Morgan edges Bennett in Behling 75 at Slinger;
Track Championship claimed by Bennett!

By Weyer / Margetta

September 17, 2000; Slinger, WI - Conrad Morgan won the battle Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway as he edged Lowell Bennett to capture the Behling Racing Equipment 75 but Bennett won the points battle and was crowned the 2000 Late Model Track Champion.

91700d.jpg (18273 bytes) Conrad Morgan (#92), the defending track champion in the Late Model division may have given up his track crown to Lowell Bennett, but his determination put him in the winner's circle after topping Bennett in the Behling Racing Equipment 75 lap Season Championship event.

"I wasn't going to give up if it was 500 laps long," stated Morgan in Victory Lane after scoring his sixth feature win of the season. "Lowell had a better car in the middle of the race than I did...I gave him some racetrack and let him go. I think as the race went on he got a little bit worse and I stayed the same."

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Lowell Bennett (#2) scored his second career Slinger Super Speedway title by capturing the 2000 championship in Late Model action.

"Conrad ran me hard all year, without him we wouldn't be who we are," said Bennett after accepting his Late Model Championship.  "We have to try so hard against each other and it was quite the race there. It came down to the lapped traffic getting in the way a bit but that's the way the race finished."

Outside front row starter Mike Egan led the field for a lap before Brad Mueller used the outside groove to streak by and take over the lead.  Cindy Peterson moved into second place by lap ten as Morgan, who started eighth, raced into third.   Morgan raced Peterson for second place on lap 16 and began to chase down Mueller while Bennett entered the top five.  Bennett grabbed third place on lap 25 as Morgan began to close on Mueller.

Morgan squeezed to the inside of Mueller on lap 33 and shot by to take the lead and the Mac Tools way bonus monies. Bennett also worked his way around Mueller a few laps later.  Bennett had his car hooked up in the race' s mid-stages and he moved alongside Morgan on lap 43 and claimed the top spot after a four lap side-by-side battle.   Bennett kept Morgan at bay until the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic.

While in traffic, Morgan pulled a nifty move by easing his car between Bennett and a lapped car on the outside to run alongside Bennett in the high groove on lap 60.  As both cars ran next to each other, Bennett was forced to lift to avoid slower cars in the inside groove, allowing Morgan to retake the top spot on lap 62.

Bennett stayed glued to Morgan's rear bumper over the final laps and pulled alongside with five laps to go.  Morgan and Bennett ran parallel to each other until the finish when Morgan edged Bennett for the win by a fender. Eric Fransen started ninth and finished third and Mueller remained near the
front of the field and came home fourth. David Prunty crossed the finish line in fifth.

Bennett's second place finish wrapped up the 2000 Late Model Track Championship, the second of his career. Morgan, who also had a strong season, finished second in the points standings.

Al Schill won the late model semi-feature and Ron Ragan was the winner of the consi.  Jeff Holtz was the fastest qualifier for the first time in his late model career with a lap time of 11.679 seconds. Mueller won the Mac Tools Trophy dash compliments of Dan Casey.

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Ron Weyer (#05) earned his first career Midwest Modified main event victory at Slinger.

After coming very close last week, Ron Weyer put it all together to capture his first ever checkered flag by winning the 30 lap Midwest Modfied feature. Weyer fell into second place behind early leader Mike Held at the start as the field quickly went under caution for a three car incident on lap three. Held maintained the top spot on the restart as Weyer pressured him in an attempt to get by.

Held bobbled slightly while exiting turn two on lap eight and Weyer shot by on the inside to take the lead.  Weyer stretched out his lead as Dale Prunty started to charge through the field.  Prunty was
right behind Weyer when the white flag was displayed but he was unable to maneuver his way around as Weyer capped off his first season in the Modified division with a feature win. Chris Petersen took the checkered flag in third, the tenth time he has finished third or better this season. Dennis Prunty finished fourth and claimed his second consecutive track championship while Brian Holtz moved up from the tenth starting position to finish fifth.

Alan Keppert won the Midwest Modified dash and Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.541 seconds.

The finishing touch to a great season!  Bill Shavlik (#1) made a last lap pass to claim the victory in Slinger Stinger action.  Shavlik already had the 2000 division title in hand but the victory was an exclamation point on a very successful season on the high banked quarter-mile oval. 91700f.jpg (13642 bytes)

Bill Shavlik made a daring last lap pass on Brad Hartman to win the 18 lap Slinger Stinger feature and the Track Championship.  Hartman led the event until the final lap when Shavlik powered by in the outer groove while exiting turn four to take the win by a fender.  Paul Wagner won a hard
fought battle over Scott Ascher for third while Dan Jung finished fifth. Shavlik set fast time in the division with a lap of 13.478 seconds while Jung and Ascher each won a heat race.

91700c.jpg (13898 bytes) In his defense of the Slinger Super Speedway Figure Eight title, defending champion Mark Ritger (#1x) erased any hopes from his competitors to unseat him as he scored the victory today to lock up the 2000 title.

Mark Ritger won the Figure 8 race and captured the Track Championship. Ritger clinched the title when Mike Newlin exited the event with a flat tire.  P.J. Cain won the Spectator Race and Jeff Weber was the Speedway Guest Car event winner.

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The fans score big!  In the left photo track P.R. Director Lanae Weyer (right) presents one of the prize giveaways, a bike to a lucky winner.  In the center photo Rodney Erickson (right) gave away a T.V. to Gordon Heinrich (left), and in the right photo, the grand prize, a 2000 GMC Step Side pickup was won by Robert Schafer (right) who accepts congratulations from Rodney Erickson (left).

Also rounding out the afternoon was prize giveaways including a Bike that was won by Joesph... Gordon Heinrich had the right ticket number to win the T.V., and the 2000 GMC Step Side Pick up truck went to Robert Schaefer of Slinger WI all compliments of Slinger Super Speedway. Many other tickets were drawn for other various prizes from Behling Racing Equipment and other sponsors.

On Saturday, February 3rd Slinger Super Speedway will hold there banquet at Washington County Fairgrounds to honor drivers and there accomplishments in the 2000 season in every division. Many new feature winners from the season and uprising stars will proudly be honored by Slinger Super Speedway.

Thank You for a great season...On behalf of Slinger Super Speedway Staff and Promoter Wayne Erickson.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer  CLICK HERE

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Special events at Slinger Super Speedway
this Sunday afternoon!

By Lanae Weyer

Special; Slinger, WI -  Slinger Super Speedway presents the annual Spectator 200 Enduro and other special events this Sunday afternoon.

The Slinger Super Speedway 2000 season concludes with the Spectator 200 Enduro, Mini-Amtrak Race, and a demo derby, three special events held on Sunday September 24th. The Spectator 200 is a 200 lap event for street type cars and novice drivers paying $1400 to the winner.  Prizes will be awarded to the top fifteen finishers. All cars will start the three abreast with a large cash prize going to the first car that travels the 200 lap distance first.  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-Amtrak Race, is three cars tied together with a long chain between them and only the outer cars are under power. The event pays $1000 to win, $400 for second, and $100 to start.  The group will be timed for starting position, and there is a 5 group minimum entry. Interested participants are invited to call or stop in at the track office to pick up an entry form.

The Spectator 200 Enduro drivers may use their Enduro Cars in the Mini-Amtrak Race which will be run prior to the Enduro. The demo derby will pay $700 to the overall winner and $300 to each heat winner.  Spectator 200 Enduro Cars may also be used in the Demolition Derby. Spectator gates open at Noon with racing set to begin at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Spectator 200 Enduro, Mini-Amtrak Race, Demo Derby, 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 www.slingersuperspeedway.com.