Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Morrisey Wins Bob Fish Alan Kulwici Memorial and
Fransen Tops Coca-Cola/Open Pantry 50 at Slinger!

By Dan Margetta

August 22, 2004; Slinger, WI - Andrew Morrissey added his name to the growing list of winners of the Bob Fish Pontiac-Buick -GMC Alan Kulwicki Memorial and Eric Fransen used a late race pass to capture the win in the Coca-Cola/Open Pantry 50-lap nightcap Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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The Slinger Speedway Pace Car carried a black flag to honor the memory of long time area flagman Dick Witt who passed away this past week.  Witt was the flagman at Slinger Super Speedway for many seasons.

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Eric Fransen (#16) is joined in victory lane by his family after winning the Coca-Cola/Open Pantry 50 Late Model main event.
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Eric Fransen (#16) works the high line past Dennis Prunty (#42) during the Super Late Model main event.

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Dave Feiler (#93) captured the Super Late Model dash.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Mike Strupp (#10) added another victory to his list by capturing the Super Late Model semi-feature contest..
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Larry Los (#9) was avoided by several cars after a spin during the Super Late Model preliminary events.
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Eventual race winner Eric Fransen (#16) managed to narrowly miss this tangle between last week's feature winner David Prunty (#1) and veteran racer Al Schill (#14) during the Super Late Model main event.
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Coming from near the tail of the field, Gary LaMonte captured the Midwest Sportsman feature race.
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Johnny Carrao (#92.5) vas victorious in the Midwest Sportsman dash.
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Dale Prunty (#17) set fast time and then cruised to victory in the Midwest Modified feature.
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Wes Biswell (#23) checks out victory lane after topping the Midwest Modified dash event for the second straight week.

Beginning the race from the pole position, Morrissey avoided an early accident and then masterfully worked lapped traffic to become the eleventh different winner of the event held in honor of the late NASCAR and Slinger Speedway champion.

Lowell Bennett shared the front row with Morrissey at the start and battled with him for the top spot during the early laps as Nathan Haseleu followed close behind in third place. Fred Winn developed problems on lap seven and when the leaders encountered fluid left on the track from Winn’s machine, they scattered into turn one with Bennett and Haseleu backing hard into the wall. As the rest of the field attempted to avoid the melee, the cars of John Mueller and Donavan Morgan became collected in the incident as the red flag was displayed. Although his car broke loose as well, Morrissey was able to drive through the mess and maintained the lead over Eric Fransen, Brad Mueller, Dave Feiler, and David Prunty for the restart.

“I just got through it,” Morrissey explained later as he discussed avoiding the accident with the crowd. “I got loose and was sideways and probably banked off Lowell’s (Bennett) car but we made it through it. After that the car was really hooked up.”

Morrissey’s car was hooked up well and he continued to lead over Fransen as the race restarted while Mueller and Feiler began to stage a battle for third. Mueller turned back Feiler’s challenges for several laps as Feiler looked to the inside numerous times while exiting the corners. Feiler was finally able to sneak his nose to the inside of Mueller near the halfway point and he pulled off the pass to grab third place while Fransen began to slowly track down Morrissey who had caught lapped traffic. Fransen was able to erase Morrissey’s advantage as they encountered the lapped cars and he closed to Morrissey’s rear bumper. Morrissey was not to be denied however, and he skillfully threaded his way through the lapped machines and drove off to his third feature win of the season. Fransen took the checkered flag in second place while Feiler and Mueller were third and fourth respectively. David Prunty finished in fifth place ahead of Ryan Mathews, Austin Konetski, and Al Schill. Chad Barker and Brad Dahmer rounded out the top ten finishers.

The lead lap cars were inverted for the start of the 50-lap nightcap which made up the final round of the Coca-Cola/Open Pantry two race series and Conrad Morgan and Todd Kluever led the field to the green flag. Morgan led briefly before Kluever used the outside to claim the top spot by lap ten. Dennis Prunty and Gregg Haese also used the outside to get around Morgan and take over the second and third positions respectively, leaving Morgan to race with David Prunty, who held down the fifth spot.

Eric Fransen and Al Schill were the cars on the move in the early stages and they worked their way up to challenge the top five runners by lap 15. As the two closed on David Prunty for fifth, Fransen took to the outside while Schill looked inside of Prunty entering turn three on lap 20. The momentarily three-wide situation resulted in Schill and Prunty tangling together and the field was slowed under the caution flag.

