Mueller Takes Home His 5th
31, 2003; Slinger, WI - Brad Mueller
edged a step closer to his first track championship Sunday night, as he parlayed a late
race charge into his fifth feature victory of the season in the Port-A-John 100 at the
Slinger Super Speedway.
Mueller steadily improved his position throughout the race but seemed mired in
fifth place until he used the outside lane to power his way past three cars on lap 80 to
advance into second just behind leader Eric Fransen. Mueller then stalked Fransen over the
next ten laps, using a similar outside pass to take the lead on lap 90. Fransen stayed
glued to Muellers rear bumper over the final laps but was unable to mount a serious
charge as Mueller drove to the victory.
Donavan Morgan jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag while Brad Hartman and
Fransen worked their way into second and third place, respectively. The field quickly
began to string out as everyone dove to the inside line, forming a 20 car freight train
that snaked its way around the high-banked oval. The first half of the race ran
caution-free, with Morgan continuing to lead ahead of Fransen, Hartman, Dave Teske, and
Mike Egan. By the time the first caution flew on lap 63 for an Austin Konetski spin in
turn two, Mueller had raced his way into seventh as he became one of the few drivers to
test the outside groove.
While Mueller was gradually working his way toward the front, Fransen began to pressure
Morgan for the lead, moving alongside on lap 77. Fransen and Morgan battled for two laps
before Fransen claimed the top spot as the yellow flag waved again when Conrad Morgan
looped his car in turn two after racing hard for position with Dennis Prunty.
As racing resumed, Fransen and D. Morgan pulled ahead slightly while Mueller found
himself in a gridlock battle with Egan, David Prunty, and Hartman for the third spot. With
20 laps to go, Morgan, Egan, and Prunty all battled fiercely on the inside lane and when
the hard racing between them forced them to check up slightly, Mueller remained on the
throttle on the outside and blasted by all three of them and into second spot.
From there, Mueller tracked down Fransen for the lead, taking the top spot with ten
laps to go and driving to the victory. Fransen finished a close second followed by Lowell
Bennett and David Prunty. Morgan took the checkered flag in fifth place and Egan finished
in sixth spot. Hartman drove the best race of his career and wound up with an impressive
seventh place finish, while Dennis Prunty, Chad Barker, and Dave Teske rounded out the top
John Zimmerman held Jamie Wallace and Mark Bitzan at bay to win the 30-lap late model
semi-feature. Al Schill drove Tom Hromadkas car to a fourth place finish in the
semi, after experiencing engine problems with his own car in practice. Dan Jung was fifth.
Jerry Eckhardt won the 12-lap late model consolation race over George Olson and Dan Mills.
Mike Egan claimed the victory in the dash while Brad Mueller circled the speedway in
11.297 seconds to nail down fast time on the evening.
Ken Wills survived a wild 30-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature as he
drove to a convincing win over Rick Ottman.
Larry Reighbrandt edged ahead at the start while the rest of the field raced close behind
in a tight two-by-two formation. Wes Biswell drifted high while racing down the
backstretch on lap three and was swept into a spin heading into the third turn, triggering
a chain-reaction accident that collected the cars of Dale Prunty, Jason Feyereisen, Dennis
Prunty, and Steve Schultz. Of those cars involved, those of Dale Prunty, Feyereisen, and
Schultz headed to the pit area with severe damage. Reighbrandt maintained his lead on the
restart while Jeff Holtz held down second place just ahead of Ottman, Wills, and Russ
Moberly. Holtz immediately jumped to the outside lane and pulled alongside Reighbrandt to
battle for the lead, while Wills also took to the outer groove to grab third from Ottman
on lap 14.
The complexion of the race changed drastically one lap later when Dennis Prunty spun in
turn two and both Reighbrandt and Holtz ricocheted off Pruntys stalled car,
eliminating both from the event. Wills took over the lead as racing resumed while Ottman
tried to fend off Roy Aitchison for second. Aitchison was able to take the position a few
laps later and tried to track down Wills for the lead. Wills proved to be too strong over
the closing laps and drove to the victory over Aitchison and Ottman. Paul Wagner finished
a strong fourth while Russ Moberly capped off a consistent race with a fifth place finish.
Aitichison was later disqualified after failing post-race technical inspection.
In other Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified action, Jeff Holtz won the dash and Dale
Prunty blistered the speedway in 12.160 seconds as the evenings fastest qualifier.
Steve Campbell outdistanced Pat McIntee and Josh Bauer to win the 25-lap Midwest Sportsman
Campbell and McIntee occupied the top two positions at the start while Todd Gehring, Colin
Bamke, and Dave Thomas rounded out the top five in the early going. Bamke took over third
place on lap five and then executed a bump and run pass on McIntee for second place on the
following circuit, while Campbell continued to hold down the lead. Bamkes run toward
the front became derailed on lap 19 when his car twisted loose coming off turn two,
causing him to lose two spots as both McIntee and Josh Bauer got by for the spot. Ron
Weyer spun on the backstretch after cutting down a tire on lap 20, producing a caution
flag and giving McIntee and Bauer the chance to close in on Campbells rear bumper
for the final laps. Campbell was ready for the challenge and held both McIntee and Bauer
at bay to score the win. Scott Ascher moved up steadily through the field to finish fourth
and Mike Graczkowski was fifth.
In addition to his feature win, Campbell also claimed top honors in the dash while Bauer
was the fastest qualifier at 12.560 seconds.
Bob Losiniecki and Joe DeStefano each won a Slinger Bees event, while the Team Cruiser
race was won by P.J. and Aaron Cain. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race and the Spectator
Elimination races were won by Al Strobel in his 1971 Chevy Caprice convertible. Dane
Hacker won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race.
Additional funds were added to tonights Late Model, Midwest Sportsman and Midwest
Modified division earnings by Port-A-John, the nights event sponsor.
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Eden Meat Market Race of Champions at The Slinger Speedway!
Slinger, WI (Spl.) This Sunday Night, September 7th, Behling
Racing Equipment presents the Eden Meat Market Race of Champions at the Slinger Super
Speedway. The event will be highlighted by twin features in the Late Model division, along
with racing action with the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modifieds, the Slinger Bees,
the Team Cruisers, the Figure 8s, the Port A John Speedway Guest Cars and the
Spectator Eliminators. In addition, the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series will be on
hand for their third and final round of competition at the worlds fastest
Current Late Model division point leader Brad Mueller is positioned to win his first title
in 2003 during the track season championships Sunday night, September 14th. The night will
be highlighted by a 75-lap Late Model feature and a demolition derby. The demo derby will
pay an impressive $400.00 to win. Entries are now being accepted for participation in the
The Slinger Super Speedway 2003 season concludes with the Spectator 200 lap Enduro and the
New Compact Car 100 lap Enduro, set for Sunday, September 21st at 2 p.m. Entries are now
being accepted for both events by calling the track office at 262.644.5921.
For more information, call the track office during business hours at (262) 644-5921 or
check out the tracks website at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.