July 1, 2001; Slinger, WI - Two time and defending track champion Lowell Bennett avoided a late race incident Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to score his second feature win of the season in the AAL Fischer Agency 85 to benefit the MACC Fund.
"It was unfortunate what happened but we were there to capitalize on the situation," stated Bennett who held off Conrad Morgan for the win after an incident with three laps to go eliminated the drivers running in the first three positions from contention.
Pole-sitter Dave Teske and third place starter Rich Loch moved to the head of the field at the drop of the green flag as the caution flag quickly appeared when Donavan Morgan's unexpected trip through the front stretch grass scattered debris on the track.
As the race resumed, Teske led four laps before being overtaken by Loch on lap five. Bennett, who started in the fourth spot, worked his way past Teske to claim second on lap eight while Eric Fransen, Brad Mueller, and Conrad Morgan battled for the fourth spot.
Loch and Bennett hooked up nose-to-tail and pulled away to a seven car-length lead over the rest of the field. Teske began to fade out of the top five by lap 30 as Fransen, Morgan, and Al Schill all worked their way around the Menomonee Falls driver. Loch led at the halfway mark and collected the $100 Mac Tools bonus.
Bennett stayed glued to Loch's bumper and while he was able to drive harder entering the turns to momentarily pull alongside, Loch had a better exit from the corners and was able maintain a slight lead. Schill made an inside pass on Morgan to take fourth on lap 57 and together with Fransen ran single-file in attempt to catch the lead duo of Loch and Bennett. As Loch and Bennett raced hard for the lead, Fransen, Schill, and Morgan erased their deficit, setting up a five car battle for the lead as the laps wound down.
Schill made his move with ten laps to go as he dove inside of Fransen to take third and then used the same maneuver to claim second from Bennett two laps later. Schill made his bid for the lead on lap 82 by inching inside Loch's rear fender entering turn three and the cars touched in the middle of the corner, sending both Loch and Schill into a spin. Fransen attempted to avoid the incident by stopping but ended up damaging the nose of his car when he made contact with Schill.
Loch, Schill, and Fransen were placed at the rear of the field for their involvement in the incident, which gave the lead to Bennett for the restart. Bennett was then able to keep Conrad Morgan at bay for the final three laps and took his second feature win of the season. Donavan Morgan finished third while Mueller and Teske rounded out the top five.
In other late model action, Todd Thelen won a highly competitive 30 lap semi-feature over Chris Ratajczyk and Jerry Eckhardt and Russ Peterson won the 15 lap consi. Bennett won the dash and Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier at 11.724 seconds.
Dale Prunty posted a convincing win in the 30 lap Midwest modified feature.
Mike Graczkowski led the first 16 laps of the event while Prunty worked his way from his fifth starting spot to second place by lap ten. Prunty then caught Graczkowski on lap 17 and drove into the lead while Dan Jung battled with the Holtz brothers, Jeff and Brian, for third. J. Holtz broke free of that battle a few laps later and began to pressure Graczkowski for second with Prunty still in command of the event. Prunty crossed the finish line as the winner while J. Holtz and Graczkowski took the checkered flag in a photo finish for second. Graczkowski was able to nip J. Holtz for second while Jung held off B. Holtz for fourth.
In other Midwest modified action, Prunty won the dash and Lenny Gallenberg III turned a lap of 12.530 seconds to be the fastest qualifier for the division.
Roger Schmid took the lead of the 18 lap Slinger Stinger feature on lap 11 and then outraced Bill Shavlik, Scott Ascher, Paul Wagner, and Pat McIntee to take the victory. The top five finishers were all within a car length of each other at the checkered flag.
In other Slinger Stinger action, Schmid and James Littrel won heat races and McIntee was the fastest qualifier at 13.376 seconds.
Mark Ritger survived an exciting 14 car Figure 8 event to take the win and the teams of P.J. and Aaron Cain and Mark and Ken Fogel won team cruiser races. Aaron Cain also won in the speedway guest cars and Dave Brezinski won the spectator elimination races by defeating a Corvette in his 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo. Jack Anderson was the $100 winner in the AAL Fan Challenge.
Aid Association for Lutherans sponsored the night's events for the benefit of the MACC Fund and Slinger Speedway donated fifty cents from every adult ticket sold towards the MACC Fund. In addition to the speedway's donation of $3374. AAL Branch 53 of Hartford matched the total donated to contribute a total of over $5000 toward the MACC Fund for the evening.
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Special; Slinger, WI - This Sunday Night, July 8th, Mobil presents Round 2 of the Coca Cola Triple Crown Classic at the Slinger Super Speedway. The evening, will be highlighted by a 60 lap late model feature and full racing program in the Late Models, Midwest Modifieds, Slinger Stinger Street Stocks, Figure 8's, Team Cruisers, Speedway Guest cars, and Spectator races all for the regular admission price this Sunday on the world's fastest ¼ mile oval.
Currently Brad Mueller leads the Coca Cola points battle over Conrad Morgan by only 5 points with Al Schill, Charlie Thon, John Zimmerman and Lowell Bennett to round out the top six. It is a close battle between all of the drivers and anyone could rise to the top to lead the series this Sunday night.
Kids 11 and under will be entered into a drawing for a FREE bike, plus 18 kids will have a chance to participate in the Kids Coca Cola 500. Fans will also be able to win a FREE colored television from your friendly Mobil dealers at the track by filling out a complete registration form when they enter the main gate. Fans can receive a FREE ticket to this race with any purchase of two 6 pack 8 oz. Glass bottles of Coca Cola purchased at participating Mobil Stations listed below for this July 8th event, while supplies last.
