Finally! Egan's In Victory
Lane After Behling Racing Equipment Race of Champions 60!
WI) August 28, 2005 - It wasnt Daytona or Indianapolis but victory lane
at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night felt just as good to Mike Egan as he finally
notched his first feature victory of any type in the 60-lap late model main event on
Behling Racing Equipment Race of Champions Night.
This is the
first feature Ive ever won in my entire career, an excited and emotional Egan
exclaimed after nearly tumbling down the hood of his car following a popular post-race
victory dance on the roof. I cant even talk, Im so happy!
Egan and Donavan Morgan led the field to the green flag with Egan leading early while Nick
Schumacher slid into second ahead of Mike Strupp, Morgan, and Dennis Prunty. Schumacher
was able to edge to the inside of Egan to make a challenge for the lead by lap ten. Egan
held his ground on the outside lane, running the lane beautifully by taking care not to
overdrive the corner on entry and having enough momentum on the exit to maintain his
position alongside Schumacher as they battled for the lead. Eventually, Schumacher eased
ahead and Egan settled into second with Strupp, Dennis Prunty, and Dave Feiler following
as the first caution flag waved on lap 29 after defending track champion Brad Mueller spun
in turn one while racing for sixth with David Prunty.
Schumacher led on the restart but Egan was ready as racing resumed and he was able to get
a run on the inside exiting turn four to pass Schumacher for the lead heading into turn
one. Behind the lead duo, David Prunty was the driver on the move as he sliced his way
forward, entering the top five just past the halfway mark and grabbing third place from
Strupp by lap 40. As Egan began to pull away slightly, Prunty set his sights on Schumacher
for second, taking the position with an inside move by lap 50 while behind him, Strupp had
his hands full with Al Schill and Travis Dassow as he fought to maintain the fourth spot.
Schumachers race came to an end with mechanical problems on lap 55 and his stalled
car produced the final caution flag that allowed Prunty to close to Egans bumper for
the final five-lap shootout to the finish. Unlike so many times in the past where the
elusive victory somehow seemed to slip away from Egan in the waning laps, this time he was
able to keep his car close enough to the bottom groove to turn back Pruntys
challenges and he charged to his first career victory. Pruntys close second place
finish enabled him to gain a number of points in the championship standings while Schill
edged Strupp for third place at the stripe. Dassow wrapped up another impressive run with
a fifth place finish. Lowell Bennett finished in sixth place, just ahead of Dennis Prunty
and Donavan Morgan while Ken Wills and Brad Mueller completed the top ten.
David Prunty returned to dominate the 30-lap late model Race of Champions driving away to
nearly a straightaway margin of victory over Lowell Bennett who edged Al Schill at the
finish for second. Austin Konetski and Dave Feiler rebounded from a first lap scuffle to
finish in fourth and fifth place respectively. Race McComb celebrated his birthday with a
win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Tom Hromadka and Mark Bitzan. Collin Bamke
finished in fourth place and Ron Ragan was fifth. Al Schill scored the victory in the late
model fast dash and Brad Mueller blistered qualifiying with a lap of 11.416 seconds to set
James Swan charged to the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature, taking the
checkered flag ahead of Collin Bamke and Brad Keith.
Dean Olla scooted out to a sizeable lead in the early going while Swan, Bamke, and Keith
all worked the top-side of the track to advance through the field, moving into the second
through fourth spots just past the halfway point. Olla appeared to be well on his way to
the win until a tangle in turn four involving Don Wood on lap 20 bunched the field
together under the caution flag. Olla tried to protect his lead on the inside but Swan,
Bamke, and Keith all proved to be too strong on the outside and they quickly moved to the
front of the field. The three moved ahead to settle the race amongst themselves with Swan
holding off Bamke for the win while Keith finished close behind in third. Dave Thomas
passed Olla late in the event to finish fourth while Olla took the checkered flag in fifth
Thomas claimed the win in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash earlier in the evening while
Collin Bamke set fast time at 12.677 seconds.
Wes Biswell led flag to flag en route to the victory in the 25-lap Midwest Modified
feature but the win was anything but easy as he had to hold off a hard charging Dale
Prunty at the stripe.
Biswell grabbed the lead immediately at the start of the event and began to distance
himself from the field as Steve Huelsbeck, Ron Schmitt, Steve Schulz, and Prunty all raced
in two-by-two formation for second with Schmitt and Schulz working the outside groove and
Huelsbeck and Prunty taking to the inside. The four car battle over second straightened
itself out when the drivers encountered lapped traffic and Prunty came out on top of the
scramble, taking over second place with Huelsbeck squeezing in for third place ahead of
Schmitt and Schulz. As Prunty began to track down Biswell for the lead, Schulz went to the
outside and rim-rode his way around to pull alongside Schmitt for second as Huelsbeck
remained in the battle as well. Schulzs drive toward the front stalled on lap 19,
however, as he slid high in turn four allowing Huelsbeck and Schmitt to go by and bringing
Jason Feyereisen into the top five. Over the final five laps, Prunty closed the gap
between himself and Biswell for the lead, pulling to Biswells rear bumper at the
white flag. Prunty made a last attempt for the win on the outside in turn four but Biswell
was too strong off the corner and claimed the win with Prunty close behind in second.
Huelsbeck finished in third place while Feyereisen and Schmitt rounded out the top five.
Huelsbeck took top honors in the Midwest Modified fast dash and Prunty set fast time with
a lap of 12.370 seconds.
Sam Haven lapped the field as he ran away with the win in the 25-lap Wisconsin Sport Truck
feature. Jeff Van Handel finished in second place and Mark Ziegelbauer took the checkered
flag in third. Jason Plutz and fast qualifier Kyle Quella completed the top five. Eric
Schuetz claimed the win in the Thunderstock 12-lap feature over Andy Okrasinski and Dustin
Krebs. Rick Schaefer finished in fourth place and Chris Beine was fifth. Tom Berens and
Jake Vanoskey each won Slinger Bees 8-lap races and Jason Schill won the Port-A-John
Speedway Guest Car event. Sam Fischer topped the Spectator Eliminator races in his
Firebird and Donald Van Camp closed the evening by winning the Figure 8 race.
For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
Port-A-John 100 Labor Day Special and The Legend
Huge Ground and Aerial Fireworks Display
(Slinger, WI) -
Sunday Night September 4th Port-A-John presents The Port-A-John 100 Late Model Race along
with a Full Racing Program that includes Midwest Modified, Thunderstocks, Complete Car
Care Slinger Bees, Figure Eights, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars and the Spectator
Plus: The Legend, 60 Lap $3000 to win Midwest Sportsman Race and a Huge Ground and Aerial
Fireworks Display. Rain Date Monday September 5th.
General Admission Gates Open at 4:45, Time Trials are at 5:15 and Racing Starts at 7:00
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group
hospitality outings available for the 2005 season. 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: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.