Bennett Drives to the Win in PPC 75!
By Dan Margetta
WI); July 29, 2007 -
Despite losing his power steering early in the event, Lowell Bennett
bested Dale Prunty to win the Professional Plumbing Contractors
75-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super
“I got about halfway through and I radioed the guys that we lost
power steering,” an exhausted Bennett told the crowd from Victory
Lane. “I really had to manhandle it tonight.”
John Mueller and Dale Prunty led the field to the green flag and
Prunty used the upper groove to grab the early lead while Bennett
battled with Mueller for second. Mueller worked the inside to take
sole possession of second on lap eight as Al Schill and Gary LaMonte
moved up to challenge Bennett for third. Nick Schumacher sliced his
way from deep in the field to fifth place by lap 14 as Prunty
continued to lead. Schumacher’s charge forward came to an end a lap
later when something appeared to break on the right rear of his car
as he entered turn one, sending him sideways. LaMonte ramped
Schumacher’s sliding car in turn two and ended up head on into the
Styrofoam barriers positioned against the wall at the exit of turn
two. The incident also collected the car of Randy Schuler as the
yellow flag appeared.
Mueller was quick on the button on the restart and he charged from
the outside lane to pass Prunty for the top spot while Nick Hammer
also launched forward on the outside to challenge Bennett for third.
Hammer’s outside run lasted for ten laps but eventually the groove
didn’t hold and he fell back as Bennett, Schill, David Prunty, and
Matt Kocourek all were able to make their way around by lap 30. Dale
Prunty began to hook up on the outside and he tracked Mueller down,
using the upper lane to retake the lead from Mueller on lap 36.
Bennett was also able to use the top side to move into second place
a few laps later, leaving Mueller to battle with Schill, Prunty, and
Bennett continued to make up ground using the outside, tracking down
Prunty by lap 40 and once again taking to the high side to grab the
lead on lap 44. The race was slowed under the caution flag again on
lap 47 when Steven Schulz developed problems in turn four and ended
up against the wall. Bennett maintained his lead on the restart over
Prunty while Schill slid into third place ahead of Mueller and
Kocourek. Kocourek made numerous attempts to take fourth, edging his
nose to the inside of Mueller only to find the opening closed on him
while David Prunty closed in. On lap 56, Kocourek was able to muscle
to the inside of Mueller while Prunty went to the outside and they
entered the corner in a daring three-wide situation. All three
drivers maneuvered their way through the corner without incident but
as they entered turn one, hard racing between Prunty and Kocourek
resulted in both cars becoming tangled together to draw the caution
Bennett led Dale Prunty on the restart, leaving Schill to battle
Mueller, Josh Bauer, and Hammer for third. On lap 58, the aggressive
battle between Schill and Mueller slowed both cars in turn two,
allowing Bauer and Hammer to rapidly close. This time, Mueller,
Bauer, and Hammer entered the third turn three-wide and Hammer came
out on the short end of the deal, climbing the wall and riding it on
his side before landing back down on all four wheels with the yellow
flag waving for a fourth time.
As racing resumed, Bennett once again was able to keep his lead over
Prunty as Mueller and Bauer tussled over third place just ahead of
Schill, Eric Fransen, and Fred Winn. With the power steering failing
in his car, Bennett managed to wrestle his car around the speedway
for the final laps, holding off Prunty to take the checkered flag
for the win. Bauer managed to work is way around Mueller to finish
third while Mueller held off Eric Fransen to secure fourth place.
Winn finished a strong sixth while Schill and Kocourek crossed the
finish line in seventh and eighth place respectively. Rich Loch and
Conrad Morgan rounded out the top ten. Bennett’s victory coupled
with David Prunty’s problems allowed Bennett to close to within 13
points of Prunty in the battle for the track championship.
Rich Loch raced to the win in the 30-lap late model semi-feature to
transfer into the main event along with second place finisher Randy
Schuler. Mike Meyerhofer finished third ahead of Chris Carlson and
Jon Ovadal Jr. Nick Hammer won the late model fast dash and Nick
Schumacher was the fastest qualifier at 11.549 seconds.
Mike Borchardt scored the victory in the wreck-strewn Midwest
Sportsman feature that was shortened to 14-laps due to time
The event got off to a rocky start before the green flag even flew
as problems near the front of the field touched off an
accordion-like reaction through the field as Tom Elsinger, Brad
Joeckes, and Greg Beebe tangled in turn three. Borchardt charged
into the lead following a complete restart of the event while David
Marshall, Mark Kissinger, Dan Church, and Chris Beine followed.
Kenny Joosten and Pat McIntee began to race their way forward into
the top five, but contact between them sent McIntee looping around
on lap eight to bring out the caution flag. Joosten was also sent to
the rear of the field for the restart with Borchardt leading over
Marshall and Kissinger. Borchardt kept his lead as racing resumed
but Marshall began to fade as Kissinger, Dave Thomas, and Beine all
managed to drive around him by lap 10. Thomas continued to move
taking second place from Kissinger a lap later while farther back
Scott Shambeau and Mike Graczkowski entered the top five. The
caution flag waved again on lap 13 when Beine’s car slid sideways
while racing with Marshall and in the aftermath, Marshall spun
exiting turn four. Jay Shambeau was immediately behind Marshall and
he also looped his car around while Pat McIntee plowed hard into the
Shambeau car. When the smoke cleared, Marshall was in the infield
while McIntee’s car sat nearly impaled on the front of Shambeau’s
machine. The race resumed for one more lap before Jimmie Evans,
Beebe, and Dennis Vinohradsky all tangled in turn three, forcing
officials to end the race early due to time constraints. Borchardt
was declared the winner over Thomas and Kissinger while Scott
Shambeau and Beine rounded out the top five finishers. Earlier,
Pat McIntee won the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Kenny Joosten
set fast time at 12.679 seconds.
For the second consecutive week, Jon Reynolds Jr. stormed through
the field to win the 30-lap limited late model feature.
Corey Funk paced the opening laps over Chris Ratajczk while Steve
Apel raced into third place by lap ten with Rob Braun and Jerry
Eckhardt following. Reynolds started deep in the field and used the
outside groove to work his way to fifth place by lap 19 while Funk
continued to lead over Ratajczyk and Apel. Reynolds marched further
to the front two laps later as he passed Braun for the fourth spot
while Ratajczyk made the move around Funk to take the lead. By lap
25, Ratajczyk maintained his lead with Reynolds closing in fast,
taking third place from Apel and then moving around Funk for second
on the next circuit. A spin by Scott Bohl in turn three, set up a
four lap dash to the finish between Ratajczyk and Reynolds with
Funk, Apel, and Eckhardt close behind. Ratajczyk jumped to the lead
as racing resumed, but Reynolds had his car hooked up on the top
lane and he quickly closed in to challenge while Apel, Eckhardt, and
Funk battled hard over third place. On the final lap, Reynolds made
the outside move stick exiting turn two and he was able to edge
Ratajczyk at the stripe for the win. Apel finished in third place
ahead of Eckhardt and Funk. Rob Braun won the Limited Late Model
Trophy Dash earlier in the evening while Jon Reynolds set fast time
at 12.339 seconds.
Steve Huelsbeck drove to the win in the 25-lap Midwest Modified
feature over Bill Tandetzke and Matt Pate.
Tandetzke led the opening lap before Dan Prunty took command of the
event on lap two. The yellow flag appeared on lap four when Steven
Schulz and Russ Moberly tangled in turn four and for the restart,
Prunty lined up on the outside for the restart. The decision proved
costly as a lap later, Prunty skimmed along the backstretch wall
before spinning in turn three as Tandetzke raced to the lead,
bringing Wes Biswell with him into second. Huelsbeck moved into
third place with Pate and John Kruschell racing for the fourth spot.
On lap six, Biswell developed mechanical problems and exited the
race as Huelsbeck moved up to challenge Tandetzke for the lead.
After making numerous unsuccessful attempts to get by Tandetzke,
Huelsbeck finally made the move work on lap ten to take the lead.
Once out front, Huelsbeck pulled away to take the victory
unchallenged while Tandetzke finished a strong second. Matt Pate
wrapped up a very respectable run with a third place result while
Roy Aitchison and Kruschell rounded out the top five. Huelsbeck also
won the Midwest Modified fast dash and Steven Schulz was the fastest
qualifier at 12.490 seconds.
Jim Bentzler hustled his way to an exciting win in the 16-lap
Thunderstock feature over Justin Okruhlica and Paul Konieczny.
Bentzler took the lead at the drop of the green flag while Okruhlica
charged by Bill Johnson and Greg Thomas to take over second place by
lap five. With Bentzler and Okruhlica approaching lapped traffic,
Konieczny raced his way to third place by lap ten with Dave Edwards
and Aaron Cain following. The leaders got a scare with three laps to
go when a lapped car spun across the track directly in front of
them, but everyone made it through without incident and the race
remained under green. With the back of his car sliding sideways
exiting turn four, Bentzler held off the charges of Okruhlica to
take the win while Konieczny, Edwards, and Ryan Gutknecht rounded
out the top five. Earlier in the evening, Dave Edwards was the
fastest qualifier in the Thunderstock division, turning in a lap of
Ken Schraufnagel held off Zach Durham to win the 16-lap Slinger Bees
feature while Jesse Knutson finished third. Roman Blank and C.J.
Corallini completed the top five finishers. Matt Westphal was the
fastest qualifier at 16.783 seconds. Jason Griesbach was the winner
of the Speedway Guest Car event and Greg Shaske won the Spectator
Eliminator races in his Ford Taurus. Shane Becker took top honors in
the Figure 8 race to close the evening.
results from the RACESTAT computer
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