waldron, Rick Schaefer, and Tom Berens while Jacob Schraufnagel set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.670 seconds. Scott Goetzke closed out the afternoon by winning the Figure 8 race with a last lap pass of Joe Mueller.

Miller Lite 75 Kick’s off Slinger Opener

April 7th, 2015

(Slinger, WI) – The 68th Season for Slinger Speedway will kick off Sunday afternoon April 26th with the Miller Lite 75 Spring Opener. Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Area Sportsman, Slinger Bee’s and Figure 8’s. Gates open at Noon with opening ceremonies at 2:00 pm and racing to follow.

Defending Slinger Speedway Super Late Model Track Champion Steve Apel will take on former Track Champions Lowell Bennett, Brad “JJ” Mueller, Conrad Morgan and Dennis Prunty along with some of the best short track racers in the country. All six Slinger Speedway racing divisions will compete in the opening day event.

Slinger Speedway has Super deals for 2015. Adult Season passes are just $180, while student and Senior citizen passes are just $110. 2015 season passes include all regular Sunday races plus the Miller Lite Nationals. If that’s not enough we are going to give all season pass holders their choice of an Old Wisconsin hot dog or bratwurst at every event. Season passes can be purchased at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or at the track office after April 1. The track office phone number is 262-644-5921.

On Sunday Afternoon April 19, fans will have the opportunity to view all the divisions of competition for the 2015 racing season during the annual practice day. The following divisions will practice by class: Super Late Model, Late Model, Area Sportsman, Slinger Bees, American Super Cup, and Figure 8’s. General admission on practice day is free.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2015 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Bilderback edges Farrell to win Tundra Finale at Slinger

September 8th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 7— Michael Bilderback edged Ryan Farrell in a photo finish to capture an emotional victory in the Tundra Super Late Model Series 75-lap season finale Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“This one’s for Grandpa,” an emotional Bilderback told the crowd after racing to the victory with a last lap outside groove pass and dedicating the win to his grandfather who was hospitalized following a recent illness. “When we were single file I thought I was going to have to try to get him on the bottom, “ Bilderback continued, “but he raced me clean and gave me the option to take the top and I wasn’t going to let that go.”

“I don’t know what to say except ‘second sucks’, “ Farrell stated after falling just .059 seconds short of his first career super late model feature win, “but he’s one of the best out there and we just got beat by a couple of inches. I gave him all I had and he came out on top this time, congrats to their whole crew as they had a rough week and they deserved it.”

The race looked like it would come down to a duel between Slinger Speedway veterans Dennis Prunty and Brad Mueller as with 20 laps to go, they lined up alongside each other at the front of the field following the sixth of eight caution periods that slowed the race. However after several laps of side by side battling, Mueller dove to the inside of Prunty exiting turn four on lap 61 and his car looped around while the ensuing log-jam behind him severely damaged the car of Mike Lichtfeld who was running in sixth at the time. Then during the caution period, Prunty suddenly exited the speedway while Mueller went to the rear of the field for the restart, leaving Farrell and Bilderback to decide the top spot. Farrell led for most of the closing laps but with three circuits remaining, Bilderback took to the outside groove and his persistence in the upper lane paid off as he used the momentum gained from the higher line to edge Farrell at the checkered flag for the victory. Mueller charged all the way from the rear of the field in the waning laps to finish a close third while Brad Keith and Randy Schuler rounded out the top five. Tom Gee crossed the finish line in sixth followed by Reagan May, whose seventh place result earned her the Series Rookie of the Year honors. Corey Jankowski finished eighth while Brandon Selle and Curt Tillman were ninth and tenth respectively.

Tom Gee and Chris Blawat each scored super late model heat race victories while Michael Bilderback won the super late model fast dash. Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.418 seconds.

Dan Church outdueled Mike Meyerhofer to win his seventh feature of the season in the 40-lap late model main event and along with the victory, claimed his first Slinger Speedway late model track championship.

Wayne Freimund paced the opening laps over Jeff Holtz, Andy Evraets, Mike Meyerhofer, and Eddie May while Gregg Pawelski, Dan Church, and Alex Prunty began to move up toward the top five. The first caution flag waved on lap 12 when Duke Long and Tyler Schley tangled in turn four with Freimund leading over Meyerhofer, Holtz, and May. Freimund chose the inside lane for the restart but Meyerhofer was able to get a run from the outside and he took the lead as racing resumed. Three laps later, the caution flag appeared again on lap 15 when Holtz and May spun while contesting third place on lap 15. Holtz took the blame for the incident which allowed May to keep his position as Meyerhofer chose the inside lane for the restart. Meyerhofer maintained the lead as Freimund slotted in behind May for third while behind them Church and Prunty battled alongside each other over fourth. Church and Prunty caught May and Friemund and with Church’s car working on the high side, he used the upper lane to bypass both Freimund and May to move into second while behind him, Gregg Pawelski also used the outer groove to advance forward and into third, bringing Prunty along with him into fourth. A spin by Andy Evraets on lap 34 tightened the field for a final six lap run to the finish with Meyerhofer choosing the inside for the restart, leaving Church the outside lane. A lap later, Freimund appeared to slow with a mechanical problem and as those behind him tried to slow, Jerry Mueller collected Grant Griesbach in turn three and the caution flag appeared once again. This time Church chose the inside lane for the restart after having edged Meyerhofer for the top spot a lap before the caution flag waved and as racing resumed, the two resumed their battle up front. Church proved to be just a bit stronger from the inside however and he raced under the checkered flag for the victory with Meyerhofer finishing a close second. Alex Prunty crossed the finish line in third place while Gregg Pawelski and Eddie May rounded out the top five.

Kyle Taylor and Mike Meyerhofer were the winners of each of the late model heat races while Dan Church was the fastest qualifier at 12.488 seconds.

Kyle Chwala took the lead of the Area Sportsman 30 lap main event with just three laps to go and drove to yet another feature victory and winning the division’s track championship in the process.

Brad Hetzel led for a majority of the race before Chwala was able to slice through the field and track him down and following a caution flag on lap 26, needed just one more lap before making the pass for the lead. Chwala then drove on to take the victory while Hetzel crossed the line in second place ahead of Rich Wagner and Jason Dummer. Nick Egan took the checkered flag in fifth. Later on, Hetzel’s car failed post race technical inspection and he was disqualified.

Adam Bleskan and Brad Hetzel were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 13.183 seconds.

Jack Stern led flag to flag to capture the victory in the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman main event while Ryan Gutknecht’s third place finish secured the division’s track championship. Jeff Holtz finished in second place, just ahead of Gutknecht while Jimmie Evans and Kenny Joosten rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively.
Cody Erdmann was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman heat race over Jay Shambeau and Mark Pluer while Jimmy Evans was the fastest qualifier at 12.794 seconds.

Jacob Schraufnagel won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature but fell just one point short of the track championship as Brandon Tackes turned in a fourth place finish which was enough to earn him the championship. Dale Kiley-Schaefer finished in second and T.J. Graczkowski was third. Carl Benn crossed the stripe in fifth place just behind Tackes. Jared Deming was the winner of the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Rick Schaefer and Steve Zoromski. Slinger Bee heat race victories were recorded by T.J. Graczkowski, Rick Schaefer, and Jared Deming while Jacob Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.711 seconds.

Derek Doerr was the winner of the 15-lap American Super Cup feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Andy Forster and Ken Jones. Earl Hoth finished in fourth and Brian Baldyga was fifth. Earlier, Baldyga was the winner of the super cup heat race and Mick Ellis was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.256 seconds.

Bob Rose won the Spectator Eliminator races in his 2006 Ford Mustang and Ryan Lovald closed out the afternoon and the season with a victory in the Figure 8 event. Scott Goetze was crowned the track champion in the Figure 8 division.

Apel Captures Season Championship at Slinger

September 1st, 2014

Slinger, Wis., Aug. 31—Steve Apel led the final 38 laps to win the Bruce Mueller Memorial 100 super late model Labor Day Weekend feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and in the process wrapped up his second consecutive super late model track championship.

Michael Bilderback led the opening laps over Ryan DeStefano, Tim Lampman, and Rob Braun while Steve Apel, Conrad Morgan, and John DeAngelis raced for position behind them. The inside lane prevailed in the early going as Braun and Apel used it to work their way into second and third respectively behind Bilderback who edged away slightly out front. Braun and Apel soon tracked down Bilderback and the top three raced nose to tail until Braun looked to the inside in a bid for the lead off turn four. However, by the time the leaders exited turn two, Braun’s car became extremely loose and as he regained control, Bilderback slipped away out front as those behind him including Braun, Apel, and Morgan regrouped. Apel worked the high side to pass Braun for second just before the first caution flag of the race waved on lap 26 when the field bunched up in turn four and Rich Loch’s car looped around after contact with Chris Blawat. Bilderback chose the outside lane for the restart and with Apel in the low groove, the two staged a side by side duel for the lead as racing resumed while Morgan and Braun were joined by Dennis Prunty who worked his way into the top five. Prunty then used the high lane to bypass Braun to take fourth as he joined Morgan in closing the gap to Bilderback and Apel who were still racing door to door for the lead. Bilderback and Apel traded the lead with each completed lap until the second caution flag appeared on lap 40 for a spin by Lampman in turn four. Bilderback again chose the outside for the restart and Apel was able to edge him for the lead as racing resumed for one lap before an incident involving Kelsey Bauer in turn one put the field back under the yellow flag. This time Apel chose the outside for the restart and he was able to charge past Bilderback for the lead as the green flag waved. Dennis Prunty also used the high land to advance into second and Conrad Morgan did likewise to take over third. Prunty then began to pressure Apel for the top spot, making numerous looks to the inside with Morgan sitting directly behind them also looking for a way forward. Prunty’s persistence in the low groove paid off a few laps later as he passed Apel for the lead, bringing Morgan along with him into second. The lead battle stabilized up front for a bit before John DeAngelis cut a tire in turn four and slammed hard into the retaining wall on lap 62 bringing out the red flag as his flaming car came to rest in the infield. DeAngelis quickly exited the car uninjured as the track clean up began. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and a quick burst by Morgan down the backstretch on the pace lap forced Prunty to accelerate quicker on the restart and the two were nearly even as they took the green flag. However, when they exited turn two, Morgan, not realizing Prunty was at his rear quarter, moved up the track resulting in both cars collecting the wall hard and drawing another red flag. Apel inherited the lead for the restart and he chose the outside groove, leaving Travis Dassow the inside lane in second. As the green flag waved, Apel worked the high side well and maintained the lead over Dassow while Bilderback held third place ahead of Braun and Lowell Bennett. Dassow tried numerous times to unseat Apel for the top spot over the final laps but was unable to make a serious charge as Apel drove under the checkered flag for the victory and at the same time clinched the super late model track championship. Dassow was forced to settle for a runner up finish for the second consecutive week while Bilderback completed a strong run in third. Lowell Bennett worked his way forward from deep in the field to finish fourth while Rob Braun took the checkered flag in fifth, but later did not pass post race technical inspection.
Nick Wagner won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Rich Loch and they along with fourth place finisher Kelsey Bauer advanced to the main event. Super late model heat races were won by Randy Schuler, Lowell Bennett, and Steve Apel while Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.323 seconds.
Dan Church Jr. drove to his sixth feature victory of the season, holding off first time visitor Alex Papini to win the 40-lap late model main event.
Gregg Pawelski paced the beginning laps, using the outside groove to race to the lead at the drop of the green flag while Alex Papini also worked the top side to grab second ahead of Ricky Heinen and Alex Prunty. Papini continued his strong run on the top side as he passed Pawelski to take the lead on lap four as Prunty joined the lead battle. By lap nine, Prunty was in second place after working his way to Pawelski’s inside as Dan Church began to advance forward, snagging the fourth spot from Heinan. The caution flag waved on lap 15 for a spin by Tim Lange in turn four with Papini leading over Prunty, Pawelski, Church, and Heinan. Papini chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, he and Prunty raced side by side for the lead with Church directly in their tracks. The lead battle intensified with Prunty digging hard from the inside and Papini holding tough in the high lane and as they drove down the backstretch Papini’s left front tire momentarily rode over Prunty’s right rear, briefly lifting Papini’s car in the air and giving Prunty the edge he needed to take the lead. Church immediately filled the inside gap and drew alongside Papini for second as Prunty took the lead. Church eventually took the spot as the leaders moved back single file with Prunty showing the way over Church, Papini, and Pawelski. The second caution flag of the event appeared on lap 29 for an incident involving Grant Griesbach and Dave McCardle in turn four and Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, while Church pulled alongside in the lower groove. Church was strong on the inside and after a lap of racing alongside Prunty, took the lead as Papini moved up on the inside to challenge Prunty for second. Papini and Prunty rubbed fenders in their battle for second as Pawelski had his hands full defending the fourth position from Tim Sargent and Ryan Zielski. The battle for second allowed Church to scoot away in the closing laps as Papini eventually prevailed on the inside to take second. As the laps wound down, Prunty became trapped on the high side and Pawelski, Sargent, and Zielski all raced by while Papini tried to track down Church for the lead. Church would not be denied in the closing laps and he drove to the victory, his sixth main event win of the season. Alex Papini capped off an impressive first time Slinger appearance with a strong second place result while Tim Sargent finished third. Gregg Pawelski and Ryan Zielski rounded out the top five finishers.
Wayne Freimund won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Jerry Mueller and Steven Schulz as Corey Funk and Scott Patrick finished fourth and fifth respectively. Brittany Helmers scored her first late model victory by picking up the checkered flag in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller and Ryan Zielski were the winners of the second and third late model heats. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.503 seconds.
Kyle Chwala worked hard to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature, taking the lead in the final three laps and holding off Jason Thoma for his ninth main event victory of the season.
Andy Welter and Terry Wangsness led the field to the green flag with Wangsness prevailing from the outside to lead the opening laps with Bill Prietzel and Kody Hubred racing close behind. The outside was the preferred lane early and Prietzel, Hubred, and Jason Thoma all used it to move into second through fourth respectively as Wangsness continued to lead. With Wangsness out front, Hubred dove to the inside of Prietzel as they battled side by side for second just ahead of Thoma while Steven Sauer and Kyle Chwala advanced forward to join the lead group. Prietzel worked the high line well and Hubred soon moved up to follow him as they tracked down Wangsness with Prietzel taking command of the race on lap nine. The caution flew a lap later for a spin by Devin Schmidt in turn four and during the slow down, Wangsness left the speedway with fluid leaking from his car leaving Prietzel to lead over Hubred, Thoma, Sauer, and Chwala. Prietzel chose the inside for the restart and with Hubred alongside, they staged an intense battle for the lead, trading paint before switching lanes with Hubred working the bottom line and Prietzel moving to the top side. Their duel came to an end on lap 13 when Hubred’s car slid in the first turn and looped around to draw the caution flag. This time Prietzel lined up on the inside of Thoma for the restart and as racing resumed, Thoma proved to be strong up top and he charged by for the lead. Kyle Chwala also worked the high lane to get by Prietzel for second while Steven Sauer and Chad Smith closed in from fourth and fifth respectively. Sauer caught the leaders to make it a four car battle up front as Thoma continued to hold off Chwala and Prietzel. With three laps to go, Chwala dove to the inside of Thoma off turn four in a bid for the lead and after a lap of side by side racing, completed the pass to take the top spot. Chwala drove to the victory while Thoma edged Prietzel for second while Steven Sauer and Chad Smith completed the top five finishers.
Michael Gilomen and Andy Welter captured Area Sportsman heat race victories while Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 13.162 seconds.
Carl Benn drove to victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature, holding off Jacob Schraufnagel to take the checkered flag. Brandon Tackes followed in their tracks at the stripe to finish a close third. Dale Kiley-Schaefer crossed the line in fourth and Matt Rose finished fifth. Zach Braun won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Brandon Berens and Jayden Buckley while Slinger Bee heat race victories were recorded by Zach Braun, Isaac Daniel, and Nick Schmidt. Dale Kiley-Schaefer was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.821 seconds.
Andrew Patnode won the Spectator Eliminator races with his Mazda and Scott Goetzke closed out the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 race.

Morgan Nets Third Feature Win at Slinger

August 18th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., Aug. 17—Conrad Morgan led flag to flag to capture his third feature victory of the season in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“We’re not done yet!” the 66-year old Hall of Famer told the crowd from victory lane after holding off defending track champion Steve Apel for the win.

Tim Lampman and Morgan led the field to the green flag and Morgan quickly established himself as the leader from the outside groove, bringing Apel along with him and into second. A touch to the left corner of Apel’s car from the right front fender of Lampman’s machine caused Apel’s car to twitch, momentarily bottling up the field as Lampman moved into second while Morgan extended his lead. Apel immediately regained control and held onto third ahead of Lowell Bennett, John DeAngelis, and Rob Braun. As Morgan continued to lead, Apel regrouped and passed Lampman for second a few laps later, opening up the inside lane for Bennett, Braun, and Dennis Prunty to all move around Lampman for position. The top five ran in nose to tail formation as Apel and the others tried to close the distance between themselves and Morgan who continued to lead. With the laps clicking off and Morgan working lapped traffic, Apel was able to gradually erase the deficit and began to close in. Bennett maintained third place while the best battle on the speedway was occurring over fourth place between Braun and Prunty. The two battled intensely off turn four and then carried the fight into turn one where both cars washed high on the racetrack, allowing Dale Prunty to charge by them. In the final laps, while Apel was able to close on Morgan, he could not make a significant challenge for the lead as Morgan drove to his third feature victory of the season. Apel finished a strong second while Lowell Bennett was third followed by Dale Prunty and Braison Bennett in fourth and fifth respectively.
Ryan DeStefano, Dale Prunty, and Steve Apel all scored super late model heat race victories and Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.421 seconds.
Dan Church battled Alex Prunty to the checkered flag to win the 40-lap late model feature.
Steve Schulz paced the opening laps as the inside lane was the preferred groove early on as both Church and Prunty used it to advance into second and third respectively as Ricky Heinan and Mike Held rounded out the top five positions. Church and Prunty tracked down Schulz for the lead as they began a side by side tussle for second directly behind Schulz in the lead. Church and Prunty caught Schulz down the backstretch and entering turn three, momentarily split Schulz for the top spot and as they exited turn four, Prunty prevailed with the lead. Church slotted into second place while Heinan was able to get around Schulz for third. The only caution flag of the event waved on lap 37 when Schulz and Jack Stern tangled off turn two to set up a three lap sprint to the finish. Prunty chose the inside for the restart and was able to edge out front as racing resumed. However, Church was able to keep his momentum up off the corners on the outside and was able to move alongside Prunty with two laps to go. A strong run off turn two, enabled Church to take the lead as the white flag was displayed and he led the final lap to take the victory leaving Prunty with a close second place result. Ricky Heinan completed a very strong race with a third place finish while Wayne Freimund and Al Stippich rounded out the top five.
Tim Lange and Wayne Freimund each recorded a late model heat race win and Dan Church was the fastest qualifier at 12.534 seconds.
Kyle Chwala edged Nick Egan at the finish line to win the Area Sportsman 30 lap feature in a very close finish.
Egan sprang to the lead at the drop of the green flag over Rich Wagner, Andy Welter, and Joe Shelby. Kyle Chwala maintained fifth place as he looked to advance forward. With Egan out front, Wagner’s car suddenly slowed off turn two, allowing Shelby, Welter, and Chwala to go by as the race remained under green. Chwala first made his way by Welter on the inside for third and then took to the outside to pass Shelby for second. Chwala then began to track down Egan for the lead, drawing to his bumper as the white flag waved. Chwala made his move on the high side entering turn one and using a strong run off turn two, eased alongside Egan as they raced for the checkered flag. Chwala’s run off turn four was enough to make the difference, as he edged Egan at the line by less than a car length to take the victory. Egan finished second while Welter was able to hold off Shelby for third, leaving Shelby to finish fourth. Paul Wagner was fifth.
The Area Sportsman heat race was won by Kyle Chwala and he also set fast time at 13.249 seconds.
Brandon Tackes took the top spot on lap six and went on to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Carl Benn and Jacob Schraufnagel. Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Paul Reagles rounded out the top five. Nicole Mueller won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jared Deming and Triston Dorzok. Earlier Dorzok scored his first ever Slinger Bee win in the opening heat race while Jacob Schraufnagel and T.J. Graczkowski were the winners of the other Slinger Bee heat races. Carl Benn was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.753 seconds.
Trevor Dassow drove his Mazda Miata to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Ron Schmitt closed the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 race.

Ageless Conrad Morgan returns to Victory Lane in Pomp’s Tire 60

July 21st, 2014

Slinger, Wis., July 20—Just days after his impressive fourth place finish in the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals, 66-year old Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Famer Conrad Morgan proved he still has what it takes as he held off fellow veteran Lowell Bennett to win the Pomp’s 60 super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“It feels like the older I get, the younger I feel,” Morgan told the crowd from victory lane, “when you’ve got Lowell (Bennett) behind you for ten or fifteen laps and you can still beat him, you’ve accomplished something. I’ve been racing him for 30 years and I don’t think we have ever had a run in.”

“Hats off to ol’ Conrad there,” Bennett said from his pit area after finishing a close second, “I’m 56 and he’s 66, so you guys do the math and take all the championships he and I have won and all the laps we’ve put on together, it’s a cool combination.”

Morgan and Mike Egan led the field to the green flag and Egan shot out to the early lead with Morgan easing into second ahead of Dale Prunty, Tim Lampman, and Dave McCardle. The inside lane behind the lead duo of Egan and Morgan worked well early and Lowell Bennett, Austin Luedtke, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel all used it to work their way forward to catch the front runners while Morgan began to pressure Egan for the lead. Finally on lap 22, Morgan was able to sneak to the inside of Egan and grab the top spot as Bennett, Prunty, and Apel all began to close in. As Morgan began to pull away out front, Bennett and Prunty raced around Egan to take over second and third respectively while Apel and Luedtke raced close behind. Apel also made his way around Egan to move into fourth as Bennett and Prunty began to reel in Morgan for the lead. As the laps clicked away, Bennett closed to Morgan’s bumper and filled his mirrors as he looked for a way around. Morgan held his ground however, and maintained the lead as farther back, Egan and Luedtke staged an intense battle over fifth. Prunty began to look for a way around Bennett which let Morgan slip away for a bit in the lead. Bennett turned back Prunty’s challenge but in doing so, was unable to catch Morgan who drove to the victory, his second of the season. Bennett took the checkered flag in second while Prunty crossed the line a close third. Steve Apel came home in fourth place while the battle between Egan and Luedtke for fifth ended off turn four on the final lap when Luedtke spun into the infield as Egan claimed the spot. Rob Braun was sixth ahead of Dale Prunty and Kelsey Bauer while Braison Bennett and Tim Lampman rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat races were won by Braison Bennett, John DeAngelis, and Dennis Prunty. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.427 seconds.
Jack Stern captured his first career late model feature victory in the 40-lap main event.
Justin Poenitsch led the opening laps before Alex Prunty took over the top spot on lap eight. A spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn four on lap eleven produced the first caution flag of the event with Prunty leading over Al Stippich, Wayne Freimund, and Poenitsch. Prunty held onto the lead as racing resumed as Jack Stern was the driver on the move, charging through the field to challenge the top five drivers. The second caution flag waved on lap 21 when Grant Griesbach looped his car in between turns three and four with Prunty holding the top spot over Freimund and Stern. Prunty chose the inside lane and Stern took advantage of the restart cone to line up on the outside of the front row with Freimund choosing to stay in the inside lane. As the green flag flew, Stern timed the start perfectly with a strong run on the outside and he raced by Prunty off turn two to take the lead. Al Stippich followed Stern’s lead and he passed Freimund and Prunty to move into second. Once out front , Stern would not be denied and he raced to his first career late model feature victory over Stippich and Freimund. Tyler James took the checkered flag for a strong fourth place result and Alex Prunty rounded out the top five finishers.
Late model heat race victories were recorded by Tyler Schley and Al Stippich while Jack Stern was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.733 seconds.
Kyle Chwala turned in another impressive night in the Area Sportsman division, scoring a clean sweep by setting fast time, winning his heat race and the 30 lap feature.
Chwala passed early leader Joe Shelby near the halfway mark and never looked back, holding off Mark DePorter for the victory. Shelby finished a strong third behind DePorter in second while Nick Egan and Andy Welter completed the top five finishers. Chwala and Shelby were the Area Sportsman heat race winners and Chwala’s qualifying lap of 13.224 seconds was good enough for fast time on the evening.
T.J. Graczkowski drove to his first career victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature, holding off a charging Steve Dickson for the win. Graczkowski took the lead while he and Dickson worked lapped traffic and was never headed en route to his first career win. Dickson finished a close second and Paul Reagles was third. Brandon Tackes and Nick Schmidt were fourth and fifth respectively. Jayden Buckley was the winner of the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Bill Ostovich Jr. and Nicole Mueller. Triston Dorzok and Kevin Bush rounded out the top five. Nicole Mueller, Dale Kiley-Schaefer, and Nick Schmidt all were winners of Slinger Bees heat races and Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 14.921 seconds.
Dennis Prunty brought out his souped up Trans Am and won the Spectator Eliminator races and then proceeded to defeat Al Roberts and his pick-up truck to claim the challenge money. Ryan Lovald closed out the evening with a victory in a wild Figure 8 event.

Chris Wimmer Captures First SuperSeal Slinger Nationals Title

July 17th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., July 15—During opening ceremonies for the 35th SuperSeal Slinger Nationals Tuesday night, Chris Wimmer’s crew placed the inaugural Nationals trophy won by his late uncle Larry Detjens during the 1980 event, on the trunk of his car presumably for good luck. Hours later, having that trophy on hand paid off as Wimmer held off a closing Matt Kenseth to capture his first SuperSeal Slinger Nationals crown at the Slinger Super Speedway.

 

“This is unbelievable,” an emotional Wimmer told the crowd from victory lane,” to tell you the truth, I didn’t even look in the mirror (at Kenseth), my right foot fell asleep so bad I could hardly feel the gas pedal and I was just hanging on at the end.”

Hanging on was just about what every driver in the field was doing as a dominant Dennis Prunty nearly pounded them into submission, leading all but six laps when with a healthy lead his car suddenly came to a halt on lap 176, the victim of a faulty ignition box. That opened the door for Wimmer as well as Casey Johnson and Matt Kenseth as suddenly with just 24 laps to go, all three turned up the wick to battle for the coveted Nationals crown. Kenseth was the first to make his move, charging his way around Johnson for second with just six laps to go and then closing on Wimmer for the top spot as the leader caught lapped traffic. Kenseth closed to Wimmer’s bumper on the final lap, but fell just short at the checkered flag and crossed the finish line in second place.

“Everything changed when the ‘22’ (Prunty) broke, he was gone and I was trying to save a little bit of the rear tire in case there was a caution at the end and when the ‘22’ dropped out that kind of changed everything,” the NASCAR Sprint Cup star stated afterward, “I had a real good run there at the end and I was hoping to get to the bottom and try to race him back to the start-finish line but just didn’t quite have enough.”

Casey Johnson was the only driver other than Dennis Prunty to lead the event up until Prunty’s misfortunes, and after Kenseth got around him for second, settled for a strong third place result.

“I ran out of brakes there at the end when I was trying to run down Chris (Wimmer) as hard as I could,” Johnson said, “When I saw that ‘22’ car (Prunty) go to the infield, I thought, ‘Man, there’s a chance.” “It’s not every day you get to battle with Matt Kenseth when you go to these big races, so it was a lot of fun.”

Earlier in the day, Conrad Morgan stated he was as ready as he ever was for the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals and the 65-year old veteran proved that thoroughly with a strong and impressive fourth place finish. Dalton Zehr took the checkered flag in fifth place to round out the top five finishers.

Defending Slinger super late model track champion Steve Apel finished in sixth ahead of Andrew Morrissey and Lowell Bennett in seventh and eighth respectively. 2005 Slinger Nationals winner Nathan Haseleu and Austin Luedtke completed the top ten.

Conrad Morgan won the 30-lap super late model qualifying race over Brian Johnson Jr. and Nathan Haseleu as those three along with fourth place finisher Mike Egan transferred to the main event. Braison Bennett captured the super late model semi-feature to punch his ticket to the big show along with second place finisher Rob Braun who also advanced to the main event. James Swan took the checkered flag in third ahead of Ryan DeStefano and Dale Prunty. Jeff Holtz won the super late model consi over Jerry Eckhardt and Robert Maynor while Andrew Morrissey topped the 42 car field in qualifying by blistering the speedway in 11.257 seconds.

Steven Scheel drove to his biggest win of the season to date in the 35-lap late model feature.

Alex Prunty and Dan Church battled for the lead throughout the event along with Zack Riddle as Scheel and others raced behind the top three. With just three laps to go, Prunty and Church made contact in turn three which carried their cars up the track off turn four, allowing Riddle to take advantage of the inside opening and attempt to take the lead. As Prunty and Church tried to regain control of their cars, they came side by side to Riddle’s rear quarter panel and as all three entered turn one, Prunty and Church’s car caromed hard off the wall to draw the caution flag. As racing resumed, Scheel swept around Riddle for the lead and drove to the victory. Riddle finished second ahead of Wayne Freimund in third while Al Stippich and Shaun Scheel finished in fourth and fifth respectively. Gregg Pawelski was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.486 seconds.

Kevin Knuese won the Midwest Truck Series feature that ended on lap 24, six laps short of the scheduled distance due to a rain shower. Blake Brown finished in second place and John Beale was third. Gerry Wood and Kurt Kleven rounded out the top five finishers. Camden Murphy was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.964 seconds.

Chris Wimmer Captures First SuperSeal Slinger Nationals Title

July 16th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., July 15—During opening ceremonies for the 35th SuperSeal Slinger Nationals Tuesday night, Chris Wimmer’s crew placed the inaugural Nationals trophy won by his late uncle Larry Detjens during the 1980 event, on the trunk of his car presumably for good luck. Hours later, having that trophy on hand paid off as Wimmer held off a closing Matt Kenseth to capture his first SuperSeal Slinger Nationals crown at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“This is unbelievable,” an emotional Wimmer told the crowd from victory lane,” to tell you the truth, I didn’t even look in the mirror (at Kenseth), my right foot fell asleep so bad I could hardly feel the gas pedal and I was just hanging on at the end.”

Hanging on was just about what every driver in the field was doing as a dominant Dennis Prunty nearly pounded them into submission, leading all but six laps when with a healthy lead his car suddenly came to a halt on lap 176, the victim of a faulty ignition box. That opened the door for Wimmer as well as Casey Johnson and Matt Kenseth as suddenly with just 24 laps to go, all three turned up the wick to battle for the coveted Nationals crown. Kenseth was the first to make his move, charging his way around Johnson for second with just six laps to go and then closing on Wimmer for the top spot as the leader caught lapped traffic. Kenseth closed to Wimmer’s bumper on the final lap, but fell just short at the checkered flag and crossed the finish line in second place.

“Everything changed when the ‘22’ (Prunty) broke, he was gone and I was trying to save a little bit of the rear tire in case there was a caution at the end and when the ‘22’ dropped out that kind of changed everything,” the NASCAR Sprint Cup star stated afterward, “I had a real good run there at the end and I was hoping to get to the bottom and try to race him back to the start-finish line but just didn’t quite have enough.”

Casey Johnson was the only driver other than Dennis Prunty to lead the event up until Prunty’s misfortunes, and after Kenseth got around him for second, settled for a strong third place result.

“I ran out of brakes there at the end when I was trying to run down Chris (Wimmer) as hard as I could,” Johnson said, “When I saw that ‘22’ car (Prunty) go to the infield, I thought, ‘Man, there’s a chance.” “It’s not every day you get to battle with Matt Kenseth when you go to these big races, so it was a lot of fun.”

Earlier in the day, Conrad Morgan stated he was as ready as he ever was for the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals and the 65-year old veteran proved that thoroughly with a strong and impressive fourth place finish. Dalton Zehr took the checkered flag in fifth place to round out the top five finishers.

Defending Slinger super late model track champion Steve Apel finished in sixth ahead of Andrew Morrissey and Lowell Bennett in seventh and eighth respectively. 2005 Slinger Nationals winner Nathan Haseleu and Austin Luedtke completed the top ten.

Conrad Morgan won the 30-lap super late model qualifying race over Brian Johnson Jr. and Nathan Haseleu as those three along with fourth place finisher Mike Egan transferred to the main event. Braison Bennett captured the super late model semi-feature to punch his ticket to the big show along with second place finisher Rob Braun who also advanced to the main event. James Swan took the checkered flag in third ahead of Ryan DeStefano and Dale Prunty. Jeff Holtz won the super late model consi over Jerry Eckhardt and Robert Maynor while Andrew Morrissey topped the 42 car field in qualifying by blistering the speedway in 11.257 seconds.

Steven Scheel drove to his biggest win of the season to date in the 35-lap late model feature.

Alex Prunty and Dan Church battled for the lead throughout the event along with Zack Riddle as Scheel and others raced behind the top three. With just three laps to go, Prunty and Church made contact in turn three which carried their cars up the track off turn four, allowing Riddle to take advantage of the inside opening and attempt to take the lead. As Prunty and Church tried to regain control of their cars, they came side by side to Riddle’s rear quarter panel and as all three entered turn one, Prunty and Church’s car caromed hard off the wall to draw the caution flag. As racing resumed, Scheel swept around Riddle for the lead and drove to the victory. Riddle finished second ahead of Wayne Freimund in third while Al Stippich and Shaun Scheel finished in fourth and fifth respectively. Gregg Pawelski was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.486 seconds.

Kevin Knuese won the Midwest Truck Series feature that ended on lap 24, six laps short of the scheduled distance due to a rain shower. Blake Brown finished in second place and John Beale was third. Gerry Wood and Kurt Kleven rounded out the top five finishers. Camden Murphy was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.964 seconds.

Steve Apel seeks redemption in Superseal Slinger Nationals

July 10th, 2014

(Slinger, WI) Steve Apel beat a talented field to the checkered flag in last year’s running of the SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite. He outraced one of his idols, posed for pictures in victory lane and held the prestigious Larry Detjens Memorial trophy. But he didn’t make it out of post-race technical inspection. A tapered carburetor spacer, an oversight by Apel and his team, cost the 25 year-old racer the biggest win of his career. Tuesday, July 15, at Slinger Super Speedway, Apel gets his chance at redemption.

“That was the hardest day of my racing career,” said Apel. “You go from the happiest of the happy to the lowest of the low.”

Apel outraced short-track legend Rich Bickle, in an event that was Bickle’s final at Slinger Super Speedway. Including lap leader money, Apel was scheduled to take home over $12,000. Instead he handed the trophy and the winner’s check to Bickle.

“I gave Rich the trophy and he wanted me to keep it,” recalled Apel. “But it wasn’t mine to keep.”

Apel and his team took the decision and used it as an opportunity to regroup and refocus their goals. They hadn’t planned on racing for the Slinger track title. But with the Nationals disappointment as motivation, they rallied and walked away with the 2013 super late model track championship.

As the 2014 Nationals approach, Apel and his team are once again rounding into shape with four feature wins on the season. But the hollowness of last year’s Nationals continues to serve as motivation.

“I would trade every feature win and every championship for the Slinger Nationals winner’s trophy,” said Apel. “The drivers who have raced the Nationals, and won it, are incredible. To put my name on that list would mean the world to me.”

Apel will have his work cut out for him, Tuesday night as 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth returns, after a one-year layoff. Also making the trip to Slinger Speedway will be former Red Bud 300 winner Steve Dorer. Dorer, from Florida, made the long trip to Slinger pay off in 2013 with a fifth place showing. Ross Kenseth joins the band of travelers, returning to the SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals behind the wheel of the Boyne Machine entry. NASCAR Drive-for-Diversity driver, Paige Decker, recently joined the Nationals field as well.

Five-time SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals champion Lowell Bennett; 1999 Nationals champion Conrad Morgan; three-time super late model track champion Brad Mueller; and former track champion Dennis Prunty are expected to carry the Slinger Speedway banner.

Advance general admission tickets for the July 15th, 2014 SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite are on sale now on line at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com. Fans can save $5.00 when they purchase Adult General Admission tickets in advance. The rain date is Wednesday July 16th, 2014.

Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Nason and Holtz Victorious at Prelude to the Nationals

July 14th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., July 13—Austin Nason drove to his first career Big 8 Late Model Series victory after a hard fought battle with Casey Johnson and Jon Reynolds Jr. in the King of the High Banks 68 while Jeff Holtz topped the Mid-American Stock Car Series 48 lap main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“This is amazing!” an obviously excited Nason exclaimed from victory lane, “Especially to win here and with Jonny (Reynolds) and Casey (Johnson), we might have ran a little rough but it all comes down to who is going to win.”

Casey Johnson and Kevin Knuese led the field to the green flag and Johnson worked the low groove to charge out to the early lead as Knuese tried to ward off Jesse Bernhagen, John DeAngelis Jr., and Gregg Pawelski in second. Beyond the top five, Dale Nottestad, Jon Reynolds Jr. and Steve Dobbratz began to move their way forward. The caution flag waved early when Ricky Heinan clipped the front stretch wall on lap five and spun backwards into the turn one barrier. Johnson led on the restart over Bernhagen and Pawelski with DeAngelis and Austin Nason in tow while Nottestad, Dan Church, and Reynolds battled three wide for position behind them. With Johnson and Bernhagen out front, Nason and DeAngelis began to pressure Pawelski for third as they began to encounter lapped traffic. Pawelski was able to use a lapped machine to maintain the position while Nason muscled his way between the lapped car and DeAngelis to grab the fourth spot. Lapped traffic came into the mix a few circuits later when J. Herbst’s car looped around in turn two on lap 30 following slight contact with the third place running Pawelski. The incident sent Pawelski to the rear of the field and eventually off the track leaving Johnson leading over Bernhagen, Nason, DeAngelis, Nottestad, and Reynolds. Johnson eased out to the lead once again as racing resumed while Nason took to the outside to take second away from Bernhagen while Reynolds shot forward to battle with DeAngelis over fourth. Reynolds took the position just before the caution flag waved again on lap 31 for Tyler Schley’s spun car on the frontstretch. With Johnson leading, Bernhagen chose the outside lane for the restart and it proved detrimental as both Nason and Reynolds were able to race by on the inside and into second and third respectively. Within a few circuits, Nason was able to edge to the inside of Johnson for the lead and the two raced side by side for the lead as Reynolds closed in from third. Nason and Johnson swapped the top spot for five laps before they drifted high off turn four, allowing Reynolds to sneak into second from the inside, door to door with Nason as Johnson dove to the bottom to make a three wide attempt to pass both of them off turn two. Johnson was forced to back off as the trio entered turn three, leaving Reynolds and Nason side by side out front and after several hard fought laps, Nason was able to turn back Reynolds to keep the lead. With the lead momentarily sorted out, Bernhagen went to work on Johnson for third just before the caution appeared on lap 54 for Mike Meyerhofer’s stalled car. Nason maintained the lead over Reynolds on the restart but the field was quickly placed back under the yellow flag when hard racing in the middle of the pack sent Alex Prunty’s car around in between turns three and four which stacked the field as cars scattered behind them. Once the incident was cleaned up and racing resumed, Reynolds appeared poised to challenge Nason for the lead but two laps into the run he suddenly slowed and exited the speedway with mechanical issues. That left Nason to fend off Johnson in the closing laps and he did just that en route to his first career Big 8 Late Model Series victory. Johnson finished a strong second followed by Jesse Bernhagen, Dale Nottestad, and Jerry Eckhardt in third through fifth respectively. John DeAngelis finished sixth ahead of Jeff Holtz in seventh and Dave Edwards in eighth. Tyler Schley rebounded from his earlier spin to finish ninth and Grant Griesbach took the checkered flag in tenth after earlier becoming the youngest driver to start a Big 8 Series event at 12 years old.

Jerry Eckhardt and Wayne Freimund each won Big 8 Series qualifying heats and Casey Johnson and Kevin Knuese were the winners of the Big 8 Fast Dashes. J. Herbst was the winner of the Big 8 Last Chance race and Jon Reynolds Jr. set fast time with a lap of 12.375 seconds, establishing a new track record in the process.

Jeff Holtz held off Brad Keith in a green-white-checkered finish to win the 48-lap Mid-American Stock Car Series main event.

Brian Holtz and Kenny Joosten traded the lead in the early laps as Lyle Nowak, Brad Keith, Ryan Gutknecht, and Jeff Holtz followed. The side by side battling from third on back allowed the leaders to scoot away a bit from the rest of the field. The event quickly fell under the red flag on lap 13 when Eric Lingford’s car climbed the frontstretch wall near the flag stand and slid upside down into turn one where it came to rest on its roof in the infield. Lingford was not injured in the incident and when racing resumed, Joosten was quick on the button and he charged by Holtz on the outside to take the lead. Brian Holtz’s car then wobbled severely on the front straight and by the time he regained control, Nowak, Keith, and Jeff Holtz all raced by, dropping him to fourth. The caution flag waved again a few laps later for an incident between Jeremy Spoonmore and Rick Tackman in turn three. Joosten hung onto his lead on the restart as Jeff Holtz slotted into second while Keith and Nowak battled for third. After numerous attempts on the inside, Jeff Holtz took to the high side and pulled alongside Joosten for the lead. Holtz and Joosten raced door to door for several laps before Holtz was able to prevail using the upper groove of the speedway. Keith also took to the high side in an effort to get around Joosten and like Holtz earlier, was able to complete the pass after several laps. Jeff Holtz appeared to be on his way to a comfortable victory until the caution waved with seven laps to go when Brian Holtz looped his car in turn two. Jeff Holtz was up to the challenge as racing resumed and he kept Keith at a distance as the laps began to wind down. Lyle Nowak spun around in turn one with two laps to go after contact with Jack Stern and the ensuing caution flag set up a green-white-checkered finish. Stern “tapped out” during the slowdown, admitting fault in the incident and allowing Nowak to receive his spot back for the restart. Once again, Holtz was up to the task and he held off Keith’s challenges to drive to the victory while Keith settled for a strong second. Kenny Joosten finished third ahead of Ryan Gutknecht and Lyle Nowak. Cody Erdman finished sixth while Danny Gilster and Scott Dunning finished seventh and eighth respectively and Jeremy Spoonmore and Erik Pierce rounded out the top ten.

Eric Lingford, Jeremy Spoonmore, and Scott Dunning all were winners in Mid-American Stock Car Series heat races while Jimmie Evans was the winner of the Last Chance Race. Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.773 seconds.

Kyle Chwala raced to his fourth feature win of the season in the Area Sportsman main event.

Brad Hetzel led the opening eleven laps before Chwala tracked him down to take the lead on lap 12. Once out front, Chwala could not be caught as Hetzel was forced to settle for second place. Joe Shelby wrapped up a strong run with a stout third place result while Jay Kalbus and Andy Welter rounded out the top five.

Terry Wangsness won the first Area Sportsman heat and Joe Shelby took top honors in the second heat race. Kyle Chwala set fast time with a lap of 13.046 seconds.

Nick Schmidt won the Slinger Bee feature over T.J. Graczkowski and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Brandon Tackes finished fourth and Heather Stark took the checkered flag in fifth. Jayden Buckley won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Phil Malouf and Tristan Dorzok. Slinger Bee heat race victories were recorded by Rick Schaefer, Heather Stark, and T.J. Graczkowski. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 14.989 seconds.

Ed Christ won the Spectator Eliminator races in his Mustang but then failed to collect the bounty on Al Roberts and his pick-up truck. Rick Bruskiewicz closed the evening with a win in the Figure 8 race.

Apel holds off Bennett for his third win in a row

June 30th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., June 29—Defending track champion, Steve Apel held off Lowell Bennett to capture his third consecutive super late model feature victory Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the Keith’s Marina 75 presented by Interstate Sawing.

“It was a hot sticky night and the track was getting slick, but what a race for all these fans to come out and see,” Apel exclaimed from victory lane. “It was a heck of a battle with Lowell (Bennett) and I didn’t really want to see that last caution… but it was another ‘green-white-checkers’, “ Apel continued referring to a late caution bunching up the field to set up a two lap dash to the finish for the second week in a row.

James Swan grabbed the early lead from the outside of the front row over Ryan DeStefano, Lowell Bennett, Tim Lampmann, and Conrad Morgan as the caution flag waved at the completion of the first lap when farther back in the tightly wound field, Dan Jung and Kelsey Bauer made contact in turn three, turning Bauer’s car around where it was collected by the car of John DeAngelis Jr. Swan chose the outside lane for the restart and again he was able to use it to maintain the lead over DeStefano and Bennett as racing resumed, while Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty began to work their way forward, challenging Lampmann over the fourth spot. The outside lane proved to be advantageous early on and Bennett, Apel, and Prunty all used it to swing around DeStefano and into second through fourth place respectively while Swan continued to lead. The caution flag waved a second time on lap 12 when Mike Egan experienced a mechanical failure entering turn three and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall. Again, Swan chose the outside lane for the restart but this time it was Bennett from the inside who proved stronger as he raced into the top spot two laps after racing resumed. The top five briefly raced single file before an incident involving Kelsey Bauer and Dave McCardle in turn four brought out the third caution flag of the event. Bennett opted for the inside lane on the restart and he used it to maintain his lead as the green flag appeared while Apel also took to the inside to pressure Swan for second. Apel had his car hooked up on the inside and he cleared Swan for second as Dennis Prunty also moved up to battle Swan over third as Bennett remained out front. Once into second, Apel began to track down Bennett for the lead and made numerous attempts on the inside to take the spot, but each time Bennett proved to be too strong in the upper groove and he held onto the lead. Apel continued to apply the pressure and on lap 51 was finally able to gain enough ground on the inside to push ahead of Bennett as they raced down the backstretch to take over the top spot. The front runners stabilized shortly thereafter with Apel leading over Bennett, Prunty, and Conrad Morgan as the laps began to click off. Apel appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win when on the final lap the caution flag waved as Casey Johnson’s car spun off the backstretch while racing intensely in the pack. A green-white-checkered situation was set up and Apel chose the outside lane, leaving Bennett to take the inside. As racing resumed, Apel was on his marks and was able to clear Bennett for the lead as the field entered the first turn. With Apel out front on the backstretch, an incident deeper in the field, sent Rob Braun’s car backwards into the turn one wall, bringing the race to an end with Apel flagged the winner over Bennett, Conrad Morgan, and Dennis Prunty. Dale Prunty finished fifth ahead of Tim Lampmann, Jeff Holtz, and Braison Bennett. Ryan DeStefano and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten finishers.

Rob Braun won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Braison Bennett and Dave McCardle. Fred Winn finished in fourth while Dale Prunty was fifth. Super late model heat race wins were collected by Corey Funk, Nick Wagner, and Lowell Bennett. Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.450 seconds.

Mike Meyerhofer made his first trip to the Slinger Speedway pay off with a victory in the 40-lap late model feature.

Steven Schulz led the early laps over Ricky Heinan, Jack Stern, and Mike Held, while Mike Meyerhofer raced into fifth. The inside groove worked best early on and Stern, Meyerhofer, Dan Church, and Alex Prunty all used it to move forward as Heinan and Held tried to hang on in the outside lane. Meyerhofer, Church, and Prunty then tracked down Stern for second as Schulz continued to lead. With Schulz out front, Church began to pressure Meyerhofer for second as Prunty raced directly in their tracks while farther back, Wayne Freimund nearly collided with the wall when Duke Long’s car got out of shape and carried wide in turn four. One lap later the caution flag waved when Long’s car looped around after contact with Freimund’s as Schulz led over Meyerhofer, Church, and Prunty. Schulz and Meyerhofer batted side by side for the lead as racing resumed before Meyerhofer was able to power ahead and into the lead from the outside groove. A few laps later, Prunty also used the outside to pass Schulz for second while Church followed suit a few laps later and took over third with another outside pass. Meyerhofer could not be caught over the final laps and he drove to the victory with Prunty taking the checkered flag in second place. Church finished third while Schulz and Mike Held rounded out the top five.

Late Model heat race wins were recorded by Wayne Freimund and Tim Sargent while Dan Church was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.544 seconds.

Nick Egan was in the right place at the right time and drove to his first career feature victory in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event.

Egan paced the early laps, taking the lead on lap one and holding the top spot while Kyle Chwala and Mark Deporter sliced their way through the field. Chwala raced around Egan for the lead on lap 24 and appeared to be on his way to another win when with two laps to go, he suddenly left the track after losing oil pressure. That Egan to inherit the lead as Deporter pressured him. Egan was able to hold off Deporter to score his first career feature win. Deporter finished second while Joe Shelby, Andy Welter, and Rich Wagner completed the top five.

Rich Wagner and Nick Egan were the Area Sportsman heat race winners and Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.274 seconds.

Steve Dickson won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Schmidt and Jacob Schraufnagel. Carl Benn finished fourth and Rick Schaefer crossed the finish line in fifth.

Jared Deming won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Zach Braun and Nicole Mueller while Slinger Bee heat races were won by Kevin Bush, Nicole Mueller, and Nick Schmidt. Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.875 seconds.

Trevor Pollom was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races and Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race.

Two in a row for Apel in YP.com 60

June 23rd, 2014

Slinger, Wis., June 22— For the second consecutive week Steve Apel held off Dennis Prunty to win the super late model feature, only this time he had to survive a green-white-checkered finish in the YP.Com 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

After remaining out front since lap 29, Apel enjoyed a half straightaway lead on the closing Prunty when Rich Loch’s car looped around in turn four as the field received the white flag, setting up the two lap dash for the victory. Apel chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Prunty to work the low lane and as racing resumed, Prunty’s slight hesitation off turn four with his tight handling car was enough for Apel to edge into the lead and claim his second consecutive victory and third of the season.

Rich Loch and Mike Egan paced the field to the green flag and the two aggressively battled for the top spot as they rubbed fenders upon exiting turns two and four. One such rub off turn two on lap four knocked Loch’s car sideways for a moment, allowing Egan to race into the lead from the outside. Brad Keith and Austin Luedtke both went around Loch also on the outside and into second and third by the time Loch gathered up his car in the fourth position. While the front four sorted themselves out in single file, the rest of the field, which included both Apel and Prunty remained side by side as they intensely raced for track position. The intense racing in the pack produced the first caution flag on lap 12 when the traffic jam rippled through the field and kicked Jeff Holt’s car sideways off turn four where it was collected by the machine of Rob Braun. Egan chose the inside lane for the restart and began another intense battle up front with Keith while Luedtke, Nick Wagner, Loch, and James Swan followed in formation behind them. Keith eventually prevailed to grab the lead from Egan off the outside as Egan continued the pressure down low and once again the leaders made side contact as they raced off the corners. The intense racing up front allowed Luedtke, Loch and now Apel, who had sliced his way into fifth, to close in on the lead duo setting up five car battle for the top spot. More contact led to Egan’s car getting out of shape off turn two which put him into a brief three wide situation with Luedtke and Loch and as Loch lifted briefly to avoid a collision, Apel snuck by on the inside to snag fourth. With Keith continuing to lead, it was Luedtke’s turn to battle with Egan and he took to the top lane to pull alongside while Apel laid in wait, ready to capitalize on any mistakes made. As Egan and Luedtke raced side by side, Keith’s car began to wash wide off the corners from the lead and he soon fell into the clutches of Egan, Luedtke, and Apel setting up a four car tussle for the lead. Egan capitalized on his inside position to draw alongside Keith off turn two, taking over the lead upon exiting turn four and bringing Apel along with him on the low side into second as Keith and Luedtke were caught on the outside. Egan had difficulty keeping his car down on corner exit, opening the door for Apel to charge by on the inside and into the lead on lap 29. Once out front, Apel began to edge ahead of Egan, Luedtke, and now fourth running Lowell Benett, while the driver on the move was Dennis Prunty, who started the race deep in the field after taking a provisional due to his late arrival at the track after competing in an event at Road America earlier in the day. Prunty had worked his way into the top five just past the halfway point. Prunty had his car hooked up in the high line and he sliced his way first around Bennett then one by one picked off Luedtke and Egan to advance into second place as Apel remained the leader. As the laps ticked down, Prunty gradually began to eat into Apel’s lead, edging closer with each passing circuit. With Prunty appearing to run out of laps to catch Apel, the late race caution set up the exciting dash to the finish. Knowing Prunty was the strongest in the upper groove, Apel wisely chose the outside lane for the restart and was able to hold off Prunty’s charge to secure the victory. Austin Luedtke finished a strong third while Egan took the checkered flag in fourth, just ahead of Conrad Morgan in fifth. Lowell Bennett finished in the sixth position ahead of Dale Prunty and James Swan in seventh and eighth respectively. Ryan DeStefano and Brad Keith rounded out the top ten.

Braison Bennett was the winner of the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Dale Prunty and Jeff Holtz. Fred Winn and Chris Blawat completed the top five finishers. Dale Prunty, Conrad Morgan, and Lowell Bennett each captured victories in the super late model heat races while Steve Apel set fast time with a lap of 11.431 seconds.

Bill Prietzel took the lead near the halfway point in the Midwest Sportsman feature en route to victory in the 35-lap main event.

Scott Shambeau led the early laps over Chris Storey as Eric Lingford, Prietzel, and Jack Stern raced close behind. Storey and Lingford began to fade back from the outside as Prietzel, Stern, and Ryan Gutknecht moved up from the inside. Prietzel tracked down Shambeau for the lead and after several laps of door to door racing, finally made the outside lane work to capture the lead on lap 15. Shambeau battled back on the inside but Prietzel was too strong and he raced to the victory, leaving Shambeau to settle for second place. Gutknecht finished a strong third while Stern and Brian Holtz rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

Brian Holtz won the first Midwest Sportsman heat race over Jimmie Evans while Eric Lingford held off Bill Prietzel to win the second heat race. Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.961 seconds.

Shortly after climbing out of his Midwest Sportsman car, Bill Prietzel immediately jumped into his Area Sportsman ride and proceeded to win the 30-lap feature in that division for his second main event trophy on the night.

Brad Hetzel led the opening laps as Prietzel worked his way into second with Andy Welter, Kyle Chwala, and Mark Deporter also moving forward. Much like he did in the earlier Midwest Sportsman feature, Prietzel again used the outside lane to sweep around Hetzel for the lead at the halfway mark. Deporter and Chwala soon joined Hetzel and Prietzel out front and the four pulled away from the field to contest the win amongst themselves. Prietzel remained strong on the outside and he raced to the win over Deporter who edged Chwala for second. Brad Hetzel finished in fourth place while Andy Welter took the checkered flag in fifth.

John Daley and Mark Deporter each recorded Area Sportsman heat race victories while Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier at 13.252 seconds.

Steve Dickson edged defending Slinger Bee champion Nick Schmidt to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee main event.

After several laps of racing hard for the top spot, Dickson prevailed to take the win over Schmidt while Carl Benn crossed the finish line for a strong third place result. Jacob Schraufnagel and Dale Kiley-Schaefer finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

Rick Schaefer won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Nicole Mueller and Bill Ostovich Jr. Kevin Bush finished fourth and Tristan Dorzok was fifth. Rick Schaefer, Paul Reagles, and Carl Benn all were victorious in the Slinger Bee heat races and Brandon Tacked was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.878 seconds.

YP.Com Night at Slinger Speedway 50,000 Penny’s for the Kids

June 21st, 2014

(Slinger, WI) With school out for the summer, kids take center stage for the second week in a row at Slinger Speedway. Sunday night, June 22, is YP.com night and 50,000 pennies for kids age 11 and under. The penny’s will be spread out on the front stretch of the race track for the kids to scoop up. The penny drop is before racing at 6:10 pm.

YP.com Night will be a full program of super late model; Midwest sportsman; area sportsman; Slinger bee, One on One Spectators and figure 8 racing.

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Gates open Sunday night at 4:30 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5:00. Penny drop is scheduled for 6:10 pm with opening ceremonies set for 6:30 and racing to follow.

Fans can save money by purchasing their admission tickets in advance at B&S Liquor (Hwy 83 Hartford); Pioneer Plaza (Hwy 41 Richfield); Schaefer’s BP (Hwy 60 Slinger); or Chill-n-Fill (downtown Slinger).

Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

PMF Landscape Supply 60 goes to Steve Apel

June 16th, 2014

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.

Lowell Bennett Nets Win #2 on Reunion Night

June 9th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., June 8—Using the outside groove, Lowell Bennett took the lead late in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday on Reunion Night at the Slinger Super Speedway and held off defending track champion for his second feature victory of the season.

“I tell you what, that guy (Apel) is an awesome race car driver and that is so much fun,” an excited Bennett stated from victory lane after outdueling Apel over the final ten laps, “When we were waiting for that cone to come out (on the final restart), I thought, ‘C’mon take the bottom’ because I knew I could run him on the top.”

Mike Egan shot out to the early lead from his outside front row starting position while pole-sitter Tim Lampmann and Conrad Morgan raced with Dale Prunty and Austin Luedtke for second. Apel and Bennett followed directly behind the lead group as the field remained tightly bunched in the early going. Egan stretched his lead slightly as Lampmann and Morgan battled side by side with the back end of Lampmann’s car washing out off the turns as Morgan remained next to him on the outside. Morgan grabbed second place a lap later as Lampmann’s car slowed suddenly in turn three after experiencing a broken hub allowing Luedtke, Apel, and Bennett to go by while Dale Prunty lost several spots as the result of being caught behind Lampmann’s slowing machine. Apel and Bennett quickly went to work using the inside lane and caught up to Morgan who was also closing on Egan for the lead. Apel ducked to the inside of Morgan for second by lap 20 and made a run at Egan for the lead down the backstretch. Egan attempted to close the door on Apel in turn three and he cleared Apel’s nose all the way to the rear bumper cover and a miniscule scuff in the middle of the turn washed Egan’s car wide which opened the door for Apel to race to the lead off turn four. Bennett took advantage of the inside opening and drove around both Morgan and Egan to take over second place. With Apel setting the pace over Bennett, Egan’s car began to fade as Morgan, Rich Loch, Austin Luedtke, and Rob Braun all eventually made their way by while further back the best battle on the speedway was between Dennis Prunty and Ryan DeStefano who raced intensely for eighth. After several laps of side by side racing between the two, DeStefano was able to finally get to the inside of Dennis Prunty off turn four on lap 47 while Dale Prunty who was behind them, made a charge forward on the outside. The result was a momentary three wide situation on the frontstretch with DeStefano on the inside, Dennis Prunty in the middle, and Dale Prunty on the outside. Dennis Prunty lifted from the middle before they hit turn one, averting a collision but then contact with the rear of DeStefano’s car sent it spinning off turn two to draw the caution flag. Dennis Prunty and DeStefano went to the rear of the field for the restart as Apel chose the inside lane, leaving Bennett to start alongside in the upper groove. For two laps, Apel and Bennett raced side by side for the lead before Bennett was able to power ahead off turn two on lap 49 while Luedtke and Morgan battled for third. Apel continued to pressure Bennett over the final ten circuits, making numerous attempts to pass on the inside and drawing alongside the veteran on the white flag lap. As the two raced for the win side by side with Bennett on the outside and Apel using the inner groove, Bennett was able to win the drag race off turn four to the checkered flag, crossing the stripe about a half car length ahead of Apel. Austin Luedtke edged Conrad Morgan for third while Rob Braun rounded out the top five. Rich Loch finished sixth ahead of Dale Prunty and Mike Egan in seventh and eighth respectively. Braison Bennett and Dennis Prunty rounded out the top ten finishers.

Braison Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Chris Blawat and Dave McCardle. Fred Winn finished fourth and Jerry Eckhardt was fifth. Super late model heat races were won by Braison Bennett, Dennis Prunty, and Conrad Morgan while Rob Braun was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.350 seconds.

Alex Prunty scored his second late model feature victory of the season in the 40-lap main event after a late battle with Ryan Miles.

“We’ve got the car working on the outside and are starting to figure things out and I’m happy,” stated Prunty from victory lane.

Ryan Zielski and Tim Lange paced the field to the green flag and battled side by side while Mike Held, Wayne Freimund, and Ryan Miles followed in their tracks. Held looked to the inside of the leaders entering turn one on lap four and the three wide situation that was created bottle-necked the field resulting in Lange’s car coming to a  stop in turn three to produce the caution flag. Zielski also received damage from the incident and retired from the event while Held was shown the black flag for creating the three wide situation. Freimund took over the lead for the restart with Jack Stern, Ricky Heinan, and Miles following. Freimund and Heinan battled for the lead for a few laps before Heinan took over the point from the outside. Heinan began to stretch his lead as Alex Prunty began to work his way through the field, entering the top five just before the caution flew for a second time for a spin by Brittney Helmers in turn two. As racing resumed, Heinan held the point over Miles, Freimund, and Prunty and after a few laps of battling, Miles was able to wrestle the lead away from Heinan. A spin by Grant Griesbach in turn four on lap 27 produced the final caution flag of the event with Miles leading over Prunty, who worked his way up to second ahead of Heinan and Freimund. Miles and Prunty raced alongside each other on the restart and remained glued together for a few laps, rubbing doors in the process. Prunty eventually prevailed to take the lead as he drove to his second feature win of the season. Miles finished a strong second while Freimund and Heinan crossed the line in third and fourth respectively. Dan Church rebounded after suffering damage in the lap four incident and drove his way to a fifth place finish.

Kyle Smith and Mike Held were the winners of the late model heat races while Dan Church was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.518 seconds.

