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Prunty Scores First Win of the Season in Mid-Season Championships!

July 6, 2003; Slinger, WI - Dennis Prunty survived battles with three different drivers, including his own brother, to chalk up his first feature victory of the season in the 65-lap Pioneer Plaza Mid-Season Championships presented by More Than Millwork.

Photo Highlights

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Dennis Prunty (#42) enjoyed some time in victory lane with a host of this evening sponsors.  In the top image he receives congratulations Dennis and Carol from More Then Millwork, while in the lower image, Kori Kruepke and Stephanie Schowalter represent the Pioneer Plaza.

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John Mueller (#23) captured the Late Model Semi-Feature event this evening.
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Defending track champion Lowell Bennett (#2) was victorious in the dash event.
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Rich Loch (#55) turned in the fast qualifying effort in the Late Model division this evening.
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Dale Prunty (#17) was a double winner in Midwest Modified competition winning the Eldorado Trailer Sales trophy dash and the feature event.
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Ken Wills (#5) turned in the fastest lap turning qualifying for the Midwest Modifieds.
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Nick Schumacher (#4) was all smiles after capturing the Midwest Sportsman feature contest.
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Todd Gehring (#52) was victorious in the Midwest Sportsman dash event.
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Josh Bauer (#71) seems to have a lock on fast time effort in the Midwest Sportsman division, turning the trick again this week.

Prunty took the green flag from the outside of the front row and used the outside groove to pull ahead of early leader Scott Schoeni to take the top spot on lap three. While Prunty and Schoeni ran nose-to-tail at the front, Lowell Bennett, David Prunty, and Jamie Wallace lined up behind them and began to track down the lead duo. Schoeni remained glued to Dennis Prunty’s rear bumper and many times tried to peek the nose of his car to the inside entering the corners, but each time he was unsuccessful, allowing the rest of the top five drivers to catch them by lap 25.

David Prunty was the man on the move in the middle stages, as he dove to the inside of Bennett to snag third place on lap 30 and then a few laps later, used a similar move on Schoeni to take second. Wallace followed David Prunty’s progress and also passed Bennett and Schoeni for third place as Dennis Prunty led at the crossed flags to claim the Badgerland Motorsports Half-Way Challenge.

Once clear of the traffic, David Prunty closed in on Dennis for the lead and the two brothers raced each other as hard as possible without taking each other out as they fought for the top spot. David appeared to have the advantage entering the corners, as he was able to dive in deeper than Dennis, who had more power exiting the turns and was able to maintain the lead by less than a car length at the stripe. The Prunty “family feud” ended on lap 55, when David drove hard into turn one and spun to produce the only caution of the event.

“I never touched him,” said Dennis about the battle with his brother afterwards. “I think he came in too hard, trying to beat me and I don’t know what happened there. I was giving him a line.”

The restart for the final ten-lap dash to the finish, found Wallace, Bennett, Al Schill, and Rich Loch all poised to challenge Prunty for the win as racing resumed. Prunty was up to the task on the restart and continued to lead as Wallace began to pressure him from behind. Schill looked very strong in the final laps and raced hard with Bennett for third before experiencing mechanical problems on lap 59. Wallace made one final charge on Prunty on the final lap but came up a half car-length short as Prunty nailed down his first feature win of the season. Bennett finished third followed by Loch and Eric Fransen.

John Mueller won the Late Model Semi Feature over Race McComb as those two transferred into the feature. Lowell Bennett won the eight-lap fast dash while Rich Loch turned the fastest lap in qualifying with an 11.473 second lap.

The Prunty family theme continued with the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified 30-lap feature as Dale Prunty scored the win over Jeff Holtz.

Steve Schultz led the opening laps over Paul Wagner as Prunty fell into line in third at the start ahead of Holtz and Larry Reighbrandt. Prunty quickly took over the top spot on lap four as he went from third place to the lead by using the inside to get around both Wagner and Schultz. Prunty’s lead continued to grow throughout the race while Holtz and Reighbrandt worked their way into second and third. Prunty’s advantage grew to nearly a half lap on lap 20 when a slight rain shower began to fall, eventually delaying the race with a caution flag on lap 22.

The shower was brief and the track dried quickly, allowing the event to continue a short time later with Prunty in the lead over Holtz, Reighbrandt, Rick Ottman, and Ken Wills. Holtz and Reighbrandt immediately started to battle for second on the restart, allowing Prunty to move resume his advantage. On the final lap, Wills and Ottman tangled in turn three and collected Dan Miller in the incident as the yellow and checkered flags were displayed signaling the even to the race with Prunty taking the win over Holtz and Reighbrandt. Wills recovered from the incident to finish fourth and Wes Biswell was fifth.

In other Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified action, Ken Wills set fast time with a 12.265 second lap, while Dale Prunty won the fast dash.

Nick Schumacher raced to another win in the Midwest Sportsman 25-lap feature over Scott Ascher and Pat McIntee.

Todd Gehring and Brad Keith led the field to the green flag, with Gehring leading the first four laps before Ascher worked his way to the front on lap five. Schumacher followed right behind Ascher to move into second place before using the inside to muscle his way into the lead on the following circuit. Colin Bamke spun in turn three to bring out the first caution flag soon thereafter and Schumacher maintained his lead on the restart as Ascher had his hands full with Pat McIntee for second. Jason Taghikhani and Brad Keith moved into the top five while Ascher and McIntee kept Schumacher in their sights with the laps winding down. A spin on the frontstretch by Dave Obermeyer brought out the yellow flag again, setting up a green, white, checkered two-lap finish. Schumacher pulled away on the restart and held on to take the win while Ascher and McIntee banged doors on the final lap with Ascher edging ahead at the stripe to finish second. Taghikhani finished fourth and Keith was fifth.

Josh Bauer was the fastest qualifier with a 12.777 second lap, as Todd Gehring won the fast dash.

P.J. and Aaron Cain raced to the win in the Team Cruiser race and Dave Berndt was the winner of the Slinger Bees event. Mike Szopinski won the Port A John Speedway guest car race and Mark Ritger bested a field of six cars to win the Figure 8 Race.

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McDonalds Presents Round Two of the Coca Cola Triple Crown Classic at Slinger!

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, long time track sponsor Coca Cola partners up with participating McDonalds restaurants to host the second round of the Triple Crown Classic. The night will be highlighted by a 50-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 and the new Midwest Sportsman division. In addition to the on track activities, Kids 11 and under will have the chance to win a free bike in the Coca Cola Kids Club drawing.

Fans may visit McDonald’s locations in West Bend, Hartford, Jackson, Fredonia, Mayville, Grafton, Kewaskum & Belgium for special speedway discounts. Kids 11 & under should also stop by participating locations to register to win a private party with Ronald McDonald at Slinger Super Speedway. One hundred winners will be honed at the party on August 10th.

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. The track announced this week that NASCAR Busch Series driver and Wausau native, Scott Wimmer, will also be on hand for Slinger Nationals activities. Advance tickets are available for purchase by calling the speedway’s box office at 262.644.5921.