Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI) June 25, 2006 - Lowell Bennett and Al Schill put on a performance for the history books Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway during the Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 70 before Bennett emerged with the victory in a photo finish.

Photo Highlights

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Lowell Bennett (#2) would came away with the victory in the Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters 70 after a race long battle with Al Schill in Super Late Model action this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Al Schill (#14) and Lowell Bennett (#2) ran wheel to wheel around the high-banked quarter-mile oval while doing battle for the win.  Bennett would edge Schill by six inches for the Super Late Model feature victory.
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Nick Schumacher (#16) topped the Super Late Model dash event this evening at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Colin Bamke (#27)'s bid for a second Super Late Model feature win came to a halt after contact with the wall.
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Ken Wills (#5) turned in the fastest qualifying lap of the evening in the Super Late Model division.
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John Ovadahl Jr. (#71) topped an exciting finish in Limited Late Model feature action.
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The Limited Late Model feature race was hotly contested as John Ovadahl Jr. (#71) works past Jeff Steenbergen (#76) and Kris Kelly (#1) for the Keith (#48) topped the Midwest Sportsman and dash contests this evening.
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Steve Huelsbeck (#61) topped the Midwest Modified feature contest.
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Jason Feyreisen (#90) was the fast qualifier this evening in the Midwest Modifieds.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Mike Graczkowski turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Midwest Sportsman division.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Shawn Gavin was victorious in one of the Slinger Bee main events this evening.

“Thank God for Sunday nights, this was a lot of fun,” an obviously excited Bennett told the crowd after edging Schill by about six inches for the win. “My hat’s off to Al Schill, “ Bennett continued, “Both of us have raced a lot of laps here and he’s a phenomenal driver. We just had a ball here tonight.”

Bennett led the opening laps over Gary LaMonte as Mike Egan, Travis Dassow, Nick Schumacher, and David Prunty all raced for the third position. Prunty experienced mechanical issues which caused him to slow on lap ten and in the effort to avoid his slowing car, Mike Strupp made contact with the car in front of him and spun. Dennis Prunty then slid into Strupp’s stalled car as the caution flag waved with Bennett leading LaMonte, Egan, Dassow, and Schumacher. With the field lined up in double-file formation for the restart, Bennett worked the inside to continue to lead over LaMonte as Schumacher also used the inside to advance to third place by lap 20, bringing Jeremy Lepak forward with him.

The second caution flag of the event flew on lap 36 when Tommy Pecaro looped his machine in turn two with Bennett still leading over LaMonte, Schumacher, Lepak, and Colin Bamke who maneuvered his way to fifth. Schumacher used the low lane on the restart to edge to the inside of LaMonte for second place while Bamke charged on the outside to pull alongside Lepak and he used the high side to move forward until he clipped the backstretch wall on lap 39 and spun backwards into the turn three concrete necessitating another caution flag.

Schill had sliced his way forward prior to the yellow flag and lined up in fourth for the restart, just behind LaMonte while Bennett continued to pace the field over Schumacher. Schill used a strong run on the outside as racing resumed to build enough momentum to pull ahead of LaMonte and then ease to the inside of Schumacher to take second. Schill then remained glued to Bennett’s bumper and looked to the inside in a bid for the lead just past the 50-lap mark. The leaders began to encounter lapped traffic just as Schill pulled alongside Bennett and both drivers raced door to door for the lead. Neither Bennett nor Schill lifted as they passed the lapped cars, leaving barely enough room to fit a dime between their cars but never touching in a classic battle for the top spot.

The race was slowed for a final time on lap 60 when LaMonte appeared to have some mechanical issues and his car stoved the turn one wall extremely hard. The incident set up a ten lap shootout for the win and Schill chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Bennett to line up in the outside lane. Both Bennett and Schill were on the mark for the restart and they resumed their side-by-side tussle for the lead. Bennett was able to draw ahead slightly off the corners, but Schill made up ground in the center of the turns and they stayed together for the final ten laps. Schill managed to get a strong run off turn four on the final lap and he made an inside charge as the two headed for the checkered flag. At the stripe, Bennett barely nipped Schill for the win with a margin of victory of about six inches. Lepak took the checkered flag in third place right behind the lead duo and just ahead of Schumacher who finished fourth. Fred Winn turned in another steady and consistent run for a fine fifth place result. Travis Dassow was sixth and Mike Egan finished in seventh place. Josh Bauer, David Prunty, and Dave Teske rounded out the top ten.

John Mueller took home top honors in the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Tommy Pecaro and Randy Schuler. Mark Bitzan finished fourth ahead of Jim Schmittinger. Matt Raudabaugh won the 12-lap late model consi over Shawn Roethle and Jim Jesoshek. Gregg Pawelski and Bill Shavlik rounded out the top five. Nick Schumacher was the winner of the late model fast dash and Ken Wills blistered the speedway in 11.343 seconds to set fast time.

Jay Shambeau charged to the win in the 40-lap Midwest Sportsman Series feature, holding off Jeff Holtz at the finish.

Shambeau used the outer groove to take the lead at the start while Gary Tisler, Ryan Zielski, and Holtz followed. A spin by Corey Funk in turn two produced the caution flag on lap six with Shambeau leading Tisler, Zielski, Bobby Giers, and Holtz. Shambeau and Tisler battled door to door as racing resumed and they disputed the lead for the next 15 laps as neither could gain enough advantage to take sole possession of the top spot. Finally Shambeau was able to break away leaving Tisler to fight for second with Zielski, Holtz, Giers, Brad Keith, and Mike Graczkowski. As the group approached lapped traffic, they scattered to get around the slower machines and Zielski chased his car up the track in turn two after contact from behind, leaving Graczkowski with nowhere to go but the turn two wall. Zielski spun exiting the corner as well and the race was slowed under the yellow flag with Shambeau leading Tisler, Holtz, and Giers. Shambeau chose the outside lane for the restart and used the groove to keep the lead as the green flag waved. Tisler found himself trapped in the inside lane as Holtz used the high side to take second place on lap 25. Shambeau steadily drove the final laps and he took the checkered flag for his first feature victory of the season. Holtz crossed the stripe for a strong second place finish ahead of Giers who came home in third place. Pat McIntee charged late in the event to grab fourth place at the checkered while Brad Keith was fifth.

Bobby Giers won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Mike Graczkowski was the fastest qualifier at 12.672 seconds.

Jefferson Speedway standout Jon Ovadahl Jr. visited the Slinger Super Speedway and left with the hardware in the 30-lap limited late model feature.

Jeff Steenbergen grabbed the early lead over Tyler James and Kris Kelly while Andy Wendt, Dave McCardle, and Nick Schumacher jockeyed for spots behind them. Steenbergen was able to scoot away from the field on lap ten when James became momentarily crossed up in turn two, allowing Kelly and Wendt to close in. Kelly was able to get to the inside of James on lap 15 to take second place and Wendt followed suit a few laps later to take third. Three laps later, Schumacher also tried to get an inside run on James and as the two entered turn three, their cars touched and James spun. Chris Ratajczyk and Eric Fransen were unable to avoid the incident and they collided as the caution flag flew.

On the restart, Steenbergen spun the tires while accelerating to the green and Kelly took over the top spot from the outside. Behind the lead duo, Ovadahl was slicing his way forward, pulling behind Wendt and into fourth by lap 20. On lap 24, Ovadahl muscled his way by Wendt and into third and one lap later another caution waved as Jason Deppe spun down the frontstretch. In a surprising move, Kelly chose the outside lane for the restart, allowing Steenbergen the inside line with Ovadahl behind him. Kelly was unable to clear Steenbergen on the restart and they raced alongside each other with Ovadahl nipping on Steenbergen’s heels in third place. As the three raced to the white flag, Ovadahl ran Steenbergen hard into turn three and was able to work his way to the inside. With Ovadahl edging to the inside of Steenbergen, Kelly found himself out of room on the top side and he fell to third as Ovadahl completed the pass entering turn one on the final circuit. Ovadahl was able to turn back any challenges from Steenbergen and he drove to the win, leaving Steenbergen to settle for a second place finish. Andy Wendt took the checkered flag in third followed by Kelly and Scott Nottestad.

Nick Schmacher was the winner of the limited late model fast dash and Eric Fransen was the fastest qualifier of the night after turning in a lap of 12.336 seconds.

Steve Huelsbeck used the outside lane to take the lead late in the event en route to victory in the 20-lap Midwest Modified feature.

Joe Houpt paced the beginning circuits while John Kruschell and Wes Biswell settled into second and third respectively. Houpt and Kruschell battled side-by-side for the lead over the first ten laps while Biswell ran directly behind them, looking for a way to get by. On lap eleven, Kruschell had to check up slightly in turn four as Biswell and Huelsbeck took advantage of the situation and took over second and third respectively. A lap later, Biswell also used the outside to take command of the race and Huelsbeck worked his way into second place. Huelsbeck then was able to move to the outside of Biswell and gradually began to edge ahead as Biswell’s car appeared to skate slightly off the corners. Huelsbeck took the top spot with two laps to go but couldn’t shake Biswell who continued to work the inside. On the final lap, Huelsbeck pushed up a bit in the final corner, opening the door for Biswell to make a final challenge that came up just short at the stripe as Huelsbeck took the win. Biswell finished a close second while Dale Prunty worked his way up from the back to come home in third place. Ron Schmitt was fourth and Jason Feyereisen was fifth.

Earlier, Schmitt won the Midwest Modified fast dash and Feyereisen was the fastest qualifier at 12.297 seconds.

Shawn Gavin and Roman Blank each came away with wins in the Slinger Bees events and Randy Gray won the Port-A-John Speedway Guest Car race. Willie Van Camp closed the night with a win in the Figure 8 event.


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