Andy Welter turned back numerous challenges to win a very exciting 30-lap Area Sportsman feature.

Welter was pressured from all sides on the final lap as Steven Sauer, Ken Schraufnagel, and Kyle Chwala were all closing in. Chwala made a charge on the outside around Schraufnagel in turn one and then dove inside of Sauer in turn two to mount a serious challenge to Welter for the lead. Welter held his ground however, through turns three and four as he drove to the victory over Chwala and Sauer. Schraufnagel finished in fourth while Adam Cartwright finished a strong fifth.

Area Sportsman heat race wins were collected by Andy Welter and Ken Schraufnagel while Kyle Chwala set fast time at 13.253 seconds.

Carl Benn drove to a dominating win in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature taking the checkered flag by over a half lap ahead of Heather Stark and Steve Dickson. Paul Reagles and Jacob Schraufnagel rounded out the top five.

The Slinger Bee semi-feature was won by Rick Schaefer over Tristan Dorzok and Nicole Mueller while Slinger Bee heat races were won by Dale Kiley-Schaefer, Steve Zoromski, and Nick Schmidt. Jacob Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.875 seconds.

Jim Schmittinger won the Spectator Eliminator events with his Hemi powered Jeep and then accepted the bonus challenge to face Al Roberts and his pick-up truck. Roberts won the challenge and the bonus money will roll over for another week as Schmittinger developed a brake fire on his Jeep.

Ryan Lovald closed out the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 event over Shane Becker and Joe Mueller.

Rain Brings An Early End To Slinger Speedway Action

June 2nd, 2014

Slinger, Wis., June 1—Sudden rain showers brought an early and abrupt end to Round One of the Pepsi Challenge at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night just after a majority of the heat races were completed. Not enough of the event was complete so all competitors will be awarded 25 show up points. Rides for kids in race cars will be rescheduled.

Dennis Prunty captured the victory in the super late model fast heat race, besting Mike Egan at the stripe while Tim Lampmann took the checkered flag in third. Austin Luedtke and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top five finsihers. Conrad Morgan held off Brad Mueller to take top honors in the second super late model heat race while John DeAngelis, Rob Braun, and Travis Dassow were third through fifth respectively. Casey Johnson drove Chris Ratajczyk’s car to the win in the final super late model heat event ahead of Braison Bennett and Fred Winn. Chris Blawat and Curt Tillman completed the top five. Steve Apel was the super late model fastest qualifier after touring the track in 11.339 seconds.

Jack Stern was the winner of the opening Midwest Sportsman heat race, finishing ahead of Dennis Eichhorst and Cody Erdmann. Scott Shambeau finished fourth and Nick Egan was fifth. Brad Keith claimed the top prize in the second Midwest Sportsman heat event over Brian Holtz and Jay Shambeau. Ryan Gutknecht and Kenny Joosten followed in fourth and fifth. Eric Lingford set fast time for the Midwest Sportsman division with a lap of 12.898 seconds.
Alex Prunty was the fastest late model qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.605 seconds.

Jared Deming celebrated his 15th birthday with his first career win as he scored the victory in the opening Slinger Bee heat race over Nicole Mueller and Jayden Buckley. Steve Zoromski and Thomas Dieringer finished fourth and fifth respectively. The second Slinger Bees heat race was won by Brandon Berens over Kevin Bush and Matt Urban. Triston Dorzok and Isaac Daniel finished in fourth and fifth. The rains began to fall during the final Slinger Bee heat race and the deteriorating track conditions forced officials to cancel the remaining races. Jacob Schraufnagel blistered the speedway in 14.882 seconds to become the fastest Slinger Bees qualifier.

Story by Dan Margetta

Apel nets First Feature Win in EH Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Weekend 75

May 26th, 2014

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.

Lowell Bennett back in victory lane

May 19th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., May 18—It had been a long time coming, since August of 2011 to be exact, but Lowell Bennett found his way back to victory lane at the Slinger Super Speedway in exciting fashion, edging Steve Apel to win the Alan Kulwicki Memorial 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night.

“That was a close one and I about had my tongue hanging out those last ten laps,” a jubilant Bennett stated afterwards, “but I’m sure he (Apel) was the same way too, it was just balls out racing.”

“Lowell Bennett always gives me a lane to race and we put on a show for the fans,” Apel said after coming up just a few feet short of the victory, “As soon as he moved to the outside I was pretty sure I could get to the bottom and get by but the car got a little too tight there at the end. I probably should have pushed a little harder, live and learn I guess.”

Rich Loch paced the opening laps while racing hard with fellow front row starter Austin Luedtke while Dennis Prunty, Lowell Bennett, and Steve Apel battled close behind. Loch and Prunty used the inside lane to ease their way around Luedtke by lap five just before the first caution flag waved when Braison Bennett’s car got loose off turn four and collected Dave McCardle’s machine in the process, sending both cars into the frontstretch wall. The car of Dale Prunty was also swept up in the incident as Loch led Dennis Prunty, Luedtke, and Apel for the restart. Loch maintained the lead as racing resumed while Prunty began to fade dramatically on the outside, losing several positions before coming to a stop in turn four with a flat tire on lap seven and drawing another caution flag.  Loch once again held the point for the restart with Luedtke alongside in second while Bennett and Travis Dassow advanced into third and fourth as Apel was forced to back off to avoid Prunty’s ailing car. As the green flag waved, Loch and Luedtke staged another intense battle for the lead as they leaned on one another through the corners before Loch was able to again prevail from the inside groove. Bennett and Apel were also able to use the low line to race their way around Luedtke and into second and third respectively. The caution flag waved for a third time on lap ten when the car of Robert Maynor experienced a mechanical issue and glanced off the wall in turn two. Loch again chose the inside lane for the restart while Bennett took to the top groove and he used a strong run to the green flag to pull even with Loch as they entered turn one. The two stayed side by side through turn two and down the backstretch before slight door contact between them entering turn three allowed Bennett to squirt ahead and into the lead. Apel also used a strong outside lane run to overtake Loch for second a short time later while Luedtke held down the fourth spot just ahead of Mike Egan, Travis Dassow, and Michael Bilderback. All eyes were on the leaders over the final 40 laps as Apel continuously applied the pressure to Bennett, ducking to the inside numerous times as with each look Bennett used a strong outside run off the corners to turn back the challenges. On the final lap, Apel closed to Bennett’s back bumper and ran him hard into turn one but his inside look in turn two fell just short as Bennett powered off the corner with the lead. Apel used another run off turn four to move alongside as Bennett swung wide but Bennett was able to win the drag race to the checkered flag by less than a car length. Rich Loch finished third while Austin Luedtke and Conrad Morgan rounded out the top five. Mike Egan and John DeAngelis Jr. were sixth and seventh while Michael Bilderback, Rob Braun, and Travis Dassow completed the top ten finishers.

Dan Jung won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Dave McCardle and Braison Bennett. Dale Prunty and Tim Lampman completed the top five finishers.  Super late model heat race wins were picked up by Braison Bennett, Chris Blawat, and Austin Luedtke. Michael Bilderback was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap in 11.332 seconds.

Wayne Freimund was the winner of the late model feature that ended prematurely at the halfway point due to a red flag situation for a severe crash that involved several of the front running cars.

Tyler Schley and Ricky Heinan contested the lead in the opening laps with Wayne Freimund, Ryan Miles, Dan Church, Alex Prunty, and Al Stippich racing for positions behind them. The caution flag waved on lap six when Tim Lange’s car got out of shape on the backstretch after some hard racing with Mike Held. Before Lange could correct the car, Kevin Knuese and Jake Vanoskey were collected in the incident. Schley and Freimund battled for the lead as racing resumed before Freimund was able to take the top spot from the outside on lap 11, just before the caution waved again on lap 13 as Schley looped around in turn four and Ricky Heinan found the wall in the scramble to avoid the incident. That left Freimund and Church lined up in the front row as the green flag reappeared and Freimund used the lower lane to maintain the lead while Miles also used the inside to take over second, dropping Church into a race for third with Stippich. The race came to an abrupt halt on lap 20 when Stippich experienced mechanical problems while racing with Church and the ensuing fluid on the track sent both Stippich and Church into the turn one wall. With nowhere to go and no control due to the oil on the racing surface, Alex Prunty also tagged the first turn wall and finally all three cars were slammed hard by the spinning car of Jerry Mueller. The incident brought out the red flag and due to time limit constraints the event was concluded with all cars not responsible for the fluid on the track being awarded their positions at the last completed lap. Freimund was declared the winner followed by Miles in second place ahead of Church, Jack Stern, and Alex Prunty. Jerry Mueller finished sixth and was taken to a local hospital for observation following the incident from which he was later released.

Late Model heat race wins were captured by Jake Vanoskey and Steven Schulz while Dan Church was the fastest qualifier at 12.535 seconds.

Mark Deporter was declared the winner of the Area Sportsman feature that also ended a lap early after a caution flag on the green-white-checkered restart.

Adam Peschek led the first seven laps before Brad Hetzel took over the top spot which he held until Deporter began to challenge him by lap 16. Deporter and Hetzel traded the lead with Deporter leading lap 17 before Hetzel retook the point a lap later. Hetzel held the lead for another six laps before Deporter was finally able to charge by on lap 25. A spin on the final lap, lined up the cars for a green-white-checkered finish with Deporter leading over Hetzel, Bill Prietzel, and Kyle Chwala. As racing resumed however, another caution flag brought the race to a conclusion with the order reverted to the last completed lap. Deporter was named the winner with Hetzel second ahead of Prietzel, Chwala, and John Daley. Following the event, Hetzel and Daley’s cars failed post race technical inspection.

Jason Dummer and Kyle Chwala each won Area Sportsman heat races while Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.151 seconds.

Steve Dickson was the winner of the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Brandon Tackes and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Nick Schmidt finished fourth and Heather Stark was fifth. Jayden Buckley won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Bill Ostovich Jr. and Isaac Daniel. Bill Ostovich Jr., Steve Zoromski, and Nick Schmidt all won Slinger Bee heat races and Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.712 seconds.

Russ Lorbiecki was the winner of the rollover contest and Ed Christ won the Spectator Eliminator races with his Mustang. Ron Schmitt was the winner of the Figure 8 race.


22nd Annual Kulwicki Memorial up next for Super Lates

May 13th, 2014

(Slinger, WI)  Sunday night the Slinger Super Speedway plays host to the 22nd annual running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial.  The event honors the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion and former Slinger Super Speedway track champion who perished in a plane crash in 1993.

Matt Kenseth, who would later capture his own NASCAR championship, scored the first Kulwicki Memorial in 1993.  Last year James Swan, sporting the same #97 that Kulwicki made famous while racing at Slinger Speedway, drove to a spirited win over Rob Braun.

The super late models will be joined on Sunday night by a full program for the late models, area sportsman, Slinger bee’s and figure 8’s.  In addition, the first of two scheduled roll-over contests for the season will take place.

Before the racing action begins 50,000 pennies will be up grabs to kids 11 and under.  The penny grab is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Gates open Sunday night at 4:30 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5:00.  Opening ceremonies go off at 6:30 with racing to follow.

Fans can save money by purchasing their admission tickets in advance at B&S Liquor (Hwy 83 Hartford); Pioneer Plaza (Hwy 41 Richfield); Schaefer’s BP (Hwy 60 Slinger); or Chill-n-Fill (downtown Slinger).

Slinger Speedway is located off of Hwy 41 and Highway 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

22nd Annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial

22nd Annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial

Ageless Conrad Morgan Captures Miller Lite 75

May 5th, 2014

Slinger, Wis., May 4—“The dude is old enough to be my grandpa and he beat me on the racetrack,” was how defending Slinger Speedway track champion Steve Apel summed it up after finishing second to 65-year old Conrad Morgan in the season opening Miller Lite 75-lap super late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Speedway.

“I hope he was thinking that when he was trying to catch me,” quipped Morgan from victory lane after holding off Apel’s charge amidst heavy lapped traffic to capture the win, “And again when he saw the checkered flag and then saw my bumper.”

Morgan started outside of pole-sitter Brad Mueller as the green flag waved and he quickly used the upper groove to edge out an advantage while Austin Luedtke and Apel raced for third ahead of Rob Braun and Travis Dassow. An early caution appeared on lap six for a Tim Lampman spin in turn three and on the restart, Morgan and Mueller chose the inside lane while Luedtke and Apel selected the outside line as the race resumed. Luedtke held tough in the upper groove and he and Morgan traded paint as they contested the top spot before Luedtke was able to edge ahead entering turn three on lap ten to take sole possession of the lead. Behind the lead duo, Apel also used a strong outside run to grab third place from Mueller while Lowell Bennett followed Apel’s line to overtake Dassow for the fifth spot. With the top three racing nose to tail, Bennett continued his outside charge to move around Mueller in fourth as Dassow and Rob Braun closed in. Farther in the pack, the most intense racing was occurring between Al Schill, Rich Loch, Dennis Prunty, and John DeAngelis and while attention was focused there, Morgan slipped by Luedtke on the inside to take the lead on lap 28. Apel also worked the inside on Luedtke and took second place a few laps later as Morgan began to drive away out front. Morgan soon began to catch lapped traffic and he bobbed his way inside and outside of the lapped machines as Apel and Luedtke did the same about ten car lengths behind the leader. As Morgan continued to negotiate the traffic, Apel began to slice into his lead gradually erasing the gap to Morgan’s rear bumper. Behind the leaders, Rob Braun advanced his way into the fourth spot while Dennis Prunty drove his way into fifth, passing Bennett, Dassow, and Mueller along the way. In the waning laps, Morgan’s car began to get loose off the corners and Apel closed to his rear bumper as the white flag was displayed but on the final circuit, Apel was unable to unseat the 65-year old veteran as Morgan held on to take the victory by a car length. Apel had to settle for a close second place result while Austin Luedtke finished a strong third. Rob Braun and Dennis Prunty rounded out the top five finishers while Jeff Holtz was sixth ahead of Brad Mueller in seventh. Travis Dassow, John DeAngelis, and Lowell Bennett completed the top ten.

Chris Blawat won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Tim Lampman as those two drivers advanced to the main event. Dale Prunty finished third while Randy Schuler and Dave McCardle took the checkered flag in fourth and fifth respectively. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Conrad Morgan, Mike Egan, and Braison Bennett. Travis Dassow was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.320 seconds.

Dan Church survived a hard fought battle with a determined Alex Prunty to win the 40-lap late model feature, sliding the checkered flag after contact on the final lap.

Justin Poenitsch and Church led the field to the green flag and Church used the outside lane to grab the early lead while Ryan Miles followed suite from the outside to take over second, leaving Poenitsch to battle Jerry Mueller and Wayne Freimund for third. The caution flag appeared on lap two for a spin by Ricky Heinan in turn three and on the restart, Church chose the inside lane and maintained his lead for a lap before Miles muscled his way to the inside of Church, setting up a side by side battle for the lead. Behind them Poenitsch and Jerry Mueller also raced alongside each other for third and when Poenitsch grabbed the spot, Mueller ran out of room off turn two, brushed the wall and came down the track, collecting Al Stippich and Eric Connell in the process as the caution flag waved. Church and Miles resumed their battle for the lead as racing resumed until Miles slipped and faded a bit on the outside in turn four, allowing Freimund to move into second while Alex Prunty raced forward to challenge Poenitsch in fourth. Poenitsch’s car began to get loose and both Prunty and Mike Held drove by as Freimund held off Miles for second while Church began to extend his lead. Miles began to drift back on the outside and both Prunty and Held raced around him and into third and fourth respectively. Prunty was the driver on the move as he dispatched Freimund a few laps later for second and began to close on Church for the lead when the caution waved again on lap 21 when Poenitsch hit the turn four wall. Church held off Prunty’s challenges as racing resumed through caution periods on lap 27 for an incident between Miles and Held and on lap 31 when Held hit the turn four wall hard. In the final laps, Prunty did everything he could to unseat Church from the lead while Freimund sat close by in third. On the final lap, Prunty muscled his way to the inside of Church off turn two and when Church held the inside lane, the contact between the two turned Prunty’s car into Freimund’s as the top three fought for control on their way to the checkered flag. Church held onto his sliding car to cross the line first for the win over Prunty while Mike Meyerhofer charged into third at the stripe, leaving Freimund to finish fourth ahead of Ryan Zielski in fifth.

Al Stippich and Ryan Zielski were the winners of the late model heat races while fast time was set by Alex Prunty at 12.486 seconds.

Kyle Chwala took the lead early in the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature and drove to the season opening victory.

Adam Peschek and Nick Egan led the field to the green and Egan took the early lead before Kyle Chwala used the outside lane to grab the top spot on lap four. Brad Hetzel raced his way into second place by lap ten. The caution appeared on lap 22 for a minor spin by Egan with Chwala leading over Hetzel and Ken Schraufnagel. Chwala was able to hold off the challenges of Hetzel in the final laps and he raced to the win. Hetzel finished second while Schraufnagel was third. Adam Peschek and Joe Shelby finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Kyle Chwala was the winner of the Area Sportsman heat race and he also set fast time at 13.120 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht won the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature after taking the lead in the closing laps. Mike Borchardt finished in second place but was later failed post race technical inspection and was disqualified. Scott Shambeau crossed the finish line in third place ahead of Jeff Holtz and Jack Stern.

Midwest Sportsman heat races were won by Jay Shambeau and Cody Erdmann. Dave Thomas was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.751 seconds.

Nick Schmidt was the winner of the Slinger Bee 25-lap feature, holding off Jacob Schraufnagel for the win. Brandon Tackes and Marty Tackes finished third and fourth respectively while Dale Kiley-Schaefer finished fifth.

Dave Lembke won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jayden Buckley while heat race wins were recorded by Nick Schmidt, Heather Stark, and Matthew Urban. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.888 seconds.

Ken Jones was the winner of the 15-lap American Super Cup feature over Erle Hoth and Brian Baldyga. Mike Ellis finished fourth and Derek Doerr finished fifth.

American Super Cup heat races were won by Derek Doerr and Erle Hoth while fast time was set by Erle Hoth at 15.261 seconds.

Al Roberts was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races and Rick Bruskiewicz won the Figure 8 race which ended early after a hard collision in the X between Russ Lorbiecki and Tyler Rupp. Rupp was alert and conscious but was transported to a local hospital for further observation.

Brad Mueller Captures Slinger Tundra Series Season Finale

September 9th, 2013

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 8—Brad Mueller charged to the lead following a lap 51 restart and held off a closing Dennis Prunty to win the Tundra Super Late Model Series 75-lap season finale Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“This car was awesome today, “Mueller said from victory lane, “I have to thank my crew as they worked really hard this week.”

“This has been a dream come true, “Mueller continued, “I won my dirt race last night (at Plymouth) and then to win to win at Slinger Speedway on Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Billy Mohn and Dale Prunty brought the field to the green flag and the two swapped paint and the lead as they battled through the opening laps before Prunty was able to edge ahead from the outside. Behind the lead duo, James Swan, Travis Dassow, Paige Decker, and Jeff Holtz raced hard for position. The inside lane was the place to be early and Mohn and Decker found that out as they began to fade from the outside as Swan, Dassow, and Holtz all raced by. Brad Mueller, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, and Austin Luedtke also used the inside to advance forward as Dale Prunty continued to lead over Swan. Swan caught up to Prunty’s rear bumper and began to pressure him for the lead, peeking to the inside off the corners on numerous occasions. Eventually Swan was able to duck to the inside of Prunty off turn four to draw even with him as they raced through turns one and two and then use lapped traffic as a pick entering turn three to take the command of the race. While the leaders battled, Holtz, Mueller, Apel, and Dennis Prunty all were able to close the gap and lined up directly behind the top two. The first caution flag waved on lap 45 when Frank Kreyer spun in turn three while racing with Travis Dassow. Swan maintained the lead on the restart while Holtz used the lane cone to line up alongside as the field completed two laps before the yellow flag appeared again when Matt Pyburn spun into the turn one wall. This time the outside lane wasn’t as kind to Holtz and when racing resumed, Mueller, Apel, and Dennis Prunty all charged by in the lower groove as Swan continued to lead. Holtz continued to fall back in the upper groove as Austin Luedtke and Conrad Morgan went by and when Dale Prunty attempted to find a way around, both he and Holtz spun against the turn three wall, drawing the third caution flag on lap 51. Mueller also chose the outside lane for the restart and he used a strong run off turn four to challenge Swan for the lead, pulling even as they entered turn one. Mueller maintained the momentum through the turn and upon exiting turn two, was able to edge ahead and drop down in front of Swan before they entered turn three to take the lead. Dennis Prunty followed Mueller in the outside lane and as he battled Swan for second, Mueller began to gradually ease away out front. Prunty and Swan raced side by side for several laps with Apel racing directly behind them as Mueller continued to pull away. Prunty was able to finally wrestle second away from Swan and began to close slightly on Mueller for the lead as the laps wound down. However, Mueller’s lead was too much to overcome and he drove under the checkered flag for the victory ahead of Prunty who finished a strong second. Swan crossed the finish line in third while Apel and Luedtke rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

Braison Bennett won the super late model Waterhouse non-qualifiers race over Steve Lichtfeld and Claire Decker while super late model qualifying race wins were recorded by Dalton Zehr and Davey Pennel. Randy Schuler won the super late model Gong Show race over Curt Tillman as they transferred to the main event while Brad Mueller was the winner of the fast dash. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.479 seconds.

Mike Lichtfeld scored his fifth main event win of the season in the 40-lap late model feature while Ryan DeStefano finished second to win the late model track championship.

Al Stippich and Justin Poenitsch led the field to the green flag and Stippich took the early lead as Poenitsch went way wide in turn two, allowing Adam Peschek to move into second. Poenitsch found himself on the outside of a three wide situation with John DeAngelis and Dan Church but all three sorted things out and the race remained under green. While Stippich led over Peschek, Church took to the outside lane to battle DeAngelis for third, taking the spot within a few laps. Church suddenly became the leader of the race when on lap five contact between Peschek and Stippich while racing for the lead, sent Stippich’s car spinning in turn four, relegating both drivers to the rear of the field for the restart. Church led over DeAngelis as racing resumed while Jerry Mueller battled with Ryan Miles over third with Mike Lichtfeld, Ryan DeStefano, and Alex Prunty close behind. Lichtfeld, DeStefano, and Prunty all worked their way forward over the next several laps with Lichtfeld closing on Church for the lead as the race hit the halfway point. Lichtfeld was able to edge Church for the lead at the stripe on lap 23 just before the caution waved for a spin by Tyler Schley. Once out front, Lichtfeld maintained the lead as DeStefano and Prunty advanced to second and third respectively. Lichtfeld drove to his fifth feature victory of the season as DeStefano finished second to claim the track championship. Prunty took the checkered flag in third with Ryan Miles and Dan Church completing the top five.

Ricky Heinan and Dan Church each recorded late model heat race wins and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.620 seconds.

Kody Hubred raced to his sixth feature win of the season in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event while teammate Kyle Chwala finished second and claimed the 2013 track championship. Brad Hetzel took the checkered flag in third while Bill Prietzel challenged for the lead late before having to settle in fourth at the finish. Nick Egan crossed the stripe in fifth.

Ken Schraufnagel won the first Area Sportsman heat race over Joe Shelby and Kody Hubred won the second heat race over Chad Smith. Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier for the division.

Mike Borchardt held off Brad Keith to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature for his first main event victory of the season. Jeff Holtz finished in third place while his brother Brian Holtz finished fourth. Jack Stern rounded out the top five finishers in fifth. Despite encountering problems early in the race, Kenny Joosten completed the event which was enough to claim the track championship for 2013.

Jay Shambeau and Scott Shambeau each recorded Midwest Sportsman heat race victories while Jack Stern was the fastest qualifier.

Steve Dickson returned from a few weeks absence due to an off-track injury and drove to the feature win in the 25-lap Slinger Bees main event. Brandon Tackes finished a close second while Dale Kiley-Schaefer was third. Zachary Clarke and Paul Reagles rounded out the top five finishers. Nick Schmidt was crowned the 2013 track champion.

Nicole Mueller and T.J. Graczkowski were the Slinger Bee heat race winners along with Ally Pennel. Dave Lembke won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Misty Benn and Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier for the division.

Earl Hoth won the American Super Cups 20-lap feature over Brian Baldyga and Ken Jones. Baldyga and Hoth also won their American Super Cup heat races. Al Roberts was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator event and Joe Mueller drove to his sixth Figure 8 feature win of the season. Scott Goetzke was the Figure 8 track champion.

Dennis Prunty best Austin Luedtke in Slinger Labor Day Celebration

September 3rd, 2013

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 1—Proving he is never to be counted out, Dennis Prunty won the 100-lap super late model feature with a thrilling and controversial last lap pass on Austin Luedtke while Steve Apel claimed the 2013 super late model track championship Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Luedtke, who earlier wrestled the lead away from Prunty by running the outside lane, led at the white flag with a firm grip on the inside groove as Prunty set just outside his right quarter panel in the high lane while Apel also remained a factor racing close behind in third. Luedtke cleared Prunty exiting turn two but as the leaders entered turn three, Prunty dove hard into the corner, deep enough to get alongside Luedtke and when the cars touched wheels, Luedtke shot high on the speedway as Prunty drove off turn four for the victory. The impact cost Luedtke as Apel also drove under him to finish second and claim the 2013 Slinger Speedway super late model track championship while Luedtke was forced to settle for third.

“You open the door, I’m coming in,” Prunty told the extremely vocal crowd from victory lane as a mixed crescendo of cheers and cat calls rained down on the speedway. “I saw he stayed high and thought, I’ll drive her in hard,” Prunty continued, “We may have bounced tires but it was all good. I called Chuck Norris this morning and he said ‘do not take second and we’ll deal with the consequences.’”

“I don’t have anything to say but we had that one in the bag,” a disappointed Luedtke stated after sprinting to victory lane to confront Prunty about the finish. “I thought me and Dennis (Prunty) were over our differences and we were going to have a good cordial relationship when we were racing side by side,” Luedtke continued after being denied his first career Slinger super late model feature win, “He gave it back to us on the last lap and let’s just say the feud has started again and we’ll see who comes out on top next time. That finish is something I’ll remember.”

“We did what we had to do to win the championship,” Apel told the enthusiastic crowd from the front stretch after battling hard and leading laps prior to settling into a strong second place finish. “It got pretty rough out there for a while and we’re here to put on a show for the crowd, “Apel continued, “If that wasn’t a show then I don’t know what is.”

Mike Egan drove a strong race in his #44 Tundra Super Late Model Series ride as he advanced through the field to finish fourth while Brad Mueller also raced with the lead pack throughout the event before crossing the finish line in fifth. Conrad Morgan rebounded from an earlier spin down the front straightaway while racing with Luedtke to finish a respectable sixth while Tim Lampman completed one of his best runs of the season in seventh. Lowell Bennett, Jeff Holtz, and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten finishers.

Davey Pennel was the winner of the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Jeff Way and Corey Funk and they along with fourth place finisher Nick Wagner transferred to the main event. Jeff Way, Rich Loch, and Dennis Prunty all claimed super late model heat race wins while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.465 seconds.

Jeff Holtz claimed top honors in the 40-lap late model feature, leading flag to flag and turning back numerous challenges en route to victory.

Holtz quickly raced to the lead at the start as Adam Peschek slotted into second ahead of Ryan Farrell, Jack Stern, and Braison Bennett. Behind them, Ryan DeStefano, Mike Lichtfeld, and Alex Prunty all battled for position as Holtz began to extend his lead. The inside groove was the place to be and Stern began to fade back on the high side as Peschek closed to Holtz’s rear bumper as the leaders approached lapped traffic. Bobby Parker’s machine stalled entering turn three to draw the caution flag on lap 23 with Holtz leading over Peschek, Farrell, and Bennett. As the field accelerated for the restart, Peschek tried to get a strong run from the outer groove and in the process, lost control of his car off turn four, spinning in front of the field as they charged into turn one. The resulting melee damaged the cars of Farrell and Bennett as they along with Peschek retired from the event, leaving Holtz to lead over Lichtfeld, DeStefano, and Prunty. As racing resumed, Holtz remained out front as Lichtfeld and DeStefano settled into second and third despite driving cars that sustained damage in the previous incident. With Holtz continuing to lead, Lichtfeld and DeStefano took to the bottom lane as behind them Prunty and John DeAngelis worked the top lane and began to advance forward. A spin by Brittiny Helmers off turn four produced another caution flag with ten laps to go as Holtz led Lichtfeld, Prunty, and DeStefano. As Holtz chose the inside lane for the restart, Prunty took advantage of the restart cone and chose the outside lane as the others remained in the low groove. Prunty made a bid for the lead on the outside as racing resumed then settled into second behind Holtz as Lichtfeld tried to hold off DeStefano and DeAngelis. Holtz would not be denied over the final laps and he drove to the victory with Prunty following in second. Lichtfeld finished third just ahead of DeStefano and DeAngelis in fourth and fifth respectively.

Justin Poenitsch and Jeff Holtz each scored late model heat race wins and Braison Bennett was the fastest qualifier at 12.489 seconds.

Brad Hetzel led flag to flag to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Mark Fogel and Jason Thoma who charged from the last starting spot to finish third. Kyle Chwala and Kody Hubred were fourth and fifth respectively. Following the event, Fogel’s car failed post-race technical inspection and he was disqualified.

Jason Thoma won the first Area Sportsman heat race over Bill Prietzel and Mark Fogel won the second heat race ahead of Brad Hetzel. Due to earlier rains that delayed the start of the racing program, no Area Sportsman qualifying was completed.

Grant Griesbach scored his first feature victory of the season in the 25-lap Slinger Bees main event as the 11 year old held off defending track champion Nick Schmidt for the victory. Brandon Tackes finished a strong third while Jacob Schraufnagel and Dale Kiley-Schaefer rounded out the top five.

The 15-lap Slinger Bees semi-feature was won by Dave Schmidt over Evan Beattie and Ryan Savage. Carl Benn and Carol Ostovich were fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger Bees heat race wins were recorded by Dave Schmidt, Heather Stark, and Jacob Schraufnagel. Once again due to earlier rain showers, no Slinger Bees qualifying was conducted.
Willy Van Camp closed out the evening with a win in the Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Shane Becker.

Prunty Scores First Win of the Season in Pomp’s Tire 60

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

Prunty vs Prunty Battle Goes To Dale In The Harley Bike Night At Slinger

July 29th, 2013

Slinger, WI – Dale Prunty got the jump on his brother Dennis Prunty on a restart with just four laps remaining to steal the victory on Harley Nike Night at the Slinger Super Speedway. Although the Prunty brothers were running strong all race long, they capitalized when race leader Steve Apel suddenly slowed to a stop in turn four causing the yellow flag to come out with just those four laps remaining.

It was Dale Prunty’s first victory in over three years at Slinger.

“Yeah, it’s been about three years,” said Dale Prunty in Victory Lane. “Actually to win those last two were against Dennis too. I love racing with him. I love racing with all the guys here. I know Steve (Apel) pretty much had us covered but the car’s got to make it to the end to win.”

Getting to the end seemed to be hard on a number of drivers on this night.

Brad Keith and James Swan led the field to the green, but that would only last one lap as Nick Wagner would spin in turn two to bring out the first caution of the race. Wagner might have had a little help from Conrad Morgan, but Wagner was extremely loose up until the point of contact. Mike Egan, Corey Funk, and Mike Borchardt each spun to avoid Wagner’s car in the middle of the turn.

On the restart the field stayed two by two for several laps before the caution would fly again on lap 5 for a spin by Tommy Hromadka.

Keith would get the jump on the next restart and bring Lowell Bennett past Swan and into the second spot. However just as the field started to get single file, another yellow would fly on lap 10 when Chris Blawat spun in turn two. Mike Egan and Corey Funk again were there spinning to avoid, and this time Fred Winn joined in on the spinning action.

During this yellow, second place Lowell Bennett pitted due to a flat left front tire and had to restart at the tail end of the field.

Steve Apel was the first car to jump to the outside when the cone came out and restarted the race alongside Brad Keith. Apel took off like he was shot out of a cannon and grabbed the lead coming off of turn two. Apel immediately stretched out his lead over Keith by several car lengths. Keith had his mirrors full of Dennis Prunty, with Dale following close behind.

Dennis Prunty got to the inside of Keith for the second spot on lap 16 and opened up the door for brother dale to follow into the third spot. The Pruntys then set sail for Apel and slowly began to reel him back in.

Apel’s lead would evaporate on lap 23 when Fred Winn spun in turn two to bring out yet another caution. This bunched the field, and set the stage for another battle between Apel and Dennis Prunty, when Dennis chose the outside when the cone came out.

The first attempt at a restart was aborted when the field failed to stay aligned coming to the green.

The second attempt saw Apel show his strength yet again by powering his way past Prunty and into the lead. Dennis quickly ducked in behind Apel, and Dale followed in Dennis’ tire tracks. Apel began to stretch out his lead again to 3-4 car lengths until he ran into lapped traffic on lap 41.

The Prunty’s got back close to Apel one they caught the traffic, but Apel was able to negotiate the traffic a tad bit better and opened up his lead once again. In fact, once Apel cleared the lapped cars it appeared he would be well on his way to yet another victory.

However the electrical gremlins that have plagued Apel all season long reared its ugly head once again as Apel suddenly slowed coming off of turn four on lap 55. Apel lost power and coasted to a stop in turn four setting up a four lap shootout for the win.

During the yellow there was a constant flame visible emanating from under Dennis Prunty’s car by the tailpipe. Even under the slower speeds of the caution, the flames wouldn’t extinguish themselves.

As the cars lined up for the restart it would once again be Prunty vs Prunty with Dennis on the inside and Dale on the outside at the drop of the green flag. When the green flag flew the Prunty’s raced side by side for two laps before Dale would slide past Dennis on the outside of turn two and clear his brother for the lead. Two more circuits around and Dale would pick up his first feature win in over three years.

“Tonight I was the car on top and I love the outside of this place,” said Dale Prunty. “When Dennis chose the bottom I knew I could beat him coming off of four. Me and Dennis race real good together so we kind of know where we both pick up the gas. We’ve played this game in practice and everything else so I knew I could get him, I just didn’t know if I could do it for three laps.”

The ironic thing is that Dennis was driving the car the Dale last won a feature in. However, Dennis wasn’t taking it all that well afterwards.

“We’re not happy about this at all,” said Dennis Prunty. “We made some dumb adjustments, things that Dale told me to do because it was his old car. He did that on purpose so I am really irritated right now. The car was loose all night and I thought that I couldn’t go to the outside if I am loose and sure enough I got tight.”

All Steve Apel would say about his misfortune was that the car simply shut off.

Ryan Farrell picked up his first ever career victory in a late model when he held off Greg Pawelski after a five lap dash to the checkers. The yellow was caused when Mike Lichtfeld got loose off of turn two and slid up into points leader Alex Prunty, who made hard contact with the backstretch wall before the pair slid to a stop in turn three.

Farrell would get the jump on Pawelski on the subsequent restart and inch away to the checkers for his first career victory.

Jack Stern picked up the win in the Midwest Sportsman feature holding off Ryan Gutknecht for the win. Stern might have felt the heat from Gutknecht chasing him, but not the same kind of heat that Gutknecht felt earlier in the race. Gutknecht pulled towards the infield during a caution when there was a fire underneath his car. The safety crew quickly extinguished the fire and Gutknecht was able to continue.

Kyle Chwala came from deep in the field to score the win in the Area Sportsman feature despite a strong run by Joe Shelby. Shelby would lead the first nineteen laps of the feature after taking the lead form his front row starting spot, but Chwala moved up from his seventh starting spot and methodically picked off the competition in front of him.

Steve Dickson scored the win in the Slinger Bees, while behind him the battle for second between Nick Schmidt and Dale Kiley Schaefer was almost too close to call. Schmidt beat Schaefer to the line by a mere .007 seconds to claim the runner up spot.

Russ Lorbiecki was declared the winner of the Figure 8 feature when the caution came out midway through the race for a crash by Ron Schmitt and the subsequent rain shower that made the track too slick to continue.

Braun Nets Second Victory Pepsi Challenge Series Round 2

July 15th, 2013

Slinger, Wis., July 14—Rob Braun drove to his second super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 60-lap Round Two of the Pepsi Challenge Series.

Braun charged into the lead from outside the front row at the drop of the green while polesitter Nick Wagner slotted into second ahead of Fred Winn, Lowell Bennett, and Dalton Zehr. The field quickly fell under the caution flag on lap three when Nick Ostberg spun off turn four. Braun edged ahead on the restart as Mike Egan swept into second after choosing the outside lane on the restart, leaving Wagner to settle into third. Behind the top three, Bennett and Winn raced side by side in a tussle over fourth with Zehr, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel close behind. With the leaders beginning to draw away slightly, Bennett finally broke through on the top lane and passed Winn for the position, bringing Prunty along with him and into fifth. Apel and Zehr also worked their way around Winn as well while Braun continued to show the way over Egan and Wagner. Further back, Dale Prunty and Dan Jung leaned on each other heavily for the seventh spot, exchanging door dings in the process which led to the caution flag waving on lap 27 when Jung’s car spun around off turn four and came to rest against the frontstretch wall as the result of a cut tire.

Braun once again held off Egan on the restart as racing resumed for one lap before Wagner’s car slowed suddenly off turn two from third causing Dennis Prunty, Apel, and Dale Prunty to all pile into each other accordion-style on the backstretch to draw the yellow flag once again. Dale Prunty and Apel had to leave the speedway for repairs as Dennis Prunty continued while the field formed for the restart with Braun leading over Egan, Bennett, Dennis Prunty, and Zehr. This time, Braun chose the outside lane and it nearly cost him as Egan got a good jump and led two laps briefly at the stripe for Braun was able to power by for the lead off the top lane. Bennett used the low groove keep third place away from Prunty, who was unable to gain ground on the high side. Prunty aggressively dropped to the inside in front of Zehr off turn four, receiving a slight clip in the rear bumper cover from Zehr which drew a hand out the side window from Prunty’s car at the flagstand. When the cars entered turn one, a harder tap from Zehr sent Prunty’s car spinning around, producing another caution flag on lap 35 and sending both driver’s to the rear of the field.

The race went back to green conditions with Braun leading over Egan, Lowell Bennett, Winn, and Braison Bennett who worked his way to fifth after converting his late model to run with the super late model class and starting at the rear of the field. The final caution of the event waved on lap 36 when Dennis Prunty’s car came to a halt in turns three and four and the field once again lined up for a restart. Braun executed a good restart and charged into the lead from the inside as Lowell Bennett also worked the inside lane to take second from Egan. Egan’s car wouldn’t hold on the outside and Fred Winn moved up to challenge him for third while Bennett tried to track down Braun for the lead. Winn took the third spot from Egan and Michael Bilderback also raced by Egan to take fourth as Braison Bennett began to fade back with power steering issues. Bennett was unable to close on Braun over the final laps and Braun drove under the checkered flags to capture his second super late model feature victory of the season. Lowell Bennett finished in second while Fred Winn turned in one of his strongest performances in recent memory by crossing the finish line in third place. Michael Bilderback and Mike Egan rounded out the top five while Nick Wagner and Dave McCardle were sixth and seventh respectively. Dalton Zehr finished eighth while Braison Bennett was ninth ahead of Mike Graczkowski in tenth.

Dave McCardle won the first super late model heat race over Michael Bilderback and Nick Wagner while Lowell Bennett edged Fred Winn and Dennis Prunty to win the second super late model heat. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 11.521 seconds.

Braison Bennett won the 40-lap late model feature after battling for the top spot with Jerry Mueller.

Mueller paced the first ten laps before Bennett powered by on the outside to lead lap eleven. However, Mueller regained the lead the following lap and he and Bennett battled until lap 19 when Bennett was able to work his way around for good. Once out front, Bennett was never headed and he drove to a comfortable win while Mueller held off Ryan DeStefano for second, leaving DeStefano to settle for third. Mike Lichtfeld advanced his way from deep in the field to finish fourth while Adam Peschek completed the top five finishers.

Justin Poenitsch captured the victory in the first late model heat race over Al Stippich and Jerry Mueller while Braison Bennett was the winner of the second late model heat over Adam Peschek and Mike Lichtfeld. Alex Prunty circled the speedway in 12.735 seconds to claim fast time honors for the late model division.

Kody Hubred held off his teammate Kyle Chwala to nail down the win in the Area Sporstman 35-lap main event.

Michael Gilomen made the long trip from Minnesota to compete at the Slinger high banks and he paced the opening laps of the feature before Hubred was able to race by to take command on lap 16. Kyle Chwala worked his way into second place shortly thereafter and began to pressure Hubred for the lead before the caution flag appeared on lap 23 as numerous cars spun on the frontstretch. Hubred was up to the task as racing resumed and he held off all challenges from Chwala to score the victory. Chwala finished in second place while Mark Fogel charged forward late to finish third. Rick Coppernoll and John Daley rounded out the top five.

Michael Gilomen was the winner of the Area Sportsman heat race, edging Rick Coppernoll and Tyler Schley for the victory. Mark Fogel and Joe Shelby were fourth and fifth respectively. Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.330 seconds.

Kenny Joosten passed Ryan Gutknecht for the lead on lap 23 and drove to victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event.

Jimmie Evans and Scott Shambeau paced the field to the green flag but at the completion of lap one, contact between the two sent Evans spinning off turn four to draw a caution flag and send both the rear of the field. The incident place Brian Holtz and Ryan Gutknecht on the front row for the restart and at the drop of the green flag Gutknecht raced into the lead. Joosten advanced his way forward as the laps clicked off and by the midway point, was in second place. Joosten then raced into the lead on lap 16 with an inside lane pass on Gutknecht after battling side by side for several laps. Joosten drove the final laps flawlessly and scored the win over Gutknecht while Jay Shambeau raced to a strong third place finish. Brian Holtz and Jack Stern rounded out the top five.

Jimmy Wilson took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman heat race, taking the checkered flag ahead of Chris Storey and Cody Erdmann. Jimmie Evans and Scott Shambeau were fourth and fifth respectively. Jay Shambeau was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.965 seconds.

Brandon Tackes held off Steve Dickson to win the 35-lap Slinger Bees feature event. Nick Schmidt finished third followed by Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Grant Griesbach. The event was stopped under a red flag on lap four when Nicole Mueller hit the turn four wall. Mueller was assisted from her car by the safety crew and walked to the ambulance for further evaluation. Earlier in the evening, Nicole Mueller won an exciting heat race over Jacob Thomas while Rick Schaefer won the second Slinger Bee heat race over Brandon Tackes. Steve Dickson set fast time for the Slinger Bees after touring the speedway in 15.112 seconds.

Al Roberts was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator race and Ron Schmitt scored the victory in the Figure 8 race. At the intermission, Kari Finco was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway for the second consecutive year.

Apel Makes 4th Trip to Victory Lane in Keith’s Marina 75

July 1st, 2013

Slinger, Wis., June 30—Steve Apel drove to his fourth super late model feature victory of the season by outdueling defending track champion Dennis Prunty in the Keith’s Marina 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.           

Apel took the lead near the halfway mark after Prunty chose the outside lane on a restart and never looked back.            

“It looked like his (Prunty) car was bottoming out in the middle of turns three and four and looked a little tight,” Apel stated from victory lane as he described the winning pass. “I wasn’t too surprised and I figured he would be tough to pass on the inside,” Apel continued when asked about Prunty’s outside lane choice, “On the start he kind of laid back and all of a sudden he went by me and I was like ‘Holy Cow’ and we put on a great show for the fans.”           

“We were bottoming out bad, “Prunty said after his runner-up finish, “I knew if I was on the inside, I would have bounced right into him and I don’t need to cause any controversy.”           

Michael Bilderback and Dave McCardle swapped the lead in the opening laps before Bilderback eased out front from the inner groove, bringing Conrad Morgan and Dennis Prunty along with him into second and third respectively. McCardle began to fade on the outside and contact between himself and Casey Johnson off turn four twitched both cars loose and gridlocked Nick Wagner and Fred Winn behind them. As McCardle and Johnson righted their cars, Wagner’s and Winn’s machines locked together in turn two to bring out the caution on lap eight. Morgan chose the outside lane for the restart and held his ground with Bilderback for several laps at the front of the field while Dale Prunty and Steve Apel joined the top five. Morgan’s persistence in the top lane paid off as he cleared Bilderback for the lead and Dennis Prunty followed with a similar move to gain second a few circuits later. Morgan ducked to the bottom lane with the lead but Prunty remained on the outside and drew even for the top spot while Apel also worked the outside, racing directly in Prunty’s tire tracks. Prunty completed the pass on Morgan for the lead just before the caution flag flew for a second time when Rob Braun spun into turn one on lap 18. Prunty again chose the outside lane for the restart and maintained the lead after turning back some serious inside line challenges from Morgan. Apel also worked top lane behind Prunty and after a few laps, swept around Morgan to move into second, just behind the leader, Prunty. Prunty and Apel worked their way through traffic while Michael Bilderback began to challenge Morgan for third. Behind the top five, Casey Johnson, James Swan and Dave McCardle battled over sixth and Johnson took the position when Swan and McCardle briefly touched in turn three, twitching McCardle’s car out of shape. Before McCardle could gather the car in, Swan’s right front ramped over McCardle’s left rear tire and the two cars came to a halt on the frontstretch to draw the caution flag on lap 33. Prunty chose the outside for the restart and was able to get a sweeping run to the green flag to briefly lead into the first turn with Apel right next to him on the inside. Prunty and Apel raced side by side down the back straight and into turn three but when Prunty’s car bottomed out it slid wide off turn four and Apel charged into the lead. Once out front, Apel pulled away to a comfortable lead over Prunty while behind them Michael Bilderback and Casey Johnson staged an intense battle for third. Apel charged to his fourth win of the season while Prunty finished second as Bilderback barely held off Johnson for third. Dale Prunty finished in fifth place.           

Mike Egan won the 20-lap super late model semi-feature over Jerry Eckhardt and Brad Dahmer. Race McComb and Corey Funk rounded out the top five. Super late model heat race wins went to Mike Egan, Jeff Holtz, and Dennis Prunty while Steve Apel blistered the speedway in 11.373 seconds to nail down fast time honors.           

Braison Bennett used the high groove to win the eventful 40-lap late model feature that was slowed four times by caution flags.  Bennett passed both Alex Prunty and Ryan DeStefano from the outside lane and drove to his first feature victory of the season. Mike Lichtfeld also utilized the high lane as he sliced his way through the field to finish second while DeStefano held off Prunty for third in a door grinding finish. Justin Poenitsch took the checkered flag in fifth.  Steven Schulz and Adam Peschek each scored wins in late model heat races while Ryan DeStefano was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.614 seconds.           

Jack Stern captured the victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event, holding off Ryan Gutknecht and Brian Holtz at the finish. Brad Keith and Chris Storey rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Cody Erdman scored his first career sportsman race win in the first Midwest Sportsman heat race while Jack Stern won the second heat race. Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier at 12.941 seconds.           

Chris Beine took the checkered flag first in the Area Sportsman 30-lap feature over Brad Hetzel and Kyle Chwala. Adam Bleskan was fourth and Joe De Cubellis was fifth. Following the event Beine’s car failed post race technical inspection and he was disqualified. Area Sportsman heat race victories were recorded by Adam Bleskan and Ken Schraufnagel and Kyle Chwala set fast time after lapping the speedway in 13.341 seconds. Nick Schmidt drove to the victory in the Slinger Bee feature event, taking the checkered flag in front of a fast-closing Grant Griesbach. Dale Kiley-Schaefer finished a strong third after leading early while Brandon Tackes and Marty Tackes rounded out the top five finishers. Dale Kiley-Schaefer won the first Slinger Bee heat race and Marty Tackes was the winner of the second Slinger Bee heat. Nick Schmidt was the fastest qualifier at 15.203 seconds.           

Al Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator event in his pick-up truck and Joe Mueller closed the evening with a win in the Figure 8 event.

By Dan Margetta

Apel Nets Third Feature Win of the Season in YP.com 60

June 24th, 2013

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

Swan Notches Third Win of the Season in PMF Landscape Supply 60

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.

Two In A Row For Apel on Throwback Night 60

June 10th, 2013

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

Apel Wins Round One of Pepsi Challenge Series

June 3rd, 2013

Slinger, Wis., June 2—Steve Apel took the lead on lap 18 of the 60-lap Pepsi Challenge Series Round One super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and turned back a late charge from James Swan to score his first main event victory of the season.

“I just didn’t want to hit the wall coming off turn four, that was the biggest thing, “Apel said from victory lane describing the battle with Swan over the final laps, “I knew I had a car that could win and it was just a matter of hitting my marks and not making mistakes.”

“I was going to try and scratch his (Apel’s) rear bumper again, “ Swan told the crowd following his runner-up finish in which he had one final chance to wrestle the lead away from Apel, “I just got loose on that last lap and lifted a little too late and was out too far and got into the marbles. I held onto to it though and that was an awesome finish.”

Fred Winn and Chris Blawat brought the field to the green flag and Blawat raced to the early lead from the outside line as Winn battled with Travis Dassow for second, just ahead of Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, and James Swan. Rob Braun, who scored his first career win a week ago, experienced a mechanical issue on lap three and as he slowed, the field gridlocked behind him, resulting in spins by Curt Tillman and Mike Graczkowski in turn four to draw a caution flag. Blawat held the lead for the restart while Dassow chose the outside groove at the cone and as racing resumed, Blawat remained out front while Dassow’s outside move proved costly as Prunty and Apel passed by on the inside. Prunty tracked down Blawat for the lead on lap 11 and Apel also worked his way around Blawat for second place a lap later. Prunty eased out to about a ten car length lead over Apel by lap 15 as further behind them, James Swan advanced to challenge the top five runners. Prunty’s night came to an abrupt end just three laps later when reported transmission problems forced him to retire to the infield while leading, handing the lead over to Apel who enjoyed a comfortable margin over Dassow, Blawat, and Swan. Swan continued his charge toward the front, working his way by Dassow for second place by lap 25 while Conrad Morgan joined the leaders by moving into fourth place ahead of Blawat and Fred Winn as they raced side by side over fifth. Blawat and Winn staged their door to door battle for several laps before both cars spun entering turn one on lap 38 to produce the second caution flag of the event with Apel’s sizeable lead over Swan erased. Swan chose to start outside of Apel for the restart by way of the cone and as the green flag waved, Apel was able to pull ahead from the inside lane. Swan maintained second place as Morgan advanced into third ahead of Dassow while behind them Lowell Bennett and Michael Bilderback scrapped for fifth place. Bilderback eventually claimed the fifth spot after a heated battle with Bennett while up front, Swan began to gradually close in on Apel for the lead. In the closing laps, Swan was able to reach Apel’s rear bumper but Apel proved to be too strong as he negated any challenges Swan was able to muster for the lead. On the final circuit, Swan made a charge into turn one, but when his car washed loose a bit in turn two, Apel was home free and he charged to the checkered flag for his first feature win of the season. Swan settled for second place at the stripe with Morgan coming home with a solid third place finish. Bilderback was able to edge Dassow to gain fourth place on the final lap, leaving Dassow to finish fifth. Lowell Bennett finished sixth ahead of Jeff Holtz and Dave McCardle in seventh and eighth place respectively. Mike Graczkowski and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten finishers.

Curt Tillman was declared the winner of the 20-lap super late model semi-feature after his front stretch spin while racing toward the checkered flag off the nose of Mike Egan was judged to be intentional by track officials. As a rule, the race was reverted to the last completed lap with the car involved in the incident placed at the rear of the field which resulted in Tillman being declared the winner over Tommy Hromadka and Jake Vanoskey. Super late model heat race wins were picked up by Mike Egan, Jeff Holtz, and Dennis Prunty while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.498 seconds.

The late model team cars of Dan Church and Ryan Farrell nearly never made it to the race track after problems with the hauler on the way to the speedway threatened to prevent them from competing. The team arrived late to the speedway and in a strange twist of fate, Church and Farrell found themselves racing for the win in the 40-lap late model main event, with Church collecting the checkered flag for his first late model feature victory.

It was Farrell who jumped out to a commanding lead early on and he seemed poised to cruise to victory as his advantage grew while those behind him all raced hard for position. Church eventually broke from the pack and began to track Farrell down for the lead as the laps began to click away. On the final lap, Church caught Farrell and made a bid for the lead on the high side entering turn three. As they raced alongside each other, Farrell’s car broke loose from the inside and he looped his car around off turn four as Church raced to the stripe to collect the victory. With Farrell’s car sitting in the infield, Braison Bennett claimed second place following a spirited battle with Alex Prunty who finished third. Ryan DeStefano and Mike Lichtfeld rounded out the top five.

Steve Schulz and Mike Lichtfeld each took top honors in the two late model heat races while Dan Church set fast time with a lap of 12.497 seconds.

Kody Hubred drove to a convincing win in the Area Sportsman feature, dominating the event en route to victory. Kyle Chwala’s crew repaired his car following a hard heat race crash and he completed the feature with a strong second place performance while Jim Tate Jr. finished a close third. Joe Shelby crossed the finish line in fourth place while Nick Egan rounded out the top five.

Kody Hubred also won the Area Sportsman heat race over Jim Tate Jr. and Joe Shelby and fast qualifier honors went to Jim Tate Jr. with a lap of 13.111 seconds.

Steve Dickson won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature after charging to the lead just past the halfway mark. Nick Schmidt finished a strong second while Ricky Heinan took the checkered flag in third place. Marty Tackes and Zachary Clark rounded out the top five finishers.

Dale Kiley-Schaefer won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Allen Maher and Nicole Mueller. Zane Schmeling and Kevin Bush were fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Jacob Thomas, Dale Kiley-Schaefer, and Marty Tackes while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 14.913 seconds.

Al Roberts drove his pick-up truck to the win in the Spectator Eliminator events and Scott Goetzke held off Willie Van Camp to win the 10-lap Figure 8 race.

Braun Captures First Career Win In E.H. Wolf Fireworks 75

May 27th, 2013
Slinger, Wisconsin (May 26, 2013)—After  years of trying, Rob Braun scored his first career super late model feature win  Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway capturing the E.H. Wolf Memorial Day  Fireworks 75. Defending track champion  Dennis Prunty took the runner-up spot over Casey Johnson. The win, however, did not come  without controversy.
Jeff Holtz and Johnson started  from the front row and at the drop of the green raced side-by-side for the first  nine laps. While the duo sorted out the  front position, Brad Mueller, Conrad Morgan and Lowell Bennett lined up nose to  tail behind the leaders. Mueller got  Holtz hung out in the outside lane, advancing to the second spot while Braun had  quickly advanced to the fourth position. On lap 22, Braun drove to the outside of Holtz to take third and under  Mueller on lap 31 for second, setting his sights on Johnson.
At the half-way mark Braun had  worked past Johnson for the top spot.
On lap 50, Johnson, who was  under the assault of Mueller, surrendered the second spot to the three-time  Slinger champion. However, ahead of him  Braun had opened up a half-straightaway lead. Conrad Morgan’s spin in turn two, on lap 53, brought out the event’s  first caution, eliminating Braun’s massive lead.
Brad Mueller lined up on the  outside of row one for the restart and got a tremendous jump on Braun. But Mueller’s night quickly came to a halt  after being deposited to the infield off of Braun’s front bumper as the pair  charged off of turn two. In the incident,  Braun momentarily slowed allowing Johnson and Prunty to get by. Braun gathered his momentum and began to reel  in the leaders. With 15 laps to go Braun  went under Prunty and set his sights on Johnson, who was making his first super  late model feature start at Slinger Speedway. With just four laps to go, Braun made contact with Johnson, sending the  leader up the hill. Johnson didn’t spin  but Braun was able to sneak by and race to the checkers.
“I didn’t want to get into  Casey there,” said Braun, exiting his car to a chorus of boos. “He almost drove me up to the wall twice  before that.”
Dave Feiler and Holtz  completed the top five behind Braun, Prunty and Johnson.
“I’m running my first super  late model race here and I was just trying to hang on,” said Johnson. “Rob’s got all the experience here.”
Dale Prunty captured the super  late model semi-feature over Dave McCardle and Mike Graczkowski. Dale Prunty, Dennis Prunty and Mueller took  heat wins. Steve Apel was the division’s  fast qualifier with a time of 11.451 seconds (78.596 mph).
Mike Lichtfeld scored his  first late model win of the season in their 40-lap main event.
Pole sitter Steven Schulz got  the jump over front row mate Danny Church and paced the field in the early  going. Behind them Adam Peschek and John  DeAngelis race side-by-side while Ryan Farrell and Alex Prunty did the  same. Prunty cracked the top five by  muscling past DeAngelis on lap nine. Behind Schulz, Farrell made a charge past Peschek and moved alongside his  teammate Church in a battle for second.
Alex Prunty and Peschek  brought out the first caution for their part in a lap 16 spin in turn two. Schulz and Farrell thrilled the crowd on the  restart as the pair raced door to door for the lead for six laps before Farrell  took command. Farrell had the race in  hand when he slowed with a mechanical woe on lap 36. His troubles stacked the field behind him,  scattering Schulz, Justin Poenitsch and Braison Bennett. Farrell was forced to retire, handing the lead  to Lichtfeld.
Lichtfeld pulled away over the  final four laps. Jerry Mueller finished  second after starting tenth. Last week’s  feature winner Ryan DeStefano finished third with Brad Dahmer and DeAngelis  completing the top five. Braison Bennett and Lichtfeld  scored late model heat wins. Defending  track champion Alex Prunty was the fast qualifier with a time of 12.510 seconds  (71.942 mph).
After starting seventh, Brad  Keith dove to the inside of leader Kenny Joosten with five laps to go, took the  point, and cruised to the checkers in the Midwest sportsman headliner. Joosten, the division point leader, settled  for second with Eric Lingford, Brian Holtz and Jay Shambeau completing the top  five. Jack Stern and Chris Story  went to victory lane in heat race competition while Dave Thomas was the night’s  fast qualifier with a time of 12.763 seconds (70.516 mph).
Jim Tate, Jr and Doug Bennett  swapped the lead on two occasions, early in the 30 lap area sportsman main  before Tate took control. Tate survived  two restarts and scored the win. Kody  Hubred made a late race pass of Kyle Chwala to claim the runner-up spot. Brad Hetzel finished fourth with Bennett  fifth.
Ken Schraufnagel and Chwala  scored area sportsman heat wins while Tate was the division’s fast qualifier  with a time of 13.044 seconds (68.997 mph). Nick Schmidt captured a heat  win to go along with his triumph in the 25 lap Slinger bee feature. Marty Tackes; Jake Schraufnagel; point leader  Steve Dickson and Brian Hillringhouse chased Schmidt across the stripe.
Dale Kiley-Schaefer took the  Slinger bee semi-feature win over Andrew Gartzke and CJ Corallini. Paul Reagles and Gartzke were also victorious  in heat race action. Brandon Tackes  established a new track qualifying record with a time of 14.680 seconds (61.308  mph).
Joe Mueller took the evening’s  final checkered flag by capturing the Figure-8 feature.
At intermission, the  near-capacity crowd was introduced to Keaton, a Lowell Bennet fan, originally  from Oshkosh, who has terminal cancer. In  a mid-afternoon development, long-time fan Bob Schneider donated a quarter-panel  from Brad Mueller’s first super late model (and a former Robbie Reiser  mount). The item was auctioned off and  raised $3000 for Keaton and his family. Tim Keith of Keith’s Marina was the generous bidder.
Racing action at the Slinger  Super Speedway resumes June 2nd with round 1 of the Pepsi Challenge  Series. Gates Open at 4:00 p.m. with  qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 6:30.

Swan Edges Braun in Alan Kulwicki Memorial

May 20th, 2013

Slinger, Wis., May 19—Driving a car sporting the same #97 that the late Alan Kulwicki raced at the Slinger Super Speedway years ago, James Swan edged Rob Braun in a thrilling finish to the 21st annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial super late model feature Sunday night.

“I think I just got fired,” Swan quipped from victory lane after denying his car owner Braun a first-time victory for the second time this season. “I could see his front tire so I thought I had it,” Swan continued after nipping Braun by a mere .05 seconds to score the win, “I figured I would just hang on and then when he (Braun) got to my door it loosened him up just enough that I got there before he did.” Following the victory, Swan performed Kulwicki’s signature “Polish Victory Lap” and then later paid tribute to the legendary Dick Trickle who passed away just days before the race.

