Bennett wins Johnsonville Foods 65 at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta

August 27, 2000; Slinger, WI - Lowell Bennett sped past Charlie Thon Jr. on lap 55 and raced to his fourth late model feature win of the season in the Johnsonville Foods 65 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

82700d.jpg (18679 bytes) The celebrating begins for Late Model point leader Lowell Bennett (#2) who won the Johnsonville Foods 65 lap feature on Sunday.  Joining him in victory lane are (from left to right) Sandy Gerhardt, Kristin Gerhardt, Bennett, Miss Slinger Jennifer Lynn, Fred Springer and Dave McCardle.

"The crew put an awesome car under me," said Bennett from Victory Lane. "We've had an awesome week and the wins just keep coming." Pole sitter Joe Gross led the opening lap as he slipped ahead of Randy Schuler and Fred Winn. Gross's moment at the front of the field was
shortlived as Schuler and Gross hooked together exiting turn four on the next lap, sending Gross into a wild spin into turn one. During the ensuing caution period track officials placed Schuler at the rear of the field for his involvement in the incident which handed the lead to Eric Fransen.

82700a.jpg (16479 bytes) A good night for this pair. Donavan Morgan (#99) and Charlie Thon Jr. (#02) run wheel to wheel in the MAC Tools Trophy Dash.   Morgan would finish in the runner-up spot in the contest just ahead of Thon.

Thon later would finish second to Lowell Bennett in the main event, the Johnsonville Foods 65.

Fransen kept the point on the restart as the yellow flag flew again one lap later when Cindy Peterson and Conrad Morgan connected on the frontstretch, resulting in both cars being placed at the rear of the field.

Fransen led Thon and Donavan Morgan as the green flag was displayed and stayed out front until Thon was able to squeeze by on lap 15. Morgan followed suit a few laps later and dropped Fransen to third while Rich Loch and Al Schill battled for fourth.   Thon and Morgan broke out to a straightaway advantage over Fransen who had his hands full trying to stay ahead of Loch and Bennett, who broke into the top five on lap 25. Thon led at the halfway mark and collected the $100 Mac Tools Bonus.

Side by side on the high banks!   Al Schill (#14) and fast qualifier David Prunty (#1) run wheel to wheel during Late Model action on the high banked quarter-mile paved oval.  Schill, who recently scored his first feature victory of the season fared best of this pair claiming fifth at the checkered during the Johnsonville Foods 65. 82700b.jpg (18945 bytes)

Bennett took third from Fransen on lap 36 and closed on Thon and Morgan when the leaders encountered lapped traffic. Fransen's chance at the victory was nullified on lap 42 when he hooked together with fast qualifier David Prunty on the frontstretch to bring out the caution flag. Following the restart, Morgan pulled alongside Thon momentarily and both cars made slight side to side contact on lap 47 which allowed Bennett to move around Morgan and into second. 

82700c.jpg (17279 bytes) A knack for being fast!  David Prunty (#1) has been one of the drivers to watch in qualifying this season having recorded several quick qualifying efforts.  Tonight his lap of 11.611 seconds was the best of the 42 drivers who qualified this evening.

Thon was able to keep Bennett at bay until he made a minor bobble while exiting turn two on lap 55 which allowed Bennett to dive inside and take the lead.   Bennett held on for the final ten laps and took the victory over Thon and Loch while Morgan and Schill rounded out the top five finishers.

Jerry Eckhardt led from start to finish to win the late model semi-feature. Toby Rott finished second ahead of Scott Lindsay and Race McComb. Scott Schoeni finished fifth. Ron Ragan claimed the win in the consi and Fransen was the dash winner.

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It gets easier!  Alan Keppert (#7) waited a long time to score his first career Midwest Modified feature win a few weeks ago, but wasted little time in winning his second this evening.

Alan Keppert won his second Midwest Modified feature of the season in a rather eventful 30 lap race.  Keppert started from the pole and jumped into the lead on the start as fellow front row starter Dave Wolf got loose while racing down the backstretch and spun in turn three. As the field scattered to avoid the incident, fast qualifier  Dennis Prunty, dash winner Larry Reihbrandt, Scott Sobczyk, and Kevin Kenealy became collected in the melee which resulted in a complete restart of the race.

