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Schill Scores Fourth Win at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta

July 28, 2002; Slinger, WI -  Al Schill returned to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season when he won the Lighthouse Entertainment Center 65-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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It was win number four for Al Schill (#14) as he topped the Lighthouse Entertainment 65 for the Late Models at Slinger Super Speedway.

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The veteran racer Al Schill (#14) slips past Late Model rookie Chris Peterson (#73) for the lead in the feature contest.  Schill would go on to take the victory.
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A late race charge by defending track champion Lowell Bennett (#2) would earn Bennett a second place finish in the Late Model feature.  He is shown passing Conrad Morgan (#92)

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Scott Schoeni takes the low side to surpass Austin Konetski (#13) on his way to winning the Late Model semi-feature race.

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The Rocket Strikes! Rich "The Rocket" Loch, captured the Mac Tools Trophy Dash in Late Model competition.

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David Prunty (#1) scored top qualifying honors this evening in the Late Model division.

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It was a career first for Russ Grade (#13) as he earned his first ever Midwest Modified feature win at Slinger Super Speedway.
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It was a thrilling duel for the lead between Russ Grade (#13) and Andy Evraets (#49) for the lead in the Midwest Modified main event.  Grade would made the pass and score the victory.
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Andy Evraets (#49) won the Eldorado Trailer Sales Trophy Dash in the Midwest Modified division.
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Dan Miller (#33) topped the Midwest Modified field in qualifying this evening.

Chris Petersen took the green flag from the pole position and led the first five laps as the inside lane edged ahead, bringing Schill into second place. Schill quickly moved to the inside of Petersen and powered by for the lead.

With Schill and Petersen distancing themselves from the pack, veterans Conrad Morgan and Lowell Bennett worked their way forward into third and fourth by lap ten. The inside line was the preferred groove and the field began to fall in line at the bottom of the speedway with the top positions remaining unchanged until Bennett was able to muscle his way around Petersen for second on lap 30. Schill led at the halfway mark and collected the $100 Mac Tools Bonus.

With Schill immersed in heavy lapped traffic, Bennett slowly started to erase the deficit between himself and the leader. Conrad Morgan held down third place while Petersen couldn’t keep his car in the bottom lane and began to fade as Donavan Morgan and Eric Fransen moved by.

Donavan was able to pass Conrad for third on lap 50 as Bennett continued to cut into Schill’s lead as both drivers maneuvered their way through traffic. Bennett had Schill in his sights over the final ten laps but could not get close enough to make a bid for the lead as Schill raced to the checkered flag with a three car length lead. Donavan held off Conrad to finish third while Fransen took the checkered flag in fifth.

“I don’t like that picture,” stated Schill later when asked about the view of Bennett’s fast closing car in his rear view mirror. “The car was good for the first 50 laps and then it went away, I was struggling to hold on there at the end.”

The victory provided some vindication of sorts for Schill, who had one of the fastest cars on the speedway in the July 23rd Miller Lite Nationals before falling out with mechanical problems late in the event.

Scott Schoeni defeated Larry Los and Austin Konetski to win the 30-lap semi-feature and Rich Loch edged Conrad Morgan to win the dash. David Prunty was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.823 seconds.

Russ Grade earned his first career Midwest modified 30-lap feature the hard way by outracing three of the division’s top drivers at the finish.

Andy Evraets paced the beginning laps as Grade charged into second place on lap five. Jeff Holtz, Wes Biswell, and Dan Jung sliced their way through the field to enter the top five by lap ten. Grade ventured to the outside lane in a bid to pass Evraets for the top spot and after a lap of racing side by side, lunged into the lead. Evraets became trapped on the inside and slid back, allowing Holtz, Biswell, and Jung to all get by.

Mike Graczkowski and Dan Miller spun in turn two, slowing the race under the caution flag on lap 19. Grade led the restart and kept his car in front of Holtz, Biswell, and Jung to maintain the lead. Lenny Gallenberg and Ed Grober had an impromptu meeting of sorts on lap 21 that began in turn three and continued all the way down the front stretch before ending in turn two to produce the second caution flag of the race.

Grade was up to the task as the green waved again and he held off the three hotshoes behind him to capture his first career Midwest modified feature victory. Holtz finished second followed by Biswell and Jung. Evraets completed another strong race with a fifth place finish.

In other Modified action, Evraets won the fast dash while Dan Miller set fast time with 12.653 second lap.

The 15-lap Slinger stinger feature was showcased by a close five-car finish that was topped by Jimmie Evans.

After six laps of racing in two-by-two formation, Evans finally emerged as the clear-cut leader on lap seven. Joe DeStefano Sr., Paul Wagner, Nathan Fick, Todd Gehring, and Jason Feyereisen were all locked in a pack behind Evans fighting for second place when a spin by David Pichler slowed the race under the yellow flag.

Gehring shot into second place on the restart but his actions were deemed as happening too early by track officials and he was black flagged for jumping the start. With Gehring out of the picture, Wagner literally pushed DeStefano alongside Evans to challenge for the lead. On the final laps, Evans edged ahead for the win as the top five cars finished in a tight bunch. DeStefano nipped Wagner for second while Fick held off Feyereisen to finish fourth.

Roger Schmid won the fast dash and Wagner set fast time with a 13.566 second lap.

Randy Mohr and Steve Clark came out on top of the wild team cruiser race and Jack Sutherland raced to the win in the Figure 8 event. Wagner returned to drive a Thunderbird to victory in the spectator elimination races and Lorenz Bermier took the checkered flag in the speedway guest car event. The demo derby was rescheduled for Sunday night, August 4th. The demo derby will pay $500 to win and interested participants can call the Track Office for more details at (262) 644-5921 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

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