July 8, 2001; Slinger, WI - Al Schill continued to be the hottest driver this summer at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night as he stormed to his third feature win over the last six weeks in the 60 lap Round Two of the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic presented by Mobil. "Just like Earnhardt Sr. was on Dale Jr.'s side at Daytona Saturday night (in the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race), Little Al was on my side tonight," claimed Schill afterwards referring his late son, who was a winning driver at the speedway.
John Zimmerman took control of the event at the start and moved out to a sizeable lead over Mike Egan, Conrad Morgan, Mike Pascavis, and Brad Mueller. An early caution flag brought on by debris on the track as a result of an accordion-like stack-up among cars running near the tail of the field slowed the pace on lap three. Zimmerman retained his position at the head of the pack on the restart while Morgan worked to get around Egan as Mueller and Schill dropped Pascavis out of the top five. Morgan took over second place on lap six as Zimmerman's lead grew to nearly ten car lengths.
Zimmerman led at the halfway point to earn the $100 Mac Tools Halfway Bonus with Morgan slightly gaining ground and Schill hanging onto third place over Egan and Mueller. An incident involving Dave Teske and David Prunty brought out the second caution flag on lap 36.
Morgan's chance to capitalize on the slowdown was erased on the restart as white smoke began to billow out from under his car in an apparent power steering problem. Morgan was given the black flag on lap 36 as Teske and Pascavis spun in turn one to bring out the final caution flag of the event. After a brief trip to the pits, Morgan returned to run a few laps before retiring from the event on lap 39.
Morgan's misfortunes moved Schill into second place and the five-time track champion dogged Zimmerman on the restart before moving to the outside to make his bid for the lead. Schill's car worked beautifully in the outer groove and he was able to power by for the lead on lap 43. Zimmerman was able to keep up momentarily but his car was kicking loose upon the exit of the corners which allowed Schill to move away as the laps wound down. Schill was never challenged from there and drove to his third feature win in the last six weeks while Zimmerman finished a respectable second. Mueller finished third and Egan capped off his strongest run of the season with a fourth place finish. Lowell Bennett took the checkered flag in fifth place and Rich Loch finished sixth.
The Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic presented by Mobil consists of three events and after his win Sunday in the second round, Schill leads the overall series point standings by 13 over Mueller. Zimmerman is in third place while Bennett and Morgan hold down the fourth and fifth spots respectively. The third and final round of the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic is scheduled for Sunday night, August 26th at the Slinger Super Speedway.
In other late model action, Chris Ratajczyk held off Scott Schoeni to win the 30 lap semi-feature and Bennett captured the win in the fast dash. David Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.775 seconds.
Just as Schill has been the man to beat in the late models lately, Jeff
Holtz has been the dominant driver in the Midwest Modified division this season as he used
a last lap, last turn pass to win his fifth 30 lap feature of the year.
The tandem of Holtz and Petersen dispatched Miller from the fourth spot by lap eight and then dropped Kenealy to fifth on lap 14. Holtz and Petersen worked their way around Pawelski for second seven laps later and began to close in on Jung for the lead with nine laps to go. Holtz and Petersen were in Jung's tire tracks by lap 25 and Holtz began to work the outer groove to pull alongside Jung for the lead.
The two drivers raced alongside each other over the final five laps and while exiting turn four on the final lap, Holtz was able to find enough traction in the outer groove to pull ahead and nip Jung at the stripe by inches for the win. Petersen finished directly behind the top two drivers and finished a close third while Brian Holtz and Miller rounded out the top five.
In other Midwest Modified action, Pawelski won the dash and Petersen set
fast time at 12.705 seconds.
Ascher shot into the lead at the start of the event with division heavy hitters Paul Wagner, Bill Shavlik, and Pat McIntee close behind. Ascher held onto the top spot throughout the first half of the race which was slowed by a caution flag on lap 11 when Pete Egan's car lost a tire in turn two.
As the race resumed, Ascher proved to be up to the task and once again established himself as the leader while Shavlik was able to get around Wagner for second while moving through lapped traffic. Ascher masterfully maneuvered his way around the lapped cars and held off Shavlik to take the flag to flag win. Wagner finished third while McIntee and Roger Schmid completed the top five.
In other Slinger Stinger action, Shavlik was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.470 seconds and Jimmie Evans and James Littrell each won heat races.
Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 event and William Metzger was the Speedway Guest car race winner. Rick Schaefer won the Spectator Elimination races in his Pontiac Firebird. Both winners of the team cruiser heat races were disqualified following post race technical inspection.
Harold Schmid won a color television and Brenda Schultz won a Dale Earnhardt sign given away by Mobil. Al Stroble from Woodland won $100 in the AAL Fan Challenge to benefit the MACC Fund.
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Special; Slinger, WI - his Sunday Night, July 15th, Pioneer Plaza
presents the Mid-Season Championships at the Slinger Super Speedway. The evening, will be
highlighted by a 65 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 this Sunday on the world's fastest ¼ mile oval.
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.
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. Trickle will be behind the wheel of the back-up car of six-time track champion Conrad Morgan.
Ken Schrader a native of Fenton Missouri, 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. Schrader's ride for this year's Miller Lite Nationals will be a car prepared by Scott Hansen.
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 for a special autograph session.
Edgerton native, Rich Bickle is a two time Slinger Super Speedway track champion and will be looking for his third Nationals title, having claimed the crown in 1992 and 1996. Bickle will drive for respected car owner Rick Skelzo in this years event.
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 behind the wheel of his own car.
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. Musgrave, like Schrader will drive a car prepared by Scott Hansen.
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. In addition to preparing cars for Musgrave and Schrader, Hansen will also bring his own car to compete on July 17th.
Butch Miller is a star on the American Speed Association (ASA) circuit this year who won the Nationals in 1995. Miller will drive a car that is currently a front-running machine at the race track in Kaukauna.
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.