Prunty Gets First Win of the Year in
by Dan Margetta
WI); April 29, 2007 -
Methodically working his way through the field to take the lead just
past the halfway mark, David Prunty coolly drove to his first
feature win of the season by capturing the victory in the Emily’s
Wine and Dine 60 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“The track is really slick and slippery,” the defending track
champion declared from Victory Lane,” The crew knew just how to
tighten the car up. I’ve really got to thank them.”
Mike Strupp set the pace on the start over Nick Schumacher, Mike
Egan, and John Mueller while Prunty set sail from the eighth
position. While Strupp continued to lead the way, Prunty’s car
worked well on the inside and he picked his way around Mueller and
Egan to move into third place by lap 20 while further back, fast
qualifier Jeremy Lepak also advanced forward into the top five. By
lap 30, Prunty found himself in second place, gradually erasing the
sizeable lead Strupp had built up while Lepak raced his way into the
third slot. Prunty closed the gap to the leader significantly when
Strupp experienced difficulty working lapped traffic and two laps
later, he dove to the inside to take command of the race on lap 32.
With Prunty beginning to pull away from Strupp at the front of the
field, Lepak and Schumacher battled over third while Egan held onto
fifth place over Josh Bauer. Lepak’s bid for the win expired on lap
44 when he suddenly slowed with mechanical problems and exited the
event. The lone caution flag of the race waved on lap 48 when Race
McComb spun in turn three with Prunty leading Strupp, Schumacher,
Bauer, and Egan.
Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Strupp to take
the top side and as racing resumed Strupp drove his heart out,
pitching the car hard in the corners in a valiant effort to remain
alongside Prunty for the lead. Strupp’s gritty bid for the win
eventually succumbed to handling issues with his car and Prunty
moved comfortably out front on lap 52. As Prunty eased away from the
field, Strupp and Schumacher put on an exciting side by side battle
for second place that lasted all the way to the checkered flag. At
the stripe, Prunty captured the win while Strupp barely edged
Schumacher for second. Bauer finished in the fourth position just
ahead of Egan and Lowell Bennett. Gary LaMonte, Dennis Prunty, John
Mueller, and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten finishers.
Matt Raudabaugh held off Randy Schuler to win the 30-lap late model
semi-feature while Jon Reynolds Sr., Robert Maynor, and Tommy
Hromadka rounded out the top five. Conrad Morgan captured the win in
the late model fast dash and Lepak set fast time at 11.477 seconds.
Chris Ratajczyk drove to victory in the 30-lap limited late model
feature, holding off Mike McCabe and Jon Reynolds Jr. at the finish.
McCabe led at the start over Rob Braun and David McCardle while
Reynolds battled with Chris Blawat and Jerry Eckhardt further back.
The race was quickly slowed under yellow on lap two when Blawat and
Eckhardt tangled on the backstretch leaving McCabe to lead Braun,
Reynolds, McCardle, and Ratajczyk for the restart. As racing
resumed, Reynolds used the inside line to grab second place and
began to apply hard pressure to McCabe for the lead. The standings
at the top of the field were shuffled a few laps later when McCabe
took an unexpected trip through the edge of the backstretch grass as
a result of assistance from behind. McCabe managed to save the car
but upon re-entering the racing groove in turn three, forced Braun
and McCardle to slow, costing them numerous spots. When the dust
settled, Reynolds was at the head of the pack over Ratajczyk while
McCabe regrouped in third ahead of Jim Schmittinger and Scott Apel.
Schmittinger began to experience mechanical problems on lap 20 and
as he suddenly slowed, the field began to gridlock behind him with
the end result being David Serchuk plowing into the turn two wall to
bring out the caution flag. Reynolds led Ratajczyk for the restart
and Ratajczyk used the outside groove to grab the lead a lap after
racing resumed. The final caution of the race appeared on lap 23
when Apel and Dean Millikan tangled in turn four and collected Corey
Funk and Tim Elfert in the process, setting up a seven lap dash
toward the finish. Ratajczyk was perfect over the final seven laps
and drove to the win over McCabe who prevailed in a tense battle
with Reynolds for second. Ryan DeStefano and Jerry Eckhardt
completed the top five finishers.
In earlier limited late model action, Reynolds took the win in the
fast dash and Ratajczyk was the fastest qualifier at 12.278 seconds.
Kenny Joosten crossed the finish line first to win the 30-lap
Midwest Sportsman feature.
Mike Borchardt launched into the lead from the outside front row
starting position as the green flag waved while Joosten battled with
Jay Shambeau, Mike Graczkowski, and Pat McIntee for positions behind
him. Shambeau settled into second place a few laps later while
Joosten edged McIntee for third while Dave Thomas entered the mix in
fifth place. The race was slowed by the caution flag on lap ten when
Graczkowski and Shawn Hoeffler tangled in turn two. As the green
flag waved to resume action was able to work his way around
Borchardt for the lead while Thomas fended off McIntee for third.
Joosten continued to set the pace over Borchardt and Thomas while
Graczkowski began to work his way back towards the front, running
just outside the top five when the caution flag flew again on lap 26
when Jake Vanoskey looped his car on the frontstretch. Joosten was
ready for the final sprint to the finish and he held off all
challengers to take the win while Thomas nipped Borchardt at the
line for second. Graczkowski raced his way back to the fourth
position at the finish just ahead of McIntee, who completed the top
Graczkowski also was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash
and Thomas paced all qualifiers with a lap of 12.585 seconds.
Paul Konechee took the checkered flag first in the 18-lap
Thunderstock feature but failed post-race technical inspection,
leaving the event with no official winner. Dave Edwards finished
second while Kyle Prestay, Aaron Cain, and Ryan Gutknecht rounded
out the top five. David Krinn held off Bill Johnson to win the 8-lap
Thunderstock semi-feature while Joel Steffen was third followed by
Jerry Kulas Jr. and Samantha Krebs. Brad Norgard was the fastest
qualifier with a lap of 14.180 seconds.
Tom Berens crossed the finish line with the lead in the Slinger Bees
race but he also failed post-race technical inspection, leaving that
event with no official winner. C.J. Corallini finished in second and
Shawn Gavin took the checkered flag in third. Gavin’s car also
failed post-race inspection and was disqualified. Ken Schraufnagel
and Bob Losiniecki finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.
C.J. Corallini was the fastest qualifier at 16.208 seconds.
Donald Van Camp closed out the afternoon with a victory in the ten
lap Figure 8 race over Shane Becker.
results from the RACESTAT computer
Piggly Wiggly Stomp
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2007 – The Piggly Wiggly Stomp Out Hunger 60 lap Late Model
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