Best of 2003 Honored at
the Slinger Super Speedway Championship Awards Banquet!
10, 2004; Slinger, WI - Slinger Super
Speedway celebrated its 56th year of racing during the 2003 Championship Awards
Banquet, Saturday night, January 10th at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Track owner
and promoter, Wayne Erickson, joined more than 600 members of the racing community to
honor the drivers and crews who contributed to the success of the 2003 race season.
Headlining the evening was the crowning of the Late Model Champion, Brad Mueller.
This was Muellers first Slinger Super Speedway track championship. Mueller, who
found success through much of the season, celebrated in victory circle an impressive five
times. He started the year strong with a win in the first of the Miller Lite Twin
75s and continued to prove his strength with wins in the Bob Fish Alan Kulwicki
Memorial event, the Al Schill Jr. Memorial event, where he was the first repeat winner,
the Keiths Marina 4th of July Special and the Port A John Labor Day Special. Mueller
also collected two fast dash trophies, seven fast times and a Coca Cola Triple Crown
Championship in 2003. In a poignant speech, which included praise to his loyal crew
members, Mueller encouraged those in attendance to appreciate the challenge and history
found on the high banks of Slinger Super Speedway.
Moving up one spot from his 2002 finish, veteran driver Al Schill continued his successful
racing career as the Late Model division runner-up. Schill enjoyed 13 top fives, two wins
in the dash and an impressive four feature wins in 2003, including wins in the big E.H.
Wolf Memorial Day special and Boucher, Coca Cola and Johnsonville Foods events. Lowell
Bennett completed the year in third place with ten top fives and two wins. Rounding out
the top five in the Late Model division were David Prunty and Eric Fransen, respectively.
Several special awards were also handed out in the Late Model division. Ryan Mathews was
honored as the Late Model division Rookie of the Year. His debut year at Slinger Super
Speedway resulted in a 14th place finish in overall standings. This years Hard Luck
Award was presented to Dave Teske for being collected in several crashes over the course
of the season. Honored for their positive attitudes and great looking uniforms, this
years Best Crew Award was given to members of the #92 team, driven by 16-year old
Dale Prunty dominated the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified division in 2003,
earning the track championship in the division with the most fast times, nine to be exact,
three fast dash victories and six feature wins over the course of the season. Moving up
from his 2002 4th place overall finish, Wes Biswell was honored as the Eldorado Trailer
Sales Midwest Modified runner-up. Finishing third place in the division was Larry
Reihbrandt. Rick Ottman enjoyed two feature wins in 2003, resulting in an overall 4th
place finish in the Modified division.
Two special awards were presented in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Modified division, with
this years Hard Luck Award going to Rick Ottman and Rookie of the Year honors given
to Steven Schulz.
The new Midwest Sportsman division, which replaced the Slinger Stinger division in 2003,
honored second through fifth place drivers, including Mike Graczkowski (5th place
overall), Pat McIntee (4th place overall), Josh Bauer (3rd place overall) and Scott Ascher
(2nd place overall). Special recognition was given to Nick Schumacher for his many
achievements in the Midwest Sportsman division throughout the 2003 race season.
Mark Ritger captured his seventh championship in the Figure 8s division in 2003.
Ritger was honored along with the remaining top five competitors in the division, Scott
Goetzke, Shane Becker, Samuel Wright and Willy VanCamp.
In other speedway competition, several awards were given to successful competitors. The
top three victorious drivers in the Slinger Bees division, Aaron Cain, Dave Berndt and Joe
Destefano Jr., received honors at the banquet, along with Mark Fogel and Eric Schmitz for
having won the most Team Cruiser events in 2003.
In 2004, the Team Cruiser division will be replaced with the Thunder Stock division. Rules
are now available for this and all divisions of speedway competition. Any questions
pertaining to next years on-track activity may be directed towards speedway
personnel. Drivers are reminded to register their car numbers with the track for the 2004
The Slinger Super Speedway 2004 racing season kicks off Sunday afternoon, April 18, 2004
with the Miller Lite Twin 75s. On Saturday, April 17, 2004 fans get a season preview
as representatives from all divisions take to the track for the speedways annual
practice day. General admission on practice day is free for all fans.