Travis Dassow and Dave McCardle led the field to the green flag and Dassow immediately charged to the lead as the inside groove proved to be fast early on with Jeff Holtz, Rich Loch, and Rob Braun all advancing behind the leader. Dassow continued to lead while Loch and Holtz battled for second just ahead of Braun and Brad Mueller. Loch was able to wrestle second away from Holtz and with Holtz shuffled off the inside line, Braun, Mueller, and James Swan all worked their way past as Dassow maintained his lead. A few circuits later, Braun dispatched Loch for second and began to hunt down Dassow for the lead, closing the gap as the race neared the halfway point. Braun caught Dassow and made his move for the lead, taking command of the event on lap 28 with an outside move. A spin by Michael Bilderback off turn four while racing with Nick Wagner on lap 36 drew the first caution flag of the event with Braun leading over Dassow, Loch, Swan, and Steve Apel who edged Mueller for the spot a few laps earlier. Braun was ready on the restart and he quickly established himself as the leader as racing resumed while Loch, Swan, and Mueller worked their way around Dassow, who dropped into a battle with Apel. The race for position between Dassow and Apel came to an abrupt end on lap 50 when Apel’s car was sent spinning off the nose of Dassow’s machine exiting turn two, necessitating a caution flag with Braun leading over Loch, Swan, and Mueller. Braun once again maintained his lead on the restart as Loch fell back from the outside lane, allowing Swan and Mueller to move into second and third respectively. As the leaders raced toward the final lap, a cut tire on Loch’s car sent him hard into the turn three wall, setting up a green-white-checkered finish between Braun, Swan, and Mueller. Swan chose the outside on the restart and was able to maintain momentum and hold his line alongside Braun. As the leaders took the white flag, Swan entered the corner harder than Braun which gave him a strong run off turn two just enough to edge ahead down the backstretch. As the two entered turn three, Braun battled back and the two made door contact in turn four which loosened up both cars, allowing Mueller to make a charge from third. Braun and Swan maintained control and with a straighter shot toward the finish line, Swan edged Braun for the victory. Mueller finished a close third while Jeff Holtz and Dennis Prunty rounded out the top five.

Jake Vanoskey won the 20-lap super late model semi-feature while Jerry Eckhardt made a last lap final corner charge to barely beat Curt Tillman for second place and the final transfer spot into the main event. Mike Grackozwski and Tommy Hromadka were fourth and fifth respectively. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Curt Tillman, Lowell Bennett, and Jeff Holtz while Conrad Morgan set fast time at 11.550 seconds.

Ryan DeStefano won the 40-lap late model feature over Dan Church in another green-white-checkered finish. DeStefano and Adam Peschek raced side by side for the lead with Church, Alex Prunty, and John DeAngelis all in two by two formation behind them for most of the race until Peschek looped his car while trying to outgun DeStefano into turn three with two laps to go. DeStefano then held off Church for the final two laps to take the victory as Alex Prunty edged John DeAngelis for third. Steven Schulz finished fifth.

Tim Lange and Steven Schulz each scored victories in the late model heat races while Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.635 seconds.

Brad Hetzel raced to the lead just past the halfway point of the Area Sportsman feature and then held off fast closing teammates Kody Hubred and Kyle Chwala for the victory. Tyler Schley and Joe Shelby rounded out the top five finishers. Earlier Schley scored the win in the Area Sportsman heat race and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.356 seconds.

Steve Dickson captured the win in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Marty Tackes and Brandon Tackes while Nick Schmidt and Ricky Heinan finished fourth and fifth respectively. Dave Lembke took the checkered flag first in the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Nicole Mueller but later failed to pass post-race technical inspection. Slinger Bee heat race wins went to Dave Lembke, Grant Griesbach, and Steve Dickson. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 15.012 seconds.

Willy Van Camp won the Figure 8 race as he spun across the finish line with Ron Schmitt in a wild finish.

E3 Spark Plugs ASCS opener at Slinger Speedway

May 7th, 2013

The American Super Cup Series opened the 2013 racing season at Slinger Super Speedway this Sunday with a wonderful day provided by both Mother Nature and E3 Spark Plugs. The competitive qualifying started with Erle Hoth taking top honors followed closely by David Cerer and Brian Baldyga.

In the first heat race, the front row of Greg Davis and Steve Wilson paced the field. David Cerer was able to find some room on the high side of the track and make the jump into the lead after a few laps. David was able to hold off the cars of Wilson, Davis, Mick Ellis and Michigan native Greg Harlow for the win on the ¼ mile track.  Sigi Knappik and Michael Fredricks also made their first starts in a super cup, finishing 6th and 7th respectively.

The second heat was a highly contested battle between veterans making quick decisions at the end of the race with lapped traffic. Brian led for a good portion of the race, however on the last lap 2012 Champion Ken Jones made the decision to stay low and capture his first win of the 2013 Season.  Baldyga, and Andy Forster finished ahead of the father and son racing team of Derek and Nick LeGros.

The ASCS E3 Spark plugs feature race highlighted the most competitive Super Cup racing in the country. From the drop of the green flag until the checkers, the close racing showcased the skill these drivers have.  Our field was inverted a deep nine positions, creating some awesome racing.  In the end, it was the speed demon Brian Baldyga’s black Chevy taking the win, followed by Hoth and Cerer. Steve Wilson picked up his best career finish in 5th, while Greg Harlow was the top finishing rookie in 9th.

Congratulations to all the drivers and series for a great start and hope to see everyone at the next race.  Rockford Speedway – Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Race time 7:07.

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It’s Mueller over Apel in a Thriller at Slinger

May 6th, 2013

Slinger, Wis., May 5—Tire smoke and sliding race cars shrouded the Start/Finish line as the twin checkered flags swirled to signal the end of the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway and when the dust settled, Brad Mueller eked out the win by the slimmest of margins over Steve Apel.

“I don’t even know what to say about that,” an excited Mueller told the crowd from victory lane after holding on for the win by a mere .049 seconds as his car appeared to struggle in the final laps. “My car was jumping out of gear the last ten laps, “Mueller explained, “I drove the last ten laps one-handed and I love racing Steve (Apel), we race really good together.”

Mueller and Apel fought intensely for the win in the closing circuits with Apel drawing alongside as the white flag signaled the final lap. The pair raced door to door down the backstretch and into turn three before Apel’s car washed up slightly in turn four, turning Mueller’s machine sideways. With both drivers fighting for control with the checkered flag in sight, Mueller was able to edge ahead at the stripe to take the victory in a photo finish.

“That’s what the fans come here to see…good hard racing, “Apel stated afterwards, “Brad (Mueller) did a good job. I hit some water coming out of (turn) four on the last lap and had a four-wheel drift into him and those last laps, I don’t know if something happened to his car because he backed way off.”

For most of the race, it appeared Conrad Morgan was on his way to victory after first battling tough with Al Schill and then grabbing the lead from early pacesetter Michael Bilderback following a lap 31 caution flag for an incident between Mike Graczkowksi and Jerry Eckhardt in turn three. Once out front, Morgan cruised away to a comfortable lead but fate intervened with just nine laps to go when Fred Winn spun off the frontstretch following a nudge from Jamie Wallace and when Winn’s car came back onto the track in turn one, Morgan clipped it while leading. During the ensuing caution period, Morgan left the speedway, handing the lead off to Brad Mueller and when Steve Apel moved to the outside lane courtesy of the new cone restart rules, the classic battle to the finish was set in motion.

Rob Braun worked his way through the field to finish third while Travis Dassow and Michael Bilderback rounded out the top five. Al Schill took the checkered flag in sixth place followed by Brad Dahmer and Nick Wagner in seventh and eighth respectively. Lowell Bennett and Fred Winn completed the top ten finishers.

Mike Graczkowski, Jake Vanoskey, and Al Schill each scored victories in the super late model heat races and Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.413 seconds.

Dan Jung used the inside groove to grab the lead early and then turned back a late charge by Alex Prunty to win the 40-lap late model feature. Prunty tried to use the outside groove to get a run on the leader following the only caution flag of the race on lap 27, but fell short in his bid as Jung proved to be too strong, taking the checkered flag for his first feature win of the season. Prunty held off a strong charge by John DeAngelis to finish second, leaving DeAngelis to settle for a close third. Ryan DeStefano crossed the finish line in fourth place and Braison Bennett was fifth.

Pat McIntee won the first late model heat race over Dan Jung and Al Stippich while Dan Church held off Ryan Farrell and John DeAngelis to win the second late model heat race. Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.522 seconds.

Kenny Joosten led the final fifteen circuits to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event over Jack Stern and Chris Ratajczyk while Brian Holtz and Jay Shambeau rounded out the top five finishers.

Jimmy Evans took top honors in the first Midwest Sportsman heat race over Chris Storey and Jimmy Wilson while Brian Holtz scored the victory in the second heat race over Eric Lingford and Ryan Gutknecht. The Midwest Sportsman division was paced by Jack Stern in qualifying after he circled the speedway in 12.851 seconds.

Kyle Chwala made a successful trip to the Slinger highbanks as he won the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature event over Bill Prietzel and Kody Hubred. Ken Schraufnagel crossed the finish line in fourth while Adam Bleskan finished fifth.

Rick Coppernoll was the winner of the Area Sportsman heat race over Joe Shelby and Adam Bleskan. Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.274 seconds.

Brandon Tackes scored a clean sweep in the Slinger Bees division, winning the 25-lap feature, his heat race, and setting fast time with a lap of 14.869 seconds. Nick Schmidt finished second in the feature event followed by Steve Dickson and Jacob Schraufnagel. Russ Davison was fifth.

Justin Thomas was the winner of the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Nicole Mueller and Ryan Lovald while Slinger Bee heat race wins also went to Ryan Lovald and Brandon Berens.

Brian Baldyga won the American Super Cup feature, by holding off Earl Hoth at the finish. David Cerer took the checkered flag in third followed by Ken Jones and Steve Wilson. The race was red flagged momentarily when Michael Fredrichs’ car turned upside down in turn one after colliding with the car of Greg Harlow. Fredrichs was not injured in the incident.

American Super Cup heat race wins were scored by David Cerer and Ken Jones while Earl Hoth was the fastest qualifier at 15.127 seconds.

Willy Van Camp charged to the win in the Figure 8 event over Shane Becker and Paul Williams to close out the afternoon.

By Dan Margetta

Swan Opens Season with a Win in Miller Lite 75

April 29th, 2013

Slinger, Wis., April 28—James Swan worked the outside lane off a restart to pass Dave Feiler for the lead on lap 47 en route to victory in the season opening Miller Lite 75 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“I’m surprised a whole heck of a lot,” Swan told the crowd from victory lane, “Dave Feiler was fast yesterday (in practice) and I didn’t think I would get to him.” “But I just kept working, working, and working, “Swan continued, “And then on that restart I just said I’m going to try the outside and see if it works, and it did.”

Once Swan found the lead, he was never headed, but the victory was anything but easy as fast qualifier Rob Braun sliced his way through the field and sat on Swan’s rear bumper as the laps wound down. Braun inched even closer as the pair encountered lapped traffic on the final lap but his last ditch effort at the win fell just short at the checkered flag, leaving him to settle for a strong second place result. Braun’s day off the race track was just as good as he owns the cars Swan and Feiler drove in addition to his own and all three finished in the top five.

“I’m very happy and couldn’t ask for anything better, “ Braun stated afterwards, “I had to make some moves there and it was fun to drive, that’s for sure.”

Michael Bilderback’s intentions to challenge for the track championship this season got off to a good start as he worked his way forward to finish in third at the checkerd flag.

“I think we could have gotten up there and played with those guys, “ Bilderback said, “But they had that long run there at the end and my car didn’t like long runs.”

Brad Mueller battled his way to a fourth place finish while early leader Dave Feiler took the checkered flag in fifth. Lowell Bennett and Randy Schuler finished sixth and seventh respectively while Travis Dassow, Jeff Holtz, and Mike Egan rounded out the top ten finishers. The event was slowed twice under the caution flag, the first occurring on lap six for a tangle involving Dassow and Egan in turn three and then again on lap 45 for a spin by Conrad Morgan off turn four.

Jamie Wallace held off Brad Dahmer to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature while Jerry Eckhardt and Tommy Hromadka also transferred into the main event by way of their third and fourth place finishes. Brad Dahmer won the first super late model heat race over Casey Johnson and Jamie Wallace while Jake Vanoskey and Curt Tillman rounded out the top five. Dennis Prunty took top honors in the second super late model heat race, taking the checkered flag ahead of Mike Egan and Rich Loch while Randy Schuler and Nick Wagner finished fourth and fifth respectively. Conrad Morgan won the super late model fast dash and Rob Braun was the fastest qualifier as he toured the speedway in 11.501 seconds.

Defending late model track champion Alex Prunty picked up right where he left off last season as he scored the victory after making an impressive nearly three wide pass for the lead on Mike Lichtfeld and Dan Jung on lap 32 of the 40 lap event. Lichtfeld followed Prunty across the line to finish second ahead of Jung who took the checkered flag in third. Dan Church and Ryan DeStefano rounded out the top five finisher after Ryan Farrell and Jesse Bernhagen spun together on the final lap in turn one while battling over the fourth position. The event was slowed under the caution flag three times, the most serious occurring on the opening lap when Justin Poenitsch’s car broke loose off turn two and collected the car of Ryan Miles on the backstretch which scattered the field and also swept up Adam Peschek in the process.

Braison Bennett was the winner of the first late model heat race over Jerry Mueller and Adam Peschek as Brad Dahmer and Tim Sargent completed the top five. Al Stippich drove to the victory in the second late model heat race holding off Jesse Bernhagen and John DeAngelis at the checkered flag. Ryan Miles and Alex Prunty finished in fourth and fifth. Pat McIntee scored the win in the late model fast dash over Mike Lichtfeld and Dan Jung was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.479 seconds.

Brad Keith charged to the lead by passing Bill Prietzel on lap 12 and drove to the win in the 35-lap Midwest Sportsmen feature. Prietzel, who spent much of the opening laps battling for the lead with Chris Story, completed a strong run by finishing second just ahead of Jay Shambeau in third. Kenny Joosten and Brian Holtz rounded out the top five finishers. The event was slowed by a single caution flag which occurred very early on lap two when Ryan Gutknecht and Mike Borchardt spun in turn three.

Brian Holtz was the winner of the Midwest Sportsmen heat race, taking the checkered flag ahead of Chris Ratajczyk and Eric Lingford. Ryan Gutknecht finished fourth and Dustin Krebs was fifth. Chris Story held off Bill Prietzel to capture the victory in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Brad Keith was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.747 seconds.

Kenny Richards took top honors in the first Area Sporstman feature event of the season, taking the lead on lap 18 of the 30-lap event and then holding off Joe Shelby for the win. Shelby had to settle for a strong second place result while Aaron Cain crossed the finish line in third. Ken Schraufnagel and Brad Hetzel completed the top five finishers. Ken Schraufnagel won the Area Sportsman fast dash and Kenny Richards was the fastest qualifier at 13.302 seconds.

Steve Dickson won the Slinger Bees feature over Nick Schmidt and Evan Beattie while Jacob Schraufnagel and Brandon Tackes rounded out the top five. Dylan Kiley-Schaefer was the winner of the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Bill Ostovich Jr. and Ryan Lovald. Andrew Meyerhofer finished in fourth and Nicole Mueller finished fifth. Ryan Lovald and Russ Davison scored Slinger Bees heat race victories while Evan Beattie won the Singer Bees fast dash. Steve Dickson was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.034 seconds. Al Roberts drove his pick-up truck to the win in the Spectator Eliminator event and Ryan Lovald was the winner of the intense Figure 8 event that closed out the afternoon.

Blawat Scores First Feature Win, Prunty Wins Championship

September 10th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 9— Chris Blawat captured his first super late model feature victory Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 80-lap season championship main event while Dennis Prunty edged Steve Apel to win the track championship by a mere ten points.

“This is our first full year in the super late models and we finally got a win, it’s awesome,” Blawat stated from victory lane after passing Dennis Prunty to lead the final 23 laps, “I tried to run as clean as possible and I had a really good run on the outside on that last restart,” “It’s really special to win it like that, passing a potential track champion for the win makes it real special.”

Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel entered the double-point day tied atop the super late model point standings and Apel gained a 20 point advantage early on by setting fast time with a lap of 11.411 seconds while Prunty failed to gain any points after qualifying eleventh. Prunty cut the deficit in half by leading 57 laps of the 80-lap feature to capture the ten point bonus for pacing the most laps before eventually finishing second while Apel charged through the field from his eleventh starting position to finish third, one position behind Prunty. A 20 point difference between the second and third positions in the feature left Prunty with his first Slinger super late model track championship by ten points over Apel.

John Reynolds and Dennis Prunty led the super late model feature field to the green flag and Prunty edged ahead to grab the lead from the outside lane while Reynolds battled with James Swan for second just ahead of Blawat, Jeff Holtz, and David Prunty. Swan overtook Reynolds for second with an outside pass and Blawat repeated the move a lap later as Reynolds began to struggle on the inside. After Holtz also went around Reynolds on the high side, Reynolds dropped to the apron with mechanical issues on lap nine as the sudden slow-down caused a minor scramble behind him that sent Mike Graczkowski’s car around in turn one to draw the caution flag. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, Swan issued a strong challenge on Prunty for the lead from the outside. Swan kept even with Prunty for three laps with each time Prunty being able to just edge ahead slightly off turn four to barely maintain the lead at the stripe. Swan eventually began to slip in the high lane allowing Prunty to claim the lead all to his own while Blawat and Holtz took advantage of the opportunity to fill the gap on the inside to move into second and third respectively. David Prunty was the next in line to take a shot at Swan from the inside, taking the position a lap later as Swan quickly dropped to the inside lane directly ahead of Lowell Bennett. A quick tap to the rear bumper however, sent Swan right back into the outside lane and he lost another position before things settled down as he made his way back to the inside lane. With Prunty leading, championship contender Steve Apel was mired in traffic as he appeared to use patience early to methodically work his way forward one position at a time and found himself up to seventh after working his way by Dale Prunty, Mike Egan, and Brad Mueller. Apel had a minor scare on lap 35 when Dan Jung’s car kicked loose directly in front of him off turn four and skidded towards the apron as Apel and Egan drove by. Jung regained control of his car and entered turn one on the very low side in a brief three-wide situation with David Prunty and Lowell Bennett which sorted itself out as they headed down the backstretch. However as they raced down the front straightaway the following lap, Jung’s car spun into turn one after some contact with David Prunty and the caution flag waved with Dennis Prunty leading over Blawat, Holtz, Swan, and Rob Braun. Blawat once again challenged Prunty for the lead from the outside as the green flag waved but despite his efforts, Prunty maintained the lead at the stripe while Swan went to work on Holtz for third, aggressively trying to take the spot a few laps later while Braun, Mike Strupp, and Apel looked on. The battle with Holtz damaged the fender on Swan’s car which allowed Braun, Strupp, and Apel to pass him on consecutive laps as the handling on Swan’s car began to fade. With Prunty continuing to lead over Blawat, Apel began to make his move toward the front, driving up to third place by lap 57 when Eric Fransen’s car conspicuously came to a stop in turn four to produce a caution flag. This time, Blawat was able to get a strong run from the outside on the restart and he took the lead from Prunty as the championship contenders battled for the second position. Blawat pulled away over the final laps as Prunty, Apel, and Braun raced intensely for second with Prunty eventually keeping the spot with Apel close behind him. Blawat drove to his first career super late model feature win as Prunty finished second, one spot ahead of Apel which was enough to claim the track championship. Rob Braun and Jeff Holtz were fourth and fifth respectively while Mike Egan finished sixth. Brad Mueller, James Swan, and Mike Strupp rounded out the top ten finishers.

Dan Jung won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Mike Borchardt and Mike Held. Jerry Eckhardt and Jeremy Schultz were fourth and fifth. Lowell Bennett was the winner of the super late model fast dash while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.411 seconds.

Ryan DeStefano took top honors in the 35-lap late model feature while Alex Prunty captured his first late model track championship.

Adam Peschek paced the opening laps over Justin Poenitsch and John DeAngelis while Alex Prunty and Ryan DeStefano raced close behind. A traffic jam throughout the field on lap three created a multi-car incident in turn four in which fast qualifier Dan Church sustained the most damage after striking the retaining wall head on. Peschek continued to lead over Poenitsch and Prunty on the restart with DeAngelis and DeStefano right behind them in fourth and fifth. DeStefano used an inside pass to take fourth from DeAngelis and then he and Prunty began to work their way forward, pressuring Poenitsch for second as Peschek continued to lead. Prunty and DeStefano both worked their way around Poenitsch on the inside and began to track Peschek for the lead, catching him by lap 25. Prunty again used the inside to pass Peschek for the lead and DeStefano followed before Peschek broke loose off turn two and spun to the infield on lap 30 to produce the caution flag. During the caution period, smoke began to slowly emit from Prunty’s car however, no fluid was leaking from it and he remained on the speedway for the final restart. As the green flag waved, DeStefano was on his marks and he charged into the lead as Prunty settled into second with the laps winding down. DeStefano raced to the win while Prunty’s second place finish earned him the track championship. Jerry Mueller finished third while Justin Poenitsch and Pat McIntee rounded out the top five as John DeAngelis and Al Stippich crashed hard in turn four while racing to the checkered flag for position.

John DeAngelis won the late model fast dash and Dan Church was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.357 seconds.

James Swan and Ryan Farrell have battled for supremacy in the Midwest Sportsman division all season long so it was only fitting that the two would race for the win and the track championship in the final feature of the season with Swan edging Farrell for the win and the track championship.

Brad Keith drove the car normally piloted by Dustin Krebs and he led the opening laps over Kenny Joosten and Brian Holtz while Swan and Farrell began to slice their way forward. Swan’s car was extremely fast on the outside line and he used it to charge into the lead by lap three. Farrell also had is car working on both high side and the low side and he weaved his way to the front, passing Holtz, Joosten, and Keith in successive laps to claim the second spot with Swan as the leader. Carl Benn spun in turn one on lap 16 and was collected briefly by the car of Jimmie Wilson as the caution flag waved with Swan leading over Farrell and Joosten. Farrell challenged Swan for the lead as racing resumed but with each passing lap, Swan turned back the challenges and continued to lead. Debris on the speedway produced the final caution flag on lap 27, setting up a three lap charge to the finish between Swan and Farrell for the victory. Farrell made a valiant effort to unseat Swan for the lead as the green flag appeared but Swan proved to be too strong and drove to the win and along with it, the track championship in the Midwest Sportsman division. Kenny Joosten finished third followed by Brian Holtz and Brad Keith in fourth and fifth respectively.

Jack Stern was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.804 seconds.

Ken Schraufnagel edged Brad Hetzel in a close finish to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature after a lap 17 caution flag for multiple spins around the speedway set up a three lap dash to the checkered flag. While Hetzel had to settle for the close finish in the feature, the result helped him capture the track championship for the division. Tyler Schley recovered from an earlier spin to finish third while Joe Mueller and John Daley completed the top five. Tyler Schley was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash and John Daley was the division’s fastest qualifier after lapping the speedway in 13.561 seconds.

Steve Dickson won the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Brandon Tackes and Jacob Schraufnagel. Ryan Savage and Dave Lembke took the checkered flag in fourth and fifth place respectively. Steve Dickson also was the winner of the Slinger Bee fast dash while heat race wins were recorded by Jacob Schraufnagel and Russ Davison. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with an impressive lap of 14.946 seconds while Nick Schmidt captured the track championship in the division.

Joe Mueller scored the victory in the Figure 8 race to close the afternoon and the 2012 season while Willie Van Camp claimed the track championship in the Figure 8 division.

By Dan Margetta

American Super Cup Series Season Championship this Sunday at Slinger

September 5th, 2012

Slinger, WI – The American Super Cup Series will celebrate their season champion at the home of Champions, Slinger Super Speedway. Super Cups are ½ scale race cars designed just like a full size suspended late model. These aren’t go karts, these are race cars capable of over 100 miles per hour on larger tracks! Drivers are age 14 years and older, from the very experienced to the hobbyist.

The Super Cup cars have put on some of the most exciting 3 and even 4 wide door to door action ever seen in the Midwest. The season is down to this final race with veteran #3 Ken Jones with a decent points lead over young #52 Cody Erdmann. However, anything can happen as the two talented drivers clash for the Championship.

Looking to put a wrench in their celebration plans, #22 Erle Hoth has won 2 of the last 3 races, while #88 Tony Velez, a NASCAR developmental driver, returned to minicups after a long absence to come from last place to second place last week at the Dells Raceway. He has to start in the back again but is still a threat to win.

Good luck to all the Super Cup racers this weekend at Slinger Super Speedway, let’s go green!

Russ Darrow of West Bend Labor Day Special with Fireworks

August 31st, 2012

August 26 Slinger WI – Russ Darrow Toyota of West Bend presents the Labor Day Special with fireworks. The event will be highlighted by a 100 lap Super Late Model race and a fireworks show by the legendary Bartollota Fireworks Company. Super Late Models will be joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstocks, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8′s and One on One Spectator Races. All Super Late Model points accumulated September 2 will go towards the overall Pepsi Challenge Championship that was rained out August 26. We will also bring back Mountain Outfitters for the last Mountain Outfitters Trike Race of the season. Trike race prelims will be at 6:10, before racing starts, kids age 5 to 11 can sign up to race at the Slinger Speedway Fan Center located just inside gate B. Gates open at 4:00, Time Trials at 4:45, Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 with races to follow. For more information go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com

The Russ Darrow Group has been serving our fine Wisconsin communities. In 1965 Russ Darrow became the youngest Chrysler dealer in the nation. During these past four decades Russ Darrow has grown his business using the same personal values and strong beliefs that he used while growing his family in West Bend, Wisconsin. Involvement in the community and serving our customers has been the foundation of our success. That dual commitment has allowed our company to fulfill not only the dreams and vision of Russ Darrow but also the dreams of our employees who have made their job a life long profession. The Russ Darrow Group makes a “career investment” in the development of its employees. This philosophy is unique to the auto dealer industry. We believe in “growing our own”. In 2004 the Darrow University was developed to formalize this, allowing all employees to be well trained and prepared for the future. For more information stop in at Russ Darrow of West Bend on Hwy 33. or go to www.russdarrow.com

Ageless Al Schill Wins Again at Slinger

August 20th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., Aug 19—67-year old Al Schill held off Steve Apel and Rob Braun in a thrilling three car finish to win the Pomp’s Tire Service 50-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“How can that be…67 and still winning?” Schill quizzed the crowd from victory lane, “I was getting loose at the end and was sliding around pretty good there.”

The victory didn’t come easy as Schill first had to withstand a strong last lap inside challenge from Braun entering turn one and then had to fend off a fast closing Apel on the high side as they crossed the finish line.

“I hope when I’m 67 I can still walk, let alone win a super late model race here at Slinger,” Apel stated after his close second place finish drew him to within two points of Dennis Prunty in their battle for the track championship, “It was an awesome job by Al Schill and Rob Braun as that was a great race for the fans to see and I hope they enjoyed it.”

“Al (Schill) was wearing his stuff out and I tried to go underneath him,” Braun explaining his final lap attempt to pick up the victory, “I got on the gas just a bit too hard and that was the end of the story for me.”

Dave McCardle darted to the early lead from the pole position over Chris Blawat and Conrad Morgan and led the opening four laps before the caution flag waved when a minor traffic jam deeper in the field stacked cars up until Brady Bennett was sent spinning off turn four and into the infield. McCardle chose the inside lane for the restart but Blawat timed the start perfectly from the outside and built up enough momentum to sweep into the lead off turn two. McCardle slotted into second just ahead of Morgan as Al Schill dove to the inside of Nick Wagner to grab fourth place. Mike Egan also made his way around Wagner using the inside lane and within a few laps, Morgan worked his way to McCardle’s inside in second, opening the door for both Schill and Egan to move up. McCardle’s car spun around from the high side in turn two on lap eight, clipping the front of Braun’s car and causing Steve Apel to slam on the brakes to avoid the collision. The chain reaction continued when Dennis Prunty ran into the back of Apel and damaged the nose of his machine, leaving the track for repairs. Prunty returned to competition before the restart as McCardle’s was the only car unable to continue in the race. The inside lane was the place to be for the restart as Blawat quickly drove back to the lead as racing resumed while Schill and Egan both used the low groove to move into second and third respectively and dispatch Morgan back to fourth. While Egan worked on getting around Morgan with Braun, Apel, and Lowell Bennett directly behind him, Schill closed to Blawat’s rear bumper for the lead. As Schill began to challenge Blawat on both the inside and outside, Egan, Braun, and Bennett all made up ground to close to the leaders with Egan briefly thinking about making a three-wide pass for the lead off turn four before wisely falling back into line. Shortly afterwards, Schill had enough of a run built up on the outside to charge past Blawat upon exiting turn two to take the lead on lap 20. As Schill began to stretch his lead, Rob Braun began his charge forward, using the outside lane to first pass Egan and then Blawat to move into second. Apel followed in Braun’s tire tracks and also advanced to third as both he and Braun started to reel in Schill for the lead. Schill’s lead was evaporating quickly as his car slid around off the corners and with few laps remaining, Braun and Apel were on his back bumper. With the white flag waving, Braun found a small opening to the inside of Schill entering the first turn and ducked his fender up to Schill’s door. However as Braun got back on the throttle, his car twitched slightly in turn two, allowing Schill to keep the lead and Apel to rocket by into second from the outside. After successfully fending off Braun, Schill then had to keep the fast closing Apel at bay as they charged toward the checkered flag. Schill drove under the checkered flag to score the victory as Apel barely edged Braun for second. Chris Blawat and Lowell Bennett were fourth and fifth respectively while Mike Egan finished sixth. Conrad Morgan and Dennis Prunty followed in seventh and eighth while Nick Wagner and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten finishers.

Al Schill won the super late model fast dash and Chris Blawat won the super late model fast heat over Dennis Prunty and Dave McCardle. Jake Vanoskey was the winner of the regular super late model heat race, taking the victory ahead of Jerry Eckhardt and Race McComb. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.446 seconds.

Braison Bennett took the lead just past the halfway point and drove to his third late model feature victory of the season in the 35-lap main event.

Justin Poenitsch charged to the lead at the start, edging fellow front row started Dan Church as the green flag waved with Braison Bennett, Ryan DeStefano, and John DeAngelis following close behind. Poenitsch maintained his lead in the early going as Bennett worked his way into second place as farther back Alex Prunty and Jerry Mueller began to race toward the front, claiming the fourth and fifth positions. Bennett closed to Poenitsch’s rear bumper and made a few attempts to pass for the lead on the inside as Poenitsch’s car began to drift wide off turn four. Bennett finally took advantage of the situation on lap 19 as he was able to get a strong enough run on the inside of Poenitsch to take command of the race, dropping Poenitsch back into a battle over second with Dan Church. As Bennett led, Church went to work on Poenitsch for second while behind them, Jerry Mueller and Alex Prunty raced side by side over fourth with John DeAngelis in their tracks looking for a way around. The caution flag waved on lap 30 when Poenitsch looped around in turn two while racing with Church for second, setting up a five lap charge to the finish. Bennett was on his marks as racing resumed and he held on to capture his third late model feature win of the season while Church finished a strong second. Mueller prevailed in the tense fight for third as Prunty edged DeAngelis to finish fourth as they crossed the finish line door to door.

Dan Church won the late model fast dash and Mark Kissinger was the winner of the late model heat race over Andy Welter and Justin Poenitsch. Jerry Meuller and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.344 seconds.

James Swan continued his successful season in the Midwest Sportsman division as he raced to yet another feature victory, his tenth main event triumph of the season.

Chris Beine and Dennis Eichhorst led the field to the green flag and Beine led the opening laps over Ken Calhoun while Eric Lingford and Chris Ratajczyk battled for third with Brian Holtz and James Swan threading their way forward. Calhoun took over the lead on lap four with an outside pass on Beine, who fell into the clutches of Lingford, Ratajczyk, and Swan. Lingford and Swan benefited from the outside lane as they swept around Beine and into second and third while Ratajczyk also moved to the outside to pass Beine a lap later, bringing Brian Holtz with him. Swan wasted little time in continuing to use outside to work his way first around Lingford for second and then Calhoun for the lead. With Swan pulling away, Lingford and Holtz used the inside to pass Calhoun and advance to second and third respectively, however contact between them on lap 24 send Lingford spinning around in turn four to produce a caution flag. Swan lined up on the inside for the restart with Calhoun alongside and Ratajczyk and Ryan Farrell directly behind them and as racing resumed, Swan darted out to the lead. Swan was unchallenged the rest of the way and he drove to the victory over Ratajczyk while Calhoun turned in his best performance of the season with the third place result. Farrell finished in fourth while Frank Slabanek edged Lingford at the line to finish fifth.

Eric Lingford took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and the heat race was won by Frank Slabanek. Jimmy Wilson finished second in the heat race followed by Chris Ratajczyk, Chris Beine, and Dennis Eichhorst. James Swan was the fastest qualifier for the division with a lap of 12.766 seconds.

Joe Shelby captured his first Thunderstock feature victory after a thrilling finish to the 18-lap main event where the first four cars finished in nose-to-tail formation. Following Shelby across the line, Tyler Schley edged Brad Hetzel for second who nipped Ken Schraufnagel for third. Nick Egan finished in fifth. Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Nick Egan was the winner of the Thunderstock heat race over Ryan Savage and Nick Ostberg. Brad Hetzel circled the speedway in 13.600 seconds and was the fastest qualifier for the division.

Nick Schmidt won the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature by holding off the challenges of Dave Schmidt. Grant Griesbach crossed the finish line in third while Brandon Tackes and Marty Tackes rounded out the top five. Nick Schmidt also won the Slinger Bee fast dash while Colton Marx took the victory in the Slinger Bee heat race over Dave Schmidt and Jim Lund. Brandon Tackes topped Slinger Bee qualifying with a lap of 14.925 seconds.

Mark Kissinger drove a 1972 Chevy pick-up to the win in the Spectator Elimination races and Rick Bruskiewicz brought the evening to a close with a victory in the Figure 8 race over Willy Van Camp and Russ Lorbiecki.

By Dan Margetta

Egan Claims Second Victory in Wild 50 Lap Super Late Model Feature

August 6th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., Aug 5—Mike Egan turned back the challenges of Lowell Bennett to capture his second feature victory of the season in a wild 50-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in which track championship contenders Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel found themselves on the sidelines after crashing together while racing for position near the halfway point.

“That was a great race and Lowell (Bennett) was all over me, “an obviously excited Egan stated from victory lane, “This is the second win and I’d like to get one more though I think.”

Mike Graczkowski raced to the early lead from the outside of the front row with pole-sitter Fred Winn slotting into second just ahead of Egan, Rob Braun, and Conrad Morgan who raced alongside each other for third. The field quickly fell under the yellow flag on lap three when Nick Ostberg looped his machine around exiting turn two as Graczkowski led over Winn, Egan, and Braun. Graczkowski and Winn fought for the lead side by side for a lap as racing resumed before Winn’s car washed wide entering turn one allowing Egan, Jeff Holtz, Rob Braun, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel all to get by. With Graczkowski, Egan, and Holtz racing nose to tail out front, Prunty and Apel both made their way to the inside of Braun to claim fourth and fifth respectively as Braun slid back four spots before he could get back to the inside groove. The lead cars raced bumper to bumper around the bottom groove with Holtz making a quick bid to the inside of Egan off turn two for second only to denied the position when Egan closed the door, resulting in Prunty and Apel having to jump on the binders in accordion-like fashion. With the inside groove jamming up, Prunty tried the outside but was unable to find grip as Apel filled the gap on the inside and moved alongside in a bid for the fourth position. The top two contenders for the track championship raced door to door with Apel on the inside and Prunty on the outside while Graczkowski continued to lead over Egan and Holtz. The battle over fourth between Prunty and Apel intensified on lap 18 as Prunty worked to keep Apel pinned down on the inside between turns three and four and when the two cars exited turn four, their front wheels touched, sending both cars sliding sideways down the frontstretch. Both drivers regained control of their cars but the dispute over fourth ended abruptly entering turn one when Apel’s car appeared to fail to make the corner and both cars crashed hard into the turn one wall, ending their night as the caution waved. Graczkowski again maintained the lead for the restart but as racing resumed, Egan made a tremendous run from the outside and swept by for the lead exiting the second turn and before Graczkowski could regain his momentum, Holtz and Bennett darted to each side to grab second and third respectively with a breathtaking three wide maneuver. Behind the top three, James Swan, Conrad Morgan, and Rob Braun also used the inside lane to race around Graczkowski who was caught in the high lane. Egan kept his car glued to the bottom of the racetrack as Bennett raced directly in his tire tracks while Holtz slammed the door on an inside bid for third by Swan, allowing Morgan to use the high groove to edge ahead of Swan in fourth just before the caution waved for a spin by Nick Wagner in turn two on lap 35. Egan remained on the bottom for the restart and he raced out to the lead as the green flag waved with Bennett latching onto his rear bumper followed by Holtz and a side by side battle over fourth between Swan and Morgan. Behind the top five, Graczkowski and Braun fought fiercely over sixth, trading defensive moves and bumper taps as the laps began to wind down. Egan remained hooked up on the bottom as Bennett made numerous attempts on the side for the lead but each time Egan prevailed off the corners. With just four laps to go, the tussle for sixth between Braun and Graczkowski erupted as contact between the cars send Braun spinning off turn four to produce the caution flag. Egan was up to the challenge for the final four lap charge to the finish and he turned back any challenge Bennett could mount as he kept the lead while Bennett was forced to fend off Holtz from third. Egan drove under the checkered flag for his second super late model feature win of the season while Bennett settled for a strong second at the finish just ahead of Holtz in third. James Swan and Conrad Morgan completed the top five finishers while Fred Winn finished sixth. Trevor Dassow made his first appearance of the season a successful one with a solid seventh place result while Jerry Eckhardt, Mike Graczkowski, and Jake Vanoskey rounded out the top ten.

Mike Graczkowski was the winner of the first super late model heat race over Fred Winn and James Swan while Jerry Eckhardt took top honors in the second super late model heat race over Race McComb and Nick Wagner. Conrad Morgan won the super late model fast dash and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.416 seconds.

John DeAngelis drove to his first feature victory of the season in the 35-lap late model feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Dan Church and Wayne Freimund.

Pat McIntee paced the opening laps with Wayne Freimund and John DeAngelis using the inside lane to take second and third while Jerry Mueller worked the top groove in fourth ahead of Alex Prunty, Ryan DeStefano, and Dan Church. Friemund moved to the outside and pulled alongside McIntee for the lead while Prunty also moved to the top to race door to door with DeAngelis as the top four raced in two by two formation. Freimund cleared McIntee for the lead from the outside and DeAngelis quickly took advantage of an opening on the inside of McIntee to grab second, bringing Church along with him as McIntee was moved to the high lane directly ahead of Prunty. Ryan DeStefano also was able to make his way around McIntee to take fourth as Freimund paced the race in front of DeAngelis and Church. A spin to the infield grass by Jerry Mueller produced the first caution flag on lap 12 and Freimund chose the inside groove for the restart, leaving DeAngelis the outside lane. DeAngelis was able to work up a strong run from the high groove to race into the lead off turn two and then barely clear Freimund for the top spot in turns three and four. Freimund slotted in line directly behind DeAngelis as Church closed in from third. Freimund remained glued to DeAngelis’ rear bumper as behind the lead duo, Braison Bennett challenged Church over third with Andy Welter and DeStefano racing for position behind them. A spin by Mark Kissinger in turn four on lap 25 drew another caution flag and this time DeAngelis chose the inside for the restart, using the low side to maintain his lead over Freimund. Bennett and Church resumed their battle for third as the raced side by side for several laps before Church was able to prevail as the laps wound down. A spin by McIntee in turn two with just two laps to go, set up a green-white-checkered finish with DeAngelis leading over Freimund, Church, and Bennett. DeAngelis drove the final two laps flawlessly as he scored the victory while Church was able to muscle his way around Freimund for second at the finish. Freimund finished third while Alex Prunty and Ryan DeStefano rounded out the top five.

Andy Welter was the winner of the late model heat race over Mark Kissinger and Jerry Mueller while Jon DeAngelis was declared the winner of the late model fast dash after a last lap, last turn incident between Wayne Freimund and Ryan Destefano resulted in DeStefano spinning and Freimund being disqualified. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.385 seconds.

James Swan outdueled Ryan Farrell to win an exciting and entertaining 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Swan and Farrell raced door to door for the lead nearly all race long with Farrell using the inside groove and Swan on the outside. With both drivers racing fiercely and cleanly throughout the race, Swan was able to edge ahead on the white flag lap, taking the victory by about a car length over Farrell who led the majority of the laps prior to the finish. Behind Swan and Farrell in the top two positions, Eric Lingford finished a strong third followed by Brian Holtz and Jack Stern. James Swan also won the Midwest Sportsman heat race over Jimmie Wilson and Eric Lingford. Brian Holtz and Ken Calhoun rounded out the top five finishers. Ryan Farrell set fast time at 12.769 seconds.

John Daley claimed top honors in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature, holding off Brad Hetzel and Tyler Schley at the finish. Nick Egan crossed the finish line in fourth place while Carl Benn finished fifth. John Daley also was the winner of the Thunderstock heat race as he took the checkered flag ahead of Joe Shelby to claim the victory. Carl Benn was third followed by Tyler Schley and Nick Egan. Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.456 seconds.

Brandon Tackes scored a clean sweep in Slinger Bee racing action, setting a new track record of 14.914 seconds in qualifying, winning his heat race, and then capping it off with a win in the 18-lap feature. Nick Schmidt finished in second in the feature while Grant Griesbach, Ryan Savage, and Steve Dickson were third through fifth respectively. Brandon Tackes won the first Slinger Bee heat race over Ryan Savage and Grant Griesbach while Dave Lembke won the second Slinger Bee heat over Ryan Lovald and Misty Benn.

Taylor Shellinger won the Spectator Eliminator races while Shane Becker used a last lap pass on Willie Van Camp to win the Figure 8 race. Bill Michaels won the special Celebrity race over Todd Behling and Nick Dettmann. Jim Zeirke finished fourth.

Next Sunday at Slinger Speedway is Werner Electric Rides for Kids in Race Car Night. Kids age 6 – 11 will get to ride around the Slinger Speedway High Banks in real race cars, rides will begin at 6:10 pm, so arrive early. A 50 lap Super Late Model Feature will highlight the evenings events. Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, one on one spectator eliminators, and Figure 8′s will also be racing.

Written by: Dan Margetta


Apel Picks Up 3rd Win Of Season In Pepsi Challenge 60 At Slinger

July 30th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) – Steve Apel has had a challenging season at the Slinger Super Speedway in 2012.  The challenges of gambling on different setups. The challenges of dealing with adversity. The challenges of worrying about his father’s illness. As well as the challenge of proposing to his long time girlfriend.

Each and every time Apel has survived those challenges and thrived on it.  Not only did he take each challenge head on, he took the checkered flag in the Pepsi Challenge 60.

When things are going well it looks easy and when they are not it’s been a struggle.  Apel’s answer to that is just as straightforward as his driving.

“Just trying stuff,” said Apel.  “You gotta try stuff to stay ahead and we tried a new set up at the beginning of this year and we did good.  Then everyone started catching back up to us.  We keep trying stuff to make sure because everybody is going to get faster.”

Gregg Pawelski and Mike Graczkowski led the field to the green flag with Graczkowski getting the early jump.  The inside line took off before the outside as Mike Egan and Al Schill quickly got around Pawelski.  A little further back Lowell Bennett and Steve Apel began to work their way towards the front.

Graczkowski quickly stretched his lead to a half a straightaway as behind him cars ran side by side.  Lowell Bennett worked his way past Egan and Schill on the outside, and paved the way for Apel to follow. 

By lap 14, Bennett and Apel worked into second and third place respectively and started to run down Graczkowski.  Six laps later Bennett ducked to the inside of Graczkowski to take the lead with Apel glued to his rear bumper.  The duo began to put some distance between them and Graczkowski, as he was now doing battle with Egan for the third spot.

Bennett and Apel were a half straightaway ahead of that third place battle, and Apel began to mount his charge.  Apel would get to  Bennett’s inside and run alongside for a lap before clearing him for the lead off of turn two on lap 27.

Once Apel took the lead he took off and left Bennett in his wake.  Until lapped traffic played a role that is.  Apel came up on the lapped cars of Curt Tillman and Jake Vanoskey as those two battled side by side in front of the leaders.  Apel caught a break when the lapped cars got back single file, but Bennett wasn’t as fortunate.  Bennett caught them in turn one, and lost a ton of momentum trying to get around.

That allowed Apel to open up his lead once again.  While Apel pulled away, the best battle on the track was for the third spot between Mike Egan and Dennis Prunty.  Egan and Prunty didn’t seem to fare any better with the lapped traffic, and continued to lose ground to the leaders.

Apel was seemingly on cruise control as the laps were winding down, yet Bennett was closing the gap considerably.  The race was almost slowed for a caution when Jake Vanoskey spun off of turn two on lap 42.  However, Vanoskey spun harmlessly into the infield and the race remained under green.

Apel was again hampered by lapped traffic and Bennett capitalized and got back to within striking distance.  However it was clear that Apel had a stronger car coming off the corners and reclaimed the advantage he had lost as Bennett was closing.

The laps wound down quickly as the race stayed green the entire distance, as Apel took the twin checkers a mere 1.32 seconds ahead of Bennett.  Mike Egan held off the challenge of Dennis Prunty to wind up in third, while Conrad Morgan rounded out the top five.

For Apel it was a rewarding win considering all the challenges he has faced this season.

“When you try stuff it can go either way,” said Apel.  “It can go good like tonight or it can go really bad like a couple times before.  It also depends on how good of a break you get with which way Lowell goes, who’s in front of you, who’s harder to pass than some guys, and when you burn up your tires and when you don’t.”

Lowell Bennett may have burned up his tires more than Apel, but always gave it everything he had.

“It was just the best we had,” said Bennett.  “That 16 car is mighty good and we just didn’t have it for him.  We’ll come back next week and try even harder.  We just keep on trying.  You know we’re having fun.”

Yet has it been a disappointing year at Slinger?

“We got wrecked really hard earlier and this crew has been working their tails off between this car and the Kaukauna car, we’re leading the points up there but I am confident we’ll get a win for this car yet.”

The preliminary action for the Super Late Models saw a pair of veterans take the checkers.  67 year old Hall of famer Al Schill took the win in the Broadway Auto Sales of Hartford trophy dash, while the 69 year old veteran Jerry Eckhardt captured the win in one of the heat races.  Brad Keith took the honors in the other heat race.

Steven Schulz capitalized on a late race caution that erased the nearly half lap lead that John DeAngelis had on the field to get the win in the Limited Late Models.

DeAngelis had started the race from the pole and got the jump on Braison Bennett on the start.  After running side by side for a few laps, DeAngelis finally would clear Bennett on lap 3, but was immediately pressured by Jerry Mueller.  DeAngelis would start to pull away, as Mueller had to fend off Danny Church and then Steven Schulz.  Schulz would win that battle, but it seemed that he was going to lose the war.

DeAngelis opened up a full straightaway lead as the laps were winding down.  It seemed like nothing was going to stop him.  At least not until that always untimely yellow flag would fly to bunch up the field.

With just seven laps to go, Brittiny Helmers spun in turn three to bring out that caution and erased the huge lead that DeAngelis had.

DeAngelis would choose the inside lane on the restart, and battled side by side with Schulz for the first four laps back under green.  Schulz kept up the pressure on the outside and finally was able to clear DeAngelis with just three laps to go. 

Schulz was able to close out his first victory in a Limited Late Model in three years, as he held off DeAngelis by .818 seconds at the checkers.  Jerry Mueller wound up in third place while Alex Prunty came home in fourth.  Danny Church rounded out the top five.

That yellow flag was all that Schulz needed he felt to steal the win.

“For sure we needed it. We were happy we got it done on the outside,” said Schulz.  “Which is really good because a lot of guys have trouble running on the outside.  It was good that the car was really hooked up on the outside.  If we wouldn’t have had that yellow we would have ended up in second, and we would’ve been happy with that, but after that we were able to hold him down and move forward on the outside so that was worth it.”

Alex Prunty captured the fast dash.

The Mid-American Sportsman division saw a bit of controversy in their feature event.  All season long it has been a two way battle between James Swan and Ryan Farrell and tonight was shaping up to be no exception.  Swan and Farrell started mid pack and by lap 12 were running first and second which has seemingly been the norm.  However, this time it was Farrell in front of Swan.

The pair were seemingly just toying with each other as Swan would make a move that Farrell would soon block.  The race would be slowed by a caution on lap 14 when the car of Chris Ratajczyk spun off turn two and stalled in the backstretch.

Farrell would get the jump on the restart and quickly cleared Swan.  A lap later as the entered turn one, Swan got into the back of Farrell and loosened him up considerably.  Swan backed off and allowed Farrell to catch the car as they raced on.  Swan looked to the outside of Farrell as Brian Holtz made it a three way battle for the lead. 

Farrell washed up in turn one on lap 19 allowing Swan to take the lead, however at the same time the car of Dennis Eichorst spun off of turn four bringing out the caution reverting the running order to the prior completed lap.  This gave the lead back to Farrell for the restart.

Farrell would once again gain the advantage on the restart and quickly cleared Swan for the lead.  Lap 24 was where the controversy would strike as Swan would make contact with Farrell in turn one causing Farrell to spin out.  Ordinarily this would see both drivers being sent to the rear of the field for their involvement in the yellow.  However, the flag man ruled to disqualify Swan for rough driving and black flagged Swan off the track.  Farrell was allowed to continue but was sent to the rear.

Brian Holtz was the beneficiary of that decision as he inherited the lead with just six laps remaining.  Holtz was able to get a great restart and easily cleared the car of Denny Norton Jr. and cruised to the victory.  Farrell was able to claw his way back to finish in the third spot, while Jack Stern and Aaron Cain rounded out the top five.

Chris Ratajczyk won the dash while Dennis Eichorst captured the heat race.

The Thunderstock division saw Brad Hetzel hold off Ken Schraufnagel for the victory.  The pair quickly pulled away from the rest of the contenders and made it a two man battle for the entire distance.  Schraufnagel was glued to Hetzel’s bumper the whole race, but could just never find a way to make the pass.  Tyler Schley finished in third place, while John Daley and Tim Kreuser rounded out the top five.  Joe Shelby finished in sixth.

Tyler Schley won the dash.

Kyle Stark captured the win in the four cylinder Slinger Bees by holding off new track record holder Brandon Tackes for the win.  Tackes became the first driver ever in the division to break in the 14 second bracket in qualifying with a run of 14.988. Despite that record breaking run, Tackes didn’t have enough to get around Stark before the checkered flag fell.  Steve Dickson would finish in the third spot, just ahead of both Nick Schmidt and ten year old Grant Greisbach, who rounded out the top five.

Kyle Stark also captured a win in his heat race, as Paul Reagles took top honors in the other heat.

Willy Van Camp held off Shane “The Shark” Becker in the Figure 8 feature.  Ron Schmitt finished in third with Paul Williams in fourth and Rick Bruskiewicz completing the top five.

Next Sunday August 5th is the 2012 Celebrity Race.  Local TV, Radio, and Print personalities will be on hand for a special match race.  A 50 lap super late model race will highlight the events with a full racing program on tap with gates opening at 4 pm, qualifying at 4:45, opening ceremonies at 6:30 and racing to follow.  For more info go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Written by: Gregg Paul

Swan Gets First Career Super Late Model Feature Victory in Old Wisconsin 60

July 23rd, 2012

Slinger, Wis., July 22—James Swan scored his first career super late model feature victory by holding off a closing Rich Bickle to win the Old Wisconsin 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“Oh my God, this is awesome, “an obviously excited Swan told the crowd from victory lane, “Rob Braun (car owner) told me a couple of weeks ago I could drive this car and I was like, ‘heck yeah I’m in’…The car is really good and I was really happy with it and ‘Wow’ this is just awesome.”

Dan Jung charged to the early lead from the outside front row starting position as Chris Blawat battled for the top spot on the inside, just ahead of Swan and Mike Egan who raced side by side over third with Rob Braun and Al Schill looking on from fifth and sixth respectively. The caution flag waved quickly on lap five for a spin by Nick Wagner in turn one with Jung leading over Blawat, Swan, Braun, and Egan. Jung chose the inside line for the restart and a lap after the green flag waved, cleared Blawat for the lead while Swan filled the space on the inside and pulled even with Blawat for second. The cars in the high lane began to struggle and Blawat, Braun, and Lowell Bennett found themselves drifting backwards as Egan, Schill, Steve Apel, Dennis Prunty, and Rich Bickle all advanced forward from the inside. Meanwhile back out front, Swan caught Jung for the lead and despite the struggles of those behind him, took to the outside lane to move alongside for the lead. Jung and Swan battled side by side over the lead for several laps with Swan edging ahead at the stripe to lead lap 16 while working the outside, before finally clearing Jung for sole possession of the top spot while entering turn three on lap 18. Behind the top two, Egan, Schill, and Apel raced nose to tail and closed in while Rich Bickle held off Lowell Bennett and Dennis Prunty for sixth. As Swan began to pull away out front, Jung clung to the low lane and held off Egan and Apel while Schill and Bickle took to the top groove and eventually drove around all three to claim second and third place respectively. Apel also jumped into the high lane and worked his way around Jung to move into fourth and Egan, Bennett, and Prunty followed suit as all gained positions from the outside groove. With Swan continuing to enjoy a comfortable lead, Bickle went to work on Schill for second, again using the high line to pull even and as they battled side by side, Apel closed in from fourth. Bickle’s persistence in the high groove paid off and he was able to drive around Schill to take second and a few laps later, Apel executed a similar outside lane move to grab third. After securing second, Bickle began to hunt down Swan for the lead as the leaders began to approach lapped traffic as Apel equally gave chase from third. Swan’s lead began to gradually shrink as he worked his way through the lapped machines as Bickle continued to narrow the gap between himself and the leader. With five laps to go, Swan’s lead was down to three car lengths and Bickle cut the deficit to a car length and a half with three laps to go as more lapped traffic lay directly ahead of the leaders. Swan maneuvered through the traffic flawlessly in the closing laps and denied Bickle a final challenge as he drove under the checkered flag to take the win two car lengths ahead of Bickle. Steve Apel crossed the finish line in third place while Al Schill and Mike Egan rounded out the top five. Dennis Prunty finished sixth just ahead of Lowell Bennett in seventh and Dan Jung in eighth. Rob Braun and Mike Graczkowski were ninth and tenth respectively.

James Swan also won the super late model heat race over Dan Jung and Mike Graczkowski as Gregg Pawelski and Fred Winn rounded out the top five while Al Schill edged Rich Bickle to win the special Old Wisconsin Hot Dog super late model match race. Dennis Prunty took top honors in the super late model fast dash while Rich Bickle was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.439 seconds.

Casey Johnson took the lead on lap 21 and went on to capture the win in the 35-lap late model main event over Alex Prunty.

Jerry Mueller and Andy Welter led the field to the green flag with Mueller taking the early lead from the inside. The low groove was the place to be early on as Ryan DeStefano and Alex Prunty used it to advance to second and third as Welter dropped to fourth racing on the high side. The first caution flag appeared on lap three when Justin Poenitsch’s car looped around in turn one with Mueller leading over DeStefano and Prunty. Mueller chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, maintained the lead as the caution quickly flew again when DeStefano tried to fill the gap on the inside entering turn three and was tagged by Prunty, sending DeStefano spinning around in turn four and relegating both DeStefano and Prunty to the rear of the field for the restart. Mueller again held the lead as the race went back to green with Welter holding down second just ahead of John DeAngelis and Casey Johnson who raced side by side for third. As Mueller began to ease away from the field, Welter, Johnson and DeAngelis fell in line single file as Braison Bennett joined the front runners while both DeStefano and Prunty began to slice their way forward as well. Johnson used the outside lane to take second from Welter as DeStefano and Prunty first picked off Bennett and went to work on DeAngelis in fourth. As Johnson closed on Mueller for the lead, DeStefano and Prunty used the outside groove to pass DeAngelis to move into third and fourth respectively. Johnson tracked down Mueller out front and took to the outside in a bid for the lead, racing side by side for two laps before clearing Mueller for the lead on lap 21. While the leaders were battling, DeStefano and Prunty closed on Welter in third and with Welter racing on the low side, Prunty got the advantage as he used the outside to first pass DeStefano and then Welter to move into third while DeStefano also worked his way around Welter to take over fourth. With Johnson extending his lead, Prunty tracked down Mueller and following a spirited battle, used the outside to grab second, leaving Mueller and DeStefano to dispute third. Johnson would not be denied in the closing laps and he drove to the victory over Prunty while Mueller held off DeStefano for third as the two made contact at the strip, sending Mueller’s car hard into the turn one wall and damaging the front of DeStefano’s machine. Andy Welter finished in fifth.

Jerry Mueller won the late model fast dash while Braison Bennett scored the victory in the late model heat race over Justin Poenitsch and Andy Welter. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.409 seconds.

Ryan Farrell drove to the lead on lap nine of the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature and went to claim the victory over Sonny Schoffen, who drove the car normally piloted by James Swan to a strong second place finish. Crystal Wood led the opening laps of the event before taking the checkered flag with a respectable third place finish while Jimmy Wilson crossed the finish line in fourth ahead of Dave Wastak in fifth. Sonny Schoffen also won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash while Ryan Farrell took top honors in qualifying after touring the speedway in 12.903 seconds.

Ken Schraufnagel passed Tyler Schley for the lead on lap five and went on to hold off Brad Hetzel to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature. Schley finished in third place while Carl Benn and Rick Schaefer completed the top five. Rick Schaefer was the winner of the Thunderstock heat race over Tim Kreuser and Nick Egan while Carl Benn won the Thunderstock fast dash. Ken Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.680 seconds.

Braison Bennett held off Steve Dickson to win the 20-lap Slinger Bees feature while Brandon Tackes edged Grant Griesbach for third and Ryan Savage was fifth. Steve Dickson was the winner of the first Slinger Bees heat race over Braison Bennett and Grant Griesbach while Jacob Schraufnagel won the second Slinger Bees heat race over Allen Maher and Paul Reagles. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 15.078 seconds.

Willie Van Camp was the winner of the Figure 8 race that featured Roush-Fenway NASCAR Sprint Cup crew member Greg Emmer to close the evening.

Next Sunday July 29 is Round 2 of the Pepsi Challenge Series. See a 60 lap Super Late Model Race along with a full racing program including Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8′s and One on One Spectators. Gates open at 4 pm, qualifying at 4:45, opening ceremonies at 6:30 and racing to follow.

Prunty Gets Fourth Win of the Year in yp.com 50

July 16th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., July 15—Dennis Prunty survived a torrid battle with Steve Apel and then held off Jeff Holtz to capture his fourth super late model feature victory of the season in the YP.Com Yellow Pages 50 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Rob Braun and Jeff Holtz paced the field to the green flag with Holtz getting the jump from the outside lane to pace the early laps as the caution flag quickly waved on lap three for debris on the racetrack. Holtz chose the inside line for the restart and immediately charged to the front as Braun struggled on the outside, allowing Dennis Prunty to slip underneath him for second. Conrad Morgan and Steve Apel also made their way around Braun on the inside as up front, Prunty began to pressure Holtz for the lead by using the high lane to pull alongside. Prunty and Holtz raced door to door for several laps before Prunty was able to build up momentum on the high side and use it off turn two to clear Holtz on the high side for the lead on lap ten. As Prunty and Holtz battled up front, Apel made his way into third, leaving Morgan in a three-way battle over fourth with Mike Graczkowski and Mike Egan. Graczkowski was able to close to Morgan’s rear bumper entering turn three and then loosen him up enough off turn four to claim the fourth position and open the door on the inside for Egan to take over fifth. Prunty began to stretch out his advantage as the race neared its halfway point as Apel quickly closed on Holtz and like Prunty earlier, used the outside lane to grab second place. Prunty’s advantage began to gradually evaporate as he approached lapped traffic and Apel began to fill up his mirrors just as they caught the lapped machines. With the slower cars fighting for position directly in front of the leaders, Nick Wagner looped his machine in turn four to bring out the caution flag on lap 26 with Prunty leading over Apel, Holtz, Graczkowski, and Egan. Prunty chose the inside for the restart leaving Apel the high line as racing resumed and the top two drivers in the point standings showcased their rivalry by putting on an intense side by side display that featured a hard-nosed door handle to door handle battle for the top spot over the next nine circuits before Prunty prevailed on lap 35 when Apel slipped slightly off upon the exit of turn two. In the split second it took Apel to catch his car, Holtz was already by on the inside for second as Prunty scooted away out front. Behind the top three, Mike Egan and Lowell Bennett advanced from the pack and tried to track down the leaders from fourth and fifth respectively. Egan caught Apel for third and looked briefly to the inside in turn three on lap 45 and as Apel tried to defend the position, Egan muscled his way by to take the spot while Holtz tried to track down Prunty for the lead. Prunty proved to be too strong in the closing laps as he drove to the victory over Holtz and Egan while Bennett worked his way around Apel to claim fourth place at the finish, leaving Apel to settle for fifth. Conrad Morgan finished sixth while Mike Graczkowski rounded out a strong run with a seventh place result. Fred Winn finished eighth and Jerry Eckhardt and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten.

Mike Graczkowski won the first 12-lap super late model heat race over Rob Braun and Jeff Holtz while Jerry Eckhardt took top honors in the second 12-lap super late model heat race over Chris Blawat and Jake Vanoskey. Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 11.504 seconds despite having problems with a vibration in the car.

Alex Prunty drove to victory lane for the second consecutive week in the 35-lap late model feature after taking advantage of the outside groove to lead the final 15 laps en route to the victory over Braison Bennett.

Dan Church and Braison Bennett shared the front row at the start of the event and they raced side by side for the lead in the opening laps as Jon DeAngelis, Ryan DeStefano, and Alex Prunty raced for position behind them. Church prevailed from the inside on lap four and took command of the race, leaving Bennett to battle with DeAngelis for second as Prunty and DeStefano looked on from fourth and fifth respectively. Bennett maintained the second position and began to close on Church for another bid at the lead as behind them, Prunty took to the outside to pass DeAngelis for third. Bennett tried to turn under Church a few times for the lead, but each time his car would get loose off the corners, allowing Prunty and DeAngelis to close while Al Stippich moved into the top five after working his way by DeStefano. Seeing the inside moves were not going to work, Bennett took to the outside lane and drove past Church to lead lap 16.

