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Mueller Masters Late Model Action at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta

September 8, 2002; Slinger, WI -  Brad Mueller added his name to the list of 2002 late model feature winners at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night as he captured the win in the Eden Meat Market & Catering 60 presented by Behling Racing Equipment and David Prunty took top honors in the 30-lap late model Race of Champions.

Photo Highlights

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Brad Mueller (#89) added his name to the growing list of Late Model feature winners this season at Slinger Super Speedway.

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Running the outside line Brad Mueller (#89-blue) passes Mike Egan (#89-red) on his way to winning the Eden Meat Market & Catering 60 Lap Late Model main event.
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A late race charge by Lowell Bennett (#2) would earn the two-time champion a second place finish in the Late Model feature. Eric Fransen (#16) would settle for third.
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David Prunty (#1) scored the victory in the 30 lap Race of Champions held for the Late Models this evening.
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Mark Bitzan (#28) scored top honors in the Late Model consolation.
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Austin Konetski (#13) bested a huge field of cars to claim fast qualifying honors in the Late Models.

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Dale Prunty (#17) was a double winner this evening winning both the feature and the Race of Champions in the Midwest Modifieds.
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Russ Grade (#13) was the victory in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified dash.
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Getting a fast start to the evening Dale Prunty (#17) captured fast time honors in the Midwest Modifieds.
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Jason Feyereisen (#90) was a frequent visitor to victory lane this evening winning his fifth Slinger Stinger feature of the year and taking the trophy dash as well.
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Robb Vandermoss (#30) proved victorious in the visiting Wisconsin Sport Truck headliner.

Mueller lined up on the outside of the second row for the start of the 60-lap late model feature and took over the top spot from early leader Mike Egan on lap five. Behind Egan, Chris Petersen, Eric Fransen, and Lowell Bennett occupied the third through fifth positions as Mueller stretched his lead to three car lengths. Fransen quickly took third from Petersen and then raced his way around Egan for second on lap 15. Bennett followed Fransen’s lead and was eventually able to maneuver his way into third place by lap 18.

The top five remained steady for a few laps while Al Schill cut his way forward from his thirteenth starting position to grab sixth place just past the halfway point. Fransen closed to Mueller’s rear bumper on lap 33 when the leader began to catch slower cars at the back of the field. Fransen was able to get alongside Mueller but each time, he was forced to fall back in line as lapped traffic blocked his bid for the lead.

As Mueller and Fransen raced for the lead in traffic, Bennett gradually tracked them down and closed to within striking distance as Egan tried to hold off a fast-closing Schill in fourth. Schill had his car hooked up in the high groove of the speedway and took fourth place on lap 42 with Mueller still holding a slim lead over Fransen and Bennett.

Bennett caught the lead duo as he snagged second place from Fransen with four laps to go and began to pressure Mueller for the lead. However, The back of Mueller’s rear bumper was as close as Bennett could get as Mueller posted his first feature victory of the season. Bennett settled for a second place finish just ahead of Fransen while Schill crossed the finish line in fourth. Egan took the checkered flag in fifth place.

The 30-lap late model Race of Champions for feature winners and dash winners from the season, got off to a rocky start as Bennett spun on the first lap and came to rest in front of Rich Loch to bring out the yellow flag. Conrad Morgan led John Zimmerman and David Prunty on the single file restart as the race resumed. Morgan and Zimmerman battled for the early lead before Zimmerman took the top spot when Prunty pressured Morgan for second. Once he got around Morgan, Prunty quickly dispatched Zimmerman for the lead on lap eight while Fransen also found his way around Morgan to claim third.

With Prunty pulling away in the lead, Fransen went to work on Zimmerman and passed him for second place on lap 16 as Brad Mueller charged around Morgan to claim fourth. Prunty continued to hold a commanding lead over Fransen and Zimmerman by lap 22 as Mike Strupp found his groove and raced into the top five. Strupp’s car was extremely fast on the inside and three laps later he slipped by Mueller to take fourth place. Prunty could not be caught in the final laps and scored a convincing win over Fransen and Zimmerman while Strupp finished his strong run by holding off Mueller for the fourth position.

Strupp also won the 30-lap semi-feature as he beat Chris Ratajczyk and Cindy Peterson to the checkered flag. Mike Pascavis and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five. Mark Bitzan won the 15-lap consolation race and Mueller took top honors in the dash. Austin Konetski circled the speedway in 11.685 seconds and was the fastest qualifier.

The already tight battle for the track championship between Dale Prunty, Dan Jung, and Jeff Holtz in the Midwest modified division narrowed even further after Prunty won his sixth feature of the season while Jung and Holtz finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Ed Grober led at the start of the 30-lap event and checked out to a five car length advantage over Dan Miller and Larry Reighbrandt. Prunty used the outer groove to catch and pass both Miller and Reihbrandt to claim second place by lap ten. Prunty closed in on Grober for the top spot while Jung and Holtz raced their way toward the front, taking over the fourth and fifth spots by lap 17. Prunty stayed in the outside lane and charged around Grober for the lead on lap 18. Once out front, Prunty could not be caught and he took the win. Grober capped off his best performance of the season by finishing second. Miller finished third and Jung held off Holtz for fifth.

Prunty now sits just six points behind Jung in the season standings heading into the final point night next Sunday. Holtz is in third place, 63 points behind Jung.

Prunty and Jung staged a whale of a battle for the lead throughout the 18-lap Midwest modified Race of Champions before Prunty edged Jung for the win at the checkered flag.

Holtz was right behind the lead duo in third place at the finish while Miller came home in fourth place just ahead of Wes Biswell in fifth.

Russ Grade raced to the win in the dash and Prunty was the fastest qualifier after posting a lap of 12.551 seconds.

Jason Feyereisen held off Paul Wagner to capture his fifth feature win of the season in the 20-lap Slinger stinger feature.

Nathan Fick and Joe DeStefano Sr. began from the front row and paced the first seven laps, racing alongside each other with the rest of the field stacked close behind them. The side-by-side action continued until the leaders caught the tail of the field when Feyereisen made a move into second place on lap 12.

Once he was able to break out of the pack, Feyereisen passed Fick for the lead three laps later. Feyereisen took over the top spot and Wagner followed his lead to also pass Fick for second place. Wagner slowly narrowed the distance between himself and Feyereisen but could only pull up to Feyereisen’s rear bumper at the finish line. Jay Shambeau made a late charge to finish third while David Pichler was fourth. Fick fell to fifth at the finish.

Feyereisen also won the dash and Wagner set fast time with a lap of 13.376 seconds.

Rob Vandermoss edged Hank Calmes to win the highly competitive and eventful sport truck feature. Calmes, Vandermoss, and Tom Gee swapped the lead numerous times during the 30-lap race as the trio raced three-wide around the high banked quarter mile. Dan Vixmer crashed hard into the turn four wall on lap ten to momentarily halt the race under the red flag.

Vixmer was not injured in the incident after his truck briefly turned over before coming to rest on its wheels. Back under green, Vandermoss used the outer groove to sweep his way around Calmes for the lead on lap 20. Calmes charged back on the inside late in the race and pulled even with Vandermoss as the white flag was displayed. The outer groove proved to work better for Vandermoss and he edged Calmes at the checkered flag to win by a bumper. Gee finished in third place behind Vandermoss and Calmes while Todd Schuette and Dan Hansen rounded out the top five.

Vixmer was the fastest qualifier in the division after turning a lap at 14.391 seconds.

Shane Becker won the Figure 8 race and the team of Mark and Ken Fogel won their eighth Team Cruiser event of the season. Paul Wagner drove his Ford Thunderbird to victory in the spectator elimination races and Bonnie Grober won the special semi-truck race.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE