HASELEU TOPS MILLER LITE
WI) July 13, 2005 - Nathan Haseleu notched the biggest win of his career
Wednesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he held off a surprisingly stout Matt
Kocourek for the victory in the 26th Annual Miller Lite Nationals 250-lap late model
I remember when
Matt (Kenseth) won this event a few years back and I went down to the shop and saw that
trophy, an ecstatic Haseleu told the crowd from victory lane. I said man
Id like to get me one of those and tonight I did. It was exciting.
Haseleu took advantage of a late restart on lap 215 to grab the lead from Kocourek, diving
to the inside to pull off the pass.
I dont think I couldve caught him (without the caution), Haseleu
explained. He was a little faster than me on the long runs, but the caution came out
and they got on me on the radio to go get him after we got the green. I got a good run on
the inside off two and he ran me clean, it was a good race. We werent very good in
the first half and I kind of rode around for a while to save the tires and it worked
Kocourek turned in a stellar performance, running in the top five throughout the whole
event and leading 68 laps before coming up a car-length short of the victory at the
I know its not a win, Kocourek beamed after his second place finish.
But Ive got to say this is the highlight of my career. I bogged it down a bit
(on the restart) and Nate got a good run there and I was tight so I had to hit my lines. I
drove in a little too low and I just pushed up. He (Nate) got a good line on me there and
I wasnt going to chop him, thats not my style.
2001 Nationals champion David Prunty crossed the stripe for a strong third place finish
while defending Nationals champion Lowell Bennett finished in fourth. Dave Feiler rounded
out the top five while Dennis Prunty and Nick Schumacher finished in sixth and seventh
respectively, the final cars on the lead lap. Jeremy Lepak, visiting NASCAR Craftsmen
Truck Series driver Todd Kluever, and Austin Konetski completed the top ten while John
Mueller was eleventh, one lap behind the leaders.
We were really good in the first half, Kluever said afterwards. We made
some adjustments but they werent the right ones for the second half. This is my
first big race here and I didnt know what to anticipate what the track would be
like. We just didnt make enough changes but next time Ill be smarter and we
wont make the same mistake twice.
Earlier, Schumacher dominated the first half, leading a race-high 79 laps which netted him
the Northside Automotive of Appleton Most Laps Led Award before the handling began to go
away on his car on lap 147. Schumacher and Ryan Mathews swapped the lead for much of the
first half with Mathews leading for 67 laps before he was forced to retire from the event
on lap 130 when flames began to shoot from underneath his car.
The fastest car on the speedway during the opening laps belonged to three-time Nationals
champion Rich Bickle as he sliced his way forward, passing cars on both the high and low
side to crack the top ten by the 50 lap mark. Soon after that however, wisps of smoke
began to appear behind his machine and the distinct smell of a burning rear-end gear
prompted officials to black flag him, ending his bid for another Nationals title.
The ratchet unloaded and blew a bunch of grease out on the pipes which caused the
car to smoke for ten laps, a frustrated Bickle stated. But then it quit and
when you look at the rear of the car, there isnt any oil on it, just dust. There
have been times Ive been fast here before but I couldve lapped the field
tonight. The car was that good.
Dick Trickle, who founded the Nationals concept with track owner Wayne Erickson, returned
to the speedway with a respectable run, completing 205 laps for a twelfth place finish.
We got the car comfortable after practice and when the race started, it seemed like
I had a different car, Trickle explained. The track seemed to tighten up a
little bit tonight. I spun earlier to avoid a wreck and when I did that the
rear-end seemed to jump out a little bit which bent the drive shaft. It started to vibrate
really bad and I stayed out for a while but had to come in with 50 laps to go. If I could
have stayed out there I probably could have gotten a top ten without running very
Kerry Earnhardt made his first appearance at Slinger and came away with a 20th place
finish after struggling in qualifying.
The car ran real good, Earnhardt stated. We were real loose to begin
with and the motor started to run hot so I backed it down to let it cool off and when it
started to run hot again, we just parked it.
Ron Hornaday and Kenny Wallace raced strong while they were on the track but separate
early incidents forced both to retire from the race, winding up with 24th and 25th place
Early contact between Hornaday and Dave Teske pushed Teske high on the speedway on lap 22
and when Teskes car came down the track, he collided with Wallace who was directly
in his path. Hornaday and Teske were placed at the rear of the field for the restart while
Wallaces car was severely damaged, ending his night early.
I saw them get into it, Wallace said. I saw the #51 car come off the
wall and I thought I had him missed and I was turning left but he ricocheted off the wall
pretty hard and I ran up over him. Its disappointing because the night
was going so good. This is a fast race track and when something happens, theres no
Hornadays race lasted a few more laps after the restart as he drifted high off turn
four on lap 27 and bounced off the fence, damaging the car enough to take him out of the
The guys gave me an awesome race car and I got sent to the back early on,
Hornaday claimed. Then I got into something slick on the outside and the car snapped
loose and I hit the wall. Slinger is a blast. Its a very demanding racetrack
on a driver. Its more fun than Daytona.
A field of 52 late models vied for the 25 starting positions, led by David Prunty who
topped qualifying with a lap of 11.316 seconds. Lowell Bennett held off Kenny Wallace to
win the 30-lap late model qualifying race as they both transferred to the main event along
with Dave Teske and Josh Bauer who finished third and fourth respectively. Scott Schoeni
won the 35-lap late model semi-feature over Travis Dassow and Kelly Bires. Al Schill and
Donavan Morgan rounded out the top five. Jerry Eckhardt was the winner of the 15-lap late
model consi over Tommy Hromadka and Mike McCabe. Jim Jesowshek finished fourth followed by
George Olson who was fifth.
Brad Keith raced to the win in the wild and exciting 40-lap Midwest Sportsman feature,
holding off Collin Bamke and James Swan at the checkered flag.
Scott Schambeau and Rob Braun led the field to the green flag and Braun powered his way
into the lead from the outside while Schambeau fended off Bamke and Pat McIntee for second
place. Braun gradually pulled away while Bamke tried to use the outside lane to get around
Schambeau with McIntee, Swan and Gary LaMonte following in his tire tracks. Bamke
eventually took over the position by lap ten and over the next ten laps, LaMonte, Swan,
and McIntee also managed to push their way by Schambeau while Braun continued to lead.
With Braun and Bamke comfortably out front, McIntee was able to shoot the nose of his car
to the inside of LaMontes fender on lap 23 and the two battled hard for third before
McIntee prevailed on the inside. The complexion of the race changed dramatically on lap 27
when Braun suddenly experienced mechanical problems in turn two and his bid for the
convincing win ended in a smoky spin, drawing a caution flag.
Bamke took over the top spot for the restart with McIntee, Swan, LaMonte, and Keith in
tow. It didnt take long for things to heat up at the head of the field as Bamke had
to protect both the top and the bottom from those behind him. LaMonte charged to the
inside on lap 34 to take the lead and Keith advanced all the way to second place when
contact between McIntee and Bamke momentarily slowed the outside lane. More fender-banging
racing between Swan and Bamke a lap later shuffled the order again as Swan moved into
fourth. Debris on the speedway brought out the second caution flag on lap 35 with LaMonte
leading Keith, McIntee, Bamke, and Swan. Soon after the restart, LaMonte and Keith edged
ahead while McIntee slid sideways and spun in turn three on lap 36 as the race remained
under the green flag before a separate spin by Adam Berge drew the yellow flag. LaMonte
turned back the challenges on the restart but while entering turn one on lap 38, his car
drifted wide on the track as Keith, Bamke, and Swan all passed by. Keith then held off
both Bamke and Swan to take the victory. Scott Schambeau finished fourth and Dave
Obermeyer rounded out the top five as LaMontes machine slowed at the finish.
LaMonte was the fastest qualifier on the night after circling the speedway in 12.510
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Wheels on the High Banks of Slinger Speedway
(Slinger, WI) Saturday Night
July 16th - EXTREME Wheels on the High Banks presented by MOOSES 4x4 Recreation Center of
Hartford and Glenn Curtis Motorsports of West Bend!
Monster Trucks, Extreme Motorcross Freestyle Competition and More! Kevin
Harvicks/Kid Rock, Monster Patrol, Captain USA, OZZ Monster, and 3 time World
Champion Bear Foot. These are the big Boys of Monster Trucks and Super Stars of National
Television set to battle it out at Slinger Speedway. They will do side by side racing
along with a freestyle competition!
In addition you will see direct from the X games and ESPN, the breath taking feats from
the East Cost Extreme Motocross Freestyle Team featuring Rudy Waller and Company. Plus The
Cody Cavenaugh Extreme Motocross Thrill Show and More! Show begins at 6:30 PM Saturday
Night July 16th.
Also: We have added Supermoto racing! SuperBikers2, is going to bring Slinger Speedway
some of the most exciting racing action that you will ever see! Born in the USA, bred in
the countries of Europe, and now on it's way back to the USA. Supermoto racing is a
combination of roadracing, dirt-track racing and maybe a little of motocross racing.
Wherever it came from, it is just plain fun!!!
Gates open at 4:30 pm, Racing begins at 6:30 pm.
For more information, contact the speedways public relations department at:
262-370-0440, the track office at: 262-644-5921 or our web site at: