Super Speedway honors champions!
By Weyer / Margetta
February 4, 2001;
Slinger, WI - The 53rd season of Motorsports competition at the Slinger
Super Speedway came to a close Saturday night, February 3rd, with the tracks Annual
Awards Banquet at the Washington County Fair Park. Over $70,000 in cash and contingency
products was handed out as the speedway honored its track champions in front of a record
crowd of over 650 drivers, crews, family members, fans, and track sponsors.
Headlining the evening was the crowning of Late Model Champion Lowell Bennett who secured
his second track championship by scoring four feature wins along with 18 top five finishes
and winning the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic and the Miller Lite Nationals. Conrad
Morgan finished second in the season points standings by claiming victories in six feature
races and finishing in the top five 17 times. Brad Mueller was awarded third place after a
season that consisted of two feature wins and 19 top ten finishes. David Prunty captured
his first feature win during the 2000 season and his 16 top ten finishes and division
leading seven fast times netted him fourth place in the standings. Rich Loch improved four
spots from the previous year to secure fifth place with 15 top ten finishes and three
times. Eric Fransen, Donavan Morgan, Al Schill, Charlie Thon, and Cindy Peterson rounded
out the top ten late model point standings finishers. Thons award was presented by
Tom Pippins of Fox 6 TV who honored Thon and his sponsor Aid Association for Lutherans for
donating all his winnings to the MACC Fund and raising $157,000.
Mark Bitzan was named Late Model Rookie of the Year and Pete Weidmeyer was awarded the
Hard Luck Award. Peterson was also awarded a new late model body from Five Star Bodies.
Dennis Prunty dominated the Midwest Modified division and successfully defended his track
championship. Prunty won an incredible nine feature races and was the fastest qualifier
eight times. After accepting his awards, Prunty announced his plans to move up to the late
model division in 2001. Brian Holtz remained one of the top drivers in the division by
winning two feature races and scoring 14 top five finishes to finish in the runner-up spot
in points. Chris Petersen had his best season to date and moved up to finish in third
place with 14 top five finishes. Dale Prunty won two feature races and finished in the top
five 12 times to claim fourth place in the points standings. Larry Reihbrandt secured
fifth place by winning one feature race and three trophy dashes. John Kruschel, Ron Weyer,
Alan Keppert, Ed Grober, and Dan Miller completed the top ten drivers. Grober was also
named the Midwest Modified Rookie of the Year.
Bill Shavlik was awarded his first career track championship in the Slinger Stinger street
stock division. Shavlik won three feature races, including the 30 lap Slinger Stinger
Showdown and was the fastest qualifier 11 times. Scott Ascher won a feature race to go
along with his five heat race wins and three fast times to take second place in the points
standings. Mike Graczkowski, who plans to move to the modified division, scored two
feature wins and three heat race wins to claim third place while Dan Jung took fourth
place with one feature win and 10 top five finishes. Aaron Bitzan rounded out the top five
drivers with one feature win and two heat race victories. Finishing sixth through tenth in
the point standings were Brad Hartman, Lyle Messinger, Roger Schmid, David Beck, and Jay
Shambeau. Hartman was named the Most Improved driver in the division and Jung was named
the Slinger Stinger Rookie of the Year.
Mark Ritger claimed his fifth track championship in the Figure 8 division with three race
wins in 2000. Mike Newlin won five races to finish in second place while Wisconsin State
Figure 8 Championship winner Shane Becker was third in the point standings. Dan
Jungs two race wins netted him fourth place and Willy Van Camp rounded out the top
five drivers in the standings with two race wins. Chris Price, Scott Goetzke, and Sam
Wright were sixth through eighth place in the point standings.
Dan and Mark Jung, Mark and Ken Fogel, and the team of Robert Meyers and Duane Olbinski
were recognized for their efforts in the Team Cruiser division during the 2000 season.
The Slinger Super Speedway staff would like to thank and extend its appreciation to all
the track sponsors, drivers, crew members, workers, and fans who helped to make the 2000
racing season at Slinger and exciting and memorable one.
The 2001 racing season is drawing near and the Slinger Super Speedway is preparing for the
new season by registering drivers and offering special packages for fans.
Drivers are reminded to register their car numbers with the track for the 2001 season,
especially if they are new members or have changed divisions since 2000. Drivers must
contact Wayne Erickson at (262) 673-6335 to register their car numbers. 2001 Rulebooks for
all divisions are now available and can be obtained by sending $5 to Slinger Super
Speedway 2001 Rulebook 1639 Hwy 83 S Hartford, WI 53027. Applicants should include their
return address and specify which division(s) they are requesting rulebooks for.
The Slinger Super Speedway is once again offering a Season Pass package for fans. The
Season Pass allows fans to enjoy the racing action at every regular Sunday night program
at the speedway as well as the Rusty Wallace Special in June. Season Pass holders will
have the opportunity to watch the races with Rusty Wallace during the special from the VIP
Pavilion area with catering provided.
Season Pass holders also receive $4 off tickets for the Miller Lite Nationals on July
17th. Season Passes are $170, which represents an $83 savings off regular admission
prices. Season Passes are not valid for the Season Opener. Fans wishing to purchase 2001
Season Passes should send a check or money order made out to Slinger Super Speedway to
Lanae Weyer, PR Director, 11812 W. Mill Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53225. Fans wishing to purchase
Season Passes, as gifts should include the name of the person receiving the pass and all
fans should include their return address with their order. For more information call Lanae
Weyer at (414) 358-1525.
The 2001 season begins with a practice day Saturday, April 21st. Gates will open at Noon
and admission will be free for all spectators in the grandstand area as the drivers test
and tune their cars. The first racing event of the new season is the Miller Genuine Draft
Twin 75s Spring Opener set for Sunday afternoon April 22nd.