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Morgan Ends Long Dry Spell, While Prunty Edges Loch in Race of Champions!

September 7, 2003; Slinger, WI - Long-time Slinger veteran, Conrad Morgan ended a lengthy dry-spell Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, as he wheeled his new car to the victory in the Eden Meat Market and Catering 60-lap late model feature presented by Behling Racing Equipment. Dennis Prunty edged Rich Loch to win the late model Race of Champions in a thrilling finish.

Photo Highlights

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Conrad Morgan (#92) wheeled a new car this evening, and promptly put the new machine in victory lane after winning the Super Late Model feature race.
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At the start of the Super Late Model feature, Conrad Morgan (#92) got a jump on his son Donavan Morgan (#99) for the initial lead.
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Brad Dahmer (#45) made contact with the wall early in the Late Model main event.
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Dennis Prunty (#42) was victorious in the Race of champions for the Super Late Model this evening.

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David Prunty (#1) runs ahead of Dave Teske (#51) and Brad Mueller (#89) during the Race of Champions event for the Super Late Models.
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Chad Barker (#68) put his sharp looking car in victory lane after topping the Late Model semi-feature contest.
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Al Schill (#14) was victorious in the Late Model dash this evening.
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Occasional visitor Jerry Schneider (#28) scored his first career victory at Slinger, taking the Late Model consolation race.
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Brad Mueller (#89) continued his streak of fast qualifying efforts, and closed in on the 2003 track title in the Late Model division..
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Wes Biswell took top honors in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Trophy Dash for the Midwest Modifieds.
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Current Midwest Modified point leader Dale Prunty won just about every event this evening.  He set fast time, won the Race of Champions and later captured the feature race.
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Dave Thomas (#19) won the Midwest Sportsman dash event.
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Brad Keith (#48) was victorious in the Midwest Sportsman semi-feature contest.

Morgan brought a new car to the speedway Sunday night, sporting an unfamiliar black paint job, and proceeded to lead the 60-lap late model main from start to finish, en route to a convincing victory, his first at the high-banked mile oval in two years.

With Morgan comfortably out front and skillfully working his way through lapped traffic, Bennett and Schill staged a duel for second in the closing laps with Bennett prevailing at the finish, leaving Schill to settle for third place, while Donavan Morgan and David Prunty rounded out the top five.

The event ran relatively trouble-free with the lone caution flag flying on lap four as a result of Brad Dahmer’s crash into the turn three wall. The race was not trouble-free for current point leader Brad Mueller, who was forced to retire his smoking car to the pits on lap 34 after having an oil line come loose. Mueller was credited with a 19th place finish on the night, but now holds a 129 point lead in the standings over Schill, whose third place finish solidified his second place rank in the division points standings.

The late model Race of Champions consisted of those drivers who had won a feature or dash during the season and the 30-lap event provided the most excitement of the night, capped off by a thrilling finish.

David Prunty and Rich Loch battled for the lead in the early laps, while Eric Fransen, Dave Teske, and Dennis Prunty raced hard for positions behind them. Contact between the leaders on lap ten allowed the field to bunch up, with David Prunty and Loch racing side-by-side for the top spot. Loch edged into the lead on lap 14, with both David and Dennis Prunty nipping at his heels just before the one and only caution of the event occurred when Mike Egan slid into the turn two wall on lap 15.

Loch led on the restart but David Prunty pressured him for the lead on the inside groove, while Dennis Prunty remained glued to his brother’s rear bumper as the three drivers raced hard for the lead. Dennis was able to snag second place on lap 25 after slightly tapping his brother while exiting turn two and quickly moved in on Loch for the lead as the laps wound down. Dennis was able to edge to the inside of Loch over the final laps and the two fought door-to-door with Dennis using the lower groove to prevail in a close finish at the checkered flag. David Prunty was third followed by Eric Fransen and Brad Mueller.

Chad Barker held off Dan Jung to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature and Jerry Schneider won the late model consi over Robert Maynor. Al Schill was victorious in the dash and Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier at 11.329 seconds.

