June 23, 2002; Slinger, WI - Al Schill captured his second late model feature win of the season in the Ritter Parker Store 70 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Schill started the race in the eleventh position as Tommy Hromadka and Jamie Wallace led the field to the green flag. Wallace motored ahead in the outside lane and took the lead on lap two bringing Dennis Prunty, Jerry Eckhardt, David Prunty, and Conrad Morgan with him. Hromadka tangled with Rich Loch in turn two on lap four to bring out the caution flag as Cindy Peterson exited the track with front end damage from the incident.
Wallace maintained his lead on the restart over Dennis Prunty as David Prunty and Morgan ducked to the inside of Eckhardt to take over third and fourth place. The Prunty brothers began to stage a battle for second place that ended on lap 16 when they both slid and spun in turn three to produce the second yellow flag of the race. Morgan, Schill, Eric Fransen, and Lowell Bennett lined up behind Wallace for the restart and when the race resumed, Schill challenged Morgan for second, allowing Wallace to edge ahead.
Morgan appeared to be having trouble keeping his car down in the corners and Schill took advantage of the situation and raced by into second on lap 20. Schill then wasted little time in tracking down Wallace and once again used the inside groove to pull alongside the leader on lap 27. Schill and Wallace raced side by side for five laps before Schill completed the pass on the inside to take the lead. Schill was the leader at the halfway point and collected the $100 Mac Tools Halfway Bonus as Fransen used the low groove to take over third from Morgan.
With the top three all remaining in single file order, the best battle on the speedway was for fourth between Bennett and Morgan. Bennett ran on the inside while Morgan worked the top groove and neither driver was able to gain any significant advantage as the two veterans raced alongside each other for the next 12 laps. Morgan was able to hang on to the position as the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic netting the front five cars in a tight group until debris on the track slowed the field for the final time on lap 51.
Some of the lapped machines were lined up between the top five on the restart and Schill pulled away from Wallace and Fransen as Bennett and Morgan resumed their dispute over fourth place. Schill stretched his lead to nearly a half lap while Wallace and Fransen threaded their way around the lapped cars as Bennett took sole possession of fourth place. As Schill led comfortably, Fransen and Bennett caught Wallace on lap 65 and both drivers used the inside lane to take over second and third, dropping Wallace to fourth.
Schill was unchallenged over the final laps and crossed the finish line about ten car lengths ahead of Fransen and Bennett to notch his second late model feature win of the season. Wallace finished fourth ahead of Morgan and Brad Mueller who were fifth and sixth respectively. Donavan Morgan was seventh and Dave Teske finished eighth while Chris Petersen and Rich Loch rounded out the top ten.
Fred Winn held off Chris Ratajczyk and Dan Mills to win the 30-lap semi-feature and Robert Maynor won the consolation race. Bennett won the dash and C. Morgan was the fastest qualifier at 11.804 seconds.
Jeff Holtz defeated Dale Prunty to win the Midwest modified feature that was shortened to 25-laps due to time constraints.
Gregg Pawelski and Larry Reihbrandt led the field to the start and Reihbrandt gained the advantage to lead the opening laps. Andy Evraets was third and Ed Grober was fourth as Holtz and Prunty began to march towards the front after starting deep in the field. Reihbrandt's car kicked loose while exiting turn two on lap three and when he chased it up the racetrack, Pawelski was forced to slam on the binders, allowing Evraets to sneak by on the inside and take the lead. Evraets began to stretch out his lead while Holtz and Prunty raced their way into second and third by lap ten.
Dan Miller suffered a flat tire and spun on lap 12, bringing out the caution flag and leaving Evraets with the difficult task of holding off both Holtz and Prunty for the restart. Evraets made a valiant effort but it only lasted one lap as Holtz powered around him for the lead on lap 14 and Prunty followed suite to take second three laps later.
The race was halted under the red flag on lap 18 when Wes Biswell suffered mechanical problems and dropped fluid on the track, collecting Russ Grade, Lenny Gallenberg, and Larry Epright in a hard crash in turn three. Neither driver reported any serious injuries and the race was shortened to 25 laps following the delay. Holtz was strong on the restart and led the final laps to score the win over Prunty and Evraets. Reihbrandt finished fourth and Ed Grober was fifth. Dan Jung won the dash and Prunty once again led qualifying with a lap of 12.710 seconds.
Paul Wagner used the outside groove of the speedway to race to the win in the 20-lap Slinger stinger feature. Dave Obermeyer led the opening laps as Roger Schmid, Jason Feyereisen, and Wagner battled for positions behind him. Schmid and Feyereisen moved to the high groove and raced around Obermeyer on lap five to take the top two spots, leaving Obermeyer to fend off Wagner and Pat McIntee for third.
Wagner and McIntee took over third and fourth place by lap nine as Schmid continued to lead over Feyereisen. Jason Taghikhani spun on the front stretch on lap 11 to bring out the caution flag with Schmid still leading over Feyereisen, Wagner, and McIntee. Wagner jumped to the outside on the restart and passed Feyereisen for second before moving alongside Schmid for the lead on lap 14.
Using the outside groove, Wagner took the lead one lap later as Feyereisen, McIntee, and Schmid raced hard for second. Schmid developed mechanical problems on lap 17 and retired to the infield, leaving McIntee and Feyereisen to challenge Wagner for the win. Wagner took the victory over McIntee and Feyereisen. Obermeyer and Todd Gehring rounded out the top five. Following the race, both McIntee and Feyereisen failed technical inspection and were disqualified.
Gehring captured top honors in the Slinger stinger dash while Wagner was the evening's fastest qualifier at 13.518 seconds.
Mark and Ken Fogel won the team cruiser race and Ken Fogel also won the Slinger bee's event. Mike St. Martin won the Speedway Guest car race and Dale Ehleiter captured the win in the Spectator Elimination races in his Camaro. Mike Newlin won the highly competitive Figure 8 race.
Miller Lite Twin 75's - Wednesday Night July 3rd!
Special; Slinger, WI - The Miller Lite Twin 75s, originally slated to open the season at the Slinger Super Speedway before being rained out in April, will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd.
Two 75-lap late model features, along with racing action in the Midwest Modifieds and Slinger Stingers, will highlight the event. Gates open at 4:45 with time trials at 5:15 and racing to begin at 7pm. Advance tickets for the Miller Lite Twin 75s Rescheduled Opener are available at Pioneer Plaza located at Highways 41 & 145 in Richfield and at the track office. Fans purchasing advance tickets can save $2.00 off the regular admission price. Children ages 9 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Current NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series star Rich Bickle, a two-time Slinger Speedway track Champion with over 230 career short track main event victories, and American Speed Association standout Scott Hansen will be on hand to take on defending Slinger Track Champion Lowell Bennett, and six time track Champion, Conrad Morgan, Brad Mueller, Al Schill and other hot shoes in the 75-lap late model features.
The Rain date for the July 3rd event will be on Thursday Afternoon July 4th with events to start at 2 in the afternoon.
The Slinger Super Speedway is located a ¼ mile west of Hwy 41 on Hwy 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.For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE