Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) May 7, 2006 - Defending track champion Brad Mueller ended a long losing streak in grand fashion by holding off Josh Bauer, David Prunty, and Al Schill in a barn-burner to score his first late model feature win in over a year in the Eden Meat Market 65 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

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Defending Late Model track champion Brad Mueller (#89) would bring home the victory in the Eden Meats 65 after an exciting battle for the win.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Brad Mueller (#89) and Josh Bauer (#71) thrilled the fans with an exciting side-by-side battle for victory in the Late Model feature contest.
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NScott Schoeni (#31) slips under Mark Bitzan (#28) in the Late Model semi-feature contest.  Schoenie would go on to win the event.
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John Mueller (#23) captured fast qualifying honors in the Late Model division.
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Mike Grazkowski (#2) came away with a victory in the Midwest Sportsman division.
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Joe Haupt (#98) collected his first Midwest Modified feature win at Slinger Speedway.
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Jason Feyeriesen (#90) earned fast qualifying honors in the Midwest Modified division.
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Dave Thomas (#19) got upside down during the running of the Midwest Sportsman feature race.  He was not injured in the incident.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Rick Schaefer (#31) topped the Thunderstocks feature contest.
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Tom Berens celebrated his win in the Slinger Bee main event.

“Unbelievable,” Mueller exclaimed from Victory Lane after taking the lead from Bauer late in the race. “Josh (Bauer) ran a heck of a race and I was just waiting to see if I could reel him in, but then we had a restart there and I had all the confidence in this new car. To do this the second time out in this racecar, I think we have something to reckon with here this year.”

Dave Teske led the early laps as Bauer settled into second place ahead of Gary LaMonte, Rich Loch, and Tony Strupp. Teske stretched his lead over Bauer as they broke away from the pack while Loch took over third place by lap 11. Meanwhile, Mueller and David Prunty used the inside line to move forward and into the top five by lap 20. With Teske continuing to lead over Bauer, Mueller and Prunty went to work on Loch for third place, eventually moving Loch back to fifth by lap 40. Bauer gradually caught Teske by lap 45 and used the outside lane to move alongside in a battle for the top spot. Bauer and Teske ran side-by-side over the next five laps and in doing so, allowed Mueller to close in to make it a three-car battle up front. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, the inside groove was not the place to be and Teske found himself picked by a lapped car, allowing Bauer and Mueller to race by and into first and second. Prunty and Loch also were able to pass Teske before he was able to get outside and rejoin the leaders. Bauer’s car began to kick loose off the corners and Mueller edged closer, looking several times to the outside before a Scott Schoeni spin on lap 58 bunched the field up under the caution flag with seven laps to go.

With double-file restarts put in effect this season, Mueller found himself on the high groove and used the lane to take advantage of Bauer’s loose handling conditions by positioning himself to Bauer’s outside for the final laps. With Mueller alongside, Bauer was unable to let his car run free exiting the turns and lap after lap, Mueller edged slightly ahead before taking over the top spot with three laps to go. Once out front, Mueller was able to turn back Bauer’s challenges to score the victory, his first in over a year. Bauer held off Prunty for second by less than a car length and Schill finished in fourth, a half car-length behind Prunty. Teske fought his way back to fifth place ahead of Lowell Bennett and Rich Loch. Nick Schumacher, Ken Wills, and Colin Bamke rounded out the top ten finishers.

Scott Schoeni won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Fred Winn and Mike McCabe. Tom Hromadka finished in fourth place and Mark Bitzan was fifth. Tony Strupp was the winner of the fast dash and John Mueller was the fastest qualifier of the evening after turning in a lap of 11.385 seconds.

Mike Graczkowski worked the outside groove and held off Brad Keith and Jeff Holtz to win the Old Wisconsin Smokehouse 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

“One of the tricks we learned about getting around this track isn’t about motors or how much money you spend, it’s about getting through these turns,” Graczkowski explained following the win. “Over the winter me and the boys worked hard to get this car to do that and I’m happy that it paid off, I’m pretty fired up right now!”

Dean Olla and Mike Borchardt led the field at the start with Olla immediately jumping into the lead as Jeff Holtz edged ahead of Borchardt for second. Rob Braun and Brad Keith filled their tire tracks in fourth and fifth place respectively. The action came to a halt suddenly on lap two when fast qualifier Dave Thomas took a wild upside-down ride along the backstretch to bring out the red flag. Thomas’ car ramped the backstretch wall exiting turn two and turned over on its roof, sliding the length of the straightaway before bouncing off the turn three wall and sliding to a stop upside-down in the infield. Thomas emerged from the scary ordeal unhurt as Olla led Holtz and Borchardt under the red flag.

As racing resumed, Holtz took to the outside and snagged the lead from Olla as Graczkowski used his inside position on the double-file restart to work his way around Keith and Braun. Graczkowski moved around Olla a few laps later as Keith and Braun went to work on Borchardt. On lap seven Keith and Braun split Borchardt in a momentarily three-wide move and began to track down Holtz and Graczkowski for the top spots. Simultaneous spins by Corey Funk and Mark Kissinger in turn three and James Swan and Jay Shambeau in turn two put the field under the caution flag on lap eight. On the restart, Graczkowski moved to the outside of Holtz and the two ran door-to-door over the next 11 laps before Graczkowsi edged ahead on lap 19. As Grackzowski and Holtz battled for the top spot, Keith closed in on the lead duo, moving directly behind them as the laps began to dwindle. Graczkowski swung wide off turn four on lap 20 and as he saved the car, Holtz was forced to check up slightly as Keith motored by to take second place. Graczkowski drove smooth over the final laps and he took the checkered flag ahead of Keith for the win. Holtz crossed the finish line for a strong third place finish while Mike Borchardt and Rob Braun rounded out the top five.

Scott Ascher was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman dash and Dave Thomas set fast time with a lap of 12.598 seconds.

Joel Houpt charged to his first Slinger Midwest Modified feature win, holding off Steve Huelsbeck and Dale Prunty at the finish of the 25-lap main event.

Matt Pate paced the early going as Joey Bentfield, Bill Tandetzke, Ron Schmitt, and Houpt all scrambled for positions behind him. Houpt made the most forward progress as he advanced from his fifth starting position to take the lead by lap ten while Huelsbeck also charged from deep in the field to take second place while Pate battled with Jason Feyereisen and Schmitt for third place. The race was slowed under the caution flag on lap 15 as the tussle for third place ended with Pate, Feyereisen, and Schmitt tangled together against the third turn wall. As racing resumed, Huelsbeck made several attempts to pass Houpt for the lead, but Houpt would not be denied the victory and he held on to take the checkered flag for the win. Huelsbeck finished in second ahead of Dale Prunty and John Kruschel. Bill Tandetzke finished in fifth place.

Houpt also picked up the win in the Midwest Modified fast dash and Feyereisen set fast time at 12.388 seconds.

Rick Schaefer won the Thunderstocks feature over Shawn Hoeffler and Joe DeStefano. Brad Jakes and Aaron Cain were fourth and fifth respectively. Tom Berens raced to the win in the Slinger Bees event, crossing the finish line ahead of Matt Schatz and Shawn Gavin. C.J. Corallini finished in fourth place and Jason Hennes was fifth. Scott Goetzke closed out the evening with a victory in the 10-lap Figure 8 event.


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Free Carnations to the first 500 Moms and 50,000 Penny Drop for kids


(Slinger, WI) Special; – Sunday Night May 14 - Culvers of JACKSON Mother's Day 60 featuring a 60-lap Late Model Feature. Joining the Late Models will be Midwest Sportsman, Midwest Modified, Complete Car Care Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s and One on One Spectator eliminations, Plus Limited Late Models. Gates open at 4:45, Qualifying at 5:15pm, and Racing at 7:00pm.

The first 500 Moms will receive FREE Carnations compliments of Sonya’s Rose in Jackson. At intermission kids 11 and under get a chance to dash for cash. Slinger Speedway is dropping 50,000 penny’s on the front stretch for the kids to gather up.

Slinger Speedway is looking for contestants for the May 21st Roll Over Contest. The first 10 entries will be rolling for $200 to win. To enter call the track office: 262-644-5921

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: