Honored at The 2004 Slinger Super Speedway Banquet!
By Lanae Weyer
Wis., (January 9, 2004; Slinger, WI) - Slinger Super Speedway
completed its 57th year of Motorsports during the 2004 season awarding it's drivers over
$60,000 in cash and contingency products to the award winners. Wayne Erickson and his wife
Sandy have maintained the operated the facility for the past 31 years while making the
track one of the premier facilities in the Nation.J
Brad Mueller won his second
consecutive Late Model Track Championship at Slinger Super Speedway highlighted the
evening. Other champions honored included Dale Prunty who claimed the Eldorado Trailer
Sales Midwest Modified Division and Gary LaMonte captured the Midwest Sportsman title. The
spirited Figure 8 Championship went to Shane Becker.
A championship is not awarded for the Slinger Bee Division, though it grew in both numbers
of participants and fan interest as the season unfolded. One Driver in The Slinger
Bees recorded the most wins with 7-checkered flags the driver of the #7 Bee, Joseph
Bentfield took honors home. Other drivers in the Slinger Bees division that certainly
contributed to a highly successful season of Bees racing, included Slinger members Ryan
Destefano, Jacob Vanoskey Glenn Weber, CJ Corallini, Scott Schafer, Andy Soine, Shawn
Gavin, Bob Losniecki, Shawn Hoefler, and Justin Poenitsch.
The Thunderstock division was a new addition to speedway competition in 2004 and proved to
be a very popular weekly event. Although a championship is not awarded for the
Thunderstock Division two drivers tied with three wins a piece in the division the driver
of the #7 machine Mark Kissinger and driver of the #8 Thunderstock Joe DeStefano Jr. Other
members in the Thunderstock division that certainly contributed to a successful
first season of racing included Joe DeStefano Sr., Josh Fischer, and Paul Berndt.
The tracks premier division, the Late Models, twelve different drivers took the checkered
flag in feature events during the 2004 season on the Worlds Fastest 1/4 Mile Oval. A
total of 30 drivers met the minimum requirements to qualify for post-season awards.
Brad Mueller wrapped up his second consecutive track championship in his More Than
Millworks Pontiac by winning the Al Schill Jr. Memorial and the Ritter Parker Store 75. He
placed 14 top 5s along with winning two-trophy dashes. He led the division by
setting fast time on 8 occasions and successfully defended his 2003 championship by a 1059
to 1018 point margin over runner up Dave Feiler.
Dave Feiler had an explosive year by winning the Keiths Marina Fireworks event, the
Bob Fish Alan Kulwicki Memorial, and the Behling Race of Champions. He also placed 10
times in top 5 s, and 2 top 10 finishes along with setting three fast times and
winning three trophy dashes.
The third place finisher scored a runner-up spot in The Coca-Cola Triple Crown and a
popular win in the Enders Corporation / Design 2 Construct 75, the Miller High Life 60,
and The Open Pantry 50. His 8 Top 5 finishes, and one trophy dash wins found Eric Fransen
finishing third in the point standings. Team Owner Sonya DelCamp accepted the award for
Lowell Bennett ended the 2004 season in fourth place in the points standings. He won
4 features including his 3rd Miller Lite Nationals win, he continued to run near the head
of the pack with 10 Top 5 finishes, and one quick time honor. The Multi-time track
champion Al Schill, captured one feature wins during the 2004 season along with winning a
third place finish in the Coca-Cola Triple Crown Championship and placed eight Top 5
finishes, and set one fast time, finishing fifth in the point standings.
In David Prunty 2004 racing season he placed six top 5s and one checkered flag
feature finish; one trophy dash win, and was the fastest qualifier on three nights
finishing the year in 6th position ahead of Austin Konetski.
Rounding out the top ten includes Dave Teske who moved up four spots from last year, the
young and very talented Travis Dassow finished in 9th , while Conrad Morgan placed 9 top
ten finishes ending his year in the tenth position. Other esteemed members in the Late
Model division who contributed to the success of the 2004 race season included, Dennis
Prunty who clenched the Coca Cola Triple Crown Championship, Chad Barker, John Mueller,
Mike Strupp, Donavan Morgan, Fred Winn, Gregg Haese, Brad Dahmer, Mike Egan, Randy
Schuler, Scott Schoeni, Mark Bitzan, Chris Ratajczyk, Tom Hromadka, Ed Grober, Jerry
Eckhardt, Robert Maynor, Mike McCabe, Bill Shavlik, James Jesowshek, Toby Rott, Andrew
Morrissey, and Ryan Matthews.
