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Fransen Takes Home His Third Slinger Victory of Season!
By Weyer / Margetta

August 18, 2002; Slinger, WI -  Eric Fransen had things go his way Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he raced to his third late model feature win of the season in the Johnsonville Foods 65.

Photo Highlights

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Eric Fransen (#16) is joined by representatives of Johnsonville Foods after winning the Johnsonville Foods 65 in Late Model action at the Slinger Super Speedway.

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In the opening laps of the Late Model feature race Fred Winn (#75) and Dave Teske (#51) did battle for the lead.  Winn would take the position until...
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.. near the mid portion of the feature race when Fred Winn(#75) would loop his car while defending the second position of Eric Fransen (#16) who took evasive maneuvers to miss him.. 

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Rookie Chris Peterson (#37) also took his turn at the lead until Eric Fransen (#16) became the final driver to pace the Late Model feature race.

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Rich Loch (#55) had a very fast car late in the Late Model feature contest.  He would pass Chris Peterson (#37) and would close on the race leader Eric Fransen, but he would run out of time and settled for second place.

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Conrad Morgan (#92) won the MAC Tools Trophy Dash for the Late Models this evening.

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It was Al Schill (#14) who paced the Late Model qualifying this evening.

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Race McComb (#11) won the race to the checkered in the Late Model consolation race.
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Jeff Holtz (#91) earned his third Midwest Modified feature main win of the season.
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Using the low line Jeff Holtz (#91) slips past race leader Ed Groeber (#39) on his way to winning the Midwest Modified feature.
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Ron Schmitt (#6) had a great evening in Midwest Modified action.   First he won the Eldorado Trailer Sales Trophy dash, and he later would finish second in the feature event.
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Larry Reihbrandt (#96) set the pace in Midwest Modified qualifying.
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Jason Feyereisen (#90) captured the Slinger Stinger feature race.
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Slinger Stinger point leader Paul Wagner (#53) set fast time this evening.

“The car worked good, we’ve been fighting a push for about a month now and we finally decided to loosen it up and it seemed to help,” exclaimed Fransen afterwards describing the handling problems the team had struggled with in recent weeks. “We’ve had consistent race cars all year but I think the track may have changed the last month and a half. We had such good cars early in the year, we were reluctant to change it.”

Dave Teske got the jump at the start from his outside front row starting position and led the opening laps before relinquishing the lead to Fred Winn. Chris Petersen also passed Teske to move into second, leaving Teske to fend off Fransen in a battle for third. After looking to the inside for a number of laps, Petersen took to the outer groove and drove around Teske for the lead on lap 14. Petersen’s move came just before the first caution flag flew when Austin Konetski and Mike Egan spun in turn one.

Petersen led Winn on the restart while Fransen and Conrad Morgan dropped Teske to fifth as Rich Loch moved up into sixth. By lap 25, Loch had advanced to fourth behind Petersen, Winn, and Fransen, leaving Teske and Morgan to dispute fifth. Petersen began to pull away as the event neared the halfway mark while Fransen tried numerous times to get a run on Winn for second.

On lap 32, Winn spun in turn three as Fransen dove to the inside in an attempt to pass resulting in both cars stopping on the track as the second caution flag of the race waved. Track officials determined that Fransen was not involved in the incident and he was given his spot back in second place for the restart.

Fransen pressured Petersen as the race went back under the green flag and finally drove to the inside of the first year late model driver to take the lead on lap 40. Loch also made his way around Petersen for second place three laps later while Morgan maintained fourth place just ahead of Al Schill and Scott Schoeni.

The front-runners began to get strung out while encountering lapped traffic in the waning laps as Loch tried to cut into Fransen’s lead. Loch was able to close to within three car lengths on the final lap but Fransen proved to be too strong and went on to score his third feature win of the season. Petersen continued to look impressive and posted another strong run to finish third. Schill and Schoeni both raced around Morgan in the final laps to take the checkered flag in fourth and fifth respectively. Morgan finished sixth.

Dan Mills led from start to finish to capture the win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature. Dennis Prunty finished second and John Mueller was third. Lyle Messinger and Scott Lindsay rounded out the top five. Race McComb was the winner of the consolation race and Conrad Morgan won the dash. Al Schill was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap of 11.825 seconds.

Jeff Holtz kept his championship hopes alive as he chalked up his third win of the season in the 30-lap Midwest modified feature.

The event got off to a slow start as numerous cars spun in turn one to necessitate a complete restart and once the race got underway, Ron Schmitt charged into the early lead. Contact in the middle of the field resulted in Larry Reihbrandt and Russ Grade spinning in turn three, bringing out another caution flag after only one lap was complete.

Back under green, Schmitt remained out front as Holtz advanced into second place on lap four. Gregg Pawelski, Wes Biswell, and Dale Prunty staged a three-way battle for fourth place behind Ed Grober as Holtz pressured Schmitt for the lead. Pawelski and Prunty got caught in the outside lane and Biswell and Dan Miller were able to get by.

Holtz continued to stalk Schmitt for the lead at the halfway mark but could not make a pass as the two caught the tail end of the field. Schmitt, who was looking for his first career win, held off Holtz, the defending track champion, until lap 25 when Holtz was able to use the outside lane to move alongside.

Schmitt held his ground on the inside and put up a valiant effort before Holtz was able to take sole possession of the lead with three laps to go. Holtz raced to his third feature win of the season and gained points on Prunty and Dan Jung as both drivers finished out of the top five. Schmitt took the checkered flag in second, his best finish of the season, and Biswell was third. Grober and Miller completed the top five.

In other Midwest modified action, Schmitt also won the dash and Reihbrandt set fast time at 12.568 seconds.

Jason Feyereisen weaved his way through the field to win his fourth Slinger stinger feature of the season.

Nathan Fick and Dave Obermeyer traded the lead during the opening laps with Joe DeStefano Sr. and Jay Shambeau close behind. Fick held the inside lane while Obermeyer worked the outside groove as the lead cars remained in a tight bunch with Feyereisen and Paul Wagner racing in fourth and fifth, waiting for a lane to open up. Obermeyer became loose off the corners and began to fall back as Fick took the lead over DeStefano. Shambeau took over third and Feyereisen and Wagner entered the top five as Obermeyer slipped back to sixth by the halfway point.

As the leaders approached the lapped car of Bill Ahles, DeStefano was able to get to the inside of Fick and took the lead on lap 13 as Feyereisen and Wagner closed in. Two laps later, Feyereisen was in second place and Wagner dropped Fick to third as DeStefano held onto his lead. With three laps to go Feyereisen charged by DeStefano to take the lead, bringing Wagner with him into second. Feyereisen held off Wagner to score the win while DeStefano finished third. Shambeau crossed the finish line in fourth place and Roger Schmid finished fifth.

DeStefano raced to the win in the dash and Wagner set fast time by circling the speedway in 13.489 seconds.

Mark Fogel won the Slinger Bees race over Collin Bamke and the team of P.J. and Aaron Cain took top honors in the team cruiser event. Scott Goetzke raced to the win in the Figure 8 race and Doug Pasbrig drove his taxi cab to victory in the spectator elimination races. Keri Grazanna won the Port-a-John speedway guest car race.

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