However, upon entering turn one, the back of Bennett’s car swung around and he nearly spun as he chased the car all the way through turn two. By the time Bennett recovered, both Prunty and DeAngelis charged by into second and third while Church continued to lead out front. Prunty tracked down Church for the lead and wasted no time in moving to the high lane, driving around Church for the lead on lap 20. Prunty began to streak away from the pack as Church held DeAngelis and Bennett at bay while Stippich and DeStefano closed in. With Prunty comfortably out front over Church, Bennett dipped to the inside and passed DeAngelis for third, setting up an intense battle over fourth when Stippich tried to close the gap on the inside and moved alongside DeAngelis. Stippich eventually took over the position with DeAngelis caught on the high side but it was DeStefano who took advantage of the hard racing between them, as he passed both Stippich and DeAngelis with a strong head of steam on the inside just before the caution waved on lap 33 as Church experienced engine problems and retired from the race in a cloud of smoke. Prunty and Bennett lined up side by side for the final two lap shootout and while Bennett held tough in the high lane for a lap, he couldn’t catch Prunty who drove to the victory. Bennett barely edged DeStefano for second while Stippich and DeAngelis completed the top five finishers.

Braison Bennett won the late model fast dash and Alex Prunty was the division’s fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.519 seconds.

James Swan captured his seventh Midwest Sportsman 35-lap feature victory of the season as he out-dueled Ryan Farrell and Dave Thomas for the victory. Jack Stern crossed the finish line in fourth place while Jay Shambeau finished fifth. Jack Stern took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash while James Swan turned in a lap of 12.766 seconds to nail down fast time honors in the division.

John Daley drove to the victory in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Brad Hetzel and Tyler Schley while Ken Schraufnagel finished in the fourth positon. In earlier action, Schraufnagel charged from third to the lead on the final lap to score the victory in the Thunderstock fast dash while he also set fast time for the Thunderstocks with a lap of 13.715 seconds.

Ricky Heinan scored his first career feature victory in the 20-lap Slinger Bees main event as he held off point leader Nick Schmidt for the win. Grant Griesbach took the checkered flag in third place followed by Brandon Tackes and Paul Reagles. Brandon Tackes won the first ten lap Slinger Bees heat race over Ricky Heinan and Paul Reagles while Ryan Savage took top honors in the second Slinger Bees heat race over Nick Ostberg and Ethan Roskopf. Ricky Heinan also was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 15.049 seconds. Taylor Shellinger was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator events and Shane Becker charged to the win in the Figure 8 event to close the evening.

By: Dan Margetta

Alex Prunty Claims King of the Highbanks 60

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
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
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
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
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.

Thunderstock Action
Thunderstock Action

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
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
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
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

Ross Kenseth Takes Third at Slinger Nationals to Start Historic Race Week Chance to Lock into the All American 400 Up Next & World Crown 300

July 5th, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI – When reading the early July schedule for 19-year-old Ross Kenset,h it makes you think of the mid 80′s when short racing could be done every night of the week and big races were one right after another. Kenseth’s run has already started as he started on the pole and finished third at the 33rd annual Slinger Nationals on Sunday night at Slinger Super Speedway (WI) behind two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars. Kenseth finished on the podium behind Kyle Busch in second and his own father Matt Kenseth, who won the Slinger Nationals for a record sixth time.

“We were hitting the race track pretty hard in the first segment and the break really helped us get the car up off the track,” said Kenseth of his Blain’s Farm and Fleet No. 25 at Slinger. “We got stuck on the outside and lost some ground right after halfway and had to make it all up just to get to where we finished.”

Kenseth worked his way through the top 10 and into the top five and was contending with the two NASCAR drivers before running out of laps to move up the scoreboard. “I think with a few more laps we could have had second,” said Kenseth. “Perhaps we might have even had a shot for the win. We’ll take it and head south to the next one.”

The next one brings Kenseth to Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) for the next PASS South Super Late Model event. Kenseth has already won a PASS South event this year and hopes to continue a quest for the series’ title. A worn-out old race track like Anderson will test every driver, but with a recent race at another equally abrasive racing surface, Kenseth feels he and his Generation 3 Motorsports team will be in good shape.

“We did pretty well at Berlin Raceway (MI) a few weeks back and that is similar in the regards of tire wear,” said Kenseth. “We spent Monday driving south in the rig to go to this race so we’ve had time to talk about plans and the set up notes for this one.”

Kenseth comes into the Anderson race fifth in points with a chance to lock himself into another historic race later this season. The winner of the event at Anderson will receive an automatic starting spot for the All American 400 at Nashville
Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) in October. The guaranteed starting spot could go along way as interest for this race stems from all points of the compass in the short track world.

If the team can get out of the PASS South race at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) with their nose clean then they will head south to run the World Crown 300 at the Gresham Motorsports Park (GA). This race has been moved from the Fall to the Summer time to avoid the back-logging of major events scheduled at the end of the season. Kenseth will look to make his third start in the World Crown after finishing second to Chris Wimmer a year ago.

“Hopefully our car will be better than it was last year,” said Kesneth. “We had good battle with Chase Elliott for second, but we did not really contend for the win. It’s a fast track and hopefully we’ll be right in the mix of things and be able to fight for that win.”

There will $20,000 on the line for a win in all three segments of the World Crown. It could be a huge pay off for Kenseth after a busy weekend.

For more information on Ross Kenseth contact Elgin Traylor at Elgin@51sports.net. Be sure to check out his website at RossKenseth.net Also be sure to follow Ross on Twitter, @RossKenseth.

Kenseth Scores Record-Setting Sixth Win in Miller Lite Nationals!

July 2nd, 2012

Slinger, Wis., July 1—Matt Kenseth outdueled Kyle Busch on a late restart and drove to the victory in the 200-lap Miller Lite Nationals feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his record-setting sixth title in the prestigious super late model event.

“We were really good on long runs in the last half and I could see Kyle’s car was fast but at the end of the longer runs, we were really running him down,” Kenseth stated from victory lane, describing the event which quickly became a two car battle for the win between the visiting NASCAR Sprint Cup stars. Kenseth and Busch occupied the top two positions from lap 50 forward with Kenseth leading early before Busch charged by to take the lead on lap 88. Kenseth chased Busch for the lead through the scheduled break at the halfway mark and for most of the second half, catching somewhat of a break on lap 153 when the lapped car of Jeff Holtz spun out of turn four following contact with Kenseth as the leaders worked race traffic. After briefly contemplating sending Kenseth to the rear of the field, track officials ruled he would remain in second place for the restart as the move-over flag was displayed to the lapped machines for several laps.
“The lapped car switched lanes at the last minute and I couldn’t get off of him and he spun out, “Kenseth explained, “It was the last thing I wanted because I didn’t want the caution as on the longer runs I thought we were a little bit better and I could see Kyle (Busch) was fading a bit.”

Busch continued to work the outside groove on the restart and he maintained the lead for several more laps with Kenseth hot on his trail before the final caution flag waved on lap 176 after Dennis Prunty spun on the frontstretch while racing with Ryan DeStefano, setting up a critical restart with 24 laps remaining. As customarily was the case all night, Busch chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving the low side to Kenseth who was on his marks and maintained an even pace with Busch for a lap before squeezing out front for good. Once out front, Kenseth began to drive away and took the checkered flag nearly a second ahead of Busch, who was forced to settle for second despite leading several laps.

“I got a good restart and got through turns one and two really fast, “Kenseth told the crowd, describing the winning pass for the lead, “I kept even into turn three and the car was really strong getting off turn four tonight.”

Busch left the speedway without commenting on his runner-up finish on a night in which he was the fastest of the 32 qualifiers and led 87 laps of the event, second only to Kenseth’s 88 circuits out front.

Ross Kenseth battled within the top five positions all night before rallying late to cap off the evening with a strong third place result at the finish.

“Nobody in this pit area works harder than us and we’ve been really getting after it lately and now we’ve got something to show for it,” Ross Kenseth stated afterwards, “We were really good at the end and I wish we didn’t have that yellow, if it would have stayed green we might have had something for them.”

Michael Bilderback also used a late race charge to drive to an impressive fourth place finish after struggling in the early going.

“We were all sorts of sideways and had no brakes, “Bilderback said describing his early race issues, “The car wouldn’t turn but the crew worked their butts off during the (halfway) break and they made this car a rocket.”

Dennis Prunty recovered from his lap 176 spin to charge back up to fifth place at the finish while Rich Bickle took the checkered flag in sixth after being sent to the rear of the field for an early caution and then charging his way back to the front to challenge the leaders. Rich Loch finished in seventh place and Josh Wallace was eighth while Al Schill completed a strong run in ninth place after challenging both Kenseth and Busch for the top positions in the early going. Rob Braun finished tenth after racing with the leaders all night before spinning down the backstretch on the final lap while battling over fifth place with Dennis Prunty.

Other notable finishers included Becca Kasten in fourteenth after racing as high as third place before mechanical issues ended her night 24 laps from the finish while mechanical problems also ended Brad Mueller and Lowell Bennett’s night prematurely in fifteenth and sixteenth place respectively. Steve Apel, the most recent weekly super late model feature winner, led the field in the opening laps before mechanical issues sidelined him very early on lap 19 with a twenty fourth place finish.

Rob Braun won the 25-lap super late model qualifying race over Dennis Prunty and Jeff Holtz as all three transferred to the main event along with fourth place finisher Mike Egan while Dale Prunty won the 35-lap super late model last chance race to transfer to the feature along with Matt Kocourek who finished second. Randy Schuler, Tommy Hromadka, and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five. Kyle Busch was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.394 seconds.

Braison Bennett edged fast qualifier, Alex Prunty in an extremely close finish to win the 40-lap late model feature to capture his second Slinger main event victory of the season. Behind Bennett and Prunty’s battle to the checkered flag, Ryan DeStefano finished third while Casey Johnson and Nick Wendt rounded out the top five finishers.

By Dan Margetta

Apel Avoids Early Wreck to Win Keith’s Marina 75

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

Prunty Gets Third Win in PMF Landscape Supply 50

June 18th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., June 17—Dennis Prunty drove to his third super late model feature win of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, holding off Lowell Bennett and Jeff Holtz to take top honors in the PMF Landscape Supply 50-lap main event.

“Let’s keep this going, “Prunty stated after climbing from his car in victory lane, “I did this for my Dad because if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be doing this so I have to say ‘Happy Father’s Day to him and all the other dads here tonight.”

Rob Braun jumped out to the early lead at start of the race with Jeff Holtz following in his tire tracks while Dennis Prunty and Mike Graczkowski raced alongside each other for third. Prunty used the inside to take the third position and with Graczkowski hung out in the top lane, Dale Prunty and Chris Blawat both made their way into fourth and fifth place respectively from the inside groove. With Braun remaining out front, Dennis Prunty worked the outside line to charge around Holtz for second place as Dale Prunty moved up to challenge Holtz for third while behind them, Lowell Bennett passed Chris Blawat for fifth. The top six began to string out single file as the action began to heat up for seventh with Steve Apel, Al Schill, Mike Egan, Conrad Morgan, and Steven Wallace all racing in tight quarters. Braun’s lead began to evaporate as Dennis Prunty quickly closed and by lap 11, Prunty was able to duck to the inside of Braun to take over the top spot as the leaders began to catch lapped traffic. Behind the top four, Apel was able to rocket around Blawat for sixth as the close racing continued with Schill wrestling eighth away from Morgan while Wallace advanced two spots and into the top ten. Bennett was able to edge to Dale Prunty’s inside as they exited turn four and he grabbed the fourth spot while a fast-closing Apel also looked to pick up a position, working his way to the inside of Dale Prunty. Before Apel could complete the pass however, the caution flag appeared on lap 19 when Joe Gross spun off turn two. Dennis Prunty took the inside line for the restart and as racing resumed, Braun used a strong run off turn two from the top lane to whistle around Prunty to retake the lead heading down the backstretch. A lap later, Prunty tried to return the favor with an inside move for the lead the second turn while Holtz, Dale Prunty, Bennett, Apel, Blawat, Schill, Morgan, and Wallace all raced hard door-to-door behind the lead duo. As the tight racing continued, the back of Blawat’s seventh place car swung wide entering turn one and the resulting contact with Schill scooted his machine up the racetrack allowing the side by side tandem of Morgan and Wallace to both pass by on the inside as Blawat maintained control ahead of them. As the ripple effect of that action worked its way through the field in accordion-like fashion, the cars of Mike Egan and Graczkowski looped around off turn two and the caution flag waved for a second time. This time, Braun chose the inside line for the restart, leaving the high side to Prunty with Holtz, Apel, Bennett, and Morgan behind them. Braun and Prunty raced door to door for the top spot as the green flag appeared and when they charged into turn three, Braun’s car lost momentum for a split second causing a bumper tag situation on the cars behind him that carried through the field all the way to ninth where Schill’s car kicked out of shape after a tag from Wallace. Schill’s car then spun toward the inside and across the front of Wallace’s car, tearing the nose off in the process, producing a yellow flag and sending Wallace off the track to retire from the event with heavy front end damage. Braun also exited the speedway and Dale Prunty followed him, having experienced a flat tire which moved Holtz to the inside lane for the restart with Dennis Prunty to the outside. With the race back underway, Prunty took the lead from the outside as Holtz began to defend second place from Bennett and Apel who ran side by side just off Holtz’s bumper. After a few looks to the inside, Apel took to the outside and swept around Holtz for second as Prunty continued to lead. The caution flag waved again on lap 26 when a spin by Jeremy Schulz on turn one collected both Jake Vanoskey and Mike Graczkowski as all three cars came to rest on the apron stuck together. Prunty took the high lane for the restart with Apel occupying the inside and the anticipated fight for the lead between them evaporated before the green flag was displayed as Apel’s car suddenly veered to the outside in turn four, the result of a flat tire, forcing him to leave the track as the field regrouped. Holtz moved alongside Prunty on the inside for the restart with Blawat, Bennett, Brad Keith, and Conrad Morgan behind them. Holtz and Prunty ran side by side for the lead for a lap before another caution appeared for a minor incident between Corey Funk and Nick Wagner on the frontstretch but on the next restart, Prunty was able to charge into the lead from the outside off the second corner, leaving Holtz to fend off Bennett and Morgan who raced nose to tail in third and fourth, just ahead of Keith in fifth. Three laps later, the sixth and final caution flag waved on lap 30 when Tim Lampman and Fred Winn both tried to pass Nick Wagner on the inside at the same time resulting in Winn’s right front becoming lodged in Lampman’s left rear fender as both cars spun around. Prunty was able to maintain the lead on the restart and edged ahead of Holtz and Bennett while Morgan found himself battling with Schill, who rebounded from the earlier incident to race back into the top five. Bennett was able to catch Holtz for second in the closing laps but Prunty was too far ahead to be challenged and he drove to his third feature victory of the season. Bennett had to settle for second at the finish while Holtz took the checkered flag in third. Morgan and Schill rounded out the top five while Brad Keith and Mike Egan were sixth and seventh respectively. Dale Prunty, Tim Lampman, and Mark Kissinger completed the top ten finishers.

Mike Egan won the super late model fast dash and super late model heat race wins were recorded by Steven Wallace and Jake Vanoskey. Steve Apel was the fastest super late model qualifier with a lap of 11.421 seconds.

Ryan DeStefano scored the win in the 35-lap late model feature for the second week in a row, holding off Dan Church for the victory.

Justin Poenitsch and Dave McCardle led the field to the green and McCardle raced into the early lead from the outside as Poenitsch fell in line for second just ahead of Alex Prunty and DeStefano. Prunty worked his way around Poenitsch for second as McCardle continued to lead as Dan Church, Braison Bennett, and Pat McIntee also passed Poenitsch who began to fall back on the outside along with DeStefano who was also caught on the high side. Meanwhile back up front, Prunty caught McCardle and after a few checks to the inside, took to the outside lane in a bid for the top spot. McCardle and Prunty raced several laps door to door for the top spot. McCardle wiggled slightly off turn two on lap 13 which gave Prunty a small run on the outside entering turn three, however as Prunty tried to pull back down to the inside, the nose of McCardle’s car was barely there and the slight contact sent Prunty’s car spinning around where it was struck cosmetically by DeStefano as he tried to skid to a stop. Both Prunty and DeStefano were able to continue as McCardle and Prunty were placed at the rear of the field for their involvement in the caution, leaving Dan Church and Braison Bennett to lead the field back to green with DeStefano and McIntee directly behind them. Bennett and Church batted alongside each other for the lead over the next three circuits with Bennett having a slight advantage over Church from the outside. The handle on Bennett’s outside run went away on lap 16 as the back of his car swung around in turn four, drawing a caution flag and leaving Church as the leader over DeStefano, Poenitsch and McIntee. Church and DeStefano fought for the lead as racing resumed with Church on the inside and DeStefano holding strong on the outside. On lap 19, Church had difficulty holding his car on the inside and as it walked up the track in turn four, DeStefano took control of the lead as Poenitsch raced by Church and into second. DeStefano maintained the lead in the second half of the race through two more caution periods for minor incidents and in the closing laps, the handling went away on Poenitsch’s car and he exited the track as Prunty and McCardle recovered from their earlier spin to charge back into the top five. DeStefano drove to the win over Church while Prunty worked his way back into third place just ahead of McCardle in fourth. Pat McIntee was fifth.

Justin Poenitsch won the late model fast dash and Braison Bennett was victorious in the heat race. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.440 seconds.

James Swan won the Midwest Sportsman 20-lap feature over Ryan Farrell. Jack Stern finished third while Jimmie Evans and Dustin Krebs were fourth and fifth respectively. James Swan also won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash while Ryan Farrell set fast time with a lap of 12.725 seconds.

Brad Hetzel took the lead on lap 14 and never looked back, scoring the win in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature over Tyler Schley who barely edged John Daley at the stripe for second. Following Daley in third place was Ken Schraufnagel in fourth and Carl Benn in fifth. Carl Benn was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash while Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier at 13.598 seconds.

10-year old Grant Griesbach captured his first Slinger Bee feature victory in the 20-lap main event after taking the lead late in the event when Nick Schmidt suffered a flat tire. Marty Tackes finished second ahead of Jacob Schraufnagel, Ethan Roskopf, and Ricky Heinan. Nick Schmidt and Allen Maher scored Slinger Bee heat race wins and Nick Schmidt was also the fastest qualifier at 15.233 seconds.

Ken Jones held off Cody Erdmann to win the 25-lap American Super Cup feature. David Cerer finished third and Earl Hothe was fourth. Erdmann and Cerer also scored Super Cup heat race wins while Cerer was the fastest qualifier at 15.392 seconds. Taylor Schellinger was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races in his Mitsubishi and Paul Williams raced to the win in the Figure 8 event to close the evening.

Next Sunday come out to Slinger Speedway to celebrate Independence Day Early with the Keith’s Marina Firecracker 75. See a huge fireworks show presented by Bartolotta Fireworks Company. A 75 lap Super Late Model Feature will highlight racing, Super Late Models will be joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock. Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, and One on One Spectator Races. Gates open at 4 pm with opening ceremonies at 6:30 and racing to follow. Rain date is Wednesday July 4.

By Dan Margetta

PMF Landscape Supply of West Bend Scout Night

June 15th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 17th, PMF Landscape Supply of West Bend presents Scout Night. All boy and girl scouts along with their leaders in uniform will be admitted FREE. Plus, we will drop 10,000 nickels on the front stretch for kids 11 and under before racing starts at 6:15.

PMF Landscape Supply of West Bend Scout Night

PMF Landscape Supply of West Bend Scout Night

The night’s racing activities will feature Super Late Models, Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Slinger Bees, Thunder Stocks, Figure 8’s, American Super Cups, and Spectator Eliminators. Gates open at 4 pm, with qualifying at 4:45, opening ceremonies at 6:30 with racing to follow.

For a chance to meet Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Ross Kenseth, Steve, Wallace, Rich Bickle, Nathan Haseleu, and other Nationals Stars a limited number of VIP Meet and Greet Hospitality tickets are available. VIP Hospitality tickets will allow lucky fans the opportunity to meet, get an autograph and attend a Q&A session with the stars. Pit Pass, Food, Drink and a general admission ticket to the race will be included with the VIP Ticket. To purchase VIP tickets call the track office (262-644-5921) or go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Advance general admission tickets for the July 1st Miller Lite Nationals are on sale now at the Slinger Speedway track office (262-644-5921), Pioneer Plaza in Richfield or on line at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com. Fans can save $2.00 when they purchase Adult General Admission tickets in advance. The rain date is Monday July 2nd.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing department at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.


Schill Back In Victory Lane on Reunion Night at Slinger

June 11th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., June 10—Following a daring nearly three-wide pass for the lead on lap 32, 67 year old Al Schill scored one for the veteran racers by capturing his first super late model feature win in three years in the 65-lap main event on the 65th Anniversary Reunion Night Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I didn’t notice it, “Schill calmly stated from victory lane after being asked about the perceived three-wide racing up front, “but my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be. ‘Sometimes if you wait, it will hurt you so you’ve got to take the chance,” Schill continued describing his decision on making the move for the lead, “in all the years I’ve been racing, more times than one it helped me.”

Mike Graczkowski and Conrad Morgan paced the field to the green flag but side contact in turn three up front, sent Graczkowski’s car spinning on the opening lap and as the field scattered, Graczkowski’s car was drilled by the car of Corey Funk, producing a caution flag before a single lap could be completed which resulted in a complete restart of the event. With both Graczkowski’s and Funk’s cars damaged too severely to continue, Mike Egan moved to the point with Morgan alongside as the race got underway for a second time. Egan led the first two laps by barely nipping Morgan at the line as the two ran side by side before Egan prevailed on the inside on lap three. Morgan fell in line behind Egan as Chris Blawat battled alongside Lowell Bennett for third with Al Schill, Steve Apel, and Rich Loch following. Blawat tried numerous times to look under Morgan for second but each time, Morgan prevailed off the corners and moved to the inside line, eventually breaking Blawat’s momentum enough to allow Bennett to charge around for third on the high side as Egan continued to lead. With Egan maintaining the top spot, it was Bennett’s turn to pressure Morgan for second while Schill went to work on Blawat for third, taking the position with a slight nudge between turns three and four. Before Blawat could recover, Steve Apel raced by on the inside to grab fourth place as Blawat slotted into fifth. Morgan left the inside open slightly off turn two and Bennett took advantage of the opportunity, moving the nose of his car up to Morgan’s door as they entered turn three and then continuing to sweep around for second place upon the exit of turn four. Schill tried the same move on the following circuit but this time Morgan was able to block the charge in the fourth turn and keep third while Egan continued to show the way over Bennett. Behind Schill, Apel held the fifth spot as both Rich Loch and Dennis Prunty tried to close in just before the caution flag appeared on lap 17 when Tom Hromadka experienced engine issues and dropped to the infield. Egan and Bennett lined up side by side at the front of the field for the restart with Morgan and Schill flanking them and as racing resumed, Bennett worked the outside to remain even with Egan and actually edging ahead to lead some laps at the stripe. Behind the lead battle, Morgan slipped slightly on the inside in turn four which allowed Schill to race into third place from the outside, bringing Blawat with him also on the outside and into fourth as Morgan fell to fifth just ahead of Apel and Prunty. Bennett finally powered by Egan from the outside to claim sole possession of the top spot on lap 23 as Blawat and Schill raced side by side for third. Blawat used the inside groove to take the third position from Schill and the leaders all ran single file for two more laps before Schill returned the favor to Blawat and retook the third spot with a similar inside line pass. With the leaders back in single file formation, a spin by Race McComb in turn two drew the caution flag for the third time on lap 31 with Bennett leading Egan, Schill, Blawat, Morgan, Apel, and Prunty. Bennett and Egan raced door to door at the front for a lap after the green flag appeared when Schill decided it was time to make his move. With Bennett and Egan side by side, Schill edged the nose of his car to the inside of Bennett off turn two and the three charged toward turn three with Schill on the inside up to Bennett’s door and Egan to the outside just off Bennett’s bumper. Wisely assessing the situation and realizing Schill was coming through on the far inside, Egan allowed Bennett room to drift toward the outside and all three exited turn four with Schill in the lead followed by Bennett and Egan. Behind the leaders, Morgan, Prunty, and Apel had Blawat caught on the outside and each of them passed Blawat to the inside in the fourth through seventh spots respectively. Prunty was the driver on the move in the second half as he first dove to the inside to get around Morgan in fourth and then worked the outside a few laps later to pass Egan for third to set his sights on Schill and Bennett out front. Prunty caught Bennett for second as the laps wound down and quickly edged to the inside in a bid for second but Bennett held strong in the top lane and the two battled side by side as Schill gradually eased ahead in the lead. Prunty was able to take over second place on the final lap but Schill was too far out front to be challenged and he drove to the victory with Prunty finishing second just ahead of Bennett in third. Blawat wrapped up a strong run in fourth while early leader Egan completed the top five finishers in fifth. Morgan took the checkered flag in sixth ahead of Apel in seventh while Jake Vanoskey, Fred Winn, and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten in eighth through tenth respectively.

Mike Egan won the super late model fast dash while Conrad Morgan took the win in the super late model heat race over Jake Vanoskey and Jerry Eckhardt. Mike Graczkowski and Race McComb rounded out the top five finishers in the heat race. Al Schill was the fastest qualifier for the second week in a row with a lap of 11.576 seconds.

Ryan DeStefano scored his first feature win of the season in the 35-lap late model main event, turning back a challenge by Alex Prunty at the finish.

Dan Church and Alex Prunty swapped the lead in the opening laps as the raced alongside each other before Church claimed the lead for himself using the inside lane. Prunty began to fade slightly in the high line as Ryan DeStefano worked his way around for second in the inner groove. Prunty fell in line in third just ahead of Dave McCardle while Justin Poenitsch and Andy Welter raced for fifth. DeStefano was able to close quickly on Church as they entered the corners but Church’s line off the turns enabled him to keep the lead despite DeStefano’s numerous challenges. Behind the top three, Poenitsch raced into fourth place by passing McCardle to the inside as the leaders up front continued to race in single file formation. On lap 19, DeStefano charged wide off turn two and looked to be making an outside groove bid for the lead but as he entered turn three, he quickly dove to the bottom groove and was able to pull alongside Church for the lead. With the preferred inside lane, DeStefano was able to grab the lead and Prunty filled the opening on the inside to take over second as Church moved back in line in third. Prunty made many attempts to challenge DeStefano for the lead on the outside but each time he would come up short while behind the lead duo, Poenitsch charged around Church for third place. With little success with his outside lane bids for the top spot, Prunty moved to DeStefano’s rear bumper looking for a way to route to the inside as the laps clicked away. On the final lap, DeStefano held tightly to the inside line and a final look to the outside in a bid for the win by Prunty came up short as DeStefano raced under the checkered flag for the victory. Prunty finished a close second followed by Poenitsch in third, completing his best race of the season to date. Dave McCardle finished in fourth and Andy Welter crossed the stripe in fifth.

Dave McCardle won the late model fast dash and Al Stippich took top honors in the late model heat race over Andy Welter and Justin Poenitsch. Adam Peschek finished fourth and Brittiny Helmers was fifth. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.461 seconds.
Ryan Farrell held off James Swan to win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Jimmie Evans and Eric Lingford led the field to the green flag and they raced door to door for the lead with Evans hugging the inside line and Lingford hanging with him on the outside. As Evans and Lingford battled side by side at the front, Kenny Joosten, James Swan, and Ryan Farrell all raced intensely for positions directly behind them. The caution flag waved on lap 16 as Carl Benn spun off turn two and collected Jack Stern in the process and Evans and Lingford again lined up alongside each other for the restart. As racing resumed, Joosten experienced mechanical problems and left the speedway as Evans and Lingford remained side by side for the lead with Farrell and Swan also racing in two-by-two formation directly behind them. Lingford’s car swung loose from the outside in turn four which forced Swan to check up as Farrell pounced to the inside lane to charge by Lingford for second as Evans eased ahead in the lead. Swan also got by Lingford on the inside for third and both he and Farrell began to quickly stalk Evans for the lead. Farrell moved to the outside and built up enough speed to race by Evans for the lead and a few laps later Swan also took to the top line to make his way around Evans and into second. In the closing laps, Lingford developed mechanical issues and exited the event as Swan tried to track down Farrell for the lead. Farrell proved to be too strong in the closing laps and he turned back Swan’s challenges and drove to the victory. Evans finished a strong third while Jack Stern and Carl Benn rebounded from their earlier incident to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Eric Lingford won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Jack Stern was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman heat race over Carl Benn and Eric Lingford. Dave Wastak and Dennis Eichorst rounded out the top five. James Swan was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.825 seconds.

Tyler Schley held off a fast closing Brad Hetzel to capture his second feature win of the season in the 20-lap Thunderstock main event. Joe Shelby finished third followed by Ken Schraufnagel and John Daley. Tyler Schley also was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash while Rick Schaefer scored the win in the Thunderstock heat race over Tim Kreuser and Joe Shelby. Nick Egan finished fourth in the heat race and Tyler Schley was fifth. Brad Hetzel set fast time for the Thunderstocks with a lap of 13.766 seconds.

Nick Schmidt overcame a penalty for jumping the start of the Slinger Bees feature and drove to a convincing win over Grant Griesbach and Jacob Schraufnagel. Kyle Stark charged from the rear of the field in the final three laps to finish fourth while Brandon Tackes was fifth. Kyle Stark was the winner of the Slinger Bees fast heat over Nick Schmidt and Marty Tackes. Brandon Berens was fourth and Brandon Tackes was fifth. Ryan Savage won the Slinger Bees regular heat over Dave Lembke and Ethan Roskopf. Nicole Mueller and Willis Fick were fourth and fifth respectively. The regular heat race was red flagged on the opening lap when a hard crash between Matthew Rose, Bill Ostovich Jr. and Dave Wickstrum resulted in Ostovich’s car slowly rolling over in the third turn. All drivers emerged from the incident without serious injury.

Nick Enders drove his Mustang to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Willy Van Camp closed out the evening with a win in the Figure 8 race.

By Dan Margetta

Slinger Speedway 65th Anniversary Celebration with $6.50 Admission

June 8th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 10th, Slinger Speedway will be celebrating their 65th Anniversary with $6.50 adult, senior, and student general admission tickets. It’s also reunion night with vintage modified cars and many of your favorite drivers of yesteryear. The Vintage Race Cars will be available for everyone to take a close up look on the front stretch at 6 pm before racing starts.

Slinger Speedway 65th Anniversary Celebration with $6.50 Admission

Slinger Speedway 65th Anniversary Celebration with $6.50 Admission

The night’s racing activities will feature Super Late Models, Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Slinger Bees, Thunder Stocks, Figure 8’s, and Spectator Eliminators. Gates open at 4 pm, with qualifying at 4:45, opening ceremonies at 6:30 and racing to follow.

For a chance to meet Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Ross Kenseth, and other Nationals Stars a limited number of VIP Meet and Greet Hospitality tickets are available. VIP Hospitality tickets will allow lucky fans the opportunity to meet, get an autograph and attend a Q&A session with the stars. Pit Pass, Food, Drink and a general admission ticket to the race will be included with the VIP Ticket. To purchase VIP tickets call the track office (262-644-5921) or go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Advance general admission tickets for the July 1st Miller Lite Nationals are on sale now at the Slinger Speedway track office (262-644-5921), Pioneer Plaza in Richfield or on line at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com. Fans can save $2.00 when they purchase Adult General Admission tickets in advance. The rain date is Monday July 2nd.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing department at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Prunty Holds Off Schill to Win Ewald Automotive 50

June 4th, 2012

Slinger, Wis., June 3—With the leaders navigating their way through lapped traffic, Dennis Prunty held off Al Schill and Steve Apel to capture the victory in the Ewald Automotive 50 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, scoring his second super late model feature triumph of the season.

“I kept looking in the mirror and then was thinking ‘don’t look in the mirror…don’t look in the mirror’ because Al (Schill) was coming,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane as a slight mist began to fall, “So far between everywhere I’ve raced this year we’ve got four wins and two seconds. My daughter put on the big carburetor this week and we’re going to go for it.”

“Me and Dennis (Prunty) were really going at it,” Schill said after his second place result, “The rain that began to fall was messing me up a bit and the tires got hot, but a driver always has to have an excuse I guess, so that’s mine.”

“It’s hard to pass twelve cars in fifty laps, “ Apel stated after charging from deep in the field to finish a close third, “I wish the race was longer because the car was really good.”

Rob Braun and Travis Dassow paced the field to the green with Dassow leading the field briefly off turn two on the outside before Braun charged back in the low groove off turn four to lead the opening lap. As Braun edged ahead, Brad Keith filled the opening in the inside line and ran alongside Dassow for second with Mike Egan, Jeff Holtz, Dennis Prunty, Lowell Bennett, and Al Schill all lined up two by two behind them. The inside lane prevailed early and Keith, Egan, Prunty, and Schill all advanced forward while Dassow and Holtz struggled in the high line. With Braun leading, Egan quickly worked to the inside of Keith for second and after several laps of racing door to door, Egan secured the spot, bringing Prunty and Schill along with him as Keith eventually slotted in line behind Schill and back on the inside. Behind Keith, Bennett went to work on Holtz for sixth, easing the nose of his car to the inside of Holtz’s door to take the position as Chris Blawat and Steve Apel rapidly closed in on the lead cars. Apel had his car wound up on the outside and with the front runners racing single file, began to click off spots using the high line. Braun had difficulty keeping his car down on the speedway which opened the door on the inside for Egan and he pulled alongside for the lead with Prunty and Schill right in his tire tracks. Braun ran the outside well however and built momentum off the corners to remain alongside Egan for several laps as the two swapped the lead at the stripe with lapped traffic approaching. As the lapped machines raced in the lower lane, Prunty moved to the outside and when the leaders encountered the traffic, Braun kept the lead from the high groove as Egan became picked by the slower car with Prunty racing around him for second on the outside. Egan was able to move to the upper groove to get around the lapped car and keep third as Schill couldn’t fill the gap quickly enough and remained fourth. A lap later however, Schill used a strong run down the backstretch coupled with Egan’s car beginning to drift high in the corners to take the fourth spot as Bennett charged into fifth by also passing Egan on the inside. Back up front, Prunty took his turn at Braun for the lead, again moving to the inside while Braun raced strong in the high lane. Prunty and Braun raced side by side for the lead for several laps as Schill, Bennett, and Apel ran nose to tail behind them. Braun made one slight bobble from the outside exiting turn four and it was all Prunty needed to slip by on the inside for the lead as by the time Braun recovered he found himself in fifth behind Schill, Bennett, and Apel who all took advantage of the miscue. Schill quickly tracked down Prunty for the lead and remained glued to his rear bumper while Apel worked his way around Bennett on the inside for third. Prunty’s back end began to swing loose off the corners as the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic and with the slower cars occupying the inside lane, Schill and Apel didn’t have an opportunity to dip low and challenge for the top spot. By the time the leaders cleared the lapped cars, the laps had wound down leaving Schill and Apel little time to build up a challenge as Prunty drove to his second super late model feature win of the season. Schill held off a fast closing Apel for second while Bennett and Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers. Early leader Rob Braun took the checkered flag in sixth ahead of Chris Blawat and Mike Egan in seventh and eighth respectively while Brad Keith and Mike Borchardt completed the top ten.

Corey Funk won the ten lap super late model fast heat over Jeff Holtz and Rob Braun while Fred Winn and Travis Dassow finished fourth and fifth. Jake Vanoskey captured the win in the ten lap super late model regular heat over Jerry Eckhardt and Mike Borchardt. Mike Graczkowski and Pete Wiedmeyer were fourth and fifth respectively. Lowell Bennett was the winner of the super late model fast dash while Al Schill set fast time for the first time since May of 2006 with a lap of 11.490 seconds.

Dave McCardle survived an aggressive 35-lap late model feature event to score his first main event victory of the season.

Justin Poenitsch and Jerry Mueller occupied the front row at the start of the race and Poenitsch edged to the lead as the two made contact entering turn one. Everyone sorted things out cleanly up front as Dave McCardle battled John DeAngelis Jr. for third with Ryan DeStefano close behind. Alex Prunty and Braison Bennett soon joined McCardle, DeAngelis, and DeStefano in the battle for third as up front Mueller dogged Poenitsch for the lead. Mueller ran Poenitsch hard into turn three and when Poenitsch’s car washed wide in turn four, Mueller dove to the inside in a bid for the lead. However, Mueller’s car broke loose upon the exit of turn four which resulted in both he and Poenitsch charging nearly even into turn one for the lead. Poenitsch gained a slight advantage off turn two and he held the lead despite both cars touching numerous times in the corner and down the backstretch. Mueller made another bid for the lead a lap later and with the leaders racing aggressively for the top spot, DeAngelis was able to take third place as McCardle raced with Alex Prunty and DeStefano over fourth. After several laps of fender rubbing action up front, Poenitsch’s car slid wide in turn four, allowing Mueller to take the lead as DeAngelis, Prunty, and DeStefano all charged by. The top four remained in an intense battle until the caution flag appeared on lap 16 for a spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two with Mueller leading over DeAngelis, Prunty, and DeStefano. As the green flag appeared, Mueller broke away for the lead on the inside as Prunty raced alongside DeAngelis in a battle for second with DeStefano, Poenitsch, and McCardle all following close behind. With Mueller continuing to lead, Prunty was able to pass DeAngelis on the inside for second and DeStefano took advantage of the move by also moving to the inside of DeAngelis for third. As DeAngelis tried to move back to the inside lane, he was clipped slightly by Poenitsch which caused DeAngelis to spin in turn four and draw the caution flag on lap 18. Mueller and Prunty lined up at the front of the field for the restart with Mueller leading into turn one. Prunty loosened up Mueller in turn four and made a bid for the lead but when Mueller cut to the inside in an attempt to defend the lead, he made contact with Prunty’s car and slid into the infield as behind the leaders, Dan Church hit the turn one wall hard and collected Andy Welter in the attempt to avoid the mishap causing the yellow flag to appear again. This time for the restart, DeStefano lined up on the outside of Mueller at the front of the field and as racing resumed, Mueller maintained the lead while McCardle worked his way into second with an inside pass on DeStefano. The caution flag appeared for another time on lap 31 when DeAngelis and Andy Wendt tangled in turn two and Adam Peschek and Justin Poenitsch became involved in the incident as well. Mueller again led on the restart but this time McCardle lined up alongside and he was able to make the outside work enough to clear Mueller for the lead. Once out front, McCardle maintained the lead and drove to the victory over DeStefano, Mueller, and Prunty. Andy Wendt finished fifth.

Andy Welter won the late model heat over Adam Peschek and Al Stippich. Andy Wendt finished fourth and Braison Bennett finished fifth. Jerry Mueller was the winner of the late model fast dash and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.449 seconds.

James Swan took the lead on lap seven and went on to take top honors in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Jay Shambeau led the opening laps as the race fell under the caution flag early on lap two for an incident between Dennis Eichhorst and Jack Stern in turn one. Shambeau led on the restart as Jimmie Evans, Kenny Joosten, and James Swan all chased the leader. Shambeau’s lead went away on lap seven as he was tagged briefly by Joosten exiting turn four and as the car broke loose, Evans raced into the lead. Evans, however had his own issues in turn two and his car also broke loose momentarily as both Joosten and Swan closed quickly. Joosten and Swan split Evans in a momentarily three-wide situation from which Swan came out with the lead. Once out front, Swan could not be caught and he charged to the win over Ryan Farrell who gave chase but had to settle for second at the finish. Kenny Joosten finished third while Eric Lingford and Jimmie Evans were fourth and fifth respectively.

Kenny Joosten won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Brian Holtz won the Midwest Sportsman heat race over Eric Lingford. Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.758 seconds.

Brad Hetzel took the lead late in the 18-lap Thunderstock main event and went on to capture the win over Carl Benn and Rick Schaefer. John Daley finished fourth and Tyler Schley took the checkered flag in fifth. Ken Schraufnagel was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier at 13.804 seconds. Nick Schmidt won the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over C.J. Coralini. Paul Reagles finished third after spinning while leading late in the event and Marty Tackes and Brandon Tackes rounded out the top five. Schmidt and Coralini also each won a Slinger Bee heat while Steve Dickson set fast time at 15.258 seconds. Rick Bruskiewicz was the winner of the Figure 8 race to close the evening. During intermission, Karri Finco was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway for the 2012 season.

Next Sunday June 10th Slinger Speedway will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of racing with a special $6.50 ticket for all adults, seniors, and students. The Vintage Modified Cars and Drivers from back in the day will also be on hand with fans able to see the cars up close before racing starts at 6:00 pm. Gates open at 4:00, qualifying at 4:45 and racing begins at 6:30. For more information go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com

By Dan Margetta

Ewald’s Hartford Ford Miss Slinger Speedway

May 31st, 2012

(Slinger, WI)Sunday Night June 3rd Ewald’s Hartford Ford presents the $1000 to win Miss Slinger Speedway Pageant. A 50 lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.

Ewald’s Hartford Ford Miss Slinger Speedway

Ewald’s Hartford Ford Miss Slinger Speedway

$1000 to win Miss Slinger Speedway Pageant – Plus 50,000 penny’s for the kids

Before racing starts there will be 50,000 penny’s spread across the front stretch for kids 5 – 11 to gather up.  Remember to arrive early, the penny drop will start at 6:15.

Ewald’s Hartford Ford is part of the Ewald Automotive Group; a local family owned and operated company.  While you’ll be hard pressed to find lower prices, we will meet or beat any advertised price on any new car, truck or van we sell or lease. Guaranteed! WE SELL MORE BECAUSE WE SELL FOR LESS. Discover the Ewald Advantage Today!  www.ewaldauto.com

Contestants can enter by calling the track office at: 262-644-5921 or email slingerspeedway1@aol.com for an entry form.  All contestants must be 18 years of age or older.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Apel Overcomes Mechanical Issues To Capture EH Wolf 75 At Slinger

May 30th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) Stock car racing can be an expensive sport. Even the simplest of parts can cost so much more that one might think. Yet amazingly enough, it always seems to be those simple parts that can cost you more than the money involved. Steve Apel had just that scenario as a leaking transmission gasket in qualifying proved to be only a temporary setback.

Steve Apel SLM Feature Winner
Steve Apel SLM Feature Winner

After two subpar qualifying laps, Apel rattled off his third lap to set fast time. A few minor adjustments before the feature, and Apel was well on his way to rattling off another victory. Apel got by leader Lowell Bennett on lap 48, before holding off Dennis Prunty to win the EH Wolf Memorial Day 75 at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“It was minor, only a gasket leak on the tranny,” said Apel. “The fluid was getting on the clutch and causing it to slip and luckily it went away on lap 3.”

The only other thing that would go away would be the view of the cars in Apel’s rear view mirror.

Mike Graczkowski and Lowell Bennett led the field to the green with Bennett taking over the top spot in turn one. The outside line was the fast line early, as Chris Blawat followed Bennett around Graczkowski. Blawat opened the door for Mike Egan to get by as well.

Apel showed his power early, as he quickly moved up from his seventh starting position, making his way up to fourth by lap 4.

Steve Apel Passes Lowell Bennett
Steve Apel Passes Lowell Bennett

Bennett would stretch his lead to a half a straightaway as he clicked off lap 9, as Apel would duck to the inside of Egan to take over the third spot at the same time.

Hall of Famer Al Schill returned to action at Slinger with a brand new engine and after setting the second fastest time in qualifying set his sights on moving towards the front. Schill made his way into the top five on lap 12, showing signs of his prowess from days gone by.

Meanwhile back up front, Bennett would increase his lead to a full straightaway before encountering lapped traffic on lap 19. Bennett would struggle a bit to get around the lapped cars, and in the interim saw his lead dwindle.

Apel would use the high side of the banking to get around Blawat on lap 23, bringing Egan along into the third spot. Once Apel moved into second, he set his sights on Bennett and gradually erased Bennett’s huge advantage.

As Apel was catching Bennett, Dennis Prunty would get around Schill and Egan by lap 46.

A lap later Apel would catch Bennett and pass him on the inside of turn two. Apel would then start to stretch his lead, before traffic would allow Bennett to catch back up. Apel was able to pull Bennett off the corners, but Bennett would gain that back entering the turns. All that would change when the yellow would come out on lap 58 for two separate incidents.

Jake Vanoskey would spin in turn three, and almost instantaneously Tommy Hromadka would spin in turn one. One of the cars or perhaps someone all together differently, dropped fluid on the track requiring the safety crew to put oil dry in both ends of the track. Complicating matters was that the oil dry was placed in both the inside and outside grooves of turn one.

Braison Bennett LM Feature Winner
Braison Bennett LM Feature Winner

When racing resumed, Apel would get the jump on Bennett and resume his lead. Prunty, who seemingly prefers the outside lane, used that to his advantage to get around Bennett on lap 59. Schill would also get around Blawat for the fourth spot while the action up front became more heated on this hot evening.

Rookie Nick Wagner would bring out the yellow on lap 64 when he would spin in turn 3, bunching up the field once again.

Apel would get the jump on the restart, as Bennett would begin to bottom out and show some sparks in the corners. This allowed Prunty to challenge for the second spot. A challenge that wouldn’t last long, as Prunty would get around Bennett on lap 68.

As Prunty took over the second spot, Schill would work his way past Blawat to take over the fourth spot.

Apel would stretch his lead until flying under the twin checkers to capture the win by 1.34 seconds over Prunty.

“The first few laps the car was terrible,” said Apel. “The clutch was slipping really bad and I’d get in the gas and it moved all around. I’d baby it and I would miss my marks and I’m all over the place. It finally went away and so it must have got hot enough and burned all away. I was able to get going.”

Dennis Prunty’s second place finish was by his accounts, better than it seemed to be.

James Swan Sportsman Feature Winner
James Swan Sportsman Feature Winner

“I was trapped on the outside for a long time,” said Prunty. “You lose a lot of ground up there and I just couldn’t reel him in there at the end. I don’t know if the race went longer if I would’ve caught him or not. He looked pretty good up there. It was a good race and a lot of guys gave me room. It’s nice when you pressure someone they give you room and I like racing like that. It was really clean and the car came back without a scratch on it. It was a slick track but definitely a raceable track and you could run both lanes.”

Third Generation Driver Braison Bennett Captures First Career Late Model Win

Braison Bennett, son of Lowell Bennett, the seven time super late model track champion at the Slinger Super Speedway, scored his first career win in a Late Model, as he held off Ryan DeStefano in the 35 lap feature. Bennett was able to get the jump on several late race restarts to secure the win.

The 16 year old racer was almost speechless after taking the checkers.

“I still don’t know how I pulled that off,” said Bennett. “It’s amazing.”

It looked as Alex Prunty was going to make it two wins in a row, as he worked his way around Danny Church and pulled out to a straightaway lead. As Church was fading back, Bennett and DeStefano would get by as well, and start to chase down Prunty.

They would be aided by a yellow on lap 22 when Andy Welter spun in turn three.

Tyler Schley Thunderstock Feature Winner
Tyler Schley Thunderstock Feature Winner

Bennett would pull alongside Prunty for the restart and clear him for the lead off of turn two. That would be short lived, as just a lap later the yellow would fly again when Justin Poenitsch would spin in turn two.

Once again Bennett would get the jump on the restart and pull into the lead. While Prunty was on the outside, DeStefano would sneak underneath and take over the second spot. DeStefano closed in on Bennett, and perhaps Bennett began to feel the pressure. Coming off of turn four on lap 26, Bennett got sideways, but somehow managed to save it and keep his lead. DeStefano would look to the inside of Bennett, but his progress was temporarily halted when Brittiny Helmers would bring out the yellow on lap 27, as she spun in turn four.

Bennett would get another great restart and maintain the lead. Prunty quickly dove underneath DeStefano to get back into second, and opened the door for Dave McCardle to take over the third spot.

The yellow would fly again on lap 30 when Al Stippich spun in turn two.

Bennett continued his domination on the restarts and jumped back into the lead. Two laps later DeStefano would get around Prunty for the second spot, though Bennett was already stretching his lead.

Speedway Guest Car Winner
Speedway Guest Car Winner

Adam Peschek would spin off of turn two as the leaders came to the white flag, but there was no yellow. Bennett would hold off DeStefano coming to the checkers, but Prunty was turned by Church in the middle of three and four. As Prunty came to a stop at the bottom of the turn, his car was nailed by Jerry Mueller, tearing off the front of Prunty’s car.

Despite his lack of experience, Bennett showed how strong he was on those many restarts.

“Before I got the restart the car was getting loose,” said Bennett. “During that restart the tires cooled down a bit and I was able to get a lot of grip coming out of turn four for the green.”

Considering the family legacy, Bennett was humbled by his accomplishment.

“It’s exciting as a third generation racer,” said Bennett. “My Grandpa and my dad are very successful in late model racing and it’s really important to them I know.”

Lowell Bennett was definitely showing he was a proud papa after the race.

“It can’t be much better than that,” said the elder Bennett. “I wish I could’ve followed him and met him down in Victory Lane, but we were a little short tonight.”

Lowell would finish third in the Super Late Model feature and was already taking crap from his son over that fact.

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Bike Race Winners

“It’s pretty awesome, especially since it’s only his second time in the car,” said Bennett. “He showed he’s got good skill and did very well. I’m very proud of him. It really even surprised me, because he came the first week and won the heat and he ran fourth. I thought it would be mid season before he even thought of pulling off a win. He played right with the big dogs. He pulled it off and it was no gift.”

Ryan DeStefano would say that he thought his lack or patience made it more difficult in his quest for the win.

“I don’t know if it was the tires, the track or what it was,” said DeStefano. “It was definitely hot, but the TNT Rescue car was awesome. It was a little tight in the beginning, but as the race went on, it just came in perfect. It’s patience, and I just think we’re lacking that a bit at the end of the race. Everyone wants to win and obviously that’s the goal, but we had a good car and we were there. We needed to be, but we came up a little short.”

Written By: Gregg Paul

EH Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Special with Fireworks

May 25th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night May 27th long-time track sponsor E.H. Wolf & Sons partners up with participating Bp dealers to present the Slinger Super Speedway Memorial Day Special with Fireworks. An 75 lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races. Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm. Rain date is Monday, May 28.

Check your local BP Gas Station with Invigorate to get your $1.00 off Coupons for General Admission Seating and when you turn in your coupon you will automatically be entered to win gas cards and other prizes! E.H. Wolf and Sons and our participating Bp locations are pleased to sponsor tonight’s event. We encourage you to patronize E.H. Wolf and the participating locations…

· Country Mart Bp – located at the corner of Hwy 167 and Hwy 175 in Richfield
· Smiley’s C-Store Bp – just down the road at the corner of Hwy 175 and Hwy 144 in Slinger
· Main Street Mart Bp – west side of Jackson at Hwy 60 and Hwy 45.
· Pioneer Travel Plaza Bp – at Hwy 41-45 and Pioneer Road in Richfield
· Rapid Mart Bp – located on Hwy 60 between Hartford and Slinger
· Eastside Mart Travel Center Bp – Hwy 60 on the east side of Jackson
· Westside Mart Bp – Hwy 60, west side of Hartford
· Rapid Mart Bp – Neosho
· Wild Goose Station – located at corner of Hwy 33 and Hwy 26 just north of Juneau

EH Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Special with Fireworks

EH Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Special with Fireworks

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.


Prunty Tops the Miller Lite 130 Season Opener

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

Two Engine Give A Ways top Slinger Contingency Program

April 19th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) Racing Manufactures are stepping up to the plate at Slinger Speedway for the 2012 race season. Topping the list are two engines that will be given away at the Slinger Speedway awards banquet. Wegner Motorsports will be giving away an LS SLM engine, and B&B Racing Engines will be giving a 9-1 or Ace Engine. Tiry’s Engines will be giving money off engine rebuilds of $1000 to SLM, $500 to LM, $400 to MWS and $300 to Thunderstocks, Motor Masters Racing Equipment also will be giving money off engine rebuilds; $1000 to SLM and $500 to Late Models.

It’s not just the engine manufactures that are stepping up. The following companies will be participating in the Slinger Speedway Contingency program. Five Star, Diamond Wheels, Bassett Wheels, Hoosier Racing Tire, Genal Tire Sales, Afco, Speed Graphics, ARP Bodies, Pathfinder Chassis, Behling Racing Equipment, Hyperco, Intercomp, Appleton, Goodyear, Quarter Master, Just Sew Sports, AMSOIL, NetwurX, AFLAC, Red Rock Saloon. There are a few more deals in the works, so the list will keep growing.

The 65th Season for Slinger Speedway kicks off Sunday afternoon April 29th with the Miller Lite 130 Season Opener. Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, and One on One spectator races. Qualifying will start at Noon with racing at 2:00 pm.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Miller Lite 130 Kick’s Off Slinger Opener April 29

April 11th, 2012

(Slinger, WI) – The 65th Season for Slinger Speedway kick’s off Sunday afternoon April 29th with the Miller Lite 130 Spring Opener. The Miller Lite 130 will have a break at the half way point and this season it will be lap 65 in honor of the 65th season of racing at Slinger Speedway. Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, and Figure 8’s. Gates will open at Noon and racing starts at 2:00 pm.

The Miller Lite season opener April 29 and Alan Kulwicki Memorial May 6 will have 2 pm start times. May 13 will be a test and tune day with testing from 2 to 6 pm, general admission will be free for the Mothers Day testing. We will return to racing with a 6:30pm start time May 20 for Round One of the Pepsi Challenge Series and an added treat of Figure 8 School Bus races.

$10 adult general admission tickets are available on line, go to: http://www.slingersuperspeedway.com/ the only added fee is shipping and that is a set rate, so buy more and save big!
Saturday April 28 fans will have the opportunity to watch all the divisions of competition for the 2012 racing season during the annual practice day. General admission on practice day is free. You can save a buck on Sunday’s tickets buying them in advance at Pioneer Plaza in Richfield, or B& S Liquor in Hartford.

Tickets are tickets on sale for the 33rd Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals July 1st. You can call the track office to order tickets at: 262-644-5921, or go to our website for on line ticket sales at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Miller Lite Spring Opener 130

Miller Lite Spring Opener 130

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2012 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Slinger Speedway Honors 2011 Champions

February 1st, 2012

(Slinger, WI) – The Slinger Speedway awards banquet was held Saturday January 28 at the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford, Wisconsin.  Drivers, car owners, crews, fans and track staff were on hand to honor the champions and all the racers in each division.  There was an added treat with the new venue at the Schauer Center it also allows fans to take in the SE Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame, housed in the same building.  LeRoy Meats of Horicon catered the evening’s dinner.
Long time Slinger Speedway Announcer and Host of The LTN Hour Todd Behling was the MC for the event, and he got things going by introducing Slinger Speedway MRO Track Chaplain Jim Zierke. Jim opened with a prayer and asked to remember Tom Powell, Wes Biswell and others we lost during 2011.

The Slinger Bee’s were the first division to accept their awards for the 2011 season.  Nick Wagner captured his first track championship in dominating fashion.  Wagner recorded 16 fast times and 17 feature wins on his way to the title.  Rounding out the top five were Braison Bennett, Brandon Tackes, Allen Maher, and Marty Tackes.  Allen Maher would also collect the Rookie of the Year honors in the Slinger Bee Division.

2011 Thunderstock Champion Andy Welter continued his steady climb up the ladder in this division.  He went from 5th in 2009, 3rd in 2010 to Champion in 2011, but there won’t be another Thunderstock championship for him next year because he is moving up to the Late Model division in 2012.  Welter collected 15 top fives and 5 feature wins on his way to the title.  Brad Hetzel, John Daley, Ken Schrafnagel, and Nate Fick rounded out the top 5 with Tyler Schley taking home Thunderstock Rookie of the Year honors.

The Figure 8 Division was next to take the stage and returning champion Scott Goetzke stood on familiar ground as he not only repeated, he was crowned champion for the 5th straight year!  Goetzke had a division leading 18 top fives to go with 5 feature wins on his way to claiming his 5th straight championship.  In typical fashion Willy VanCamp spotted the field 4 races and still finished 2nd in the point standings.  Willy had a division leading 7 wins.  Rick Bruskiewicz finished 3rd in the standings but would pick up the title of hardest hit ever in the X.  Rick’s pickup truck was destroyed late in the season from a direct hit in the X with Ryan Lovald.  Cop car driver Brandon Wolf and Shane “THE SHARK” Becker rounded out the top five.

The Midwest Sportsman Division was dominated by the 2011 Champion, James Swan.  Swan had a division leading 17 top fives, 10 fast times, and 11 feature wins.  Over the last five seasons Swan has accumulated 22 Midwest Sportsman Feature wins and 22 Fast Times at Slinger Speedway.  Second and Third place went to team mates Ryan Farrell and Dan Church.  Farrell took the second place honors beating his car owner/team mate Dan Church.  Jack Stern was fourth with Jay Shambeau fifth.
The Late Model division’s top honors went to Wayne Freimund.  Wayne had a division leading 17 top tens to go with 2 feature wins.  Wayne thanked his engine builder Motor Masters and said his Championship wouldn’t have been possible without them.  He also thanked Dan Church for his support.  Alex Prunty claimed the second spot in the Late Model standings and he also picked up the Late Model Rookie of the Year award.  Alex had a division leading 4 fast times and also picked up 2 feature wins.  Dave McCardle was third in points with 16 top tens and one feature win.  John DeAngelis was fourth with one feature win while Jerry Mueller rounded out the top five.   The Late Model Champion also had the honor of drawing the name of the Five Star Race Car body’s $500 gift certificate. Wayne Freimund pulled Alex Prunty’s name from the hat.

The final awards of the evening went to the Super Late Model division.  Jeremy Lepak was the last one standing on the stage after being crowned the 2011 Champion.  Lepak teamed up with legendary car owner Jerry Gunderman in a chase for the 2011 Slinger Speedway Super Late Model Championship, something Jerry Gunderman had not yet accomplished; together they dominated the season.  Lepak led the division with 14 top fives and 7 feature wins.  Lepak also won the three race Pepsi Challenge Series by winning two of the races and finishing 4th in the other.  Lepak thanked Wayne Erickson, B&B engines, a long list of supporters, his sponsors, his wife, his crew, and his car owner, Jerry Gunderman.
Lepak, who had said on the day he clinched the championship that it felt so surreal had a few months to reflect on his accomplishment and to see if it had sunk in yet.

“I think tonight helped it sink in quite a bit,” said Lepak.  “On the ride down it still hadn’t sunk in yet, but I think when I walked up there for everything, get the trophy, do the speech, you know I think it helped to sink it in.”
Considering the laundry list of drivers who have driven for Jerry Gunderman, Lepak was genuinely honored to be able to be mentioned with the great drivers who held that seat before him.

“Is that number unreal?” asked Lepak.  “Are the names on there incredible?  I think that list helped me understand that when I walk into the shop and I know the history there.  Then you hear the names read off and yours is on that list. To be with those drivers….that’s enough said. I don’t even know what to say about it.”

When you consider the drivers that have driven for Jerry Gunderman, and that Lepak gave him just his second ever championship, it is definitely an accomplishment worth noting.  Names like Bobby and Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Ted Musgrave, Scott Hansen, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Ken Schrader, Matt Kenseth, Dick Trickle, Kyle Petty, Jimmy Johnson, and scores of others have all piloted a Gunderman car and have recorded numerous victories.
Jeremy Lepak’s name is now next to Mark Martins (’86 ASA) as the only two championship drivers for Jerry Gunderman.
“I was very honest when I said he (Gunderman) could have any driver he wanted,” said Lepak.  “I firmly believe that.  But when I see my name on those cars it’s incredible.  It’s a hell of an accomplishment.”

Steve Apel drove the Sonya’s Rose Danny and Sonya Delcamp owned car to second in the Championship Standings.  Apel won 3 features in the Super Late Model division and one feature in the Late Model division.  He also collect 8 top fives, 11 top tens and was fast qualifier twice.

The 3rd place finisher in the Super Late Models was 7 time Slinger Speedway Champion Lowell Bennett.  Bennett had one feature win to go with 10 top fives, and 14 top ten finishes.  Jon Reynolds Jr made the trek to Slinger Speedway each week from Rockford and wound up 4th in the standings.  The 2011 Super Late Model Rookie of the year Rob Braun finished in fifth place.  Chris Blawat, Mike Egan, Randy Schuler, Mike Graczkowski, and Conrad Morgan rounded out the top ten.
Jeremy Lepak had the honors of drawing the winner of the $900 Five Star Race Car Bodies award and he drew his own name.  Proving he is the ultimate sportsman Lepak threw his name to the side and drew another name, this time Rob Braun’s ticket was the winner, Rob gladly accepted the gift from Five Star.

Todd Behling finished the evening by thanking many of the staff at Slinger Speedway along with other supporters, and that put an end to the 2011 season at Slinger Speedway.

Written by:  Todd Thelen and Gregg Paul

Brad Hetzel and Cory Talaska Claim Feature Wins as Rain Brings an Early End to the Futures!

September 19th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., Sept.18—Brad Hetzel took top honors in the 30-lap Thunderstock feature and Cory Talaska scored the victory in the Legends main event just before persistent rain showers washed out the rest of the scheduled events during The Futures races Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Hetzel took the lead of the Thunderstock main event from Carl Benn on lap 13 and then proceeded to work lapped traffic flawlessly as he drove to the victory, holding off Benn at the finish. Carl Benn took the checkered flag in second place just ahead of Nate Fick while John Daley and Bernie Leonard rounded out the top five. Carl Benn was the winner of the opening Thunderstock heat race over John Daley and Nate Fick while Adam Peschek and Brad Hetzel were fourth and fifth respectively. Josh Fischer captured the win in the second Thunderstock heat race over Bernie Leonard and Vincent Heywood. Josh Fehrman and Jeff Alendorf completed the top five. Brad Hetzel was the Thunderstock fastest qualifier.

Talaska charged into the lead at the start of the 20-lap Legends car feature and pulled ahead to a sizeable advantage when Aaron Moyer spun off turn two while battling for the lead. Moyer righted his car and continued on as Talaska maintained the lead. Moyer sliced his way through the field and was on Talaska’s rear bumper on the final lap but Talaska was able to edge Moyer for the win. Moyer settled for second place as Rodney Mundt, Mark Ritger, and Vince Bartolotta finished in third through fifth place respectively. Aaron Moyer also won the Legends fast dash and was the fastest qualifier.

Jason Thoma was the winner of the first Area Sportsman heat race over Tommy Moore and Aaron Cain. Jesse Knutson was fourth and Greg Hauser finished fifth. Gary Kasperek won the second Area Sportsman heat, holding off Neal Sannes and Dave Meyerhofer at the finish. Adam Peschek and Rick Wenzel completed the top five. Jason Thoma was also the fastest qualifier for the division.

Chris Jones won the heat race for the International division over Gary Stark and Nick Worman. Keith Pierce and Kyle Smith were fourth and fifth respectively. Phil Malouf won the International fast dash and Kyle Stark was the fastest qualifier. Jason Dull took top honors in the first Slinger Bee heat race over Heather Stark and Kyle Stark. Mark Johler crossed the stripe in fourth and Steve Dickson was fifth. Scott Ciesieski won the second Slinger Bee heat race over Grant Griesback and Nick Schmidt as Josh Roehl and Kyle Fink completed the top five. Steve Dickson was the Slinger Bee fastest qualifier.

The remaining events including features for the Area Sportsman, Slinger Bees, and Internationals as well as the Enduro were washed out when a steady rain began to fall on the speedway forcing officials to cancel the rest of the afternoon’s activities.

By Dan Margetta

Apel Back in Victory Lane in Bob Fish 80

September 12th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., Sept.11—Steve Apel survived a tough battle with Conrad Morgan and held off Brad Mueller en route to his third super late model feature win of the season in the Bob Fish 80-lap main event Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Jon Reynolds Jr. and Jeremy Lepak raced door to door for the lead from the front row at the start of the event with Rob Braun and Conrad Morgan tucked in line behind them. Lepak eventually prevailed from the outside lane, edging out front as Morgan advanced from the high lane to race alongside Reynolds for second, leaving Braun to race with Steve Apel, Lowell Bennett, and Brad Mueller. Morgan also was able to use the outside to get around Reynolds by lap six just before the first caution flag flew when Braun tried an inside run on Apel into turn three and in an effort to avoid hitting him, Braun’s car spun around where it was tagged slightly by Lowell Bennett. Lepak led the restart from the inside lane over Morgan and the two raced alongside each other momentarily before Morgan was able to duck back to the inside groove directly behind Lepak and just ahead of Reynolds and Apel. As Morgan looked for a way around Lepak on the inside, Brad Mueller and Dennis Prunty joined the battle for third with Apel and Reynolds as Bennett left the speedway with a severe tire rub, the result of the previous incident with Braun. Morgan was finally able to get to the inside of Lepak to take the lead on lap 23 with heavy lapped traffic approaching and Apel, Mueller, and Prunty in hot pursuit of the leaders. The second caution flag waved on lap 31 as the leaders were entrenched in the traffic when Mike Held’s car clipped the apron before coming back on the track, making contact with Jerry Eckhardt’s car before spinning around in turn one. This time Morgan held the low groove for the restart and he quickly launched into the lead as racing resumed while Apel and Mueller both worked their way around Lepak on the inside and into second and third respectively. The top five raced evenly spaced and single file for a number of laps until the caution appeared again on lap 47 when Gregg Pawelski and Reynolds tangled on the backstretch, sending Reynolds’ car spinning to the infield. Morgan and Apel shared the front row for the restart and as the field came to the green, the two made contact before the start-finish line and Morgan’s car spun towards the infield as the flagman withheld the green flag, aborting the restart and allowing both drivers to maintain their positions. The next attempt was cleaner and Apel was able to parlay a strong run down the frontstretch into turn one to the lead by keeping his momentum up exiting turn two. Morgan ducked in line behind Apel in second with Brad Mueller following ahead of Jeff Holtz and Lepak who raced side by side over fourth. Holtz took the position a few laps later, bringing Dennis Prunty with him into fifth as Lepak dropped to sixth. Morgan kept up the pressure on Apel for the lead and on lap 56, a slight tap to Apel’s left rear corner entering turn one was enough to wash his car wide, allowing Morgan to retake the lead for lap 57. Morgan’s time out front was short-lived however , as he exited turn four, perhaps in anticipation of some retaliation, he was hard on the throttle and the car spun around and into the infield as Apel drove by for the lead with Mueller right behind him in second. Mueller tried to put the pressure on Apel for the lead as behind the top two, Jeff Holtz found himself in a battle with Dennis Prunty over third while Lepak held down fifth. Prunty pulled to the infield with some sort of problem on lap 74 as Mueller continued to chase Apel for the lead. Apel held off all challenges in the closing laps and he drove to his third super late model feature of the season. Mueller finished a strong second ahead of Holtz in third and Lepak in fourth while Al Schill started last on the field and drove his way to a fifth place result. Tommy Hromadka was sixth and Randy Schuler finished seventh while Conrad Morgan, Gregg Pawelski, and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top ten.

Tommy Hromadka won the 12-lap super late model qualifying race over Al Schill and Mike Graczkowski. Gregg Pawelski finished fourth and Mike Held was fifth. Jeff Holtz was the winner of the 20-lap super late model consi over Randy Schuler and Jerry Eckhardt while Chris Blawat and Mike Egan were fourth and fifth respectively. Jeremy Lepak won the super late model fast dash and Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.447 seconds. Jeremy Lepak was crowned track champion for the super late model division, wrapping up an incredible season with seven feature victories. The track title was Lepak’s first as well as car owner Jerry Gunderman’s first Slinger track crown.

Alex Prunty took top honors in the 35-lap late model feature, taking his second trip to victory lane following a main event this season.

Jerry Mueller took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Scott Ascher in second as Dave McCardle, Ryan DeStefano, Alex Prunty, and Wayne Freimund all raced hard for positions behind them with the bottom lane being a premium as whoever took to the top groove was immediately shuffled back as they traded positions amongst themselves. The first caution flag flew on lap 18 when the leaders stacked up out of turn two and the resulting contact between them sent Ascher and McCardle spinning around. Prunty was able to get by the melee and he lined up to the outside of Mueller in second for the restart with DeStefano and Davey Pennel sitting in third and fourth respectively behind them. Prunty and Mueller raced intensely for the lead, rubbing fenders on numerous occasions before Prunty was able to shoot ahead and into the lead from the outside on lap 20. Mueller fell back into a battle for second with DeStefano while James Swan sat directly behind DeStefano with Prunty continuing to lead. The battle between DeStefano and Mueller heated up on lap 24 as Mueller’s car was sent to the infield after contact with DeStefano and just one lap later, DeStefano’s car was deposited into the infield after he slid in front of Swan as the caution flag waved. Prunty and Wayne Freimund paced the field back to the green flag and Prunty raced to the lead from the inside with Freimund getting in line behind him while Scott Ascher, Dan Jung, Dave McCardle, and Swan all mixed it up for third. Prunty would not be challenged in the final circuits and he drove to the victory, his second of the season. Freimund finished in second place and nailed down the track champion honors in the division. Scott Ascher crossed the stripe in third place while Swan and McCardle rounded out the top five. In earlier late model competition, James Swan won the fast dash and Alex Prunty set fast time at 12.412 seconds.

Ryan Farrell held off a strong challenge from James Swan to capture the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Scott Shambeau grabbed the lead at the start of the race as Dan Church’s car got out of shape while battling with Mike Borchardt Jr. and Brian Holtz over second. The race remained under green as all cars were gathered up but on lap three the caution flag waved for debris on the speedway. Shambeau held the lead on the restart over Borchardt while Ryan Farrell, Dave Thomas, and James Swan all took advantage of the inside lane to work their way around Borchardt who was caught in the high groove. After a few checks to the inside, Farrell took to the top side and he drove around Shambeau for the lead on lap six, leaving Shambeau to battle with Swan, who recently took over third when Thomas was forced to gather up his car after getting crossed up momentarily on the backstretch. Swan and Thomas were both able to work their way around Shambeau and into second and third place as they began to track down Farrell for the lead. Swan was able to close to Farrell’s rear bumper on the final lap but his bid for the win on the outside came up about a car-length short at the finish as Farrell scored the win. Swan finished a strong second and wrapped up the track championship for the division while Thomas completed a strong run with a third place result. Shambeu took the checkered flag in fourth while Dan Church finished fifth. Scott Shambeau won the 12-lap Midwest Sportsman qualifying race over Crystal Wood and Mike Borchardt. Jimme Evans and Tommy Moore were fourth and fifth respectively. James Swan won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.816 seconds.

Al Stippich score the win in the 20-lap Thunderstock main event over John Daley and Brad Hetzel as the event ended under the caution flag after Tyler Schley spun on the final circuit while racing for second. Bernie Leonard and Nathan Fick finished fourth and fifth respectively. Al Stippich also won the 12-lap Thunderstock qualifying race over Nathan Fick and Carl Benn. Nick Ostberg finished fourth and Vincent Heywood was fifth. John Daley won the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.525 seconds. Andy Welter completed a strong season by capturing the track championship in the Thunderstock division.

Davey Pennel drove from the back of the field and held off Nick Wagner in a close finish to win the 20-lap Slinger Bee main event. Braison Bennett finished third ahead of Jason Dull and Cory Romenesko in fourth and fifth. Pennel also won the first Slinger Bee heat race over Cory Romenesko and Allen Maher Jr. Brandon Tackes and Erica Knutson rounded out the top five. Shane Westphal took top honors in the second Slinger Bee heat race, holding off Zachary Clarke for the victory. Doug Eisenhoffer, Misty Benn, and Jacob Schraufnagel rounded out the top five in third through fifth respectively. Jason Dull won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner set fast time at 15.281 seconds. Nick Wagner was also crowned track champion for the Slinger Bee division.

David Cerer won the 25-lap American Super Cup feature over Eric Gehrke and Erle Hoth. Ken Jones and Cody Erdmann completed the top five. Gehrke’s second place finish earned him the American Super Cup championship. David Cerer won the first American Super Cup heat race over Derrick Van Dreel and Andy Forster while Brian Baldyga and Erle Hoth finished in fourth and fifth. Eric Gehrke won the second American Super Cup heat race over Jacob Van Wizer and Mick Ellis. Kodee Busekros finished fourth and Nick Knauz was fifth. Erle Hoth was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.241 seconds. Bob Bennett won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car event and Bob Rose was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races in his Mustang. The Figure 8 race was won by Donald Van Camp after the event ended early due to a spectacular crash in the “X” between Ryan Lovald and Rick Bruskiewicz. All drivers exited their cars and were not seriously injured.

By Dan Margetta

911 Tribute to Honor Fallen Hero’s at Slinger Speedway

September 7th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Slinger Speedway will be honoring the fallen hero’s and victims of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks this Sunday afternoon September 11th during pre race activities. Police Officers and Firefighters that attend the event will be admitted free with a paid adult and they are welcome trackside to take part in the pre race activities as we honor those that tragically lost their lives.

Sunday Afternoon September 11th, Bob Fish Season Championships

The 911 Tribute will include color guards, fire trucks, police cars, and a moment of silence, along with Mike Hennes singing Darryl Worley’s famous song Have You Forgotten? Spectator gates will open at Noon, with opening ceremonies beginning at 2 pm and racing to follow.

The Bob Fish Buick GMC Truck Season Championship racing will start immediately following the 911 Tribute. An 80 lap Super Late Model Feature will highlight the racing activities. Slinger Bee’s, Thunderstock, Midwest Sportsman, Late Models, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, The Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars, One on One Spectators, and American Super Cup Cars will all be on hand for an exciting afternoon of racing.

Bob Fish Buick GMC Truck is celebrating 30 years in service! Whether you’re looking for a new or used car, heavy duty truck, or anything in-between, Bob Fish has you covered. The Bob Fish sales department has one purpose: to exceed your expectations from test drive to delivery. Our Service and Parts Departments are Full-Range, offering you the expertise, technology and convenient hours your looking for in GM Vehicle Service. In addition to our Body Shop, Rental Department, our Fleet Specialists have the information you need to assist in acquiring all of your business vehicles. From Snow Plows and Salters to Accessories, Bob Fish has anything that you need for your vehicle. Check us out on line at: www.bobfish.com

Slinger Speedway is located off of Hwy 41 and Highway 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events call the track office at 262-644-5921 or visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Bilderback Dominates Russ Darrow 100 for First Slinger Super Late Model Win!

September 5th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., Sept.4—Michael Bilderback drove to his first super late model feature victory Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, taking the checkered flag in the Russ Darrow 100 nearly a half lap ahead of point leader Jeremy Lepak.

Super Late Model Feature Winner Michael Bilderback with Brandon from Russ Darrow of West BendSuper Late Model Feature Winner Michael Bilderback with Brandon from Russ Darrow of West Bend

“I still can’t imagine it, this is awesome,” Bilderback told the crowd from victory lane, “The wasn’t the best in practice and we did some fine tuning before the dash race and then did a little bit more before the feature and it was a rocket.” Bilderback battled with pole-sitter Jeff Holtz for the lead during the opening laps before tucking in line behind Holtz while Rob Braun, Conrad Morgan, and Steve Apel raced nose to tail behind them. Just beyond the top five, Lepak raced with Lowell Bennett for sixth while the leaders remained lined up on the bottom of the track. Holtz and Bilderback continued to race tightly together as Morgan looked for a way around Braun on the inside while at nearly the same time, Apel darted the nose of his car to the inside of Morgan, allowing Holtz and Bilderback to ease ahead slightly. Morgan was finally able to work to the inside of Braun and with the run, quickly took over third while Braun slid out of the top five as Apel, Bennett, and Lepak all raced by in the low line. After following Holtz for several laps, Bilderback made his move on lap 33, taking the lead on the inside following a slight nudge to the left-rear corner of Holtz’s car in between turns one and two.

Lowell Bennett Super Late Model Fast TimeLowell Bennett Super Late Model Fast Time

Holtz was able to slide back in line behind Bilderback almost immediately while Morgan, Apel, Bennett, Lepak, and Eric Fransen all caught the leaders as they snaked around the speedway single file. Once out front, Bilderback began to pull away, increasing his advantage with every lap and leaving Holtz to fend off Morgan, Apel, and the others for second. Lepak was able to break free of his battle with Bennett and Fransen and he tracked down Holtz, Morgan, and Apel, latching onto Apel’s rear bumper.

A few laps later, Lepak was around Apel to move into fourth while behind them, Matt Kocourek advanced his way forward to battle with Bennett and Fransen just behind the top five, while Bilderback’s lead continued to grow. After several attempts to pass Morgan on the low line, Lepak moved to the top and drove around the veteran for third as Fransen and Kocourek had their cars hooked up on the outside, racing around Apel and into fifth and sixth respectively. With Bilderback comfortably out front, Lepak took to the high lane to work his way past Holtz for second as Kocourek also decided it was time to go, using first the inside to pass Fransen and then the outside to get around Morgan in fourth. As Lepak tried to catch Bilderback for the lead with the laps counting down, Kocourek was able to expel Holtz from the bottom lane, taking third while bringing Morgan and Fransen with him as Holtz fell to sixth. Bilderback was never seriously challenged in the closing laps and he cruised under the checkered flags to score the victory with Lepak nearly a half lap behind in second. Matt Kocourek crossed the finish line in third while Conrad Morgan and Eric Fransen completed the top five finishers. Jeff Holtz was sixth while Steve Apel finished seventh and Lowell Bennett, Jon Reynolds Jr., and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten.

Jeff Holtz Super Late Model Dash WinnerJeff Holtz Super Late Model Dash Winner

Randy Schuler edged Chris Blawat with a strong outside run at the stripe to win the 20-lap super late model consi as both drivers transferred to the main event. Mike Held, Jerry Eckhardt, and Brady Bennett finished in fourth through sixth respectively. Jon Reynolds Jr. won the 12-lap super late model qualifying race over Matt Kocourek and Mike Graczkowski. Eric Franson and Rich Loch rounded out the top five. Jeff Holtz won the super late model fast dash while Lowell Bennett took top honors in qualifying with a lap of 11.307 seconds.

Mike Lichtfield remained perfect at Slinger as he scored his second late model feature win in as many attempts in the 35-lap main event.

Late Model Feature Winner Mike LItchfield 44 with Points Leader Wayne Friemund 95Late Model Feature Winner Mike LItchfield 44 with Points Leader Wayne Friemund 95

Jon Reynolds Jr. and Jeff Holtz led the field to the green flag and Reynolds grabbed the early lead as Brad Keith and Ryan DeStefano moved up on the inside to challenge Holtz for the runner up spot. Keith and DeStefano both passed Holtz as Dave McCardle, Alex Prunty, Mike Lichtfield, and Wayne Freimund were the next drivers in line to challenge Holtz on the inside. DeStefano made two quick impressive inside moves, first snagging second from Keith and then swiping the lead from Reynolds, working the low lane on lap nine. Reynolds became trapped on the high side as McCardle and Lichtfield got by before Reynolds could get back in the bottom groove just ahead of Freimund and Prunty. Prunty muscled his way around Freimund but then quickly closed on Reynolds who was trying to work to the inside of Lichtfield. With Reynolds having to momentarily check up in his battle with Lichtfield, combined with Prunty and Freimund charging forward, the end result was Prunty’s car spinning around after getting sandwiched between Reynolds in front and Freimund in the back to draw the caution flag. Freimund and Prunty were relegated to the rear of the field as DeStefano led Keith, Holtz, McCardle, and Lichtfield for the restart.

Fast Time Late Model Alex PruntyFast Time Late Model Alex Prunty

DeStefano maintained the lead as racing resumed, while Holtz and Lichtfield gained positions in the inside lane as Keith became caught on the outside. McCardle also took to the inside groove to get around Keith with James Swan following suit and as Keith tried to get back in line behind Swan, his car was sandwiched between Swan and Jerry Mueller, resulting in Keith spinning off turn two to produce a caution flag. Once again DeStefano held onto the lead as the green flag waved but this time, Lichtfield took advantage of the inside groove, racing by Holtz for second as McCardle also used the inside lane to take third. The caution flag appeared three laps later, on lap 27 when Alex Prunty and Bill Shavlik tangled while racing for position, sending Shavlik’s car sideways towards the wall in turn three where Keith and Dan Church did a magnificent job to avoid Shavlik’s spinning car, while Braison Bennett was not as fortunate, slamming hard into Shavlik’s car. Following another quick caution for a single car spin, DeStefano lined up on the inside for the restart, leaving Lichtfield to take the upper lane. As racing resumed, DeStefano used all of his lane space as he leaned on Lichtfield who charged hard from the outside. DeStefano and Lichtfield remained glued together side by side for a full lap before Lichtfield was able to squeeze ahead exiting turn four, leaving Destefano to defend challenges from McCardle and Holtz on both the high and low lines. After another circuit, DeStefano suddenly slowed on the main straightaway and dropped to the apron as Holtz and Wayne Freimund shot by McCardle on the outside while Lichtfield extended his lead. Lichtfield could not be caught in the closing laps and he drove to the win ahead of Holtz and Freimund while McCardle and James Swan rounded out the top five. Bill Shavlik captured the win in the 12-lap late model qualifying race and Mike Lichtfield was the winner of the late model fast dash. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap time of 12.399 seconds.

MW Sportsman Action James Swan 97 and Ryan Farrell 89MW Sportsman Action James Swan 97 and Ryan Farrell 89

James Swan turned back a strong challenge from Ryan Farrell to win his eleventh Midwest Sportsman feature of the season in the 30-lap main event.

Rick Corso paced the opening laps Jay Shambeau, Kenny Joosten, Dan Church, Swan and Farrell as the field remained tightly bunched. As Corso and Shambeau battled side by side, Church slid to the inside lane across Joosten’s nose to grab third place on lap seven as Swan challenged Joosten on the outside. With Corso out front, Church and Joosten held the inside lane and Shambeau and Swan occupied the outside groove right next to them. Shambeau, Swan, and Ryan Farrell all were able to streak ahead from the outside after a slight shove from Joosten sent Church spinning off the backstretch and to the infield as the race remained green. Swan and Farrell quickly took to the inside to dispatch Shambeau from second and then both drivers moved high on the speedway to pass Corso to move into first and second place respectively just before the caution flag waved for a spin by Joe Fischer in turn one on lap 13. As racing resumed, Swan and Farrell once again drove away from the field out front as Joosten advanced into third. Farrell remained in Swan’s tire tracks and often times made a bid for the lead when Swan’s car kicked loose off the corners. However, each time, Swan was able to defend his lead on the straightaways and in the final laps he was able to hold off Farrell by about a car length to capture the win. Kenny Joosten finished third while Andy Haver and Tommy Moore rounded out the top five. James Swan also was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Ryan Farrell set fast time at 12.596 seconds.

Slinger Bee Fast Time and NEW TRACK RECORD Holder Nick WagnerSlinger Bee Fast Time and NEW TRACK RECORD Holder Nick Wagner

Brad Hetzel advanced through the field to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature over Tyler Schley and Carl Benn. Nate Fick took the checkered flag in fourth while John Daley finished fifth. Carl Benn took top honors in the Thunderstock qualifying race over Tyler Schley and Joe Shelby while Rick Schaefer and John Daley completed the top five. Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.570 seconds.

Davey Pennel scored the win in the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature in his first appearance in the division at Slinger as he held off Nick Wagner for the win. Jason Dull crossed the finish line in third while Shane Westphal and Brittiny Helmers were fourth and fifth respectively. Marty Tackes won the first Slinger Bee heat over Jason Dull and Ed Klug as Bill Ostovich Jr. and Leo Bujak finished fourth and fifth. Zachary Clarke took top honors in the second Slinger Bee heat race over Karl Gebhard and Al Strobel III. Dylan Konitzer and Ricky Heinan were fourth and fifth respectively. Davey Pennel won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 15.155 seconds.

Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car Winner Roy Bryan in Victory LaneWestbury Bank Speedway Guest Car Winner Roy Bryan in Victory Lane

Roy Bryan won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Luke Hilgendorf drove his Subaru WRX to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races. Bill Shavlik scored his first Figure 8 race win of the season in the 10-lap event that closed the evening.

By Dan Margetta

Lepak Nets Seventh Win of the Season in Pepsi Championship 75 at Slinger!

August 29th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., Aug. 28—Jeremy Lepak picked up his seventh super late model feature win of the season in the Pepsi Championship Round 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and in doing so, claimed the overall three-race Pepsi Challenge Series Championship over Jeff Holtz.

“It’s just unbelievable, man these guys just give me great race cars,” Lepak stated from victory lane, “I think anybody could drive these cars, that thing was just unbelievable…I didn’t even break a sweat out there.”

Michael Bilderback and Jon Reynolds Jr. raced side by side for the lead in the opening laps with Reynolds edging ahead at the stripe from the outside while Dennis Prunty and Jeff Holtz stacked themselves directly behind the top two as Lepak lurked in fifth. Reynolds cleared Bilderback for sole possession of the lead on lap nine as Bilderback dropped in line behind him on the inside with Holtz and Prunty also moving to the inside lane while Lepak remained up top. Bilderback slipped slightly in turn four and the resulting accordion effect slowed Holtz and Prunty and allowed Lepak to advance all the way to second on the outside while Reynolds opened up a sizeable lead. As Lepak began to track down Reynolds, Prunty also took to the outside to get around Holtz in fourth and he immediately went to work on Bilderback for third while Steve Apel and Lowell Bennett made their presence known just outside the top five. Prunty was able to turn under Bilderback for third a few laps later while farther ahead, Lepak caught Reynolds for the lead, moving to his rear bumper. On lap 27, Lepak eased the nose of his car to the inside of Reynolds’ left rear fender as the raced down the backstretch and was able to open the door on the inside to move alongside as they exited turn four. Lepak completed the pass for the lead, down the frontstretch as Reynolds swung back in line on the inside as they entered turn one. Once out front, Lepak stretched his advantage as the leaders caught lapped traffic while Reynolds began to lose ground to Prunty who was charging from third. With Lepak comfortably out front, Prunty tracked down Reynolds and took the second spot on the inside after several laps of racing side by side. Behind the leaders, Bilderback and Lowell Bennett began to slice their way forward as Bilderback looked to the inside of Reynolds for third with Bennett close behind. After three laps of side-by-side racing, with Bilderback on the inside and Reynolds using the outer groove, Bilderback’s car suddenly spun towards the infield while alongside Reynolds as they entered turn one on lap 65, drawing the one and only caution flag of the event. The final ten lap charge to the finish was set up with Lepak choosing the inside lane for the restart, leaving Prunty with the top lane with Reynolds, Bennett, Holtz, and Apel lined up behind them. Prunty tried to get a run off the high groove by moving up the track as the green flag waved, but he couldn’t find traction and Lepak shot into the lead leaving Prunty to battle door to door with Reynolds. Prunty’s car had difficulty maintaining the pace in the high lane and he eventually exited the speedway with five laps to go, leaving Reynolds to take over second place with Holtz and Bennett behind him while Lepak pulled away from everyone out front. Lepak effortlessly drove to the victory, his seventh of the season while Reynolds led Holtz and Bennett across the stripe for the second through fourth positions with Conrad Morgan charging to fifth at the finish. Steve Apel edged Chris Blawat for sixth while Randy Schuler, Rob Braun, and Michael Bilderback rounded out the top ten. Lepak’s victory also allowed him to capture the overall Pepsi Challenge Series Championship over Jeff Holtz.

Rob Braun won the 12-lap super late model qualifying race over Chris Blawat and Mike Held as Tommy Pecaro and Terry Patnode completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Jerry Eckhardt took top honors in the 20-lap super late model consi, advancing to the main event along with second place finisher Mike Graczkowski. Chris Ratajczyk finished third ahead of Jake Vanoskey and Tim Lampman. Jon Reynolds Jr. won the super late model fast dash and Lowell Bennett was the fastest qualifier at 11.457 seconds.

James Swan drove to victory in the 35-lap late model feature after taking the lead late in the event and holding off Dave McCardle at the finish.

Brad Keith led the opening laps over Swan and Wayne Freimund with Alex Prunty and Jerry Mueller holding down fourth and fifth. Behind the top five, Ryan DeStefano’s car got out of shape momentarily on lap two and as he regained control, Dave McCardle slowed and John DeAngelis plowed into the back of McCardle, leaving debris on the speedway to produce the first caution flag. As racing resumed, Keith and Swan staged a door to door battle for the lead as Swan tried to make the outside work. When he was unable to gain progress using the high line, Swan looked to the low side and made several attempts to unseat Keith as the leader as Freimund and Mueller looked on while Prunty battled with McCardle and DeStefano for fifth. Contact between McCardle and Prunty on lap six sent Prunty spinning to the infield with the caution flag waving. Keith held onto the lead on the restart but this time Freimund was able to sneak by Swan on the inside for second while DeStefano held off Mueller, Prunty and McCardle in fourth. The caution flag flew again on lap ten when Mueller spun wildly on the front straight after contact with Prunty. Once again Keith chose the inside for the restart with Freimund now in the high lane and Swan down low behind Keith in third. The high lane did not work for Freimund and with Keith maintaining the lead, McCardle, Swan, and DeStefano all worked their way around Freimund. As Keith approached lapped traffic, McCardle and Swan caught him for the lead and all three began to weave their way through the traffic. The lapped machines conceded the racing groove to the leaders which benefited Swan as he was side by side with McCardle and with the lapped car out of the way, was able to complete the pass for second. Swan kept the pressure on Keith for the lead as the laps wound down and he looked to the inside for the top spot with four laps to go. Swan made the low groove work and he drove around Keith for the lead as McCardle filled the gap on the inside and also worked his way around Keith for second. Swan would not be challenged in the final two laps and he led McCardle across the stripe to score the win, leaving McCardle to settle for second. Keith finished a strong third while Wayne Freimund and Ryan DeStefano finished fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Keith also won the late model fast dash and Dave McCardle set fast time with a lap of 12.384 seconds.

Scott Shambeau came away with the win after a wild and crazy 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature where the leaders were involved in an incident on the final circuit.

Mike Borchardt and Jack Stern staged a door to door battle for the lead during the first fourteen laps with Borchardt able to edge ahead at the line while the field remained tightly packed behind them. Borchardt eventually took the lead alone as Stern fell in line behind him but contact between the cars on lap 17, sent Borchardt spinning to the infield to produce a caution flag. With Stern and Borchardt sent to the rear of the field, the running order was further shuffled with James Swan’s car suddenly began leaking fluid and he left the speedway leaving Jay Shambeau as the leader over Andy Haver, Ryan Farrell, and Dan Church. Haver put up a valiant effort on the outside for several laps but he began to fade as Farrell used the inside to take second place while Shambeau continued to lead. Farrell then began to look to the outside of Shambeau in a bid for the lead as behind them Church battled alongside Haver for third. As Shambeau tried to defend against Farrell’s outside run exiting turn two, the cars came together with Shambeau’s car overturning on its roof as it slid down the backstretch, shedding body panels as it bounced off the turn three wall still upside down. After several minutes, Shambeau emerged from the car uninjured while the red flag was displayed. Once racing resumed, Haver and Church inherited the top spots and they battled for the lead as Scott Shambeau and Crystal Wood moved into third and fourth. Church fended off Haver’s challenges until the final circuit when contact between the two as they approached the checkered flag sent Church’s car spinning. Track officials decided Haver was involved in the last lap incident with Church and Scott Shambeau was declared the winner. Crystal Wood finished in second place while Ryan Farrell brought his battered car home in third ahead of Aaron Cain who was fourth. Dan Church was the fifth place finisher despite the last lap spin. James Swan won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and was also the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.745 seconds.
Andy Welter took top honors in an intense and exciting Thunderstock 18-lap feature that concluded with a three-wide finish for the victory.

Al Stippich and Nate Fick paced the field to the green flag as the caution waved quickly on the first lap when Fick spun after contact with Andy Welter and then was struck by Adam Peschek. Stippich led Ken Schraufnagel for the restart with Bernie Leonard and Carl Benn lined up behind them but the caution appeared again one lap later when Leonard and Benn locked horns on the frontstretch, sending both cars spinning. Behind them Chris Beine spun and when Nick Ostberg spun to avoid, his car slammed into Beine’s car broadside which sent Beine’s car rolling completely over before landing back on all four wheels. As racing resumed, Stippich held the lead while Andy Welter and Brad Hetzel sliced their way through the field along with John Daley and Tyler Schley. A spin by Nick Egan on lap 11 drew another caution flag with Stippich leading over Welter and Hetzel. The race was back to green for another four laps before the yellow flag appeared again on lap 15 for a spin by Nate Fick in turn four as the running order remained unchanged. Stippich and Welter raced side by side during the final three laps with Hetzel right on their bumpers. On the final lap with Stippich and Welter alongside each other, Hetzel found room on the bottom of the speedway and they charged three-wide into the third turn with Stippich squeezed between Hetzel and Welter. They remained three-wide all the way through turn four and Welter won the drag race between them to the checkered flag to score the win with Hetzel edging Stippich for second. Tyler Schley and John Daley were fourth and fifth respectively. Tyler Schley won the 12-lap Thunderstock qualifying race and Al Stippich won the Thunderstock fast dash. Brad Hetzel set a new track record in qualifying after blazing the speedway in 13.412 seconds.

Steve Dickson won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Braison Bennett and Shane Westphal. Nick Wagner finished fourth after starting last and Allen Maher Jr. was fifth. Carl Benn won the first Slinger Bee heat race over Brittiny Helmers while Jimmy Lund captured the win in the second Slinger Bee heat race over Zachary Clarke. Mark Vandierdonk was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest car race and Brad Helser scored his first Slinger Speedway Figure 8 win to close out the evening.

by Dan Margetta

Bennett Grabs First Win of the Year in Pomp’s Fan Appreciation Night 70

August 22nd, 2011

Slinger, Wis.,— Lowell Bennett survived an intense Pomp’s Fan Appreciation Night 70-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his first main event victory of the season.

“It’s been such a long time and this team of mine has tried so hard,” Bennett told the crowd from victory lane after recovering from an earlier incident that sent him to the back of the field before driving to the win, “Tonight I just counted it out and said ‘there’s no way we’re going to get back up there’ and attrition took its toll and we had a pretty good race car.” “I think it’s got to do with this old race suit,” Bennett continued, explaining why he donned an old driving suit for the evening, “I forgot my race suit at home and dug this one out of the closet from the nineties and maybe I ought to wear this next week.”

Mike Egan and Terry Patnode paced the field to the green flag with Tommy Hromadka and Jake Vanoskey directly behind them and the event got off to a rough start as Egan spun off turn two while racing with Hromadka on the opening lap, stacking up the field behind him resulting in an aborted start and damaging the cars of Mike Graczkowski and Dennis Prunty. The second attempt at the start was much better and this time Egan took the early lead over Patnode and Hromadka while Steve Apel charged into fourth just ahead of Vanoskey in fifth. Patnode became caught in the upper groove as Hromadka and Apel both raced by on the inside while Egan continued to lead. Apel ducked to the inside of Hromadka for second two laps later while further back, Jon Reynolds Jr., Bennett, and Eric Fransen all began to move forward, working the inside line. Apel quickly reeled in Egan and turned under him in turn two for the lead as Hromadka, Reynolds, and Bennett lined up nose to tail in their tire tracks. Reynolds and Bennett were both able to pass Hromadka on the inside but as they began to race each other, their cars came together in turn four, sending both drivers scattering toward the infield and drawing the caution flag on lap 18. Both Reynolds and Bennett were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with Apel leading Egan, Hromadka, Fransen, and Patnode. Apel maintained the lead as racing resumed as Egan settled into second while Fransen utilized the high lane to take third from Hromadka and Patnode began to feel pressure from Jeremy Lepak and Conrad Morgan for fifth. Lepak and Morgan hooked up to drive around Patnode and Hromadka on the outside and then both worked their way by Fransen to move into third and fourth respectively a few circuits later. As the event neared the halfway point, Lepak charged into second place, racing past Egan in the high groove as Morgan looked for a way around Egan on the inside. On lap 38, Morgan edged to the inside of Egan down the front straight and got his front fender up to Egan’s door as they raced out of turn two, but slight side contact between the two in the middle of the backstretch sent Morgan’s car sliding into the infield grass to bring out the caution flag. Apel chose the inside for the restart as Lepak lined up alongside and as the green flag waved, Apel was able to get the jump into turn one to keep the lead as Lepak tucked in behind him while Egan and Fransen raced side by side for third and Dennis Prunty and Lowell Bennett recovered from their earlier incidents to hold the fifth and sixth positions. With Lepak making numerous looks to the inside of Apel for the lead, Fransen worked the top groove to take third from Egan and Prunty and Bennett also used the outside lane to get by Egan as well. With Lepak continuing to pressure Apel out front with Fransen lurking behind, Bennett was able to get to the inside of Prunty for the fourth spot and Egan filled the gap on the inside to battle Prunty for fifth. Lepak abandoned his attempts on the inside and went to the top groove to pull alongside Apel for the lead on lap 45 and after two laps of door to door racing for the lead, Lepak powered ahead for the top spot on lap 47. The action began to heat up in the battle for fifth two laps later as Egan got a run on the inside of Prunty off turn four and contact between the cars sent Prunty looping around across the track on the frontstretch where he was drilled heavily by the oncoming car of Reynolds as the caution flag waved for a third time. Both drivers exited their cars without serious injuries and Prunty candidly showed his displeasure with Egan as the field circled under yellow. Lepak chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, Apel held his ground up top as the leaders raced into turn three side by side. They remained glued together through turn four where the intense battle erupted with Apel’s car spinning around and clipping the rear of Lepak’s machine before coming to rest on the apron where it was hit broadside by the sliding car of Steven Schulz with the caution lights illuminated once again. While Lepak was able to continue on, the hit to the rear of his car jarred some suspension pieces loose and they dragged along the race track behind him and he was forced to relinquish the lead and head to the pits to have the situation fixed. Eric Fransen became the new leader over Bennett, Hromadka, and Rob Braun as Lepak returned to the speedway and joined the tail of the field just before the green flag waved. As racing resumed, Bennett powered by Fransen on the high side to grab the lead on lap 50 as Lepak rapidly sliced his way through the field, picking off cars and positions with each lap. Lepak was up to third by lap 59 and began to narrow the gap between himself and Fransen in second as Bennett edged away slightly in the lead. Lepak caught Fransen in the closing laps and the tussle for second became the best battle on the speedway as Bennett remained comfortably out front. Bennett drove to the victory while Lepak shot by Fransen on the outside on the final circuit to claim second place at the finish, leaving Fransen with third while Rob Braun and Mike Egan rounded out the top five. Frank Nitzke finished in sixth place and Tommy Pecaro took the checkered flag in seventh. Terry Patnode, Mike Graczkowski, and Tommy Hromadka completed the top ten finishers.

Eric Fransen won the first super late model Qualifying Race over Chris Blawat and Jon Reynolds Jr. while Jerry Eckhardt took top honors in the second super late model qualifying race over Jake Vanoskey and Tommy Hromadka. Lowell Bennett was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.479 seconds.

Alex Prunty drove to his first career late model feature victory in the 35-lap main event.

Wayne Freimund and John DeAngelis led the field to the green flag and Freimund wasted little time in charging to the lead as DeAngelis battled alongside Ryan DeStefano for second with James Swan and Alex Prunty looking on close behind them. The inside lane prevailed and DeStefano, Swan, and Prunty all were able to race by DeAngelis as he looked to get back to the bottom groove. Soon after getting past DeAngelis, Swan looked to pass to the inside of DeStefano for second but contact between the cars sent DeStefano spinning around in turn three to draw the caution flag. Swan joined DeStefano at the rear of the field for the restart with Freimund leading over DeAngelis, Prunty, and Chris Ratajczyk. DeAngelis tried to use the outside on the restart to grab the lead exiting turn two, but Freimund carried him to the wall off the corner and scooted away when contact between the cars slowed DeAngelis and allowed Prunty to move alongside for second. Prunty took over second place off turn four, leaving DeAngelis to race with Chris Ratajczyk for third while further back, Swan and DeStefano raced nose to tail and began to advance their way forward in a hurry. Prunty ran consistent laps to close in on Freimund for the lead before taking the top spot with an inside move off turn two on lap 21. Once out front, Prunty began to slowly ease away in the lead while Swan tracked down Freimund and took over second place with an inside pass in the closing laps. Swan began to close in on Prunty for the lead as the laps began to click off, but was unable to mount a serious challenge as Prunty drove under the checkered flag for his first career late model feature victory. Swan finished in second place just ahead of Freimund in third while DeStefano and Ratajczyk rounded out the top five.

In earlier late model action, Wayne Freimund won the fast dash and Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.402 seconds.

Dan Church held off James Swan in a thrilling finish to win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Kenny Joosten led the opening laps over Jay Shambeau and Brett Widdis while Church, Swan, Ryan Farrell, and Andy Haver all worked their way forward from back in the field. Joosten held a comfortable lead over Shambeau as Church, Swan, Farrell, and Haver closed in on the battle for second. Shambeau spun around on lap 25 to draw the caution flag and Joosten led over Church, Farrell, Swan, and Haver for the restart. Church and Swan were able to race by Joosten on the restart as behind them Haver and Farrell battled intensely over fourth. Once he lost the lead, Joosten experienced mechanical issues and slowed, collecting Jack Stern and Jay Shambeau in an incident as they tried to go around him side by side on lap 28, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Church held the inside for the final laps but Swan raced hard on the high side and the two ran door to door for the lead as the white flag waved with Ryan Farrell directly behind them. Church led into turn three on the final lap but Swan was able to get a tremendous run off turn four as they drag raced to the checkered flag. Church won the dash to the finish by less than a car length over Swan who had to settle for second while Farrell finished a close third. Brett Widdis and Andy Haver were fourth and fifth respectively. Earlier, Jay Shambeau won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan set fast time at 12.834 seconds.

Brad Hetzel held off John Daley to win the 18-lap Thunderstock feature while Andy Welter finished third. Nate Fick and Chris Beine rounded out the top five. Adam Peschek won the Thunderstock qualifying race over Chris Beine and Carl Benn while Nate Fick won the fast dash. Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 31.607 seconds.

Nick Wagner edged Steve Dickson to win the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature in an exciting finish. Jason Dull and Mark Johler finished third and fourth respectively while Brittiny Helmers took the checkered flag in fifth. Braison Bennett and James Lund each were winners of Slinger Bee heat races while Jason Dull won the fast dash. Nick Wagner was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.347 seconds. Pat Fischer won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Al Roberts drove his Chevy pick-up truck to the win in the Spectator Eliminator event. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race to complete the evening’s program.

By Dan Margetta

Lepak Nets Fifth Win of the Season

August 8th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., Aug. 7—After leaving the familiar blue #40 car at home this week, Jeremy Lepak promptly drove the red one to victory lane after passing Dennis Prunty on the outside with seven laps to go in the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to notch his fifth main event win of the season.

“It’s unbelievable to bring out a totally different race car and be this good,” Lepak said afterwards, “It was just unbelievable and scary fast.” “The blue car doesn’t like the outside,” Lepak continued, “but with this one here, I was a little nervous about going up there and trying it but when I went up there I couldn’t believe the grip I had with this car and I don’t have that with the blue car. That definitely was a key to the win.”

Dennis Prunty charged to the lead from the pole position at the drop of the green flag bringing Lowell Bennett and Steve Apel along with him in the inside groove as outside front row starter Jerry Eckhardt slotted in line in fourth place just ahead of Rob Braun, Jon Reynolds Jr., Randy Schuler, Lepak, and Mike Egan who all raced in a tight pack for fifth. After a few circuits, Reynolds and Lepak prevailed on the inside over Braun and Schuler in the high line as the front four raced nose to tail. Prunty maintained the lead despite heavy pressure from Bennett who looked both high and low for any kind of an opening to get by as Apel closed in on both of them from third. Behind the top three, Lepak cleared the battle for fifth place and quickly ran down Eckhardt in fourth. Even though the front three continued to race nose to tail, Bennetts attempts to pass Prunty coupled with Apel’s numerous looks to get around Bennett disrupted their rhythm which allowed Lepak to narrow the distance between himself and the leaders. Lepak latched onto Apel’s rear bumper and after a few laps, used the high line to move into third while Bennett continued to pressure Prunty for the lead. After coming up short in his inside bids for the lead, Bennett moved to the outside which proved costly as Lepak filled the hole in the bottom lane to pass him for second with Apel following close behind to battle Bennett for third. Prunty and Lepak were able to surge ahead slightly as Bennett and Apel raced door to door over third but their advantage was quickly erased when Apel took the spot from Bennett just before the leaders encountered lapped traffic. The top four once again line up nose to tail as they weaved their way by the lapped cars with Prunty showing the way over Lepak, Apel, and Bennett. The intensity began to increase as the laps wound down and on lap 53, Lepak made his move, taking to the outside to drive by Prunty for the lead. Two laps later, Bennett dove to the inside of Apel in a bid for third entering turn three and contact between the cars resulted in Apel spinning wildly in turn four before coming to rest directly in front of Bennett as the two cars stopped on the speedway. Both were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with Lepak leading over Prunty while Mike Egan, Chris Blawat, and Randy Schuler occupied the third through fifth positions respectively. Lepak charged to the lead as racing resumed while Egan pulled alongside Prunty for second and Jon Reynolds moved into third as Blawat’s car broke loose in turn three, scattering the cars of Schuler and Rob Braun as Bennett advanced by them as they both fought to regain control. The race remained green with Lepak extending his lead while Egan worked his way around Prunty for second. Lepak drove the final lap unchallenged to score the victory while behind him, contact between Prunty and Egan send Egan’s car sliding to the infield as Prunty drove by to finish second. Chris Blawat recovered from his earlier slide to edge Reynolds for third while Bennett rounded out the top five.

Dennis Prunty and Jerry Eckhardt took top honors in each of the super late model 15-lap qualifying races while Prunty also was victorious in the super late model fast dash. Jeremy Lepak was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 11.458 seconds.

John DeAngelis raced from third to first on the final lap of a wild 35-lap late model main event to capture his second feature win of the season.

Brad Keith and Ryan DeStefano paced the field to the green flag with Keith taking the early lead just ahead of DeStefano, John DeAngelis and Alex Prunty. Prunty was able to get a fender alongside DeAngelis entering turn three to grab the third spot with DeAngelis sliding in line just ahead of Jerry Mueller in fifth. Keith began to extend his lead as Prunty closed on DeStefano for second. When he was unable to get by on the inside of DeStefano, Prunty looked to the top side in a bid for second which allowed DeAngelis to move in from fourth. After Prunty made another outside bid on DeStefano for second on lap 13, DeAngelis tried to fill the gap left to the inside and slight contact between the cars sent Prunty sliding sideways as he lost ground while regaining control of his car. As the laps clicked off, Keith’s lead began to shrink as both DeStefano and DeAngelis moved in. As the leaders were just about to take the white flag, a spin by Prunty brought out the caution flag, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Keith and DeStefano charged side by side into turn one on the restart and they remained that way entering the final lap with DeAngelis right behind them in third. Keith and DeStefano rubbed fenders down the frontstretch and into turn one on the final circuit and by the time they were able to straighten their cars out, DeAngelis charged by both of them on the inside off turn two and into the lead. DeAngelis then drove to the checkered flag to capture the win while Keith recovered enough to finish second. Jerry Mueller was third and Dave McCardle was fourth while DeStefano fell to fifth after the last lap fireworks.

Ryan DeStefano won the 15-lap late model qualifying race as well as the late model fast dash while Dave McCardle was the fastest qualifier at 12.405 seconds.
Jimmie Evans shaded James Swan by inches in a photo finish to win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Evans led the field to the green flag over Jay Shambeau and Brian Holtz while Andy Haver and James Swan quickly sliced their way through the field. Haver and Swan worked to the inside of Shambeau for second and third respectively while Evans continued to lead just before the caution waved for a spin down the frontstretch by Ken Calhoun. As the race went back under the green flag, Evans hugged the inside lane while Haver challenged on the outside while Swan fended off Holtz for third. After several laps of racing side by side with Evans, Haver’s car began to fade a bit on the high line and Swan passed by on the inside for second. Haver remained tough on the outside though and after a few laps he was able to retake second from Swan, clearing him to move to the inside as Swan now looked to the outside for a way around. As Swan and Haver disputed second, Evans continued to lead and the lead trio approached lapped traffic. The traffic turned out to be detrimental to Haver as the lapped machines held the inside and he found himself picked by the traffic as Swan and Holtz charged by on the outside. Swan kept the momentum up on the top side and quickly pulled alongside Evans. Evans and Swan ran the final laps door to door with Evans on the inside and Swan using the high lane. As they exited turn four on the final lap, Evans was able to just barely win the drag race to the checkered flag to capture the win by inches over Swan. Brian Holtz finished third while Andy Haver and Jay Shambeau rounded out the top five.

Scott Shambeau was the winner of the 15-lap Midwest Sportsman qualifying race and Jimmie Evans won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash. Andy Haver circled the speedway in 12.870 seconds to nail down fast time honors for the division.

Carl Benn led flag to flag to score a convincing win in the 18-lap Thunderstock feature over Nathan Fick while Ken Schraufnagel edged Al Stippich for third. Brad Hetzel finished a strong fifth after starting from the rear of the field. John Daley won the 10-lap Thunderstock qualifying race and Nathan Fick won the Thunderstock fast dash. Brad Hetzel topped time trials for the Thunderstock division with a lap of 13.628 seconds. Nick Wagner took top honors in the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Steve Dickson and Brandon Tackes. Shane Westphal and Braison Bennett rounded out the top five finishers. Shane Westphal also won the Slinger Bee qualifying race while Allen Maher Jr. topped the Slinger Bee fast dash. Nick Wagner set fast time once again after touring the speedway in 15.317 seconds. Al Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator events in his 1972 Chevy truck and Willy Van Camp won the Figure 8 race. The special Celebrity Race was won by Bill Michaels over Todd Behling in a close finish.

By Dan Margetta

Lepak Fends Off Bennett To Win Suburban Motors 70 At Slinger

August 2nd, 2011

(Slinger, WI) – Jeremy Lepak has been hard to catch this season at the Slinger Super Speedway. Despite an unusually poor qualifying session, Lepak was able to outrun Lowell Bennett and Jon Reynolds Jr. to score his fourth victory of the season, in taking the checkers in the Suburban Motors Harley Davidson 70.

“It’s about time we had some luck to go our way,” said Lepak from Victory Lane. “Last week ended a three week string where I was leading with two different race teams and something broke. I just kept telling these guys to keep their heads up and the luck was going to turn around for us. These guys do everything for me and I really appreciate it.”

Randy Schuler and Chris Blawat led the field to the green flag. Schuler would get the advantage at the drop of the green flag, but wouldn’t make it around to complete the first lap. Blawat nudged Schuler in turn four causing Schuler to spin and bring out the first yellow. Since the lap was not completed, it was decided to start the race from the top. However, Schuler would restart from the rear due to having to pit to repair the cosmetic damage to his car. Rob Braun also suffered cosmetic damage and returned with Schuler to the rear of the field.

The second attempt saw Jon Reynolds Jr. start alongside Blawat, and at the drop of the green flag the top eight cars remained side by side for the first five laps. The two abreast formations were slowed on lap 5 by a spin by Gregg Pawelski in turn one. Jerry Eckhardt tried to avoid Pawelski, but suffered a flat left front tire from the slight contact. Rob Braun also had nowhere to go as the track was blocked, but came to a stop before making contact with either car.

The race would resume with Reynolds Jr. getting the advantage over Blawat, and opening the door for Steve Apel to join him at the front on lap six.

The cars would complete another lap before a strange event occurred.

After the cars completed lap seven, the next time by the scoreboard jumped to lap 11. After Apel got past Blawat, Lowell Bennett would also get around Blawat. Dennis Prunty, who was driving the car normally driven by Pete Weidmeyer, brought Jeremy Lepak with him around Blawat.

The scoreboard seemingly was corrected for lap 8. The next time by it jumped to lap 18.

Lepak quickly worked his way around Prunty and into fourth. Meanwhile, Lowell Bennett ducked underneath Apel, which paved the way for Lepak and Prunty to get by as well.

Three laps later Apel would pull off the track, once again being victimized by power steering issues.

Apel’s misfortunes gave second place to Bennett, however, just seven laps later, Lepak and Prunty would both get past Bennett, as the high side was proving once again to be too slick to hold onto.

Lepak quickly ran down Reynolds Jr. and got by him on lap 20. Lepak would stretch his lead to about three car lengths, as the field began to string out.

Over the course of the next twenty five laps it was status quo up front, but Bennett was beginning to put the pressure on Prunty once Bennett found his way back to the bottom groove.

Bennett would use the chrome horn on Prunty for a few laps, when suddenly Prunty’s car erupted in a fire under the hood of the car on lap 45. A power steering line broke and leaked fluid which quickly caught fire. Prunty was able to dive to the infield on the backstretch to the aid of the Slinger Safety Crew who quickly extinguished the flames.

When racing resumed, Lepak once again gained the advantage while Bennett began to put the pressure on Reynolds Jr. for second place.

Bennett would get underneath Reynolds Jr. in turn three to take over the second spot and try to hunt down Lepak.

The laps wound down quickly and Lepak was able to cruise to an easy victory with a margin of about five car lengths. Bennett scored his second consecutive second place finish, and Reynolds Jr. held on for third. Austin Luedtke, driving Bennett’s back up car due to the small field finished an impressive fourth with Chris Blawat rounding out the top five.

Bennett’s run showed signs of improvement for the second straight week.

“It was a fun race and we were maybe just a tick short,” said Bennett. “It depended on which lane you were in and there’s not much there up on that high side. I wish we could get that high side racing back, it’s two wide and would be a lot more fun. The outside is so greasy and I don’t know if it’s the hot weather or what we got going here, but everybody’s got to get to the bottom to race.”

Dave McCardle, who suffered a hard wreck in last week’s Late Model feature came back strong and took the checkers in this week’s feature. Ironically, McCardle had to hold off Alex Prunty over the last few laps, as it was Prunty who contributed to McCardle’s hard crash in last week’s event.

McCardle took advantage of a mistake by the starter, who inadvertently waved the yellow flag as the cars were coming to the green on lap 5.

Pat McIntee and Wayne Freimund led the Late Models to the green with McIntee getting the early lead. McCardle would work his way around Freimund on lap four, while Brad Keith settled into third. John DeAngelis and Jerry Mueller were waging their own battle for fourth when the caution would fly on lap 5 after Mueller got into the back of DeAngelis and sent him hard into the turn three wall.

As the field was coming to the green flag for the restart, McIntee held the lead and chose the inside lane with McCardle to the outside. Coming off of turn four, the yellow flag was waved instead of the green, in what proved to be the turning point of the race.

McIntee, sensing the error, slowed coming off of turn two expecting to see the yellow lights down the backstretch. Inexplicably, the race stayed green, and McCardle and Freimund kept their foot on the gas and got around McIntee. Brad Keith did likewise.

Shortly after Keith moved into third place, his car began to smoke heavily off of the right front of the car. He would eventually be black flagged on lap 16, the victim of a head gasket cover leak.

McCardle would get the jump on the restart with Freimund in his tracks. Freimund tried both the inside and the outside to try to claim the lead, but to no avail. Lap 24 saw Freimund get loose off of turn four and lose a car length to McCardle.

McIntee would spin in turn four on lap 27 right in front of Ryan DeStefano. Somehow DeStefano missed the wreck and the race remained under green. However just a lap later, McIntee would bring out the yellow when he would spin in turn two.

During this caution DeStefano would pull off the track due to overheating.

Wayne Freimund would suffer engine problem on the restart, allowing Alex Prunty to take over the second spot.

McCardle was able to hold off Prunty to score the victory.

“We’ve had such a tough year up here this year, it really means a lot,” said McCardle. “It seems we’ve been wrecking all the time and after last week we were ready to throw in the towel. We rebuilt the car and brought it back and am pretty surprised actually.”

As for the huge break he got on the restart where the wrong flag was displayed, McCardle didn’t even know that had happened.

“It was a very defining moment,” admitted McCardle. “It was a huge point in the race. I can’t blame him (McIntee) at all for backing off. To be honest I didn’t even look up. When you’re on the outside out here you don’t usually look at the flagman. You kind of read the guy on the inside and try to make sure they roll off the corner with him just so that when you get into one you’re next to him. That’s all you’re hoping for out here.”

Pat McIntee rebounded from the spins and the flag issues to finish in third place. Jerry Mueller recovered from his incident to finish in fourth. Bill Shavlik rounded out the top five.

James Swan continued his stellar season in the Mid-American Sportsman and picked up his ninth feature win of the season. Swan had to battle from the rear of the field after getting involved in Danny Church’s spin to secure the victory.

“That was awesome, I didn’t expect that,” said Swan. “I was at his left rear tire down the front stretch and was watching him thinking ‘he’s coming he’s coming’, then thought maybe he’s not. So I just wanted to stay as close as I could and I was to his left rear tire. I cranked the steering wheel and tried not to hit him but just slid into him.”

Despite being sent to the rear, Swan made his way back to the front almost too easily.

Swan was able to gain ground on the high side while Jay Shambeau battled Jimmie Evans for the lead. Shambeau pressures Evans for the lead, and Swan swooped to the high side and took advantage of Evans getting loose off of turn 2 on lap 26.

Only a restart caused by the spin of Brian Holtz left any doubt about the outcome. However, Swan quickly proved how strong his car was and easily held off Shambeau for the win. Evans finished a strong third, while Andy Haver finished in fourth. Danny Church, who was sent to the back with Swan, nearly came as far to the front as Swan, but had to settle for fifth place.

Brad Hetzel picked up his third Thunderstock win of the year in holding off the valiant effort of Andy Welter.

Hetzel was able to get around Nate Fick on lap 8 and led the final twelve laps to pick up the win. Hetzle survived a late race restart to hold off Welter for the win. Fick recovered to finish in third with John Daley and Carl Benn rounding out the top five.

Third generation racer Braison Bennett, son of seven time Super Late Model champion Lowell Bennett, scored his fourth feature win of the year in the four cylinder Slinger Bees division.

Bennett quickly worked his way thought the field and even went three wide to make his way toward the front. Bennett ducked underneath Brittiny Helmers in turn two on lap seven, and quickly pulled out to a half straightaway advantage.

Nick Wagner, who once again set fast time worked his way to second spot, but his progress was slowed enough by traffic to allow Bennett to open up the lead.

Helmers held on for third place, while Brandon Tackes moved up to fourth. Shane Westphal came home in fifth.

Rick Bruskiewicz notched his second Figure 8 feature win of the year with a bold move around Scott Goetzke and Justin Poenitsch. Goetzke was leading as he was coming to the X when he hesitated to avoid contact at the intersection. Bruskiewicz wasn’t about to wait, and he pounced on the opportunity.

Poenitsch, who lead 6 of the 10 laps,and Willy Van Camp also got around Goetzke to wind up in third and fourth respectively. Russ Lorbiecki rounded out the top five.

Joe Sonnaman took top honors in the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest cars.

Written By: Gregg Paul

Egan Captures 75 Lap Pepsi Challenge Series Round Two!

July 25th, 2011

Slinger, Wis.,—Mike Egan raced around Jeremy Lepak with ten laps to go and drove to victory in the 75-lap Pepsi Challenge Series Round Two super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway for his first main event win of the season.

“I was thinking that we’re going to be second and it would be a great race in the Pepsi Challenge deal and all of a sudden we came out of turn two and Jeremy’s (Lepak) car wiggled and I don’t know what happened but I went by,” Egan stated describing the winning pass on lap 65, “then it was like…Holy Toledo!”

Jon Reynolds Jr. led the opening laps as Egan and Lepak battled alongside each other for second just ahead of Conrad Morgan and Lowell Bennett who also raced side by side for third. Egan’s car didn’t work well in the high lane and he fell back to fifth as Lepak, Bennett, and Morgan all were able to pass by on the inside. Once the leaders settled down single file, Lepak quickly closed to Reynolds’ bumper for the lead and eventually squeezed to the inside off turn two to take the lead through turns three and four. This time it was Reynolds who was caught on the outside and he lost spots to Bennett, Morgan, and Egan before being able to dart back to the inside groove. Behind the leaders, Steve Apel and Tommy Pecaro were racing hard for position, with Apel charging hard into turn one and Pecaro attempting to defend his line. Apel’s nose made slight contact with Pecaro’s left rear which got Pecaro’s car out of shape and while Apel appeared to lift slightly, it was enough to send Pecaro’s machine around and into the infield as the race remained under green. The top five remained static through lap 18 when the caution flag waved after Greg Emmer spun in turn two and was hit broadside by the car of Mike Graczkowski. Both cars suffered severe damage and were retired from the event as Lepak led Bennett, Morgan, Egan, Reynolds, and Jeff Holtz for the restart. Also during the caution period, Apel was sent to the rear of the field for his involvement in Pecaro’s earlier spin. As racing resumed Lepak continued to lead and Bennett found himself struggling on the outside as Morgan, Reynolds, and Egan all tried to get by while behind them Jeff Holtz, Chris Blawat, and Brad Dahmer all battled for sixth. Blawat experienced mechanical problems on lap 25 which necessitated a caution after fluid from his car leaked onto the racetrack leaving Lepak leading Morgan, Bennett, and Reynolds for the restart. As the field circled under the yellow flag, the extracurricular activities between Pecaro and Apel weren’t over as Apel’s car was deposited in the infield courtesy of Pecaro’s front bumper, earning Pecaro a black flag from the event. Lepak chose the inside lane which placed Morgan on the outside and as the green flag waved, Morgan’s car experienced a miss and didn’t come up to speed creating a traffic jam behind him. In the ensuing chaos, Jerry Eckhardt’s car clipped Steve Apel in the right side, tearing it off and sending Apel’s car airborne momentarily as the yellow flag continued to be displayed. Morgan fell to the rear of the field for the resart and as racing resumed, Lepak picked up right where he left off, driving away in the lead as Bennett, Egan, and Jeff Holtz followed. The best battle on the speedway was well behind the leaders as Jerry Eckhardt, Greg Pawelski, and Steven Schulz staged a three car fight near the back of the top ten. On lap 41, Pawelski made a run down the backstretch to try to get to the inside of Eckhardt, who quickly shut the door entering turn three. The resulting nose-to-tail contact between them washed Eckhardt’s car wide in the middle of the corner and as he tried to regain control, Pawelski pulled alongside with Eckhardt’s front end peeling back Pawelski’s right side with Schulz just squeaking by Eckhardt’s disabled car as the caution waved for the final time with 34 laps to go. Once again Lepak launched to the lead on the restart, bringing Egan along with him from the inside lane into second and dropping Bennett back to battle with Holtz for third. Lepak pulled away to a comfortable lead and seemed poised to cruise to victory when suddenly his lap times began falling off late in the race, allowing Egan to draw closer. By lap 65 Egan was square on Lepak’s rear bumper as it became definitely clear Lepak’s car had developed a tire problem. Egan charged around Lepak on the outside to take command as Bennett, Holtz, and Morgan all closed on Lepak’s ailing car. Egan was spot-on the final ten laps and he drove to his first super late model feature victory of the season while Bennett finished in second just ahead of Holtz and Morgan. Brad Dahmer finished fifth while Lepak crossed the finish line in sixth. Steven Schulz was seventh while Jerry Eckhardt, Jon Reynolds Jr. and Gregg Pawelski rounded out the top ten. In earlier super late model action, Jeremy Lepak was the winner of the fast dash and Steve Apel topped qualifying after touring the speedway in 11.515 seconds.

