David Prunty Starts Season
With Slinger Feature Win!
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.
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 Pruntys 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 Pruntys tire tracks by lap 42 when Scott Schoenis 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
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
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McDonald's Presents the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Classic
and the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series!
Slinger, WI (Spl.) Sunday night, May 11th,
McDonalds presents the first round of competition in the 2003 Coca-Cola Triple Crown
Classic. Participating McDonalds 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 were hoping to
have strong finishes in each of the three events in 2003.
In addition to Sundays 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
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.