Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Morrissey Tops Pioneer Plaza 60 for Second Win of 2004 at Slinger!
By Dan Margetta

August 1, 2004; Slinger, WI - Rookie Andrew Morrissey prevailed in a green-white-checkered finish to nail down his second win of the season in an action-packed Pioneer Plaza 60-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Morrissey edged David Prunty for the lead with three laps to go and then held him off for the two-lap dash toward the finish that was set up by a late caution for a spin by Dennis Prunty in turn two on lap 58.

Photo Highlights

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Andrew Morrisey (#39) gathered up his second Late Model feature win of the 2004 season at Slinger Super Speedway topping the Pioneer Plaza 60.
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A battle for the lead went astray when Austin Konetski (#13) and Dave Feiler (#93) brushed while doing battle for the top spot.
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Chad Barker (#68) sends up a smoke signal, as he stands on the gas to stop a spin in Late Model action this evening.

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Mike Egan (#89) narrowly misses a spinning Chris Ratajczak (#21) in the Late Model semi-feature.
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Brad Mueller (#89) paces the current Late Model point standings, and set fast qualifying this evening as almost 40 cars took to the track to compete in the class this evening.
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James Swan (#97) was victorious in the Midwest Sportsman main event.
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Working the high line, James Swan (#97) passes Josh Bauer (#71) on his way to victory in the Midwest Sportsman feature contest.
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Bobby Hacker (#05) took the win in the Midwest Sportsman feature race.
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Dale Prunty (#17) set fast time and later came back to win the feature in the Midwest Modifieds.
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P.J. Cain (#5) won the Thunderstocks feature race.

“I want to thank him (Prunty) for giving me room and racing me clean there at the end,” Morrissey told the crowd from victory lane. “I don’t think I breathed the whole time I was out there.”

Austin Konetski started on the pole and dominated the early stages, shooting out to a sizeable lead while Prunty battled with Gregg Haese, Lowell Bennett, and Conrad Morgan. A spin by Chad Barker on lap 14 drew the first caution flag and Konetski continued to lead on the restart over Prunty and Haese while Bennett and Morgan disputed the fourth position. Fender rubbing between the two veterans on lap 18 bunched up the cars behind them and resulted in John Mueller spinning down the frontstretch to bring out the yellow flag. Bennett experienced problems immediately on the restart and exited the speedway, bringing Morrissey into the top five. While Konetski led during the middle stages, Dave Feiler was the fastest driver on the speedway, using the inside groove to advance from sixth place on lap 25 all the way to second by lap 40, passing Morrissey, Prunty, and Haese along the way.

Feiler quickly caught Konetski and began to pressure him for the lead as Prunty and Morrissey took over third and fourth respectively when Haese became caught in the outside lane. Konetski worked lapped traffic and held off Feiler’s charge until lap 55 when Feiler shot to the inside entering turn three in a bid for the lead. The charge ended abruptly when Feiler’s car twitched in the middle of the corner and collected Konetski on the outside, sending Feiler spinning and Konetski into the wall.

Prunty inherited the lead for the restart with Morrissey now in second place ahead of Haese, Conrad Morgan, and Brad Mueller. Morrissey made several attempts on the inside to unseat Prunty for the lead as racing resumed before finally taking to the outside lane to pull off the pass by edging Prunty at the stripe on lap 58. Dennis Prunty spun in turn two and the ensuing caution flag set up the green-white-checkered finish. Morrissey took off on the restart and held off Prunty over the final laps to take the victory by about four car-lengths. Haese completed his best run of the season with a strong third place finish while Morgan and Mueller rounded out the top five. Travis Dassow was sixth and was followed at the checkered flag by Dave Teske and Ryan Mathews. Al Schill and Eric Fransen completed the top ten finishers.

Dennis Prunty won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Eric Fransen and Mike Egan. Randy Schuler was fourth and Scott Schoeni was fifth. Morrissey claimed top honors in the late model fast dash and Mueller set fast time again by touring the speedway in 11.386 seconds.

The Midwest Sportsman Championship Series made it’s second stop of the season at the Slinger Super Speedway and James Swan made the most of it by winning the 40-lap feature.

Dave Obermeyer raced into the lead at the start as Josh Bauer slid ahead of George Schultz for second while Swan raced with Bobby Giers for the fourth spot. Todd Gehring stalled in turn two to slow the race under caution on lap seven and two laps after the restart, Bauer worked his way around Obermeyer to take the lead. Swan was on the charge and took third place from Schultz on the same lap and then shot around Obermeyer for second on lap ten. Obermeyer began to fade and Schultz, Jeremy Miller, Giers, and Colin Bamke all were able to pass him while Swan tracked down Bauer for the lead. Swan caught Bauer and took over the lead on lap 15 and the top five stabilized for a few laps before Bamke moved to the inside of Giers for fifth on lap 24. Bamke pulled alongside Giers on the frontstretch, but Giers would not give up the position easily and Bamke found himself spinning into turn one to bring out the caution flag. During the caution period, Giers was shown the black flag for his involvement in the incident moving Gary LaMonte into the top five. Swan led on the restart over Bauer, Schultz, Miller, and LaMonte. While the leaders raced ahead, Schultz, LaMonte, and Miller raced intensely for third place with Schultz sliding through the corners numerous times but never losing control and maintaining the position. Swan drove to the win while Bauer finished in second. Schultz crossed the finish line in third place while LaMonte nipped Miller at the line to come home in fourth.

Bobby Hacker won the 18-lap Midwest Sportsman semi-feature by holding off Jay Shambeau and Mike Graczkowski. Jan Kantner finished fourth and Jeremy Bloomberg was fifth. Bauer took the win in the fast dash and Swan was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.645 seconds.

Dale Prunty won the 25-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified 25-lap main event to claim his second feature victory of the season.

Russ Moberly led the beginning laps over Jason Feyereisen and Steve Schulz who raced just ahead of Prunty, Dan Miller, and Wes Biswell. Biswell was driving the car normally piloted by Ken Wills after he experienced problems with his own car earlier in the evening. The caution flag flew early when Ron Schmitt spun and hit the turn three wall on lap four. As racing resumed, Moberly held the lead but Prunty, Miller, and Biswell were working the outside lane and heading to the front.

 

Prunty used the outside groove to take second from Feyereisen and then charged by Moberly and into the lead on lap eight. Miller followed Prunty, but his charge was derailed on lap 11 when he tangled with Moberly and both cars spun down the backstretch. Miller’s misfortune placed Biswell into second place and he tried to run down Prunty for the lead. Prunty and Biswell were well ahead of Feyereisen, who held third place and Schulz in fourth. Prunty held off any challenge Biswell could mount and raced to his second feature win of the season. Feyereisen finished a distant third and Schulz was fourth. Ron Schmitt finished in fifth place. Biswell won the fast dash and Prunty set fast time at 12.330 seconds.

Shawn Gavin and Ryan DeStefano were the winners of the Slinger Bees races and P.J. Cain turned back the challenges of Joe DeStefano Jr. to win the Thunderstocks feature. Doug Pasbrig was third while LesWeidenhoeft and Joe DeStefano Sr. completed the top five. Troy Arena won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest car event and DeStefano Sr. returned to win the Spectator Elimination races in his 1974 Chevy. Willy Van Camp closed out the evening with a win in the Figure 8 event.

 

For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE

 

Miller High Life at the Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer

 

Special; Slinger, WI - This Sunday night, Miller High Life presents a 60 lap late model feature and a Demo Derby 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 Midwest Sportsman and Demo Derby for no increase in admission. Miller will be having fifty cents off specials on Miller High Life and Miller High Life Light at the track.

 

Just added for the August 15th Johnsonville Foods Night the Limited Late Models will be in competition for a special added event at the Slinger Super Speedway. The cars compete at Jefferson and Columbus on a weekly basis, and will race at Slinger in a special one-time program for the 2004 season.

 

Fans can also 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.