Brad Dahmer scored the victory in the 35-lap late model feature by holding off a hard charging Brad Keith at the finish line.

Dahmer and Dave McCardle led the field to the green flag with Dahmer edging out front as Pat McIntee, Wayne Freimund, and Alex Prunty battled behind the lead duo. Dahmer maintained the lead with McCardle right behind him as Freimund went to work on McIntee for third by lap eight. Two laps later, contact between Freimund and McIntee sent McIntee’s car spinning off turn two and into the infield as the race remained under the green flag. Dahmer and McCardle’s comfortable advantage at the front of the field was erased on lap 18 when the yellow flag appeared for a spin by Braison Bennett in turn four. During the caution period, Freimund was also sent to the rear of the field for his involvement in the lap ten incident with McIntee leaving Dahmer to lead McCardle, Prunty, Keith, and Rob Myers for the restart. As racing resumed, Dahmer held the point with McCardle and Prunty close behind applying pressure for the lead. McCardle tried to turn under Dahmer entering turn two, getting the nose of his car up to Dahmer’s rear wheels but couldn’t complete the pass as he ran out of real estate upon exiting the corner as the two cars made minor contact, sending McCardle’s machine to the right. Unfortunately, Prunty’s nose was just to the right of McCardle’s car and the resulting contact hooked McCardle’s car hard into the turn three wall producing a caution flag. Dahmer chose the inside for the restart and promptly resumed his place as the leader when the green flag waved while behind him Brad Keith and Wayne Freimund used the inside line to move into second and third place respectively, dropping Prunty back to fourth. Keith remained glued to Dahmer’s rear bumper in the closing laps, even getting Dahmer out of shape slightly in turn two late in the race. On the final lap, Keith remained pressed against Dahmer’s rear bumper down the backstretch and into turns three and four, but his charge off turn four came up about a half car length short as Dahmer scored the victory. Keith had to settle for a close second while Wayne Freimund was third just ahead of Alex Prunty and Rob Myers in fourth and fifth respectively. Earlier, Brad Keith took top honors in the late model fast dash and Alex Prunty clocked in his career first fast time for the division with a lap of 12.460 seconds.

Ryan Farrell scored a rare clean sweep in the Midwest Sportsman division by setting fast time and winning the fast dash before finishing it off with a win in the 30-lap main event.

Jack Stern and Brian Holtz raced door to door for the lead in the opening laps while Jay Shambeau, Farrell, and James Swan all followed in third through fifth respectively. Stern held the inside and Holtz worked the high line as they continued to run side by side out front with Shambeau and Farrell lined up two by two behind them just ahead of Swan as Jimmie Evans moved up to join the battle. The intense fight for the lead erupted on lap six as Stern and Holtz got together entering turn one causing both cars to spin in front of the field. As the field scattered, a few cars spun to avoid but no significant contact was made which moved Farrell to the lead over Shambeau and Swan. Farrell raced to the lead as racing resumed, leaving Shambeau to battle with Swan and Evans for second. Swan took sole possession of second and began to track down Farrell while Shambeau raced with Evans over third. Swan began to slowly close in on the lead but it appeared he would run out of laps until the yellow flag flew on lap 20 for debris on the track. As the race went back to green, Farrell kept his car along the bottom of the speedway as Swan, Shambeau, and Evans all closed in to challenge. Shambeau worked his way to the inside of Swan and as the two of them fought for second, Farrell edged ahead and raced to the win. Shambeau was able to nip Swan for second at the line while Brian Holtz and Jimmie Evans completed the top five. Farrell also won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and set fast time at 12.709 seconds to complete the clean sweep.
John Daley edged Ken Schraufnagel in a close finish to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature.

John Daley led at the start with Schraufnagel and Brad Hetzel pressuring him for the lead while Al Stippich and Andy Welter began to slice their way forward from deep in the field. The yellow flag waved on lap five when Nick Ostsberg lost a rear wheel on the frontstretch with Daley leading Hetzel, Schraufnagel, and Carl Benn. Daley continued to lead on the restart as Schraufnagel moved to second while further back Stippich and Tyler Schley battled side by side. Stippich and Schley’s cars came together in turn one and both of them spun around on lap nine as the race remained green while both righted their cars and continued on. Schraufnagel closed on Daley as they approached lapped traffic late in the race. Schraufnagel was able to move alongside Daley as they charged to the checkered flag and it was Daley who scored the win at the stripe by less than a car length. Andy Welter finished third while Carl Benn and Nathan Fick completed the top five finishers. Daley also won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.637 seconds.

Nick Wagner won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Braison Bennett and Shane Westphal. Allen Maher Jr. and Brandon Tackes rounded out the top five. Erica Knutson won the 10-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Alexis Strobel and Misty Benn. Zachary Clarke and Brandon Berres were fourth and fifth respectively. Shane Westphal won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner set fast time at 15.322 seconds. Larry Schmidt was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest car race and Willy Van Camp topped a wild 11-car Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

by Dan Margetta

Pepsi Challenge Series Round 2 – 75 lap Feature plus 50,000 Penny Drop

July 22nd, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Evening July 24 it’s Round Two of the Pepsi Challenge Series. A 75 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and one on one spectator races, PLUS 50,000 Pennies will be dropped on the front stretch for kids 5 to 11 before racing starts. Gates open at 3:45, Qualifying at 4:45 Penny Drop at 6:00, and Racing at 6:30.

Jeremy Lepak holds a slim 7 point lead over Jeff Holtz in the three race Pepsi Challenge Series. Conrad Morgan is just 22 points back while Lowell Bennett and Dennis Prunty round out the top 5. Mike Egan, last year’s Pepsi Challenge Series Champion is within striking distance 36 points out of the lead currently in 6th place.

Pepsi is the official soft drink of Slinger Speedway. Pepsi’s roster of beverages produced includes core Pepsi brands, such as Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist and Aquafina. We also distribute brands from other companies like Lipton Iced Tea, Dr Pepper and Starbucks ready-to-drink coffees.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Swan Wins Old Wisconsin King of the Highbanks 88

July 18th, 2011

Slinger, Wis.,—James Swan led the final 26 laps and held off heavy hitters Steve Rubeck, Zack Riddle, and Jeremy Miller to capture his first career Big 8 Late Model Series victory Sunday night in the Old Wisconsin King of the Highbanks 88 at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“The first couple of laps the car was really good then it started getting loose, then it would come right back to me and I would reel those guys in,” an exhausted Swan told the crowd while sitting on his car in victory lane following a hot night, “Then the yellow would come out and we had to go through the whole process again over and over and over, then finally when it counted I was there.”

“I was tight in the center (of the corners) and loose off,” Rubeck said following his runner-up finish in his first trip to Slinger, “Jeremy (Miller) had me a couple times and Zack (Riddle) did a good job, everybody had a better car and I should have been fifth or sixth.” “with it being tight in the center I figured I could go to the outside, “Rubeck continued explaining his move to choose the outside groove for the final restart, “I’m happy with second for the first time ever being here, this place is like Rockford (Speedway) on steroids.”

Rubeck and Eddie May led the field to the green flag and battled side by side for the lead before the caution flag quickly waved on lap two for a minor spin by Steve Dobbratz in turn one. As racing resumed, Rubeck again led May as those behind them scurried to get to the bottom groove with Travis Dassow, Jeremy Miller, and Swan all using the low line to work their way around Bobby Wilberg and into third through fifth respectively. Dassow bobbled momentarily in turn two which opened up the door to the inside for Miller, who immediately seized the opportunity to grab third with Swan right behind him to take fourth. Jon Reynolds Jr. was the next in line to try to fill the inside gap and he raced with Dassow and Wilberg while Rubeck continued to lead over May. Reynolds had his car working well down low and within a few laps he not only prevailed in the battle with Dassow and Wilberg but also passed Swan to move into fourth as Miller closed in on Rubeck and May out front. The caution flew on lap 18 when Kyle Shear spun in turn two while racing for position with Ryan Miles and during the slowdown, May suddenly exited the speedway with power steering issues, leaving Rubeck leading over Miller, Reynolds, Swan, and Wilberg. As the field doubled up, Reynolds decided to take a chance on the outside lane at the restart cone and with the green flag waving he issued a strong challenge to Swan for third, allowing Rubeck and Miller to ease away slightly. Reynolds hung tough on the outside for a few laps but eventually began to fade as Swan and Wilberg both got by on the inside before Reynolds could get back in line just ahead of Zack Riddle. While this was sorting out, Miller closed to Rubeck’s rear bumper, actually touching it in the middle of the corners but each time Rubeck maintained the lead as they exited the turns. Reynolds’ run to the front came to an abrupt end on lap 27 when a broken panhard bar on the frontstretch caused him to slow down dramatically, drawing the caution flag as he exited the speedway with sparks showing under his car.

This time for the restart the top five of Rubeck, Miller, Swan, Wilberg, and Riddle all chose the inside lane while Travis Dassow and Ty Majeski took their chances on the high side and once again the upper groove held tough for a few laps before both Majeski and Dassow eventually fell in line behind Swan and just ahead of Wilberg and Riddle. Behind the leaders, Alex Prunty’s car got loose off turn four after contact with Dale Nottestad and as Prunty regained control on the far inside, Nottestad and Davey Pennel both tried to pass him, setting up a three-wide situation on the frontstretch. As Nottestad and Pennel cleared Prunty entering turn one, contact between them sent Pennel spinning around as Nottestad and Prunty bounced off one another but kept going while Chris Ratajczyk spun to avoid the melee with the caution flag waving on lap 31. Wilberg and Riddle chose the high lane for this restart which paid off when the field went back to green as they both were able to slot into fourth and fifth respectively just in front of Majeski and behind Rubeck, Miller, and Swan. As was the case earlier, everyone tried to get to the bottom groove and in the shuffling around, Wayne Freimund’s car suffered damage as the hood bowed up off the right side. As cars desperately tried to get around him, contact with Nottestad’s car sent Freimund spinning off turn four to produce another caution on lap 39. The top three remained on the bottom for this restart as Riddle took to the high side bringing Mike Ehde along with him and both were able to slide in place in front of Wilberg, dropping him to sixth as Rubeck still led over Miller and Swan. Wilberg was able to pass Ehde a few laps later and as Majeski tried to fill the hole on the inside to pass Ehde as well, side contact between them on the front straight popped Majeski’s tire and he left the track in a shower of sparks as the race remained under green.

Rubeck, Miller, and Swan ran nose to tail as Miller made numerous looks to the inside for the lead but each time he had to be careful not to open the door for Swan to challenge for second. On lap 47, Swan was able to just get the edge of his nose under Miller as the raced down the backstretch and as Miller tried to defend the position entering turn three, he was unable to clear Swan who had his nose inside his rear fender, forcing him to relinquish second to Swan. Miller quickly fell back in line behind Swan as Riddle and Wilberg joined them, all chasing Rubeck for the lead. Swan caught up to Rubeck in a few laps and after making a few attempts to get to the inside, suddenly moved to the high line, pulling alongside Rubeck just as the caution flew again for a spin by Kyle Shear in turn one on lap 54. During the caution period, Miller’s car came to rest on the speedway as the shift knob broke, leaving his car stuck in high gear. Miller left the speedway and the crew hastily made repairs, getting him out of the pits before the field went back to green to keep him on the lead lap. As racing resumed, the top three pulled ahead all racing around the bottom of the speedway with Rubeck leading Swan and Riddle. Swan kept Rubeck in his sights and when Rubeck couldn’t keep his car down entering turn one on lap 62, Swan pounced on the opportunity, taking the lead down the backstretch. Riddle also took advantage of the situation to grab second before Rubeck regrouped to settle into the third spot. Swan held about a three car length lead over Riddle as Rubeck fell into a battle for third with Wilberg and Nottestad, who rebounded from his earlier issues to challenge for a top five spot. Also, behind the top five, Miller was slicing his way through the field after dealing with his earlier problems. Miller narrowly avoided disaster again on lap 70 when Ryan Miles spun directly in front of him while racing with Alex Prunty to draw the seventh caution flag of the event.

Swan led Riddle and Rubeck on the restart while Wilberg and Miller each tried the top side in an effort to gain track position with the laps winding down. Swan and Riddle pulled away out front while Wilberg was able to fall in line ahead of Rubeck for third, leaving Miller to settle in fifth just ahead of Nottestad. Wilberg had difficulty keeping his car low and Miller charged by into third as Swan led over Riddle while Rubeck and Nottestad rounded out the top five when the final caution flag waved on lap 77 when Ryan Miles sent Alex Prunty sailing through the infield grass off turn two. As the field approached the restart cone, Rubeck took his chances on the outside while Riddle, Miller, and Wilberg all remained in the low groove as Swan led them back to the green flag. Rubeck was able to clear Riddle for second which allowed Swan to pull away in the final laps. The fight over second gave Swan all the advantage he needed and he drove under the checkered flag for the win while Rubeck held off Riddle for second. Miller and Wilberg completed the top five finishers. Dale Nottestad finished sixth and Wayne Freimund was seventh while Travis Dassow, Ryan Miles, and Jason Hicks rounded out the top ten.

Ryan Miles and Darren Wolke each scored wins in Big 8 qualifying races while Rob Braun won the Even Dash and Steve Rubeck won the Odd Dash. Jon Reynolds Jr. was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.520 seconds.

James Swan also won the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature, scoring his eighth main event win in the division this season.

Crystal Wood and Jack Stern raced for the lead at the start before Stern was able to take the lead from the outside groove as Brett Widdis and Scott Shambeau raced for positions behind them. Shambeau’s car suddenly washed up the speedway and he exited the event as Stern continued to lead while Swan and Brian Holtz began to work their way forward. Swan and Holtz caught Stern by lap nine and after getting position on the inside, both Swan and Holtz raced around Stern and into first and second respectively. Once out front, Swan was never challenged and he drove to the win over Holtz while Stern finished in third. Brett Widdis and Jay Shambeau were fourth and fifth respectively. Scott Shambeau won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan set fast time with a lap of 12.984 seconds.

Andy Welter held off Brad Hetzel to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature while John Daley finished third. Rick Schaefer crossed the finish line in fourth after leading the first two laps and Nick Egan finished fifth despite slamming the frontstretch wall and getting airborne at the finish. John Daley was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier in the division after lapping the speedway in 13.694 seconds. Brandon Tackes won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Allen Maher Jr. and Braison Bennett. Marty Tackes finished fourth and Misty Benn took the checkered flag in fifth. Brittiny Helmers won the 10-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Zach Clarke while Braison Bennett won the Slinger Bee fast dash. Nick Wagner once again set fast time with a lap of 15.317 seconds. Aaron Moyer scored a clean sweep in the Legends division, winning the feature, the heat race, and setting fast time with a lap of 13.776 seconds. Mike Gramzow was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Willy Van Camp won the Amber Inn Figure 8 race to close out the night.

by Dan Margetta

Becca Kasten Battles Kyle Busch to the End for Fifth at Slinger

July 14th, 2011

CONCORD, NC – A 21st birthday isn’t usually spent the way Becca Kasten spent her big weekend. Instead of hitting the town to celebrate her birthday with friends and family, Kasten was with her BDI Racing team, wheeling the #51 Super Late Model in one of the most prestigious Super Late Model events in the country, the Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway in Wisconsin, rubbing fenders with NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and some of the top short track talents in the Midwest on Sunday, July 10th.

This birthday celebration was a happy one on the track, too. Kasten led 35 laps at the start of the 200-lap feature by holding off Busch, who was coming off a weekend of victories in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series events at Kentucky Speedway. Busch eventually worked his way by Kasten and went to victory lane at Slinger for his third win of the weekend as Kasten was kicked back as deep as 10th in the middle stages of the race.

Undaunted, Kasten rebounded and cruised back into the top-five late in the race on a sweltering Wisconsin Summer night en route to an impressive fifth-place finish.

“I feel really proud of what we did out there,” said Kasten of her run in the Slinger Nationals. “I know from where we were in practice that we would be good in the race. The only real problem we had was getting pushed around and guys doing goofy things on restarts. Guys were not giving us any room and that’s how we lost our spots on the race track. We were able to come back from that. It felt like a three-hour race with the heat, so I am really proud of that.”

Making the birthday weekend fifth-place run even more satisfying for Kasten was her ability to race hard with one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR for the top spot at Slinger.

“I saw one restart where Kyle washed up the race track and almost wadded up the whole field,” added Kasten. “He’s still my hero and he’s a great driver. He’s the best driver out there right now and it’s good that he comes back down to race against the local drivers.

“What other sport do you get to do this? You don’t get to play basketball against Michael Jordan, so it’s cool to do what we get to do.”

Kasten’s fifth at Slinger has given her two top-five runs in as many races, as she finished third just one week prior in the CRA Super Series race at Angola Motor Speedway (IN) on Independence Day weekend. She also finished eighth at Illiana Motor Speedway in an ASA Midwest Tour event a couple weeks prior. The now-21-year-old and the BDI team will hope to keep up the recent string of success in their next event, the ASA Midwest Tour event at the Iowa Speedway on Friday, August 5th.

The list of partners for Kasten and BDI Racing this year includes MAC Tools, Racing Electronics, Speed51.com, Phantom Racing Products, FLUIDYNE High Performance Cooling Systems and Pink Carburetors.

If you are interested in supporting the pairing of Becca Kasten and Bob Dillner’s BDI Racing team in 2011, please contact the team at bd51sports@gmail.com for unique marketing opportunities. Follow Becca Kasten on Twitter @beccakasten or BDI Racing via @bdiracing.

Kyle Busch Finally Tops the Miller Lite Nationals

July 11th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., July 10—Erasing his late race demons from a year ago, Kyle Busch muscled past Dave Feiler following a restart with 26 laps to go and drove to his first victory in the Miller Lite Nationals 200-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“The restarts were tricky and I didn’t know whether I wanted the bottom or the top as neither one of them was working for me for the first two laps but then my car would really come in,” Busch stated from victory lane after playing cat-and-mouse games with Feiler on several late race restarts before sweeping into the lead for good as racing resumed on lap 174.

Feiler proved to be Busch’s toughest challenger as each swapped the lead as the field returned to green flag racing following caution periods late in the race with Feiler getting the best of the NASCAR star with an inside move for the lead on lap 139. Busch remained planted on Feiler’s rear bumper and raced directly in his tire tracks, often times peeking the nose of his car to the inside of Feiler’s right rear fender. Feiler was able to withstand Busch’s challenges and when the leaders approached the lapped the machine of Al Schill, contact with Schill’s car sent him spinning to draw the final yellow flag on lap 174. Feiler lined up on the inside, leaving Busch with the high groove and as they charged to the green flag, Busch ran wide off turn four to get a strong run into the first turn. Busch then used the momentum he gained to quickly diamond-cut hard to the left in the middle of the turn, scraping Feiler’s rear bumper enough to allow him to squeeze by on the inside for the lead.

“That last restart, I got into one a little bit behind Feiler, “ Busch continued, “and he slid up the track a little bit and I kind of came down and diamonded it and I got into him just enough and got him loose and kept my momentum going. I knew if I lifted I wouldn’t have a shot to clear him. I just did what I needed to do there and it was the winning move.”

“When I got out front I had clean race track and I could concentrate on what I was wanting to do,” Busch said after pulling away to a 2.171 second victory over Feiler. “It really worked for me. My car was better out front and it was overheating all night so clean air was a lot better.”

“I’m just bummed out,” Feiler said after leading twice for a total of 36 laps and working extremely hard to finish second. “The motor wasn’t running and it was shutting off half straightaway on both ends. The crew prepared an incredible car and it could get through the middle of the corners unreal but with the motor shutting off I tried to just roll through the corner and just didn’t have enough. I think if I could’ve kept the motor running I think I could’ve stuck it in there and really rolled through and work it on the bottom but I came up a little bit short. That’s the way it goes and we’ve got to stick with second but I’m a little bit bummed out. This would have been a sweet win.”

Jeremy Lepak ran among the front-runners all night and took the checkered flag in third place despite battling extreme heat inside the race car.

“That was the hottest it’s been for me for a long time,” Lepak told the crowd afterwards. “The cautions were just killing me as it just kept getting hotter and hotter in the car and once you get the heat in there, you can never get it back out. The handling was just awesome in our car but in the last five laps it started cutting out and I couldn’t get it to go down the straightaway.”

Jeff Holtz turned in one of his strongest performances to date to take the checkered flag with a very respectable fourth place result while Becca Kasten finished an impressive fifth after leading the first 36 laps of the race. Ross Kenseth raced among the top five for most of the race before winding up with a sixth place finish while Kelly Bires, Lowell Bennett, and Brad Mueller were seventh through ninth respectively as the final cars on the lead lap. Dennis Prunty rounded out the top ten after rebounding from a flat tire suffered while tangling with Eric Fransen while battling for a top five position.

Fransen was among the early front-runners who experienced problems as his night ended on lap 138 after suffering damage during the incident with Prunty and two-time weekly feature winner Steve Apel exited the race on lap 56 after losing a power-steering belt while running second.

Chris Blawat won the 25-lap super late model qualifying race over Tommy Pecaro and Randy Schuler while Rich Loch and Al Schill completed the top five finishers. Kyle Busch was the fastest qualifier after blistering the speedway in 11.355 seconds.

John DeAngelis Jr. took top honors in the 40-lap late model feature to capture his first career main event win on the biggest night of the season.

Dave McCardle led the opening laps as DeAngelis battled with Alex Prunty for second with Ryan DeStefano and James Swan following in their tire tracks. DeAngelis worked his way around Prunty and set his sights on McCardle as DeStefano and Swan both were also able to race by Prunty on the inside. DeAngelis had his car hooked up on the inside and a few laps later, he turned under McCardle in a bid for the lead off turn four. DeAngelis made the move work as he charged into the top spot as DeStefano filled the gap on the inside to pull even with McCardle for second. DeStefano was also able to make the inside work and he raced into second with Swan following into third. Swan began to challenge DeStefano for second as DeAngelis began to ease away slightly out front. Swan was able to secure second a few laps later and quickly closed on DeAngelis before attempting a pass for the lead on the high side. Swan pulled even with DeAngelis and the two raced side by side with Swan able to gain a slight advantage on the outside. DeAngelis remained tough on the inside and he battled back to retake command of the race from the inside as DeStefano advanced to move alongside Swan for second. DeStefano completed the pass on Swan for second but was unable to catch DeAngelis who raced under the checkered flag to secure the win, leaving DeStefano to settle for second. Swan finished third while Dave McCardle crossed the stripe in third. Jake Vanoskey and Wayne Freimund completed the top five finishers after Alex Prunty and Ryan Miles spun on the final circuit. Ryan DeStefano was the late model fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.452 seconds.

By Dan Margetta

Jeff Holtz tops Prelude to the Nationals Midwest Sportsman 40

July 10th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., July 9—Jeff Holtz led flag to flag to capture the Prelude to the Nationals 40-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event Saturday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Holtz charged to the lead from the outside lane at the drop of the green flag, as Scott Shambeau also used the upper groove to battle with Dale Weyer for second. Tyler Bauknecht occupied the fourth spot just ahead of Chris Storey and Jimmie Evans while Dan Church and James Swan began to slice their way forward from deep in the field. Holtz began to stretch out his lead as Shambeau gained sole possession of second place, dropping Weyer back to battle with Bauknecht over third. Weyer and Bauknecht drove side by side as Brian Holtz, Church and Swan ran directly in their tire tracks, trying to find a way by as Holtz enjoyed a comfortable lead over Shambeau. Bauknecht began to lose ground on the outside as Holtz and Church both raced around while Swan remained behind Bauknecht with Jimmie Evans alongside him. With Holtz continuing to show the way over Shambeau, Weyer held down third but soon found himself being pressured heavily by Church. Church made numerous looks to the inside before finally being able to edge alongside Weyer for the position exiting turn two. With the door open on the inside, Bauknecht filled the gap to the inside of Weyer and Brian Holtz followed suit again working the inside. Weyer settled in behind them from the outside as once again Swan remained trapped in the outer lane with Evans staying alongside him. A spin by Chris Storey in turn two produced the caution flag, erasing Jeff Holtz’s sizeable lead and tightening the field for the restart. Jeff Holtz maintained the lead as racing resumed, using the inside to lead the pack into turn one as Church also ducked to the inside of Shambeau to take over second. Holtz and Church began to scoot away from the field as Brian Holtz moved to the inside of Shambeau for third. Shambeau was hung out to dry on the outside as Swan and Ryan Farrell also raced past in the inside lane. As the laps wound down, Swan and Farrell quickly tracked down Brian Holtz for third as both swept around on the outside for third and fourth respectively as Church closed to Jeff Holtz’s rear bumper out front. Church could not mount a serious challenge and Jeff Holtz drove under the checkered flag to score the victory. James Swan finished a strong third while Brian Holtz and Scott Shambeau rounded out the top five.

Midwest Sportsman heat race wins were recorded by Scott Shambeau and Jack Stern while Brian Holtz took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash. Ryan Farrell was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.723 seconds.

Ken Schraufnagel won a thrilling 20-lap Thunderstock feature after battling with John Daley and Brad Hetzel for most of the event.

Schraufnagel and Daley spent the first half of the race running nearly dead even for the lead with Daley on the inside and Schraufnagel on the high side. Schraufnagel was able to nip Daley at the line to lead one lap only to have the tables turned the following circuit with Daley edging Schraufnagel at the line. Soon after passing by lapped traffic, Schraufnagel was able to clear Daley for lead on lap 16 as Brad Hetzel, Nathan Fick, and Andy Welter began to track down the top two. Daley had his hands full trying to defend second place as Hetzel, Fick, and Welter attacked from both high and low with Hetzel able to sweep by on the outside. As Schraufnagel led Hetzel on the final lap, Daley, Fick, and Welter staged a torrid battle for third. Schraufnagel captured the win over Hetzel as Fick, Daley, and Welter entered the third turn three wide. Daley and Fick came together, kicking Daley’s car sideways and sending Fick’s machine spinning toward the infield as Welter drove by on the outside to claim third place at the stripe. Daley maintained control to finish in fourth while Tyler Schley charged around Fick’s spinning car to secure the fifth spot. Earlier, John Daley won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter set fast time for the division with a lap of 13.669 seconds.

Braison Bennett used a daring last lap outside pass to edge Marty Tackes for the win in the 20-lap Slinger Bees feature while Nick Wagner advanced from the last starting position to finish third. Daniel Schroeder and Brandon Tackes were fourth and fifth respectively. Dustin Ostberg won the 12-lap Slinger Bees semi-feature over Jim Merkel and Misty Benn. Zack Welter finished fourth and Dylan Kontizer was fifth. Allen Maher Jr. was the winner of the Slinger Bees fast dash and Nick Wagner set fast time once again at 15.214 seconds.

Eric Gehrke won the American Super Cup feature by besting Earl Hoth at the finish line. Gehrke also picked up an American Super Cup heat race win while Ken Jones took top honors in the second heat race. Earl Hoth was the fastest qualifier at 15.364 seconds. Tom Hellness won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race that closed out the evening.

By Dan Margetta

Feiler Tops Keith’s Marina Firecracker 85

July 4th, 2011

SLM Action X Jon Reynolds Jr battles #25 Ross KensethSlinger, Wis., July 3—Dave Feiler took the lead on lap 64 and drove to victory over Josh Wallace to capture his third super late model feature triumph of the season Sunday night at the Singer Super Speedway in the caution-free Keith’s Marina 85.

“This place is really incredible, “Feiler exclaimed from victory lane, “We’ve had a car just like this all year long but haven’t had very much luck, but we’ll start with three (wins) and we’ll do one at a time or whatever it takes. We’ve just got to take one race at a time and if we do our homework at home and can beat the luck thing, I think we have a really good piece here.”

Josh Wallace launched to the lead from the pole position in the opening laps as Jon Reynolds Jr., Eric Fransen, Ross Kenseth, and Lowell Bennett lined up behind him. Wallace was able to stretch out his advantage as Reynolds and Fransen raced alongside each other for second with Fransen claiming sole possession of the spot by lap five. Fransen made the outside lane work to grab second place and Bennett followed in his tracks, running the high lane to get by Reynolds for third with Jeremy Lepak moving up to challenge in the outer lane. Lepak also made his way around Reynolds as Kenseth also jumped to the top to make his way forward. Further back, Dave Feiler began his trek toward the front, snapping up two positions by working the low line to get around both Steve Apel and Conrad Morgan.

With Wallace still maintaining a healthy lead, Kenseth turned to the inside of Reynolds, moving alongside to challenge for fourth with the two trading paint down the frontstretch before Kenseth grabbed the spot following some more fender rubbing down the back straightaway. Ahead of them, Bennett and Lepak caught Fransen for second and both were able to work their way around for second and third place respectively using the inside groove. Lepak then maneuvered his car to the inside of Bennett a few laps later to take over second place while Wallace continued to enjoy a sizeable lead. While the front four remained stable, Feiler’s march forward was in full swing as he first turned under Kenseth for fifth place and then used a similar move on Fransen a few laps later to take over fourth by lap 39. As Wallace began to catch lapped traffic, Feiler remained the fastest car on the speedway as he caught Bennett for third, diving to the inside to take the position on lap 45. As Feiler was advancing forward, Lepak was closing the gap on Wallace for the lead and by the time the leaders cleared themselves of traffic, all three were nose to tail with Wallace leading Lepak and Feiler. Wallace caught somewhat of a break on lap 48 when Feiler and Lepak began to battle over second, allowing Wallace to ease away slightly. Feiler and Lepak raced door to door for a few laps before Feiler prevailed from the inside. Once into second, Feiler again set out to track down Wallace for the lead as behind them, Kenseth pulled even with Fransen in a fight for fifth. Feiler quickly caught Wallace and turned under him to take the lead as Kenseth bested Fransen for the fifth position. Feiler would not be denied over the closing laps and he smoothly drove to the win while Wallace held off Lepak to claim the runner-up spot. Bennett took the checkered flag in fourth while Kenseth completed the top five with a fifth place result. Eric Fransen finished sixth followed by Jon Reynolds Jr., and Steve Apel while Jeff Holtz and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten.

Rob Braun edged Chris Blawat to win the 25-lap super late model semi-feature in a close finish. Mike Graczkowski was third followed by Fred Winn and Jerry Eckhardt. Steve Apel was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Dave Feiler was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.422 seconds.
Ryan DeStefano scored his first career Slinger Speedway feature win in the 35-lap late model main event, leading the final nine laps en route to victory.

Chris Blawat and Wayne Freimund led the field to the green flag as the event quickly fell under the caution flag on the first lap when Steve Apel and Alex Prunty both raced for the same spot on the racetrack and the ensuing contact between them sent Apel’s car spinning around. Freimund took command of the race on the restart with Blawat following just in front of Dave McCardle, Jerry Mueller, and Ryan DeStefano.

Blawat tracked down Freimund for the top spot and made the pass for the lead as DeStefano began to advance forward using the inside groove. DeStefano continued his march forward, passing Freimund for second as Blawat maintained his lead. Behind the leaders, Steve Apel and Alex Prunty continued to battle intensely for position and once again the caution flag appeared when Apel’s car looped around in turn two as the end result of their hard racing. Blawat chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, DeStefano charged from the outside in a strong bid for the lead. After two laps of side by side racing, DeStefano cleared Blawat for the top spot with Freimund remaining within striking distance. Behind the top three, Dave McCardle and Jerry Mueller were disputing the fourth position with a door to door battle. On lap 28, McCardle and Mueller slid together in turn two, causing both to fall back as their damaged cars limped around the track with the caution waving when both slowed in turn four. DeStefano led Blawat and Freimund for the restart with Zack Riddle now moving into fourth place in front of Vanoskey in fifth. DeStefano was on his marks as the green flag waved and he raced into the lead, leaving Freimund and Riddle to fight over second. DeStefano pulled away slightly in the final laps as Riddle pressured Freimund over second. DeStefano drove to the win as Freimund turned back a strong challenge from Riddle to finish second. Jake Vanoskey crossed the stripe in fourth place as Jon DeAngelis finished a strong race in fifth place. Earlier, Steve Apel captured top honors in the late model fast dash and Zack Riddle was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.444 seconds.

James Swan found victory lane once again in the 30-lap Midwest sportsman feature event after pacing the second half of the race.

John Janssen and Andy Haver raced for the lead in the opening laps with Janssen holding onto the top spot while Ryan Farrell and James Swan followed close behind. Janssen’s car became loose off the corners and on lap ten, it washed up the track in front of Haver, who couldn’t avoid contact which sent Janssen’s car spinning to produce the caution flag. Both Janssen and Haver were sent to the rear of the field for the restart as Farrell inherited the lead over Swan with Scott Shambeau and Mike Borchardt lining up behind them. Farrell and Swan battled door to door as racing resumed with Farrell on the inside and Swan in the high lane. Farrell was able to ease ahead at the line to lead the next four laps before Swan found power in the upper groove and he cleared Farrell to take the lead on lap 15. As Farrell tried to catch Swan for the top spot, Dan Church sliced his way from his final row starting position to move into the top three late in the event. Swan could not be caught in the final laps and he drove to the win over Farrell while Church finished a strong third. Scott Shambeau and Jack Stern finished fourth and fifth respectively. Mike Borchardt won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and James Swan set fast time at 12.755 seconds.

Andy Welter took top honors in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature event, holding off John Daley for the win.

Daley took command of the race from the beginning laps as he battled with Ken Schraufnagel and Nathan Fick for the top spot with Andy Welter and Brad Hetzel in fourth and fifth. The leaders caught a slower car on lap seven and as they attempted to avoid the traffic, Schraufnagel came out on the losing end of the situation after suffering damage as the result of contact with another car during the scramble to get around the slower machine. With Schraufnagel out of the event, Daley led Fick, Welter and Hetzel while Tyler Schley and Carl Benn raced for fifth. Welter worked his way around Fick for second and began to chase Daley for the lead as the race laps began to wind down. Welter’s car was hooked up on the outside and he caught Daley, moving next to the leader in the outside groove on lap 12. After a few laps of side by side racing, Welter edged ahead and into the lead while Brad Hetzel began to track down Daley for second. Welter drove the final laps unchallenged and charged to the win as Daley and Hetzel staged a side by side battle for second on the final lap with Daley taking the spot by less than a car length at the finish. Nathan Fick and Rick Schaefer rounded out the top five finishers. Carl Benn won the Thunderstock fast dash and Brad Hetzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.578 seconds.

Nick Wagner captured the victory in the Slinger Bee 20-lap feature, driving to a convincing win over Derrick Dixon and Brittiny Helmers. Brandon Tackes finished fourth and Daniel Schroeder took the checkered flag in fifth. Erica Knutson was the winner of the 12-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Braison Bennett and Misty Benn. Alexis Strobel and Zack Welter were fourth and fifth respectively. Derrick Dixon won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner continued his hot streak in qualifying by breaking his own track record to become the fastest qualifier at 15.276 seconds. Chad Kiefer was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and the Spectator Eliminator race was won by a mystery driver in a Subaru. Willy Van Camp won the Figure 8 race that concluded with a meeting in the “X” between second place finisher Shane Becker and Russ Lorbiecki. All drivers emerged from the incident without injury.

by Dan Margetta

Matt Kenseth and Dick Trickle added to the Slinger Nationals

June 30th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Slinger Speedway is announcing the addition of Matt Kenseth and Dick Trickle to the 32nd Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals.  Matt Kenseth Joins his son Ross who is already on the card.  Matt will be on hand for the meet and greet autograph session along with Dick Trickle.  Trickle will be the Grand Marshall for the event.
 
This will be a rare opportunity to meet Matt Kenseth and Dick Trickle.  Trickle currently resides in North Carolina and is looking forward to returning to the Slinger Nationals, a race he helped create over three decades ago.  Matt Kenseth a five time Slinger Nationals Champion is currently 6th in NASCAR Cup points with 2 wins. 
 
For a chance to meet Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Dick Trickle, Ross Kenseth, Kelly Bires and other Nationals Stars a limited number of VIP Meet and Greet Hospitality tickets are available.  VIP Hospitality tickets will allow lucky fans the opportunity to meet, get an autograph and attend a Q&A session with the stars.  Pit Pass, Food, Drink and a general admission ticket to the race will be included with the VIP Ticket.  To purchase VIP tickets call the track office (262-644-5921) or go to www.slingersuperspeedway.com.     
 
Advance general admission tickets for the July 10th Miller Lite Nationals are on sale now at the Slinger Speedway track office (262-644-5921), Pioneer Plaza in Richfield or on line at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com. Fans can save $2.00 when they purchase Adult General Admission tickets in advance. The rain date is Monday July 11th.
 
Slinger Speedway is located off of Hwy 41 and Highway 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events call the track office at 262-644-5921 or visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Apel Takes yp.com 70 for Second Feature Victory!

June 27th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., June 26—After taking the lead following a late-race restart, Steve Apel held off a hard charging Travis Dassow to win his second super late model feature of the season in the YP.Com 70 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“That’s what everybody comes out here for…to watch awesome racing,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane, “Travis Dassow ran me clean and he could have moved me easily. I gave him the outside and tried to give him as much room as I could. I didn’t want to block him for the win, he had the outside and just didn’t have enough to get out there to get by.”

“Steve (Apel) did exactly what he had to do,” Dassow said after narrowly missing the win, “He knew I had a good car coming off the bottom and he put the car where he needed to be where I couldn’t get around him. We’ve got to work on the car a little bit, but this thing’s a rocketship.”

Jamie Wallace and Dassow led the field to the green flag and after a first lap caution for a minor spin, Wallace raced to the early lead as Dassow struggled on the outside, falling in line in fifth place as Lowell Bennett, Rich Loch, and Apel all moved by on the inside. As Wallace paced the field, his car ran up the track exiting the turns, which left the door open to many challenges on the inside from Bennett with Loch racing close behind. Bennett was able to ease to Wallace’s inside on lap 15, completing the pass for the lead with Loch taking advantage of the situation to claim second. Behind the leaders, Dave Feiler and Jeremy Lepak were slicing their way forward, passing Apel by lap 20 and then Wallace a few circuits later to move into third and fourth respectively. Feiler’s car was especially hooked up well and he quickly caught and passed Loch for second place by lap 25 with Bennett continuing to show the way. Feiler’s march to the front persisted as he threaded his way alongside Bennett in a bid for the lead on lap 33 and the two raced side by side for the top spot until Feiler prevailed as they approached slower cars. While Bennett and Feiler disputed the lead, the battle for third place heated up as Lepak closed to challenge Loch for the position with Apel remaining within striking distance. The caution flag waved on lap 36 when Lepak and Loch tangled in turn three with Loch’s car spinning around to slow the field. Feiler led Bennett for the restart as Apel, Mike Egan, and Jon Reynolds moved up into the top five with Loch and Lepak relegated to the rear of the field. Feiler took off as racing resumed, pulling away with the lead as Apel raced alongside Bennett for second with Egan and Reynolds in double file formation behind them. Bennett and Egan each won their respective battles for second and fourth while Feiler’s lead on the field began to narrow. Rob Braun looked to enter the top five by challenging Reynolds on the inside and as they fought for the position, Braun’s car looped around in turn three to draw the caution flag on lap 56. As the field regrouped under caution, Feiler suddenly exited the speedway with what was later determined to be a broken left rear shock, relinquishing the lead to Bennett with Apel, Egan, and Dassow in tow for the restart.

Apel got the jump from the outside as the race went back to green and he charged by Bennett for the lead with Dassow following on the high side for second, dropping Bennett to third. Dassow didn’t let Apel get away as he remained planted on Apel’s bumper, making numerous looks to the inside, slightly flexing Apel’s left rear quarter panel upon exiting turn two. Each time Apel was able to fend off the challenges as Bennett and Egan closed to make it a four car battle for win. On the final lap, Bennett pulled to the inside of Dassow, allowing Apel to surge ahead in the lead down the backstretch. Apel drove to the win while Dassow nipped Bennett at the stripe for second with Egan finishing a close fourth. Jeremy Lepak and Rich Loch rebounded from their earlier misfortunes to finish fifth and sixth respectively while Jeff Holtz, Jon Reynolds Jr., Jamie Wallace, and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten.

Chris Blawat won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Rob Braun. Mike Graczkowski and Tommy Hromadka were fourth and fifth respectively. Travis Dassow won the super late model fast dash and Dave Feiler set fast time with a lap of 11.518 seconds.

Michael Bilderback made his first trip to Slinger this season a successful one by driving to victory in the 30-lap late model main event.

Bilderback and Alex Prunty paced the field to the green and Bilderback quickly charged to the lead over Prunty and Jon DeAngelis. The top three raced nose to tail and began to click off laps while behind them, Dave McCardle, Pat McIntee, Wayne Freimund, and Jerry Mueller raced for position. Bilderback maintained his lead as the top three remained stable as Mueller and Freimund took to the outside to challenge McCardle and McIntee. Bilderback was never challenged as he drove to the victory over Prunty and DeAngelis who finished a strong second and third respectively. Freimund was able to work his way to fourth place at the finish ahead of Mueller who crossed the stripe in fifth. Michael Bilderback also won the late model fast dash while Pat McIntee was the fastest qualifier at 12.556 seconds.

Dan Church held off Ryan Farrell for his second feature win of the season in the 30-lap Midwest sportsman main event.

Jay Shambeau led the early laps over Church while Andy Haver and James Swan raced for third just ahead of Scott Shambeau and Ryan Farrell. Shambeau’s car worked well on the bottom which forced Church to look to the high side while Swan raced around Haver for third. The outside lane worked for Church as he drove to the lead, bringing Swan along with him into second as Farrell also used the top groove to challenge Haver over fourth. The caution flag flew on lap 14 when Shambeau looped his car in turn three with Church leading Swan, Farrell, and Haver. Church spun the tires on the restart which allowed Swan to race ahead for the lead from the outside. As Swan attempted to head to the inside entering turn one, his left rear fender made contact with Church’s right front which send Swan’s car spinning around into the infield. The race remained green as Swan rejoined the event with Church now leading over Farrell. The caution flag appeared again on lap 19 for a spin by Jack Stern who was battling for position with Brian Holtz. Church again held off Farrell’s challenges for the lead as the two raced door to door with Andy Haver and Scott Shambeau keeping them in sight from third and fourth. Farrell barely edged Church to lead lap 21 but then slid wide in turn two allowing Church to regain the top spot as Haver moved up to challenge for second. Farrell recovered and used the high side to fend off Haver and close to Church’s bumper for the lead. Farrell pressured Church for the lead with a few looks to the inside over the closing laps but each time Church was able to keep the top spot, charging to the checkered flag for the win. Farrell had to settle for second place while Andy Haver, Brian Holtz, and Scott Shambeau rounded out the top five. Dan Church also won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Ryan Farrell turned a lap of 12.649 seconds to become the division’s fastest qualifier.

Carl Benn captured his first career Thunderstock feature win in thrilling fashion in the 20-lap main event.

Nathan Fick led the opening laps as the raced side by side with Benn while Adam Peschek, Ken Scrhraufnagel, Al Stippich, and John Daley all fought for positions behind the lead duo. Benn eventually prevailed on the outside to take command of the race as Fick, Schraufnagel, and Stippich continued to battle. Schraufnagel and Stippich both got around Fick while Peschek, Daley, and Andy Welter joined the battle. As Benn began to stretch his lead, the front runners began to catch slower cars. While Daley and Peschek battled for fifth, they both caught the lapped cars, momentarily entering turn one three wide. In the effort to pass the lapped machine, Daley’s car kicked loose and made slight contact with Peschek’s car, sending it sliding up the track. As Peschek attempted to correct his car, it came back down the track in turn two where it clipped the rear of Daley’s machine. Peschek’s car took a hard right and plowed head on into the turn two wall, producing the caution flag. Benn led Schraufnagel, Stippich, and Daley for the restart and as racing resumed, Schraufnagel suddenly slowed, allowing Stippich and Daley to race by into second and third. Stippich looked both and high and low in a bid for the lead but each time, Benn was able to turn back the challenges. Stippich worked to the outside on the final lap to pull alongside Benn but it wasn’t enough and Benn charged to the checkered flag to score the win. Stippich finished second while John Daley was third ahead of Brad Hetzel and Andy Welter in fourth and fifth respectively. Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter set fast time at 13.550 seconds.

Braison Bennett edged Dustin Ostberg to win the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature. Brandon Tackes finished third while Nick Wagner and Kyle Reidner rounded out the top five. Brittiny Helmers won the 10-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Karl Gebhard and Alexis Strobel. Erica Knutson was fourth and Zachary Clarke finished fifth. Kyle Reidner won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 15.310 seconds. Earl Hoth won the 20-lap American Super Cup feature over Ken Jones and Eric Gehrke. Jacob Van Wazer and Dan Weinfurter completed the top five finishers. American Super Cup heat wins were recorded by Andy Forster and Eric Gehrke while Earl Hoth was the fastest qualifier at 15.202 seconds. Kyle Brearton and Pete Schlosser won Speedway Guest car events while the Peter Breise won the Spectator Eliminator race in his Scion. Willy Van Camp won the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

By Dan Margetta

AT&T The Real Yellow Pages yp.com 70 plus 10,000 Nickel Drop before racing starts

June 24th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 26th is AT&T The Real Yellow Pages yp.com 70 night at Slinger Speedway.  It’s a big night for the kids too as they get a chance to gather up 10,000 nickels that will be spread out on the Slinger Speedway front stretch before racing begins.   The www.yp.com 70 lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing card.  Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.  Nickel drop will be at 6 pm.

YP knows that behind everything consumers are searching for, is something they’re actually looking for. Something that is bigger and more human than just the words that are typed into a search bar, and it is the quick and easy finding of these things that allows consumer to do more, experience more, be more and live more.
With YP, the goal is to be a utility for the people: the one-stop site that, in fewer clicks, helps everyone live more.
YP believes that providing a compelling local search experience will empower users to live their daily lives more richly and efficiently. YP helps users discover, find and connect with local businesses, events and attractions via online, mobile, or IPTV.

YP.comSM, the new YELLOWPAGES.COMSM, is the place to go when looking for local information.
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Lepak Edges Mueller to Win PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night 75

June 20th, 2011

Slinger, Wis.,—Jeremy Lepak and Brad Mueller slugged it out over the final laps of the PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway before Lepak edged Mueller by a half car-length for the victory.

“I didn’t want to touch Brad (Mueller), I don’t like racing like that, “Lepak told the crowd after the aggressive battle for the win that saw both drivers leave their marks on each other’s cars, “I wanted to be able to pass him clean, I knew we had the car to do it. I knew if I could get up on his bumper, he was pushing and pushing harder and I knew eventually I could get the run underneath him, I just had to be patient.” “I can’t say I’m real happy with him there at the end, I thought he raced me a lot harder than I raced him, but I think me and Brad are pretty good friends so I think we’ll work this deal out.”

“I left the door open for him and I shouldn’t have,” Mueller said afterwards, “I particularly am not in love with racing with him to begin with. If you want to see some sparks fly just stay here when he and I are racing together because I don’t agree with his driving style.”

Lowell Bennett paced the early laps, using the outside lane to take command of the event over Travis Dassow, Steve Apel, Lepak, and Mueller. Apel and Mueller also worked the high groove and both swept around Dassow to move into second and third as Conrad Morgan advanced to challenge the top five. Dave Feiler used the low lane to pass Lepak for sixth while Morgan was able to complete an inside pass on Dassow to take fourth as Mueller charged by Apel for second on the inside. The cars of Rob Braun and Dennis Prunty spun in turn four on lap 11 and while both were able to continue with minimal damage, the caution flag waved with Bennett leading Mueller, Apel, Morgan, Feiler, and Lepak. Bennett chose the inside lane for the restart which proved costly as Mueller launched into the lead from the outside as racing resumed while behind them Morgan, Feiler, and Lepak all were able to make their way around Apel utilizing the inside. With Mueller remaining out front, Morgan and Feiler quickly tracked down Bennett in second and by lap 30, Morgan turned to the inside in a bid to take the position with Feiler planted directly behind him. Morgan and Bennett raced side by side for three laps before the intense racing between them resulted in Bennett’s car swinging loose in turn four where it came down the track directly in the path of Feiler as both cars made significant contact as the caution flag waved on lap 33. Mueller took to the inside lane for the restart and maintained the lead as the green flag waved over Morgan and Lepak while Dennis Prunty came from the tail end of the field to challenge Apel for fifth. The race was put under the red flag on lap 43 when an apparent oil line issue on Morgan’s second place car caused flames to erupt from under the hood as he drove it on fire around to turn two before looping it around in front of the safety crew who extinguished the flames. Mueller again chose the inside for the restart, leaving Lepak to run the high line with Apel and Prunty stacked behind the lead duo as the race got back under way. Mueller held his lead as Lepak settled into his tire tracks while Prunty used the outside to flash by Apel for third. Lepak remained directly behind Mueller and made numerous looks for the lead on the inside but each time Mueller was able to maintain the advantage. On lap 60, Lepak was able to just inch the nose of his car inside the left rear fender of Mueller’s machine exiting turn two and with Lepak racing for the lead and Mueller trying to defend his position, the cars made instant side-panel contact which washed Mueller’s car slightly high as Lepak drove underneath to move alongside. After several intense laps of side by side racing, Lepak was able to drive into the lead as Mueller’s car began to tighten up a bit off the corners. Once out front however, Lepak was unable to shake Mueller, who immediately closed to hound Lepak for the top spot, applying a steady dose of taps to the leader’s rear bumper. With two laps to go, a more solid shot to the bumper from Mueller in between turns one and two sent Lepak’s car momentarily out of shape and Mueller pounced to the outside exiting turn two and the leaders took the white flag door to door. Mueller held a slight advantage entering turn one which quickly evened out exiting turn two as the two headed down the backstretch in a dead heat. Mueller again gained a slight advantage entering turn three and after one more instance of side contact between the two in the middle of turn four, the battle for the win became a drag race to the start-finish line which Lepak was able to win by about a half car-length. Dennis Prunty charged from the last starting position on the grid to finish third while Steve Apel and Mike Egan rounded out the top five. Jon Reynolds Jr. took the checkered flag in sixth and Brad Keith was seventh while Dave Feiler, Tommy Hromadka, and Rob Braun completed the top ten finishers.

Mike Graczkowski captured the win in the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Chris Blawat and Rob Braun. Randy Schuler finished in fourth place and Fred Winn was fifth. Lowell Bennett was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Brad Mueller circled the speedway in 11.555 seconds to become the evening’s fastest qualifier.

Rob Braun raced to his first feature win of the season in the 30-lap late model feature when late raced circumstances turned in his favor.

Braun was running solidly in the top five with two laps remaining as leader Alex Prunty seemed destined for his first career checkered flag with nearly a straightaway advantage on the rest of the field, when suddenly Prunty spun around exiting turn four. With Prunty’s car sliding to the infield, the lead battle turned to a scramble between Pat McIntee, Dave McCardle, Jerry Mueller, and Jon DeAngelis while directly behind them Braun, Jake Vanoskey, and Wayne Freimund also looked to join the battle. Suddenly as they entered turn one, the cars of McIntee, McCardle, Mueller, and DeAngelis tangled together and slid to the wall to produce the caution flag with two laps remaining. Braun took over the lead for the restart ahead of Vanoskey and Freimund while Prunty recovered to hold the fourth spot. Braun was on the button on the restart and he charged to the lead as Vanoskey raced with Freimund for the runner up spot. Braun drove under the checkered flag to take the win as Freimund held off Vanoskey for second while Prunty finished in fourth place just ahead of Mueller. Pat McIntee took top honors in the late model fast dash and Rob Braun was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.560 seconds.

James Swan notched feature win number six of the season as he drove to victory in the 30-lap Midwest sportsman main event.

Jay Shambeau led the opening laps over Andy Haver and Dan Church as Swan settled into fourth place at the start. Church and Swan each worked the inside groove to make their way around Haver for second and third place respectively as Shambeau continued to lead. After a few attempts to get to the inside of Church, Swan took to the high lane and made it work to advance into second place, leaving Church to battle with Haver for third. Swan remained committed to the outside line and he quickly ran down Shambeau, charging into the top spot on lap 17 as Haver held down third place over Church. With two laps to, Haver’s car looped around in turn four and the race remained green as Haver continued on. Swan drove to his sixth win of the season with Shambeau finishing second. Dan Church took the checkered flag in third and Scott Shambeau finished fourth. Mark Pluer used a late race charge to edge Jack Stern for the sixth spot. Jay Shambeau won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and James Swan was the fastest qualifier at 12.645 seconds.

Brad Hetzel edged Ken Schraufnagel to win the 18-lap Thunderstock main event.

Tyler Schley and Ken Schraufnagel paced the field to the green flag and the race quickly fell under the caution flag as Schley’s car broke loose exiting turn two and spun across the track before being struck by the car of Andy Welter. As racing resumed, Schraufnagel took the lead with Al Stippich close behind as Brad Hetzel moved into third place, just ahead of Adam Pescheck in fourth. The top three ran nose-to-tail for a few laps before Hetzel was able to turn under Stippich in turn two to take over second on lap 12. Hetzel then was able to turn under Schraufnagel and move alongside in a battle for the lead as the laps wound down. The leaders took the white flag side by side with Hetzel on the inside and Schraufnagel on the outside and the low lane paid off as Hetzel was able to clear Schraufnagel for the lead exiting turn two. Hetzel held on to drive under the checkered flag for the victory with Schraufnagel finishing second. Al Stippich finished third while Adam Pescheck and Rick Schaefer rounded out the top five. Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.684 seconds.

Nick Wagner took top honors in the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Mark Johler and Brandon Tackes. Brittiny Helmers finished fourth and Dustin Ostberg was fifth. Dustin Ostberg also was the winner of the 10-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Marty Tackes and Daniel Schroeder. Zachary Clarke was fourth and Zack Welter was fifth. Mark Johler won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner set fast time at 15.491 seconds. Brady Haugen was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Tom Behrens was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator event. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night – Scouts in uniform get in Free!

June 15th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 19th is PMF Landscape Supply of West Bend Scout Night.  All Scouts and Scout Leaders in Uniform will be admitted Free!  A 75 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing card.  Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.

PMF Landscape Supply provides landscaping products such as quality screened and blended topsoil, mulch, decorative stone and much more. PMF has served homeowners and landscape contractors in and around Southeastern Wisconsin for over 25 years since 1985. Call PMF Landscape Supply to keep your landscape beautiful year round.  Bring your truck or trailer or have us deliver it for you. 262-338-8800 

PMF Landscape Supply will not be undersold! PMF will meet or beat any advertised price in the West Bend area!  Stop in and see Paul just south of the Paradise round about on Hwy G in West Bend or Check out PMF at www.pmflandscape.com

 There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Feiler Back In Victory Lane After US Army Reunion Night 70

June 13th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., June 12—Dave Feiler passed Steve Apel with 23 laps to go and held on to win his second feature victory of the season in the US Army Reunion Night 70-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“Steve (Apel) was guarding the bottom a little bit but when he was coming off the corner, he was letting it go all the way to the wall,” Feiler stated describing the winning pass afterwards, “He’s a great racer and I backed off and let him collect himself and he held onto it and I just set him up coming out of turn two.”

“The guys gave me a good car again, it just wasn’t the car to win, “Apel said following his second runner-up finish in as many weeks. “He (Feiler) definitely had the better car tonight.”

Josh Wallace and Fred Winn made up the first row at the start as the field quickly went under the yellow flag after the first lap was completed when an accordion-like stack-up through the field in turn four resulted in Jerry Eckhardt’s left front fender becoming dislodged and falling into the racing groove. On the restart, Wallace and Winn quickly fell in line, occupying the top two spots just ahead of Jon Reynolds Jr. and Conrad Morgan. Behind the top four, Steve Apel, Tommy Hromadka, Dennis Prunty, Jeremy Lepak and Dave Feiler all raced hard for the fifth spot. Morgan, Apel, and Prunty ran nose to tail on the inside line and eventually opened up a way around Reynolds in third a few laps later, dropping him to a battle for sixth with Feiler and Lepak. Morgan and his followers continued to run well on the inside and all three moved around Winn for second a few laps later as Wallace remained out front. Feiler and Lepak also worked well in the low lane and both passed Reynolds for position as well.

While Morgan and Apel began to track down Wallace for the lead, Feiler and Lepak caught Prunty in fourth as Feiler took to the high lane and pulled alongside Prunty. Prunty battled tough on the inside and the two raced intensely alongside each other as further ahead Morgan ducked to the inside of Wallace in a bid for the lead. Morgan grabbed the lead and Apel followed suite on the inside for second as Prunty, Feiler, and Lepak continued to dispute the fourth position. Feiler edged ahead of Prunty for the spot with Lepak racing directly in Prunty’s tire tracks as the caution flag waved on lap 28 when Fred Winn’s car spun down the frontstretch while racing for positon with Mike Egan. Morgan chose the inside for the restart but Apel was on his game, charging into the lead from the outside as racing resumed. With Apel out front, Morgan settled into second ahead of Feiler but a few laps later, Feiler was able to turn under Morgan exiting turn two, taking the spot after two laps of side by side racing. Once by Morgan, Feiler began to narrow the gap to Apel as Lepak began to challenge Morgan over third. As Feiler closed to Apel’s rear bumper, Morgan and Lepak raced intensely for third with the two making side contact on the straight-aways. Lepak eventually prevailed and secured third while Feiler applied the pressure to Apel for the lead. On lap 46, Feiler tapped Apel’s left rear corner in turn four, momentarily breaking Apel’s car sideways but he wisely hesitated and allowed Apel to regain control before making another bid on the inside exiting turn two. This time Feiler completed the pass before reaching turn three to take command of the event on lap 48.

Behind the lead duo, Morgan remained glued to Lepak’s tire tracks for third as Dennis Prunty maintained fifth place. Prunty’s race came to an end on lap 57 as he exited the speedway with mechanical problems as Feiler and Apel began to approach lapped traffic. The complexion of the race changed dramatically on lap 64 as Apel’s car scraped along the frontstretch wall and slid to a stop in turn one. Apel’s car was then drilled in the left rear by Lepak as Morgan spun around to avoid the incident. Lepak’s car sustained front end damage and was retired from the event while Apel retained his second spot after officials determined he spun to avoid something. As the field circled under caution, third and fourth place contenders Morgan and Reynolds ran into each other while scuffing their tires and both left the speedway with significant damage. When the dust settled, Feiler led Apel, Josh Wallace, and Rob Braun for the restart while Mike Egan and Lowell Bennett held down fifth and sixth respectively. As racing resumed, Feiler could not be caught and he led the final laps to score the victory over Apel. Josh Wallace finished a strong third while Rob Braun turned in his best performance of the year with a fourth place result. Mike Egan took the checkered flag in fifth ahead of Lowell Bennett and Chris Blawat while Tommy Hromadka, Jerry Eckhardt, and Randy Schuler rounded out the top ten.

Mark Kissinger took top honors in the 30-lap super late model semi-feature, crossing the finish line ahead of Brad Dahmer and Jerry Eckhardt. Tommy Pecaro and Randy Schuler finished fourth and fifth respectively. Conrad Morgan won the super late model fast dash and Dave Feiler was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.373 seconds.

Dan Jung made his first trip to the Slinger Speedway a successful one as he drove to the victory in the 35-lap late model feature after taking the lead late in the event.

Alex Prunty and Jerry Mueller led the field to the green flag with Mueller getting the early charge to the lead from the outside leaving Prunty to fend for second place with Pat McIntee, Ryan DeStefano and Dan Jung. Prunty was able to get to the gas off the corners sooner than Mueller and the resulting contact with Mueller’s bumper sent Prunty’s car sideways on lap ten, allowing McIntee and Jung to race by. Prunty regained control and settled into fourth just ahead of DeStefano and Wayne Freimund while McIntee and Jung quickly closed on Mueller for the lead. McIntee made a bid for the top spot a few laps later but couldn’t make the pass which allowed Jung to edge alongside on the inside lane, taking the spot when McIntee’s car slightly slid wide exiting turn two. Prunty took advantage of McIntee becoming caught on the outside and he shot by on the inside into third as Jung pressured Mueller out front. After a few looks to the inside, Jung tried the high groove and pulled even with Mueller as Prunty closed in on the lead duo. The caution flag appeared on lap 24 when Dave McCardle spun down the backstretch after contact with Jake Vanoskey. As the green flag waved, Jung powered by Mueller for the lead on the high side with Prunty holding onto third while Freimund and DeStefano raced their way into fourth and fifth respectively. Once out front, Jung drove the final laps unchallenged as he drove to the win over Mueller and Prunty while Freimund and DeStefano completed the top five finishers. Earlier, DeStefano was the winner of the late model fast dash and Dan Jung set fast time with a lap of 12.466 seconds.

