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Feiler Powers to Keith's Marina 85 Win at Slinger!
By Dan Margetta

June 30, 2004; Slinger, WI -Dave Feiler charged to a powerful win Wednesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the Keith’s Marina 85 for his first feature victory of the season.

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Feiler, who started third and led 74 laps before holding off Lowell Bennett for the win, explained from victory lane that his car’s handling over the extended laps was the key for the victory. “On the long runs, our car is good,” stated Feiler. “With qualifying being so tough now, it’s hard to set up for the longer runs but I think we’ve got something together now and I hope we can keep this up.”

Feiler’s performance was dominating as he took command of the event on lap 11 after racing around early leader Dennis Prunty and then gradually checked out on the field while Prunty battled with Dave Teske and John Mueller for the runner-up spot. As Feiler edged ahead, Bennett, Andrew Morrissey, and Brad Mueller began to work their way toward the front, catching the top five just before the first caution flew on lap 25 for an incident between Austin Konetski and John Mueller while racing for position in turn two. Soon after the race restarted, the yellow flag appeared within a lap as Brad Hartman experienced a mechanical problem, causing him to slow and eventually spin after contact with cars going around him.

On the restart, Feiler led Prunty, Teske, and Bennett but soon after the green reappeared, Bennett made his way around Teske for third while Morrissey and Brad Mueller were close behind. Once around Teske, Bennett began to track down Prunty for second while Morrissey continued to advance forward, taking the fourth spot from Teske on lap 40. The field was slowed under the yellow again a lap later when Rich Loch spun in turn four with Feiler leading Bennett, Prunty, Morrissey, and Mueller. Soon after the restart, Gregg Haese, Konetski, and John Mueller tangled in turn two, resulting in another yellow flag.

Feiler maintained the lead on the restart over Bennett, but Morrissey got up to speed quickly and was able to pass Prunty for third, bringing Mueller with him on lap 43. The front runners stabilized during the middle stages while Eric Fransen began to advance ahead, taking the fifth position on lap 60. Bennett was able to slightly cut into Feiler’s lead over the final 20 laps but could not put together a serious challenge as he had to fend off Morrissey for second while Feiler drove to the win. Bennett edged Morrissey for second and Mueller finished a strong fourth. Fransen was fifth at the finish followed by David Prunty, Al Schill, and Ryan Mathews. John Mueller and Teske completed the top ten.

Mike Strupp took the win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature and transferred to the main event along with second place finisher Gregg Haese. Tommy Hromadka was third ahead of John Zimmerman and Scott Schoeni. Jerry Eckhardt won the 12-lap late model consi over Mike McCabe and Bill Shavlik. Morrissey captured his first career Slinger checkered flag when he won the fast dash and David Prunty set fast time at 11.377 seconds.

First time winners are always fun, and that certainly was the case in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman Series main event as Brad Keith drove to his first career feature win in convincing fashion.

Keith immediately jumped into the lead at the start while Greg Herman, Shawn Upthall, and Colin Bamke bunched up in a tight race for second. A spin by Nathan Fick in turn two produced the first caution flag early on with Keith still leading Herman and Upthall. Another caution flew a few laps after the restart when Todd Stoner crashed in turn two with Keith still leading the field. Keith once again sprang out to a sizeable lead as the field bottle-necked behind him with Herman, Upthall, Bobby Gutknecht, and others racing hard for the second spot. With Keith pulling away, Gutknecht and Josh Bauer took to the outside to race around Herman and Upthall while James Swan and Jeremy Miller also used the high side to close in. Keith’s lead had grown to nearly a straightaway by the time those behind him sorted things out and began to try to track him down. Bauer was able to grab second place away from Gutknecht in the later stages, but could not catch Keith who drove off to his first Midwest Sportsman Series feature victory at Slinger. Bauer finished second followed by Gutknecht and Swan. Jeremy Miller was fifth and Gary LaMonte finished sixth.

Earlier, Gutknecht drove to victory in the Midwest Sportsman Series fast dash and LaMonte was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap in at 12.681 seconds.

Wes Biswell scored the win in the 25-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature by holding off Dale Prunty and Jason Feyereisen for the win.

Biswell jumped out to the lead at the start over Feyereisen and Jeff Holtz as the caution quickly flew on lap three when Dan Miller and Steve Schulz tangled on the frontstretch that resulted in Schulz scraping along the turn one wall. The yellow reappeared a lap after the restart when Russ Moberly made contact with the turn three wall and the pace was slowed again with Biswell still leading over Feyereisen and Prunty, who along with Ron Schmitt and Roger Schmid moved into the top five after Holtz dropped out with mechanical problems. Biswell continued to lead as racing resumed and Prunty quickly challenged Feyereisen for second. After racing hard for many laps, Prunty was able to take the position on lap 15 while Biswell maintained a considerable advantage out front. Over the final half of the race, Prunty was able to close to Biswell’s bumper and made several attempts to get by on the inside, but each time, Biswell was strong enough to hold him off. At the finish, Biswell took the win ahead of Prunty and Feyereisen while Ron Schmitt and Roger Schmid capped off their best runs of the season by finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Earlier, Feyereisen won the fast dash and Prunty led all qualifiers at 12.309 seconds.

Aaron Cain turned back the challenges of Mark Kissinger and Chris Beine to win the Thunderstocks event. Joe DeStefano Jr. finished fourth and Les Wiedenhoeft was fifth. The Slinger Bees races were won by Shawn Friedeck and Joseph Bentfield while Joe Smith was the winner in the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Cars. Steve Paukner drove his Volkswagon Sirocco to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Scott Geotzke closed out the evening with a win in the Figure 8 event.

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Uptown Automotive presents the 4th of July Special at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, Uptown Automotive will present the 4th of July Special at the Slinger Super Speedway. The night will be highlighted by a 70-lap Late Model feature along with the first Slinger appearance of the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series. Also included is 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 a large ground and aerial fireworks display and free license plate holders will be handed out to the first adults through the gate while supplies last. The rain date for the 4th of July Special is Monday, July 5th.

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. NASCAR Busch Series driver Kyle Busch has just been announced to race in the event and other drivers include Busch Series driver Johnny Sauter and Craftsman Truck Series driver Chris Wimmer. Defending Miller Lite Nationals Champion Rich Bickle will be back to defend his title and, Dick and Chuck Trickle will race against each other for the first time in their careers. Fans can save $5 buy purchasing tickets in advance, which are now available by calling the speedway’s box office at 262.644.5921.

Special Announcement Regarding the 25th Annual Miller Lite Nationals Autograph Session at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer

Slinger, WI June 23,(Spl.) – Tuesday evening July 13th, Slinger Super Speedway will host the 25th Annual Miller Lite Nationals. The program for the nationals this year will be a little different from years past, in regards to the autograph session. The first 300 people that sign up for the autograph session will receive a special ticket and wristband for the night’s events. The ticket will include an exclusive autograph session with Nextel Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, Busch Series drivers Kyle Busch, Slinger Nationals Champion Dick Trickle and more. The events for the special ticket holders will begin at 4pm and guest will enjoy beverages, sandwiches, and snacks. After the autograph session the 300 ticket holders will move to a special section reserved in the grandstand area to watch the nights events unfold. Interested fans can call the track office for more details on the special autograph session at 262.644.5921.

The night’s events will include a 250-lap late model feature, along with supporting races in the division. The Midwest Sportsman will also be apart of the evening’s program, along with other entertainment. The rain date for the Miller Lite Nationals is Wednesday July 14th. Watch for more information on the track web site at