Egan Wins Five Corners
Dodge/Charcoal Grill 75!
WI) September 11, 2005 - Mike Egan held off Brad Mueller and Dave Feiler in a
wild three-car finish for his second victory of the year in the Five Corners
Dodge/Charcoal Grill 75-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
starting to like this, Egan proclaimed after scoring his second victory in three
weeks, this time with his mirrors full of Slinger veterans Mueller and Feiler. These
guys are the greatest racers in the state and everyone that has supported me has been
waiting for over 20 years for this to happen.
Austin Konetski and Dennis Prunty paced the field at the start and Prunty, Egan, and Nick
Schumacher all charged in the upper groove to grab the first three positions in the
opening laps. An early tangle between Chad Barker and Scott Schoeni in turn one put the
field under caution on lap three. Prunty led on the restart and maintained command of the
race for the first five laps before Egan took the top spot with an aggressive inside move
on lap six. Schumacher also took advantage of Prunty being caught on the outside and moved
into second place while behind them Konetski, John Mueller, and Conrad Morgan battled
within the top five. David Prunty entered the event with an outside shot at the track
championship and he began to advance through the field, but his chances took a sour turn
on lap nine when he looped his car in turn four to bring out the second caution flag.
Egan led on the restart, but Schumacher had his car hooked up on the inside and he began
to put the pressure on, taking numerous looks to the inside. Schumacher was finally able
to find room on the inside and he raced around Egan for the lead by lap 15 while Brad
Mueller and Feiler worked traffic to find themselves in fifth and sixth just behind Dennis
Prunty and John Mueller. Schumacher began to ease ahead as the rest of the top five ran
nose to tail to try to track him down. The complexion of the race changed drastically on
lap 28 through a series of events that began with a spin by Tommy Pecaro in turn four.
Robert Maynor also spun his machine in an effort to avoid the incident that occurred
directly in front of the leaders and Schumacher found himself with nowhere to go and he
piled into Maynors car.
The incident forced Schumacher to retire from the race and Egan assumed the lead for the
restart with Dennis Prunty, John Mueller, Brad Mueller, and Feiler holding down the rest
of the top five spots. Egan began to pull away on the restart as John Mueller battled
Prunty for second. Pruntys car washed wide in turn four on lap 34 and as he saved
his car in the outside lane, John Mueller was forced to slow to avoid hitting him,
allowing both Brad Mueller and Feiler to race by on the inside. Brad Mueller and Feiler
then began to slowly reel in Egan as John Mueller dove to the inside of Prunty to try to
take the fourth spot.
With Egans lead
shrinking, John Mueller and Prunty continued to race alongside each other until lap 45
when Prunty skated high again, losing several positions but keeping his car out of the
fence. Mueller and Feiler closed the gap by lap 60 and were right on Egans tail for
the closing laps. Mueller took to the topside and Feiler held the inside lane as they both
looked for a way around Egan who could feel the pressure from both grooves. Egan was able
to hold off the challenges and raced to the win while Mueller nipped Feiler at the line
for second. John Mueller wrapped up another strong run with a fourth place finish while
Ken Wills also ran a solid race to finish fifth.
Muellers second place finish was enough to earn him his third straight track
championship in the late model division.
That was a blast, Mueller told the crowd after the race. Its quite
an accomplishment (winning three championships in a row) and Ive got the most
consistent pit crew in the world.
Scott Schoeni won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Chad Barker and Randy Schuler.
Mike Strupp and Mark Bitzan rounded out the top five. Nick Schumacher was the winner of
the fast dash and Brad Mueller blistered qualifying, circling the speedway in 11.365
Brad Keith took top honors in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event after working his
way through the field and then holding off Dave Thomas and James Swan at the finish.
David Pichler and Mike Borchardt started from the front row while Dave Thomas took to the
outside lane to move up from his fourth starting position into the lead by lap three.
Pichler settled into second place while Scott Ascher advanced forward to take over third
place by lap ten. Ascher began pressure Pichler for second while Thomas extended his lead.
Aschers move forward came to an end on lap 16 when he broke loose and socked the
wall while looking under Pichler entering turn three to produce the first caution flag.
Thomas continued to lead as racing resumed while farther back Brad Keith and James Swan
used the outside lane to slice their way forward and into third and fourth place
respectively. Keith and Swan were also able to get around Pichler a lap later for second
place just before the yellow flag flew again when Tony Sancinati and Ascher looped around
in turn three.
Thomas kept the lead on the
restart but Keith and Swan wouldnt let him get away as they held the inside lane and
stayed directly in Thomas tire tracks. Keith finally was able to edge his way into
the lead on lap 21 as Thomas fell into a battle over second with Swan while Pat McIntee
and Mike Graczkowski disputed the fourth and fifth positions. A final caution flag
appeared on lap 24 after Mike Borchardt spun around in turn four but Keith was up to the
challenge and he led the final six laps to score the victory. Thomas finished in second
place while Swan, McIntee, and Graczkowski completed the top five finishers.
Collin Bamke claimed the win in the fast dash and Keith also set fast time on the night
following his qualifying lap of 12.666 seconds.
Ron Schmitt ran off with the victory in the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature after
surviving a green-white-checkered finish and crossing the stripe ahead of Steve Huelsbeck
and Wes Biswell.
Eddie Bentfield and Bill Tandetzke led the field to the green and Tandetzke used the outer
groove to take the lead at the completion of lap one. Schmitt, who started fourth, also
took to the outside and raced into second place on lap two. A lap later, Schmitt blasted
his way by Tandetzke and into the lead while farther back, Biswell and Huelsbeck began to
work their way forward. Huelsbeck and Biswell worked their way through the field and
occupied the second and third places respectively by lap 15 as Schmitt continued to lead.
Tandetzke held down the fourth spot and was fending off Dale Prunty for the position as
the first caution flag flew on lap 17 when Brad Smith spun his car on the frontstretch.
Schmitt continued to show
the way on the restart as Prunty and Jason Feyereisen continued to work on Tandetzke for
the fourth spot. The final caution flag flew with two laps to go as Terry Helmbrecht and
Bentfield tangled in turn three to set up the green-white-checkered finish. Schmitt held
his own over the final two laps and raced to the win over Huelsbeck and Biswell as both
Feyereisen and Prunty were able to pass Tandetzke over the final laps to finish fourth and
fifth respectively. Pruntys fifth place finish wrapped up the 2005 Slinger Track
Championship in the Midwest Modified division.
Huelsbeck won the fast dash earlier in the evening and Prunty led qualifying with a lap of
Chris Ratajczyk won the 40-lap Limited Late Model feature and with the victory, claimed
the overall series championship.
Kris Kelly led the beginning laps after the event was forced to start a second time when
the field became bunched up and Tyler James bounced off the frontstretch wall. While Kelly
maintained his lead, Jeff Steenbergen, Kyle Jarlesberg, Dylan Schuyler, and Mike Held
occupied the rest of the top five slots as Ratajczyk began to move forward through the
field. By lap three, Ratajczyk was in the top five and worked his way into fourth place by
lap five when the only caution flag of the race flew when Jim Syvrud, Tony Koepke, Chad
Reimer, and Chris Blawat tangled in turn two. Kelly led on the restart over Steenbergen
and Schuyler as Ratajczyk once again was on the move, pressuring the top three. Ratajczyk
methodically worked his way forward as he took the lead from Kelly while Steenbergen
entered the fray to battle Kelly for second. Steenbergen as able to complete the pass and
over the closing laps began to gradually close on Ratajczyk for the lead. With two laps to
go, Steenbergen was right on Ratajczyks bumper but his efforts fell short when he
washed out wide in turn two, losing second place in the process to Kelly. Ratajczyk drove
to the victory ahead of Kelly while Steenbergen settled for a third place finish. Schuyler
finished in fourth place and Jarlesberg crossed the stripe in fifth place.
Ratajczyk also claimed the win in the fast dash and Scott Nottestad paced time trials
after qualifying in at 12.510 seconds.
Eric Schuetz took the win in the 12-lap Thunderstocks feature while Ryan DeStefano and
Paul Berndt finished second and third respectively. Bob Gigstead and Mark Kissinger
rounded out the top five. Aaron Cain was declared the Thunderstock division track
Tanya Manke and Jake Vanoskey each claimed victories in the Slinger Bees races and Ken
Schulz won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car event. Carl Trapp topped the Spectator
Elimination races in his 1972 Chevy Nova and Shane Becker closed the evening with a win in
the Figure 8 race. Donald Van Camp was the 2005 Figure 8 Track Champion and Matt Elsinger
was the winner of the Coca-Cola Kids Club Grand Prize Drawing for the Slinger Speedway
For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
Week At Slinger Speedway: Spectator 200 and Compact 100 Enduro Special:
Sunday Afternoon - Races Start at 2:00 pm
(Slinger, WI) Sunday
Afternoon September 18th Spectator 200 Enduro plus Compact 100 Enduro. The
Spectator 200 is a 200-lap event for street type cars and novice drivers. All cars will
start three abreast with $1400 going to the winner! The Compact 100 is a 100-lap event for
street type 4 cylinder cars and novice drivers. This division will also start three
abreast with $900 going to the winner!
Gates open at Noon with racing starting at 2:00pm.
We are starting to book advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and
group hospitality outings now for the 2006 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.