Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) July 23, 2006 - Al Schill parlayed an outside move for the lead around David Prunty to his fourth late model feature win of the season Sunday night in the Ritter/Parker Store 75.

“I should have gone out there sooner,” Schill stated from victory lane when asked about his outside lane pass for the lead. “My wife is my spotter and she was getting sick of me trying to go in the bottom so she told me to get up in the top (groove). When she tells me what to do, it’s usually a good move because she has been watching me all these years.”

Photo Highlights

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Ageless Al Schill (#14) scored his fourth Super Late Model feature win of the season topping the Ritter/Parker Store 75.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Al Schill (#14) uses the high line to surpass current Super Late Model point leader David Prunty (#1) during the closing stages of the main event.  Schill would make the pass and go on to victory.
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Chris Blawat (#26) would capture the Super Late Model semi-feature contest this evening.

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David Prunty (#1) earned another fast qualifying effort in Super Late Model action.
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Ron Schmitt (#6) visits victory lane after winning the Midwest Modified main event.
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Wes Biswell (#23) was the evening's fastest qualifier in the Midwest Modifieds.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
A late race pass would net Scott Nottestad (#14) the feature win in Limited Late Model action.
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Brad Keith (#48) works past Mike Borchardt (#29) on his way to winning the Midwest Sportsman feature contest.
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Rob Braun turned in the fastest lap in Midwest Sportsman qualifying.
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Nick Walder (#34) stands in victory lane after topping one of the Slinger Bee contests.
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C.J. Corallini (#07) won one of the Slinger Bee feature contests this evening.

Tommy Pecaro and Nick Schumacher occupied the front row at the start and both drivers raced side by side for the lead during the opening six laps before Pecaro was able to take sole possession of the lead by using the inside on lap seven. The inside lane began to move forward as Colin Bamke, Dennis Prunty, and Schill also advanced forward and into the second through fourth spots while David Prunty settled into fifth. A spin by Mark Bitzan on the frontstretch on lap 14 after some traffic jam issues back in the pack produced the first caution flag. Pecaro chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Bamke to deal with the top side and once again the inside lane proved advantageous as Pecaro pulled out to the lead while Dennis Prunty moved into second place. David Prunty also ducked to the inside to take over third place while Lowell Bennett cut his way forward and into fourth place. The front four eased away from the rest of the field, leaving Schill and Bamke to contest the fifth position with Josh Bauer and Nick Schumacher. Bennett’s race came to an end on lap 37 when his car suddenly stopped, causing the cars to scatter and spin in the fluid trail created by Bennett’s misfortune. Bauer got the worst of the situation as he ended up against the turn four wall and was the only car unable to continue in the race.

Again, Pecaro chose the inside lane for the restart, but this time Dennis Prunty found himself on the outside and he was able to keep pace with Pecaro, taking the lead briefly on lap 40 before Pecaro was able to regain the top spot three laps later. Pecaro and Prunty fought door to door until lap 50 when Pecaro prevailed on the inside. Matt Raudabaugh spun in turn two on lap 53 but was able to continue without causing a caution flag but as the leaders approached Raudabaugh’s car, Pecaro appeared to lift momentarily in anticipation of the caution flag that never appeared. Pecaro’s bobble cost him the lead as David Prunty and Schill raced by and into the top two spots while Dennis Prunty fell back a few positions after being forced to slow to avoid Pecaro.

Prunty refused to give up the bottom groove as Schill looked inside a few times before taking to the high side on lap 66. Two laps later, Schill used the outside to drive around Prunty exiting turn four, taking the lead on lap 68. Over the final laps, Schill continued to hold off Prunty while behind them, Travis Dassow marched forward and into the top five. Schill was able to hold off Prunty for the victory while Dassow continued his string of impressive races of late, charging all the way to third place at the finish just ahead of Pecaro and Dennis Prunty.

Chris Blawat crossed the finish line first to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature, holding off Matt Raudabaugh at the stripe. Jerry Eckhardt finished in third place ahead of Jim Schmittinger and Steve Schulz. Dennis Prunty took the win in the late model fast dash while brother David Prunty paced qualifying, touring the speedway in 11.349 seconds.

Brad Keith pulled off a spectacular pass in traffic to advance from third place to the lead, en route to the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature.

Jay Shambeau and Bobby Giers contested the lead early on, racing alongside each other for the first ten laps, with Shambeau edging Giers at the stripe for the top spot. Giers remained alongside Shambeau up front while Brad Keith and Jeff Holtz joined the lead battle. Giers was able to lead lap 12 but Shambeau retook the stop spot on lap 15. The leaders began to approach lapped traffic with Keith and Holtz directly behind the lead duo as they remained side by side. As Shambeau and Giers began to pass the lapped cars, Shambeau took to the outside ahead of Giers on lap 22 and Keith saw an opening for the lead, diving to the inside exiting turn four. Keith was able to race by both Giers and Shambeau and then quickly moved outside to clear the lapped cars in a brilliant move that enabled him to drive out to a sizeable lead. Keith maintained his lead and drove to the win over Shambeau while Jeff Holtz charged forward to take third place at the finish. Giers and Pat McIntee were fourth and fifth respectively.

Keith also raced to the win in the Midwest Sportsman Series fast dash and Rob Braun set fast time at 12.695 seconds.

Scott Nottestad took top honors in the 30-lap limited late model feature, using the inside lane to take the lead with seven laps to go.

Nick Schumacher and Jeff Steenbergen paced the field at the start and Schumacher launched into the lead from the inside while Nottestad grabbed second place from Steenbergen, who was unable to get to the lower groove. Brad Keith also moved around Steenbergen on lap three just before the first caution flag appeared on lap four when Joel Laufer spun in turn one.

Schumacher led Nottestad, Keith, Steenbergen, and Kris Kelly on the restart and he was able to maintain command of the race while Rockford visitors Ricky Bilderback and Jon Reynolds Jr. sliced their way through the field right behind the top five. Steenbergens bid for the win erupted in flames on lap 18 when a fire suddenly appeared under his hood and the field was slowed again under the yellow flag. Schumacher chose the inside lane for the restart but Nottestad was able to keep pace on the outside and began to make his bid for the lead. When the outside line didn’t work, Nottestad fell in line behind Schumacher and began to make another try for the lead on the inside lane. Nottestad drew even with Schumacher on lap 22 and took the top spot one lap later. Nottestad could not be caught from there and drove to the win ahead of Schumacher and Kris Kelly who finished third. Andy Wendt and Jon Reynolds Jr. rounded out the top five.

Nottestad also took the win in the limited late model fast dash while Jon Reynolds Jr. was the fastest qualifier.

Ron Schmitt held off Steve Huelsbeck to win the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature.

Joseph Ostermann and Eddie Bentfield led the field to the green flag and the outside lane moved quickly with Bentfield jumping out to the early lead. Jason Feyereisen and Steve Huelsbeck also used the outside to fall into line in second and third place ahead of Schmitt while farther back, Wes Biswell and Dale Prunty began to march forward. Schmitt then worked his way forward, moving into second place by lap five and then maneuvering his way by Bentfield for the lead on lap six. Once out front, Schmitt was uncontested as Huelsbeck settled into second place while Feyereisen battled with Biswell and Prunty for third. Schmitt drove to the checkered flag to score the win over Huelsbeck and Feyereisen while Biswell and Prunty rounded out the top five.

Schmitt also scored the win in the Midwest Modified fast dash while Biswell turned in a qualifying lap of 12.476 seconds and was the evening’s fastest qualifier.

C.J. Corallini and Nick Walder each claimed victories in the Complete Car Care Slinger Bees races and Jim Belling won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race that featured crew members from Lowell Bennett’s late model team. Scott Applei won the Spectator Elimination races and Scott Goetzke was victorious in the Figure 8 event.

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Professional Plumbing and Contractors Night at Slinger Speedway
Celebrate Wayne Erickson’s 30th year of Owning Slinger Speedway
Worlds Fastest Outhouse presented by Port A John


(Slinger, WI) Sunday July 30th: PPC Night at Slinger Speedway – See a 70 lap Late Model Feature plus all our regular divisions and Thunderstocks. 1 out of every 100 fans through the gate will win $30 celebrating track owner Wayne Erickson’s 30 years of owning Slinger Speedway. PLUS: The Worlds Fastest Outhouse presented by Port A John. A Jet Powered Outhouse will cruise around Slinger Speedway! Gates open at 4:45, Qualifying at 5:15, and Racing at 7:00.

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