Dennis Prunty led Kluever, Haese, Fransen, and Morgan for the restart and soon began to open up a sizeable lead over the field. Fransen continued his march toward the front as he first picked off Haese for third place and then worked his way around Kluever for second just past the halfway mark. Once in second, Fransen began to track down Prunty for the lead and caught him by lap 35. With Fransen running the inside groove and Prunty occupying the outside, the leaders raced several laps side by side before Fransen prevailed on lap 41. While Fransen and Prunty raced hard for the lead, Kluever made up ground and was right in the tire tracks of the lead duo during the closing laps. Over the final three laps, Kluever began to pressure Prunty for second and that erased any chance Prunty had of challenging for the lead as Fransen drove to the victory. Prunty’s second place finish sealed the overall Coca-Cola/Open Pantry points title by just two points over Fransen. Kluever completed his consistent run in third place while Haese had one of his better races of the season, finishing in fourth place. Ryan Mathews was fifth.

After taking home his third feature win of the season, Fransen credited his crew with making his car handle better after the first feature event. “We were kind of beside ourselves,” Fransen explained. “After the first race, the car was doing all kinds of different things. We made a lot of changes and the car worked super. It was much better than the first race.”

Mike Strupp held off Chris Ratajczyk to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature while Mike Egan, Randy Schuler, and Tommy Hromadka completed the top five. Scott Schoeni was victorious in the 12-lap late model consi and Dave Feiler won the fast dash. Travis Dassow bested a field of 42 late models to set fast time for the first time in his career after turning in a lap at 11.352 seconds.

Gary LaMonte came from deep in the field to score the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Colin Bamke used his outside front row starting spot to jump into the lead at the start while further back, LaMonte, James Swan, and Josh Bauer all took to the outside to begin their charge to the front. Pat McIntee and Mike Lange tangled in turn two on lap three and the race was slowed under the caution flag with Bamke leading over Mike Graczkowski and Jan Kantner. LaMonte, Swan, and Bauer continued their freight train to the front as all three used the outside lane to pick off cars and by lap ten they occupied the second through fourth positions as Bamke maintained his lead. LaMonte closed to Bamke’s rear bumper and after loosening Bamke up in turn three, took command of the event on lap 18. Bamke quickly fell into line in second just ahead of Swan and Bauer. A spin by Nathan Fick right in front of the leaders drew another caution flag on lap 20. LaMonte held off Bamke for the remaining ten laps to score the win while Swan held off Bauer for third. Jay Shambeau finished in fifth.

Johnny Carrao took home a popular win in the fast dash and Bauer set fast time after touring the speedway in 12.543 seconds.

Dale Prunty cruised to another win in the 25-lap Midwest Modified main event after many cars were eliminated in an early race incident.

Prunty charged to the top spot by lap ten and held the lead over Wes Biswell, Jason Feyereisen, Jeff Holtz, and Steve Schulz as they came up on slower traffic. Bill Tandetzke, Brad Smith, and Joe Osterman were racing hard for position just in front of the leaders and as they battled, the leaders quickly closed. Prunty was able to pass the cars cleanly but when the racing between the slower cars eventually took up both racing grooves, Biswell and the others were forced to get on the binders, resulting in a turn one accident that involved Biswell, Feyereisen, Holtz, and Schulz. Biswell was the only one able to continue but the damage to his car caused a severe tire rub and he left the speedway as Prunty led over Russ Grade, David McCardle, Russ Moberly, and Roger Schmid. Prunty was unchallenged from there and took the win over Grade and Moberly while McCardle and Schmid rounded out the top five.

Earlier, Biswell won the fast dash and Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.193 seconds.

Ryan DeStefano and Andy Soine each won Slinger Bees 8-lap events and Doug Pasbrig won the 12-lap Thunderstock race over Joe DeStefano Sr. and Eric Schuetz. Willie Van Camp took top honors in the Spectator Elimination events and Shane Becker won the figure 8 event that was stopped after seven laps when Mike Bunnell and Scott Goetzke made hard contact with the turn two wall. Neither driver was injured but damage to the fencing on top the wall resulted in the race being ended after seven laps. Les Blankenship won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race and the Coca-Cola big wheel races were won by Mitch Delcamp, Richie Schultz, and Nick Lipp.

 

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Race of Champions and the Re-Scheduled E.H. Wolf & Sons event
this Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway!
By Lanae Weyer

 

Special; Slinger, WI -  This Sunday Night August 29th Behling Racing presents The Race of Champions along with the E. H. Wolf & Sons Special originally scheduled for Memorial Day at the Slinger Super Speedway.
The evening will be highlighted by twin Late Model and Eldorado Trailer Sales Modified features and a full night of racing action for no increase in admission. Other divisions competing include the Slinger Bees, Thunderstocks, Figure 8’s, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, Spectator Eliminators, Midwest Sportsman.
As an added bonus to the September 12th Season Championships schedule the speedway will be giving away fifteen adult Green Bay Packer jackets along with a pair of tickets for an upcoming packer game.

Interested Novice drivers can now enter the Spectator 200 Enduro for street-type cars and the Compact 100 Special for 4 cylinder cars to be held on September 19th. Interested drivers may call 262 644 5921 for registration forms and additional 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 for the remainder of 04 and the 05 seasons contact the Public Relations Department at (262) 628-7929.