Participating Mobil locations for the July 8th race may include but not limited to are Brass Ball Mobil 25406 75th St in Salem Mitch and Marty Mobil 2101 Douglas Ave in Racine, Southport Mobil 7318 75th St in Kenosha, Interstate Mobil 11809 Burlington in Kenosha, Southwest City Service 6035 Durand Ave in Racine, Drakes Mobil 8004 22nd Ave in Kenosha, Tom's Carriage Mobil 2818 Durand Ave in Racine, Bob's Mobil 802 Main St in Union Grove, Stoneridge Mobil W240N1485 Pewaukee Rd in Waukesha, Matt Rech Service 4514 N Oakland ave in Milwaukee, Mobil Service 14035 W Capitol in Brookfield, Grants Mequon Mobil 11210 N Port Washington in Mequon, Ricks Pioneer Mobil 112 N Port Washington in Grafton, Maple Road Mobil W188N10963 Maple in Germantown, Nautilus Car Wash 1004 Summit Ave in Oconomowoc, Dave's Mobil 1800 Silvernail in Pewaukee, Germantown Mobil N96W17500 County line in Germantown, Mukwonago Village Pu 710 Main St in Mukwonago, Lake 5 Service 4522 County Road in Colgate, Bluemound Mobil 19075 W Bluemound in Brookfield, Janesville Travel 3222 E US Highway in Janesville, Cambeck 5 Point Grocery 600 W Milwaukee in Janesville, Cambeck 5 Point Beverage 600 W Milwaukee in Janesville, BB Mobil 3420 W. Prospect in Appleton, Vally Mobil 2661 S Oneida in Appleton, Mobil West 2 1340 Gillingham in Neenah, Mobil Mart 3401 N Richmond in Appleton, Moasis Truck Stop U.S. Hwy 41 in Little Chute, Mobil -Jackson 5171 Jackson St. in Oshkosh, and Apple Creek Mobil 2485 W. Wisconsin in Appleton.
These stores listed above are a part of the Mobil Power buying dealers program and will have the FREE tickets to the Slinger Speedway while supplies last. If you are interested in being one of these Mobil power buying dealers call Coca Cola for details at (414) 357-7650 for details.
Spectator gates open at 4: 45 p.m. for the Sunday event 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 M-F 9-5 at (262) 644-5921 or check out the new track website at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.
Special; Slinger, WI - The 22nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals late model special is set for Tuesday night, July 17, at the Slinger Super Speedway.
The Miller Lite Nationals is one of the most prestigious late model events in the country featuring many NASCAR stars and the best Midwest short track drivers in a 200 lap late model feature.
Due to a scheduled testing session at Indianapolis with his NASCAR Winston Cup team, previously announced driver Sterling Marlin will be unable to attend the Miller Lite Nationals, however Butch Miller has been added to the line up and will compete with the rest of the racing legends for the Miller Lite Nationals title.
Miller joins Scott Hansen and NASCAR stars Ken Schrader, Matt Kenseth, Rich Bickle, Scott Wimmer, Dick Trickle and Craftsmen Truck Series standout Ted Musgrave as visiting drivers who will be on hand at the Slinger Super Speedway for the 22nd edition of the Miller Lite Nationals. Wisconsin Rapids native Dick Trickle who's 1200 plus race wins in nearly 40 years of competition has earned him the title of the "Winningest Stock Car Driver in America," will be looking for his record setting fifth Nationals title, having won the Nationals in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1989.
Ken Schrader a native of Fenton Missouuri, has logged many laps on Wisconsin Short tracks and has scored a Nationals feature victory at Slinger in 1994. Schrader was the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year in 1985 and has won races in stock cars, sprints and midgets.
Cambridge native and 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the year, Matt Kenseth won the Nationals in 1994 and will also be at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Edgerton native, Rich Bickle is a two time Slinger Super Speedway track champion will be looking for his third Nationals title, having claimed the crown in 1992 and 1996.
Scott Wimmer, from Wausau, is currently in his rookie year on the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series driving for Bill Davis Racing and will be seeking his first Nationals title.
Ted Musgrave, a native of Franklin, moved to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the 2001 season after 10 years as a regular on the Winston Cup Series. Musgrave has five Winston Cup pole positions in his career and has won four NASCAR Truck Series events this year including the recent event at the Milwaukee Mile. Musgrave also scored a Nationals feature win in 1993 and will take on the high banked oval on Tuesday July 17th in hopes of adding to that total.
Scott Hansen is currently racing in the ASA series and has driven in both the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series and Craftsmen Truck Series during his career. Butch Miller is a star on the American Speed Association (ASA) circuit this year who won the Nationals in 1995.
Past Miller Lite Nationals champions include Mark Martin, Butch Miller, and the late Alan Kulwicki and Joe Shear, making the Nationals title a highly sought after prize among area late model drivers.
Advance tickets are now available at the track office or Pioneer Plaza in Richfield. Fans purchasing advance tickets will receive a $3 discount and kids ages nine and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Slinger Speedway season ticket holders need to purchase their Nationals tickets in advance by Monday July 16th noon.
Slinger Super Speedway will also present a Demo Derby on Sunday, July 22, and drivers wishing to participate are encouraged to call the track office for details.
Spectator gates for the 22nd Annual Miller Lite Nationals open at 3 p.m. and qualifying races start at 4:30 p.m. with racing events and an autograph session to follow. 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.