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Bennett Finds First Victory of the Season at Slinger!

June 15, 2003; Slinger, WI - Lowell Bennett used the high groove to hold off David Prunty for his first win of the season in the Professional Plumbers & Contractors 65-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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Defending Late Model champion Lowell Bennett (#2) came away with his first feature win of the year, taking top honors in the Professional Plumbers & Contractors 65 lap main event.
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John Mueller (#23) and Donavan Morgan (#99) did battle for the lead early in the Late Model feature contest.

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Working through the pack, Lowell Bennett (#2) slices past Chris Ratajczyk (#21) during the Latre Model feature race.
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Brad Mueller (#89) has mastered qualifying this season, taking yet anaother quick time honors.
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Nick Schumacher (#4) scored fast time in the Midwest Sportsman division, and then came from deep in the field to win the feature race.
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Dale Prunty (#17) enjoys his time in the spotlight after taking the Midwest Modified feature contest.
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Rick Ottman (#98) was the evening's fast qualifier in the Midwest Modified division.

“I tell you, that was a race,” stated Bennett afterwards. “I kept watching him (Prunty) pop up in my mirror and we had a tight race car tonight. I couldn’t hold it down in the turn and had to take it to the high side.”

John Mueller and Donavan Morgan led the field to the green flag with Morgan edging out front before contact between the two resulted in both cars spinning in turn three to produce the first caution flag on lap two. Bennett inherited the lead for the restart but immediately came under pressure from Chris Ratajczyk, who grabbed the top spot on the next circuit as Dennis Prunty, Ryan Mathews, and Rich Loch filled in the top five positions.

A mechanical problem on Loch’s car dropped debris on the racing surface and the second yellow flag appeared on lap eight as the cars of Brad Dahmer, Larry Los, and Mark Bitzen came together in turn one. Ratajczyk and Bennett occupied the top two positions on the restart while brothers Dennis and David Prunty lined up in third and fourth ahead of Eric Fransen in fifth. With Ratajczyk continuing to lead, Bennett moved to the outside lane and began to gain momentum, moving alongside and passing Ratajczyk for the lead on lap 16. David Prunty also drifted to the outside lane and raced around Ratajczyk for second a few laps later while Fransen and Dennis Prunty battled Brad Mueller and Mike Egan for fourth.

Once in clean air, Prunty reeled in Bennett as the leaders approached lapped traffic and was on Bennett’s rear bumper as the defending track champion led at the halfway mark and collected the Badgerland Motorsports Halfway Challenge. While Bennett had his car hooked up on the outside, Prunty dove to the inside and was able to inch alongside in the middle of the turns, but each time Bennett had enough power coming off the corners to hang onto the lead. Meanwhile Dennis Prunty’s car seemed to develop a loose condition and he slipped back a bit as Egan and Mueller charged by just behind Ratajczyk and Fransen.

Bennett and Prunty put on a driving clinic in the later stages as each driver gave each other plenty of room while racing in different grooves and at the checkered flag, Bennett took the victory by about a car length over Prunty. Ratajczyk capped off his strongest run of the season with an impressive third place finish while Fransen and Mueller completed the top five. Egan finished sixth followed by Dennis Prunty and Dave Teske while Conrad Morgan and Chris Petersen rounded out the top ten finishers.

In other late model action, Toby Rott won the semi-feature over Mark Bitzan as both drivers transferred into the main event. Scott Schoeni finished third followed by Randy Schuler and Joe Gross. Race McComb won the late model consolation race and Brad Mueller set fast time with an 11.419 second lap. Dennis Prunty claimed the win in the fast dash.

Dale Prunty took the win in the Midwest modified feature over Jeff Holtz and Larry Reihbrandt as the event was shortened by five laps due to an incident on the track.

Russ Grade led the opening laps and battled side-by-side with Gregg Pawelski while Prunty, Holtz, and Reighbrandt were in a tightly bunched pack right behind the leaders. Contact between Pawelski and Grade caused Grade to spin backwards into the front straightaway wall on lap 16, producing a caution flag. The event was briefly red flagged as Grade was transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures. Prunty took over the lead for the restart and battled with Holtz for the top spot as Reighbrandt moved up to join them in a three-car break-away at the front of the field. Dan Miller developed a problem on lap 25 and bounced off the turn two wall, drawing another caution. As Miller’s car slid to the infield a brief fire broke out on the machine and as the safety crew extinguished it, the event was declared official with Prunty picking up the win. Holtz finished second and Reighbrandt was third. Wes Biswell and Steve Shultz finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In other Midwest modified action, Wes Biswell won the fast dash and Eick Ottman was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.232 seconds.

Nick Schumacher won his second feature of the season in the 25-lap Midwest sportsman main event.

Schumacher started the event from the ninth position and sliced his way forward as Todd Gehring and Dave Obermeyer swapped the lead in the opening laps. Schumacher was in the lead by lap 15 and moved ahead to a comfortable margin was Jason Taghikhani and Scott Ascher raced with Steve Campbell and Dave Thomas for the top five spots. Schumacher never looked back and charged to the win over Ascher and Taghikhani. Thomas finished fourth and Josh Bauer crossed the finish line in fifth.

In other Midwest sportsman action, Ascher won the fast dash and Schumacher was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap of 12.687 seconds.

Dave Berndt won the Slinger Bees feature over Aaron Cain and Shawn Gavin. The team cruiser race win was claimed by the father-son duo of Joe DeStefano Sr. and Joe DeStefano Jr. while Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race. Jim Bentzler won the spectator elimination races in his Oldsmobile Cutlass and the guest car event was won by Justin Wieczorek.

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Ritter/Parker Store Presents the 2003 Student Appreciation Night and Enders Corporation to Award $5,000.00 to the Winner of the Late Model Feature!

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, long-time track sponsor Ritter Engineering partners up with the Parker Store to present the 2003 Student Appreciation Night and eight divisions of racing at Slinger Super Speedway. In addition, the Enders Corporation & Design 2 Construct will be on hand to promote the Miss Slinger Super Speedway pageant and a visit by the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series. The pageant and the MSCS event were rescheduled, after racing events were cancelled on June 8th due to inclement weather. In effort to make up for the missed event, Enders Corporation announced that they will add additional earnings to this weekend’s purse. The drivers will chase the checkered flag and an additional $5,000.00 to win the Late Model feature and $1,000.00 to win the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature.

Student appreciation affords the chance for fans between the ages of 12 and 15 to receive free giveaways as they enter the speedway. The night was created to honor hard working students as they complete another school year. On-track action will be highlighted by a 75-lap Late Model feature and will include a full night of racing in all eight divisions.

Enders Corporation joins Design 2 Construct to present the Miss Slinger Super Speedway pageant and the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series event. Pageant contestants will compete in swimwear for the title of Miss Slinger Super Speedway, which affords the winner $1,000.00 in cash and the chance to represent the speedway throughout the 2003 race season. The Midwest Sportsman Championship Series will be making their second of three visits to the Slinger Super Speedway. MSCS drivers will try their luck at navigating the high banks of Slinger Super Speedway in a 40-lap battle for the checkered flag. This weekend’s MSCS race is one of eight series events, which are also run at Lake Geneva Raceway and Rockford Speedway in Illinois.

Regular Sunday night racing action runs through September 21, 2003. In addition, Slinger Super Speedway will host the 24th Annual Miller Lite Nationals on Tuesday night, July 22nd. The show will feature NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch. Advance tickets are available for purchase by calling the speedway’s box office at 262.644.5921.