Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) June 5, 2005 - David Prunty charged into the lead early on and checked out on the field to drive to his second feature win of the season in the Enders Construction/Design to Construct 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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David Prunty earned his second Late Model feature win of the 2005 season at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Brad Mueller (#89) and Conrad Morgan (#92) do battle for the runner-up spot in the Enders Construction/Design to Construct 75.
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Early race leader Travis Dassow (#92) runs wheel to wheel with Rich Loch (#55) during the Late Model main event.
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Scott Schoeni (#31) and Mark Bitzan (#28) do some close quarters racing during the Late Model semi.  Schoeni would take the win.
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Austin Konetski (#13) continues to show the way in Late Model qualifying.
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Chad Barker (#68) went for a wild ride in Late Model practice, hitting the wall and rolling onto his roof.  Barker was unhurt in this accident.

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Ron Schmitt (#6) scored a wire to wire victory in Midwest Modified action.
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Jason Feyereisen set the pace in Midwest Modified qualifying.
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Scott Shambeau (#88) was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman dash contest.

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James Swan was fastest qualifier this evening in the Midwest Sportsman division.
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Jamie Vetter (#37) earned a win in the first Slinger Bee contest.
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Andrew Okrasinski Jr. took the checkered in the second Slinger Bee main event. 5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
The Wisconsin Sport Trucks were on hand with Shane Otto earning the win in their first appearance of the year at Slinger Super Speedway.

Prunty, who took command of the race on lap three and then held off a late challenge by Lowell Bennett, credited his crew and his car’s set-up for the win.

“I was real nervous,” Prunty admitted in victory lane after claiming an extra $1000 courtesy of Enders Construction and Design to Construct, the evening’s sponsors. “We went with a radical set-up tonight and this week it took to the outside well. I’ve never won one of these Enders races before and I wanted it really bad.”

Travis Dassow started on the pole and led the opening lap before giving way to outside front row starter Conrad Morgan, who used the outside lane to lead lap two. Prunty followed Morgan around Dassow and when Morgan cut to the inside lane, Prunty stayed with the outside to grab the lead on lap three. The leaders then ran single file in the inside lane with Prunty leading Morgan, Dassow, and Rich Loch. Behind them, Brad Mueller and Lowell Bennett took to the outside to battle with John Mueller and Nick Schumacher over the fifth position. Loch was able to maneuver to the inside of Dassow on lap eight and the two drivers raced side by side for the next five laps, leaving little room between their cars. Their hard racing boiled over on lap 13 as they tangled in turn four, sending both cars spinning and sustaining enough damage to knock both out of the race.

Prunty led the restart over Morgan, John Mueller, Brad Mueller, and Schumacher and once again Brad Mueller took to the outside lane, taking third place a few laps after racing resumed. Mueller was hooked up on the outside and he ran down Morgan to take over second just past the halfway mark as Prunty stretched out his lead. Bennett also continued in the outside lane and by lap 40, had worked his way into third behind Prunty and Mueller. While Mueller, Bennett, and Morgan ran nose to tail in an effort to catch Prunty, John Mueller and Austin Konetski disputed fifth place and a minor tangle between them on lap 45 sent John Mueller spinning into the infield as the race remained under the green flag. A final yellow flag for debris in turn three on lap 51 gave Mueller and Bennett a shot at Prunty as the field bunched together for the restart.

Prunty proved to be strong though and he once again stretched his advantage, leaving Mueller and Bennett to battle for second. Bennett was able to pressure Mueller in the waning laps and he executed an outside pass to get second place on lap 61. Once around Mueller, Bennett could only slightly cut into Prunty’s lead and he came up about four car lengths short at the checkered flag as Prunty scored the win. Behind Bennett, Mueller crossed the stripe in third followed by Morgan and Ryan Mathews. Dave Feiler finished sixth followed by Al Schill and Nick Schumacher. Mike Egan and Konetski rounded out the top ten.

Scott Schoeni won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Mark Bitzan and Tom Hromadka. Dave Teske and Randy Schuler were fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Mueller was the winner of the fast dash and Austin Konetski was the fastest qualifier at 11.408 seconds. Chad Barker had a frightening incident during qualifying when the throttle apparently hung on his lap, sending him into the catch fencing in turn three before landing upside down on the speedway. Barker was not injured in the incident and the track crew and several pit crew members made hasty repairs to the fencing so racing could resume.

Collin Bamke graduated from high school earlier in the day and then followed up that accomplishment by driving to his first feature win of the season in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event.

Brothers, Jay and Scott Shambeau led the field to the green flag and swapped the lead during the opening laps before Scott Shambeau used the outside to ease out in front. Bamke started fourth and also took to the outside, following Scott around Jay and into second place. Pat McIntee was hooked up on the outside as well and he too worked his way around Jay Shambeau to grab third place. Scott Shambeau’s car began to get loose off the corners by lap seven and when he edged to the inside to catch his car, Bamke took advantage of the situation and powered to the lead using the high groove. Behind the top two, McIntee, Brad Keith, and James Swan all ran the outside lane and eventually were able to drive around the Shambeau brothers for the second through fourth spots.

As Bamke maintained his lead, McIntee and Keith ran in line and began to wittle away at Bamke’s advantage, pulling to his rear bumper as the leaders encountered lapped traffic. During the closing laps, McIntee looked both high and low for a way around Bamke and with two laps to go, he used the outside to pull alongside Bamke. Bamke and McIntee ran the final two laps side by side and at the finish, Bamke was able to inch ahead on the inside to snare the win by about a half car length. Keith finished third followed by Swan and Jay Schambeau.

Scott Shambeau was the winner of the fast dash while Swan set fast time with a lap of 12.666 seconds.

Ron Schmitt led flag to flag to take top honors in the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature, holding off Dale Prunty and Steve Schulz at the finish.

The event got off to a rocky start as fast qualifier Jason Feyereisen got loose in turn four and smacked the frontstretch wall on the first lap with Schmitt leading over Russ Grade and Steve Huelsbeck. On the restart, Schmitt once again raced out front while the cars behind him ran side by side in a pack. Contact between them, momentarily scattered the cars and strung out the field with Schmitt leading Grade, Huelsbeck, Wes Biswell, Dale Prunty, and David McCardle. Biswell and McCardle tangled on lap 16 to bring out the only caution of the race with Schmitt continuing to lead. As racing resumed, Schmitt held a steady lead while Prunty and Steve Schulz sliced their way through the field and into second and third place respectively. Schmitt drove to the victory while Prunty and Schulz finished second and third. Huelsbeck was fourth and Grade was fifth.

Steve Huelsbeck won the fast dash and Jason Feyereisen was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 12.243 seconds.

The Wisconsin Sport Trucks made an appearance on the world’s fastest mile oval and Shane Otto won the 25-lap feature over Jerry Quella and Kyle Quella. Ryan DeStefano was the winner of the Thunderstocks 12-lap feature and Slinger Bees race wins went to Jamie Vetter and Andy Okrasinski. Joe DeStefano won the Spectator Eliminator event and Shane Becker closed the night by winning the Figure 8 race.


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(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 12 Johnsons’s Sausage Shoppe Night! 75 lap Late Model Feature plus the Limited Late Models and a full racing program that includes Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstocks, Slinger Bees, Figure Eights, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars and the Spectator Eliminators. Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe is the provider of all Slinger Speedways Brats, Burgers, Chicken, and Steak Sandwiches. Johnson’s Sausage Shoppe is a full service Meat Market located in RIO, just off HWY 16. Call: 1-888-992-MEAT. 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 speedway’s public relations department at: 262-370-0440, the track office at: 262-644-5921 or visit our web site at: