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Mueller's Late Race Pass Nets Him His First Victory of the Season
in the Al Schill Jr. Memorial
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By Dan Margetta

May 16, 2004; Slinger, WI - A savvy late race move propelled Brad Mueller from third to first and sent him on his way to his first feature win of the season in a thrilling Al Schill Jr. Memorial 60-lap late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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Defending track champion Brad Mueller (#89) came away with the victory in the Al Schill Jr. Memorial event here at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Brad Mueller (#89) works the high line past Dave Feiler, while Eric Fransen (#16) gives chase during the Late Model main event.
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Eric Fransen (#16) motors past Brad Hartmann (#82) on his way to a second place finish in the Al Schill Jr. Memorial 60.

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David Prunty (#1) scored top honors in the Late Model dash.
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Fred Winn (#75) was victorious in the Late Model feature contest.
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Austin Konetski (#13) turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Late Model division.
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Steve Schulz (#45) nabbed the Midwest Modified headliner after pacing every lap of the contest.
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Bud Feyereisen (#90) score a victory in the Midwest Modified Eldorado Trailer Sales dash.
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Dale Prunty (#17) paced the Midwest Modified qualifying this evening.
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After setting fast time last week, Gary Lamonte (#63) scored a feature victory this week in Midwest Sportsman competition.r
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James Swan (#97) established the quick time in the Midwest Sportsman class.
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Pat McIntee (#35) a former champion in the Slinger Stinger division, captured the Midwest Sportsman dash event.
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Les Weidenhoeft (#11) took top honors in the new Thunderstocks division.

While Dave Feiler and Eric Fransen battled for the lead on lap 40, Mueller used the outside and shot around both drivers to take the top spot exiting turn two en route to the victory. “Why would you want to lift?,” Mueller played to the crowd afterwards while describing the pass for the lead. “I make my living here on the outside and I saw Eric (Fransen) was checking up for Dave (Feiler) a little bit because his car was going away and I wanted to get around him on the top. I could roll my car through the middle of the corner like Jack the Bear and I loved it!”

“It means nothing more to me to win Al Schill Jr. night again,” Mueller continued as he paid tribute the late driver for whom the race was named. “There’s only one person who deserves to win this race more, and that’s Al Schill Sr. because he deserves to win this for the little guy.”

Dave Teske led the opening laps as Travis Dassow and Feiler raced for second ahead of Rich Loch and David Prunty. Feiler used the outside to grab second place on lap five just before Loch’s car experienced a mechanical problem, turning him into Prunty’s path and sending both cars careening into the wall as the caution flag waved. Teske led Feiler on the restart as Dassow did a fantastic job fending off Fransen and Mueller for third. By lap 20, the outside groove came in and Fransen, Mueller, and fast qualifier Austin Konetski used it to freight-train Dassow back to sixth while Feiler remained glued to Teskes’s bumper at the front of the field.

Feiler looked to outside numerous times in an effort to take the lead but Teske remained tough on the inside and held off the charges until lap 25 when Feiler finally was able to power by. Still using the outside lane, Fransen, Mueller, and Konetski were also able to move around Teske ten laps later and began to track down the leader. Feiler’s car began to slide around in the inside lane and he began to lose ground to those chasing him. Fransen took a run at the top spot in turn two on lap 40 and when a slight nudge made Feiler’s car twitch, Mueller simply drove around both of them on the outside and into the lead. Konetski also took advantage of the situation and raced by Feiler for third, falling in line directly behind Mueller and Fransen. Once out front, Mueller would not be denied as he drove to a three car-length victory over Fransen and Konetski. Feiler finished fourth and Teske wrapped up a solid run with a fifth place finish. Dennis Prunty was sixth while Dassow completed the race with an impressive seventh place finish. Andrew Morrissey, Conrad Morgan, and Mike Strupp rounded out the top ten.

Fred Winn drove to victory in the 30-lap late model semi-feature while Ed Grober edged a hard charging Al Schill Sr. for the final transfer spot into the main event. Chad Barker and Randy Schuler rounded out the top five. David Prunty won the 7-lap fast dash and Austin Konetski blistered the speedway at 11.297 seconds to pace qualifying.

The Midwest Sportsman 25-lap feature also provided plenty of excitement as Gary LaMonte edged James Swan for the win by less than a car-length.

Jimmie Evans and Mike Graczkowski led the field to the green with Graczkowski pulling into the lead in the early laps. Jason Taghikhani, Pat McIntee, and LaMonte held down the second through fifth positions by lap five as James Swan, Jeremy Miller, and Josh Bauer all were within striking distance of the leaders. A series of spins near the half-way mark brought out the caution flag with Graczkowski leading Taghikhani and Lamonte. As racing resumed, the field swarmed behind Graczkowski and he fell back as Taghikhani and LaMonte battled for the lead which LaMonte finally claimed by lap 20. LaMonte still had his work cut out for him in the final five laps, however as both Swan and Miller were slicing their way toward the front. Swan caught LaMonte in the closing laps and made a bid for the win on the final lap but his inside charge came up just short at the checkered flag as LaMonte powered ahead on the outside to score the win. Miller finished third ahead of Graczkowski in fourth and Josh Bauer in fifth.

Pat McIntee was the winner of the fast dash and Swan set fast time at 12.557 seconds.

Steve Schulz’s season continued on the upswing as he scored a wire-to-wire win in the 30-lap Midwest Modified feature.

Schulz used the inside lane to power his way to the lead at the start as Rick Ottman and Jason Feyereisen raced for second with Feyereisen using the outside to take the position by lap five. Dan Miller and Wes Biswell occupied the fourth and fifth spots as Schultz continued to lead. A bit of bumper tag amongst the front runners allowed Schulz, Feyereisen, and Miller to gain a sizeable advantage over the rest of the field by lap seven as further back, Dale Prunty and Jeff Holtz caught Biswell and Ottman to battle for the top five. With Schulz comfortably out front, Miller went to work on Feyereisen for second and after several laps of racing alongside him, took the position by lap 21. The field strung out over the final laps and as Schulz began to catch lapped traffic, Miller and Feyereisen slowly began to reel him in while Prunty, Biswell, and Holtz were also closing behind the top three. Miller’s bid for the victory ended however, just five laps from the finish when he dropped out with mechanical problems. While Feyereisen was able to close in on Schulz, he was unable to overtake him and Schulz drove under the checkered flag as the winner. Prunty charged forward to finish third while Biswell and Holtz completed the top five.

Feyereisen visited victory lane earlier in the evening when he captured the win in the fast dash and Prunty was the fastest qualifier after turning a lap in at 12.179 seconds.

Les Weidenhoeft held off Mark Kissinger to win the 12-lap Thunderstocks feature. Joe DeStefano Jr. finished third ahead of P.J. Cain and Josh Fischer. Jake Vanoskey and Robin Van Hoff Jr. scored wins in Slinger Bee races and Jack Sutherland won the Spectator Elimination races in his Mitsubishi. Scott Goetzke closed the night with a win in the Figure 8 event.

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BOB FISH PONTIAC-BUICK-GMC PRESENTS THE ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL AT THE SLINGER SUPER SPEEDWAY!

Slinger, Wis., (Special) - The Slinger Super Speedway pays tribute to the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion this Sunday night May 23 as Bob Fish Pontiac-Buick-GMC presents the 12th Annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial.

The evening, highlighted by a 65-lap late model feature 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. As an added bonus the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series will be competing.

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, and recently announced promotions include the Outlaw Monster Truck Show, Meet the Drivers on selected dates. For more information contact the speedway’s office at 262.644.5921 or visit their web site at 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.