Dave Feiler took home the Late Model Rookie-of-the-Year award. He finished in the top ten
12 times, placed 3 feature wins, set 3 fast times and won 3 fast dashs. In his first
year of running the high banks of the Worlds Fastest 1/4 Mile Oval he finished 2nd
overall in the points standings.
Mark Bitzan earned the hard luck award while Chad Barker took home the honors for the Best
Crew Award in the Late Model division.
The stage belonged to The Midwest Modified driver Dale Prunty who led the division with 15
Top 5 finishes which included feature wins on nights sponsored by The Camera Case &
TV, Johnsonville Sausage Night, Coca Cola & Open Pantry, and the Behling Racing Race
of Champions. He won two trophy dashes and set fast time seven times to place him first in
the points standings to become the 2004 Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modified Champion.
Finishing in second the points battle for a second impressive year in the Modified
division Wes Biswell scored 9 Top 5 finishes including 4 feature wins, and six Trophy Dash
wins over Jason Feyereisen who accomplished one checkered flag, scored 9 Top 5 finishes,
and won 4 trophy dashes. Jeff Holtz and Dan Miller completed the top five point earners.
Other competitors qualified in this division for post-season honors included Steve Schulz,
Ron Schmitt, Russ Moberly, Roger Schmid, David McCardle, and Russ Grade.
In the Midwest Sportsman division, it was Gary Lamonte who won the final Championship
title. Lamonte won five features including the Port A John Labor Day Special, Bob Fish
Alan Kulwicki Memorial, Ritter Parker Store, Miller High Life, and the Al Schill Jr.
Memorial in 2004 and finished in the top 5 nine times. He led the division by setting fast
time in the division 8 times. He was able to edge out James Swan for the season title by a
1277 to 1251 point margin. Swan also had a very impressive record including 5 fast times,
2 wins in the Trophy dashs and collected a remarkable 4 feature wins.
Josh Bauer completed his season with 5 feature wins and 4 fast times over the course
of the season finishing in third place overall. Mike Graczkowski and Colin Bamke made up
the top five point finishers. Other important members recognized in the division who
helped make the divisions one to remember included Brad Keith, Jay Schambeau, Mike
Borchardt, Pat McIntee, Jimmie Evans, Jason Taghikhani, Johnny Corrao, Scott Shambeau, Jan
Kattner, Jeremy Miller, Todd Gehring, and Dave Obermeyer.
The Entertaining, exciting, and downright crazy, Figure 8 Division again lived up to its
name as 4 different drivers found Victory Lane in 2004. Shane Becker took home the
championship honors with 4 feature wins during the 2004 season. Other members who added to
the excitement include Scott Goetzke, Mark Ritger, Willy Van Camp Sam Wright, and Donald
Slinger Super Speedway and Lanae Weyer would like to thank all of the Sponsors and
everyone who has made the Slinger Super Speedway a success in all the past years. Without
all of your support weather be the Fans, Slinger Staff, Drivers, Crew Members, Contingency
Sponsors, Nightly Sponsors, and so on the track would not be as successful without all of
you. Thank you and we hope to see all of you back in the upcoming seasons.
Twin 75's Spring Opener at Slinger Super Speedway
By Lanae Weyer
Special; Slinger, WI
As the 2004 race season comes to a close, its time to look ahead to next year, when
we celebrate the 59th consecutive year of racing at Slinger Super Speedway. On April 24,
2005, on-track action at the worlds fastest quarter-mile oval begins with the Twin
75s Spring Opener.
On Saturday April 23, 2005 fans will have the opportunity to view the all the divisions of
competition for the 2005-racing season during the annual practice day. In order to prepare
for the racing season, the following divisions, Late Model, Midwest Modified, Midwest
Sportsman, Team Cruisers, Thunderstocks, Slinger Bees and Figure 8s, will each be
given practice time. General admission on practice day is free for all fans interested in
watching the warm-up action.
The 2005 Spring Opener is a special event that will kick off the season. Sunday night
action at Slinger Super Speedway will begin on May 1, and will run until September 18,
2005. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings are
available for the 2005 season. For more information, contact the speedways public
relations department at 262.628.7929 or visit our web-site at