Schill Makes Right Choice and Wins
Piggly Wiggly 60!
by Dan Margetta
WI); May 6, 2007 -
Al Schill made the right lane choice on a late race restart and went
on to win the Piggly Wiggly 60-lap late model feature Sunday
afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Originally choosing the inside lane for an aborted restart with
eleven laps to go, Schill reversed his decision on the second
attempt, using the high line to pull away from challengers Josh
Bauer and Lowell Bennett at the finish.
“I made the wrong choice at first taking the bottom where the floor
dry was bad and almost got into them on the restart, “ Schill
explained after scoring his first feature win of the season. “But
then I got my second chance, “ Schill continued, “I knew where to go
the second time and I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice.”
Schill started on the outside of the front row and immediately shot
into the lead at the start while Mike Egan followed in second ahead
of Bennett, Collin Bamke, and Bauer. Behind the leaders, Shawn
Roethle’s car appeared to get crossed up coming off turn two and he
tangled with Fred Winn, sending Roethle’s car up the racetrack in
turn three and into Dennis Prunty. Prunty’s car smacked the turn
three wall hard and the race was slowed under the yellow flag.
Schill used the inside lane to maintain the lead on the restart and
along with Egan put some distance on the rest of the field as
Bennett appeared to spin the tires slightly as racing resumed.
Bennett recovered nicely and gradually began to catch Egan, taking
the second spot on lap 12 while behind him Bauer and Bamke raced
side by side over the fourth spot with David Prunty closing in.
Bauer eventually won the battle with Bamke a few laps later,
bringing Prunty with him and into the top five. With Bennett
beginning to catch Schill for the lead, Bauer raced his way around
Egan to take third on lap 22 and two laps later, Prunty grabbed the
fourth spot. By the halfway mark, Bennett was glued to Schill’s rear
bumper and after making a few looks to the inside, took to the top
side to drive into the lead on lap 39. Schill remained close behind
the leader with Bauer and Prunty within striking distance when the
caution flag appeared again on lap 46 when fast qualifier Mike
Strupp spun and tagged the turn one wall.
As racing resumed, Bennett and Schill fought door to door for the
lead, with Schill using the outside and Bennett working the low
groove. The race nearly changed drastically when Matt Raudabaugh
experienced mechanical problems and apparently dropped fluid on the
racetrack on lap 49. As the leaders raced side by side into the
corner, nearly the entire field scattered and received some damage
as the yellow flag flew. It was determined the caution was the
result of fluid on the track and all drivers who were able to
continue were allowed to keep their spots for the restart with
Schill leading over Bennett.
Schill originally chose the inside line but the restart was aborted
when the field wasn’t properly aligned and on the second attempt, he
chose the outside lane, using it to pull into the lead. Bauer also
used the outside lane to grab second place while Bennett fell into
line just ahead of Prunty in third. Schill drove to the victory over
Bauer while Bennett held off Prunty for third. Bamke finished a
respectable fifth while Conrad Morgan took the checkered flag in
sixth. Brad Keith turned in his best performance of the season with
a seventh place finish while Matt Kocourek,
Chris Carlson scored the victory in the 30-lap late model
semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Mike Meyerhofer. Tommy Hromadka
and John Mueller rounded out the top five finishers. Josh Bauer won
the late model fast dash and Mike Strupp was the fastest qualifier
at 11.432 seconds.
Defending track champion Mike Graczkowski took the lead with three
laps to go and went on to win the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature
over Jay Shambeau and Pat McIntee.
Shambeau led the early going, battling door to door with Jimmie
Evans while Graczkowski, McIntee, and Bobby Giers followed in two
abreast formation. Mark Kissinger’s car experienced mechanical
problems on lap seven and the caution flag waved for fluid on the
track which caused cars at the tail of the field to spin. Shambeau
and Evans renewed their side by side battle as racing resumed with
Shambeau working the outside groove to gain a slight advantage.
Shambeau was able to take sole possession of the top spot on lap 13
as Graczkowski also advanced past Evans and into second. Farther
back, James Swan and Kenny Joosten were working their way forward
and into the top five. The race was slowed twice for single car
spins on lap 15 and again on lap 16 as Shambeau continued to lead
over Graczkowski. Graczkowski worked the upper groove following the
final restart and he was able to use the high lane to charge his way
around Shambeau and into the lead on lap 22. Behind the lead duo,
McIntee was able to battle his way into third place while Giers and
Swan disputed fourth. At the stripe, Graczkowski took the win over
Shambeau while McIntee followed in third. Swan used an aggressive
last lap move to snag fourth place from Giers who was forced to
settle for fifth.
