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Bennett Finds Victory Lane in Culver's of Jackson 60!
by Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI); May 13, 2007 - There was no catching Lowell Bennett Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he solidly charged to the win in the Culver’s of Jackson 60-lap late model feature, taking the checkered flag ten car lengths ahead of Collin Bamke.

Photo Highlights

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Lowell Bennett (#2) captured his first Super Late Model feature win of the 2007 season at Slinger Super Speedway by taking top honors in the Culver's of Jackson 60. 5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Collin Bamke (#20) runs wheel to wheel with defending track champion David Prunty (#1) during the Super Late Model main event.
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Lowell Bennett (#2) makes a pass on Nick Schumecher (#16) and speeds off to victory in the Super Late Model headliner.
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Mike Strupp (#10) set the pace in qualifying for the second week in a row.
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Chris Blawat (#26) topped the Limited Late Model feature contest.
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Dan Jung (#68) topped qualifying honors in the Limited Late Models.
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Scott Schambeau (#88) captured the Midwest Sportsman feature victory.
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James Swan (#97) was quickest again in Midwest Sportsman qualifying.
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Seth Lootans (#7) topped the Thunderstock feature event...

“He (Bamke) had a good car there and I was watching him,” Bennett explained from Victory Lane. “He was pretty strong for a long time,” Bennett continued after scoring his first feature win of the season. “ But I just kept going the way I was and when he faded a little bit, I knew I was comfy.”

Nick Schumacher shot into the lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside front row starting position as early on the top groove looked to be the preferred line as both Conrad Morgan and Bennett used it to move into second and third respectively. Behind the leaders, Bamke, David Prunty, and Al Schill staged a duel of their own over the fifth spot while Fred Winn occupied the fourth position. A mechanical issued on John Mueller’s car sent it skidding up the banking and into the turn four wall to bring out the first yellow flag of the race on lap 21.

Schumacher chose the inside line for the restart, leaving Bennett to take the high line with Morgan, Winn, Bamke, Schill, and Prunty lined up double-file behind them. As racing resumed, Bennett worked the top groove to edge ahead slightly, leading the next few laps at the line with Schumacher remaining tough alongside him down low. While Bennett and Schumacher disputed the lead, Schill and Prunty battled aggressively over sixth and both cars got out of shape exiting turn two and only a heads-up courtesy move by Prunty saved an incident and the race remained green. The second caution flag appeared on lap 24 when an aggressive move sent Winn sliding around in turn one.

Bennett chose the upper lane for the restart and immediately charged ahead as the green flag reappeared while Bamke also used the top side to take over second, leaving Schumacher to race with Schill and Prunty for third. Bennett extended his lead through the mid-stages of the race as Bamke attempted to close. Schill’s race came to an end on lap 43 when he exited with mechanical problems leaving Schumacher to contend with Prunty and Mike Egan for third. Bamke was able to close slightly when the leaders caught lapped traffic, but could never get close enough to seriously contend for the win as Bennett drove to the checkered flag and the victory. Schumacher finished third while Prunty and Egan rounded out the top five. Josh Bauer crossed the stripe in sixth ahead of Conrad Morgan and fast qualifier Mike Strupp. Matt Kocourek finished ninth and Matt Raudabaugh turned in a strong run to finish tenth.

Randy Schuler won the 30-lap late model semi-feature over Scott Schoeni and Chris Carlson. Jon Ovadal Jr. and Gary LaMonte were fourth and fifth respectively. David Prunty won the late model fast dash and Mike Strupp paced qualifying for the second consecutive week at 11.353 seconds.

Chris Blawat captured his first career feature victory by besting Jon Reynolds Jr. for the win in a near photo finish in the 25-lap limited late model main event.

Blawat took command of the event at the start over Tyler James and Jim Schmittinger while Reynolds and David McCardle followed. Reynolds began to slice his way forward, taking second place by the halfway mark while Blawat continued to lead. Dan Jung and Chris Ratajczyk charged their way forward and into the top five by the 20-lap mark as Reynolds began to close on Blawat. With three laps to go, Reynolds moved to the outside and alongside Blawat, leading briefly at the stripe. On the final lap, Blawat and Reynolds fought side by side for the win with Blawat using the inside and Reynolds looking stout on the top. In the final corner, Blawat leaned on Reynolds slightly and it was just enough to give him a run to the checkered flag where he edged Reynolds by less than a car length for the win. James completed a strong run with a third place finish while Jung held off Ratajczyk for the fourth spot in a hotly contested battle at the stripe.

Ryan DeStefano raced to the win in the limited late model fast dash and Dan Jung was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap of 12.274 seconds.

Scott Shambeau led flag to flag en route to the win in the 25-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.

Shambeau used the outside lane to jump into the lead at the start while Bobby Gutknecht and Jeff Holtz worked their way around Andrew Kulka and into second and third. Pat McIntee and James Swan also began to weave their way toward the front while Shambeau began to extend his lead. The top five remained stagnant as the laps clicked away with Shambeau looking comfortable out front. Shambeau’s lead evaporated on lap 10 when the caution appeared for a Jake Vanosky spin in turn two. Shambeau once again shot into the lead as racing resumed as the inside line began to edge forward with Holtz taking over second place ahead of Swan and Dave Thomas. With Shambeau out front, Swan used the outside line to get second place from Holtz on lap 22 while Thomas fought to hold off Kenny Joosten in fourth. At the line, Shambeau took the checkered flag first to score the win while Swan finished second ahead of Holtz and Thomas. Joosten finished in the fifth position.

Kenny Joosten was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and James Swan set fast time with a lap of 12.618 seconds.

Seth Lootans took the lead from Ryan Gutknecht with five laps to go and went on to win the 20-lap Thunderstock feature. Paul Konieczny finished second while Gutknecht, Aaron Cain, and John Daley rounded out the top five.

Bob Losiniecki won the Slinger Bees feature by being in the right place at the right time on the final lap. C.J. Corallini appeared to be on his way to victory when a lapped car spun and collected him in turn four as he raced to the checkered flag. Losiniecki avoided the incident and charged to the win over Jared Apel while Corallini recovered to finish third. Brandon Wolf and Bill Roska were fourth and fifth place respectively. Donald Van Camp closed the night with a win in an exciting Figure 8 event that was slowed once by a hard collision in the “X” between Justin Poenitsch and Robert St. George. Neither driver was injured.


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Russ Darrow Toyota Alan Kulwicki Memorial
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(Slinger, WI) Russ Darrow Toyota of West Bend presents the Alan Kulwicki Memorial this Sunday night May 20. A 70 lap Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Late Models will be joined by: Limited Late Models, Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s Figure 8’s and The West Bend Savings Bank Speedway Guest Cars . Qualifying starts at 5:15 with racing at 7:00 pm.

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