Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) April 23, 2006 - Al Schill began the 2006 season with a bang by driving to a convincing win in the opening 75-lap late model feature and David Prunty simply dominated the second event during the Miller Lite Twin 75’s Season Opener at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Photo Highlights

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Veteran racer Al Schill (#14) gave fan a preview of the forthcoming season as he captured the first 75 lap Super Late Model feature in convincing fashion.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
David Prunty (#1) grabbed the victory in the second 75 lap Super Late Model feature contest.
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Nick Schumacher (#16) and Travis Dassow (#92) did battle for the lead throughout the early portions of the first 75 lap Super Late Model feature.
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Dennis Prunty (#42) sailed into the the wall during the second 75 lap Super Late Model feature.  He was uninjured in the accident.
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Mike Egan (#89) was victorious in the 30 lap Super Late Model semi-feature contest.
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James Swan (#97) charges past Dave Obermeyer (#93) late in the Midwest Sportsman feature race.

“I may have gotten lucky there when the outside groove didn’t go,” the 61-year old Schill exclaimed afterwards. “We took our 1997 car and had it redone for this season…just replaced the body and a few crooked pieces. I can hardly imagine it myself but it looks like we may having something for them this year.”

Rich Loch and Nick Schumacher led the field of the first feature to the green and Schumacher sprinted to the early lead as Josh Bauer, Travis Dassow, and Rich Bickle quickly filled the inside groove, leaving Loch hung out up top. On lap nine, Loch’s car began to slip off the corner and he made hard side-to-side contact with Bickle while exiting turn four as the field remained under the green flag. The impact was enough to damage Bickle’s machine severely enough that he was forced to retire from the event as Schumacher continued to maintain his lead over Dassow, Bauer, and Schill who had worked his way into the top five after starting from the sixth row. Further back, Jeremy Lepak along with Dennis and David Prunty began to maneuver their way toward the front, entering the top ten just before the first caution flag waved on lap 21 for a tangle involving Matt Kocourek, Brad Mueller, and Colin Bamke in turn three.

Schill went to work on the restart, positioning himself to the inside of Bauer and taking the third spot by lap 25 while Schumacher continued to hold off Dassow for the lead. Two laps later, Schill once again used the inside to snag second place from Dassow and then used the same move entering turn three on lap 31 to move around Schumacher for the lead. Behind the lead trio, David Prunty began to look to the inside of Lepak in a battle over the fourth spot, which culminated in the second caution flag of the race when Lepak spun in turn two after contact between the two cars. Schill once again edged out front on the restart while Dassow dove to the inside of Schumacher in an attempt to take second. Dassow’s effort paid off on lap 37 as he was able to take the spot, dropping Schumacher to third ahead of Dennis Prunty and Tony Strupp.

With Schill continuing to lead, Prunty began to close in on Dassow and Schumacher while Dave Feiler advanced into the top five by lap 38 just before the field was slowed for a third time following a spin by Gary LaMonte in turn three. It was business as usual on the restart for Schill as he edged ahead of the field, leaving Dassow, Schumacher and Prunty to battle for second place. Dassow’s car skidded up the track in turn four on lap 44 after receiving a slight tap in the bumper and both Schumacher and Prunty were pass by into second and third place respectively. With Schill comfortably out front, Prunty began to pressure Schumacher for second place, taking the position with a bump-and-run type move on lap 61. Once into second, Prunty tried to track down Schill but was unable to close in as Schill took the checkered flag for the win with Prunty having to settle for second. Schumacher finished in third place while Dassow and Feiler rounded out the top five finishers. Loch finished in sixth place ahead of Lowell Bennett, visiting NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Erik Darnell, Jeremy Lepak, and Randy Schuler.

David Prunty dominated the second 75-lap late model feature, leading every lap en route to the commanding victory.

“It was a goal of ours to lead all those laps, “Prunty stated from Victory Lane, referring to the lap-leading bonus he collected courtesy of T & M Landscaping. “This car is good but it’s not perfect yet…just wait until next week.”

Prunty and Nathan Haseleu occupied the front row at the start as Prunty and Brad Mueller used the outside lane to pull ahead, leaving Haseleu to battle with Gary LaMonte, Tony Strupp, Matt Kocourek, and Lowell Bennett for third. The handling on Haseleu’s machine began to fade and he slipped back, eventually leaving the track for adjustments on lap 14 while Prunty and Mueller hooked up to pull away from the field. The first caution flag appeared on lap 17 when Dennis Prunty rode the turn one wall, hitting hard enough to launch the car on two wheels before having it land back down on all four tires.

As racing resumed, David Prunty and Mueller maintained their lead while LaMonte, Kocourek, and Strupp ran side-by-side for third as Bennett, Jeremy Lepak, Al Schill, and Rich Bickle followed close behind. Kocourek moved to the inside of LaMonte to grab third place on lap 25 just prior to the second yellow flag of the event which flew on lap 31 following a spin by Strupp in turn two while battling for fifth place. Prunty pulled away on the restart while Kocourek began to pressure Mueller for second as Schill and Bickle worked their way forward in the waning laps. A late caution on lap 65 for a spin by Mark Bitzan set up a ten lap run toward the finish, but no one had anything for Prunty as he steadily drove to the win ahead of Mueller who held off Kocourek for second. Schill finished in fourth place ahead of Bennett and Bickle. Gary LaMonte completed a strong run with a seventh place finish while Jeremy Lepak, Dave Feiler, and Rich Loch rounded out the top ten.

Mike Egan won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over John Mueller and Tommy Pecaro while Jamie Wallace and Scott Schoeni finished in fourth and fifth place respectively. Pete Weidmeyer was the winner of the 15-lap late model consi, taking the checkered flag ahead of Ed Grober and Jerry Eckhardt. Mike DeKuester finished in fourth place and Bill Shavlik was fifth. Dennis Prunty edged Rich Bickle by less than a car length to win the late model fast dash and Brad Mueller topped the 43-car late model field in qualifying to set fast time at 11.384 seconds.

James Swan made a late charge to take the lead with five laps to go and went on to win the 40-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Dave Obermeyer and Pat McIntee.

Dean Olla led the opening laps as Jeff Holtz took to the high groove to put pressure on the leader as Obermeyer closed in on the lead duo. With Holtz still looking to the outside to get around Olla, Obermeyer dove to the low side off turn two on lap 11, pulling off an impressive move that resulted in him taking the lead entering turn three. Once out front, Obermeyer began to pull away as Rob Braun advanced into second place while further back, Swan steadily made his way toward the front, bringing McIntee along with him. Looking for his first Slinger feature win, Obermeyer maintained his advantage as Braun began to close slightly as Swan and McIntee continued to charge and close the gap between themselves and the leaders. Debris on the speedway and mechanical issues on Mark Kissinger’s car brought out the caution flag on lap 29 with Obermeyer leading Braun, Swan, McIntee, and Holtz.


On the restart, Swan was quick on the button and he immediately dove to the inside of Braun to wrestle away second place as Obermeyer remained out front. With the laps winding down, Swan stalked Obermeyer, eventually closing to his rear bumper with less than ten laps to go. With five laps to go, Obermeyer swung wide in the corner and Swan was able to make the pass for the lead as the yellow flag flew a lap later when Braun looped his car in turn two. Obermeyer made a valid attempt to challenge for the win over the final laps, but Swan was too strong and he charged to the win. Obermeyer finished in second place ahead of McIntee, Mike Graczkowski, and Dave Thomas, who earlier set fast time with a lap of 12.525 seconds.

Dale Prunty raced to the win in the 35-lap Midwest Modified feature. Terry Helmbrecht and Bill Tandetzke led the field to the green and Helmbrecht edged out front while Tandetzke battled for second with John Kruschel. A quick caution flag appeared on lap two when Joey Bentfield spun in turn three and as racing resumed, Tandetzke looked to the outside of Helmbrecht for the lead as Prunty moved up into third place followed closely by Ron Schmitt and Steve Huelsbeck. Tandetzke used the outside to take the top spot on lap nine, bringing Prunty with him and into second place.


A lap later, Prunty also used the high side to race around Tandetzke to take command of the race as Steve Schulz stalled on lap 11 to bring out the caution flag. Back under green, Prunty pulled away while Schmitt and Tandetzke fought for second place. On lap 13, Tandetzke drifted high exiting turn two while Schmitt was looking to the outside to pass and Tandetzke spun down the backstretch, putting the field under yellow for a third time. As racing resumed, the closest racing was for second on back as Prunty had a healthy lead while Schmitt tried to hold off Kruschel and Huelsbeck. Kruschel and Huelsbeck ran side-by-side for the third spot and the hard racing between them cut down a tire on Huelsbeck’s car, sending him hard into the wall in turn one on lap 15. Prunty led Schmitt and Jason Feyereisen on the restart and those three moved ahead of the rest of the field during the closing laps. Prunty held off Schmitt to take the win while Feyereisen finished a close third. James Poleske crossed the finish line in fourth place while early leader Terry Helmbrecht finished in fifth. Earlier, Huelsbeck turned in a qualifying lap of 12.233 seconds to become the afternoon’s fastest qualifier.


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Old Wisconsin Smoke House 60 - Sunday Afternoon
50,000 Penny Drop for kids 11 and under


(Slinger, WI) Sunday Afternoon April 30th - Old Wisconsin presents The Old Wisconsin Smokehouse 60 Late Model Race along with a Full Racing Program that includes Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Complete Car Care Slinger Bees, Figure Eights, Port A John Speedway Guest Cars, One on One Spectators, and Limited Late Models. Don't forget to stop by the concession stand for a handcrafted Old Wisconsin brat, hot dog or polish sausage.

Plus: Slinger Speedway will cover the front stretch with 50,000 pennies for kids 11 and under to gather up during intermission!

Remember we are racing Sunday afternoon April 30th, general Admission Gates Open at Noon, Time Trials at 1:00 and Racing Starts at 2:00 pm. Night racing starts May 7th.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group hospitality outings available for the 2006 season. For more information, contact the speedway at: 262-370-0440, the track office at: 262-644-5921 or our web site at: