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Prunty Finally Breaks Through to Win Johnsonville Foods 65!
By Dan Margetta

August 15, 2004; Slinger, WI - David Prunty turned back a determined Brad Mueller to chalk up his first late model feature victory of the season in the Johnsonville Foods 65 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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David Prunty (#1) earned his first Late Model feature win of the 2004 season when he captured the checkered flag in the Johnsonville Foods 65.
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Brad Mueller (#89) defending Late Model champion and current point leader, made a late race charge and finished second in the main event.  He's shown passing Conrad Morgan (#92) who finished the contest in fourth.

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For the second straight week Dave Feiler (#93) has set the pace in Late Model qualifying.
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Kyle Jarslberg (#87) captured the dash event during a special appearance by the Limited Late Models this evening.  For many it was the first ever race on Slinger's high banked quarter-mile oval.
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Dave Thomas (#19) grabbed his first Midwest Sportsman checkered flag of the 2004 season at Slinger Super Speedway topping the feature contest.
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Brad Keith was victorious in the Midwest Sportsman dash race..
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Josh Bauer (#71) made his debut with a new Midwest Sportsman machine last week winning the feature, this week he set fast time in the class with the new car.
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Dale Prunty (#17) set fast time and then came from the rear of the field to win the Midwest Modified feature race.
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Jeff Holtz (#3) slips just a bit allowing Dale Prunty (#17) to maneuver by for the lead in the Midwest Modified feature race.
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Wes Biswell (#23) checks out victory lane after topping the Midwest Modified dash event.
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Mark Kissinger (#7) grabbed the feature win in the Thunderstocks.
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Ryan Zielski (#3) earned a win in one of the two Slinger Bee events this evening.

Prunty led the entire race but spent most of the time with the nose of Mueller’s Pontiac tucked squarely in his mirrors until the defending track champion washed high in turn two with three laps to go, enabling Prunty to drive to the victory.

“I’ve been missing some crew guys this year and I really have to thank the couple of guys I’ve got,” Prunty said after explaining how he’s had to piece together a pit crew to remain competitive this year. “The motor is really tired but we’ve got the chassis working really good now. It just took a year to get it right.”

Prunty and Conrad Morgan led the fastest late model feature field of the season (it took a qualifying lap of under 11.5 seconds to get in) to the green flag with Prunty getting the jump into turn one to lead the inside line cars of Morgan, Dave Teske, Mueller, and Donavan Morgan. A quick caution flag for debris on lap four didn’t deter Prunty as he maintained his lead once racing resumed as further back Austin Konetski, Lowell Bennett, Dave Feiler, and Eric Fransen jockeyed for positions inside the top ten. Feiler had his car turning well off the corners and he rooted his way up to the sixth position before his night turned sour when he spun in turn one on lap 29 to produce the second caution flag.

Prunty led Morgan and Mueller on the restart and eased ahead as they raced side by side for second while Fransen, Bennett, and Teske staged their own duel over the fourth spot. Mueller worked his way around Morgan for second on lap 35 and began to chase down Prunty who was encountering lapped traffic. Mueller steadily erased the gap between himself and Prunty and seemed prepared to strike for the lead when the final caution flag flew on lap 49 after Feiler and Ed Grober tangled in turn one.

Prunty was unable to shake Mueller as the green flag flew as the defending track champion made numerous attempts to edge to the inside. As Prunty and Mueller disputed the lead, Bennett caught Morgan in the waning laps and those two also staged a side by side battle for third. Mueller raced in Prunty’s tire tracks and made a serious bid for the lead with three laps to go, but he couldn’t make the move stick and his car washed up the speedway as Prunty gained a slight advantage. That was all Prunty needed to wrap up the victory as Mueller could only close to his rear bumper at the finish while Bennett edged Morgan for third. Teske ran a strong race to finish fifth while Fransen crossed the finish line in sixth. Al Schill started 17th and raced his way to a seventh place finish while Donavan Morgan, John Mueller, and Chad Barker rounded out the top ten.

Mike Strupp won the 30-lap late model semi-feature and transferred into the main event along with Ken Wills who finished second. Mark Bitzan finished third followed by Dennis Prunty and Lyle Messinger in fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Mueller won the dash and Feiler turned in the quickest qualifying lap of the season to date after circling the speedway in 11.294 seconds.

Dave Thomas nailed down his first feature win of the season as he took top honors in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Thomas began the race from the outside of the front row and took command of the event at the start over Jay Shambeau, Johnny Carrao, and Colin Bamke. Thomas stretched out his lead over Shambeau and Carrao as Bamke, Pat McIntee, and Brad Keith followed close behind. Gary LaMonte, James Swan, and Josh Bauer began to slice their way toward the front and were just outside the top five when the yellow flag flew on lap ten for Gregg Pawelski’s mechanical problems.

Thomas was able to open up his lead on the restart as the everyone behind him began to race each other for position in a tight pack. Bamke maneuvered his way around Shambeau and into second place on lap 16 while Carrao and McIntee became momentarily entangled and slid towards the turn two wall, opening the door for Swan and LaMonte to pass by and grab fourth and fifth. Once in second place, Bamke rapidly made up the deficit between himself and Thomas while Swan was closing in on the lead duo at an even faster rate. The top three were nearly nose-to-tail with two laps to go and on the final lap, Swan made a charge on Bamke for second as he ducked to the inside exiting turn four. Bamke turned back Swan’s charge to keep second, but in doing so, was unable to pressure Thomas who crossed the finish line for his first feature win of the season. LaMonte took the checkered flag in fourth place while Shambeau completed the top five finishers.

Brad Keith scored the win in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Josh Bauer was the fastest qualifier with a time of 12.518 seconds.

The limited late models made a special appearance at the Slinger Super Speedway and Mike Beyer captured the win in the 30-lap feature.

A.J. Miller led the opening laps as Beyer used the inside to work on Gerry Junget for second while Jon Reynolds and Mike Held raced close behind for fourth. Beyer was able to dispatch Junget for second place on lap ten and five laps later Held also got around Junget to grab third. Beyer and Held closed rapidly on Miller who was struggling with the handling on his car and on lap 18, Beyer ducked to the inside to snag the lead. Held followed to take second place a lap later, leaving Miller to battle with Reynolds for third. Jim Jarlesberg started deep in the field and steadily worked his way into the top five as the event remained under the green flag despite spins by Dylan Schuyler and Kyle Jarelsberg. Beyer was able to keep Held at bay over the final laps and raced to the win while Reynolds was able to pass Miller late in the event to finish third. Miller came home in fourth place and Jim Jarlesberg finished in fifth.

Kyle Jarlesberg won the fast dash and Jim Jarlesberg led qualifying with a lap of 12.586 seconds.

Dale Prunty charged from the back of the field and executed a late race pass of Jeff Holtz to drive to victory in the 25-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified feature.

Ron Schmitt led the opening laps as a tightly bunched field of cars that included Holtz, Roger Schmid, Russ Moberly, and Dan Miller raced intensely for track position behind the leader. Schmid momentarily broke loose in turn four on lap three and was slightly tagged by cars behind him, sending him spinning on the frontstretch. As the rest of the field tried to avoid the incident, Dan Miller and Steve Schulz were turned into the wall and the race was slowed under the caution flag.

Holtz was able to get a run on Schmitt on the restart and immediately went to the outside to challenge for the lead. Holtz made the outside work on lap five and took command of the race while further back, Wes Biswell, Jason Feyereisen, and Prunty were working their way toward the front. As Holtz led comfortably, Schmitt began to fade on the inside and fell back to fifth by the halfway mark as Biswell, Feyereisen, and Prunty advanced to the second through fourth spots respectively. Prunty was really hooked up in the later stages of the race and he quickly dispatched Biswell for second and began to gain ground on Holtz for the lead. With five laps to go, Prunty caught Holtz and took to the outside to attempt a pass. Holtz held tough on the inside for a few laps but eventually was no match for Prunty who took the lead with three laps to go. It was smooth sailing from there for Prunty and he scored the win over Holtz and Biswell. Feyereisen finished fourth and Schmitt was fifth.

Earlier in the evening, Holtz was victorious in the Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified dash and Prunty set fast time at 12.235 seconds.

Ryan Zielski and Robin Van Hoff each won Slinger Bees races while Mark Kissinger won the Thunderstocks feature over Doug Pasbrig and Joe DeStefano Jr. Bill Ostovich won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest car event and Justin Kraft drove his Nissan to the win in the Spectator Elimination races. Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

 

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Coca-Cola & Open Pantry Fan Appreciation Night along with the Re-Scheduled Bob Fish Pontiac, Buick, GMC Alan Kulwicki Memorial this Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway!
By Lanae Weyer

 

Special; Slinger, WI - This Sunday Night August 22nd it’s Coca-Cola & Open Pantry Fan Appreciation Night along with the Re-Scheduled Bob Fish Pontiac, Buick, GMC Alan Kulwicki Memorial at the Slinger Super Speedway.
The evening will be highlighted by twin 50 lap late model features 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, Midwest Sportsman.

Kids 11 and under will have a chance to participate in the Kids Coca-Cola 500 big wheel races and one lucky child will win a bike. Kids 11 and under will be admitted free for the nights events.

The Alan Kulwicki Memorial is a prestigious event held in honor of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki who won the Slinger track championship in 1977 and 1978.This race has traditionally drawn many of the top late model drivers in the Midwest. Past winners have included six-time track champion Conrad Morgan, Eric Fransen, Tony Strupp, Defending Track Champion Brad Mueller, and current NASCAR Cup Champion Matt Kenseth.

To date there have been ten different winners in the 11 year history of the event with Eric Fransen being the only two time winner.

To show appreciation toward the fans there will be free giveaways all through the evening along with free beer and soda after the racing events while supplies last.

Entry forms are now available at the track office for the Spectator 200 Enduro for street- type cars and the Compact 100 Special for compact and 4 cylinder cars that will be held on September 19th. Interested novice drivers may call 262 644 5921 for more information.

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 discounted track billboards contact the Public Relations Department at (262) 628-7929.