Konetski Becomes 10th
Different Winner of the Season
After Capturing the Camera Case & TV 75
By Dan Margetta
18, 2004; Slinger, WI -Austin Konetski
found himself in victory lane following a late model feature race for the first time in
his career Sunday night after capturing the win in the Camera Case & TV 75 at the
Slinger Super Speedway.Lowell Bennett had things go his way Tuesday night in the 25th
Annual Miller Lite Nationals at the Slinger Super Speedway as he chalked up his third
Nationals title by driving to the win in the 250-lap feature.
Konetski, who led 39 laps and had Dave Feiler breathing down his tailpipe for the
final circuits, rebounded from being knocked out of the Miller Lite Nationals earlier in
the week to nail down the win.
I saw Dave (Feiler) behind me with about 30 laps to go and my car felt like it was
going away, an obviously excited Konetski told the crowd. I just said to
myself that if anyone deserves one of these, after the deal on Tuesday (in the Nationals),
its me. I just tried to stay cool and we made it.
Ryan Mathews got a great jump at the green flag and led the opening two laps before Dave
Teske and Konetski swept by on the inside to take the top two spots. Mike Strupps
car had a problem exiting turn two on the third lap and when he slowed, the field bunched
up behind him, causing a traffic-jam effect resulting in Conrad Morgan colliding with Mark
Bitzan. The impact sent Bitzan into the backstretch wall and the momentum turned his car
over on its roof as it slid into the third turn banking. Bitzan was not injured in the
mishap and the race was halted under the red flag with Teske leading Konetski and Mathews.
Teske maintained the lead as racing resumed while Feiler entered the top five, bringing
Lowell Bennett, Eric Fransen, and Brad Mueller along with him as they charged toward the
front. Konetski looked to the outside and pulled alongside Teske on lap 25 and the two
raced side by side for three laps before Teske prevailed on the inside. The hard racing up
front allowed Feiler to close on the lead duo and he also took to the inside, momentarily
taking second place from Konetski, who was caught in the high groove.
After a few laps, the outside groove began to come in and Konetski made it pay off by
racing around Feiler and Teske to take the lead on lap 36. Travis Dassow and Dennis Prunty
tangled in turn three on lap 38, slowing the race under the yellow flag. Konetski kept his
lead as the green flag waved but Feiler began to display his strength as he dove inside
Teske to grab second on lap 40. Feiler had his car hooked up well to the inside and gained
ground on Konetski exiting the corners as Konetskis car appeared to slide off the
turns. Feiler made a serious challenge for the lead, pulling alongside on lap 48 but the
move was negated when the caution appeared for a spin in turn four involving Mathews and
Once the field was back under green, Feilers car seemed to level off while
Konetskis began to hook up on the outside and the top five ran nose to tail with
Konetski leading Feiler, Bennett, Fransen, and Mueller. The final caution flag flew on lap
56 when Mike Strupp spun in turn four after contact with Mathews and during the slowdown,
Bennett left the track when his car was found to be leaking fluid. Konetski hit his marks
over the final 19 laps and eased ahead to take a four car-length victory at the checkered
flag over Feiler. Fransen was close behind in third place and Mueller finished fourth. Al
Schill rounded out the top five.
Mike Egan edged Chad Barker in a close finish to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature.
James Swan drove Larry Los machine to a third place finish ahead of Scott Schoeni
and Jerry Eckhardt. Todd Kluever took the win in the fast dash and Mueller continued to be
strong in qualifying, turning in a 11.393 second lap for fast time.
Josh Bauer dodged an early incident and then held off James Swan amidst lapped traffic to
win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.
Brad Keith and Mike Graczkowski raced for the early lead in front of Johnny Carrao and
Colin Bamke before the yellow appeared on lap four when Jason Taghikhani, Todd Gehring,
and Mike Borchardt tangled in turn two. Numerous cars, including Bauer, spun in the
aftermath but they were determined to have spun to avoid the incident and did not lose
their spots for the restart which lined up with Keith leading Graczkowski, Carrao, Bamke,
Keith held the lead until lap seven when he began to fade on the outside as Graczkowski
moved into the top spot and Bauer took over second place. Keith continued to fall back as
George Schultz, Gary LaMonte, and Swan all were able to get around him. Bauer tracked down
Graczkowski by lap 16 and quickly took to the outside lane to pull alongside. A lap later,
Bauer used the outside to take command of the race, leaving Graczkowski to hold off Swan
and Schultz for second. By lap 20, Swan and Schultz both were able to pass Graczkowski and
soon they were side by side for second place, a battle that Swan eventually won on lap 23.
Bauer found himself in heavy lapped traffic for the final seven laps and that allowed Swan
to close in dramatically. Bauer worked the traffic magnificently and never allowed Swan to
make a challenge as he crossed the finish line for the win. Schultz took the checkered
flag in third place followed by Graczkowski and Bamke.
Bauer also took the win in the fast dash and Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier at
Dale Prunty continued his winning ways with a victory in the 25-lap Eldorado Trailer
Sales Midwest Modified feature.
Jason Feyereisen immediately grabbed the lead at the start over Russ Grade and Ken Wills.
Prunty, who started fifth quickly went to work driving towards the front, taking third
place on lap five and then second on lap seven. Near the half way mark, Prunty caught
Feyereisen while Wills held down third place just ahead of Dan Miller and Grade. Prunty
made his move around Feyereisen to take the lead just before lap 20 and was never headed
from there, driving to the victory. Feyereisen finished second and Wills crossed the
finish line in third. Miller finished in fourth place and Grade was fifth.
Joseph Bentfield and Glenn Weber each won an 8-lap Slinger Bees heat and Mark Fogel
appeared to win the Thunderstock feature but was later disqualified after failing
post-race technical inspection. Les Weidenhoeft finished second followed by Mark
Kissinger, Joe DeStefano Sr., and Josh Fisher. Shane Becker won the Figure 8 race and
Kissinger took the win in the Spectator Elimination races in his Chevy Monte Carlo. The
Port-A-John Speedway Guest car event was won by Jeremy Fichtner of Camera Case and TV.
results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
Ritter/ Parker Store presents the
Rides for kids in race cars at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer
Slinger, WI; Special This Sunday night,
Ritter/ Parker Store presents the Rides for kids in race cars at the Slinger Super
Speedway. The night will be highlighted by a 75-lap Late Model feature, and a full night
of racing in all divisions including the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modifieds, Slinger
Bees, Thunderstocks, Figure 8s, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, Spectator
Eliminators and Midwest Sportsman division.
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assemblies while you wait, and welcomes Heavy Equipment Specialists as their newest
Associate Distributor. Visit them in Slinger on Hwy 60 for all of your hose and fitting
needs along with your heavy equipment repairs and heavy-duty truck repairs.
Regular Sunday night racing action at Slinger Super Speedway runs through
September 19, 2004. Spectator gates open at 4:45 p.m. with time trials at 5:15 p.m. and
racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Slinger Super Speedway is located ¼ mile West of
Highway 41 on Highway 144 in Slinger. For availability and other sponsorship opportunities
including track signage and billboards contact the Public Relations Department at (262)