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Mueller Sails to a victory in the Keith’s Marina 85!

June 29, 2003; Slinger, WI - Brad Mueller bested Al Schill by less than a car length in an exciting door-to-door finish to win the Keith’s Marina 85-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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Current Late Model point leader Brad Mueller (#89) came away with a win in the Keith's Marina Firecracker 85.
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During the final laps of the Late Model main event Brad Mueller (#89) had his hands full fending off the challenges of Al Schill (#14).
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Fast qualifier Eric Fransen (#16) was running well, moving past Conrad Morgan (#92), until a mid-race accident knocked him out of the race.

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David Prunty (#1) came back after a hard crash last week to finish third in the Late Model feature this week.  He's shown passing Conrad Morgan (#92).
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An accident right in front of leader Brad Mueller (#89) involved the cars of Dan Mills (#24), Eric Fransen (#16) and Lowell Bennett (#2).
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Dan Mills (#24) won the Late Model semi-feature race this evening, moving him into the feature contest.
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A multi-car tangle between Tommy Hromdaka, Florian Wisinski, Brad Dahmer and Joe Gross (#15) put an early end to those driver's evenings.
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Last week's feature winner Eric Fransen (#16) turned in fast qualifying honors this week.
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Rick Ottman (#98) led the Midwest Modified feature from green to checkered for his first feature win of the 2003 season.
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An accident between Jeff Holtz (#3) and Dan Miller (#33) ended their evening during the Midwest Modified dash.
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Dan Miller (#33) turned in the fast qualifying time for the Midwest Modified this evening.
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Nick Schumacher (#4) captured the dash event for the Midwest Sportsman.
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Josh Bauer (#71) bested a solid field of cars turning in quick time in the Midwest Sportsman division.

Mueller, who took command of the race for good on lap 30, survived a ten-lap dash for the victory with Schill following the event’s sixth caution flag on lap 75. With Schill breathing down his tailpipe, Mueller slipped in turn two with five laps to go and opened the door to the inside lane which Schill promptly took advantage of, pulling alongside as both drivers raced down the backstretch. The two Slinger veterans completed the final laps side-by-side with Mueller clinging to the top groove and Schill charging on the bottom. Exiting turn four on the final lap, Mueller was able to power ahead at the finish line and take the win with Schill alongside his door.

“I sure didn’t need that caution,” Mueller stated afterwards. “I saw him coming and slipped up a bit in the corner and he was underneath me and Al Schill is a heck of a guy for running me as clean as he did.”

Conrad Morgan paced the opening laps after jumping into the lead over Mike Egan and Jeremy Lepak. The yellow flag flew early as on lap four Rich Loch spun in turn three and Lyle Messinger, attempting to avoid the incident, bounced off another car and launched into the turn four wall hard. Messinger was not seriously injured in the accident and the field lined up for the restart with Morgan leading Egan, Lepak, Dennis Prunty, and Mueller. The top three remained static through another caution slow-down for a spin by Fred Winn on lap nine before Mueller started his march toward the front by taking third from Lepak on the following lap. The lead Morgan and Egan had built up on the rest of the drivers was wiped out on lap 12 when Ryan Mathews backed into the turn four wall, drawing another caution.

Morgan once again pulled away to a four-car length advantage as racing resumed while Mueller pressured Egan for second. While Mueller raced with Egan, Schill entered the top five and by lap 20 he had raced around Lepak to grab the fourth position. With Schill solidly in third place, Mueller worked his way by Egan and began to track down Morgan. Mueller caught Morgan on lap 30 and made the pass for the lead while further back, Eric Fransen and Lowell Bennett took over fourth and fifth.

Mueller held the top spot at the halfway point and collected the Badgerland Motorsports Halfway

Challenge as Morgan tried to fend off challenges from Schill, Fransen, Bennett, and David Prunty for second place. Schill was the first to get by Morgan as he took over second on lap 45 and Fransen and Bennett followed suit a few laps later, dropping Morgan back to fifth. The complexion of the race changed again on lap 59 when Chris Ratajczyk and Dan Mills tangled in turn four and John Mueller also spun trying to avoid Mills’ stalled car. As J. Mueller’s car came to a stop, Fransen had nowhere to go and crashed into it. Bennett also could not avoid the incident and he was caught up in the chain reaction deal as his car ended up underneath Fransen’s.

As racing resumed, Mueller and Schill held onto the top two spots as Prunty, Egan, and Loch completed the top five. A final caution for debris on lap 75, set up the thrilling side-by-side finish between Mueller and Schill with Mueller taking the win. Prunty rebounded from some bad luck last week with a solid third place finish ahead of Egan and Loch.

Mueller’s victory also netted him $200 extra from Crazy Kate’s Spicy Pickles and $100 extra from N & S Towing.

In other late model action, Dennis Prunty won the fast Dash as Eric Fransen set the fastest time with an 11.352 second lap. Dan Mills won the 30-lap semi-feature over Lyle Messinger and Mike McCabe won the consolation race.

Rick Ottman turned back all challenges en route to a flag to flag win in the 30-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified 30-lap feature.

Ottman’s first challenge came from Ron Schmitt during the opening laps as both drivers raced wheel to wheel for the top spot with Ottman edging Schmitt at the line upon the completion of each lap. Ottman held the inside and that proved to be the preferred line as he took sole possession of the lead on lap five while Steve Schultz moved up to challenge Schmitt for second. Dale Prunty and Wes Biswell were lurking directly behind Schultz and Schmitt and soon all four drivers were embroiled in the race for second place as Ottman began to ease away from the field. The hard racing for second left Schmitt out to dry on the outside and he faded back when Schultz, Biswell, and Prunty all drove by as the event neared the halfway point.

Debris in turn one produced the lone caution flag of the race on lap 22, bunching up the field and allowing Schultz, Biswell, and Prunty to close in on Ottman. Biswell wasted no time on the restart and dove to the inside of Schultz to muscle his way into second place. While Biswell was making his move into second, Ottman was racing away from the field, leaving Biswell and Schultz to battle with Prunty for the runner-up spot. Once clear of traffic, Biswell was unable to catch Ottman and he raced to the win. Biswell finished second while Schultz was able to get around Prunty for third. Ken Wills also was able to advance ahead in the closing laps and he captured fourth place, forcing Prunty to settle for fifth

Ottman also collected $100 for his win courtesy of Ralph’s Auto Body.

Dan Miller set fast time with a 12.143 second lap while Dale Prunty won the eight lap fast dash.

Josh Bauer brought home the victory in the 25-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature.

Brad Keith charged into the lead at the start over Gregg Herrmann, Bauer, and Scott Ascher. Keith paced the event until lap ten when Bauer overtook him for the top spot while Jake Ryan closed in to battle with Ascher and Keith for second. Ascher claimed sole possession of second place by lap 15 while Ryan moved into third ahead of Keith. Ascher closed within striking distance of Keith and on the final lap, made a bid for the win but came up short when his car washed out wide in the corner. Ryan took advantage of that and snuck by to get second place at the finish line, forcing Ascher to settle for third. Nick Schumacher finished fourth while Keith completed a strong run with a fifth place finish. Bauer’s victory was worth an extra $100 from Keith’s Marina, the evening’s sponsor.

In other Midwest Sportsman action Nick Schumacher won the fast dash and Josh Bauer set a fast time with a12.573 second lap.

Colin Bamke won the Slinger Bee race over Dave Berndt and Shaun Gavin. Team Cruiser heat wins were recorded by P.J. and Lindsey Cain and the team of Mark Fogel and Eric Schmitz. Shane Becker was the winner of the Figure 8 race and the Speedway Guest Car event was won by Fred Cook. Aaron Cain won the Spectator Elimination races in his Dodge Stealth.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE

More Than Millwork Presents the Pioneer Plaza Mid-Season Championships at Slinger!

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, new track sponsor More Than Millwork partners up with Pioneer Plaza to present the 2003 Mid-Season Championships at Slinger Super Speedway. The night will be highlighted by a 65-lap Late Model feature and a full night of racing in all divisions including the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modifieds, Slinger Bees, Team Cruisers, Figure 8’s, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, Spectator Eliminators at the new Midwest Sportsman division.

More Than Millwork, now located behind Uptown Chevrolet in Slinger, joins the Slinger Super Speedway family of sponsors, although their involvement in motorsports began with their support of Late Model driver Brad Mueller and Midwest Sportsman driver Colin Bamke. More Than Millwork offers windows, doors, cabinets and more and will be having a grand re-opening celebration on September 20, 2003.

The presenting sponsor of the night is long-time track supporter Pioneer Plaza, located off exit 145 on Highway 41 in Richfield. Pioneer Plaza is also your stop for Slinger Super Speedway discounted event tickets.

Regular Sunday night racing action at Slinger Super Speedway runs through September 21, 2003. In addition, the track will host the 24th Annual Miller Lite Nationals on Tuesday night, July 22nd. The show will feature NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch. Advance tickets are available for purchase by calling the speedway’s box office at 262.644.5921.