After finishing second last week, James Swan returned to his winning ways as he topped the 35-lap Midwest sportsman feature, leading the final eight laps.

Brian Holtz led the opening laps over Jack Stern while Swan battled with Ryan Farrell for third just ahead of Dan Church and Andy Haver. The top five remained steady for a few laps before Haver’s machine looped around in turn four while racing over fifth with Scott Shambeau. The race remained under green as Haver righted his car and continued on despite losing a lap in the ordeal. Holtz held a comfortable lead as Swan moved into second with an outside pass on Stern with Church and Farrell close behind. Swan began to cut into Holtz’s lead as some rough rumblings could be heard coming from under the hood of the Holtz machine. Swan swept by Holtz for the lead as Holtz’s car began to falter while Church and Farrell battled Stern for second as Holtz dropped from contention. A few laps later, Church cut a left rear tire and nearly took Farrell toward the backstretch wall before both drivers made tremendous saves as Farrell continued on while Church pulled to the infield. Swan drove to the victory over Stern while Farrell recovered to finish third. Brett Widdis and Chris Storey each ran a strong feature and finished fourth and fifth respectively. Earlier, Brian Holtz won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Andy Haver was the fastest qualifier at 12.637 seconds.

Rick Schaefer won the 20-lap Thunderstock feature after last lap contact between the leaders resulted in a wild finish.

Tyler Schley and Ken Schraufnagel battled door to door for the lead in the beginning laps before Schley was able to edge ahead, leaving Schraufnagel to race with Schaefer, John Daley, and Andy Welter for second. Schaefer and Daley were able to make their way around Schraufnagel for second and third as Carl Benn and Adam Peschek joined the lead battle. Benn’s car became extremely loose in the corners and he looped around in front of Peschek in turn two as the race remained green with Schley continuing to lead over Daley, Schaefer, and Schraufnagel. Daley began to track down Schley for the lead as Andy Welter advanced forward, working his way around Schraufnagel into fourth. Daley was in Schley’s tire tracks as they raced to the white flag and when Schley’s car kicked loose off the corner, Daley made contact with Schley’s left rear which spun Schley’s car around. Daley received the black flag instead of the checkered flag and Schaefer was declared the winner. Andy Welter finished second while Adam Peschek, Ken Schraufnagel, and Gerald Kulas Jr. rounded out the top five. Andy Welter also won the Thunderstock fast dash and Adam Peschek was the fastest qualifier after lapping the speedway in 13.637 seconds.

Braison Bennett won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Brittiny Helmers and Nick Wagner. Marty Tackes finished fourth and Dustin Ostberg was fifth. Dustin Ostberg also was the winner of the Slinger Bee fast dash while Nick Wagner set fast time at 15.354 seconds. Scott Sauer was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Peter Brice won the Spectator Eliminator event in his Scion. Willie Van Camp won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

By Dan Margetta

Lepak Holds Off Apel To Win Ewald Automotive 70

June 6th, 2011

Slinger, Wis.,—Jeremy Lepak held off a hard charging Steve Apel to win the Ewald Automotive 70-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his second feature win of the season.

“That’s why you never give up,” Lepak told the crowd from victory lane after Apel closed to his rear bumper in the final laps, “After we got past the lapped cars I think I used up my right front (tire) running the outside trying to get around those guys and he (Apel) put the hammer down and did the only thing he could which was to get up on my bumper and hope I screwed up, but I think my experience paid off right there and I didn’t panic.”

“I knew Lepak was there and I was watching him in the mirror the whole race, “Apel explained following his runner-up finish, “I knew he had a fast car and once I bobbled a little bit and he got underneath me, I gave him the inside and I figured I would try to save my tires for the end and just jump in behind him and follow him, I’m not sure if I would have beat him but we were there and that’s all that matters. Maybe one of these times I can get him”

Mike Graczkowski and Rob Braun paced the field to the green flag as the field raced the opening laps in two-by-two formation with Graczkowski edging Braun at the stripe for the lead. Graczkowski was able to use the inside groove to clear Braun for sole possession of the lead on lap five as Lowell Bennett moved up to challenge Braun for second while Fred Winn and Dennis Prunty battled over fourth place just ahead of Apel, Jon Reynolds Jr., and Lepak. Reynolds’ car momentarily broke loose in turn two on lap ten, and the slight slow-down sandwiched Conrad Morgan between Reynolds and Randy Schuler which sent Morgan’s machine spinning into the grass entering turn three as the race remained green. As the leaders raced by Morgan’s car, Bennett quickly closed on Graczkowski and used the momentum to duck to the inside lane to take command of the race a lap later as Braun also took advantage of the inside opportunity to grab second. With Graczkowski caught in the outside, Apel and Lepak both swept by on the inside and into third and fourth place respectively. Graczkowski’s car looped around in turn four on lap 20 and as the field scattered to avoid him, the ensuing gridlock resulted in Reynolds’ car also turning around exiting turn four as the caution flag waved. Graczkowski was able to continue but Reynolds was sidelined for the night as Bennett led Braun, Apel, Lepak, and Winn for the restart. Bennett maintained the lead over Braun and Apel as racing resumed while contact between Winn and Lepak entering turn one slowed the field behind them as all kept their cars under control and continued on. A lap later, Dave Feiler suddenly slowed exiting turn four and when his car stalled in the racing groove on the backstretch, the caution flag appeared again, this time with Braun edging out Bennett for the lead. Braun chose the inside groove for the restart and made it stick at the drop of the green as Apel worked his way to the inside of Bennett for second while Lepak held off Winn and Dennis Prunty in fourth. Braun tried to protect the inside and with Apel directly behind him, the accordion-like outcome, sent Braun’s car wide, opening the door for Apel to race to the lead on lap 23 while Bennett and Lepak also charged around Braun on the inside. Braun settled into a battle over fourth with Winn and the two cars became tangled on the frontstretch on lap 29, drawing the caution flag as they slid together towards the infield, allowing Mike Egan and Prunty to race by. On the restart, Apel lined up to the inside as the leader with Bennett to his outside and with a split second later start, the inside line advanced with Apel maintaining the lead and Lepak glued behind him to take second, dropping Bennett to third ahead of Egan and Prunty. Lepak was able to turn under Apel exiting turn two on lap 36 and on the next go-around, established himself as the leader with an inside pass around Apel. Once out front, Lepak was able to stretch his lead to a four car-length advantage which quickly disappeared when the leaders caught lapped traffic. In the closing laps, Apel narrowed the gap and planted himself on Lepak’s bumper but was unable to complete the pass as Lepak drove under the checkered flag for the win. Bennett finished in third place while Egan and Prunty rounded out the top five. Chris Blawat finished in sixth ahead of Randy Schuler and Tommy Hromadka while Brad Keith and Brad Dahmer completed the top ten finishers. Earlier, Jon Reynolds Jr. won the super late model fast dash and Jeremy Lepak was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.631 seconds.

Wayne Freimund survived a tough battle with Dave McCardle to win the 35-lap late model feature.

McCardle led the opening laps as he along with Pat McIntee and Freimund staged a three-car breakaway up front as pole-sitter Bill Shavlik battled with Gregg Pawelski, Jerry Mueller, and Brad Dahmer over fourth. Mueller and Dahmer both were able to charge to the inside of Pawelski for position as Jake Vanoskey also used the inside to get around Pawelski while the front three remained unchanged. Shavlik’s car spun around in turn four on lap twelve and while the field stacked up behind him, no cars sustained major damage as the caution flag waved with McCardle still leading over McIntee and Freimund. The inside lane was the place to be on the restart as Freimund used it to pass McIntee for second place, right behind McCardle. Vanoskey also used the inside to pass McIntee for third place as Alex Prunty advanced into the fifth spot. With Freimund dogging McCardle for the lead, Prunty dipped to the inside of McIntee to take fourth place a few laps later. Freimund continued to hound McCardle for the lead and after a few aggressive looks to the inside, Freimund took to the outside lane pulling alongside for the lead. Freimund and McCardle raced door to door for several laps with Freimund hanging tough on the high side as Vanoskey closed in from third. After making progress with each lap, Freimund was finally able to edge ahead of McCardle for the lead with less than ten circuits remaining. Once out front, Freimund stretched his advantage and drove to the win as McCardle, Vanoskey, and Prunty crossed the finish line nose to tail in second, third, and fourth respectively. Pat McIntee finished fifth. Dave McCardle also won the late model fast dash and Brad Dahmer set fast time at 12.585 seconds.

Dan Church broke James Swan’s season-long winning streak in the Midwest Sportsman feature as he turned back Swan’s challenges to win the 35-lap main event.

Jimmie Evans led the opening four laps before Jake Stern passed by on the outside to take the lead as Church charged into third place with Swan also advancing forward from deep in the field. Stern paced the race for the next ten circuits before Church drove into the lead from the inside lane. Swan continued his charge through the field and was closing in on the leaders from third place when Church took command of the race. A few laps later, with Church remaining out front, Swan swept by Stern and into second, closing fast on the top spot. In the final laps, Swan caught Church but his rapid rise through the field left his car kicking loose in the corners. Church continuously turned back Swan’s challenges and when Swan’s car washed loose off turn two on the white flag lap, Church drove to his first feature win of the season, becoming the first driver other than Swan to score a main event win this year. Swan finished in second ahead of Stern, Evans, and Jeff Holtz. Jack Stern won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.834 seconds.

Adam Peschek captured his first career feature win in the 20-lap Thunderstock main event, edging Andy Welter in a thrilling finish.

Chris Beine paced the first lap before giving way to Peschek after experiencing mechanical problems on lap two. Peschek appeared to be on his way to a relatively comfortable win with a sizeable advantage over Andy Welter, Ken Scraufnagel, John Daley, and Al Stippich when the caution flag waved with just three laps to go when Nick Egan’s car hit the turn four wall and lost a wheel. Peschek chose the inside lane for the restart with Welter alongside and as racing resumed the two remained nearly even as they raced door to door. On the final lap, Welter was able to get the advantage entering turn three but Peschek’s run off turn four was enough to nip Welter at the line for the win. Stippich charged to third place in the final laps while Schraufnagel and Daley rounded out the top five. Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter set fast time at 13.663 seconds.

Nick Wagner won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature, advancing from deep in the field to score the win over Brandon Tackes who charged to second place after also starting at the rear of the field. Allen Maher Jr. finished third while Dustin Ostberg and Marty Tackes rounded out the top five. Brian Strane won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 15.528 seconds. Mark Schmidt was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race and Willie Van Camp capped off the night with a win in the thrilling Amber Inn Figure 8 event. Ashley Hoffmann was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway after ten contestants competed for the title.

By Dan Margetta

Ewald’s Hartford Ford Lincoln Mercury presents The 2011 Miss Slinger Speedway Pageant

June 2nd, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 5th Ewald’s Hartford Ford, Lincoln, Mercury presents the $1000 to win Miss Slinger Speedway Pageant. A 70 lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races. Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.

Ewald’s Hartford Ford, Lincoln, Mercury is part of the Ewald Automotive Group, a local family owned and operated company. Ewald Automotive Group has served Southeast Wisconsin for over 46 years. You’ll soon find out why shoppers turn into buyers with Ewald it’s what we call the Ewald Advantage; Better Selection, Better Prices, and Better Service. www.ewaldauto.com

The lucky girl that is crowned the 2011 Miss Slinger Speedway will win the following: $1000, Photo Shoot at Blackdog Studios, Makeover at Shear Convenience, 1 hour massage with Maggie, Radio Appearance on The Drivers Meeting 92.5 FM, and a $100 Tab at Strange Brew. Second place wins $300, and Third place wins $100.

Contestants can enter by calling the track office at: 262-644-5921 or email slingerspeedway1@aol.com for an entry form. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Feiler Hunts Down Prunty To Capture E.H. Wolf and Sons BP Memorial Day 80 At Slinger

May 31st, 2011

Slinger, Wis., May 29,2011 – Dennis Prunty led the first fifty-eight laps but Dave Feiler was able to chase him down and capture the caution free Super Late Model victory at Slinger Speedway in the E.H. Wolf and Sons BP Memorial Day 80. Brad Keith (Late Model), Brad Hetzel (Thunderstock), James Swan (Midwest Sportsman) and Brandon Tackes (Slinger Bee) were also feature winners on Sunday night.


Super Late Model Winner Dave Feiler with EH
Wolf Sponsor

“It’s nice to actually finish a race,” said Feiler. “We’ve had some troubles here. Those guys were putting the heat on. I didn’t know how fast we should pace coming up through the field. This is pretty exciting.”

Talking about chasing down Prunty, Feiler said, “Dennis (Prunty) gets around here really good, he’s a clean racer. It’s great to race with these guys here.”


Super Late Model Action 42 Prunty 40 Feiler 40 Lepak

Dennis Prunty started the eighty lap Super Late Model feature on the outside of the front row and charged to the lead by the second turn. Gaining a half straightaway distance between himself and the rest of the field by the middle of the race, the lead belonged to Prunty for the next fifty-eight laps. Meanwhile, starting in the middle of the pack, the two blue number forty cars of Dave Feiler and Jeremy Lepak started working forward. With thirty laps in the books, both Feiler and Lepak worked past second place, Conrad Morgan.

“I felt bad for the fans for a little while, it seemed like a boring race,” said Prunty. “Then I looked in my mirror and he kept coming and kept coming.”

At the halfway point of the race Feiler had caught up to Prunty’s rear bumper. Fourteen laps later, Feiler made his move on the outside of Prunty to take the lead. Feiler left Prunty to battle with Lepak for second. Prunty ran the high groove to hold back Lepak. As the leaders ran through traffic Prunty reeled Feiler back in and was within a car length when the checkers flew. Starting a holiday tradition, the win was the first for Feiler since Labor Day of last year. Prunty finished second followed by Lepak, Morgan and Eric Fransen.


Late Model Feature Winner Brad Keith #48

Steve Apel won the dash from the front row and Jeremy Lepak set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 11.413 seconds.

Pat McIntee led the Late Model feature unchallenged from the drop of the green until the caution flag flew with fifteen laps to go. On the restart, Brad Keith used the outside groove to get past McIntee and began to stretch his lead. Five laps later the yellow flew again to bunch up the field. One more caution period would again place Keith and McIntee side by side to battle for the lead. Keith was able to get away on each restart and put distance between himself and second place McIntee.

As Keith took the white flag and raced towards the checkers, Chris Ratajczyk got turned around coming out of turn four. Jerry Mueller and Reagan May spun to avoid and the final caution flag was displayed. The race was declared official with Keith taking the win. Wayne Freimund was able to get past McIntee with five laps left in the race and finished second followed by McIntee in third. Dave McCardle and Jake Vanoskey rounded out the top five.


Thunder Stock Feature Action 66 Adam Peschek and Winner Brad Hetzel

The dash victory was captured by McCardle and fast time was set by Freimund with a 12.492 second lap.

Jay Shambeau charged to the lead on the opening lap of the Midwest Sportsman feature and held the position for the first twenty-three of the thirty-five laps on tap. While second through fifth stacked up behind him Shambeau held off the challengers. With Jimmy Evans on the top side and James Swan on his bumper, Shambeau had a fight on his hands. Showing the most patience a race car driver can muster, Swan followed behind leader Shambeau until the race neared ten laps to go. Swan dove to the inside of Shambeau on the backstraight and held his ground to take the lead in turn three. From then on it was clear sailing in open track and Swan streaked to the finish to take the victory. Ryan Farrell, Jimmy Evans, Brian Holtz and Scott Shambeau all got by Jay Shambeau in the final laps to capture top five finishes.

Jay Shambeau captured the dash and James Swan was the quickest in qualifying with a lap of 12.665 seconds.

Brad Hetzel started on the pole and stayed in front to capture his first feature victory in the Thunderstock event. But it wasn’t easy.

Three caution periods slowed Hetzel’s charge towards the checkers and Adam Peschek, also looking for his first feature win, provided a challenge in the final laps of the race. While Hetzel led, Peschek picked off cars one by one to move into second with just over half of the race completed. After the second caution period, Hetzel and Peschek lined up side by side for the restart. Peschek took the lead on the outside but had problems getting loose in turn four, allowing Hetzel to reclaim the lead. One more caution flag flew when Jesse Knutson dumped fluids in turn one. Peschek didn’t get a good jump on the final restart and Hetzel took off with John Daley on his tail. When the checkers flew, it was Hetzel in front taking his first feature win. Daley, Andy Welter, Peschek and Bernie Leonard completed the top five.

Turning a lap of 13.720 seconds, Daley set the fast time for the Thunderstocks and Ken Schraufnagel won the dash.


Brandon Tackes Slinger Bee Feature Winner #24

Brandon Tackes charged from his ninth place starting position to take the lead halfway through the Slinger Bee feature race. A hard charging Nick Wagner started at the tail of the field but caught Tackes to battle for the final laps of the race. Tackes was not to be denied and held off Wagner to take the victory. Marty Tackes, Tom Helmers and Erica Knutson completed the top five.

The dash win went to Marty Tackes and Wagner laid down a lap of 15.581 seconds, the fastest in Bee qualifying.

Scott Goetzke ran away with the Figure 8 race and, a familiar name to Slinger Speedway fans, Scott Ascher won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car race.

By John Wiedemann

EH Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Special with Fireworks

May 27th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night May 29th long-time track sponsor E.H. Wolf & Sons partners up with participating BP dealers to present the Slinger Super Speedway Memorial Day Special with Fireworks. An 80 lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.  Rain date is Monday, May 30.
 
Check your local BP Gas Station with Invigorate to get your $1.00 off Coupons for General Admission Seating!  E.H. Wolf and Sons and our participating Bp locations are pleased to sponsor tonight’s event.  We encourage you to patronize E.H. Wolf and the participating locations…
 
·      Country Mart Bp  – located at the corner of Hwy 167 and Hwy 175 in Richfield
·      Smiley’s C-Store Bp – just down the road at the corner of Hwy 175 and Hwy 144 in Slinger
·      Main Street Mart Bp – west side of  Jackson at Hwy 60 and Hwy 45.
·      Pioneer Travel Plaza Bp – at Hwy 41-45 and Pioneer Road in Richfield
·      Rapid Mart Bp – located on Hwy 60 between Hartford and Slinger
·      Eastside Mart Travel Center Bp –  Hwy 60 on the east side of Jackson
·      Westside Mart Bp – Hwy 60, west side of Hartford
·      Rapid Mart Bp – Neosho
·      Wild Goose Station – located at corner of Hwy 33 and Hwy 26 just north of Juneau
 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Lepak Captures The Win In Pepsi Challenge Series Round One!

May 23rd, 2011

Slinger, Wis., May 22—Jeremy Lepak took advantage of a late race caution to charge around Jeff Holtz for the lead, en route to capturing his first feature win of the season in the 75-lap Pepsi Challenge Series Round One super late model main event Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.


All Photos by: speedgraphicscompany.com

Holtz jumped out to an early lead and paced the first 38 laps, enjoying a comfortable advantage of nearly a half lap before the yellow flag waved for a spin in turn four, allowing Lepak and the field to close in for the restart. As racing resumed, Lepak worked the outside to take command of the race and then held off Holtz’s charges as the leaders worked lapped traffic late in the event.

“He (Holtz) worked me hard there to get by him on the outside and (earlier) he had a really big lead, “Lepak explained from victory lane, “But this car was awesome, I definitely had the hammer down and I was going. This is an awesome show and I love driving up here the two and a half hours I have to drive (from Wausau). I have to thank my guys, I just show up with my helmet and they gave me an awesome race car.”

“My race was really good in the beginning and then once we got that yellow, that was just what I didn’t want to see,” Holtz stated following his runner-up finish. “The carburetor was loading up a little bit during the yellow flag laps and it just didn’t want to go for the first couple laps there. Then it cleared out and we were pretty close to being the same speed as the leader. If we can get this thing figured out, I think we’ll have something for them.”

Fred Winn and Holtz paced the field to the green flag with Holtz diving to the inside entering turn three to take the lead as the field momentarily stacked up behind him, leaving Winn to battle with Randy Schuler, Mike Egan, and Conrad Morgan for second. Schuler worked the outside to grab second place by lap five as Holtz began to stretch his lead while Egan and Morgan raced side by side over the fourth position, with Lepak planted directly behind them. Egan took the outside lane to work his way by Winn for third on lap 17 and both Morgan and Lepak followed in the upper lane to move into fourth and fifth respectively. Behind the top five, Winn found himself racing hard with Steve Apel, Dave Feiler, and Dennis Prunty as Lowell Bennett and Josh Wallace moved up to join the battle. As Holtz remained comfortably out front, Lepak looked to the outside of Morgan on lap 24 in a bid for the fourth spot as behind them aggressive racing between Apel and Feiler resulted in Apel’s car washing wide off turn two, trapping Prunty behind him as both Bennett and Wallace slipped by on the inside. Five laps later, Egan, Lepak, and Morgan all were able to use the outside lane to dispatch Schuler to fifth as Holtz remained unchallenged out front approaching lapped traffic. Lepak caught Egan for second a few laps later and began to make small gains on Holtz as the leader encountered the lapped cars. On lap 38, the caution flag flew as Winn’s car looped around in turn four just after being passed by Lepak and Holtz’s sizeable lead instantly evaporated as the field closed behind him for the restart.

Holtz chose the inside lane as racing resumed, leaving Lepak the outside groove and the two ran door to door as behind them a minor problem for Jon Reynolds Jr. caused him to lose positions on the backstretch before regaining the handle on his car. Lepak remained tough on the high side and he powered his way around Holtz for the lead as Bennett began to challenge Schuler for fifth place. The best battle on the speedway in the closing laps occurred well behind the leaders as Al Schill and Josh Wallace ran several laps side by side without touching while Bennett moved around Egan to take fourth on lap 65. While Holtz could keep Lepak in his sights, he was unable to reel the leader in and Lepak drove to the victory. Morgan finished a strong third just ahead of Bennett while Egan rounded out the top five finishers. Dennis Prunty took the checkered flag in sixth in front of Schuler and Wallace in seventh and eighth place respectively. Reynolds Jr. and Feiler completed the top ten. Steve Apel was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Dave Feiler was the fastest qualifier at 11.539 seconds.

Jake Vanoskey led flag to flag to win the 35-lap late model feature but the run was anything but easy as he turned back numerous challenges throughout the main event.

Vanoskey led Gregg Pawelski and Bill Shavlik on the start with Chris Ratajczyk and Wayne Freimund racing close behind. Shavlik slid wide in turn two on lap three as Freimund and John DeAngelis charged by as Ratajczyk ducked to the inside of Pawelski to take second with Vanoskey still out front. Freidmund also was able to work his way around Pawelski and he along with Ratajczyk set their sights on Vanoskey for the lead. Ratajczyk and Freimund battled for second as they worked traffic just before the caution waved on lap 31 when Shavlik looped around in turn one. Vanoskey led on the restart over Freimund and Ratajczyk while Ryan DeStefano and John DeAngelis held down fourth and fifth. As racing resumed, Vanoskey maintained the lead over Freimund and Ratajczyk while DeStefano and DeAngelis became tangled and pushed wide in turn three allowing cars to race by. Vanoskey was able to turn back all challenges and he drove to the win ahead of Freimund and Ratajczyk. Parker May and Gregg Pawelski rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Dave McCardle won the late model fast dash and Wayne Freimund set fast time with a lap of 12.592 seconds.

James Swan drove to his third win of the season in the 30-lap Midwest sportsman feature.

Mike Borchardt led the opening laps as Andy Haver, Dan Church, and Ryan Farrell battled with Swan over the second spot. Church and Swan patiently worked the inside lane and used it to pass Haver and Farrell to move into second and third as Borchardt continued to set the pace. Church and Swan caught Borchardt for the lead with Church trying to get by on the inside and Swan taking to the high line. The outside proved to be the correct choice as Swan charged by Borchardt for the lead a few laps later. Swan then began to pull away from the field as behind the top four, Haver and Jack Stern raced for fifth. The intense racing between Stern and Haver resulted in Haver spinning around in turn one as the race remained under green. Haver righted his machine right in front of Swan and he raced the leader hard in the final laps, racing side by side with Swan. On the last lap, Swan backed off allowing Haver to lead him into turn four which almost proved to be costly as Haver lost control exiting the turn and nosed into the frontstretch wall as Swan drove by to collect the win. Ryan Farrell finished in second followed by Mike Borchardt, Dan Church, and Jack Stern. Mike Borchardt won the Midwest sportsman fast dash and James Swan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.750 seconds.

Nathan Fick scored a hard earned victory in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature after holding off the tough challenges of John Daley. Daley closed to Fick’s rear bumper several times in the closing laps and let him know he was there with a few taps but Fick remained steadfast out front and stayed true to the inside lane to hold off the charges. Fick took the checkered flag to score his first career Thunderstock victory just ahead of Daley while Adam Pescheck finished in third place just ahead of Rick Schaefer and Andy Welter. Carl Benn raced to the win in the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter topped qualifying after turning in a lap at 13.635 seconds.

Nick Wagner worked lapped traffic to edge Braison Bennett for the win in the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature while Brandon Tackes, Marty Tackes, and Erica Knutson rounded out the top five finishers. Wagner also won the fast dash and set fast time at 15.572 seconds to score a clean sweep in the division. Justin Poenitsch joined the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest car race and drove to victory in the event. As the skies grew dark and with severe threatening weather imminent, the Figure 8 race and Gauntlet event were unable to be contested.

By Dan Margetta

Pepsi Challenge Round 1 plus Ambulance Gauntlet – 4pm Start

May 20th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Afternoon May 22nd Round One of The Pepsi Challenge Series. A 75 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events along with an Ambulance Gauntlet Race. The Gauntlet is always exciting to see who is superior. Will the chase cars stop the Ambulance or can the Ambulance persevere and fend off the cars to win the Gauntlet? Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races. Gates open at 2 pm with Racing at 4 pm.

The Super Late Models have been out of action since the May first opener and resume weekly action this Sunday afternoon. With Mothers Day off two weeks ago and Mother Nature calling the shots last weekend the Slinger Speedway race teams are ready to get back at it. Brad “JJ” Mueller is planning to make his 2011 debut at Slinger and looking forward to battling Prunty, Morgan, Bennett, Feiler, Apel, Egan and a host of others for a run at the checkered flag.

Pepsi is the official soft drink of Slinger Speedway. Pepsi’s roster of beverages includes core Pepsi brands, such as Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist and Aquafina. Pepsi also distributes brands from other companies like Lipton Iced Tea, Dr Pepper and Starbucks ready-to-drink coffees.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

APEL STAYS PERFECT…WINS MOTHER’S DAY 50!

May 9th, 2011

Slinger, Wis., May 8—For the second consecutive week, Steve Apel drove to Victory Lane after scoring a convincing win in the 50-lap late model Mother’s Day feature event Sunday evening at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“These guys with this team build an awesome car, “Apel stated after capturing his second feature win in as many weeks, “I have to say ‘Thanks’ and ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to my mom, I forgot to get her something, but I guess I can get something now.”
Pat McIntee and Wayne Freimund forged ahead to the top two positions at the drop of the green flag as the outside lane advanced forward, leaving Dave McCardle to battle Gregg Pawelski, Ryan DeStefano, and Steve Apel for spots from third on back. With McIntee and Freimund out front, Apel’s car was hooked up on the inside and he edged around Pawelski to take fourth with a low groove pass off turn four as the leaders began lap five. With the lead group racing nose to tail, Apel went to work on McCardle’s rear bumper for third, making numerous attempts to take the position until finally securing it with an inside dive into turn three. As Apel began to track down the top two, Pawelski seized the open opportunity on the inside and raced into fourth around McCardle, who lost two more spots before working his way back to the inside lane. Apel’s car turned well to the inside off the corners and a few laps later, he was able to maneuver his way around Freimund for second while McIntee continued to lead. Bill Shavlik looped around on the frontstretch on lap 19 and the caution flag appeared when he was joined by Reagan May, who also spun while trying to pass DeStefano for eighth place.
Apel was able to make a charge from the outside to take the lead as racing resumed while McIntee slotted himself ahead of Freimund in second with Jerry Mueller and Jake Vanoskey racing over fourth. As the top three raced single file, Vanoskey darted to the inside of Mueller off turn two on lap 28, but when Mueller slammed the door entering turn three, contact between the cars severely damaged Vanoskey’s right front and he exited the speedway while Mueller continued for a few laps before having to leave the track as well with handling problems. Apel maintained the lead over McIntee and Freimund while Pawelski, John DeAngelis, and Reagan May moved forward to battle over fourth place. In the closing laps, DeAngelis loosened up Pawelski and drove to the inside to take fourth and May followed suit with a similar move a lap later to grab fifth as Pawelski gathered his car up, allowing McCardle to drive by as well. Apel drove unchallenged to the win while McIntee held off Freimund for second as DeAngelis and May completed the top five finishers. McCardle took the checkered flag in sixth over Parker May and Ryan DeStefano while Alex Prunty and Bill Shavlik finished ninth and tenth respectively.
John DeAngelis was the winner of the ten lap late model heat race over Jake Vanoskey and Parker May while Pat McIntee won the late model fast dash. Steve Apel was the late model fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.377 seconds.
James Swan also remained perfect on the season, driving to another victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.
Brian Holtz and Mike Lange swapped the lead in the beginning laps while Swan patiently waited for the inside lane to open up. Once it did, he used it to race to the inside of Lange for second place and then set his sights on Holtz for the lead just before the caution flag waved for a spin by Jack Stern in turn one on lap six. Swan lined up in the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, he was able to keep the momentum up and drive around Holtz for the top spot. While Swan and Holtz began to pull away, Lange fell into a spirited battle for third with Dan Church, Andy Haver, and Ryan Farrell. Swan and Holtz distanced themselves from the rest of the field as Lange planted himself in the inside groove in third with Church on his rear bumper and Haver and Farrell beginning to work the outside. Swan charged to the win over Holtz while on the final lap, Haver and Farrell drove around Lange on the outside to finish third and fourth respectively as Lange held off Church for fifth.
Jay Shambeau won the ten lap Midwest Sportsman heat race over Scott Shambeau and Chris Ratajczyk and Mike  Lange was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash. James Swan topped all qualifiers with a lap of 12.599 seconds to set fast time.
                Andy Welter turned back the challenges of Ken Schraufnagel and John Daley to capture the win in the 18-lap Thunderstock main event.
                Nathan Fick and Carl Benn raced side by side for the top spot in the opening laps as Ken Schraufnagel, John Daley, Al Stippich, and Andy Welter all battled hard for track position behind the leaders. Fick held the inside line while Benn worked the top groove and the pair drove door to door until lap six when Benn slipped wide off turn four, losing positions as Schraufnagel, Welter, Daley, and Stippich drove  by. Fick continued to work the low groove and used it to hold off outside challenges by Schraufnagel as Stippich, Daley, and Welter raced close behind in formation. Fick’s car suddenly slowed off turn four on lap 12, allowing Schraufnagel to take command as behind the leaders, Adam Peschek’s car spun off the fourth turn, contacting Fick’s machine in the rear bumper and turning it around. The race remained under green with Schraufnagel showing the way over Welter, Stippich, and Daley. Schraufnagel’s car was loose off the corners and Welter closed in using the top line. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Welter utilized the top groove to momentarily pin Schraufnagel behind a lapped machine as he charged into the lead. Once out front, Welter was unchallenged and held on for the victory over Schraufnagel while Daley worked his way around Stippich late in the event to finish third, leaving Stippich to settle for the fourth spot. Carl Benn rebounded to finish in the fifth position.
                Earlier, Al Stippich won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter set fast time with a lap of 13.563 seconds.
                Nick Wagner captured the victory in the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature, crossing the finish line ahead of Brandon Tackes and Shane Westphal. Erica Knutson finished in fourth place while defending super late model track champion Lowell Bennett made a rare appearance in the Slinger Bee division and edged his son Braison Bennett for the fifth position. Nick Wagner was the fastest Slinger Bee qualifier and turned in a lap of 15.420 seconds. Al Roberts was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest car race and David Williams drove his Subaru to the win in the Spectator Eliminator event. Justin Poenitsch won the Figure 8 race that finished under caution when Russ Lorbiecki smacked the turn two wall and lost a wheel on the final circuit.

By Dan Margetta

APEL WINS WILD MILLER LITE 120!

May 2nd, 2011

Slinger, Wis., May 1—With ten laps to go in the Miller Lite 120, Steve Apel’s car was airborne with its front wheels off the ground, but by the time the checkered flag flew, it was parked in Victory Lane with Apel celebrating a victory in a wild season-opening event super late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.


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“That was insane,” a noticeably excited Apel beamed afterwards, “That was the hardest race I’ve ever raced…I wasn’t sure if the car was still in one piece after I got up in the air…it was rough but it paid off.”

The late race drama was set up when Apel began to close in on leader Jon Reynolds Jr., who had dominated the event until that point, holding the top spot for 96 of the event’s first 109 laps. Apel was able to close to Reynolds’ rear bumper and edged the nose of his car to the inside of the leader as they crossed the stripe with ten laps to go. As they entered the first turn side by side, Reynolds’ car skated loose and upon the exit of turn two, both cars came in contact with one another as Apel’s front drove over Reynolds’ left side, launching it into the air. Apel’s car returned to the ground on all four wheels as he managed to avoid hitting the backstretch wall while Reynolds also straightened his car out as third place Jeremy Lepak streaked by both of them to take the lead. Both Apel and Reynolds recovered quickly enough to latch onto Lepak’s rear bumper as Mike Egan also closed in from fourth.

With just seven laps to go, Lepak’s car suddenly slowed with mechanical problems, turning the lead back over to Apel with Egan battling Reynolds for second. Egan was able to work his way around Reynolds for the runner-up position and quickly closed on Apel, whose car’s handling appeared to suffer from the earlier contact with Reynolds. While Egan closed to Apel’s bumper, his car also washed loose in the turns and he was unable to make a charge at the finish as Apel drove under the checkered flag for the win. Reynolds finished a close third while Dalton Zehr made his Slinger Speedway debut a successful one with an impressive fourth place result. Defending race winner Eric Fransen was fifth followed by Lowell Bennett and Mike Graczkowski while Al Schill, Rob Braun, and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten. Lepak was credited with an eleventh place finish while early race contenders Conrad Morgan, Dennis Prunty, and Dave Feiler all failed to finish with various issues.

Dalton Zehr won the 35-lap super late model semi-feature as both he and second place finisher Mike Graczkowski transferred to the main event. Chris Blawat finished third ahead of Robert Maynor and Al Stippich. Steve Apel was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Dave Feiler set fast time with a lap of 11.329 seconds.

Brad Dahmer held off Wayne Freimund to win the 35-lap late model feature in a race where the leaders seemed to experience problems throughout the event.

Chris Ratajczyk paced the opening laps over Jake Vanoskey and Dahmer before being forced to leave the speedway after his car began to drop fluid on the racing surface. Vanoskey took over the point from there and held it over Dahmer until lap 30 when a mechanical failure on the left front bent the wheel under the fender, producing a caution flag while ending his race. Dahmer held the lead in the inside lane for the restart with Freimund to his outside with Pat McIntee, Dave McCardle, and Gregg Pawelski in formation behind them for the final five laps. Dahmer was able to lead into turn one as the green flag waved and he moved ahead of Freimund while McIntee battled with McCardle and Pawelski. Dahmer drove the final laps smoothly and took the victory just ahead of Freimund and Pat McIntee as Pawelski edged McCardle for the fourth spot.

Pat McIntee won the late model fast dash and Gregg Pawelski was the fastest qualifier in his first outing in the late model with a lap of 12.449 seconds.
James Swan took the lead on lap eight and drove to victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event.

Jeff Holtz led the opening laps while Swan charged into second place by lap four. A spin by Scott Shambeau produced the caution flag with Holtz leading over Swan, Andy Haver, John Janssen, and Dan Church. Swan was able to work up momentum on the outside as racing resumed and he was able to clear Holtz for the lead with a run off the second turn while Haver held off Janssen for third. Once out front, Swan was never headed while Haver and Holtz staged an impressive battle for second as both cars broke loose in the late laps before both drivers saved them. Swan drove to the win while Holtz held off Haver for second. Jimmie Evans finished fourth and John Janssen was fifth.

James Swan was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Ryan Farrell turned a lap of 12.667 seconds to become the fastest qualifier for the division.

Andy Welter took command of the 18-lap Thunderstock feature on lap six and raced to the win for his first feature victory of the season.

Nathan Fick paced the first five laps before Welter made the pass for the lead on lap six. Fick found himself in a battle with Ken Schraufnagel and Carl Benn for second as Welter began to ease away. Schraufnagel’s car began to get loose off the corners and on lap 14 as he regained control of his car, it made contact with Benn’s car sending Benn spinning to the grass as the race remained under green. Welter charged to the win while Schraufnagel held off Fick for second while Bernie Leonard and Rick Schaefer completed the top five finishers. Nathan Fick was the winner of the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter set fast time after circling the speedway in 13.596 seconds.

Mark Johler won the 18-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Wagner and Cody Kippenhan. Steve Dickson and Carl Benn were fourth and fifth respectively. Dan Russ was the winner of the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest car event while Rick Bruskiewicz won the Figure 8 race, leading the final five laps after a hard crash in the X involving Shane Becker and Mike Meyerhofer drew a red flag. Neither driver was seriously injured in the incident.

By Dan Margetta

NetwurX Contingency Program – Miller Lite Spring Opener Sunday 4 pm

April 30th, 2011

(Slinger, WI)  NetwurX, the official internet provider of Slinger Speedway has recently signed on to continue their free internet program for race teams.  It’s an awesome deal for any race team that follows their live electronic timing and scoring from the race track. There is no charge; all they have to do is display a decal on their race car to be eligible for the contingency program.  NetwurX CEO Pete Maher understands how financially difficult it can be for some of the race teams and would like to help out again this season with the NetwurX Wireless High Speed Contingency Program.  Race teams can get all their timing and scoring at Slinger Speedway through the internet and now they can do it for free.  Drivers that are interested can simply stop by the NetwurX trailer in the pit area to sign up and get their free high speed wireless internet key code.  For more information about NetwurX go to: www.netwurx.com   NetwurX, making the NET Work for you!
 
The 64th Season for Slinger Speedway kicks off Sunday afternoon May 1st with the Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener.  Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, and Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars.  Qualifying will start at 2 pm with racing at 4:00 pm. 
 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com 

Contact:  Todd Thelen
Phone:  262-370-0440
Fax:  262-567-2837
Email:  slingerspeedway1@aol.com 
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Miller Lite 120 Kick’s Off Slinger Opener May 1 – NEW 4pm Start Time in May

April 29th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) April 19, 2011 – The 64th Season for Slinger Speedway kick’s off Sunday afternoon May 1st with the Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener.  Super Late Models will headline the event joined by Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Amber Inn Figure 8’s, and Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars.  Gates will open at 2 pm and racing starts at 4:00 pm.
 
The first 4 races at Slinger Speedway will have 4 pm start times, then May 29 we will return to the traditional 6:30 start time for the EH Wolf and Son’s Memorial Day Race with Fireworks.  To help promote the 4 pm start time we have a 4’s are Wild promotion for race fans to purchase 4 packs of tickets for $40 for the first 4 races.  The $40, 4 packs are an advance sale promotion and race fans can purchase them at the track office M-F 9-5, call 262-644-5921 to buy them, or purchase them on line at www.slingersuperspeedway.com    

Saturday April 30 fans will have the opportunity to watch all the divisions of competition for the 2011 racing season during the annual practice day. General admission on practice day is free.  You can save a buck on Sunday’s tickets buying them in advance at Pioneer Plaza in Richfield, or B& S Liquor in Hartford.
 
Tickets are on sale for the 32nd Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals.  Kyle Busch has committed to return to the event that takes place Sunday July 10th.  You can call the track office to order tickets at: 262-644-5921, or go to our website for on line ticket sales at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.
 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Kelly Bires Inks Slinger Nationals – 32nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals July 10

April 19th, 2011

(Slinger, WI) Mauston Wisconsin’s Kelly Bires has been busy this week working out deals for his fledging NASCAR career.  Thursday he announced a two race deal in the potent Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide number 18 Toyota.  Today Kelly inked a deal with Slinger Speedway to compete in the 32nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals, Sunday night July 10. 
 
While Kelly is working diligently to secure a full time ride in NASCAR, taking time out for a short track race may not make sense to some.  The Slinger Nationals is not just another short track race, it’s an annual tradition rich with history and the Slinger Nationals is another way to showcase his talent against some of the best short track racers in the country.  Former Slinger Nationals Champions are well known and some jump started their careers winning events like the Slinger Nationals.  Mark Martin, Alan Kulwicki, Joe Shear, Dick Trickle, Rich Bickle, and Matt Kenseth are just a few of that took on the high banks of Slinger Speedway. 
 
Kelly Bires and Kyle Busch have a couple of things in common now, they will both be driving the JGR 18 car this season, and they will both be racing to win the Larry Detjens Cup at the Slinger Nationals.  Kyle will be one of the toughest competitors Kelly will face at the Slinger Nationals.  Last year Kyle was leading with 9 laps to go only to cut a tire down and end up with a DNF.  Kyle is headed back again this year for one purpose, to win, and now he will have to beat Kelly Bires too.

Contact: Todd Thelen                                   
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XtraLaps Final Lap 2010 Tailgate Party at Uptown in Slinger – October 2

September 29th, 2010

(Menomonee Falls, WI) – Come on out to celebrate the 2010 racing season and the conclusion of XtraLaps first year on the radio.  On Saturday, October 2nd, the XtraLaps radio show will conclude its inaugural season with a live show, The XtraLaps Final Lap 2010 Tailgate Party, at Uptown Motorcars in Slinger, WI which will be broadcasted from noon until 2pm on 92.5 FM WBWI.  The Tailgate Party will include a race car show with a chance to talk with local drivers and check out their “rides” up close and in person, a silent auction with proceeds going directly to benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County, door prizes and more.

Featuring some of their favorite guests from throughout the year, Dan Margetta and John Wiedemann will recap the season, talk about upcoming special races and discuss what is on the horizon for the 2011 racing season during the show.

The silent auction will feature a racing helmet autographed by the guests who have appeared on the XtraLaps radio show throughout the season including Dick Trickle, Al Schill, Madhouse racer Jonathan “Jon Boy” Brown, Conrad Morgan, seven time Slinger champion Lowell Bennett, 2010 seven time winner Dennis Prunty, and over 70 other signatures.  Other items included in the auction are motorsports art and photo packages, golf package, auto maintenance packages, collectables, dinner and entertainment packages and much more.

All proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters is a non-profit organization that helps boys and girls in our community reach their full potential through one-to-one mentoring relationships with volunteer adults. Also at Uptown Motorcars on Saturday, October 2nd is a Blood Drive from 8am – 1pm. Make an appointment at www.bcw.edu/uptown or call Rob Benicke at 262-644-8400. Appointments are encouraged.

FUNDRAISER DETAILS
Beneficiary: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent auction begins at 11:30 a.m., last bids at 2:30 p.m.  Cash or check needed to pay for auction items.
Location: Uptown Motorcars, 1101 E. Commerce Blvd – Slinger.
Admission Fee: Free admission.
For more information: John Wiedemann, XtraLaps.com, 414-530-3386

ABOUT XtraLaps
XtraLaps is a racing radio show that is broadcast live on 92.5 FM WBWI from the Mineshaft in downtown Hartford, WI at 6-7pm on Wednesday nights throughout the area racing season.  Dan Margetta and John Wiedemann host the program and talk with local racers and area motorsports personalities to give race fans an inside view of the racing scene and here the stories that are told in the pits or back at the shop.  The XtraLaps.com website features area racing results, news, stories and upcoming events.  For more information, visit them on the web at XtraLaps.com and Facebook.com/XtraLaps.

ABOUT Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County
Since 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County has been providing friendship, support, and guidance to children ages 6-18 through one-to-one relationships with caring volunteers who serve as friends, role models and mentors. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County mission is to put hope in a child’s future by putting a friend in a child’s life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County is located at 103 South Main Street, West Bend, WI 53095.  For more information, visit their website at bbbswashco.org.

HAUSER EDGES KALBUS TO WIN SPORTSMAN 40-LAP FEATURE AT THE FUTURES

September 20th, 2010

Slinger, Wis.,— Greg Hauser held off a strong challenge from Jay Kalbus to win the 40-lap Sporstman main event as part of The Futures at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday afternoon while John Daley, Max McNamara, William Rea, and Kyle Stark scored feature wins in their respective divisions.

John Daley and Scott Lawver led the Sportsman field to the green flag for the 40-lap feature with Lawver grabbing the early lead as Adam Bleskin moved to second place ahead of Daley and Greg Hauser as they battled for third. Hauser moved to third place by lap seven and began to battle Bleskin over second as Lawver stretched his lead. Behind the top three, Aaron Cain, Dylan Wenzel, and Jay Kalbus battled their way forward and into the top five by lap ten. With Lawver remaining comfortably out front, Hauser worked his way by Bleskin for second, bringing Cain with him and into third while Kalbus used the inside to pick up fourth place by lap 15. Lawver’s lead evaporated by lap 18 as Hauser closed to his bumper and after several attempts to pass on the inside, Hauser took to the outside, racing Lawver side by side for the lead at the halfway mark. Hauser cleared Lawver for the lead on lap 21 as Kalbus had his car hooked up, using the inside lane on lap 23 to take over third place and then the outside groove to pass Lawver for second two laps later. Kalbus began to close on Hauser for the lead as they weaved their way through lapped traffic as Cain retired from the event with mechanical problems. Kalbus planted the nose of his car squarely on Hauser’s bumper in the final laps, pressuring him heavily for the lead with several light taps. On the final lap, Kalbus tried to make a move for the lead, but Hauser proved to be too strong and he drove under the checkered flag for the win, leaving Kalbus to settle for second. Lawver finished in third place while Dylan Wenzel and Tommy Moore rounded out the top five.

Jay Kalbus won the first Sportsman heat race over Greg Hauser and Tommy Moore while the second Sportsman heat race was captured by Matt Doris over Dennis Crass and Dave Meyerhofer. Greg Hauser was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.376 seconds.

John Daley drove to the win in the 30-lap Thunderstock feature, taking the victory after a hard fought battle with Jake Larson.
Larson charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag over Nathaniel Fick as Daley worked the outside to battle for third place with Adam Peschek. Daley took over third place momentarily before losing the position back to Peschek in lapped traffic on lap ten. However a lap later, Daley was back in third after Peschek’s car got loose in turn four as Larson continued to lead. Daley then worked his way around Fick for second place on lap 14 while Ken Scraufnagel, Peschek, and Justin Poenitsch battled over fourth. Larson’s car swung loose a few times, allowing Daley to close in as Larson saved his car from spinning on lap 19 just before the caution waved as Nick Ostberg’s car went up in smoke and dropped fluid on the racetrack. Larson lined up on the inside for the restart with Daley alongside and the two raced side by side for the lead as racing resumed. Daley led lap 20 from the outside by Larson remained strong on the inside, retaking the top spot on lap 26 by a nose. Daley and Larson raced the final five laps door to door as behind them, Schraufnagel  and Fick had company in the top five was Chris Beine moved to fifth. Daley cleared Larson for the lead on the final lap and he charged to the stripe to capture the win with Larson finishing second. Ken Schraufnagel finished third as Nathan Fick and Chris Beine rounded out the top five.

Chris Beine won the first Thunderstock heat race over Rick Schaefer and Carl Benn while Bernie Leonard took the checkered flag in the second Thunderstock heat as Mike Kasperek and Ray Fuller finished second and third respectively. John Daley was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 13.548 seconds.

Max McNamara scored a clean sweep in Legends competition as he set fast time, won the fast dash, and capped it off with a 20-lap feature victory. Aaron Moyer finished the feature event in second place and Alex Arelano was third. Tim Narr and Mark Ritger were fourth and fifth respectively. McNamara ‘s fast qualifying time was 13.735 seconds.

William Rea scored his first Slinger Speedway victory as he took top honors in the 30-lap Slinger Bee main event over Kyle Stark and Cody Kippenhan. Phil Malouf and Tim Richter finished the Slinger Bee feature in fourth and fifth. Dylan Wenzel won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Wayne Sonkowsky and Dustin Ostberg. Tim Richter, Michael Heimann, and Dustin Ostberg each scored victories in Slinger Bee heat race action while Kyle Stark won the 20-lap Super Bee-Modified four cylinder feature event over Phil Malouf and Boyce Sparkman. George Sparkman finished in fourth in the Super Bee feature while Nick Cina Jr. was fifth. Boyce Sparkman won the first Super Bee heat race and Rachel Sparkman won the second heat event. Phil Malouf was the fastest qualifier at 13.837 seconds.

Cody Kippenhan won the 75-lap Enduro event after Mark Sontag Jr. experienced mechanical problems late in the event while the Dump Truck Elimination races were won by Ike Glaubitz.

By Dan Margetta

Prunty Wins 7th In PEPSI Challenge 80 While Bennett Takes Track Championship!

September 13th, 2010

wisconsin-dells.jpgSlinger, Wis.,—Dennis Prunty drove to his seventh super late model feature win of the season in the 80-lap Pepsi Challenge Season Championship main event Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway while Lowell Bennett was crowned the super late model track champion for the seventh time in his career.“Oh yeah! ”Prunty exclaimed from victory lane, “That’s seven! It was a great battle and I’ll tell you what, I took that outside lane and just put in on cruise control from there on out.”

Brad Dahmer and Austin Luedtke began the race from the front row and traded the lead in the opening laps before Dahmer edged ahead on lap three. Mike Egan used the inside line to take over second place from Luedtke two laps later while behind them Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel over the fourth and fifth spots. A spin by Mike Gunderson on lap nine produced the caution flag with Dahmer leading over Egan, Luedtke, Apel, and Prunty. As racing resumed, Egan wrestled the lead away from Dahmer using the high side as Luedtke began to pressure Dahmer for second. A few laps later, Luedtke was able to work his way to the inside of Dahmer and took the second spot, bringing Prunty along with him into third. As Dahmer tried to get back to the low line, the nose of Conrad Morgan’s car was there and the incidental contact between them momentarily slowed the field as Morgan took the spot while Dahmer tried to regroup on the high side with Apel directly behind him. With Egan out front, Prunty advanced to challenge Luedtke for second, taking the position with an outside pass on lap 19 while behind them, Morgan held off the challenges of Lowell Bennett and Tommy Pecaro over fourth place. As Prunty chased Egan for the lead, Luedtke’s car began to wash up slightly in the corners and both Morgan and Bennett were able to pass him for position and into third and fourth respectively using the inside groove. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Prunty closed to Egan’s bumper and the two race nose to tail around the lapped cars. As they raced around the car of Tanner Berryhill, Egan made his way by, but as Prunty went to the outside to pass, Berryhill’s car raced wide out of the second turn and made brief contact with Prunty’s left front, causing Prunty’s car to knick the backstretch wall. Prunty gathered the car back up and upon entering turn three, Berryhill’s car looped around, the recipient of Prunty’s frustration from the backstretch contact as the caution flag waved. Egan lined up on the inside for the restart, but it was the outside line that proved to be beneficial to Prunty as he charged to the lead off turn two just after the green flag appeared. Apel also began to work the outside and he raced side by side with Bennett for third place as Randy Schuler entered the top five. Apel’s car kicked loose in turn four two laps later, allowing Bennett to take the third spot and Schuler to also get around for the fourth position. Prunty put some distance between himself and Egan as the laps began to click away. With five laps to go, the final yellow flag of the event flew when Berryhill spun in turn four after minor door contact while being lapped by Prunty. Prunty went to the outside for the restart which set up the final five lap dash to the finish, leaving Egan the inside as racing resumed. Egan tried valiantly to take the lead, but Prunty proved to be too strong on the outside and he drove to his seventh super late model feature win of the season. Egan finised second and claimed the Pepsi Challenge three round championship by a mere four points over Prunty while Bennett finished third and wrapped up his seventh track championship.

“My car was just awesome and then on that restart it just got so tight,” Egan explained afterwards, “I knew Dennis (Prunty) was going to take the high side and I was like ‘C’mon take the low side, but he’s a good racer and he deserved to win.” “We had just a phenomenal year, “Bennett said after finishing third and winning his seventh track championship. “We really appreciate coming here and I told the guys, next week they’ll probably be sitting in the lazy boy watching football games, I said a bad day at Slinger is better than a good day in the lazy boy.”

Steve Apel finished fourth and Randy Schuler took the checkered flag in fifth. Jerry Eckhardt had one of his strongest runs of the season with a sixth place finish while Brad Dahmer, Tommy Pecaro, Austin Luedtke, and Dale Prunty rounded out the top ten finishers.

Mike Gunderson captured his first Slinger victory of the year in the 25-lap super late model qualifying race over Tommy Hromadka and Tanner Berryhill. Race McComb and Ron Ragan rounded out the top five. Tommy Pecaro was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.495 seconds.

Wayne Freimund scored an exciting win with a late stages pass in the eventful 35-lap late model main event. Steven Schultz and Chris Blawat swapped the top spot in the opening laps with Dave McCardle, Pat McIntee, Rob Braun, and John DeAngelis racing in formation behind them. A spin by DeAngelis in turn four produced the caution flag on lap four as Schultz led over Blawat and McCardle. Schultz and Blawat renewed their battle for the top spot as racing resumed but McCardle had his car hooked on the inside and soon joined the fight for the lead. Two laps after racing resumed, McCardle dove to the inside of Blawat entering turn three and then upon the exit of turn four, he was able to move to the inside of Schultz to take command of the race. McCardle continued to lead as Schultz and Blawat raced side by side for second with Braun, Jake Vanoskey, and McIntee following. Farther back the cars of Jesse Bernhagen and Rusty Hansen tangled in turn two while racing for position and the caution waved on lap 20. Schultz was able to clear McCardle momentarily off turn two on the restart to take the lead but a nudge from McCardle in turn four opened the door for McCardle to retake the top spot and bring Braun along with him into second. Two laps later, the caution flew again when Braun’s car spun on the frontstretch while racing with Schultz for second. Schultz and Braun lined up for the restart at the rear of the field as McCardle now led over Blawat, Wayne Freimund, and Dan Lensing as racing resumed.

McCardle and Blawat remained door to door for the lead and both cars slid sideways as they entered turn one with each driver able to save their cars and continue on. In turn three and four, McCardle and Blawat again slid sideways in synchronicity but this time as they maintained control, a gap opened up on the inside which Freimund promptly filled, making a nearly three wide pass for the lead on lap 29. Freimund and Blawat then raced side by side for the lead as McCardle faded slightly, allowing Pat McIntee to join the lead battle on the final lap. Blawat’s car bobbled in turn two, allowing McIntee to take second as Freimund raced under the checkered flag for the win. McIntee finished in second ahead of Blawat and Dan Lensing. Rob Braun finished fifth and was crowned the late model track champion. Earlier, Blawat was the winner of the late model fast dash and Braun set fast time at 12.558 seconds.

Mike Lange took top honors in the 35-lap Midwest sportsman feature over Scott Shambeau and Jay Shambeau. Adam Berge led the opening laps over Scott Shambeau, Mike Lange, Chris Storey and Andy Haver before contact between Storey and Haver drew the first caution flag on lap eight. Shambeau used the restart to claim the top spot and bring Lange with him into second as Berge battled with James Swan and Brad Keith for third. Shambeau and Lange pulled away from the field by lap 18 but their advantage was erased when Jimmie Evans and James Swan’s cars came together in turn four, sending Swan around and into the car of Ryan Farrell to produce the caution flag. As racing resumed, Shambeau and Lange began an intense side by side battle for the lead that lasted several laps before Lange prevailed by lap 24. A spin by Brian Holtz on lap 29 drew another caution flag, setting up a six lap sprint to the finish. Lange brought the field to the final green with Shambeau alongside and the two raced door to door in the closing laps. Shambeau took a look to the outside of Lange for the lead on the final lap and then ducked to the inside in turn three but the move came up just short at the finish line as Lange charged to the win. Scott Shambeau finished second while Jay Shambeau was third while Andy Haver rebounded from the earlier incident to finish fourth. Brad Keith was fifth. Despite not finishing the race, James Swan was crowned the Midwest sportsman track champion. Swan was the winner of the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Haver set fast time at 12.811 seconds.

The Thundertock feature event which was won by John Daley was highlighted by the battle between Eric Lingford and Al Stippich for the track championship as the two entered the event only a point apart, meaning the championship would go to the driver who finished the main event the highest.

Nathan Fick led the beginning laps over Rick Schaefer as Lingford found himself trapped behind the car of Ken Schraufnagel with Stippich just ahead. After a near three-wide pass in turn one, Lingford cleared Schraufnagel’s car and raced side by side with Stippich as Fick continued to lead over Schaefer, Jake Larson, John Daley, and Carl Benn. Lingford and Stippich both passed Benn for position as ahead of them, Larson ducked to the inside of Schaefer for second. Larson took second place, leaving Schaefer and Daley side by side with Lingford and Stippich door to door behind them. Schaefer’s car slowed slightly entering turn three and was struck from behind by Lingford, sending Schaefer’s car spinning up the track as the yellow waved with Fick leading over Larson and Daley. Lingford was sent to the rear of the field as Fick set the pace for the restart. Fick was able to keep his lead as racing resumed while Daley advanced into second place with Larson, Stippich, and Schraufnagel racing over fourth with Lingford charging from the rear of the field. Daley went around Fick on the outside for the lead as Schraufnagel moved to second as Lingford made his way back to the top five. Daley drove to the checkered flag for the win over Schraufnagel while Lingford caught Stippich and Fick on the final lap. Stippich was able to use the outside line to beat Fick to the line for third while Lingford finished in fifth in their tire tracks. Stippich’s third place finish was enough to earn him the track championship over Lingford while Daley celebrated his win. Earlier, Ken Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Al Stippich set fast time at 13.544 seconds.

Nick Wagner won the Slinger Bees feature over David Prunty and Alex Prunty. Shane Westphal and Brandon Tackes finished in fourth and fifth respectively. Alex Prunty was crowned the Slinger Bee track champion. Erica Knutson won the Slinger Bee qualifying race over Marty Tackes and David Prunty while the Slinger Bee fast dash was won by Alex Prunty. Nick Wagner was the fastest qualifier at 15.464 seconds. Darren Woerfel won the Speedway Guest Car race and Luke Hilgendorf drove his Subaru to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race and was crowned the track champion.

Pepsi Challenge Season Championships – 80 lap Feature – Sunday Afternoon

September 12th, 2010

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Afternoon September 12th is the Pepsi Challenge Season Championships..  An 80 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and one on one spectator races, PLUS Lions Club Racing.  Qualifying starts at Noon with racing at 2 pm

Pepsi is the official soft drink of Slinger Speedway.  Pepsi’s roster of beverages produced includes core Pepsi brands, such as Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist and Aquafina. We also distribute brands from other companies like Lipton Iced Tea, Dr Pepper and Starbucks ready-to-drink coffees.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

FEILER FINDS VICTORY IN RAIN-SHORTENED RUSS DARROW 100!

September 8th, 2010

Slinger, Wis., —Dave Feiler endured several rain delays and the challenges of Lowell Bennett during the Russ Darrow Labor Day Weekend Special Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway before being declared the winner after the skies opened up for a final time on lap 74 of the scheduled 100-lap super late model main event.

Jeff Holtz set the early pace, taking the lead at the drop of the green flag over Feiler, Eric Fransen, Al Schill, and Brad Keith as Conrad Morgan launched a stout high-groove run off turn two to move all the way to third by the second lap. Holtz continued to lead with Feiler in his tracks as Fransen found his rhythm, slipping around Morgan for third place on lap six. Feiler and Fransen began to pressure Holtz for the lead as it appeared Holtz’s car showed more hesitation in the middle of the corners than his challengers. The leader’s slight break in momentum resulted in a soft nudge from behind which crossed up Holtz’s car, sending it up the track and into the concrete upon the exit of turn two, producing a caution flag on lap ten. Feiler led Fransen and Morgan on the restart with Al Schill, Lowell Bennett, and Steven Schultz filling out the top six as racing resumed. After one lap of green flag racing, Bennett worked the inside to advance to fourth as behind him, Jamie Wallace, Brad Mueller, Steve Apel, and Dennis Prunty all battled hard over the sixth spot. A slight drizzle began to fall on lap 22 and the rain intensified a lap later, resulting in the red flag appearing with Feiler leading over Fransen, Morgan, Bennett, and Schill. The cars returned to the speedway after track drying efforts were complete and the race resumed with Feiler at the point over Fransen and Morgan while Jamie Wallace worked his way around Schill to gain the fifth position. The field settled down for a few laps with the bottom lane being the preferred groove on the green racetrack. Randy Schuler and Austin Luedtke tangled in turn two on lap 34 and the yellow flag appeared again as very light rain continued to fall. The cars were allowed to drive to the pits to have their windshields cleaned before immediately returning to the track for the restart. Once again Feiler maintained the lead while Bennett positioned himself to the inside of Morgan’s car to take second as Wallace and Fransen lined up behind Bennett in an attempt to keep Morgan trapped in the high line. The strategy worked as both Wallace and Fransen were able to get by Morgan for third and fourth respectively as Morgan fell back into a battle over fifth with Jon Reynolds Jr. Bennett closed to Feiler’s rear bumper and made several looks to the inside in an attempt to get by before falling back in line and following in Feiler’s tire tracks as they approached lapped traffic. Feiler gained a small advantage over Bennett as they cleared the traffic but Bennett quickly closed the gap to the leader and remained planted on Feiler’s rear bumper when the drizzle began to fall once again around lap 70. The skies opened up into a downpour on lap 74 and the race was halted as several cars spun into turn one on the now slick track. Feiler was declared the winner with Bennett finishing in second ahead of Wallace, Fransen, and Reynolds Jr.  Morgan was credited with a sixth place finish and Brad Mueller used a late-race run to finish seventh. Al Schill, Steve Apel, and Dennis Prunty rounded out the top ten finishers.

