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Schill Charges to First Win of Season In More Than Millwork 70!
By Dan Margetta

June 20, 2004; Slinger, WI - The ageless Al Schill staged a stellar battle with young Andrew Morrissey and then turned back a late race challenge by Dave Feiler to win the More Than Millwork 70-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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Veteran racer Al Schill (#14) nabbed his first Late Model feature win of the 2004 season taking top honors in the More Than Millwork 70 lap feature contest.
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This time experience overcame youth as Al Schill (#14) bested youngster Andrew Morrisey (#39) during the Late Model main event.
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Donavan Morgan (#99) faces the wrong way after a miscue during the Late Model action.
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Defending champion Brad Mueller (#89) works past David Prunty (#1) on his way to posting a third place finish in the More Than Millwork 70 lap feature contest for the Late Models.
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Mike Strupp (#10) works the low line past Dennis Prunty (#42) on his way to winning the Late Model semi-feature.
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Dave Feiler (#93) started the evening out with a victory in the Late Model dash.
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Besting a field of nearly 40 cars, Austin Konetski (#13) claimed top qualifying honors this evening in the Late Model division.
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Nick Schumacher (#4) jumped behind the wheel of Dan Miller's Modified and took top honors in the feature contest.
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Dale Prunty (#17) turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Midwest Modified class.
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Josh Bauer (#71) was the fastest of the Midwest Sportsman class this evening.
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Andy Soine (#21) carries the checkered flag after winning one of the Slinger Bee main events.
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Andy Soine (#21) works past Robin Van Hoff Jr (#56) on his way to victory in one of the Slinger Bee features.

Morrissey led briefly at the start entering turn one, but Schill had his car wound up on the outside and by the time the field hit turn three, the 59-year old veteran rocketed into the top spot. Morrissey immediately dropped into place behind him while Rich Loch, David Prunty, and Conrad Morgan followed. After initially using the outside, Schill took to the bottom to hold onto the lead as Brad Mueller and Feiler approached the top five. Morrissey made several attempts for the lead on the inside by tapping Schill’s rear bumper and then switched to the outside, driving around Schill for the top spot on lap 20.

Afterwards, Schill explained he was pleased to see Morrissey go by him. “I was actually happy he (Morrissey) took the lead because then I could pressure him and watch to see if he made mistakes.” “He had his rear view mirror full of my car,” Schill continued in victory lane.

Schill did not let Morrissey get away and really turned up the wick just after a restart following the first caution that appeared on lap 24 for an incident between Austin Konetski and Conrad Morgan. Schill kept himself stuck on Morrissey’s back bumper while Loch took to the outside groove to try to join the lead duo. After a few laps of running with the leaders, the move proved to be fruitless as Prunty and Mueller were able to fill the inside gap and Loch drifted back two spots. Feiler also used the inside to keep Loch trapped up top and he took the fifth position on lap 30.

Schill kept the pressure up on Morrissey, making numerous looks to the inside exiting the corners as the leaders approached lapped traffic. While working lapped traffic, Schill was able to dive inside of Morrissey and then clear him for the lead heading into turn one on lap 50. Donavan Morgan’s spin into the wall in turn three brought the field under caution again on lap 53 with Schill leading Morrissey, Prunty, Feiler, and Mueller.

Schill was able to momentarily get some breathing room on the restart but five laps later, Morrissey was once again filling up his mirrors. Further back, Feiler used the outside to take third place away from Prunty and quickly caught the top two drivers. Morrissey decided to try the outer groove over the final ten laps and the choice proved to be the wrong one as Feiler immediately shot to the inside and took second. Once in second place, Feiler closed on Schill for the lead and over the final five laps remained tucked under Schill’s rear bumper. A final charge for the win on the last lap came up short for Feiler and Schill drove to his first feature victory of the season. Morrissey finished a close third while Mueller and Prunty rounded out the top five. John Mueller finished sixth ahead of Loch and Nathan Haseleu while Lowell Bennett and Ryan Mathews were ninth and tenth respectively.

Mike Strupp claimed the win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Dennis Prunty and Chad Barker while Mike Egan and Gregg Haese finished fourth and fifth. The 12-lap consi was won by Jerry Eckhardt over Bill Shavlik and George Olson. Feiler scored the win in the dash and Austin Konetski set fast time at 11.404 seconds.

