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Bennett Scores Second Win as Slinger Veterans Shine In the Mother's Day Special 60!
By Dan Margetta

May 9, 2004; Slinger, WI - With 15 late model track championships between them, Lowell Bennett, Al Schill, and Conrad Morgan duked it out for the win in the 60-lap Mother’s Day Special late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway before Bennett raced away to his second victory of the season.

Photo Highlights

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Multi-time track champion Lowell Bennett (#2) scored his second feature win of the season by taking top honors in the Mother's Day Special 60 at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Lowell Bennett (#2) uses the high line to pass Conrad Morgan (#92) his way to winning the Late Model main event.

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Austin Konetski (#13) did a great job doing battle for the lead, using the outside line, until he spun and had to restart the race from the tail of the field.
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Chad Barker (#68) who won the opening night feature, came back with a win in the Semi-Feature contest this evening.
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David Prunty (#1) nailed down fast qualifying honors this week in Late Model action.
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Josh Bauer was victorious in the Midwest Sportsman feature contest.
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Gary LaMonte (#63) earned fast qualifying honors among the Midwest Sportsman drivers.
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Jeff Holtz (#3) scored a victory in the Midwest Modifieds, leading the contest from green to checkered.
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Steve Schulz (#45) earned his first fast qualifying effort of the 2004 season in the Midwest Modifieds.

Bennett who started fifth, caught Morgan for the lead by lap 31 and after several laps of massaging Morgan’s left rear fender, finally was able to loosen him up enough to take the lead on lap 42. Bennett then drove off to a twelve car-length victory over Schill and Morgan who finished second and third respectively.

“He was protecting it (the lead), he wanted to win too and he was running good,” Bennett stated afterwards in describing his pass on Morgan for the lead. “The last few laps he was getting a little looser coming in and he was chasing it up the hill. I saw my opportunity to get in there on the bottom and I took it.”

Morgan and Austin Konetski came out in the top two spots after some aggressive racing in the early laps that saw some minor contact between the cars at the head of the field. With the rest of the field, including Jamie Wallace, Fred Winn, and Bennett still trying to sort out positions behind them, Morgan and Konetski staged their own battle for the top spot. Konetski took to the high side and moved alongside Morgan on lap 15, staying on the throttle coming off turn two and placing his car in a narrowing outside groove as the leaders raced side-by-side. Konetski’s no-fear rim-riding charge to the front came to a halt however a few circuits later when he spun in turn three on lap 18 to bring out the first caution flag.

Morgan led Wallace for the restart but the field quickly fell under the yellow lights again when Wallace looped his machine in turn four a lap later, placing Bennett into second with Winn, Schill, and Dave Feiler holding down third through fifth. The top five remained static over the next few laps as the caution flag waved for a third and final time on lap 25 when Dennis Prunty spun in turn four.

Morgan continued to lead over Bennett at the halfway mark as Schill used the inside lane to edge his way around Winn for third, leaving him to hold off Feiler and Donovan Morgan for the fourth spot. Bennett closed to Morgan’s rear bumper and continually looked to both the high and low sides in an effort to find away around the six-time late model champion. Bennett’s opportunity finally came on lap 42 and he nudged his way by on the inside for the lead as Schill closed in to battle Morgan for second. As Bennett moved ahead, Schill and Morgan raced alongside each other for several laps for second place in the closing moments before Schill finally took the spot with five laps to go. Bennett led the field to the checkered flag to score his second feature victory of the season over Schill and Morgan who crossed the stripe in second and third. Feiler finished a strong fourth ahead of Donovan Morgan in fifth. David Prunty, Brad Mueller, Dave Teske, Winn, and Tony Strupp rounded out the top ten finishers.

Coming off his feature win a week ago, Chad Barker won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Mike Egan, Chris Ratajczyk, Mark Bitzan, and Brad Dahmer. Donovan Morgan bested the top six qualifiers to win the fast dash and David Prunty set fast time at 11.488 seconds.