Swan nearly pulled off the clean sweep for the evening as he earlier
set fast time and then was awarded the win in the fast dash after
apparent winner McIntee was disqualified for rough driving.
Rob Braun was in the right place at the right time as he captured
the win in the 25-lap limited late model main event.
Jim Schmittinger paced the field at the start as the inside line
appeared to be the preferred groove with Jerry Eckhardt, Braun, and
Jon Reynolds Jr. all moving forward. Schmittinger continued to set
the pace as Reynolds Jr. began to hook up, racing with Eckhardt for
second place by lap ten. Reynolds used the outside to claim second
on lap 13 just before the caution flag waved for a spin by Dan Bowe
in turn three. On the restart, Reynolds began to pressure
Schmittinger for the lead, making numerous looks to the outside but
to no avail. Reynolds then tried the inside line and once again
Schmittinger was able to hold off the challenges while behind them,
Braun worked his way by Eckhardt for third place. With three laps to
go, Reynolds made another attempt by diving to the inside entering
turn one but upon the exit of turn two, made contact with
Schmittinger, sending the leader spinning off the backstretch as the
yellow flag appeared. Reynolds was placed at the rear of the field
for his role in the incident, turning the lead over to Braun for the
restart. Braun was up to the task for the final three laps and he
held off the challenges of Eckhardt to score the win. Scott Ascher
fell back early but then rebounded to finish a respectable third
ahead of David McCardle and Chris Ratajczyk.
Earlier, Ascher drove to victory in the limited late model fast dash
and McCardle paced qualifying by lapping the speedway in 12.262
Wes Biswell was the winner of the 25-lap Midwest modified feature
after prevailing in a close battle with Steve Huelsbeck for top
Ron Schmitt held the point for the first two laps, racing alongside
Huelsbeck who used the outside line to take command of the race on
lap three. Biswell and Steve Schulz also used the high groove to
work their way around Schmitt and into second and third place
respectively. Once into second, Biswell began to track down
Huelsbeck, pulling to his rear bumper by lap 15. Biswell at first
tried to make the pass on the outside but then moved to the low
side, pulling alongside Huelsbeck on lap 17. Both drivers put on an
impressive display of racing skill as they ran wheel to wheel for
five laps before Biswell was able to ease ahead on lap 22. Biswell
was unchallenged over the final laps and he took the win ahead of
Huelsbeck and Schulz while Schmitt and Bill Tandetzke completed the
Schmitt was the winner of the Midwest modified fast dash while
Schulz was the fastest qualifier at 12.307 seconds.
Paul Konechnee led flag to flag to win the 16-lap Thunderstock
feature over Ryan Gutknecht and Seth Lootans. Dave Edwards charged
from deep in the field to finish fourth while Al Stippich crossed
the line in fifth. Rick Schaefer was the winner of the 10-lap
Thunderstock semi-feature. Jim Bentzler finished second and Dustin
Krebs was third. Jerry Kulas Jr took the checkered flag fourth while
Roger Miller finished fifth.
C.J. Corallini charged to the win in the 14-lap Slinger Bees
feature, working his way through heavy traffic to pick up the
victory. Bob Losiniecki finished in second place ahead of Jared Apel
and Brandon Wolf. Zach Durham finished in fifth place.
Robert Coffey drove his Pontiac Firebird to the win in the Spectator
Eliminator races and Scott Goetzke closed the afternoon by taking
the victory in the Figure 8 event.
results from the RACESTAT computer
Culver's of Jackson Mothers Day Special
Night Racing Starts May 13th - Free Carnations for Moms!
(Slinger, WI) May 7, 2007 – The Culver's of Jackson Mothers
Day Special will kick off Night Racing at Slinger Speedway May 13th.
The Culver's of Jackson 60 lap Late Model Feature will headline the
racing events this Sunday Night. Late Models will be joined by:
Limited Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s
and Figure 8’s. Qualifying starts at 5:15 with racing at 7:00 pm.
The first 500 Moms will receive FREE Carnations compliments of
Sonya’s Rose in Jackson. www.sonyasrosecreativeflorals.com.
Win a ride in the Parker Store Two Seat Late Model! Stop in at
Culver's of Jackson this week and register, the winners will get a
ride Sunday night May 13th. Racecar's will be on display from 11:00
am – 1:00 pm at Culver's of Jackson Sunday afternoon May 13th and
the drawing will held for the ride in the two seat late model, so
stop out at Culver's of Jackson for great custard and fast cars.
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well
as company and group outings available for the 2007 season. For more
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