Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) July 2, 2006 - Jeremy Lepak put it all together Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he charged to his first career late model feature victory at the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval in the Keith’s Marina 85.

Photo Highlights

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Jereny Lepak (second from right) is joined by the evening's event sponsors as Lepak picked up his first career Super Late Model feature victory at Slinger Super Speedway by topping the Keith's Marina 85.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Jeremy Lepak (#40) works the low line in the final laps of the Keith's Marina 85, to work past David Prunty (#1) for the lead.
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Veteran Al Schill (#14) chgalleges David Prunty (#1) for a position during the Super Late Model main event.
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Dennis Prunty (#42) collected a win in the Super Late Model dash.
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Jerry Eckhardt (#61) built a new car for the 2006 season at Slinger Super Speedway and he put the ride in victory lane after winning the Super Late Model semi-feature.
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Shawn Roethle (#53) scored his first career Super Late Model event win, when he topped the consolation event this evening.
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David Prunty (#1) carries the American Flag during opening ceremonies after setting fast time in the Super Late Models.
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Wes Biswell (#23) collected his second Midwest Modified feature win of the 2006 season.
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James Swan (#97) turned in the fastest lap of the evening in the Midwest Sportsman portion of the program.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Eric Scheutz (#18) topped the Thunderstock feature race this evening.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Jake Vanosky (#84) topped one of the Slinger Bee contests....5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
... while Travis Buchholz (#5) won the other Slinger Bee contest.

“To come from where I started racing and to be sitting here now, is just unbelievable,” Lepak told the large crowd after holding off David Prunty for the win. “This car has just really been good, “ Lepak continued. “We haven’t taken it anywhere else and have just been able to fine tune on it.”

Mike Strupp shot from his outside front-row starting position to pace the opening laps as the outside lane looked fast early on. Also using the upper groove were Nick Schumacher and David Prunty and they settled into second and third place while Dennis Prunty, Al Schill, Lowell Bennett, and Lepak tussled over the fourth place. A tangle between Ken Wills and Jim Schmittinger in turn one on lap 23 slowed the field under the caution flag with Strupp leading over Schumacher and David Prunty.

Strupp chose the inside lane for the restart which set Schumacher to the outside and Prunty used his inside row two restart slot to pressure Strupp for the lead as racing resumed. Strupp held off Prunty for an additional ten laps before surrendering the lead when handling issues made it difficult for him to keep his car down in the corners. As David Prunty led the way over Schumacher, Schill and Dennis Prunty as well as Lepak all made their way by Strupp and into the top five. Once again, the outer groove was worked in well and Schill used it to build momentum off the turns, which allowed him to track down and pass Schumacher for second place a few laps later, bringing Lepak along with him and into third. Lepak paid attention to Schill’s strategy and he used the same outside groove tactics to pass Schill for second place by lap 60.

Prunty’s sizeable advantage was erased on lap 61 when Mike Egan spun directly in front of him, bunching up the field under the caution flag. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart while Lepak looked stout on the top-side and he stayed alongside Prunty as racing resumed. Lepak was able to gain a slight advantage exiting the turns and he eventually eased into the lead on lap 63. Behind the top two, Schill had his hands full with Josh Bauer who built a strong late run to challenge for third. Bauer looked high and made the move around Schill by lap 70 just before the final caution flag appeared on lap 71 as Robert Maynor stalled on the frontstretch.

Lepak took the inside slot for the restart and this time Prunty was able to stay alongside on the outside as the green flag flew. Prunty had the horsepower to stay with Lepak and both drivers battled side-by-side for the lead as the laps wound down. Lepak’s car handled perfectly in the final laps and he was able to edge ahead of Prunty, holding him off to score the victory. Josh Bauer finished a strong third while Schill and Lowell Bennett completed the top five finishers. Nick Schumacher finished in sixth place ahead of Dennis Prunty and Rich Loch while Travis Dassow and John Mueller finishing in ninth and tenth place respectively.

Jerry Eckhardt drove to victory in the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Conrad Morgan who nipped Randy Schuler for second place. Wayne Freimund and Scott Schoeni rounded out the top five. Shawn Roethle took home top honors in the 15-lap late model consi over Ed Grober and Tim Bennett while Dennis Prunty won the late model fast dash. David Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 11.335 seconds.

Dean Olla turned back numerous challenges to charge to an exciting victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature.

Olla and Scott Ascher led the field to the green and neither was able to gain an advantage as they battled alongside each other for the first eight laps. Olla finally used the inside to gain sole possession of the lead on lap ten while Pat McIntee advanced to challenge Ascher for second. McIntee took the spot a lap later while the rest of the field was bunched tightly from third place on back. The close-quarters racing in the pack assisted in the first caution flag waving on lap 12 when Ryan Zielski found himself spinning across the frontstretch after contact with cars behind him, triggering a multi-car incident. The mishap damaged the cars of Jeff Holtz and Brad Keith as well as numerous others and Olla led McIntee, Dave Thomas, Ascher, and George Schultz for the restart. Olla chose the inside lane and was able to keep the lead as McIntee pressured him on the outside. McIntee’s bid for the win ended on lap 16 when he cut down rear tire and spun down the backstretch just as Andy Haver looped his car in turn one to bring out another caution flag.

This time, Thomas lined up to the outside of Olla as racing resumed and once again, Olla was able to keep the lead while Thomas remained alongside, using the outside groove. A final yellow flag on lap 25 occurred after Ascher spun on the main straight while racing for third place. As was the case before, Olla took to the inside and turned back more attempts by Thomas to take the lead over the final five laps, edging Thomas at the stripe for the victory. Schultz ran a strong race and finished in third place while Jay Shambeau came from deep in the field to finish in fourth. Rob Braun also advanced forward for a fifth place result.

Corey Funk took the win in the 18-lap Midwest Sportsman semi-feature over Scott Shambeau and Troy Weich. Gary Tisler and Tom Elsinger were fourth and fifth respectively. Ryan Zielski was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan led paced qualifying, touring the speedway in 12.741 seconds.

Wes Biswell nailed down his second feature win of the year, taking top honors in the 25-lap Midwest Modified main event.

Eddie Bentfield charged to the lead at the start and maintained the top spot for the first seven laps before Joe Houpt was able to pass by to take command of the event. Biswell worked his way into the second spot by lap ten while Steve Huelsbeck, Jason Feyereisen, and Dale Prunty all battled for third place on back. Biswell began to pressure Houpt for the lead, taking the position on lap 12 while Huelsbeck, Prunty, and Feyereisen continued their fight for third place. Biswell extended his lead over Houpt while Huelsbeck, Prunty, and Feyereisen swapped positions in the closing laps. At the finish, Biswell crossed the line first to record his second feature win of the season while Houpt took the checkered flag in second. Feyereisen made a late charge to snag third place while Huelsbeck and Prunty completed the top five finishers.

Ron Schmitt won the Midwest Modified fast dash and Feyereisen was the fastest qualifier at 12.357 seconds.

Eric Schuetz worked his way through lapped traffic and charged to the win in the 18-lap Thunderstock feature over Brad Jakes and John Majerus. Ryan DeStefano was fourth and Al Stippich took the checkered flag in fifth.

Jake Vanosky took the win in the opening Slinger Bees event over Bob Losiniecki and Tom Berens. C.J. Corallini finished in fourth place ahead of Josh Wenninger. Travis Buchholz won the second Slinger Bees race over Mike Haeuser and Frank Verhunce. Jamie Amos and Raymond Davis rounded out the top five. Dan Ernst was the winner of the Port-A-John Speedway Guest car race and Russ Lorbecki won the Spectator Eliminator race. Donald Van Camp was the winner of a wild and exciting Figure 8 event.


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