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Mueller Back In Victory Lane After Ritter/Parker 75!
By Dan Margetta

July 25, 2004; Slinger, WI -Defending track champion Brad Mueller drove to a convincing win in the Ritter/Parker Store 75-lap late model feature at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night..

Photo Highlights

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Defending track champion and current Late Model point leader Brad Mueller (#89) captured the main event of the evening, winning the Ritter/Parker 75.
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Running the outside line Brad Mueller (#89) works past Lowell Bennett (#2) for the lead in the Late Model feature contest.

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Jerry Eckhardt (#61) smokes the tires while spinning to slow his machine during Late Model action this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.

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In addition to winning the feature race, Brad Mueller (#89) let fans know early he'd be tough this evening, by setting fast qualifying honors.
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Ron Schmitt (#6) scored his first Midwest Modified feature win of the 2004 season.
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Steve Schultz (#45) was victorious in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified Trophy Dash.

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Current Midwest Sportsman point leader Gary Lamonte (#63) turned in the fastest qualifying effort for the class and won the feature contest.
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Dave Obermeyer (#93) earned his first checkered flag of the 2004 season by topping the Midwest Sportsman dash race.
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Mark Kissinger (#7) captured the Thunder- stocks feature race.

After passing Lowell Bennett for the lead on lap 45, Mueller was unchallenged for the remainder of the caution-free race and cruised to a fifteen car-length victory over Bennett and Dave Feiler.

 

“I was talking to Lowell (Bennett) before the race and we decided it would be great if we ran one, two tonight and I told him this time it was my turn to be out front,” Mueller exclaimed from victory lane. “We’ve thrashed on this car all week, “ he continued. “We’ve been trying to get it to be good on the long runs and I think we got it right tonight.”

Travis Dassow scooted out to the early lead at the drop of the green as Donavan Morgan slipped into second place while Fred Winn, Bennett, Feiler, and Mueller jockeyed for position behind the top two. Dassow stretched out his lead over Morgan by lap ten while Bennett and Mueller got around Winn to take over third and fourth. Bennett worked the inside to catch Morgan for second ten laps later as Dassow maintained a solid lead. Once in second place, Bennett began to gradually close in on Dassow while Mueller worked the outside lane, taking third place from Morgan on lap 25. Bennett was squarely in Dassow’s mirror by lap 30 and after a few attempts to pass using the outside, he ducked to the inside on lap 33 and passed Dassow for the lead. Mueller was moving his way forward using the outside and he also caught and passed Dassow for second place on lap 36 while Feiler began his charge to the front, taking fourth from Morgan on the same lap.

The leaders caught up to lapped traffic and having his car perform well on the outside enabled Mueller to close and eventually pass Bennett for the lead on lap 45. Once in front, Mueller maintained his torrid pace and began to drive away from Bennett as Feiler battled with Dassow for third. After several laps of side by side racing, Feiler took the third spot from Dassow and tried to reel in the lead duo. The final laps of the race belonged to Mueller as he pulled out to a sizeable lead, taking the checkered flag nearly a straightaway ahead of Bennett. Feiler finished a solid third and Dassow wrapped up another impressive run with a fourth place finish. John Mueller ran a consistent race to finish fifth.

Dennis Prunty won the 30-lap late model semi-feature and Mike Strupp finished second. Randy Schuler was third while Robert Maynor and Bill Shavlik rounded out the top five. Donavan Morgan captured the win in the fast dash and Mueller was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.352 seconds.

Gary LaMonte led the final four laps of a very competitive Midwest Sportsman 30-lap feature to nail down the win.

Jimmy Evans and Jay Schambeau swapped the lead numerous times over the first 19 laps as the field raced in two by two formation with neither the inside lane or the outside lane able to get an advantage. Behind Evans and Schambeau, Colin Bamke, LaMonte, Mike Graczkowski, and James Swan all raced under a blanket as each driver tried to find a way to move forward. Evans finally eased into the lead by himself on lap 20, leaving Schambeau to battle Bamke, Graczkowski,, LaMonte, and Bamke for second place. With the laps winding down, the racing became intense in the top five and the first and only caution flag appeared on lap 26 after Swan and Bamke tangled, sending both drivers to the back for the restart.

Evans held the lead on the restart but he faced the tough task of having to hold off LaMonte and Josh Bauer as they occupied the second and third spots, ahead of Graczkowski and Schambeau. LaMonte was quick on the button at the green flag and immediately shot to the inside, taking the lead from Evans soon after the restart. Evans was caught on the outside and began to fade as Bauer and Graczkowski passed him for second and third respectively. LaMonte held off Bauer to score the victory while Graczkowski finished third. Evans crossed the finish line in fourth place and Schambeau was fifth.

Dave Obermeyer raced to his first victory of the season when he claimed top honors in the fast dash and LaMonte blistered the speedway to set fast time at 12.649 seconds.

Ron Schmitt claimed his first feature victory of the season in the 25-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest modified feature.

Schmitt took the green flag from the outside of the first row and followed early leader Russ Moberly for six laps before taking command of the event with an inside pass on lap seven. As Schmitt held the lead, Wes Biswell, Dale Prunty, and Ken Wills were using the outside lane to move through the pack and by lap nine Prunty took over second place from Moberly. Prunty made a challenge for the lead by ducking to the inside of Schmitt on lap nine, but the move proved costly as he spun between turns one and two.

 

One lap later, Moberly spun after racing hard with Biswell for second and the caution flag appeared with Schmitt leading Biswell, Jason Feyereisen, Wills, and Dan Miller. Once racing resumed, Schmitt maintained the top spot over Biswell, Feyereisen, and Wills while Miller battled with Jeff Holtz for fifth. The intense racing between the two contributed to the next caution flag as Miller spun on the backstretch on lap 21. The final nine laps were run under green and Schmitt was up to the challenge as he held off Biswell for the win. Wills made a late race charge to grab third from Fereyeisen at the checkered. Steve Schulz was fifth.

Mark Kissinger won the 12-lap Thunderstocks feature over Aaron Cain and Les Weidenhoeft. Joe DeStefano Sr. was fourth followed by Rick Schaefer. Bob Losiniecki won the first Slinger Bee event and Dustin Osberg was the winner of the second. David Malone won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest car race. Brian Brooks drove his 1998 Camaro to the win in the Spectator Elimination events and Scott Goetzke overcame an early spin to win the Figure 8 race.

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Pioneer Plaza Night at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer

Slinger, WI (Spl.) – This Sunday night, Pioneer Plaza in Richfield presents a 60 lap late model feature at the Slinger Super Speedway. The night will also be highlighted by 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 and Midwest Sportsman Championship Series.

With ten different feature winners to date in the late model division, the 2004 season has been extremely competitive as current point leader Brad Mueller tries to defend his track championship over Dave Feiler who sits in second place in the point standings.

In the Midwest Sportsman division Gary Lamonte leads James Swan by 24 points and Josh Bauer by 71 points in the tight battle for the Season Championship.

Wes Biswell holds a 28 point lead over defending Champion Dale Prunty in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified division.

The competition is at an all time high with tight point battles in all the divisions and fans can pick up discounted tickets at Pioneer Plaza for regular Sunday night racing all season long.

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 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) 628-7929.