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June 20, 1999; Slinger, WI - Cindy Peterson (Butler) and Conrad Morgan (Waukesha) each won 50 lap late model features as Slinger Speedway hosted both the Bob Fish Pontiac, Buick, GMC Alan Kulwicki Memorial and Round 1 of the Mobil and Coca Cola Triple Crown Classic. The Sunday, June 20th, events were make up dates for earlier rain outs that the track and sponsors suffered.
The second of the two 50 lap late model features was dominated by defending track champion, Morgan. Morgan would work his way to over a 4 second win, as it was clear that the rest of the field would have to settle for the runner up spot. Finishing second though fifth was Jeff Holtz (Franklin), Al Schill (Franklin), Lowell Bennett (Neenah) and Peterson. Morgan would drive into the lead on lap 20 after starting outside of row six. He methodically pulled to his winning margin over the final 30 laps, as the race would see only one prior caution on lap 10. Morgans car ran both the inside and outside lanes equally effective, allowing the five time division champion to dice through lap traffic and earn a comfortable win. Holtz would hold the lead from lap 5 until Morgan overtook the young Franklin racer working lap 20. Schill would pull into third place on lap 18 after he started the night cap in the fourteenth spot. The two followed each other to the end with Bennett moved into the fourth spot on lap 24 and Peterson recorded a top five to follow up her win in the first race, pulling into fifth on lap 41.
Peterson would take the lead 12 laps from the end of the first 50 lapper and record her first victory for the 99 season. Following Wisconsins only female late model driver in the top five was Bennett second, Schill third, David Prunty (Lomira) and Morgan.
Peterson grabbed the lead from Bennett on lap 38 after the two battled side by side from the midway point of the race. Peterson cleared Bennett for good just before the pair drove up on a lap car 10 laps from the end. Peterson was able to pass the backmarker on the backstretch while Bennett caught him in the corner, allowing Peterson to pull away and score a 10 car length win. The race for second and third was contested side by side between Rich Loch (Muskego) and Schill. The two waged a door to door battle as the field bunched up after the third and final caution on lap 20. Neither driver was able to clear the other as Loch would be scored in third until lap 37 driving the high side of the track. Schill slowly worked his way by and into third after the seventeen lap battle, as Lochs car faded on him allowing both Prunty and Morgan to also move past.
Jamie Wallace (Pell Lake) cruised with a 3 second lead over the final 15 circuits, on his way to victory in the 30 lap late model semi feature. Rounding out the top five was John Zimmerman (Markesan), Jerry Eckhardt (Johnson Creek), Dave Teske (Menomonee Falls), and Chad Barker (Caladonia). Wallace was clearly the class of the semi feature field, as he would earn one of the two transfer spots to the main, with Zimmerman taking the other. The race slowed only one time as the caution flag flew on lap 11.
Joe Gross (Milwaukee) took the checkered in the 15 lap consi race and a spot in the semi for his efforts. Al Schill (Franklin), who was pulling double duty by driving in both his normal late model car and in a Midwest Modified ride as well, won the Mac Tools Trophy Dash in the late model division. Morgan clocked in fastest for the evening with a lap of 11.677 seconds on the Worlds Fastest 1/4 Mile Oval.
The afformentioned Schill took home the checkered flag in the 30 lap Midwest Modified feature event for the evening. Schill took his position inside row 6 just as the field was coming to accept the green, after unbuckling from his late model and strapping into his modified. He wasted no time as he quickly positioned himself at the point by lap 11 and worked out to a comfortable lead. A hard charging, Dennis Prunty (Allenton) would not allow him to run away to the checkered as he would catch the back bumper of Schill seven laps from the end. The relentless Prunty had Schill in his sights momentarily, but Schill again flexed his muscle as the race neared the end. He would pull to the finish line with a six car length advantage over second place, Prunty. Rounding out the top five was Florian Wisinski (Greenfield) in third, Mike Bidlack (Elkhorn) in fourth, and Larry Reihbrandt (Wauwatosa) in fifth. Wisinski set fast time with a lap of 12.481 seconds and Chuck Eberhardt (Sussex) won the 8 lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Trophy Dash.
Dan Prunty (Allenton), who was racing his first Slinger Stinger feature, took home the checkered on his inaugural event for the 99 season. Prunty, who started outside row 2, made his way to the lead on lap 12 of the 16 lap event. Early race leader Mike Graczkowski (Jackson) pulled behind a lap car on the inside groove and Prunty took advantage of the outside line, to position himself at the lead. Graczkowski made a final attempt off of turn 4, when he pulled to the inside of Prunty as the duo took the checkered. Prunty would earn the win by a half a car length. Following Prunty and Graczkowski were Mike Pascavis (Sheboygan), Craig Loiselle (Milwaukee), and Scott Ascher (Sussex). Pascavis and Peter Wiedmeyer (West Bend) each won their respective heat race and fast qualifier was Dan Miller (Sussex) with a lap of 13.744 seconds.
Mark Ritger (St. Cloud) won his second feature of the year in the Figure 8 division. Shane Becker (Iron Ridge) was at the point until lap 3 when he was a victum at the X, giving the lead and the win to Ritger.
Dan and Mark Jung won the Team Cruiser division, Dave Schwartz won the Speedway Guest Cars, and Jerry Horst (Hartford) won the Spectator Elimination races. The Allison Legacy Cars visited the high banks of the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night. Ken Wills(Slinger) won the feature, Jeff Goodwin (Wadsworth, IL) won the heat race and Erik Darnell (Park City, IL) won the dash.
LATE MODEL FEATURE #1 FINISH - 50 LAPS
LATE MODEL FEATURE #2 FINISH - 50 LAPS
FAST QUALIFIER - Conrad Morgan (Waukesha) - 11.677 seconds
SEMI FEATURE FINISH 30 LAPS
CONSI FEATURE FINISH 15 LAPS
MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH - 30 LAPS
FAST QUALIFIER - Florian Wisinski (Greenfield) - 12.481 seconds
SLINGER STINGER FEATURE FINISH 16 LAPS
FAST QUALIFIER - Dan Miller (Sussex) -13.744 seconds
FIGURE 8 WINNER - Mark Ritger (St. Cloud) - 10 laps
TEAM CRUISERS - Dan and Mark Jung - 10 laps
SPEEDWAY GUEST CARS - Dave Schwartz - 8 laps
SPECTATOR RACE - Jerry Horst (Hartford)
ALLISON LEGACY CARS -