Terry Patnode edged Tommy Hromadka in a photo-finish to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature while Mike Egan, Jerry Eckhardt, and Brad Dahmer followed in third through fifth place respectively. Dennis Prunty was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Brad Mueller set fast time after circling the speedway in 11.370 seconds.

Jake Vanoskey used a last lap pass to edge Mike Graczkowski to capture the victory in the 35-lap late model feature.
John DeAngelis and Mike Graczkowski swapped the lead in the early laps as they battled side by side with DeAngelis on the inside and Graczkowski using the outside with Dave McCardle and Jake Vanoskey racing in tight formation behind them. The outside lane gradually became the preferred lane as both Graczkowski and McCardle used it to charge past DeAngelis and Vanoskey and claim the top two positions. A few laps later, Vanoskey was able to turn under DeAngelis to take over third place and begin to track down Graczkowski and McCardle ahead of him. Chris Blawat moved up to challenge DeAngelis in fourth and the hard racing between them resulted in contact in turn one on lap 14 sending DeAngelis looping around and drawing the caution flag as the cars of Rob Braun and Ryan DeStefano were damaged in their attempt to avoid the incident. DeAngelis and Blawat were sent to the rear of the field for the restart as Graczkowski continued to lead as racing resumed. Once again Vanoskey’s car worked well on the inside and he was able to work his way under McCardle to take over second place as Wayne Freimund advanced to challenge McCardle for third. Vanoskey caught Graczkowski for the lead and applied the pressure in the late stages as Graczkowski’s car appeared to drive a bit loose off the turns while Vanoskey’s machine turned well on the inside. On the final lap Vanoskey was glued to Graczkowski’s rear bumper and he ran the leader hard into turns one and two which resulted in a small gap opening up on the inside of Graczkowksi’s car upon the exit of turn two. Vanoskey filled that gap on the inside and both he and Graczkowski raced door to door to turn three. Vanoskey’s car’s ability to turn good in the corners proved to be the difference as he gained a better exit off turn four and beat Graczkowski to the finish line for the win. Graczkowski finished a close second while Wayne Freimund, Dave McCardle, and Chris Blawat completed the top five finishers. Pat McIntee won the late model fast dash and Ryan DeStefano was the fastest qualifier at 12.526 seconds.

The 30-lap Midwest sportsman feature event was rained out but earlier, Jimmie Evans scored the win in the fast dash and Andy Haver was the fastest qualifier at 12.692 seconds.

Andy Welter held off a hard charging Al Stippich to score the win in the 25-lap Thunderstock feature. Nathan Fick led the opening eight laps before Ken Schraufnagel raced around him on the outside in turn two to take command of the race with Welter and John Daley working their way forward as well. Eric Lingford also advanced his way forward as well as Al Stippich who started last in the 17-car field and charged his way into the top five by lap 11. Welter used the outside lane to race into second place and Daley, Stippich, and Lingford all followed suit a few laps later, working their way by Fick on the outside for third, fourth, and fifth respectively. Schraufnagel became pinned on the inside by a lapped car and Welter took advantage of the situation to race around in the high lane for the lead. Stippich, Lingford, and Daley also charged by Schraufnagel to drop him to fifth by the time he could work his way around the lapped traffic. Stippich pressured Welter heavily for the lead but Welter kept his cool and held onto the top spot. As Welter and Stippich raced for the lead, Lingford and Daley staged their own battle for third place as the laps wound down. Schraufnagel looped his car in turn three on lap 23 to draw the caution flag with Welter leading Stipppich, Lingford, and Daley. Welter and Stippich renewed their battle for the lead as racing resumed and while Stippich could pull alongside Welter, he was unable to complete the pass for the lead and the two raced door to door for the lead for several laps. Stippich made a final push off turn four on the outside but Welter was strong enough to hold him off and score the win. Stippich finished second while Lingford, Daley, and Jake Larson completed the top five. Eric Lingford won the Thunderstock fast dash and Al Stippich was the fastest qualifier at 13.535 seconds.

Braison Bennett won the Slinger Bees feature as Alex Prunty and Brandon Tackes finished in second and third place respectively. Shawn Ogden was fourth and Dylan Wenzel was fifth. Dave Wacek won the Singer Bees semi-feature over Brandon Gumm and Russ Lorbiecki. Kurt Schweitzer and Tyler Schley were fourth and fifth. Bennett also was the winner of the Slinger Bees fast dash and Nick Wagner was the fastest qualifier at 15.538 seconds. Dave Behling won the Speedway Guest car race with a last lap pass for the win. The Spectator Eliminator and Figure 8 events were also rained out.

By Dan Margetta

Russ Darrow Toyota Labor Day Special with Fireworks – Test Drive a Dodge Ram – 100 Lap Feature

September 2nd, 2010

(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night September 5th is the Russ Darrow of West Bend Labor Day Special.  A 100 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing events along with a huge ground and aerial Fireworks Show by Thundercat fireworks. Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.  Rain Date is Monday September 6th.

Stop out early and sign up to test drive a new Dodge Ram around the World’s Fastest ¼ Mile Asphalt Oval.  Everyone who registers to test drive a vehicle will have a chance to win an I Pod, the drawing will take place during intermission this Sunday night.

Russ Darrow is an established West Bend, WI dealership that maintains a well stocked supply of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles in our new and pre-owned inventories. The sales representatives have the experience to find the perfect vehicle match for you, and our finance staff will provide competitive payment options. The entire buying experience is straightforward and no hassle here; come and visit us today at 2700 West Washington Street in West Bend or check us out on line at www.russdarrow.com

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2011 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              262-370-0440      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Bennett Edges Wallace In LeRoy Meats Of Horizon 60!

August 31st, 2010

lowellbennett2.jpgSlinger, Wis., —After battling illness all week, Lowell Bennett slipped past Jamie Wallace in the final turn of the last lap to edge Wallace by a half car-length at the finish line to win the Leroy Meats of Horicon 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“I’ve been under the weather pretty bad the last week, “ a noticeably winded Bennett stated from victory lane, “Last night, I started coughing up blood and ended up in the emergency room overnight and they told me I had pneumonia. I had to decide what to do to…either come here or stay home, so I came here for some medicine.” Wallace quickly paced the opening lap before the lone caution flag of the event flew when Conrad Morgan’s car momentarily broke loose in turn two, stacking up the field and triggering an accordion-like effect that sent the cars of Austin Luedtke, Tommy Hromadka, and Terry Patnode into the infield grass. All were able to continue with the exception of Luedtke and as racing resumed, Wallace once again took the point, leading over Steve Schultz, and Fred Winn while behind them, Bennett, Morgan, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel battled over fourth. Bennett had his car working on the inside line and by lap ten, he made his way into second place as Morgan followed soon thereafter with an inside move around Schultz for third as Prunty and Apel settled a relatively clean side by side battle for position in fifth and sixth respectively. Bennett began to narrow the gap between himself and Wallace in the lead while Prunty and Apel worked their way around Schultz in fourth and began to chase down Morgan in the third spot. Bennett caught up to Wallace’s rear bumper near the half way mark and eased the nose of his car inside Wallace’s door in a bid for the lead on lap 32. Wallace gave room on the outside and both he and Bennett raced for the lead side by side with Wallace holding the edge slightly upon the exit of the turns. The door to door racing for the lead enabled Morgan and Prunty to close in to make it a four-car battle for the top spot while Bennett quickly ducked back in line as the top four raced nose to tail through lapped traffic.  Wallace and Bennett opened up a slight gap on Morgan and Prunty once they cleared the lapped machines with Bennett racing directly in Wallace’s tire tracks as the laps wound down. Wallace took the white flag as the leader with Bennett still directly behind him as they both cleared another lapped car down the backstretch. Wallace maintained the lead as they entered turn three but in the middle of the corner, Wallace’s car skated up just a bit, opening the door on the inside for Bennett to make a run for the checkered flag. Bennett seized on the opportunity and cut to the inside of Wallace exiting turn four, winning the drag race to the checkered flag by .036 seconds for the victory. Conrad Morgan finished a strong third while Dennis Prunty crossed the finish line in fourth place ahead of Steve Apel in fifth. Mike Egan finished in sixth place and Al Schill was seventh while Steve Schultz, Randy Schuler, and Scott Schoeni rounded out the top ten.

 

Mike Egan took top honors in the 25-lap super late model qualifying race over Austin Luedtke and Randy Schuler. Scott Schoeni finished fourth, ahead of Tommy Hromadka who was fifth. Steve Schultz won the super late model fast dash and Dennis Prunty’s lap of 11.529 seconds earned him fast qualifier honors on the night.

 

Pat McIntee captured the victory in the 35-lap late model main event over Rob Braun and Dave McCardle.
McIntee and Braun led the field to the green flag with McIntee taking the early lead as Braun worked the high line in second ahead of Ryan DeStefano, McCardle, Bill Shavlik, and Wayne Freimund. Contact between Braun and DeStefano in turn one bunched up the field, triggering a caution flag and damaging the cars of Freimund, John DeAngelis, and Mike Graczkowski. Of the three, Freimund was the only one to return to the event, minus the front end, as racing resumed with McIntee leading over McCardle and John Reynolds Jr. With McIntee out front, Reynolds and McCardle raced side by side as Travis Dassow advanced through the field to join the leaders in fourth. By lap seven, Dassow used the inside line to grab third place from McCardle and two laps later, he dove to the inside to take second from Reynolds. Chris Blawat also worked his way forward, making his way around McCardle and Reynolds for third place by lap 18. A spin by Dan Wood in turn two on lap 25 drew the caution flag with McIntee leading over Dassow, Blawat, Reynolds, and McCardle. McIntee chose the inside for the restart with Dassow alongside and the two raced door to door for the lead as racing resumed. As the leaders entered turn three, McIntee’s car appeared to slide up slightly, rubbing against Dassow’s door. Dassow’s car then spun toward the inside of the track exiting turn four, right in the path of those behind him as Reynolds and Blawat piled in, with Blawat’s car momentarily ramping over Reynolds’ machine. The impact from Reynolds’ car turned Dassow’s ride back to the right where it met the turn four wall head on as the caution flag waved again. McIntee led over McCardle for the restart with Rob Braun and Wayne Freimund working their way back into the mix after earlier problems. As McIntee led, Braun raced to the inside of McCardle in turn two and took over second place, leaving McCardle to battle with Freimund for third. McIntee drove to the victory over Braun while McCardle held off Freimund for third. Ryan DeStefano finished fifth. DeStefano also was the winner of the late model fast dash and Jon Reynolds Jr. set fast time with a lap of 12.620 seconds.

 

James Swan drove to his sixth feature win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event. Swan raced with Jack Stern for the lead in the beginning laps before taking command of the event on lap four while Jay Shambeau, Brian Holtz, and Ryan Farrell raced for position behind them. The caution flag flew on lap four as Jimmie Evans and Gregg Pawelski tangled in turn three with Swan leading over Stern, Jay Shambeau, and Brian Holtz. Swan held the point on the restart over Stern and Shambeau while Farrell and Andy Haver worked their way into fourth and fifth respectively. A caution for debris on lap nine slowed the field again and as racing resumed, Haver advanced to fourth place as Mike Lange moved forward and into fifth. On lap 13, Farrell’s car broke loose off turn two and as he tried to save it, the car headed toward the infield grass, collecting Pawelski in the process as the caution waved again with Swan leading over Stern, Shambeau, Haver, and Lange. Swan continued to lead as the green flag appeared while Stern became caught in the outside lane with Shambeau, Lange, and Brian Holtz all making their way around. A spin by Josh Wenninger on the frontstretch on lap 26 drew another caution as Swan led over Shambeau and Lange. Swan again charged to the front on the restart as Lange moved around Shambeau for second place on lap 28. Swan drove to the checkered flag to score his sixth win of the season over Lange who finished second. Jay Shambeau was third while Brian Holtz and Scott Shambeau rounded out the top five. Jimmie Evans won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Andy Haver set fast time at 12.912 seconds.
Al Stippich won the 20-lap Thunderstock feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Eric Lingford, Ken Schraufnagel, and John Daley.

 

Jordan DeVoy led the first lap before Jake Larson took over the top spot on lap two while Stippich charged forward and into second place by lap four just before a spin by DeVoy in turn one brought out the caution flag. Larson led on the restart but Stippich powered by on the outside, clearing Larson for the lead while exiting turn two while Andy Welter and Ken Schraufnagel raced behind them. With Stippich out front, Welter challenged Larson for second and the hard racing between them produced the caution flag on lap nine when Welter’s car looped around in turn four. Stippich led over Schraufnagel as racing resumed while Eric Lingford advanced from deep in the field to enter the top five by lap eleven. Stippich continued to hold the top spot while Lingford charged ahead into fourth place just before another caution waved when Doug Passbrig’s car erupted in smoke on lap 13. Once again Stippich charged to the lead on the restart while Lingford first passed Bernie Leonard for third and then caught Schraufnagel for second. Stippich could not be caught in the final laps and he drove to the win while Lingford crossed the line in second place ahead of Schraufnagel in third. John Daley and Adam Peschek rounded out the top five. Nate Fick won the

 

Thunderstock heat raced over Bernie Leonard and Carl Benn. Chris Beine and Tim Kreuser finished fourth and fifth respectively. Schraufnagel won the Thunderstock fast dash and Andy Welter was the fastest qualifier at 13.580 seconds.

 

The 20-lap Slinger Bee feature was won by Mark Johler over Kyle Stark and Braison Bennett. Nick Wagner finished fourth and Alex Prunty was fifth. The 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature was won by Erica Knutson who took the checkered flag ahead of Joe Shelby and Dave Lembke. Zach Clarke and Josh Fehrman finished in fourth and fifth. Mark Johler won the Slinger Bee fast dash and Nick Wagner’s lap of 15.623 seconds earned him top honors in qualifying. Pat Fischer won the Speedway Guest Car race and Al Strobel won the Spectator Eliminator event. Scott Goetzke edged Shane Becker to win the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

WILD POMP’S TIRE FAN APPRECIATION 65 GOES TO APEL!

August 23rd, 2010

Rick Bruskiewicz capped off the evening with a win in the Figure 8 eventSlinger, Wis.—Steve Apel won the Pomp’s Tire Fan Appreciation 65 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in a wild finish after tangling with Dennis Prunty while they raced to the checkered flag, triggering a mulit-car incident that left the finish in doubt until officials sorted out the melee.

A late caution involving Mike Egan and Conrad Morgan on lap 62 set up the crazy conclusion as Prunty led Apel for the final three lap dash toward the finish. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and with Apel alongside, racing resumed with Prunty holding a slight advantage for the lead. A lap later, Apel made a brilliant move to turn under Prunty exiting turn two to take the inside line, leaving Prunty up high as they battled side by side to the white flag. On the final lap, Apel defended his line, using a sizeable amount of racetrack exiting turn two and halfway down the backstretch, the cars made left front wheel to right rear wheel contact which sent Prunty’s car spinning across the nose of Apel’s car as they entered turn three. Prunty’s car came back up the racetrack and as Apel went high to avoid it, he collided with third place Scott Schoeni, tearing off Schoeni’s front fender and sending his car skating high into turn four. Apel and Schoeni continued on toward the checkered flag with Apel crossing the stripe merely inches ahead of Schoeni. Behind them, cars stacked up in the turn as Jeremy Lepak took to the grass to pass both Austin Luedtke and Terry Patnode and beat them to the flag for third while Prunty righted his car and drove across the line in sixth place. Track officials huddled at the start-finish line to sort out the situation and figure out the official winner and after several minutes it was determined that since no caution flag was thrown, the transponder scoring of how the cars crossed under the checkered flag would be the official order of finish, making Apel the winner in a photo finish of .004 seconds over Schoeni. Lepak, Luedtke, and Patnode rounded out the top five while Prunty was credited with a sixth place finish.

“That’s just racing, that’s what I’ve been told by him (Prunty),” Apel stated from victory lane, celebrating a win that appeared even more improbable after breaking a rocker arm in practice that resulted in the team totally rebuilding the engine before qualifying. “I don’t know (about the final lap),” Apel continued, “That last restart was tough, he got me on the inside and then I got back on the inside of him…that’s just racing I guess.”

“I was pretty much minding my own business as our car worked pretty good on the outside, “ Schoeni stated after his second place finish, “I saw the 16 (Apel) and the 42 (Prunty) get together a little bit, I went on the outside of them and wound up ahead of everybody. We almost got him…it was close.”

A disappointed Prunty left the speedway without comment after finishing sixth and gaining championship points on Lowell Bennett who finished 17th after retiring from the event early with mechanical problems. Mike Egan finished in seventh place while Conrad Morgan, Mike Held and Tommy Pecaro rounded out the top ten finishers.

Tommy Hromadka won the 12-lap super late model qualifying race that determined starting positions behind the invert in the feature. Terry Patnode was second ahead of Scott Schoeni, Chris Ratajczyk, and Mike Held. Dennis Prunty was the winner of the super late model fast dash while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.556 seconds.
Jake Vanoskey led flag to flag en route to the win in the 35-lap late model feature over Mike Graczkowski and Dave McCardle. Pat McIntee took the checkered flag in fourth while Rob Braun held off James Swan for fifth.  Vanoskey also won the late model fast dash while Rob Braun was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.558 seconds.
Jimmie Evans drove to his first feature win this season in the 30-lap Midwest sportsman main event.

Gregg Pawelski led the opening laps while Jack Stern and Evans raced for second while Dan Church held the fourth spot. Ryan Farrell, Jay Shambeau and Andy Haver battled for fifth as Pawelski continued to lead over Stern and Evans. Mike Lang and James Swan moved up to join the fight for fifth along with Farrell, Haver, and Shambeau. Farrell, Haver, and Lang went to the top side to advance ahead of Shambeau while Swan ran the inside behind Shambeau as the two lost positions when Jeff Holtz went by on the outside as well. Evans worked his way around Stern for second place and began to track down Pawelski for the win. Pawelski’s advantage began to shrink as he approached lapped traffic and Evans closed to his bumper by lap 17. One lap later, Evans ducked inside of Pawelski in turns three and four and then was able to move high and squeeze between Pawelski and the lapped car to take the lead entering turn one. Once out front, Evans was able to drive to the victory, taking the checkered flag for his first feature win of the season ahead of Pawelski and Church while Stern and Farrell rounded out the top five. James Swan was the winner of the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Andy Haver set fast time at 12.898 seconds.

Eric Lingford raced to the win in the 18-lap Thunderstock feature after taking the lead near the halfway mark and then holding off Andy Welter for the win.

Carl Benn and Andy Welter led the field to the green flag and Welter drove into the lead while Lingford worked the outside to grab second, leaving Benn to battle with Bernie Leonard and Jake Larson for third. By the seventh lap, Lingford was on Welter’s tail and began to challenge for the lead while Al Stippich advanced to take third. Lingford moved alongside Welter using the upper groove and the two ran door to door with Stippich immediately behind Welter on his rear bumper as farther back, John Daley cleared himself from traffic and began to march forward. Lingford made the top lane work and he cleared Welter for the lead while Stippich went to work on Welter for second. Stippich’s race came to a conclusion on lap 11 when he suddenly lost the right rear wheel on his car and looped around exiting turn four to produce the caution flag. Lingford hit his marks on the restart and he charged into the lead as racing resumed with Welter settling into second. Behind the lead duo, Jake Larson wrestled with a loose race car as John Daley took advantage of the situation and advanced into third place. Lingford drove to the victory to add to his season long points lead while Welter edged Daley for second in a close finish at the stripe. Larson drove to a fourth place finish and Adam Peschek finished in the fifth spot. Lingford also won the Thunderstock fast dash and Stippich set fast time at 13.732 seconds.

Nick Wagner won the 20-lap Slinger Bees feature that got off to a tough start when Tyler Schley hit the turn one wall hard on the opening lap. Wagner battled Braison Bennett throughout the event before holding off Bennett for the win. Leo Bujak finished third while Alex Prunty and Mark Johler rounded out the top five. Schley won the first Slinger Bee heat race over Brandon Tackes and Russ Lorbiecki while Erica Knutson scored her first Slinger Bee win in the second heat race over Carl Gebhard and Dustin Oostberg. Mark Johler won the Slinger Bees fast dash and Nick Wagner toured the speedway in 15.586 seconds.

Greg Kaczmarek won the Speedway Guest Car race and track chaplain Jim Zierke was the winner of the “Faster Pastor” race. Rick Bruskiewicz capped off the evening with a win in the Figure 8 event.

EGAN SCORES FIRST FEATURE VICTORY IN FIVE YEARS IN KFC/PEPSI CHALLENGE ROUND 2!

August 16th, 2010

EGAN SCORES FIRST FEATURE VICTORY IN FIVE YEARS IN KFC/PEPSI CHALLENGE ROUND 2!Rob Braun takes fast time in the Late Models SundayAndy Haver takes Fast Time in the Midwest SportsmanNick Wagner was the winner of the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Alex Prunty and Braison Bennett.Shane Becker closed the evening with a win in the Figure 8 raceSlinger, Wis., August 15—Mike Egan turned back a strong late race challenge from Brad Mueller to capture his first super late model feature victory in five years in the 60-lap second round of the KFC/Pepsi Challenge Series Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“Towards the end there, the car was getting looser and looser and I tell you, we ran it into the corners so hard I couldn’t believe it stuck and somehow I got ahead,” Egan stated from victory lane, “My spotter told me I really had to pedal because (Mueller) was coming and I was giving it all I had, I didn’t have anything left.”
Tommy Pecaro paced the opening laps before Scott Schoeni took command of the race by lap five, bringing Fred Winn along with him into second place as Pecaro fell into the clutches of Egan, Conrad Morgan, and Mueller in a scrape for third. The yellow flag waved on lap 12 for a tangle between Austin Luedtke and Tommy Hromadka in turn four and during the caution period, championship point leader Lowell Bennett exited the speedway with mechanical issues and retired from the event. Schoeni maintained the lead on the restart as Winn’s car washed wide in between turns one and two, enabling Egan to fill the gap and challenge Schoeni for the lead while Morgan, Pecaro, Steve Apel, and Mueller advanced forward as well. Egan began to pressure Schoeni for the lead, diving to the inside off turn two to take over the top spot on lap 19. With Egan out front, Schoeni began to have his hands full with Morgan, Mueller, and Apel as the three of them tracked him down in a battle for second. Just past the halfway mark, Morgan and Mueller worked their way around Schoeni on the inside to move into second and third respectively as Egan continued to lead. Behind the lead battle, Dennis Prunty and Jeremy Lepak found themselves in an intense struggle for the eighth spot as Prunty sliced in front of Lepak entering turn three and upon exiting turn four, the two found themselves side by side with Lepak on the inside and Prunty in the high line. After two laps of extremely hard racing with some minor door contact, Prunty found himself in the frontstretch wall when the gap between it and Lepak’s car narrowed off turn four, drawing another caution flag. Egan fired his car hard into the corner on the restart and it stuck on the inside line, enabling him to hang onto the lead as Mueller pulled alongside Morgan to hash out second. On lap 40, Mueller worked his way around Morgan into second place as Apel began to challenge Morgan for third as well. Mueller started to track down Egan for the lead, closing to Egan’s rear bumper as the laps wound down. Egan’s car slid loose off the corners in the final laps, enabling Mueller to momentarily poke the nose of his car inside Egan’s quarter panel on numerous occasions but each time Egan was able to prevail down the straightaways. A final charge by Mueller came up just short as Egan drove under the checkered flag for his first feature victory since 2005. Steve Apel held off Morgan for the third position while Jeremy Lepak finished fifth. Jeff Holtz and Scott Schoeni were sixth and seventh respectively while Randy Schuler, Steven Schultz, and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten. Earlier in the evening, Lowell Bennett won the super late model fast dash and Jeremy Lepak was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.437 seconds.
Chris Blawat led the 35-lap late model feature from start to finish to capture the win, turning back numerous challenges as the inside lane was the preferred groove throughout the event.
Blawat and Jake Vanoskey led the field to the green flag with Blawat taking the lead over Vanoskey, Mike Graczkowski, and Pat McIntee. Behind the top four, James Swan and Ryan DeStefano raced with Rob Braun over the fifth spot as the leaders raced nose to tail. A spin by Dan Wood in turn four produced the first caution flag on lap 11 with Blawat leading over Vanoskey, Graczkowski, McIntee, and Swan. Blawat maintained the lead on the restart while Graczkowski and Swan used the inside to advance to second and third place with Vanoskey sliding back in line in fourth, just ahead of Braun and DeStefano. Vanoskey’s car appeared to turn well on the inside and he eased underneath Swan for third place by lap 16 as Blawat led with Graczkowski planted on his rear bumper in second. Braun also worked the inside and pulled even with Swan over the fourth spot by lap 18 just before the caution flag waved again on lap 22 for a single car spin off turn four. Blawat chose the inside for the restart with Graczkowski on the high side and as racing resumed, Blawat pulled out to a lead as Vanoskey charged to the inside of Graczkowski for second. As Vanoskey tried to chase down Blawat for the lead, Swan tried to make the outside groove work and ran side by side with Graczkowski for third place. Graczkowski prevailed in that battle on lap 29 and three circuits later, the yellow flag flew again for a tangle between John DeAngelis and Pat McIntee in turn three, setting up a three lap dash to the finish. Blawat kept his car glued to the inside over the final three laps as Grackzowski battled his way by Vanoskey for second while Braun challenged Swan over fourth. Blawat held his ground in the final laps to score the win over Graczkowski, Vanoskey, Braun, and Swan. Ryan DeStefano won the late model fast dash following contact with Vanoskey on the final lap and Rob Braun set fast time for the division at 12.516 seconds.
                After taking a few weeks off, James Swan returned to the Slinger high-banks and promptly drove to yet another win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event.
                Jack Stern and Dan Church swapped the lead in the opening laps as the field remained bunched tightly together with Gregg Pawelski, Chris Ratajczyk, Swan, Ryan Farrell, and Jimmy Evans all racing in close quarters behind the lead duo. The racing between them became even tighter on lap five when side contact between Evans and Ratajczyk resulted in Ratajczyk’s door becoming stuck in the side of Evan’s car just before Evan’s car looped around off turn two to produce a caution flag. As racing resumed, Church maintained the lead while Pawelski worked his way around Stern for second by lap 14 with both Swan and Farrell also managing to get by Stern to move into third and fourth respectively. A few laps later, Swan used the outside to pull even with Pawelski, taking the second spot on lap 18 just before the caution flag waved on lap 20 for a spin by Dave Obermeyer in turn four. Church chose the inside for the restart with Swan on the outside and Swan made the high line work, taking the lead down the backstretch on lap 20. Once out front, Swan could not be caught and he drove to the win over Church while Jay Shambeau used a late charge to finish third. Ryan Farrell finished fourth and Ratajczyk took the checkered flag in fifth. Earlier, Ryan Farrell won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Andy Haver was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.879 seconds.
                John Daley drove to the win in a highly competitive 20-lap Thunderstock main event, holding off Eric Lingford and Jake Larson at the finish.
                Carl Benn and Chris Beine led the field to the green flag and Beine raced to the lead at the drop of the green flag, bringing Daley with him into second place ahead of Benn, Ken Schraufnagel, and Jake Larson. With Beine out front, Daley and Schraufnagel raced side by side for second, with Eric Lingford, Andy Welter and Al Stippich close behind. Daley was able to take sole possession of second place by lap seven and then took to the outside of Beine for the lead a lap later. Schraufnagel also worked the outside and used that line to take over second place by lap ten and a lap later the caution flag flew when Welter and Stippich tangled in turn three. Daley held onto the lead over Schraufnagel as racing resumed with Beine, Lingford, and Larson in third through fifth respectively. On lap 14, Schraufnagel’s car got loose out of turn two and he attempted to regain control of the car down the backstretch and into turn three before finally spinning around in turn four. Behind him, Beine had nowhere to go and ramped over Schraufnagel’s car, breaking an axle in the process as the yellow flag flew. Once again, Daley led on the restart, and as the green flag waved, he found himself facing challenges from Lingford and Larson. Lingford remained on Daley’s bumper in the closing laps, but Daley proved to be too tough and he drove to the victory. Lingford finished second while Larson, Stippich, and Rick Schaefer rounded out the top five. Eric Lingford won the Thunderstock fast dash and Al Stippich set fast time with 13.575 seconds.
                Nick Wagner was the winner of the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Alex Prunty and Braison Bennett. Brandon Tackes and Tyler Schley rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth place respectively. Wagner also was the Slinger Bee fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.470 seconds. John Kulka won the Speedway Guest Car race and Shane Becker closed the evening with a win in the Figure 8 race.

by Dan Margetta

BENNETT BACK IN VICTORY LANE WITH FIFTH FEATURE WIN OF THE YEAR!

August 9th, 2010

Slinger, Wis., August 8— Lowell Bennett prevailed in an intense battle with Steve Apel and drove away to his fifth victory of the season in the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I tell you what, he (Apel) was really strong, “Bennett described racing with Apel for the lead, “I saw him get loose a couple times and that’s how I got in there on the inside of him. Hats off to him, he ran me hard and that’s fun racing, I just love racing like that.”
Josh Wallace and Mike Egan used the inner groove to quickly grab the top two spots at the drop of the green flag while Brad Keith occupied the outside lane just ahead of Apel, Conrad Morgan, and Bennett. The caution flag flew early on lap three as Tommy Hromadka, Brad Dahmer, and Mike Held tangled in the third turn as Wallace chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Egan to take the outside. As racing resumed, Wallace and Egan raced door to door for the lead as Apel and Morgan advanced to third and fourth respectively on the inside while Keith remained caught on the outside, battling for fifth with Jeff Holtz and Bennett. Holtz and Bennett were able to work their way around Keith by lap five and a lap later, the field was slowed under the caution flag again when Keith’s car spun in turn four while racing with Fred Winn, sending both cars to the rear of the field for the restart. Wallace maintained the lead on the restart using the inside lane and Apel was glued in his tire tracks, using the inner groove to grab second from Egan while Holtz, Bennett, and Morgan all worked to keep Egan in the high lane. Apel made several attempts to look to the inside as his car appeared to turn better off the corners than Wallace’s machine and the persistence paid off as Apel moved alongside for the lead on lap 14. Once again, the battle for the lead heated up as Apel and Wallace raced alongside each other for several laps with neither able to gain an advantage until a small slip by Wallace on lap 31 enabled Apel to clear him for the lead as Holtz, Bennett, and Morgan all closed in. Bennett began to march forward first by passing Holtz for third place by lap 33 and then ducking to the inside of Wallace off turn two to take over the second spot by lap 35 while Morgan also worked his way around Holtz for third. Apel’s lead began to shrink as the leaders sliced through lapped traffic with Bennett methodically closing the gap between him and the leader. Bennett caught Apel on lap 40 and one circuit later, was able to edge to the inside in a bid for the top spot.  Apel held his ground on the outside and both he and Bennett began a torrid race for the lead, which featured the two cars rubbing together a few times at the start-finish line but remaining side by side as neither driver was able to gain any significant advantage. Again, lapped traffic came into play but both Apel and Bennett remained door to door even as they simultaneously passed slower cars. Finally, entering turn one on lap 51, Bennett cut to the bottom while Apel’s car stayed just a bit high and it was enough for Bennett to take sole possession of the lead exiting turn two. Once out front, Bennett began to drive away as Apel’s car slid loose in turn two with seven laps to go but he was able to maintain control and hold onto second place. Bennett drove to his fifth feature victory of the season while Apel capped off another strong performance by finishing second while Morgan held off Holtz and Egan to round out the top five finishers. Josh Wallace took the checkered flag in sixth ahead of Al Schill, who transferred from the semi-feature and finished seventh. Austin Luedtke, Scott Schoeni, and Fred Winn completed the top ten.
Al Schill won the 25-lap super late model semi-feature over Brandon Hill and Randy Schuler. Scott Schoeni finished fourth and Ronnie Ragan was fifth. The super late model fast dash was won by Mike Egan and Lowell Bennett set fast time with a lap of 11.524 seconds.
Rob Braun held off Wayne Freimund to win the 35-lap late model main event, using the outside lane to complete a late-race pass for the lead.
Jon Reynolds Jr. paced the opening laps over Freimund and Braun as Jake Vanoskey and Ryan DeStefano battled over fourth with Brad Dahmer and Chris Blawat. Reynolds held the point until lap 13 when his car suddenly washed wide in turn one, allowing Freimund to duck underneath him for the lead. Braun and Vanoskey also charged by on the inside as Reynolds eventually faded with handling issues. Braun began to pressure Freimund for the lead heavily as it appeared his car was quicker in the corners but not fast enough to complete an outside pass of Freimund for the lead. Vanoskey remained in third place within striking distance of the leaders as behind him Blawat and Dahmer fought side by side for fifth place. On lap 30, it appeared Blawat’s car bobbled slightly in turn two and as he tried to catch it, the car became hooked with Dahmer’s machine, turning both up towards the wall in turn two where Dahmer pounded the concrete hard to bring out the caution flag. Freimund chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Braun the high side and as racing resumed, Braun kept the momentum up on the top groove and raced alongside Freimund for the lead. A lap later, Freimund’s car kicked loose slightly in turn four and Braun was able to secure the lead. Braun drove to the victory over Freimund and Vanoskey while Pat McIntee edged Mike Graczkowski at the stripe to finish fourth. Braun also was the winner of the late model fast dash and Jake Vanoskey was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.539 seconds.
Jeff Holtz won the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event, holding off his brother Brian Holtz at the finish to score the victory.
Brian Holtz led the early laps as Jack Stern, Dan Church, Jeff Holtz, and Andy Haver all scrambled for position behind him. As Brian Holtz held the point, Stern became trapped on the outside and Church, Haver, and Jeff Holtz all passed by, dropping Stern to the fifth spot. Church’s car sailed off turn four and into the infield as the result of contact with Haver’s bumper and the caution waved on lap five with both Church and Haver relegated to the rear of the field for the restart with Brian Holtz leading over Jeff Holtz, Stern, Jimmie Evans, and Jay Shambeau. As racing resumed, Jeff Holtz was able to get a run on the outside and he charged around Brian Holtz, taking the lead as they exited turn two while behind them Stern and Shambeau moved into third and fourth while Evans, Gregg Pawelski, and Haver all battled for fifth. Shambeau worked his way around Stern to take third while Jeff Holtz continued to show the way over Brian Holtz just before the final caution flag waved on lap 27 for a spin by Ryan Gutknecht on the backstretch. Jeff Holtz was on his marks as the green flag appeared and he immediately charged ahead of Brian Holtz to maintain the lead while Shambeau had his hands full with Haver over third as Evans and Pawelski battled for fifth. Jeff Holtz led the final laps and scored the victory over Brian Holtz while Shambeau held off Haver for third place with Evans edging Pawelski for the fifth spot at the finish. Jack Stern captured his first victory of the season by winning the Midwest sportsman fast dash and Andy Haver set fast time at 12.903 seconds.
Al Stippich edged Ken Scraufnagel to win the 18-lap Thunderstock feature event.
Adam Peschek led the opening lap over Schraufnagel and Stippich as the caution flag waved at the completion of lap one when Andy Welter and Rick Schaefer tangled in turn three. On the restart, Schraufnagel used the outside lane to work his way into the lead, bringing Stippich along with him as Eric Lingford and Ryan Farrell battled with Peschek for third. Lingford worked the outside and began to march forward, advancing to third by lap nine while Schraufnagel held off Stippich out front. Stippich moved alongside Schraufnagel on lap ten and the two raced side by side for the top spot as Lingford began to close in from third. Stippich appeared to have an advantage entering the corners while Schraufnagel had the better run on the inside upon the exit of the turns while Lingford ran both of them down, racing on the rear bumpers of the leaders as the white flag waved. Stippich was able to convert a strong run into turn three to an advantage off turn four and he captured the win at the stripe edging Schraufnagel by less than a car length with Lingford finishing third in their tire tracks. Ryan Farrell took the checkered flag in fourth place while Adam Peschek finished fifth. Andy Welter won the Thunderstock fast dash and Eric Lingford was the fastest qualifier at 13.696 seconds.
Alex Prunty won the 20-lap Slinger Bee feature over Nick Wagner while Braison Bennett rebounded from a run-in with Dan Prunty earlier in the race to finish third. Brandon Tackes and Tyler Schley rounded out the top five finishers. Jim Lund made his debut at Slinger a good one as he drove to victory in the 16-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Ryan Lovald and Joe Shelby. Alexis Strobel and Josh Fehrman were fourth and fifth respectively. Nick Wagner set fast time at 15.656 seconds. Richie Watson was the winner of the Speedway Guest Car event and Scott Goetzke closed the evening with win in the 10-lap Figure 8 race.    

PRUNTY EDGES MORGAN TO WIN KWIK TRIP 60!

August 2nd, 2010

Dennis Prunty took advantage of a late caution flag when Lowell Bennett’s engine expired and held off Conrad Morgan in a photo finish to win the Kwik Trip 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.Super Late Model Trophy Dash Winner Mike EganChris Blawat drove to victory in the late model main event, scoring the win over Rob Braun and Jake Vanoskey.Farrell was able to fend off Ratajczyk’s challenges and in the closing laps he pulled away slightly to score his first career Midwest Sportsman feature win.Nick Wagner held off Braison Bennett and Alex Prunty in a nearly three-wide finish to win the Slinger Bee feature.Slinger, Wis., August 1—Dennis Prunty took advantage of a late caution flag when Lowell Bennett’s engine expired and held off Conrad Morgan in a photo finish to win the Kwik Trip 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I guess Lowell Bennett blew an engine and I ran the outside of the 16 car (Steve Apel) for a long time and then I had to start on the inside of Conrad Morgan, “Prunty said, reviewing the exciting race from victory lane, “man his car has got some horsepower and it was tough holding him off, I drove my ass off.”
Bennett appeared to have the race in hand as the laps wound down, setting sail to a commanding lead over Apel, Prunty, and Morgan when suddenly his car came to an abrupt stop in turn one with eleven laps to go, belching smoke and flames as the power plant appeared to come unglued. With the current track point leader sent to the pits, Apel took over the top spot for the restart, choosing the inside lane to take the green flag with Prunty lined up to his outside. Apel and Prunty headed into turn one nearly even as racing resumed and the two raced door to door for the lead with neither able to gain any advantage while behind them Scott Schoeni and Conrad Morgan staged their own battle for third. Prunty edged ahead slightly on the outside entering turn one on lap 56 while Apel’s car slid loose as he entered the corner and looped around in turn two to produce the caution flag with just four laps remaining, setting up a shoot-out to the finish between Prunty, Morgan, Schoeni, and Egan. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart but as the field came up to speed, Morgan held his ground on the outside and once again an intense side by side battle for the lead ensued, this time between Prunty and Morgan. The two took the white flag in a dead heat and Prunty held a minute advantage on the exit of turn two, however Morgan shot ahead by a few inches as they entered turn three. Prunty was able to get a bit of a run exiting turn four which was enough to just spurt ahead at the stripe to take the win by less than a car length over Morgan.
“With five laps to go when I was on the outside of Dennis (Prunty), I thought I could beat him, “Morgan stated after coming up just a half car-length short of the victory, “I think our car was as good as anybody’s at the end, it’s just a little bit rougher to try beat somebody like from the outside with five laps left.”
Mike Egan took the checkered flag in third place and had a front row seat for the spectacular finish as the battle for the win played out in his windshield.
“I’ve got to tell you, they were going at it,” Egan said afterwards, “I’ve never seen two guys race so hard in my whole life.”
                Scott Schoeni completed a strong run by finishing fourth after transferring into the main event through the semi-feature and advancing his way to the top five while Randy Schuler, also transferred from the semi-feature, crossed the stripe in fifth. Brad Dahmer and Josh Wallace were sixth and seventh respectively while Fred Winn, Terry Patnode, and Steve Apel rounded out the top ten finishers.
                Bennett’s evening ended prematurely with a twelfth place finish after leading 43 laps and dominating the first half of the event and that coupled with Prunty’s sixth feature victory of the season leaves Bennett with a 66 point lead over Prunty in the battle for the track championship.
                Scott Schoeni won the 25-lap super late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Terry Patnode. Nathan Matz and Ronnie Ragan completed the top five. Mike Egan was the winner of the super late model fast dash while Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.526 seconds.
                Chris Blawat drove to victory in the late model main event, scoring the win over Rob Braun and Jake Vanoskey.
                Wayne Freimund and John DeAngelis led the field to the green flag and Freimund grabbed the early lead as the inside lane advanced, bringing Ryan DeStefano and Rob Braun into second and third place respectively. Behind the top three, Chris Blawat began to move forward, taking over fifth place from Brad Dahmer by lap five and then diving to the inside of Jake Vanoskey to race into fourth place on lap eight. Freimund was able to extend his lead as DeStefano had his hands full with Braun and Blawat trying to defend second place. Freimund’s lead grew to nearly a straightaway as Braun and Blawat swapped positions behind DeStefano just before the caution flag waved on lap 20 for a spin involving John Beinlich in turn two. Freimund took the inside line for the restart while DeStefano lined up on the outside and after an aborted start, the field was once again slowed under caution as on the second attempt, DeStefano’s car appeared to break loose as the leaders came up to speed, making contact with Freimund’s car as the lead machines became hooked on top of each other as they slid to the infield. Blawat took over the lead over Braun as racing resumed and he was able to edge ahead as the green flag waved. Braun tried to run down Blawat in the closing laps but his bid came up short as Blawat drove to the win. Braun settled for second at the finish while Jake Vanoskey, John DeAngelis, and Mike Graczkowski completed the top five finishers.
                Ryan DeStefano won the late model fast dash and Rob Braun set the pace in qualifying after circling the speedway in 12.576 seconds.
                Ryan Farrell made his debut in a second Dan Church machine and the move paid off nicely as he drove to his first career Midwest Sportsman feature win in just his second night of competition in the division.
                Jack Stern paced the early laps while Brian Holtz, Chris Ratajczyk, and Scott Shambeau battled behind him. Behind the top three, Farrell and Jimmie Evans entered the top five in fourth and fifth place respectively. Shambeau spun entering turn one on lap six and as he slid up the speedway, he was clipped by the car of Tom Elsinger as Dan Church and Bill Prietzel became swept up in the incident with Church’s car receiving most of the damage. Stern led on the restart but was immediately pressured for the lead by Ratajczyk who ducked to the inside on lap nine to take the top spot as Stern battled back on the outside. Behind the lead duo, Farrell remained planted behind Ratajczyk as Gregg Pawelski and Jimmy Evans raced with Holtz for fifth. The inside line was the preferred groove as Ratajczyk took sole possession of the lead while Farrell and Pawelski passed Stern for second and third place. Farrell made numerous attempts to the inside of Ratajczyk in a bid for the lead, but each time Ratajczyk was able to shut the door and maintain the top spot. Farrell edged the nose of his car to the inside of Ratajczyk’s rear fender down the backstretch on lap 19 and he muscled his way by for the lead. Ratajczyk immediately pulled to Farrell’s rear bumper, tagging it twice in an attempt to retake the lead position. Farrell was able to fend off Ratajczyk’s challenges and in the closing laps he pulled away slightly to score his first career Midwest Sportsman feature win. Ratajczyk finished in second place while Pawelski took the checkered flag in third ahead of Stern and Jay Shambeau in fourth and fifth respectively.
                Brian Holtz was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Farrell also set fast time for the division with a lap of 12.968 seconds.
                Eric Lingford took top honors in the 18-lap Thunderstock main event, scoring the win in a thrilling finish over Ken Schraufnagel and John Daley.
                Schraufnagel took the lead at the drop of the green flag as Al Stippich, Rick Schaefer and John Daley raced in close quarters behind him. By lap three, Schraufnagel continued to lead while Stippich moved into second place as Lingford used an inside charge to take over third while Schaefer and Daley battled over fourth. As Schraufnagel maintained his lead, Lingford and Stippich raced side by side with Daley in their tire tracks and when Lingford bobbled momentarily on lap eight, Daley pounced on the opportunity as they raced three wide for second. Behind Schraufnagel, the situation shook out with Stippich in second place ahead of Lingford and Daley. The leaders ran nose to tail over the next four laps when suddenly Stippich’s car ground to a halt as the right front wheel came loose, drawing a caution flag. Lingford used the outside lane to challenge for the lead on the restart and he took command of the race with an outside move on lap 15. Once out front, Lingford could not be caught as Schraufnagel and Daley battled intensely for second. Lingford drove to the win as Daley and Scraufnagel banged doors in turn four coming to the checkered flag with Schraufnagel getting the spot at the stripe. Daley finished in third while Andy Welter and Nathan Fick were fourth and fifth respectively. Rick Schaefer won the Thunderstock fast dash and Lingford was the fastest qualifier at 13.785 seconds.
                Nick Wagner held off Braison Bennett and Alex Prunty in a nearly three-wide finish to win the Slinger Bee feature. Brandon Tackes crossed the finish line in fourth while Russ Lorbiecki finished fifth. Brian Hillringhouse won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Joe Shelby and Joe DeStefano Sr. Ryan Lovald was fourth and Joe Paulman was fifth. Alex Prunty set fast time in the Slinger Bee division with a lap of 15.715 seconds. Cris Harmen was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races and Al Roberts won the Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Car event. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race.
                For the second consecutive year, Bill Michaels from WTMJ radio won the Kwik Trip Celebrity race after WBWI’s Fuzz Martin spun out in turn three while attempting to lap WTMJ-TV’s Lance Allan with a straightaway lead.  Michaels held off Dave Kallmann of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for the win while Martin battled back to finish third. Lance Allan took the checkered flag in fourth place while Nick Dettmann of the West Bend Daily News was fifth.

By Dan Margetta

Legendary Whitetail’s Slinger SlamFest – August 14th

July 27th, 2010

2nd Annual Legendary Whitetails Slinger SlamFest(Slinger, WI) Legendary Whitetails, a nationwide catalog of apparel, gifts and accessories for whitetail hunters and their families, is proud to join the Slinger Speedway to sponsor the 2nd Annual Legendary Whitetails Slinger SlamFest!   Expected to be a sell out this year, fans will enjoy breathtaking track events including School Bus Races, Trailer Races, the Gauntlet (check it out on YouTube), Figure 8 Racing, Roller Derby, Stunt Shows and more!

“I wish we could run the Legendary Whitetail’s SlamFest more than once a year, it was more fun than I ever expected.” Todd Thelen, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Slinger Speedway. Gates will open at 3:45 p.m. with SlamFest events starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are reasonably priced starting at $10 for adults, discounted pricing for children and 5 and under are free. This entertaining experience is perfect for the whole family.   Slinger Speedway is the world’s fastest ¼ mile track with over 60 years of motorsport history. The track is racing every weekend from May to September, just off of highway 41 at 280 Cedar Creek Road, Slinger.

Legendary Whitetails is a nationwide catalog offering casual apparel, gifts and gear for whitetail hunters and their families.  A family-owned company, Legendary moved its headquarters and distribution center to Slinger in late 2009. Along with the move was the addition of a Catalog Outlet Store now open at the same location at 820 Enterprise Drive (behind Uptown Chevrolet).  “Slinger has lived up to every expectation since our company moved here last September. The 2009 Slamfest was my first visit to the Speedway and left no doubt in my mind that Legendary Whitetails had to support the Speedway,” says Greg Huffman, President of Legendary Whitetails.

Visit us online at deergear.com or follow us on Facebook!  For more information about Legendary Whitetails, visit their website at deergear.com or better yet, stop in their Catalog Outlet Store; phone 262-644-8450.  For additional Slinger SlamFest details, visit the track website at slingerspeedway.com.

Prunty Powers Past Bennett To Win Harley Davidson 60 At Slinger

July 26th, 2010

Dennis Prunty Powers Past Bennett To Win Harley Davidson 60 At SlingerASA Midwest Tour regular Brandon Hill took the checkers in the Super Late Model semi feature holding off Scott Schoeni.Mike Graczkowski brought home the win in the Late Model division with a comfortable victory over Jacob Vanoskey and Chris Blawat.Mike Lange held off James Swan in an epic battle to win the Mid-American Sportsman feature.Andy Welter took top honors in the Thunderstock division, holding off John Daley and Al Stippich for the win.(Slinger, WI) July 26 – Dennis Prunty has made the outside lane work for him at the Slinger Super Speedway in the past. He admits to liking the outside lane, yet would pick the inside lane if given the choice.  Two weeks ago at the Slinger Nationals, he was forced to take the outside lane despite thinking he should have had a choice.  As much as he likes the outside, the outcome wasn’t to liking, as he spun his tires on a late race restart and had to settle for second.

This time he was forced to the outside lane again, and he made the most of it by passing Lowell Bennett on lap 40 and holding on to capture his fifth feature win of the year in the Harley Davidson 60. The pass for the lead was set up as Conrad Morgan tried to make it three wide coming off of turn four, and Prunty holding his line and winning the drag race into turn one.

“That was pretty crazy and I didn’t even know we were three wide, thanks for telling me Spotter, Holy Crap” said a surprised Prunty in Victory Lane.  “The outside lane was working for me in one and two and was a little tough for me getting through 3 and 4, but you know we ran hard and we ran clean and it was a good race.”

A good race that started off with Josh Wallace and Fred Winn sharing the front row.  The drop of the green flag saw Wallace get off to the early lead with Winn settling for second.  Meanwhile Lowell Bennett and Conrad Morgan ran side by side for third and fourth.

The race’s first caution would fly on lap 3 as Steve Apel appeared to come down on Brad Keith before clearing him and the contact caused both cars to spin in turn three.  Collin Bamke was also involved and all three cars suffered damage with Keith being the only one unable to continue. 

The green flag would fly once again, however it didn’t last long as just two laps later Bamke would bring out another yellow with a spin in turn 1.  His car apparently suffered more damage in the first incident than first thought and it contributed to the spin. 

Once racing resumed, Josh Wallace once again assumed control getting the jump.  Conrad Morgan got around Fred Winn for second and set his sights on Wallace for the lead.  Shortly after this restart, Wallace’s car began to bottom out in the turns, yet he was somehow able to hold on to his lead.  Unfortunately that lead would evaporate as something broke on Wallace’s car and he dropped off the pace.  The yellow would come out on lap 19 as Wallace’s car came to rest at the pit entrance in turn two.

This gave the lead to Conrad Morgan, albeit it was a brief one.  On the subsequent restart, Lowell Bennett would challenge for the lead running side by side with Morgan for several laps, while Dennis Prunty stalked in third place.  Once Bennett was able to clear Morgan, he was able to stretch out his lead to several car lengths. Prunty was able to get around Morgan on the high side on lap 26 setting up yet another fierce battle with season long nemesis Bennett.

Bennett’s lead would grow to six car lengths, but Prunty began to slowly reel him in.  Prunty would be aided by another yellow on lap 35, this time for a spin by Fred Winn.

This would set up yet another showdown between the two leading combatants at Slinger this year.

When the green flag flew again, Bennett and Prunty ran hard side by side for several laps. Both drivers would trade the official lead at the stripe, but were never separated by more than a bumper.  This would go on for several laps until lap 45.  Bennett would get loose in turns three  and four, allowing Morgan the chance to go three wide for the lead.  Morgan didn’t push the issue hard enough, and Prunty drove it deeper into turn one and eventually cleared Bennett to take control of the lead.  From there Prunty was able to hold off both Bennett and Morgan, and capture his fifth win of the season.

“It took me a long time to get it,” said Prunty. “I worked hard up there. The outside usually works.  It all depends on the track conditions and your tires and how much rubber is on the track.  At the Nationals with 200 laps there is so much rubber up there on the outside.  On a normal night like tonight, a 60 lap race, the outside is pretty good.”

Did the three wide maneuver have an impact on the outcome?

“I never knew that happened,” explained Prunty.  “I had no idea.  My brother said ‘Stay high’ I looked in my little mirror saw nobody inside me other than Lowell and said ‘That was close.’  I had no idea that happened.”

While Bennett may have lost out on the opportunity for another win, he was just happy to be a part of a great battle.

“Second place! What’s wrong with that,” said Bennett.  “That’s what the fans come to see. I got free down there and I don’t know if I hit something or what, but the car was tight the whole night.  That one lap it just got free on me and it kind of cost me running side by side there with Dennis. It was fun battle and he put on a heck of a good battle.  We never touched and it was a lot of fun. I like racing like that.  Just flat out racing, best guy wins.  You get done, shake hands, and we do it again next week.”

Conrad Morgan ran a strong third, while Tommy Hromadka scored a season high fourth place finish.  Mike Egan would round out the top five.

ASA Midwest Tour regular Brandon Hill took the checkers in the Super Late Model semi feature holding off Scott Schoeni.  Mike Held and Jerry Eckhardt finished in third and fourth respectively, as all four would transfer to the main event.  Terry Patnode finished in fifth.

Mike Graczkowski brought home the win in the Late Model division with a comfortable victory over Jacob Vanoskey and Chris Blawat. Wayne Freimund and John DeAngelis completed the top five.  Graczkowski, as his surname would imply ran a Polish Victory Lap.

Graczkowski jumped out to the lead from the outside of the front row, as he got past Ryan DeStefano.  While Graczkowski would stretch out his lead, DeStefano would be involved in a couple of altercations. DeStefano was battling alongside Brad Dahmer, when Jacob Vanoskey tried to go three wide into turn three.  DeStefano backed off, not liking being the meat in this sandwich. However, as the cars dove into turn one, it appeared that DeStefano wanted to send a message and drove hard into the bumper of Vanoskey spinning him into Dahmer and bringing out the yellow. 

DeStefano was sent to the rear, while both Dahmer and Vanoskey were allowed to get their spots back. 

The race was slowed again by the hard impact head on into the turn four wall when Pat McIntee was turned by the loose car of Brad Dahmer. McIntee would be ok, but his car was done for the night.

Mike Lange held off James Swan in an epic battle to win the Mid-American Sportsman feature.  Lange started from the pole and led flag to flag, despite some last lap theatrics by Swan.

While Swan was stuck in traffic mid pack, Lange was able to get out to a sizable half straightaway lead.  However, the veteran Swan began to reel in Lange and make his presence known.  Swan was all over Lange’s bumper, but was unable to get past.  With four laps to go, Swan bumped Lange’s car and got him sideways coming off of turn two, but allowed Lange to catch the car before wrecking it.

“We were lucky enough to gather it back up,” explained Lange.  “I wasn’t going to give him the inside lane. It was going to be the outside if he was going to take me. He’s an excellent competitor and that’s why he’s a multi time champion.”

Swan was gracious in defeat when describing his attempt to loosen up Lange.

“I wanted to move him but didn’t want to spin him out at the same time,” said Swan. 

Andy Welter took top honors in the Thunderstock division, holding off John Daley and Al Stippich for the win.  Adam Peschek and Ken Schraufnagle rounded out the top five.

Mark Johler notched his third win of the season in the 4 cylinder Slinger Bees division.  Johler made a daring move around Brandon Tackes and the lapped car of Erica Knutson to take the lead and cruise to the easy victory.  Tackes would hold onto second place, while Nick Wagner came home in third.  Fast qualifier Alex Prunty finished in fourth, while Dave Schmidt would wind up in fifth.

Brandon Gumm cruised to an easy victory in the Slinger Bees semi feature.  Gumm beat Alexis Strobel to the checkers by a half a straightaway.  Joe Shelby would finish in third with Jeremy Esser and Roman Blank completing your top five.

Jake Boldig took the checkers in the Wisconsin Sport Trucks feature.  Boldig tired the patented outside/inside move to get around Dylan Ihde for the win.  Todd Kostichka wound up in third, while Jeff Looker finished in fourth.  Pete Zarnoth came home in fifth.

Marty Catalence won the Speedway Guest car feature.

Sean Bokath bested the field in the Spectator Eliminators.

Shane “The Shark” Becker took home his third Figure 8 feature win of the season in holding off Scott Goetzke.  Justin Poenitsch would wind up in third, while Rick Bruskiewicz finished in fourth.  Brandon Wolf rounded out the top five.

 Written by: Gregg Paul

Rides for Kids in Race Car Night – Harley Davidson H.O.G. Parade

July 23rd, 2010

Rides for Kids in Race Car Night - Harley Davidson H.O.G. Parade(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night July 25th is Rides for Kids in Race Cars Night.  All Kids 11 and under will get a FREE ride in a real race car around the high banks of Slinger Speedway.  A 60 Lap Super Late Model Feature will headline the racing card.  Super Late Models will be joined by: Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, Westbury Bank Speedway Guest Cars and one on one spectator races.  Qualifying starts at 4:45 with racing at 6:30 pm.
 
Opening Ceremonies will have local H.O.G. Chapters participating in a parade lap carrying the American Flag. 
 
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2010 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

REYNOLDS CROWNED KING OF THE HIGHBANKS AFTER INAUGURAL BIG 8 SERIES OLD WISCONSIN 88!

July 19th, 2010

Slinger, Wis., July 18—Jon Reynolds Jr. captured the win in the inaugural Old Wisconsin 88 as the Big 8 Late Model Series debuted at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night, turning back a mid-race challenge from James Swan before holding off Jeremy Miller and Rob Braun for the victory.
“This is the best racetrack in the world,” Reynolds told the crowd from victory lane, “I just love coming here and when they did this race with the Big 8 Series, I was just jumping up and down.”
Steven Schultz and James Swan brought the field to the green flag with Schultz streaking ahead to the lead as the inside line proved to be advantageous in the early going. Jeff Holtz, Reynolds, and Rob Braun all used the inner groove to move up behind Schultz and into the top four as Swan fell to fifth before he could settle into the inside lane. The caution flag flew early on lap 14 as the result of a tangle between Rob Myers, John DeAngelis, and John Baumeister Jr. in turn four which ended DeAngelis’ promising night in a shower of sparks. Schultz lined up on the inside for the restart and held onto his lead as Reynolds and Swan worked the low line to make their way around Holtz and into second and third place respectively. Reynolds then began to stalk Schultz for the top spot, wheeling around the outside to take command of the race on lap 22, just before the caution flag appeared on lap 23 as Jake Vanoskey’s car looped around in turn two. Reynolds led Schultz and Swan for the restart with Rob Braun, Bobby Willberg, and Chris Blawat close behind and as the green appeared, Reynolds charged ahead of the field while Swan dipped to the inside of Schultz to claim second place. With Reynolds and Swan planted firmly in the top two spots, the fight for third heated up with Schultz under heavy pressure from Willberg, Braun, Blawat, Jeremy Miller, and Jeff Holtz all racing in close quarters. Further back, Kyle Shear’s car drifted wide in turn four on lap 30 and after scraping the frontstretch wall, clipped the right rear of the car of Wayne Freimund, sending both cars hard into the wall nose-first to bring out the caution flag again. This time, as racing resumed, Reynolds was able to keep the lead while Schultz briefly worked his way around Swan for second as the field slowed just three laps later when Rob Myers backed his car into the turn one wall, sending sparks flying with the yellow flag unfurled. With the race back underway, Schultz was able to keep pace on the outside with Reynolds and as the leaders battled side by side in turn two, Swan took a peek to the inside of both of them before deciding it was better to avoid the three-wide situation and tucking back into line in third place entering turn three. The heads-up move paid off for Swan a lap later as he took sole possession of second place when Schultz’s car washed wide in turn two while Blawat and Miller battled with Tanner Whitten over fourth. Swan planted the nose of his car squarely on Reynold’s rear bumper and his hard charges into the corners loosened Reynold’s car up, opening the door for an inside challenge. Swan filled the opening, pulling even with Reynolds and the two put on a driving clinic, racing door to door for several laps before Reynolds was able to momentarily prevail on the outside as the caution appeared on lap 43 for a spin by Mike Graczkowski in turn one. Reynolds chose the inside for the restart and he edged ahead as Swan’s car did not work as well in the upper groove and he lost two spots to Schultz and Jeremy Miller before battling alongside Whitten over fourth. Whitten held the inside and tried to clear Swan for the position off turn two but ran out of room and the contact between them sent Whitten’s car sliding across the track before stopping just alongside the wall in turn three, drawing the caution on lap 48 and relegating both drivers to the rear of the field.  Reynolds and Schultz led the field as racing resumed with Schultz hung on the outside, Miller and Rob Braun took ov