MORRISSEY TOPS JOHNSON
SAUSAGE SHOPPE 75!
By Dan Margetta
WI) June 12, 2005 - Andrew Morrissey capped off a successful weekend of racing
by driving to victory in the Johnson Sausage Shoppe 75-lap late model feature Sunday night
at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Morrissey, who had also claimed a feature win over the weekend at another area track, led
most of the event and crossed the finish line about eight car lengths ahead of defending
track champion Brad Mueller.
to have a weekend like this, Morrissey claimed from victory lane. We had a
rough start at the beginning of the season but its really starting to come together
for us now.
Rich Loch and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag and Loch used the inside lane
to snag the lead early on while Morgan took to the outside to battle with Morrissey and
John Mueller. The inside lane prevailed early on and Morrissey used it to take over second
place as Morgan slipped back, racing hard with John Mueller, Nick Schumacher, and Brad
Mueller. Morrissey dogged Loch and remained glued to his bumper by lap 20 as farther back,
Schumacher bobbled in turn four and the combination of him trying to save his car and the
rest of the field trying to drive around him, caught up Austin Konetski in a spin down the
frontstretch to bring out the caution flag on lap 25.
Morrissey continued to stalk Loch on the restart and on lap 27 he wedged his nose to the
inside of Lochs left rear as they exited turn two. Morrisey then won the drag race
to turn three and used the inside lane to take the lead. John Mueller took advantage of
Morrisseys move and he passed Loch for second while Brad Mueller and David Prunty
closed in on the top three.
A tangle involving Conrad Morgan and Fred Winn on the frontstretch slowed the race under
caution for a second time on lap 35. Morrissey and John Mueller ran nose to tail on the
restart as Brad Mueller jumped to the outside lane and pulled alongside Loch for third.
Lochs car appeared tight on the inside lane and without the benefit of being able to
use the outside, he faded as both Brad Mueller and Prunty were able to pass him by.
Pruntys bid for two Slinger feature wins in a row ended on lap 49 when he slowed
with mechanical problems and retired from the event.
Morrissey steadily pulled away from the field as Brad Mueller caught John Mueller for
second place, taking the spot on lap 50 while Loch and Lowell Bennett disputed the fourth
position. Morrissey ran the final 25 laps unchallenged and drove to the win over Brad
Mueller and John Mueller who finished second and third respectively. Bennett finished in
fourth place while Loch took the checkered flag in fifth. Dennis Prunty finished sixth and
Konetski recovered from the earlier spin to come home seventh. Mike Egan was eighth and
Ken Wills finished ninth while Race McComb turned in an impressive performance to round
out the top ten finishers.
Tom Hromadka won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over McComb and Dan Jung while Jerry
Eckhardt and Jim Jesoshek completed the top five. Dave Feiler was the winner of the fast
dash and Brad Mueller set fast time at 11.515 seconds.
James Swan held off a determined Gary LaMonte to take the victory in the 25-lap Midwest
The field found havoc in turn one after the completion of the first lap when contact
between pole-sitter Corey Funk and Jason Taghikhani gridlocked the field in the turn,
resulting in a multi-car pile-up that eliminated the cars of Mike Graczkowski, Adam Berge,
and Mike Borchardt. Once racing resumed, Gary Tisler paced the field for the beginning
eight laps with Pat McIntee and Swan keeping him under pressure. Tislers car
appeared to be loose in the center of the corners and Swan took advantage of that by using
the inside to first drive by McIntee on lap six and then used the same move to take the
lead on lap eight. Tisler began to backslide through the field as Scott Schambeau,
LaMonte, and Brad Keith were all able to work their way around him while Swan continued to
LaMonte then made his way by
Schambeau to take over third and began to track down the lead duo of Swan and McIntee. A
spin by Andy Haver in the closing laps, produced a caution flag which tightened the field
for the finish. Swan was up to the challenge and maintained the lead when racing resumed
as McIntee had his hands full with LaMonte. With ten laps to go, LaMonte executed a bump
and run on McIntee and took second place while Swan held on to a comfortable the lead. In
the final laps, LaMonte closed the gap between himself and the leader but fell about a car
length short at the checkered flag as Swan took the victory. McIntee finished third
followed by Keith and Schambeau.
Swan won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and McIntee circled the speedway in 12.643
seconds and was the evenings fastest qualifier in the sportsman division.
Dale Prunty took top honors in the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature, holding off Steve
Huelsbeck at the finish.
Roger Schmid started on the pole and led the beginning laps as fellow front-row starter
Eddie Bentfield raced alongside. Behind them, Huelsbeck, Prunty, Ron Schmitt, and Dave
McCardle scrambled for track position as the field circled the speedway in a tightly
bunched group. Huelsbeck and Prunty worked their way to the outside and propelled
themselves by Schmid and Bentfield on lap four to take the top two spots. Huelsbeck
continued to lead with Prunty in his tire tracks while Schmitt and McCardle were joined by
Wes Biswell in the fight for third. Prunty remained in the high groove and eventually was
able to squeeze by to take command of the event on lap 13. Once out front, Prunty was
never headed as he drove to the win over Huelsbeck and Schmitt. Biswell won a hard fought
battle with McCardle to finish fourth, leaving McCardle to settle for a fifth place
Huelsbeck was the winner of the Midwest Modified fast dash and Jason Feyereisen set fast
time with a lap of 12.272 seconds.
Kris Kelly claimed the trophy in the 35-lap Eldorado Trailer Sales Limited Late Model main
Mike Held paced the opening two laps before Kelly was able to motor by, taking the lead on
lap three. Behind the lead duo, Kyle Jarlesberg, Nick Wendt, and Tyler James ran side by
side for the third through fifth positions. Jim Syvrud developed mechanical problems on
lap 14 and the caution flag flew for fluid on the racetrack with Kelly leading Jarlesberg,
Held, Wendt, and Chris Ratajczyk. Kelly maintained the lead over Jarlesberg as racing
resumed while Held was unable to keep his car down exiting the corners, allowing both
Wendt and Ratajczyk to make their way by and into third and fourth. Helds problems
continued on lap 28 when he slowed exiting turn four and was hit by Bret Schmidt, slowing
the race under the caution flag. Kelly stretched his lead on the restart as the action
heated up for third between Wendt, Ratajczyk, and James. Kelly drove to the victory over
Jarlesberg while Ratajczyk used the outside to charge to third place at the finish. Wendt
finished in fourth place and James was fifth.
Wendt was the winner of the fast dash and Dylan Schuyler paced qualifying with a lap of
Mark Kissinger won the Thunderstock feature over Chris Beine and Shawn Hoefler. Rick
Schaefer was fourth followed by Bob Gigstead. Ryan Zielski and Scott Bundy won the Slinger
Bees races and Rob Mayer won the Spectator Eliminator event. Dale Klingbeil was the
Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race and Donald Van Camp closed the night with a win in the
Figure 8 event.
For Complete results from the RACESTAT computer CLICK HERE
MILLWORKS FATHERS DAY SPECIAL - Scout Night
(Slinger, WI) Sunday night
June 19th More Than Millwork Fathers Day Special and Scout Night! ALL SCOUTS IN UNIFORM
GET IN FREE. The night will feature a 75-lap Late Model Race and joins the regular Sunday
program that includes Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstocks, Slinger Bees,
Figure Eights, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars and the Spectator Eliminators. Limited Late
Models will return to Slinger July 10th, August 7th, and September 11th. Gates open at
4:45, Qualifying at 5:15, and Racing at 7:00.
More Than Millwork, located behind Uptown Chevrolet in Slinger, is a proud sponsor of the
Slinger Super Speedway stand-outs of Late Model driver Brad Mueller and Midwest Sportsman
driver Colin Bamke. More Than Millwork offers windows, doors, cabinets and more serving
the needs of homeowners, and Contractors. Call them at 262-644-0111 for an appointment to
better serve you or just stop in to see what they can do for you.
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.