PRUNTY CLAIMS CULVERS OF JACKSON 60!!
By Dan Margetta
WI) May 8, 2005 - After staging an
energized battle with his brother, David Prunty drove to victory in the Culvers of
Jackson 60-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Prunty took command of the event on lap 46 after racing side by side over several
laps for the lead with Dennis Prunty and then held off Dave Feiler to score the win.
Dennis (Prunty) always races me harder than anybody else, David
exclaimed from victory lane referring to the donut-shaped tire mark on the side of his car
as a result of the battle with his brother. This is a good way to start the season
as our car was perfect for day racing, but now we have to go back to the drawing board and
make it ready to run at night.
Dennis Prunty used his outside front row starting position to charge into the lead
in the opening laps over Dave Teske, David Prunty, Travis Dassow, and Feiler. Teske clung
to the inside lane as those around him took to the outside line in an effort to get by.
With Teske being caught on the inside, his car was unable to run free off the
corners and within a few laps, David Prunty, and Feiler were able to get by, dropping
Teske back to fourth place ahead of Dassow and Austin Konetski. Further back, Brad Mueller
and Lowell Bennett were also making their way forward and by lap 25 were right behind the
trio battling over fourth position. On lap 27, both Mueller and Bennett made veteran moves
by diving to the inside as the other cars involved in the battle hesitated in the outside
groove, allowing them to move into fourth and fifth respectively.
During the middle stages, Dennis Prunty began to catch the tail of the field and
thus his sizeable lead was soon erased as both David Prunty and Feiler were directly in
his mirror by lap 40. David was able to edge to the inside of Dennis on lap 44 and the two
brothers raced alongside each other for the lead with Feiler planted squarely behind David
in the inside groove. Dennis held his ground on the outside for several laps but having to
drive the car harder on the outside soon took its toll on his tires and eventually both
David and Feiler were able to make the pass to claim the top two spots. Once out front,
David Prunty ran a smooth line and was able to hold Feiler at bay to take the checkered
flag for the win. Feiler finished a close second while Dennis Prunty completed a strong
run in third place. Bennett was able to work his way around Mueller late in the race to
nail down fourth place at the finish while Mueller was fifth.
Scott Schoeni won the 30-lap late model semi-feature and transferred his way into
the main event along with Mike Strupp who finished second. Nick Schumacher was third
followed by Chad Barker and Jerry Eckhardt after a last lap tangle shuffled the standings
at the finish. Travis Dassow won the fast dash and Brad Mueller set fast time after
touring the speedway in 11.338 seconds.
Scott Ascher won his second Midwest Sportsman Series feature of the season by
leading every lap to claim top honors in the 30-lap event.
Ascher quickly took command of the race at the start and pulled ahead of the field
while Colin Bamke and Mike Graczkowski battled alongside each other for second place. Gary
LaMonte, Pat McIntee, James Swan, and Dave Thomas were all bunched together behind Bamke
and Graczkowski which resulted in some very hard racing in an attempt to break out of the
pack. The hard racing helped to produce the first caution on lap 15 as debris flew from
Thomas car in turn three and the slow-down erased Aschers lead of nearly a
straightaway on the field. Soon after the restart, the yellow was out again as Corey Funk
looped his car in front of Gary Tisler in turn four.
Ascher led Graczkowski, Bamke, LaMonte, and Swan on the
restart and within a few laps, LaMonte and Swan both passed Bamke, dropping him to fifth.
A spin by Adam Berge on lap 19 slowed the race for a third time and on the restart,
LaMonte and Swan used the inside lane to dispatch Grackzowski from second. Ascher
maintained his lead over the closing stages while Swan and LaMonte began to battle it out
for second. Swan took the position with an aggressive move on lap 26 but was unable to
catch Ascher as he crossed the finish line for the win. Swan finished in second ahead of
LaMonte and Bamke. Brad Keith finished fifth.
In other Midwest Sportsman Series action, McIntee won the fast dash and Thomas was
the fastest qualifier at 12.596 seconds.
Chris Ratajczyk had things go his way as he won the 30-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales
Limited Late model feature.
Nick Wendt led at the start over Kyle Jarlesberg, Ratajczyk, and Andy Wendt while
Dylan Schuyler and Kris Kelly followed close behind. Minor contact between the lead cars
sent them scattering down the backstretch on lap 6 but everyone maintained control and the
race remained under the green flag. Andy Wendt moved up to take the top spot from Nick
Wendt just before Schuyler and Jarlesberg tangled in turn two on lap 20 to produce the
first caution flag. On the restart, Andy Wendt led over Nick Wendt and Kelly while
Ratajczyk and Jarlesberg battled for fourth and fifth. With two laps to go, contact
between Kelly and Nick Wendt with two laps to go sent Wendt spinning and both drivers were
sent to the rear of the field for the restart. Andy Wendt led the green-white-checkered
restart but while driving to the white flag, smoke erupted from his car as Ratajczyk drove
by to take the lead. Ratajczyk led the final lap to score the win while Jarlesberg bounced
back from his earlier incident to finish second. Luke Westenberg finished third while
George Bohn and Mike Held rounded out the top five.
Westenberg was the winner of the Eldorado Trailer Sales Limited Late Model fast
dash and Ratajczyk set fast time at 12.772 seconds.
Ron Schmitt drove to a convincing win in the eventful 25-lap Midwest Modified
Dave McCardle and Steve Huelesbeck led the field the green and battled side by side
for two laps before Huelesbeck wound his car up on the outside to take the lead. McCardle
settled into second place just ahead of Wes Biswell, Jason Feyereisen, and Dale Prunty.
Huelesbecks car developed transmission problems as flames shot out from under it as
he entered turn one while leading on lap five to bring out the first caution flag.
McCardle took over the lead for the restart but Feyereisen quickly got around him on lap
six and began to pull away from the field. Schmitt worked his way into the top five and a
few laps later, he also made his way around McCardle to grab second place. Feyereisen
appeared to have the event in hand but he too found misfortune at the head of the pack as
his car also developed mechanical problems and retired from the race on lap 19, handing
the lead to Schmitt. Schmitt maintained his advantage over McCardle while Biswell and
Steve Schulz staged a spirited battle over the third position. Schmitt handily won the
event to claim his first feature victory of the season while McCardle finished a strong
second. Schulz edged Biswell for third place while Russ Moberly rounded out the top five.
In other Midwest Modified action, Dale Prunty won the fast dash and Schulz was the
fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.285 seconds.
Craig Schattschneider won the 12-lap Thunderstocks feature and Jamie Vetter and Bob
Lozniecki were the winners of the Slinger Bees races.
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