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David Prunty Starts Season With Slinger Feature Win!

May 4, 2003; Slinger, WI - David Prunty passed his brother Dennis with 15 laps to go and held off Brad Mueller to nail down the win in the 65-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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David Prunty (#1) was the winner of the 65 lap Late Model main event this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Heading for the win David Prunty (#1) powered past his brother Dennis Prunty (#42), while Brad Mueller (#89) and Conrad Morgan (#92) do battle.

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Bumper tag! Eric Fransen (#16), Andy Wendt (#18), Scott Schoeni (#31) and Travis Dassow (#92) got together during the Late Model main event.

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Chris Ratajczyk (#21) was the winner of the Late Model dash event.
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Fred Winn(#75) had an unplanned end to his evening after damaging his car in the Late Model feature.
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Toby Rott (#38) was another driver who had an unexpected end to his evening in Late Model action.
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Real quick! Brad Mueller (#89) turned in a blistering lap of 11.171 second on the high banked quarter-mile oval during Late Model qualifying.
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Dan Miller (#33) grabbed quick time honors in the Midwest Modified division.
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Pat McIntee (#35) scored a victory in the Midwest Sportsman dash race.

Dennis Prunty shot into the lead from the outside of the front row at the start of the event and the move proved to be beneficial as contact between the cars near the front of the tightly bunched field in turn two triggered a chain-reaction, accordion-like incident that resulted in 11 badly damaged cars littering the backstretch. Of the cars involved in the wreck, only two were able to continue as the rest, including those of Eric Fransen, Lowell Bennett, Dan Jung, and Fred Winn were towed to the pit area with severe damage.

     Once racing resumed, Dennis Prunty charged back into the lead, opening up a large advantage on Mike Strupp, Chris Ratajczyk, David Prunty, and Mueller as they were locked in a tight battle for second. Dennis Prunty’s lead grew to nearly a quarter lap while Ratajczyk, David Prunty, and Mueller all worked their way around Strupp. David Prunty and Mueller then worked the outside groove to race their way by Ratajczyk for second while Dennis Prunty continued to lead the way by a large margin. David Prunty and Mueller began to close the gap between them and the leader by the halfway mark and were within Dennis Prunty’s tire tracks by lap 42 when Scott Schoeni’s spin in turn two brought out the second caution flag.

     On the restart, David Prunty immediately went to the outside to challenge his brother for the lead while Mueller stayed close behind in third. The Prunty brothers raced side-by-side for eight laps before the outside groove prevailed, allowing David Prunty and Mueller to take over the top two spots and drop Dennis Prunty to third. David Prunty and Mueller pulled away over the final laps as Conrad Morgan moved up to challenge Dennis Prunty for third. David Prunty had his car working masterfully in the outside lane and he held off Mueller by about a car-length for the win. Dennis Prunty finished third ahead of Morgan, while Ratajczyk capped off a strong run with a fifth place finish. Jerry Eckhardt finished sixth, ahead of Scott Schoeni, and Joe Gross while Mike Strupp and Ryan Mathews rounded out the top ten.

     In other late model action, Andy Wendt drove to victory in the 30-lap semi-feature over Jerry Eckhardt, Randy Schuler, Tommy Hromadka, and Mike McCabe. Chris Ratajczyk took the checkered flag in the late model fast dash. Mueller blistered the speedway in qualifying, turning in a fast lap of 11.171 seconds.

     Shortly after the completion of the late model feature, persistent rain showers hit the speedway and forced the cancellation of the remaining events.

     The Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature fell victim to the rainfall but earlier Russ Grade drove to the win in the dash and Dan Miller set fast time with a lap of 11.956 seconds.

     The Midwest Sportsman Series main event was also cancelled due to the rain, but earlier action featured Pat McIntee racing to victory in the dash. Scott Ascher was the fastest qualifier with a fast lap of 12.501 seconds.

     Mark and Ken Fogel took the checkered flag in the team cruiser event.

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McDonald's Presents the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic Round #1
and the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series!

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – Sunday night, May 11th, McDonald’s presents the first round of competition in the 2003 Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic. Participating McDonald’s restaurants join long-time track sponsor Coca-Cola to bring fans the three-round Late Model competition where drivers earn points to determine an overall series champion. The second and third rounds of the 2003 Coca Cola Triple Crown competition will take place on July 13th and August 10th.

In 2002, Lowell Bennett scored one win and finished every race in the top ten to earn the overall series title with 312 points. “During the Triple Crown Classic events, consistency is the name of the game,” said Bennett, “and we’re hoping to have strong finishes in each of the three events in 2003.”

In addition to Sunday’s regular speedway activities, which include competition in eight divisions, the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series will visit the high banks of Slinger Super Speedway in its third round of competition. Slinger Super Speedway will host three of the eight events in the Championship Series, which will also visit Lake Geneva Raceway and Rockford Speedway in Illinois. The series will bring an improved field to participating tracks and will allow a bulk of the entrants to run for a track championship, as well as tour with the series. Rules governing the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series are comparable to those found in the Mid-American Stock Car Racing Series.

The Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic and the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series are a part Slinger Super Speedway season-long, Sunday night action, which runs through September 21, 2003. Throughout the year, fans may test their driving ability by renting one of the Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, which are still available for rental on May 11th. For more information, call the speedway office at 262.644.5921 or visit our newly upgraded web-site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.