Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) June 19, 2005 - John Mueller turned back a late race challenge by defending track champion Brad Mueller and raced to the win in the More Than Millwork 75-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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John Mueller (#23) captured the More Than Millwork 75 on Sunday evening at Slinger Super Speedway.
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John Mueller (#23) works the outside line past Travis Dassow on his way to capturing the Late Model main event.
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Fast qualifier David Prunty (#1) and Dave Teske (#51) do battle for position during the Late Model feature race.
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Current point leader Brad Mueller (#89) works under Travis Dassow (#92) during the Late Model feature race.
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Austin Konetski (#13) made a trip to victory lane capturing the Late Model dash.
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David Prunty (#1) scored fast qualifying honors this evening in Late Model action.
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Russ Grade (#13) scored his first Midwest Modified feature win of the 2005 season.

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Ron Schmitt would capture the Midwest Modified dash event.
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Jason Feyereisen (#90) continues to get the job done in Midwest Modified qualifying.
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James Swan (#97) narrowly avoids a tangle during the Midwest Sportsman feature race.
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Dave Thomas (#19) would secure the victory this evening in the Midwest Sportsman feature.

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Gary Lamonte (#63) started his evening with a fast qualifying effort in the Midwest Sportsman feature race.
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Bob Gigstead captured the the Thunderstock main event.

“The car was pretty good tonight,” Mueller stated after leading 42 laps. “I knew Brad (Mueller) was good all night as well and yeah, I was nervous with him behind me but I just did what I had to do.”

Travis Dassow jumped to the lead at the start and Rich Loch followed him in the inside lane to take second while John Mueller, Dave Teske, and Dennis Prunty raced for third place. Teske became caught on the outside and slipped back into a battle with Dave Feiler as Dassow and Loch contested the lead. Loch made numerous looks to the inside of Dassow, but the youngster was able to hold onto the top spot while farther back, Feiler took over fourth place from Teske. Feiler’s car suddenly slowed on lap 16 and stacked up the field but every driver was able to avoid him as the caution flag appeared.

Dassow led on the restart over Loch, John Mueller, and Dennis Prunty as Brad Mueller began to move into the top five. Prunty and Brad Mueller tried the outer groove and were able to pull alongside John Mueller while Dassow and Loch began to slightly pull away. Prunty’s car began to lose the handle up high and he slid wide on lap 22, allowing Brad Mueller to get by as John Mueller tracked down Dassow and Loch to set up a three car battle at the front. A spin by Fred Winn in turn one on lap 23 produced another caution flag and when Conrad Morgan spun to avoid the incident, he was tagged by a sliding Scott Schoeni. The race was stopped under the red flag momentarily as Morgan was transported to a local hospital with an apparent arm injury.

Dassow continued to show the way as racing resumed and John Mueller was able to draw to the inside of Loch for second place while Brad Mueller, Dennis Prunty, David Prunty, and Austin Konetski battled for spots behind them. Winn and Robert Maynor made contact on lap 29 and left debris on the speedway which slowed the race under the yellow flag for a third time. Dassow led John Mueller, Loch, and Brad Mueller on the restart and shortly after racing resumed, both John and Brad Mueller took to the inside, forcing Dassow and Loch to move outside. With Dassow and Loch caught on the outside, they began to slip back as John Mueller took the lead on lap 33. Brad Mueller moved into second place as Dennis Prunty, David Prunty, and Konetski all advanced ahead of Dassow and Loch.

Once out front, John Mueller maintained a steady lead while Konetski began to march forward, taking fourth from David Prunty just before the caution flag flew for a final time on lap 64 after Teske and Ken Wills tangled in turn four. During the caution period, David Prunty developed mechanical problems and dropped from the event, advancing Loch into fifth place. Brad Mueller made a serious bid for the lead on the restart, looking to the inside, but John Mueller was able to hold off the challenge exiting the corners and kept the lead. John Mueller led the final laps and scored the win, his first of the season while Brad Mueller took the checkered flag in second. Konetski was able to make his way around Dennis Prunty to finish third while Loch came home with a fifth place finish.

Mike Egan won the 30-lap late model semi-feature and advanced to the main event along with Robert Maynor who finished second. Mark Bitzan was third while Jim Schmittinger and Jamie Wallace completed the top five. Konetski won the fast dash and David Prunty set fast time at 11.482 seconds.

Brad Keith turned in an impressive performance, leading nearly every lap en route to victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Keith and Mike Borchardt paced the start of the feature with Borchardt leading the first lap before Keith shot by on the inside to lead lap two. Borchardt’s car was loose off the turns and Dave Thomas took advantage of the situation, also using the inside to grab second place while Keith continued to lead. Nate Fick and Gary Tisler tangled in turn four on lap eight, slowing the race under caution with Keith leading Thomas, Mike Graczkowski, Rob Braun, and Gary LaMonte. LaMonte edged to the inside to get around Braun on the restart as the caution quickly reappeared a lap later when Collin Bamke and Jan Kantner collided and spun in turn four.

Back to green, Keith once again maintained his lead over Thomas while Mike Graczkowski, LaMonte, James Swan, and Pat McIntee all began their march toward the front. Borchardt’s car continued to get loose and by lap 12, he faded as Graczkowski, LaMonte, and Swan all passed by him. The caution appeared once again on lap 15 when fluid on the track scattered the leaders in turn three, resulting in damage to Graczkowski’s car which dropped him from the race. Before the event could restart, LaMonte’s car dropped off the pace and he too retired from the race while Keith led Thomas, Swan, and McIntee for the restart.

Keith began to ease away from the field as racing resumed and by lap 22, he worked lapped traffic beautifully to further extend his lead over Thomas, Swan, and McIntee. Keith’s advantage was erased when the yellow flag flew again on lap 24 after Bamke and Gary Tisler made contact, sending Tisler spinning off the backstretch. Keith was unchallenged during the final six laps while Swan was able to take second place from Thomas. McIntee finished fourth while Jay Schambeau completed the top five finishers.

Thomas took top honors in the fast dash and LaMonte led all qualifiers after turning in a lap of 12.651 seconds.

Russ Grade took advantage of a late race bobble by Joe Houpt and drove to his first feature victory of the season in the 25-lap Midwest Modified main event.

Houpt outgunned Roger Schmid at the drop of the green flag to claim the lead while Grade and Ron Schmitt filled the gap on the inside lane to shuffle Schmid back to fourth in the early laps. Schmid spun on lap eight while running fourth but the race remained under green with Houpt leading Grade, Schmitt, Jason Feyereisen, and Steve Schulz. The top five ran nose-to-tail as the lead pack encountered lapped cars with Houpt remaining in command of the event, in search of his first career Slinger feature victory. However, the handling on Houpt’s car began to fade in the waning laps and he began to kick loose exiting the corners, opening up the inside for Grade to make a bid for the lead. With two laps to go, Grade made his move and muscled his way around Houpt to take the top spot. With Houpt caught on the outside, Schmitt and Feyereisen were also able to get by as the white flag was displayed. Grade held his line and drove to the win over Schmitt and Feyereisen while Houpt had to settle for a fourth place finish, just ahead of Schulz who crossed the stripe in fifth.

Earlier in the evening, Schmitt captured the victory in the fast dash and Feyereisen turned in a qualifying lap of 12.302 seconds and was the evening’s fastest qualifier.

Bob Gigstead held off Joe DeStefano Sr. to win the 12-lap Thunderstock feature and Slinger Bees races were won by Bob Losiniecki and Jacob Vanoskey respectively.

Sam Fischer was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator race and Scott Goetzke capped off the night by scoring the victory in the Figure 8 race.

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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: