DAVID PRUNTY SCORES 2ND
FEATURE WIN OF 2005 IN ENDERS CONSTRUCTION/DESIGN TO CONSTRUCT 75!
By Dan Margetta
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.
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 cars 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 evenings
sponsors. We went with a radical set-up tonight and this week it took to the outside
well. Ive never won one of these Enders races before and I wanted it really
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 Pruntys 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
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 Shambeaus 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
Bamkes 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
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 worlds fastest ¼ 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.
For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
SAUSAGE SHOPPE 75
(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night
June 12 Johnsonss 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. Johnsons Sausage Shoppe is the provider of all Slinger
Speedways Brats, Burgers, Chicken, and Steak Sandwiches. Johnsons 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 speedways
public relations department at: 262-370-0440, the track office at: 262-644-5921 or visit
our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.