Lepak Drives to Victory in Pepsi
Challenge Series 60!
by Dan Margetta
WI); July 8, 2007 -
Jeremy Lepak notched his first win of the season in the 60-lap late
model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the
second round of the Pepsi Challenge Series.
“What a run, we really needed that, “ a noticeably excited Lepak
told the crowd afterwards. “We’ve had a good car lately but just
couldn’t keep it together,” Lepak continued. “We worked so hard in
the heat tonight to get it right and it feels good to get the win.”
The action began quickly as a jam up near the front of the field
resulted in turn one resembling a parking lot at the start with
numerous cars sliding to a stop. All cars were able to drive away
from the incident and only the machine of Travis Dassow was forced
to leave the track with significant damage. Nick Hammer raced to the
front of the field following a complete restart and paced the
beginning laps over Nick Schumacher and John Mueller. On lap five,
Schumacher was able to turn under Hammer in turn two to take over
the top spot while Lepak, Lowell Bennett, Al Schill, and David
Prunty began to move forward. Schumacher stretched out his lead over
Hammer and Gary LaMonte as Lepak worked his way into fourth place by
lap 21. Two laps later, Lepak used the inside groove again to get
third place while Schumacher began to encounter lapped traffic. By
lap 33, Lepak had made his way into second while behind the leaders,
Bennett, Schill, and Prunty continued their march forward, occupying
the third through fifth spots.
The lapped traffic proved to be detrimental to Schumacher and
gradually, his large lead was erased as Lepak moved to his back
bumper. On lap 39, Lepak again made his signature move, slipping to
the inside of Schumacher exiting turn two to take the lead while
Bennett battled with Schill and Prunty for third. Once out front,
Lepak began to extend his lead while Schumacher fell into the
clutches of Bennett as Schill and Prunty disputed the fourth
position. Over the final ten laps, Bennett and Schumacher raced side
by side for second while Schill and Prunty ran likewise for the
fourth spot. With five laps to go, Bennett was able to pass
Schumacher for second, but couldn’t catch Lepak who charged to his
first feature win of the season. Bennett settled for a second place
result, just ahead of Schumacher in third while Prunty edged Schill
to finish fourth. Matt Kocourek finished in the sixth position and
Nick Hammer took the checkered flag in seventh. Josh Bauer, Gary
LaMonte, and John Mueller rounded out the top ten.
James Swan took top honors in the 30-lap late model semi-feature
over Randy Schuler and Mike Meyerhofer. Steve Carlson made a trip to
Slinger and finished a respectable fourth place in the semi-feature
while Wayne Freimund finished in fifth. Lowell Bennett was the
winner of the late model fast dash and Lepak set the pace in
qualifying after turning in a lap of 11.637 seconds.
Pat McIntee topped the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Kenny
Joosten and Dave Thomas.
Scott Shambeau pulled off an impressive three-wide move on Andy
Haver and Jake Vanoskey to grab the lead on the opening lap with
McIntee moved into second place a few laps later, bringing Dave
Thomas with him and into third. Dan Church and Tom Elsinger tangled
in turn four on lap ten, drawing the caution flag when Church looped
his car around. A lap after racing resumed, Haver and Vanoskey came
together and hooked on the backstretch, sending Haver’s car into the
wall on its roof. The car slid upside down through the third and
fourth corners before rolling back over on its wheels in the infield
as the race was halted under the red flag. Haver escaped serious
injury in the incident but his car left the speedway on a flatbed.
Shambeau spun the tires and kicked loose on the restart, allowing
McIntee to get a run on the outside to take the lead on lap12.
Shambeau continued to slide off the turns and Thomas raced around
him for second on lap 23 while Kenny Joosten also made his way by
Shambeau for third a lap later. With McIntee showing the way,
Joosten began to apply serious pressure to Thomas’ rear bumper for
second. McIntee held off all challengers and charged to the win
while Thomas washed wide in the first turn on the final lap as
Joosten raced by to finish second. Shambeau took the checkered flag
in third while Thomas recovered for a fourth place result, just
ahead of Mike Borchardt in fifth.
Mike Borchardt was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and
Kenny Joosten was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway
in 12.800 seconds.
After coming close a few weeks ago, Tyler James put it all together
to nail down his first feature win in the 30-lap limited late model
Steve Apel and James battled handily for the lead at the drop of the
green flag with Apel using the bottom of the track and James working
the high side. The two ran door to door with Apel being able to nip
James at the stripe each lap before James inched ahead to lead lap
seven. Apel was able to use the inside to once again edge ahead at
the stripe as the two remained glued together side by side for the
lead. With the tremendous battle occurring for the lead, Chris
Ratajczyk maintained the third spot, trying to hold back the
challenges of Dan Jung and Jon Reynolds Jr. who advanced forward
into fourth and fifth respectively. A slight bobble by Apel on lap
18 was all James needed to take sole possession of the lead while
Apel fell into a battle with Jung and Ratajczyk for second. Jung was
able to complete the pass for second on lap 27 as James continued to
lead. James hit his marks over the final laps and drove to the win
over Jung while Apel held off Ratajczyk for third. Reynolds Jr.
crossed the finish line in fifth.
Dan Jung was victorious in the limited late model fast dash and Jon
Reynolds Jr. led all drivers in qualifying after posting a lap of
Dave Edwards took the checkered flag first in the 16-lap
Thunderstock main event.
Bill Johnson took the lead at the drop of the green flag and paced
the opening two laps before Jim Bentzler took over the point on lap
three. Bentzler spent two laps at the front of the field before
Aaron Cain moved into the top slot while Edwards and Paul Konieczny
began to charge forward. Cain kept his car out front until Konieczny
and Edwards caught him to mount a charge with three laps to go.
Konieczny was able to work his way into the lead on lap 14 but his
car became extremely loose and he spun in turn two. As the white
flag was displayed, Edwards charged by into the lead and then held
off Cain to score the win. Chris Sackman finished a strong third
while Seth Lootans advanced from deep in the field to capture fourth
place at the finish. Bentzler took the checkered flag in fifth.
Earlier, Lootans became the Thunderstock fastest qualifier with a
trip around the speedway in 13.848 seconds.
Brandon Wolf scored the win in the first Slinger Bees event, holding
off Ken Schraufnagel for the victory. Roman Blank, Steve Mueller,
and Desi Wiedenhoeft rounded out the top five. Bob Losiniecki took
top honors in the second Slinger Bees race, taking the checkered
flag ahead of Jared Apel and C.J. Corallini. Stephanie Losiniecki
finished in fourth place while Zack Durham finished in fifth.
Corallini was the Slinger Bees fastest qualifier at 16.363 seconds.
Michael Arantz topped the Spectator Eliminator races in his Ford
Mustang and Scott Goetzke took top honors in the Figure 8 event.
results from the RACESTAT computer
Slinger Speedway 60th
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