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Mueller Takes Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener at Slinger Super Speedway
by Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI); April 22, 2007 - Brad Mueller brought his “A” game to the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday afternoon, making a triumphant return by holding off defending track champion David Prunty and Al Schill to win the Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener.

Photo Highlights

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Brad Mueller (left) stand in victory lane after topping the Miller Lite 120 Opener, with Miss Slinger Super Speedway representatives from Miller Lite which sponsored the season opening event
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Brad Mueller (#89) works the high line past Al Schill (#14) enroute to winning the Miller Lite 120.
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Early race leader Colin Bamke (#27) gives up to top spot to defending division champion David Prunty (#1) early in the Miller Lite 120.
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Chris Ratajczyk (#21) topped the Super Late Model semi-feature contest.

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Brad Mueller (#89) turned in the fastest qualifying effort in the Super Late Model division and later came back to win the main event.
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Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) was victorious in the Limited Late Model feature contest.
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Kenny Joosten (#47) earned the victory in the season opening Midwest Sportsman feature race.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Ron Schmitt (#6) lead the chase to the checkereds in the Midwest Modified division. 5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Seth Lootans (#7) lead wire to wire for the win in the Thunderstock main event.
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Tom Berens captured the Slinger Bee contest.
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Donald Van Camp completed the race day with a win in the Figure Eights.

In a classic high-banks battle, Mueller took to the tough outside groove and ran wheel to wheel with Prunty over the final laps, before edging Prunty at the stripe for the win. Schill finished in their tire tracks, within striking distance at the finish.

Collin Bamke led the opening laps over Fred Winn and Mike Strupp while Prunty and Jeremy Lepak filled out the top five. By lap 20, Prunty and Lepak worked their way into third and fourth place respectively while Conrad Morgan entered the top five with Mueller also progressing forward. Prunty moved into the second spot just before the first caution flag flew for a Race McComb spin on lap 29 as Bamke continued to lead. Bamke made the most of the double-file restart and maintained his lead over Prunty while Lepak, Nick Schumacher, and Al Schill fell into position behind the leaders.

Prunty finally worked his way around Bamke to take command of the race on lap 40 while Mueller continued to advance toward the front, racing just outside the top five behind Lepak and Schill. By the 50 lap mark, Mueller was able to race into the top five while Prunty launched to a commanding lead. The second caution of the event waved on lap 56 when Fred Winn developed problems in turn three, setting up a dash to the scheduled halfway break, which Prunty led over Schill, Mueller, Bamke, and Schumacher.

Prunty jumped back into the lead as racing resumed while Schill and Mueller battled for second place followed by Schumacher and Lepak, who staged a battle of their own over fourth place. Mueller was able to take sole possession of second place by lap 80 and was looking to track Prunty down for the lead when the event was slowed for a third time under caution when Tony Strupp’s car stalled after receiving damage during accordion-like action on the speedway.

Mueller timed the restart perfectly in the outside lane and was able to race side by side with Prunty for a few laps before eventually easing into the lead on lap 86. Prunty remained glued to Mueller’s rear bumper with Schill latched on in third in a strong three-car tussle for the lead. Prunty was able to dip inside Mueller exiting turn four and retake the top spot on lap 98 with Schill also looking to the inside in a bid for second. With Prunty gaining a slight advantage, Mueller held his ground on the outside, eventually fending off Schill’s challenge and a few laps later, the three were once again nose to tail for the lead. During the final ten laps, Mueller looked to the top side and pulled alongside Prunty.


The Slinger veterans put on a racing clinic to the finish with Mueller trying to use the high groove to get a run off the corners while Prunty worked the inside, but was unable to utilize his car’s full advantage exiting the turns with Mueller alongside. As they raced to the white flag, Mueller was able to barely clear Prunty for the lead and the three-time track champion held off the defending track champion for the win. Schill, a five-time track champion himself, had the best seat in the house over the final laps, crossing the stripe in third place right on the heels of the top two. Jeremy Lepak and Nick Schumacher rounded out the top five while Dennis Prunty and Conrad Morgan finished in sixth and seventh place respectively. Rich Loch, Wayne Freidmund, and Tommy Hromadka rounded out the top ten.

Chris Ratajczyk was the winner of the 35-lap late model semi-feature over Steve Schulz and Brad Keith. Jim Schmittinger finished fourth and Joe DeStefano Jr. was fifth. Brad Mueller topped qualifying with a lap of 11.492 seconds.

Kenny Joosten survived a late race battle with James Swan and drove to victory in the 40-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Joosten jumped into the lead during the opening laps while Dave Obermeyer, Andrew Kulka, and Dave Thomas battled for the second spot while Bobby Gutknecht followed

in fourth. Swan started deep in the field and maneuvered his way into the top five by lap 20 while Joosten continued to pace the event. Thomas and Gutknecht worked their way around Obermeyer as Swan continued to close. By lap 30, Swan had raced his way into the second spot and was looking to close in on Joosten for the top spot when the caution flag waved for a minor tangle between Jake Vanoskey and Becca Kasten on lap 31. During the final laps Swan pressured Joosten for the lead, making numerous attempts to the inside while Gutknecht and Obermeyer raced for third as Thomas became tangled with a lapped car and was forced to leave the track. Swan made another attempt to duck inside Joosten with two laps to go, but his car twitched loose in turn four, allowing Gutknecht and Obermeyer to get by. Without the pressure from Swan, Joosten was able to charge to the win while Gutknecht held off Obermeyer for second. Swan finished in fourth place and Jimmie Evans completed the top five.

Jon Reynolds Jr. won a caution-filled 40-lap Limited Late model feature, keeping Jerry Eckhardt at bay at the stripe.

Jim Schmittinger paced the beginning laps over Tyler James and Reynolds with Chris Blawat and Eckhardt racing behind them. Schmittinger continued to show the way until Reynolds was able to make his move, taking the lead by lap 30, bringing James and Eckhardt with him. Schmittinger fell into a spirited battle with Scott Apel for fourth just ahead of Rob Braun. Reynolds was unchallenged as he grabbed the win over Eckhardt while Schmittinger and Apel tangled on the final lap, leaving the door open for James to take the third spot ahead of Braun and Ryan DeStefano.

Seth Lootans led every lap to win the 15-lap Thunderstock feature over Ryan Gutknecht and Dave Edwards. Brad Norgaard and Paul Konechnee were fourth and fifth respectively. Tom Berens won the Slinger Bees race over Zach Durham, Bob Losiniecki, Jared Apel, and Dustin Krebs. Donald Van Camp closed out the day with a win in the Figure 8 race.


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Emily’s Restaurant Wine and Dine 60!  50,000 Penny’s for Kids 11 and Under!


(Slinger, WI) April 22, 2007 – The first point’s race of the 2007 season at Slinger Speedway start Sunday Afternoon April 29th with the Emily’s Restaurant Wine and Dine 60. Late Models will headline the event joined by Limited Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s and Figure 8’s. Qualifying will start at 12:15 and racing at 2:00 pm.

2006 Late Model Champion David Prunty is set to defend his title along with Midwest Sportsman Champion Mike Graczkowski, and Figure 8 Champion Donald Van Camp Jr. 2006 Midwest Modified Champion Dale Prunty heads a list of potent Late Model Rookies along with Joe DeStefano Jr., Brad Keith, John Ovadal, Mike Meyerhofer, and Chris Carlson.


April 29, 2007 – Emily’s Wine and Dine 60 (Late Models 4 tires) - First Points Race of 2007

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Pit Gates Open: 8:30 am
Tech: 9:00 am - Limited Late Models, Sportsman, and Thunderstocks
Practice: 10:45 - 12:15
Qualifying: 12:30 pm
Drivers Meeting: 1:40 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 2:00 pm
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Emily’s Restaurant is located three miles east of Slinger Speedway on Cedar Creek Road. Weekly Specials include: Roasted Pork Loin With Blackberry Sauce, Prime Rib, Friday Fish Fry, Steaks, Pasta, Swordfish, and Fried Chicken. Emily’s is the perfect place for your next gathering. We offer freshly prepared cuisine with service and attention exceeding your expectations. Receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, meetings, reunions and anniversaries! Emily’s has facilities for up to 100 guests. Enjoy a little wine and dine at Emily’s on Cedar Creek Road.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2007 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440,, or visit our web site at: