Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Jason Meulemans Spectator 200 and Dave Berndt Scores Win in Compact 100!
By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) September 18, 2005 - Jason and Jeff Meulemans became the first father-son tandem to sweep the top two finishing positions in the Spectator 200 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway with Jason scoring the victory over his father, Jeff.

            “I watched my dad do this for many years,” Jason Meulemans declared following the event. “This is the first time I’ve beat him in a full enduro car.”


           Meulemans hovered around the top five throughout the 200 lap event, working his way up to second place at the halfway mark as Mark Fogel dominated the early stages, leading from lap 30 until he spun in turn four while leading on lap 119. Les Weidenhoeft took over the lead soon thereafter and continued to show the way until Muelemans took command of the event for good on lap 140. Jeff Meulemans also stayed at or near the top five for the entire event and made his charge in the later stages, moving into second place on lap 150. Jason Muelemans remained out front and charged to the victory as Jeff Muelemans crossed the line in second place. Weidenhoeft took the checkered flag in third place while Fogel rebounded from his spin to finish fourth. Tom Carr finished in fifth place.


            Dave Berndt dominated the Compact 100 event for compact cars for the third year in a row, taking top honors over Matt Schatz.


            “There were lots of fast cars out there today,” Berndt told the crowd from victory lane. “I was able to get by some of them and the others, I just spun out. It was fun,”


            Justin Poenitsch led the opening laps while Berndt worked his way forward to take third place behind Schatz on lap ten. The red flag appeared on lap 14 when Jake Larson rolled his car on its roof on the frontstretch following a multi-car tangle. As racing resumed, Berndt moved forward and took the lead on lap 20. Once out front, Berndt never looked back and nearly lapped the field, taking the victory over Schatz. Tony Rick finished in third place and Jacob Vanoskey and Steve Paukner rounded out the top five. Tom Berens and Jim Brooks provided much of the late race entertainment as they repeatedly bounced off each other, trying their best to duplicate Dale Jarret and Ryan Newman’s NASCAR Bristol incident from earlier in the year. For the record, at the checkered flag, both Berens and Brooks ended their race against the turn three wall.


Slinger WI - September 18 Results

Spectator 200 Top 10
1. Jason Meulemans
2. Jeff Meulemans
3. Les Wiedenhoeft
4. Mark Fogel
5. Tom Carr
6. Ryan Zielski
7. Jeff Schmidt
8. Frank Calabrese
9. Steve May
10. Scott Brezinsky

Spectator 100 Top 10
1. Dave Berndt
2. Matt Schatz
3. Tom Berens
4. Tony Rieck
5. Jacob Vanosky
6. Mike Haugan
7. Tanya Manke
8. Curt Brown
9. Shane Becker
10. Steve Paukner