Jeff Holtz drove to a flag-to-flag win in the 30-lap Midwest Modified feature to capture his first main event win of the season.

Holtz immediately forged into the lead at the start while Jason Feyereisen and Russ Grade disputed second place, just ahead of Wes Biswell and Dan Miller. Holtz was able to scoot away out front as the next five cars were blanketed together in the race for the second through the fifth place positions. With Holtz well out front, Grade held his ground on the inside groove while Feyereisen and the others worked the top side. Dale Prunty began to work his way toward the front from deep in the field and by lap 12 he was already up to fourth place. The rest of the field finally strung out at the halfway point with Holtz still well ahead of Feyereisen, Biswell, Prunty, and Grade. A few laps later, Grade experienced a tire problem and faded back allowing Steve Schulz to take over fifth. Holtz was never headed as he comfortable drove to the win over Feyereisen who had to hold off a determined Prunty for second. Biswell finished fourth and Schulz rounded out the top five.

Holtz also took the checkered flag first in the Midwest Modified dash and Schulz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.294 seconds.

Josh Bauer held off a determined Pat McIntee and Gary LaMonte to nail down the win in the 25-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Bauer charged from the sixth starting position to second place by lap five as Jimmie Evans led the opening circuits. Following Evans and Bauer, Jeremy Miller, McIntee, and LaMonte moved into the top five just before the yellow flag appeared when Mike Graczkowski spun in turn one. Bauer maintained the top spot on the restart as McIntee and LaMonte advanced forward to claim second and third when Evans began to fall back. Another caution slowed the field on lap 16 for an incident involving Johnny Carrao and Brad Keith in turn four, erasing Bauer’s advantage and allowing McIntee and LaMonte to close up for the restart. As the top three ran nose-to-tail, a group of cars including Miller and James Swan raced hard and close for the fourth spot. While McIntee and LaMonte could run with Bauer in the closing laps, they were unable to find a way to pass him and Bauer crossed the finish line for the win with both McIntee and LaMonte in his tire tracks. Swan emerged from the back to finish in fourth place ahead of Miller who was fifth.

Mike Graczkowski drove to victory in the dash and LaMonte was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.679 seconds.

P.J. Cain held off Les Wiedenhoeft to win the 20-lap Thunderstocks feature. Joe DeStefano Jr. took the checkered flag in third while Mark Kissinger and Rick Bruskiewicz rounded out the top five.

Glenn Weber and Joseph Bentfield each claimed victories in Slinger Bees heat races and Rob Meyers drove his 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo to the win in the Spectator Eliminator events. Shane Becker completed the night by scoring the win in the Figure 8 race.

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SLINGER SUPER SPEEDWAY PRESENTS AL SCHILL JR. MEMORIAL

Slinger, Wis., (May 9, 2004) - The Slinger Super Speedway will pay tribute to the late Al Schill Jr. with a special 60-lap late model feature this Sunday night, May 16th.

The evening will consist of a full racing program in the Late Model, Eldorado Trailer Sales Midwest Modifieds, Midwest Sportsman, the new Thunderstocks, Figure 8’s, Spectator Races, Slinger Bees, and Port A John Speedway Guest Cars. Kids 11 and under will be able to participate in a 10,000 nickel drop at the intermission.

Spectator gates open at 4:45 PM with time trials at 5:15 PM and racing begins at 7PM. The Slinger Super Speedway is located mile west of Hwy 41 on Hwy 144 in Slinger. For more information, call the track office at (262) 644-5921.

The Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night racing action, runs through September 19, 2004. Fans may test their driving ability in 2004 by renting one of the Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, which are still available on selected nights. contact the speedway’s office at 262.644.5921 for further information or visit their web-site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

The Slinger Super Speedway is proud to announce the addition of the brand new Turn One VIP Suite which is available for sponsorship parties for groups up to 50 people on certain Sunday nights during the season. For availability and other sponsorship opportunities including track signage and billboards contact the Public Relations Department at (262) 628-7929.