June 17, 2001; Slinger, WI - After a month and a half drought, veteran racer Conrad Morgan was back in victory lane after winning the Wolf Paving Scout Night/Father's Day 65 lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway. "We've been working on this car for the last month and a half and while it wasn't 100%, it was still pretty good," Morgan stated after outracing Lowell Bennett for his first feature win since the season opener in April. "It's always fun racing with Lowell, I kind of snookered him on the outside there."
Bennett started outside of the front row and along with fourth place starter David Prunty, outgunned pole-sitter Vern Hilker at the drop of the green flag. Bennett and Prunty edged out to a four car length lead on third place Fred Winn who had his hands full with both Conrad and Donavan Morgan. Donavan's car drifted slightly on lap 12 allowing Brad Mueller to take over the fifth place while Conrad overtook Winn for third.
Prunty stayed in Bennett's tire tracks and ran hard on the inside entering turn three on lap 24 which caused the defending track champion to get loose as Prunty pulled alongside. Prunty's car also broke loose however and his bid for the lead ended with a long slide down the frontstretch to bring out the only caution flag of the event.
Bennett led Morgan on the restart but was unable to pull away as Mueller and Al Schill fought it out with Winn for third. Morgan used the outer groove of the speedway to ease alongside Bennett on lap 31 and the two veteran drivers staged a clean side-by-side battle for the lead. Bennett was able to inch ahead to lead lap 33 to claim the $100 Mac Tools Halfway Bonus. Eventually Morgan found more traction on the outside and was able to slip by and take the lead on lap 35.
Once out front, Morgan was able to work lapped traffic and stretch his lead to about five car lengths over Bennett who had to worry about a fast-closing Mueller in third. Morgan maintained his lead and took the victory over Bennett who was able to hold off Mueller for second. Al Schill finished fourth while Donavan Morgan rebounded to claim the fifth position.
Morgan's win was extra special as it came on a night presented by his sponsor, Wolf Paving. Fans at the speedway received coupons worth $92 off a driveway paving booked before July 4th and that discount was doubled when Morgan took the checkered flag for the win.
In other late model results, Mike Egan held off Todd Thelen to win the 30 lap semi-feature and John Zimmerman won the 12 lap consi. Conrad Morgan took the win in the dash and rookie Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 11.819 seconds.
Jeff Holtz claimed his fourth Midwest Modified 30 lap feature win of the season in dramatic fashion with a last lap pass in one of the most competitive events of the year.
Russ Grade and Gregg Pawelski traded the lead in the early going while Alan Keppert and Larry Reihbrandt led a tight back of cars racing for third. Grade pulled ahead of Pawelski and grabbed the top spot on lap eight. Grade worked the outside lane and kept the inside running Pawelski at bay as brothers Jeff and Brian Holtz worked their way up from deep in the field to enter the top five.
A spin by Reihbrandt on lap 21 produced the caution flag with Grade still holding off Pawelski. J. Holtz was in third place on the restart and along with his brother and Dale Prunty dogged Grade and Pawelski for the lead.
Grade drifted wide in turn two with two laps to go allowing Pawelski to grab the lead and J. Holtz to move into second. On the final lap Holtz ran hard in the outside groove and was able to motor alongside Pawelski in the final corner. As both drivers crossed the finish line, Holtz edged ahead to take the win by inches over Pawelski. Brian Holtz finished third as Grade and Prunty rounded out the top five.
In other Midwest Modified action, Ed Grober won the dash and Steve Lurvey was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.564 seconds.
Paul Wagner used a late race pass to score another win in the Slinger Stinger 18 lap feature. Roger Schmid jumped out to lead the opening laps over John Henning and Jay Bleskan while Wagner and Joe Destefano Sr. raced for the fourth position. Henning became tangled with a lapped car on lap eight to bring out the caution with Schmid continuing to lead.
Schmid maintained his lead momentarily on the restart but eventually lost the top spot on lap 15 when Bleskan and Wagner were able to work their way by. Wagner then executed the winning pass on Bleskan one lap later and held on to take the win. Schmid settled for third behind Bleskan while Destefano and Bill Shavlik completed the top five.
In other Slinger Stinger action, Jimmie Evans and Roger Schmid each won a heat race and Bill Shavlik was the fastest qualifier at 13.453 seconds.
Mark Ritger won the Figure 8 event and the team of Mark and Ken Fogel scored the win in the Team Cruiser race. David Schwartz was the Speedway Guest Car winner and Jasper Drengler won the Spectator races in his Chevy Beretta.
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Spectator gates open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Slinger Super Speedway is located ¼ mile West of Highway 41 on Highway 144 in Slinger. For more information, call the track office during normal business hours at (262) 644-5921 or check out the track website at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.