James Swan worked his way through the field to capture the win in the 25-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature.

Swan started deep in the field and along with Gary LaMonte hooked up on the outside line to move forward while Brad Keith and Jimmy Evans battled for the early lead. Jason Taghikhani spun in turn four on lap four to bring out the caution flag and Colin Bamke left the track with damage after hitting the wall while trying to avoid the incident. Evans led Keith and Mike Borchardt on the restart while Swan and LaMonte sat close behind in fourth and fifth. As racing resumed, Swan and LaMonte continued their march to the front as they ran nose to tail in a sort of drafting fashion on the high side to drive around first Borchardt and then a few laps later, Keith for the second spot.

While Swan and LaMonte worked to catch Evans for the lead, Jeremy Miller and Josh Bauer were also heading towards the front and entered the top five by lap 15. Todd Gehring got out of shape in turn two on lap 16 and slid to the inside where he was tagged hard by Taghikhani but the race remained under the green as Gehring continued on and Taghikhani slid into the infield. The outside line proved to be the fastest as Evans began to drift back and Swan, LaMonte, Miller, and Bauer all were able to get by during the final laps. Once out front, Swan drove to the victory over LaMonte while Miller and Bauer took the checkered flag in third and fourth respectively. Evans finished fifth.

Swan also won the fast dash and Bauer was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.634 seconds.

Nick Schumacher guest-drove Dan Miller’s ride and made the most of his time in the car by taking the win in the 30-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature and preventing Dale Prunty from scoring a clean sweep.

Jeff Holtz led the opening laps over Ron Schmitt, Russ Grade, and Steve Schulz while Schumacher and Prunty looked to advance forward after starting far back in the field. Schulz and Grade made contact in turn two and slid into the infield on lap two while battling for third. The incident between Schulz and Grade caused those behind them to slow down and further back Roger Schmid made hard contact with Eddie Bentfield, resulting in the appearance of the caution flag. Holtz maintained his lead on the restart while Schumacher and Prunty made the high lane work, moving into fourth and fifth by lap 10. Seven laps later, the two had worked their way into third and fourth and by lap 22, Schumacher was in second place with Prunty following in third. Schumacher aggressively worked the outside, sliding his car in the corners in almost dirt track-like fashion, and took the lead from Holtz on lap 26. Schumacher drove away to the win from there while Holtz finished second and Prunty was third. Ron Schmitt and Wes Biswell completed the top five.

Prunty won the dash and also set fast time at 12.154 seconds which set him up for a possible clean sweep, which fell just short when he finished third in the feature.

Ryan DeStefano and Andy Soine each won Slinger Bee’s events and the Thunderstocks feature win went to Joe DeStefano Jr. Jim Schmittinger won the Spectator Elimination races in his Corvette and Tony Bosch won the Speedway Guest Car race. Donald Van Camp closed the evening by winning the Figure 8 event.

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Keith’s Marina Presents the 2004 Firework Extravaganza at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, track sponsor Keith’s Marina will present the 2004 Fireworks Extravaganza at the Slinger Super Speedway. The night will be highlighted by a 85-lap Late Model feature and a full night of racing in all divisions including the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modifieds, Slinger Bees, Thunderstocks, Figure 8’s, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, Spectator Eliminators at the new Midwest Sportsman division. In addition to the on track action, the night will feature the areas largest ground and aerial firework display.
Keith's Marina, located in West Bend, has daily inventory changes and offers a large array of new boats. With over 500 new and used boats in stock, Keith’s Marina sells boats, motors, parts & service. Call 262.334.9389 for special prices.

Regular Sunday night racing action at Slinger Super Speedway runs through September 19, 2004. In addition, the track will host the 25th Annual Miller Lite Nationals on Tuesday night, July 13th. The show will feature NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth and Scott Wimmer. Other drivers include Busch Series driver Johnny Sauter, Craftsman Truck Series driver Chris Wimmer, defending Miller Lite Nationals Champion Rich Bickle, Dick and Chuck Trickle plus more to be announced at a later date. Advance tickets are available for purchase by calling the speedway’s box office at 262.644.5921.