ITS WIN #2 FOR
BENNETT AT N/CONNECT AL SCHILL JR MEMORIAL!
By Dan Margetta
WI) May 15, 2005 - Lowell Bennett dominated the N/Connect Al Schill Jr.
Memorial 60-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, leading
start to finish to chalk up his second victory of the season.
This new car and
the crew we put together is an awesome combination, stated the veteran driver from
Neenah from victory lane. This is going to be a fun season.
Bennett started the main event from the outside of row one and quickly jumped out front at
the drop of the green flag ahead of Dave Teske, Conrad Morgan, and Nick Schumacher. Travis
Dassow, Rich Loch, Dave Feiler, Austin Konetski, and Brad Mueller raced for position
behind the front four. Bennett and Teske began to ease ahead of the field by lap eight,
but their advantage was erased when the race was slowed under caution on lap nine as
contact between Loch and Dassow triggered a multi-car incident in turn two. The incident
severely damaged the cars of Donavan Morgan, point leader David Prunty, Ken Wills, and
Dennis Prunty as all four drivers were forced to retire from the event.
As racing resumed, Bennett led Teske, Conrad Morgan, Schumacher, Feiler, and Mueller and
once again was able to pull away from the field. By lap 20, Bennett enjoyed a comfortable
lead while Schumacher and Feiler were able to pass Teske to take over second and third
respectively. Mueller also made his way around Teske to move into fourth a few laps later.
Mueller then was able to catch Feiler by the halfway mark and after battling for several
laps, grabbed third place.
John Mueller appeared to be the fastest car on the speedway by lap 45 and he launched his
way through the field to pass Feiler for the fourth position. With Bennett still solidly
in command of the race, the attention turned to the skirmish for second between Mueller
and Schumacher while John Mueller quickly closed in. After many laps of hard racing
between them, Mueller and Schumacher touched entering turn one on lap 49 which sent
Schumacher skating up the racetrack. Schumacher was able to maintain control but behind
him, John Mueller spun to produce the races final caution flag.
Bennett was up to the challenge and once again drove away from everyone on the restart
while Mueller and Schumacher renewed their battle. Bennett easily drove the final ten laps
to score the win while Schumacher held off Mueller for second. Feiler finished fourth and
Teske took the checkered flag in fifth. Andrew Morrissey crossed the finish line in sixth
place followed by Fred Winn, and Conrad Morgan. Loch and Austin Konetski were able to
rebound from the early race incident to round out the top ten.
Mike Egan held off Scott Schoeni to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature. Mark Bitzan
was third followed by Jerry Eckhardt and Robert Maynor. Conrad Morgan found victory lane
following the fast dash and Rich Loch led a very fast round of qualifying by turning a lap
in 11.337 seconds.
Gary LaMonte took home top honors in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature to score
his first feature win of the season.
Jeff Steenbergen led Jay Schambeau and Kenny Joosten at the start while a large pack of
cars scrambled for position in their mirrors. The hard racing in that pack produced some
wild moments early on and the race was slowed under the yellow flag on lap two when Brad
Keith ran out of room entering turn one and hit the wall. Steenbergen led on the restart
over Schambeau and Joosten, but Joosten motored his way into second by lap five while
Collin Bamke and LaMonte began to charge forward. Bamke worked his way around Schambeau
for third on lap ten and LaMonte followed his lead a few laps later to drop Schambeau to
Joosten, Bamke, and LaMonte
tracked Steenbergen down at the halfway point as the leaders ran nose to tail. Joosten
wrestled his way by Steenbergen on lap 16 with a move that forced Steenbergen to the high
side. That opened the door for Bamke and LaMonte to also advance forward while Steenbergen
recovered to fall into fourth place. The leaders encountered lapped traffic on lap 20
which shuffled the standings again as the combination of the traffic and hard racing up
front sent Joosten to the high side, allowing LaMonte and Bamke to get by and into first
and second. LaMonte then held off Bamke to claim the win while Joosten was forced to
settle for third place at the finish. Steenbergen crossed the finish line in fourth place
while James Swan was fifth.
In earlier Midwest Sportsman Series action, Bamke won the fast dash and Dave Thomas was
the fastest qualifier at 12.417 seconds.
David McCardle drove to his first career feature victory in an exciting 25-lap Midwest
Modified main event.
McCardle started on the pole and ran the opening laps alongside fellow front row starter
Russ Moberly while Steve Huelesbeck, Wes Biswell, and Jason Feyereisen followed in their
tire tracks. The field began to string out on lap four as McCardle jumped into the lead
while those behind him fell in line after Biswell experienced mechanical problems and
exited the race. With McCardle comfortably out front, the battle for second place between
Huelesbeck and Feyereisen heated up as they ran door to door in the middle stages.
Huelesbeck worked the inside line and Feyereisen held the high side while Dale Prunty and
Steve Schulz closed in right behind them. Huelesbeck muscled his way into second place on
lap 15 and the move dropped Feyereisen back to fifth as Prunty and Schulz raced by on the
inside. In the waning laps, McCardles lead began to shrink and at the white flag he
found himself alongside a lapped car with the rest of the top five cars glued to his
bumper. The tangle of cars racing for the win produced some fireworks on the final lap as
contact between them resulted in Prunty spinning in turn three while McCardle held on for
the win. Huelesbeck finished second and Feyereisen was third. Schulz and Ron Schmitt
rounded out the top five.
Wes Biswell was the winner of the fast dash and Schulz set fast time with a blistering lap
of 12.081 seconds.
Aaron Cain took top honors in the 12-lap Thunderstocks feature over Mark Kissinger and
Ryan DeStefano. Chris Beine was fourth followed by Les Weidenhoeft. David Krinn held off
Jamie Vetter to win the first Slinger Bees race while Travis Buchholz, Bob Losiniecki, and
Matt Schatz rounded out the top five. Joseph Bentfield won the second Slinger Bees event
over Shawn Friedeck and Derek Hoerig. Steven Paukner was fourth and Josh Benner was fifth.
Shane Becker edged Donald Van Camp in near photo finish to win the Figure 8 event.
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BOB FISH PONTIAC, BUICK, GMC PRESENTS
THE ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL
WI) May 15, 2005 Sunday night May 22nd Long-time track sponsor Bob Fish Pontiac,
Buick, GMC in West Bend presents the annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial event at Slinger Super
Speedway featuring a visit by the Midwest Sportsman Championship Series. A 65-lap Late
Model feature will highlight the night and competition will continue in the following
Slinger Super Speedway divisions, Modified, Thunderstocks, Slinger Bees, Figure 8s,
and the Spectator Eliminators. Gates open at 4:45, Qualifying at 5:15, and Racing at 7:00.
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group
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 visit
our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.