Dale Prunty continued his domination in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified division this season as he cruised to his seventh feature win of the year in the 30-lap main event.

Wes Biswell and Steve Schultz led the field to the green flag with Schultz edging ahead to take the lead at the completion of the first lap. Schultz and Biswell ran nose-to-tail, while Prunty went to work, pressuring Larry Reighbrandt and Ken Wills to crack the top five. Dennis Prunty spun in turn four on lap two to produce a caution flag as the cars of Jeff Holtz and Jason Feyereisen ducked into the pits to fix minor damage that resulted from their efforts to dodge the stalled car of Prunty. Schultz led Biswell and Dale Prunty on the restart and Prunty wasted no time in working his way by Biswell for second.

Once around Biswell, Prunty quickly tracked down Schultz and took over the lead near the race’s halfway mark with an inside pass off turn four. The last half of the race ran caution-free as Prunty checked out on the field and drove to the victory over Schultz and Wills, who was able to get around Biswell for third. Reighbrandt finished fifth.

Prunty was not through winning on the night as he also charged to victory in the 18-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified Race of Champions. Prunty started on the outside of the front row and raced to the lead on lap four, passing Ken Wills for the top spot. Prunty drove to victory from there, taking the checkered flag ahead of Wills, Jeff Holtz, Larry Reighbrandt, and Wes Biswell.

Biswell won the fast dash and Prunty also set fast time with a quick lap of 12.194 seconds.

Kenny Joosten won the 40-lap Midwest Sportsman feature that made up the third and final Slinger portion of the eight-race Midwest Sportsman Championship Series.

Joosten started on the pole and took the lead at the drop of the green flag over Colin Bamke and Dave Thomas. Nick Schumacher moved into the top five and raced with Brandon Norris and Josh Bauer for position. Joosten maintained his lead through the first caution period on lap 19 when Todd Gehring and Jason Taghikhani tangled on the backstretch. Joosten led on the restart as Bamke and Schumacher raced for second place just ahead of Norris and Bauer. Bamke spun out on lap 24 to produce another caution, leaving Joosten to battle with Schumacher, Norris, Bauer, and Dave Thomas for the lead. While Joosten was busy holding off Schumacher, Norris and Bauer were eliminated in a grinding crash in turn two on lap 31 which also damaged the cars of James Swan and Jeremy Miller. Joosten continued to hold off Schumacher over the final laps to score the win while Thomas finished third ahead of Miller and Bobby Hacker. Keith’s Marina and the Schultz’s White Tail Inn provided additional funds to the Midwest Sportsman purse.

Brad Keith outdistanced Jay Shambeau and Jimmy Evans to win the Midwest Sportsman Series semi-feature while Thomas took the victory in the dash. Bauer was the fastest qualifier at 12.650 seconds.

Joe DeStefano Jr. and Shawn Gavin each won Slinger Bees events and the Team Cruiser race was won by Tanya Krueger and Dave Berndt. Carl Trapp was the apparent winner of the Spectator Elimination races in his 1972 Chevy Nova but was later disqualified followed a post-race inspection. Tom Gettelman, representing Heavy Equipment Specialists, won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car event and Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race.

Behling Racing Equipment provided additional funds to the evening’s purse.

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE

Season Championships and a Demo Derby at Slinger!

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, Moore Wallace Post Printing presents the 2003 Season Championships at the Slinger Super Speedway. The night will include the crowning of the track champions in all divisions along with a demolition derby, which will pay $400.00 to win. Participants are still being sought for the demolition derby. Interested drivers should call the speedway’s main office at 262-644-5921 for more information.

In addition to Sunday’s on-track activities, the speedway will provide free mini race cars to children as they enter the gate, while supplies last. Members of the Coca Cola Kids Club will also be eligible to win one of three prizes in the 2003 Kids Club Grand Prize drawing during intermission. In 2003, children 11 and under are free at the Slinger Super Speedway.

The Slinger Super Speedway regular season schedule commences during Sunday’s festivities, although participants are still wanted for the speedway’s annual Enduro Special, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, September 21st.