June 10, 2001; Slinger, WI - Al Schill, who is in his 35th year of competition, bested a strong field of younger drivers to capture his first feature win of the season in the Enders Corporation/Design 2 Construct 75 lap late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
"We thought we were close last week and didn't get to victory lane, but here we are tonight," said Schill, who held off Donavan Morgan to take the win. "Donavan told us old guys to take it easy on the younger drivers before the start of the race, but I guess I wasn't listening."
Morgan battled it out with Dave Teske for the lead at the start of the race while Schill raced alongside Charlie Thon for third. Randy Schuler's spin down the backstretch brought out the caution flag on lap eight as Teske held a slight lead over Morgan and Schill. Morgan and Schill moved to the outer groove of the speedway on the restart and used the added momentum to overtake Teske and move into first and second place respectively. Morgan and Schill moved out to a straightaway advantage as Teske, Thon, and Rich Loch staged a three car battle for third. The top five stabilized until Thon was able to work his way around Teske for third on lap 30 while Morgan and Schill continued to show the way at the head of the pack.
The lead duo's comfortable lead was erased on lap 34 when Fred Winn and Brad Mueller made contact in the fourth turn which caused Mueller to spin resulting in the another caution flag. On the restart, Schill was able to position himself to the inside of Morgan and both drivers ran side by side for the lead. Schill was able to inch ahead to lead lap 38 and claim the Mac Tools Halfway $100 bonus. Schill eventually pulled ahead of Morgan and held the second-generation driver at bay as the leaders approached lapped traffic. Morgan was able to close to Schill's rear bumper in the final laps but was unable to find a way around as Schill claimed his first feature victory of the season. Schill also collected an additional $500 that was added to the purse courtesy of Enders Corporation. Lowell Bennett staged a late race charge through the field to finish in third place behind Schill and Morgan while Thon and Loch rounded out the top five.
In other late model action, Scott Schoeni held off Florian Wisinski to win the 30 lap semi-feature while Tom Lichtfeld won the 12 lap consi. Donavan Morgan was the winner of the late model dash and David Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.834 seconds.
Amanda Tackes, of Slinger, was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway for the 2001 season and Tom Seebach was the $100 winner of the A.A.L./Slinger Speedway Fan Challenge.
Dan Miller scored his first feature victory of the season by claiming top honors in the 30 lap Midwest Modified feature. Miller started on the pole and fell into second place at the start behind early leader Larry Reihbrandt while Lenny Gallenberg, Brian Holtz, and Ron Weyer filled in the third through fifth positions. Reihbrandt and Miller raced alongside each other for the first four laps until Miller powered ahead on the outside to take sole possession of the lead.
Miller led the rest of the way as the event was completed without a caution flag despite some close contact, bump-and-run racing throughout the field. Reihbrandt, Holtz, and Gallenberg were able to keep Miller in their sights but couldn't work together to gain ground on the leader. Miller held a three car length advantage at the checkered flag as Holtz grabbed second place on the final lap after some close racing with Reihbrandt. Gallenberg also slipped by to grab third place as Reihbrandt was shuffled back to fourth. Dale Prunty made a late race run to finish fifth.
In other Midwest Modified action, Gallenberg claimed the win in the fast dash while Chris Petersen set fast time for the first time in his career by touring the speedway in 12.520 seconds.
Paul Wagner survived two red flag periods to win the 18 lap Slinger Stinger feature. Jason Feyereisen used the extreme outer groove of the speedway to lead the first ten laps before Scott Ascher hooked up on the inside to take the lead. Wagner followed Ascher into second which dropped Feyereisen into a battle with Bill Shavlik for third. Feyereisen and Shavlik came together while exiting turn four on lap 13 and made severe contact with the front stretch wall. The incident brought out the red flag and neither driver was seriously injured.
On the restart, Ascher continued to hold off Wagner for the lead but one lap later a mechanical problem caused the left rear wheel to leave his car, sending him into a wild spin and bringing out the red flag once again. Once racing action resumed, Wagner has able to keep Jay Bleskin and Pat McIntee at bay to take the win. Nathan Fick and Jimmie Evans rounded out the top five.
In other Slinger Stinger action, Kurt Brown and Bill Shavlik each recorded heat race wins while McIntee was the fastest qualifier at 13.391 seconds.
Mark Ritger took the win in the Figure 8 event and the teams of Mark and Ken Fogel and Rob and Bryan Myers won each won a Team Cruiser event. Cory Zibolski was victorious in the Speedway Guest Cars and Rick Schafer won the Spectator Elimination races in his Firebird.
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Special; Slinger, WI - Wolf Paving presents Scout Night and the 2001 Father's Day Special at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday, June 17.
A 65-lap late model feature highlights the card, which includes a full racing program in all seven divisions. Free Slinger Speedway caps will be given to the first 300 adults that enter through the spectator gates. Plus, all uniformed scouts that come to the track will be admitted Free along with their scout leaders. Wolf Paving will also be handing out promotional flyers with special deals for all the fans while supplies last.
Also, Sunday, one Slinger Speedway competitor will be named Driver of the Month for the month of May and will receive an appreciation award.
Spectator gates open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and racing 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.