Miller Lite set to present
the Twin 75's Spring Opener
at Slinger Super Speedway!
By Cortney Owen
April 9, 2003 - On April 27, 2003
racing action at the Worlds Fasted Quarter Mile Paved Oval will commence and a new
track record could likely be set during the Miller Lite Twin 75s spring opener.
Edgerton native Rich Bickle will join the winners of the 2002 Miller Lite Twin 75s,
Eric Fransen & Brad Mueller, along with an impressive field of competitors in the
2-part chase for the checkered flags. As a long time sponsor of the track, Miller Brewing
Co. will present the special event which will include competition in the Late Model and
new Midwest Sportsman divisions.
In October of 2002, Slinger Super Speedways track owner and promoter, Wayne
Erickson, resurfaced all four corners of the track in order to smooth the surface and
create faster lap times. Were going to see cars gaining speeds particularly
through Turns 3 & 4, said Erickson, where the surface was a bit bumpy from
racing during the summer heat following the 1996 asphalting of the track. Track
resurfacing could pave the way for a driver to break the current track record set by Tony
Strupp on June 12, 1994 when Strupp navigated the high banks of Slinger Super Speedway in
11.095 seconds. One notable competitor is not quite as sure that the track record will be
broken this season. The track is without a doubt more smooth, commented 6-time
Late Model track champion Conrad Morgan, but I just dont know if the grinding
procedure, which removed some of the asphalt oil from the track, will allow a driver to
break the record.
Rich Bickle will revisit the speedway in hopes to claim part of the nights purse
which will include up to $4,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. Bickle, who won the
Slinger Super Speedway Nationals in 1992 and 1996, had two solid years in the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series in 1996 and 1997, winning three races and finishing second in the
NCTS points chase in 97, driving for Darrell Waltrip. Additional drivers slated to
compete in the afternoons event will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the Slinger Super Speedway spring opener are now on sale at the speedway
office and at Pioneer Plaza in Richfield. Adult tickets will be available for $14 in
advance and $16 on the day of the event. Student tickets for children ages 10-15 will be
$8 and children ages 9 and under will receive free admission to each round when
accompanied by an adult. Gates for the afternoons event open at 12 noon and the time
trials will be held at 1:00pm with racing at 2:00pm!
The 2003 Miller Lite Twin 75s Spring Opener is a special event and will kick off
season-long, Sunday night action at Slinger Super Speedway. Nightly competition during the
regular season schedule includes an event lineup of the Late Model, Midwest Modified,
Midwest Sportsman, Figure 8, Team Cruisers and Slinger. Slinger Super Speedways
schedule runs from April 27, 2003 through September 21, 2003. Advertising and sponsorship
opportunities with the speedway still exist for the 2003 season. For more information,
contact the speedways communication department at 414.425.6710 or visit our newly
upgraded web-site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.