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Peterson Back in Victory Lane!
By Weyer / Margetta

August 4, 2002; Slinger, WI -  Cindy Peterson won the Michael Hartman Well Drilling and Pumps 65 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to post her first late model feature victory of the season.

Photo Highlights

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Time to celebrate! Cindy Peterson (right) celebrates her win in the Super Late Model feature, while newlyweds Dee and Mike Hartman of Hartman's Well Drilling the night's sponsor celebrated their recent wedding!

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In the closing laps Eric Fransen (#16) put on a charge that saw him rally to a third place finish in the Late Model main event!  He is shown doing battle with defending champion Lowell Bennett(#2).
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Lowell Bennett (#2) the current point leader in the Late Model division competed in a NASCAR Busch Series race yesterday and came home with a fifth place run at Slinger this evening. He is shown doing battle with Jamie Wallace (#87).

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A late race charge would net David Prunty (#1) a second place finish in the Late Model main event.  He is shown passing Rich Loch (#55) for position

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Auspicious debut! Midwest Modified hotshoe Dan Jung (#18) made his first Late Model start and won the Consolation event.

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Fast time! Conrad Morgan (#92) captured fast qualifying honors in the Late Model division.

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Back in victory lane! After a win in the Late Model consolation earlier Dan Jung (#18) made a repeat trip by taking the Midwest Modified feature.
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Up to the challenge! Dan Jung (#18) held off a determined Jeff Holtz (#91) to win the Midwest Modified feature.
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A late race tangle left Ron Schmit (#6) spinning and Wes Biswell (#23) relegated to the tail of the Midwest Modified feature race.
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Russ Grade (#13) topped Eldorado Trailer Sales Trophy Dash in the Midwest Modified division.
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Dale Prunty (#17) earned quick time honors in the Midwest Modified field in qualifying.
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David Pichler (#3) and crew take the American Flag for a tour around Slinger Speedway after setting fast time in the Slinger Stingers!

Peterson, who started from the pole position, led every lap and masterfully worked lapped traffic late in the event to finally find victory lane after experiencing a rash of bad luck this season.

“I was almost kind of scared to death out there,” Peterson explained afterward. “We’ve had such a bad year and have really been struggling. We were ready to quit about four weeks ago but decided to stick it out and here we are.”

With Peterson immediately racing to the lead at the drop of the green flag, Rich Loch and Jamie Wallace snuck by Tony Strupp to take the second and third positions. A spin by Toby Rott that also collected Al Schill in turn three brought out the caution flag on lap five.

Peterson maintained her lead over Loch as the race resumed while Wallace slipped back into Strupp’s clutches in a battle for third. Strupp eventually took the spot on lap 20 as David Prunty advanced through the field to take fifth.

As Peterson led at the halfway mark, Prunty appeared to be the fastest car on the track as he snagged fourth place from Wallace and then worked his way around Strupp for third. Prunty then set sail for Loch as Peterson caught the tail end of the field and began lapping cars. Loch and Prunty were slowly reeling in the leader in traffic as Eric Fransen and Lowell Bennett staged a spirited duel over fourth place.

Prunty slightly tagged the back end of Loch’s car while exiting turn two on lap 40, sending both cars sliding up the track and allowing Peterson to gain several car lengths. Prunty was able to pass Loch for second a few laps later but he was well behind Peterson who continued to place lapped cars between herself and the second place car.

Fransen made a late race charge to take fourth place from Strupp and then caught Loch for third with fewer than five laps to go. Peterson remained comfortably out front and crossed the finish line about fifteen car lengths ahead of Prunty. Fransen came home in third with Loch finishing fourth and Bennett placing fifth.

Chris Ratajczyk held off Al Schill to win the 30-lap semi-feature while Larry Los, John Zimmerman, and Mike Strupp completed the top five. Dan Jung won the consolation race in his first ever start in a late model at Slinger. Jung was driving a team car to Brad Hartman. David Prunty won the dash and Conrad Morgan set fast time with a lap of 11.806 seconds.

Dan Jung found himself in the right place at the right time to pick up the Midwest modified feature win.

Ron Schmitt shot into the lead at the start as Wes Biswell, Jung, and Dale Prunty followed close behind. Jeff Holtz moved forward and joined the lead battle by the halfway mark as Schmitt continued to look impressive by maintaining the lead. Schmitt’s charge at his first ever feature win was slowed a bit when Ed Grober and Gregg Pawelski spun in turn one to bring out the caution flag with five laps to go.

Schmitt led the restart with Biswell close on his tail as Jung held down third followed by Holtz and Prunty, who seemed to fighting an ignition problem. As the green flag flew, Biswell and Schmitt came together in turn two, sending Schmitt spinning into the infield as the yellow flag waved again.

Biswell was placed at the tail end of the field for his involvement in the situation, giving the lead to Jung. Jung led the final four laps and took the win ahead of Holtz and Prunty. Dan Miller was fourth while David McCardle raced to his best career finish in fifth.

In other Midwest modified action, Russ Grade picked up the win in the dash and Dale Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.535 seconds.

Roger Schmid took the checkered flag first in the highly competitive 20-lap Slinger stinger feature.

The father and son combination of Joe DeStefano Sr. and Joe DeStefano Jr. swapped the lead in the opening laps with James Littrell, Nathan Fick, and Schmid involved in a close battle for third. Todd Gehring, Jason Feyereisen, David Pichler, and Paul Wagner soon joined the lead group as DeStefano Jr. assumed the lead with Littrell following him to grab second. DeStefano Sr. began to fade on the outside as Fick and Feyereisen headed to the inside of him down the backstretch on lap seven.

The three-wide situation left DeStefano stuck on the outside and when Gehring and Pichler tried to fill the inside lane while exiting turn four, Pichler was hooked in the right rear quarter panel, sending him across the track and into the front stretch wall. Most drivers found their way around but Jimmie Evans couldn’t avoid Pichler and became collected in the incident as the yellow flag waved.

DeStefano Jr. got a great jump on the restart over Littrell, Schmid, and Feyereisen. Schmid and Feyereisen quickly made their way around Littrell and began to track down DeStefano Jr. for the lead. Schmid caught the leader and took the top spot on lap 15, bringing Feyereisen with him and into second.

With Schmid and Feyereisen pulling away, Wagner and Gehring raced into third and fourth as the laps wound down. Schmid held on to take the win over Wagner who took second on the white flag lap when Feyereisen faltered in the turn. Gehring finished fourth and DeStefano Jr. was fifth.

Scott Goetzke scored a convincing win in the Figure 8 event and Collin Bamke took top honors in the Slinger Bees race. The team of Joe Mueller and Dave Berndt won the team cruiser feature and Doug Pasbrig was victorious in the spectator elimination races driving his Chevy taxicab. Dan Schupe raced to the speedway guest car race win. Jeff Frank and Russ Madell were declared co-winners of the demo derby to round out the night’s activities.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE