Slinger Super Speedway - Race Report

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Prunty Scores Win Number 7 and Takes Season Championship!
By Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI); September 9, 2007 - David Prunty charged to his seventh late model feature win of the season in the Behling Racing Equipment 75 presented by Old Wisconsin Sausage Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, securing his second straight track championship.

“My crew really has it figured out,” Prunty stated from Victory Lane. “We were really, really tight with this set of tires and after the dash, they were able to loosen it right up and it was perfect.”

Photo Highlights

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David Prunty (#1) gathers with his family and crew after winning the 2007 Slinger Super Speedway, Super Late Model title.
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David Prunty (#1) works the low groove on Tommy Pecaro (#9) on his way to the dront of the Behling Racing Equipment 75, on Sunday evening at Slinger Super Speedway.
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Dale Prunty (#17) and Race McComb (#11) got tangeled during the evening Super Late Model contest.
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Fred Winn (#75) was able to fend off David Prunty (#1) for the win in the Super Late Model dash.
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Nick Schumacher continued his late season trend of setting fast time in the Super Late Model division.
5901a.jpg (13981 bytes) Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) captured earned the feature win this evening in Limited Late Models, and put the exclaimation point on his 2007 season championship winning efforts.
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Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) powers past Chris Ratajczyk (#21) on his way to winning the Limited Late Model feature.
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Corey Funk (#21) topped the Limited Late Model dash.
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Scott Schambeau (#5) the evening's winner in the Midwest Sportsman feature.
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Scott Schambeau (#5) goes wheel to wheel with Dave Thomas during the Midwest Sportsman feature race.

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Pat McIntee (#35) the evening's fast qualifier in the Midwest Sportsman class.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes) Steve Schulz used the feature win to top off his first career championship winning effort in the Midwest Modified division.
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Wes Biswell (#23) topped the Midwest Modified dash.
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Aaron Cain set fast time and won the feature in the Thunderstocks this evening.

Tommy Pecaro set the pace at the start as Jeremy Lepak launched into second ahead of Randy Schuler, John Mueller, and Prunty. As Pecaro and Lepak moved away from the field, Prunty went to work on Mueller, taking the fourth position on lap 15. Five laps later, Prunty used the outside to charge around Schuler for third as Pecaro and Lepak continued to run in first and second respectively. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Pecaro’s lead was erased as Lepak and Prunty joined him with the top three running nose to tail. Dale Prunty and Race McComb piled into the turn three wall on lap 38 to produce the caution flag.

Pecaro chose the inside lane for the restart while Lepak lined up outside of him as the green flag waved on the restart. Pecaro maintained the lead but as the field exited turn two, Lepak broke loose and lost spots as he caught the car, allowing Prunty to race into second followed by Nick Schumacher and Al Schill. Pecaro held onto the top spot until lap 41 when Prunty launched into the lead. Pecaro began to slip a bit and fell to fourth place as Schumacher and Schill both made their way around him and into second and third. A spin by Fred Winn drew the yellow flag on lap 46 with Prunty leading Schumacher and Schill.

As racing resumed, Prunty eased ahead of the field while Schumacher and Schill staged a thrilling battle for second. Schumacher and Schill ran door to door and swapped the position lap after lap until the 65th circuit when side-to-side contact between the two on the backstretch sent both cars careening into the infield as the caution flag waved.

Prunty lined up in the inside groove for the restart as Lepak took to the outside followed by Lowell Bennett, Nick Hammer, and Randy Schuler. Prunty was able to pull out to a slight advantage as racing resumed, while Lepak appeared to continue to battle a slight handling condition, causing him to lose ground off the corners. Prunty was never headed during the final ten laps and he drove to his seventh feature win of the season, claiming his second consecutive track championship. Lepak finished second ahead of Bennett and Hammer while Matt Kocourek charged forward late to finish fifth. Mike Egan took the checkered flag in sixth while Brad Mueller and Randy Schuler were seventh and eighth respectively. Fred Winn and Conrad Morgan rounded out the top ten. Following the event, Hammer’s car failed post-race technical inspection and he was disqualified.

Mike Strupp won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Dale Prunty and Chris Carlson while Joe DeStefano Jr. and Jerry Eckhardt were fourth and fifth respectively. Fred Winn held off David Prunty to win the fast dash and Nick Schumacher was the fastest qualifier at 11.446 seconds.

Jon Reynolds Jr. drove to another win in the 30-lap limited late model feature, wrapping up the track championship in the process.

Mike McCabe and Chris Ratajczyk battled for the lead in the early going with McCabe leading the opening laps before Ratajczyk took over the point on lap six. With Ratajczyk out front, Jerry Eckhardt, Reynolds, and Tyler James all advanced forward and into the top five. Eckhardt used the outside lane to charge into second place just before the caution flag waved for a spin by Dean Milliken in turn two. Eckhardt hung tough on the outside and ran wheel to wheel with Ratajczyk for the lead as racing resumed while Reynolds followed in their tire tracks in third. The side-by-side battle for the lead lasted until lap 19 when Reynolds was able to edge to the inside of Eckhardt for second place. Reynolds then went to work on Ratajczyk, taking command of the race on lap 21. A spin by Corey Funk brought out the caution flag on lap 25, setting up a five-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Reynolds could not be headed on the restart and he raced to the win, wrapping up the limited late model track championship. Ratajczkyk crossed the finish line in second while Rob Braun made a late race charge to finish a strong third. Eckhardt and James rounded out the top five.

Funk took top honors in the limited late model fast dash and Reynolds blistered the speedway in 12.151 seconds to set fast time.

Jay Shambeau took the checkered flag first to win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Dave Thomas and Pat McIntee.

Scott Shambeau and Andy Haver led the field to the green flag and contact between the front cars resulted in a melee at the start as the field jammed up on the frontstretch. All cars except Haver’s were able to continue as the field lined up for a complete restart. Scott Shambeau paced the first three laps before Jay Shambeau took over the top spot while Dave Thomas, Pat McIntee, and Jeff Holtz worked their way through the field. Thomas raced into second place by lap ten while Holtz and McIntee battled for third as Mike Borchardt held down the fifth spot with Kenny Joosten also moving forward. The race remained caution free over the last twenty laps as Shambeau was able to edge ahead while Thomas and McIntee battled for second, just ahead of Holtz while Joosten moved into the top five. Shambeau charged to the win while Thomas finished a strong second, just ahead of McIntee and Holtz. Joosten’s fifth place finish wrapped up his first Midwest Sportsman track championship.

James Swan took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and McIntee paced qualifying at 12.618 seconds.

Steve Schulz charged to the win in the 25-lap Midwest Modified main event, putting the cap on his first track championship.

John Kruschel raced to the lead at the start as Steve Huelsbeck held off Matt Clossey, Chuck Eberhardt, and Wes Biswell for second. A multi-car incident involving Russ Moberly, Bill Tandetzke, Joe Houpt, and Joey Bentfield on lap three slowed the raced under the yellow flag. Kruschel maintained the top spot on the restart while Huelsbeck and Biswell raced hard for second place while Schulz sliced his way into the top five by lap seven. The tough battle between Huelsbeck and Biswell came to a point a lap later when Biswell looped around in turn four as the race remained under green with Kruschel leading Huelsbeck, Schulz, Clossey, and Eberhardt. With five laps to go, Schulz was in second place and closing fast on Kruschel for the lead while Huelsbeck held off Clossey and Eberhardt for third. With two laps to go, Schulz was right on Kruschel’s bumper as Clossey exited the event with mechanical problems. On the final lap, Schulz charged around Kruschel, taking the lead and the win, leaving Kruschel to finish second. Huelsbeck crossed the stripe in third followed by Eberhardt and Ron Schmitt. Schulz’s win helped wrap up the track championship in the Midwest Modified division.

Wes Biswell won the Midwest Modified fast dash and Schulz was the fastest qualifier at 12.356 seconds.

Aaron Cain took the lead with two laps to go and went on to take the win in the 16-lap Thunderstocks feature. Bill Johnson led a majority of the event before having to settle for second place at the finish. Paul Konieczny finished third and Seth Lootans took the checkered flag in fourth place, wrapping up the track championship. Al Stippich finished in the fifth position. Cain was also the fastest qualifier at 12.700 seconds.

Zach Durham won the 16-lap Slinger Bees feature over Ken Schraufnagel and Tanya Manke. Jesse Knutson finished in fourth place and Jason Hennes was fifth. Stephanie Losiniecki was the fastest qualifier at 16.345 seconds. John Mengari won the Speedway Guest Car race and Bob Coffey Sr. held off his son Bob Coffey Jr. to win a thrilling Spectator Elimination race. Willie Van Camp closed out the night with a win in the Figure 8 race while Scott Goetzke captured the Figure 8 track championship.


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Pepsi Challenge Championship Race
Heat Races are back at Slinger - Afternoon Racing


(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night September 9th: - This Sunday Afternoon September 16th it’s the Pepsi Challenge Championship Late Model Race. Late Models will be joined by: Limited Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, one on one spectators, The West Bend Savings Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and those wild and crazy Figure 8’s. Qualifying at Noon, and Racing at 2:00.

Heat races will be back at Slinger Speedway September 16th. Track owner Wayne Erickson said, “We’re going to have heat races and give some of the guys that don’t normally get a checkered flag (win) a better chance. It will be a different treat for the fans as well.” Slinger Speedway has not had heat races for years. The elimination of heat races and adding more laps to the feature races has helped Slinger Speedway consistently get the show in within a three-hour window.

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