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Prunty Wins First Feature and Bennett Crowned Champion at Slinger!
By Weyer / Margetta

September 15, 2002; Slinger, WI -  The 2002 regular season at the Slinger Super Speedway came to a close with a first time winner Sunday night as Dennis Prunty held off Lowell Bennett to win the Wallace/Post Printing 75.

Bennett’s second place finish enabled him to claim his third consecutive late model track championship.

Photo Highlights

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Former Midwest Modified champion Dennis Prunty (#42) earned his first career Late Model feature victory at Slinger Super Speedway.

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Lowell Bennett (#2) gathers his crew to celebrate his third consecutive Late Model track championship.
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On his way toward the front of the Late Model feature Lowell Bennett (#2) used the inside groove to slip past Rich Loch (#55).  Bennett would eventually finish second.
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Rich Loch had a solid performance this evening, winning the MAC Tools Trophy Dash and finishing third in the feature event.
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Making a rare appearance this season, Joel Laufer (#52) made the best of tonight's start with a victory in the Late Model Semi-Feature.
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Al Schill (#14) turned in the fastest qualifying laps of the evening in the Late Model division.

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Dan Jung (#18) won an extremely close battle for the Midwest Modified title and celebrated with his crew after a title winning effort this evening.
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Ron Schmitt (#6) finished off the 2002 season in the Midwest Modifieds, with his first career feature victory in the class.
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Larry Reihbrandt (#96) scored a victory in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified dash race.
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Jeff Holtz (#91) nailed down fast qualifying honors in the Midwest Modifieds.
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Paul Wagner (#53) scored the 2002 Slinger Super Speedway Stinger Division title.
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It was a great performance for Jason Feyereisen
(#90) as he set fast time and won the feature in the Stinger division.
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Jack Sutherland (#68) scored his first career championship by taking top honors in the Figure Eight division.

“I was a little nervous with Lowell behind me,” stated Prunty afterwards, referring to having to hold off the track champion for the win. “I knew he would race me clean because he’s a true champion.”

Prunty raced into the lead at the drop of the green flag while John Mueller, Donavan Morgan, Bennett, and Rich Loch scrambled for positions behind him. The yellow flag appeared on lap three as a spin by Mike Strupp triggered a three car incident in turn one that involved Pete Wiedmeyer, Chris Petersen, and Joel Laufer. Back under green, Prunty maintained his lead over Morgan as Bennett slipped by Loch on the inside to get fourth.

Three laps later, Bennett again used the inside to pass Mueller for third as Prunty extended his lead. Prunty and Morgan enjoyed nearly a straightaway advantage on the field when they began to catch the back markers on lap 19. Bennett began to reel in the leaders from third place while Prunty and Morgan maneuvered their way through the lapped traffic. Tom Hromadka and Fred Winn spun in turn four necessitating a caution flag on lap 36.

Prunty once again was able to keep his car in the lead at the restart as Bennett immediately dove to the inside of Morgan in an attempt to take second. Morgan and Bennett raced alongside each other for six laps before Bennett prevailed on lap 47 while Prunty began to drive away in the lead. Loch followed Bennett and used the inside lane to get third place from Morgan as Bennett drove hard to catch Prunty for the lead.

Morgan fell back another spot a few laps later when Strupp, who recovered from his earlier spin, passed him to take fourth. Prunty extended his lead even further when Bennett had difficulty passing the lapped cars of Hromadka and Mike Pascavis. Bennett cleared the lapped machines on lap 64 but did not appear to have enough time to catch Prunty until a spin by Fred Winn on lap 68 brought out the final caution flag with seven laps to go.

Prunty proved to be ready for the challenge and held off Bennett over the final laps to capture his first career late model feature victory. Bennett settled for second place while Loch finished in third. Strupp and Morgan rounded out the top five.

Joel Laufer scored a popular win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Brad Hartman, Jerry Eckhardt, Joe Gross, and Dave Teske. Loch won the dash and Al Schill was the fastest qualifier after posting a lap of 11.675 seconds.

The Midwest modified 30-lap feature was full of drama as Ron Schmitt scored his first career feature win and Dan Jung edged Dale Prunty for the track championship.

Schmitt raced into the lead at the start as Ed Grober fell into second place just ahead of a four-car battle for third involving Larry Reihbrandt, Jung, Wes Biswell, and Prunty. Jung and Prunty entered the race tied for the points lead, meaning whichever driver finished ahead of the other would win the championship.

While Schmitt continued to lead, Jeff Holtz joined the fight for third place and contact amongst that tight group of cars littered the front stretch with debris, producing the yellow flag. When racing resumed, Schmitt and Grober raced out in front of the field as Reihbrandt held third place right in front of Jung and Prunty who were side-by-side. Jung held the inside lane and Prunty took to the top of the speedway over the final six laps in a torrid battle for not only the position, but the track title as well.

Schmitt remained out front and scored his first career win and Grober capped off another strong performance by finishing second. Jung and Prunty remained door-to-door on the final lap with Reihbrandt directly ahead of them. Reihbrandt drifted wide and went to the high side which briefly slowed Prunty’s outside charge and at the stripe, Jung was third followed by Reihbrandt and Prunty in a close finish. The finish gave Jung is first career track championship by a slim margin over Prunty.

Reihbrandt won the dash and Holtz set fast time with a 12.518 second lap.

Jason Feyereisen did all he could do to catch Paul Wagner for the track championship as he drove to victory in the 20-lap Slinger stinger feature, but Wagner secured the track title with a third place finish.

Jason Takahani led for the first time this season as he paced the opening laps before Joe DeStefano Sr. was able to secure the top spot on lap three. David Pichler moved up to challenge Takahani for second place and the two made slight contact exiting the fourth turn on lap four.

The impact send Pichler across the track and into the front stretch wall where he was struck hard by the car of Nathan Fick in a grinding crash that brought out the red flag. Neither driver was seriously hurt in the incident but Fick was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

The race was restarted with DeStefano Sr. leading Takahani, Joe DeStefano Jr., Scott Shambeau, and John Henning. Shambeau blasted by the top cars by using the outside groove to snag the lead exiting turn two and Feyereisen followed suite to power into second place after restarting sixth. Shambeau and Feyereisen pulled away from the pack as Henning raced his way into third.

Shambeau began to get loose which allowed Feyereisen to close in. Feyereisen kept his car on the bottom and moved around Shambeau to take the lead on lap 13. Shambeau stayed with Feyereisen but could not mount a challenge as Feyereisen raced away to the win. Shambeau finished in second and Paul Wagner made a late race charge to take third which was good enough to nail down the track championship in the division. Jay Shambeau finished fourth and Henning crossed the finish line in fifth.

Feyereisen also set fast time with a 13.378 second lap as David Pichler won the 8 lap fast dash.

Mark Fogel won the Slinger bee’s race that ended under the yellow and checkered flags after Colin Bamke crashed into the turn four wall and rolled over. Bamke was not seriously injured in the incident. The team of Joe Mueller and Dave Berndt won the team cruiser race and Rick Schaefer raced to the win in the spectator elimination races. Dan Jung completed his evening by winning the Figure 8 race while Jack Sutherland claimed his first track championship in the division. Doug Averkamp took the checkered flag first in the Port-A-John speedway guest car race.

The Coca Cola kids club season prizes were awarded to the following: 5th place die cast car from Pioneer Plaza went to Amanda Becker from Sussex. Jessica Trzebiatowski from Menomonee Falls won the Childs season pass and Jack Keel from Sussex claimed the remote control car. Logan Boschae from Slinger won the bike as Adam Peschek won the grand prize of a motorized Go Kart.

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