Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) August 20, 2006 -  David Prunty racked up his third late model feature victory in a row Sunday night, surviving a wreck-strewn event to cruise to the victory at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Photo Highlights

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David Prunty (#1) earned his third straight feature win and is met by his daughter in victory lane after winning the Sno-Way 60.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
A multi-car tangle elminated the chances of several drivers reaching victory lane in the Super Late Model main event, including Gary LaMonte (#53), Tommy Hromdaka (#3), Chad Barker (#68), Lowell Bennett (#2), John Mueller (#23) and Matt Kocourek (#43).5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
David Prunty (#1) uses the high line to pass Mike Egan (#89) for the top spot in the Super Late Model feature.
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Colin Bamke (#27) topped the Super Late Model semi-feature contest.
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Matt Kocourek (#43) turned in the fastest lap of the evening in Super Late Model action.
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Dale Prunty (#17) captured another Midwest Modified feature win.

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Kris Kelly (#1) proved fastest of the Limited Late Model on hand this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Nick Schumacher (#16) and Dale Nottestad (#14) do battle during the Limited Late Model main event.
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Andy Wendt (#18) gets crossed up while battling with Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) and Jerry Eckhardt (#61) during the Limited Late Model feature.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) takes the American Flag for a tour around the high banked oval during opening ceremonies after setting fast time in the Limited Late Model class.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Rob Braun (#98) won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash.
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Brad Keith (#48) turned in the fastest lap of the evening in the Midwest Sportsman class.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Mike Koncriach (#21) captured on of the Slinger Bee contests...
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... while Tom Berens (#99) was victorious in the other Slinger Bee event.

“We actually didn’t start off that good tonight,” Prunty stated after crossing the finish line nearly a half lap ahead of his closest competitor. “But we’re not afraid to adjust on the car and we made all the right calls, I’ve really got to thank the crew.”

“We’ve just hit on something out here and I think it’s working really good,” Prunty continued. “I just went right to the outside and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to pass them on the outside tonight.”

To say the event got off to a rocky start would be an understatement as contact between Josh Bauer and Gary LaMonte who were running second and third behind leader Mike Egan, touched off a multi-car incident on lap two as the field stacked up behind them. The end result was the car of Chad Barker being too damaged to continue while Lowell Bennett, John Mueller, and Tommy Hromadka suffered significant damage but not enough to be retired. Egan led Travis Dassow and Dennis Prunty on the restart but, Mueller’s car didn’t come up to speed after contact with the car alongside him and once again the field traffic-jammed behind him. This time, Mike Strupp found himself being turned into the car of Nick Schumacher before continuing on into the turn one wall as the incident also collected Fred Winn.

Egan chose the inside for the restart but Dassow used the outer groove to take command of the race at the drop of the green flag. Dassow led for a few laps before Egan battled back to retake the lead just before the yellow flag appeared again on lap seven for debris on the track. As racing resumed, Egan used the inside lane to keep the lead while Al Schill ducked inside of Dassow for second. Dassow became caught on the outside as David Prunty, Dennis Prunty, and Conrad Morgan all worked their way by. Dassow’s misfortunes continued on lap 15 as he tangled with Pete Wiedmeyer in turn two to draw the fourth caution flag of the race. This time, Egan once again occupied the inside lane while Prunty took to the top, having worked his way around Schill for second place just prior to the yellow flag. Prunty was tough on the outside and he raced his way into the lead one lap later.

Prunty and Egan began to stretch their margin on the rest of the field as all eyes were on Al Schill and Dennis Prunty as they staged their own private war for third place during the race’s middle stages. While David Prunty and Egan raced unchallenged, Schill and Dennis Prunty charged hard, racing alongside each other with Schill hugging the inside and Prunty riding the high side. Dennis Prunty eventually was able to edge ahead to take over third while David Prunty continued to extend his lead over Egan. David Prunty cruised to the win over Egan, who turned in his strongest performance to date with a second place finish. Dennis Prunty held off Schill for third while Josh Bauer finished in fifth. Conrad Morgan also drove a strong race to finish in sixth ahead of Rich Loch and Gary LaMonte, who rebounded from his earlier spin to take the checkered flag in eighth. Matt Kocourek and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten.

Collin Bamke won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Mike McCabe. Mark Bitzan and Jim Schmittinger finished fourth and fifth respectively. John Mueller was the winner of the late model fast dash and Matt Kocourek toured the speedway in 11.392 seconds and was the evening’s fastest qualifier.

Mike Graczkowski drove to the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature, holding off Dave Thomas at the conclusion.

Ryan Zielski led the opening lap before Graczkowski dove to the inside in turn three to take the lead on lap two. Graczkowski built up a huge lead while Pat McIntee, Dave Thomas, Brad Keith, and Rob Braun all began to work their way forward. Graczkowski extended his advantage to about a half lap by lap 20 but the lead was erased on lap 27 when Troy Weich spun in turn two, bringing out the caution flag. Graczkowksi wouldn’t be denied and he jumped out to the lead again as racing resumed. McIntee battled with Thomas for second place while Keith muscled his way into third place with an aggressive move on Braun. On the final lap, McIntee experienced mechanical problems and slowed while Graczkowksi took the win over Thomas. Keith finished third while McIntee brought his ailing machine home in fourth place. Jimmie Evans finished fifth.

Rob Braun was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman Series fast dash and Keith was the fastest qualifier at 12.786 seconds.

Kris Kelly topped the limited late model 30-lap feature, taking the victory ahead of Nick Schumacher and Jerry Eckhardt.

Eckhardt led the opening laps over Kelly and Andy Wendt as numerous incidents of bumper tag scattered the field twice in the first ten laps as the race remained green. Eckhardt maintained his lead over Kelly as the leaders approached lapped traffic. Kelly tried to use the lapped traffic as a pick in an effort to get by Eckhardt, but Eckhardt would have none of it, dicing to the inside to split the lapped cars and keep his lead. While Eckhardt and Kelly raced for the lead, Andy Wendt and Jeff Steenbergen closed in to make it a four-car battle for the lead. A spin by Joel Laufer in turn two drew the caution flag on lap 19 and Eckhardt chose the inside lane for the restart. Kelly took to the outside and got the jump as the green flag flew to take the top spot on lap 20. With Kelly out front, Wendt began to pressure Eckhardt for second place as Steenbergen became caught on the outside as Nick Schumacher and Jon Reynolds Jr. both made their way around. Another caution flag on lap 26 for an incident between Laufer and Dave McCardle slowed the field. Kelly kept his lead on the restart as Wendt dove to the inside of Eckhardt in a bid for second place. After passing Eckhardt, Wendt drifted high in turn two before looping around on the backstretch where he was clobbered by Reynolds and the race was slowed again. Kelly drove the final two laps flawlessly and took the win over Schumacher while Eckhardt, Brad Keith, and Steenbergen charged three-wide to the checkered flag. Eckhardt finished in third place just ahead of Keith and Steenbergen.

Nick Wendt was the winner of the limited late model fast dash and Jon Reynolds Jr. set fast time at 12.418 seconds.

Dale Prunty and Steve Huelsbeck mirrored their battle for the track championship as they fought for the victory in the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature as Prunty came away with the win.

The outside lane edged ahead on the start as Huelsbeck took the top spot over Prunty, Biswell, and Jason Feyereisen. Prunty took to the outside while Huelsbeck held the inside as the two raced side-by-side for the lead. Huelsbeck was able to maintain the lead as Prunty continued to apply the pressure from the outside. Joey Bentfield spun into the turn three wall on lap 15 to bring out the caution flag as Huelsbeck and Prunty continued their battle as racing resumed. Prunty kept to the outside and began to slowly inch ahead as Huelsbeck continued to race on the inside. Prunty took the lead on lap 18 and charged ahead to take the win. Huelsbeck finished a strong second while Wes Biswell and Ron Schmitt finished third and fourth respectively. Jason Feyereisen finished fifth.

Steve Huelsbeck won the Midwest Modified fast dash and Prunty set fast time at 12.388 seconds.

Tom Berens and Joseph Koncriach each won Slinger Bee events and Phil Ostovich won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race. Wayne Ennis was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator event and Shane Becker closed the evening with a win in the Figure 8 race.

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