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Bennett Takes Home His 4th Feature Win at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta

August 11, 2002; Slinger, WI -  Lowell Bennett took another step towards his third consecutive track championship when he won the 76 Racing 60-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Bennett led the final 45 laps of the race but had to survive a green-white-checkered finish that had him holding off veteran Al Schill to win by about a half car-length.

Photo Highlights

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Victory Number Four! Lowell Bennett (#2) indicates it's his fourth Late Model feature win of the year at Slinger Super Speedway.

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In the final laps of the Late Model feature, Al Schill Sr. (#14) closed in on Lowell Bennett (#2) to challenge for the lead.
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Lowell Bennett (#2) moves around the outside of Florian Wisinski (#95) during the Late Model main event. 

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Cars scattered everywhere as Florian Wisinski (#95) and Mike Egan (#89) make contact.  Shown attempting to avoid contact are Tommy Hromadaka (#3), Larry Los (#9) and Austin Konetski (#13).

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Austin Konetski (#13) turned in fast qualifying honors this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.

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Lance Bjorklund (#81)collected the checkered flag in the Late Model consolation race.

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Dan Miller (#33) captured the Midwest Modified main event which saw the top six runners cross the finish line pack style.
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Staying in the low groove allowed Dan Miller (#33) to fend off Dale Prunty (#17) for the win in the Midwest Modified main event.
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Current Midwest Modified point leader Dan Jun (#18) won the Eldoradro Trailer Sales trophy dash.
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An auspicious debut! James Swan (#97) captured the feature race in the first ever appearance by the Midwest Sportsman cars at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Some new colors! The sharp looking Midwest Sportsman car driven by Bobby Gutknecht (#10) carried the American Flag after setting fast time honors.
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Todd Gehring (#52) proved to be the man to beat in Slinger Stinger feature action on Sunday evening.

“I didn’t need to see Al coming there at the end, but we have a lot of fun together,” Bennett explained after claiming his fourth feature win of the season. “We raced that way a couple of weeks ago when he won and I was second. He’s a great competitor.”

Rookie driver, Chris Petersen used the outside groove to take command of the event at the start with Bennett taking second place, sliding pole-sitter Florian Wisinski to third. Schill moved around Wisinski for third a few laps later just before the first yellow flag waved on lap eight when contact between Fred Winn and Dennis Prunty caused a traffic jam resulting in Austin Konetski spinning in turn four.

Petersen maintained the lead for the restart but could not keep his car on the inside of the speedway and opened the door for Bennett to move alongside on lap ten. Petersen raced hard on the outside and even dirt-tracked through turn two in an effort to keep up but the task of holding off the defending track champion on the outside proved to be too much as Bennett took the lead one lap later. Schill also made his way around Petersen by using the inside lane to take second, leaving Petersen to fend off the challenges of Eric Fransen.

The second yellow flag slow-down occurred on lap 14 when contact between David Prunty and Conrad Morgan while racing for fifth, sent Morgan spinning off the backstretch and into the infield. In the scramble to avoid the situation, Wisinski spun in turn four directly into the path of Mike Egan who piled into Wisinski’s car. Austin Konetski and Larry Los could not avoid the stalled cars and became collected in the incident. Prunty was directed to the rear of the field for his involvement.

Although Bennett led when the race resumed, he could not shake Schill, Petersen, or Fransen as they kept the leader in their sights while weaving their way through lapped traffic. Bennett led at the halfway mark to claim the $200 Mac Tools Halfway Challenge. The back end of Schill’s car kicked loose in turn four on lap 50, forcing Petersen to back off and lose third place to Fransen as Schill made the save. Conrad and Donavan Morgan tangled in turn one on lap 58 to produce the final caution flag and set up a two lap sprint to the finish.

Schill stayed glued to Bennett’s rear bumper for the final two laps and was able to duck to the inside as both drivers raced toward the checkered flag. Bennett held on to capture the win by about a half car length over Schill while Fransen finished a close third. Petersen capped off one of his best races of the season with a fourth place finish and last week’s feature winner, Cindy Peterson was fifth.

In other late model action, Joe Gross won the 30-lap semi-feature over Larry Los and Jamie Wallace. Scott Schoeni and Dan Mills rounded out the top five. Lance Bjorklund was the winner of the consi and Al Schill edged Conrad Morgan to win the dash. Austin Konetski, who is in his first year of competition at Slinger was the fastest qualifier at 11.784 seconds.

Dan Miller led a pack of six cars across the line to win the Midwest modified 30-lap feature.

Miller started from the pole position and immediately raced into the lead ahead of Andy Evraets, Ron Schmitt, and Dale Prunty. Prunty began to march forward by lap 17 as he was challenging Evraets for second, bringing along Dan Jung, Wes Biswell, and Jeff Holtz to join the fight for the lead. Miller was able to sneak away to a rather large lead as the rest of the drivers in the top five raced hard for position.

A spin by Kurt Brown brought out the caution flag and erased Miller’s advantage on lap 20. Another slow-down for a David McCardle spin on lap 26 set up a four lap dash toward the finish that began with Prunty moving to the outside to challenge Miller for the lead while Evraets had his hands full with Biswell and Jung. Prunty bobbled in turn two on lap 27 and that was enough for Miller to drive to victory. Prunty was forced to settle for second and Biswell edged Evraets for third. Jung finished fifth just ahead of Holtz as the top six cars finished close together.

Jung took top honors in the dash and Holtz had the fastest qualifying lap at 12.605 seconds.

Todd Gehring steered clear of a mid-race incident and charged to the victory in the 20-lap Slinger stinger feature.

Gehring raced side-by-side with Jimmie Evans for the lead at the start of the event while Joe DeStefano Sr., Nathan Fick, James Littrell, and Dave Obermeyer lined up two-by-two directly in back of the lead duo. Neither Gehring nor Evans was able to gain a definite advantage and the field behind them remained tightly bunched until Littrell, Fick, and DeStefano found themselves three-wide entering turn one on lap nine. As the trio exited turn two, Littrell and DeStefano rubbed slightly sending DeStefano up the track and into Fick’s path. The front of Fick’s car hooked the right rear of DeStefano and sent him hard into the backstretch wall to bring out the caution flag. DeStefano and Fick’s cars were too severely damaged to continue and Littrell was shown the black flag for his involvement in the accident.

Gehring held the lead on the restart over Evans and Obermeyer while Jason Feyereisen and Paul Wagner immediately moved toward the front from outside the top five. Feyereisen and Wagner sliced through the field and occupied the second and third positions by lap 12. Gehring, however, was able to ease out to a sizeable advantage when Wagner fought his way past Feyereisen for second on lap 15. Gehring scored the convincing win over Wagner and Feyereisen while Roger Schmid and David Pichler completed the top five.

Fick won the dash and Wagner set the fastest qualifying time at 13.508 seconds.

James Swan became the first winner in the Midwest sportsman class as he handily won the 20-lap feature.

Swan charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag from the outside of the front row as he beat Bill Prietzel into the first turn. While Swan began to pull away, Prietzel faded back to fourth by the end of the second lap as Scott Ascher and Bobby Gutknecht were able to race by. The top three remained stable through the halfway mark as Nick Schumacher and Josh Bauer entered the top five, dropping Prietzel back to sixth. Swan was untouchable out front and took the checkered flag for the win nearly a half lap ahead of Ascher. Gutknecht finished third and Schumacher was fourth. Prietzel battled his way back to finish fifth.

Bauer scored the win in the dash and Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier at 13.134 seconds.

Kevin Wisniewski claimed the win in the Port A John Speedway guest car feature while Dale Ehleiter continued his winning ways in the Spectator Elimination race. Jack Sutherland raced to his third Figure 8 race victory of the season and Mark and Ken Fogel won their sixth team cruiser event.

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