edges Mueller in closest
July 30, 2000;
Slinger, WI - Lowell Bennett and Brad Mueller staged a spectacular battle
for the lead in the final ten laps before Bennett edged Mueller by mere inches to win his
second Miller Lite Nationals title in the closest finish in the 21 year history of the
prestigious late model special
"I had absolutely nothing left for Brad Mueller," said an exhausted Bennett after the heart-stopping ending. "It was just an awesome finish...I hope the people got their money's worth tonight."
The crowd definitely did get their money's worth as the 200 lap main event
finally kicked off after a nearly two hour rain delay with John Zimmerman jumping out to
the initial lead over Donavan Morgan and Bennett as visiting NASCAR star Dick Trickle and
Cindy Peterson followed close behind. Bennett used the inside groove to motor past
Zimmerman to take the lead on lap 14
Bennett dominated the first half of the race, pulling out to nearly
a twenty car length advantage while fast qualifier David Prunty and defending Nationals
champion Conrad Morgan joined Zimmerman, Peterson, and Eric Fransen in the scramble for
the second spot. Despite caution periods for separate two car incidents, Bennett was able
to hold off Prunty to hold the lead at the halfway mark
Bennett began the second half in the same fashion as the first by continuing to hold the top spot over Morgan who slipped by Prunty to take second place on the restart. Morgan quickly closed in on the leader and made his car stick on the inside groove to edge into first place on lap 121. Fransen and Bickle had their winning aspirations dashed on the following lap when contact between the two following several laps of hard racing resulted in both cars nosing into the turn one wall.
Mueller suddenly came to life on the restart and charged into the
top five as Bennett pressured Morgan for the lead. Bennett retook the point on lap
134 by inching to the inside of Morgan bringing Zimmerman along with him and into second.
Mueller also pulled alongside Morgan and took the third spot a few laps later. Mueller
then took advantage of lapped traffic and
Mueller pressured Bennett for the lead over the final 50 laps of the event
as he looked both high and low in his bid to take the top spot with Morgan and Zimmerman
close behind. Finally, with ten laps to go, Mueller drew alongside Bennett and the two
raced hard and clean to the checkered flag
Bennett's victory earned him his second Miller Lite Nationals crown and placed him amidst the likes of Trickle, Joe Shear, Butch Miller, and Bickle as the only drivers to have won more than a single Nationals title. Ken Schrader fared the best of the remaining visiting NASCAR drivers as he raced to a 15th place finish, one lap down. Kenny Wallace also finished one lap down in 16th while Jason Schuler was credited with a 24th place finish after experiencing brake problems early in the event.
The scattered rain showers that permeated the night returned shortly after the completion of the 200 lap feature event and forced the cancellation of the Midwest Modified feature as well as the late model last chance race, consi, and semi-feature.
David Prunty led late model qualifying with a time of 11.499 seconds, the
fastest lap turned at Slinger Speedway since 1995. Dale Prunty was the fastest
qualifier in the Midwest Modifed division with a lap of 12.393 seconds, and the Hard Luck
award went to Scott Schoeni.
Bumper 80 up next at Slinger Super Speedway!
Special; Slinger, WI - This Sunday night, August 6th, the Slinger Super Speedway presents the Bumper to Bumper 80. Fans can pick up a $1.00 off admission when they pick up a discount coupon at participating Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Stores and Service Centers while supplies last. Plus, kids 11 and under will get in free when accompanied by an adult.
The night will feature an 80 lap late model main event, along with 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.
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
Spectator gates for the Bumper to Bumper 80 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 www.slingersuperspeedway.com.
September Special planned!
Special; Slinger, WI - September 24th will mark the Special events at Slinger Super Speedway. The afternoon will include the Spectator 200 Enduro and a Demo Derby plus, the new event of the Mini-Amtrack Race.
The Spectator 200 is a 200 lap event for street type cars and novice drivers. All cars will start the three abreast with a large cash prize going to the first car that travels the 200 lap distance first. Only the first 130 entries for the Spectator Cars will be taken. The order the entries come in is the way you will be lined up for the 200 lap event. Spectator 200 cars may also enter the demo derby with the same car.
The Mini-Amtrack Race, are three cars tied together with a long chain
between 3 cars. The group will be timed for starting position, and there is a 5 group
minimum entry. Don't Delay call or stop in for your entry today.