Thon Jr., wins big!
Takes his first feature win at Slinger!

By Lanae Weyer

July 16, 2000; Slinger, WI - For the second time this season the Slinger Super Speedway celebrated a first time winner as Charlie Thon Jr. led every lap and held off veterans Lowell Bennett and Conrad Morgan to score his first career win in the Pioneer Plaza 65 Sunday night.

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Charlie Thon Jr. (#02) was all smiles as he claimed his first career Late Model feature victory at Slinger Super Speedway.

Thon who raced for ten years on the East Coast prior to running at Slinger was beside himself in Victory Lane and it was evident his first Slinger win was special. "I can't get over how stiff the competition is out here, the fastest car didn't win tonight." stated Thon. "Lowell Bennett was way faster than me but it was my night I guess."

Thon started on the pole and quickly charged to the lead while Scott Schoeni, Todd Thelen, and Rich Loch battled for positions behind. Thelen's night ended early when his car experienced mechanical problems on lap nine as the first and only caution flew for Tom Hromadka's spin in turn one.

Eric Fransen (#16) got his evening started on a solid note as he claimed the victory in the MAC Tools trophy dash for the Late Models.  Fransen would later return and finish fifth in the main event this evening. 71600b.jpg (17289 bytes)

Thon pulled out to a ten car length lead on the restart over Schoeni as Eric Fransen, Morgan, and Bennett worked their way into the top five.  Morgan slipped slightly on lap 20 to allow Bennett to move into fourth just behind Schoeni and Fransen as Thon continued to lead. Fransen and Bennett were able to take second and third by hanging Schoeni out to dry on the outside while working lap 30. Morgan, David Prunty, and Brad Mueller also were able to get by the helpless Schoeni as Thon easily led at the halfway mark to claim the $100 Mac Tools Challenge.

71600c.jpg (18853 bytes) He's fast!  Brad Mueller (#89) bested a field of 45 Late Model to earn fast time honors this evening with an 11.666 second tour of the high banked quarter-mile asphalt oval.

Bennett, who appeared to have the fastest car on the track,  moved into second place on lap 45 and began to chase down Thon as the leaders approached lapped traffic.   Bennett closed to Thon's rear bumper with ten laps to go as Morgan began to move in after surviving a heated battle with Prunty, Fransen, and Mueller which featured some close contact racing between the four drivers. With lapped cars occupying the inside groove, Thon was able to hold off Bennett and Morgan as the top three took the checkered flag nose to tail.  Prunty finished fourth just ahead of Fransen and Mueller.

In Late Model Semi-Feature action Jeff Holtz (Franklin) survived 2 cautions to take the win in the 30 lap event over Mike Strupp (Theresa) John Zimmerman (Markesan) Mike Egan (Slinger) and Fred Winn (Milwaukee).In other Late Model action Mark Bitzen won the Late Model Consolation feature as he led from start to finish over Pete Wiedmeyer. The Late Model fast dash was won by Eric Fransen (Farmington)  The fast qualifier of the division was Brad Mueller (Random Lake) with a lap of 11.666 seconds.

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Defending Midwest Modified champion Dennis Prunty scored his sixth feature victory of the season here at Slinger Super Speedway.

Dennis Prunty has made it a habit of winning the Midwest Modified feature this year and Sunday night wasn't any different as he bested the field to score his sixth feature win and set his 3rd fast time of 12.462 for the season.

Larry Reihbrandt and Chris Peterson battled side by side for the early lead while Prunty blasted his way through the field from his ninth starting position to take third place by lap 15.  Reihbrandt got loose in turn two as Prunty dove to the inside on lap 21 in a bid for the lead.  Prunty, whose
car also kicked loose, was able to take the top spot as Peterson, who was in the outer groove, was forced to back off and faded to third.  Prunty pulled away through lapped traffic from there to take the win over Reihbrandt and Peterson.  Dale Prunty was fourth while Steve Lurvey rounded out the top five. The event ended under with the caution and checkered flags displayed as Alan Keppert spun on the final lap in turn four. The Eldorado Modified fast dash was won by Larry Reihbrandt (Wauwatosa), And the fastest Midwest Modified of the night was Dennis Prunty (Allenton) with a lap of 12.462 seconds.

Brad Hartman led from start to finish to win the 18 lap Slinger Stinger feature.  Hartman charged to the lead from the pole position ahead of John Henning, Rich Wagner, and Mike Graczkowski.  The red flag waved on lap seven as a lapped car broke an axle.  Hartman continued to lead on the restart and claimed the A.P.C. Halfway Challenge as Wagner and Scott Ascher were able to pass Henning to take second and third. T.J. Boisvert experienced a broken axle on the final lap as the event also ended under both the caution and checkered flags with Hartman as the winner.  Wagner finished second ahead of Ascher and Graczkowski.  Dan Jung finished fifth. The Stinger heat races
were taken by Jay Shambeau and Brad Hartman and the fast qualifier of the division was Scott Ascher (Sussex) with a lap of 13.456 seconds.

The ever  popular Team Cruiser division has grown to two heats and has definitely become one of the crowds favorite attractions as the first action packed heat race was claimed by Mark & Ken  Fogel while Nate Fick &Craig Schattschneider won the second race. Mark Ritger dominated the Figure 8 event. The Spectator Eliminations was won by Brian Frye. The Slinger Demolition Derby was won by Jeff Schmidt of Kewaskum.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer  CLICK HERE

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Ritter Parker Store 65 Slated at Slinger Speedway!
By Lanae Weyer

Special; Slinger, WI - The Ritter Parker Store, a main source for hydraulic & pneumatic needs specializing in hose assembly on site presents a 65 lap late model feature  this Sunday night, July 23rd, at the Slinger Super Speedway. Along with the 65 lap late model main event, kids will be given rides in the race cars at intermission. A full racing program in the Late Models,  the Midwest Modifieds, Slinger Stinger Street Stocks, Figure 8's, Speedway guest cars, Team Cruisers division, and Spectator races on the Worlds fastest 1/4 mile oval is also on tap.

Fans attending the races are encouraged to  hold onto their ticket stubs after entering the track, to be eligible for the special give-a-ways through out the season including a T.V., Trip to Las Vegas, and a 2000 GMC Truck that will be drawn later in the season. Spectators can also  race at the
Slinger Speedway in one of the Suburban Motors Speedway Guest Cars provided by the track.

Spectator gates for the Ritter Parker Store 65 open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and racing set to begin at 7 p.m. For more information on the Speedway Guest Cars or any event at the track, stop in at the Slinger Speedway Track Office during normal business hours or call  (262) 644-5921. Fans can also visit the new track website at or
the Ritter Parker Store at www. for additional information.

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Miller Lite Nationals Tickets Now on Sale at Slinger Super Speedway! NASCAR Stars at Slinger Speedway!
By Lanae Weyer

Special; Slinger, WI - Advanced tickets are now on sale for the 2000 Miller Lite Nationals to be held Sunday, July 30th, at the Slinger Super Speedway. This year marks the 21st edition of the prestigious late model summer special which will feature a  200 lap main event for the Late Models. The  Midwest Modifieds will also be in action.

 Tickets are available at the Slinger Speedway track office or at Pioneer Plaza, located at Highways 41& 145 in Richfield. Fans can save $3.00 when they purchase tickets in advance for the Miller Lite Nationals before Saturday, July 29th at 4pm.

Wisconsin Rapids native and NASCAR Busch Grand National driver  Dick Trickle, whose 1200 plus race wins in nearly 40 years of competition has earned him the title of the "Winningest Stock Car Driver in America," headlines an impressive list of stars set to compete in the Nationals.

Joining Trickle to race in the event are NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader, Rich Bickle, and Jason Schuler.. NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year contender Matt Kenseth will also be on hand to sign autographs  Other top area late model drivers expected to compete inlcude Conrad Morgan, Lowell Bennett, Brad Mueller, and David Prunty.

Spectator gates opening at 3:00 pm.with qualifying and preliminary races beginning at 5:30pm. The 200 lap Late Model feature will follow the preliminary events and fans will also be treated to an autograph session with the NASCAR stars.

Kids, ages 9 & under, will be admitted free for the Sunday, July 30th Miller Lite Nationals and the rain date is  Monday, July 31st. Fans in attendance also will be entered into the season long give-a-ways where a new truck, T.V., and a Trip to Vegas, will be awarded later in the season.

The Slinger Super Speedway is located off of Hwy 41 at Highway 144 and Cty. AA in Slinger. For more information on upcoming events call the track office at 262-644-5921 during regular business hours or visit our new website at