tops Mother's Day Special at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta
2001; Slinger, WI - It didnt take defending track champion Lowell Bennett
long to find Victory Lane in the 2001 season as he captured the 60 lap Mothers Day
Special late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Pole-sitter David Teske outgunned fellow front row starter Conrad
Morgan to lead the opening lap before Morgan charged back on the outside to take over the
top spot on lap four. Morgan and Teske ran side by side and swapped the lead as Al Schill,
Bennett, and David Prunty were tucked behind the lead duo waiting for a lane to open up.
Morgan edged out front as the first caution flew for John Zimmermans spin in turn
The single-file restart allowed Morgan to stretch out to a four-car length advantage over
Schill and Teske who were battling hard for second while Bennett found himself being
challenged by Rich Loch and Eric Fransen. Schill and Bennett used the outer groove to
overtake Teske when Morgan suddenly spun in turn one while leading on lap 16. As the field
scattered to avoid the incident, Fransen had nowhere to go and slammed into Morgans
spinning car, retiring both drivers from the event.
Schill paced the field for the restart and held off Bennetts charge until lap 20
when the defending track champion motored by to take the lead. Bennett held the lead at
lap 30 and collected the $100 Mac Tools Halfway Bonus. As Bennett began to move away,
Loch, Prunty, and Donavan Morgan all worked their way around Schill to take over second
through fourth place. Bennett built up a three-car length lead and cruised to the win as
Loch won the three-car battle for second over Morgan and Prunty. Jamie Wallace used a late
charge to take fifth place while Schill edged fast qualifier Brad Mueller for sixth.
In other late model action, Zimmerman won the 30 lap semi-feature over Matt Raudabaugh and
Mike Egan while rookie Brad Hartman won the 12 lap consi over Russ Peterson. Bennett took
the win in the dash and Mueller was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.684 seconds.
Brian Holtz completed a late race drive to the front by winning the 30 lap Midwest
Mike Held grabbed the lead from the pole position at the start of the event and worked
both the high and low grooves to hold off repeated challenges from Ed Grober, Mike
Graczkowski, and Dan Jung while Holtz weaved his way through traffic to crack the top five
by lap 12. Holtz raced by Jung for third and then took over second when Grobers car
developed a push and went wide off turn two on lap 21. Graczkowski spun one lap later and
collected Dale Prunty to bring out the caution flag. Holtz challenged Held for the top
spot on the restart but was unable to get by as Held once again worked both grooves to
keep the lead. Holtz dove to the inside of Held on lap 28 to take command of the event and
then led the final two laps to take the victory. Held finished second just ahead of Jung
and Larry Reihbrandt. Grober finished in the fifth position.
Steve Lurvey won the Midwest Modified dash and Prunty was the fastest qualifier after
turning a lap of 12.550 seconds.
Lyle Messinger ran away and hid from the field as he easily won the Slinger Stinger 18 lap
feature. Bill Shavlik finished second ahead of Scott Ascher, Paul Wagner, and John Henning
in an event that surprisingly ran caution free despite some very hard side by side racing
throughout the pack.
The two Team Cruiser heat races were won by the teams of Mark and Ken Fogel and Jack
Sutherland and Craig Grudzinski.
Joe DeStefano Sr. was the winner of the spectator elimination races and Mike Newlin won a
wild Figure 8 event. Newlin crashed while leading on the final lap and collected the top
four cars but then refried his car and barely held off Jack Sutherland who was running a
distant fifth for the win.
Added fun to the night was when AAL awarded one lucky fan $100 and is also raising money
for the MACC Fund each week of the race season.
results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
Pontiac, Buick, GMC Presents the Alan Kulwicki Memorial this Sunday at Slinger Super
By Weyer / Margetta
Slinger, WI - This Sunday night Bob Fish Pontiac/Buick/GMC presents the
ninth annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial at the Slinger Super Speedway.
The night will be highlighted by Twin 50 lap late model features, plus a full night of
racing in all seven divisions for no increase in admission.
The prestigious event is held in honor of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Alan
Kulwicki and has traditionally drawn many of the top late model drivers in the Midwest as
past winners have included six-time Slinger champion Conrad Morgan, Cindy Peterson, Eric
Fransen, and current NASCAR star Matt Kenseth.
Also included as part of the program is the popular Dash for Cash where
youngsters 11 and under are invited to participate in the scramble for 50,000 pennies
spread along the front stretch during intermission.
As is the case each and every week at the Slinger Super Speedway, fans coming to the track
are eligible to drive the Speedway Guest Cars where for a nominal fee, spectators are
given the opportunity to race against friends on the 1/4 mile high banked oval in cars
specially prepared by the track.
Spectator gates open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and racing set to begin at
7 p.m. For more information on the Speedway Guest Cars and any event at the track, contact
the Slinger Speedway Track Office during normal business hours at (262) 644-5921 or visit
the brand new website at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.