Keppert held the top spot over Ron Weyer, John Kruschel, Roger Wittal, and Brian Holtz as the green flag appeared.  Wittal banged wheels with another car and skated towards the wall to produce a caution flag on lap four. Holtz and Chris Petersen moved up to fourth and fifth as Keppert continued to lead over Weyer and Kruschel.

Dennis Prunty (#1) turned in fast qualifying honors in the Midwest Modified division with a 12.494 second orbit of the high banked quarter-mile paved oval.  Prunty the defending Midwest Modified champion is looking to secure his second straight title this year. 82700e.jpg (14041 bytes)

After another caution on lap seven for a three car incident in turn three, Weyer experienced engine problems and faded as Dale Prunty moved up into the top five.   The top five remained virtually unchanged until contact between Holtz and Petersen on lap 25 removed both cars from contention as the field remained under the green flag. Keppert  held off Kruschel for the win while Dale Prunty moved up to finish third. Wolf recovered from his early race mishap to claim fourth while Steve Lurvey was fifth.

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He led when it counted most! Rich Wagner (#45) paced only the final lap of the Slinger Stinger event to score his first feature victory of the season in after an exciting last lap pass.

Mike Graczykowski led nearly all of the Slinger Stinger 18 lap feature but lost the lead on the final lap to Rich Wagner who scored his first feature win of the season and the $75 A.P.C. Bonus that went with it. Wagner was able to catch Graczykowski when the leader encountered lapped traffic and then precisely shot between Graczykowski and the lapped car on the white flag lap to take the win. Graczykowski, who collected the A.P.C. $20 bonus for leading at halfway, was forced to settle for second while Bill Shavlik, Dan Jung, and Scott Ascher completed the top five.

Shane Becker won the Figure 8 event and the team of Daryl and Craig Adams won the Team Cruiser race. Mark Botter was the Suburban Motors Speedway Guest Cars winner and Willy Van Camp won the Spectator Race.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer  CLICK HERE

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Potawatomi Bingo Casino presents the Labor Day weekend Fireworks special at Slinger Super Speedway!
By Lanae Weyer

Special; Slinger, WI - This Sunday night, September 3rd, Potawatomi Bingo Casino presents the 2000 Labor Day Weekend Special at the Slinger Super Speedway. The evening will be highlighted by a 100 lap late model feature, along with the Midwest Modifieds, Slinger Stinger Street Stocks, Figure 8's, Speedway Guest cars, Team Cruisers, and  Spectator races on the Worlds fastest 1/4
mile oval. The night will also include many special giveaways and fans will be treated to a huge fireworks display at dusk.

Fans are encouraged to bring their ticket stubs from the 2000 season as a Las Vegas trip for two will be given away as part of the season long giveaways at the speedway. Fans entering the speedway on September 3rd will also be eligible to win the trip. A television and a 2000 GMC truck will be given away on September 17th.

The Eldorado Trailer Sales Clean Sweep award for the Midwest Modified division now stands at $1800. The award, is increased $100 each week when it is not claimed, the first Midwest Modified driver that sets fast time, wins the dash, and the Midwest Modified feature will take home this award. Spectator gates for the Potawatomi Bingo Casino 2000 Labor Day Weekend Special  open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and racing set to begin at 7 p.m.

Entries are now being accepted for the Spectator 200 Enduro and Mini-Amtrak Race, and Demo Derby set for September 24th at 2 p.m. The starting line-up for the enduro is determined by the order in which entry forms are received at the speedway.

The Slinger Super Speedway is also changing the starting time for races beginning September 10th and continuing through the end of the season on September 24th. Spectator gates will open at Noon with Time Trials at 1p.m. and racing at 2 p.m on the 10th, 17th, and 24th of September.

The Slinger Super Speedway and Potawatomi Casino are proud to present a special Bus Trip on August 29th and 30th from the track to the casino. The bus will leave at 11 a.m. each day and return to the track at 5 p.m. All participants will receive a free bus ride  and a $5 matchplay coupon at the
casino. To reserve your spot on the bus call the track office. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today.

For more information on the Speedway Guest Cars, the Spectator 200 Enduro, Mini-Amtrak Race, Demo Derby, or to reserve a seat on the Potawatomi Casino Bus, call the Slinger Speedway track office during normal business hours at (262) 644-5921. Fans can also keep up to date with the latest happenings at the Slinger Speedway with the new website at