Slinger Supper Speedway - Race Report

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Prunty Holds Off Bennett to Win Enders Construction/Design to Construct 75!
by Dan Margetta

(Slinger, WI); June 10, 2007 - David Prunty proved he has the Slinger Super Speedway set-up nailed down as he held off Lowell Bennett to win the Enders Construction/Design to Construct 75 for his second consecutive and third late model feature win of the season.

“The slipperier the track is, the better we are,” Prunty stated from Victory Lane, “Tonight it was really slippery and that really helps.”

Photo Highlights

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Defending track champion David Prunty (#1) is joined by his son in victory lane after winning the Enders Construction / Design to Construct 75 lap Super Late Model main event.5901a.jpg (13981 bytes)
Lowell Bennett (#2) hugs the low groove while David Prunty (#1) tests the high line around the high banked quarter-mile oval during the Super Late Model feature.  The outside lane proved to be faster with Prunty taking the lead and the victory.
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Josh Bauer (#71) collected top honors in the Super Late Model dash.
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Jon Reynolds Jr. (#10) and Chris Blawat (#26) do battle during the Limited Late Model main event.  Reynolds Jr. was able to make the pass for the lead and go on to victory.
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Jim Schmittinger (#20) topped the Limited Late Model dash this evening.
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Kenny Joosten was a double winner tonight taking both the dash and the feature event in the Midwest Sportsman class.

Bennett and Pete Weidmeyer led the field to the green flag and Bennett jumped out to the lead while contact between the cars up front bottlenecked the field, causing everyone to jam on the brakes, allowing the inside line to advance forward. Most cars escaped the dust up with little to no damage with the exception of Mike Egan whose wrinkled front fender sparked as it dragged along the track. With Bennett moving out front, Collin Bamke moved into second place ahead of Gary Lamonte, Josh Bauer, and Mike Strupp while Prunty advanced five spots and into seventh.

The first caution flag appeared on lap 13 for a Fred Winn spin in turn one with Bennett continuing to lead over Bamke, LaMonte, and Bauer. Bennett used the inside lane to hang on to the top spot while farther back, Prunty began to march forward and into the top three. Jeremy Lepak also looked strong in the early going but his race came to an end when his car sputtered to the infield on lap 25, just before the yellow flag flew for a second time for an tangle between Pete Wiedmeyer and Matt Kocourek on lap 27. Prunty continued his charge as racing resumed and he pulled alongside Bennett to challenge for the lead, taking the position for good by lap 30 while behind them a battle between Josh Bauer, Mike Strupp, and Nick Schumacher developed over third.

Once out front, Prunty was able to hold onto his lead as Bennett was able to keep him in sight, but was never able to mount a serious challenge while the best action on the track was occurring for third between Bauer and Strupp. The fastest car on the speedway in the late going was Kocourek as he worked his way from the back of the pack to challenge for the top five slots by lap 65. At the finish, Prunty took the checkered flag ahead of Bennett while Strupp held off Bauer for third. Schumacher finished in the fifth position just ahead of Kocourek and LaMonte. Dale Prunty, Conrad Morgan, and John Mueller completed the top ten finishers.

Randy Schuler nipped Chris Carlson at the line to win the 30-lap late model semi-feature as both transferred their way into the main event. Scott Schoeni finished third while Nick Hammer and Florian Wisinski were fourth and fifth respectively. Josh Bauer won the late model fast dash and David Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 11.592 seconds.

Jon Reynolds Jr. took the lead just past the halfway mark and drove to victory in the 30-lap limited late model feature.

Chris Blawat paced the early laps and used the inside line to keep Reynolds Jr. at bay while Dave McCardle, Scott Ascher, and Chris Ratajczyk fought for positions behind them. Reynolds tried the outside lane numerous times, but was unsuccessful in completing the pass for the lead in the first ten laps as a spin by Rob Braun brought out the caution flag. Blawat once again remained glued to the inside on the restart and once again held back Reynolds as the event slowed under the caution flag again on lap 12 when Corey Funk spun and collected Jerry Eckhardt in turn two. The inside line again proved to be advantageous as Blawat held onto his lead over Reynolds while Dan Jung was able to work his way up and into third. Behind the lead duo, McCardle and Ascher staged a spirited duel over the fourth spot that ended on lap 16 when contact between the two sent both spinning between turns three and four. Behind them, Chris Ratajczyk bounced hard off the wall while taking evasive action and when the smoke cleared, the cars of Mike McCabe and Bill Shavlik were also involved in the incident. This time as racing resumed, Reynolds was able to get a good run on the outside and pulled even with Blawat as they headed into turn one. The good start enabled Reynolds to clear Blawat’s car and take the lead on lap 17. With Reynolds pulling away out front, Jung began to root at Blawat for second, finally edging to the inside to take the spot two laps later. With Blawat moved up off the inside, he fell into the clutches of Jim Schmittinger and Jerry Eckhardt and both were able to pass by, dropping Blawat to fifth in the closing stages. In the final laps, Jung was able to pull to Reynolds rear bumper at the finish line as Reynolds scored the win. Schmittinger finished in third place ahead of Eckhardt and Blawat.

Jim Schmittinger was the winner of the limited late model fast dash and Dan Jung set fast time at 12.465 seconds.

Kenny Joosten charged to the win in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature, taking the checkered flag ahead of Dave Thomas and Jeff Holtz.

The event got off to a rocky start as an aborted green flag resulted in a multi-car tangle on the first lap that sent some cars off the track with significant damage. When the race officially took the green flag, Tom Elsinger led the opening laps, using the inside lane to hold off Bobby Giers and Joosten. A lap five incident between Jake Vanoskey and Brad Joecks brought out the caution flag and on the restart, Elsinger again used the inside groove to maintain the lead. Giers began to pressure Elsinger for the lead, taking over the top spot by lap ten while Joosten also maneuvered his way around Elsinger to move into second place. Joosten began to stalk Giers for the lead in the middle stages, gently massaging the rear bumper of Giers’ car as they exited the corners. Finally on lap 24, Joosten was able to rout his way by to take command of the race just before the final caution flag appeared on lap 25 when aggressive racing between cars in the middle of the pack resulted in Scott Shambeau looping around in turn four. On the final restart, Joosten sprinted to the lead while Giers had difficulty getting up to speed, allowing Dave Thomas and Jeff Holtz to shoot by and into second and third place respectively. At the stripe, Joosten held on for the victory while Thomas held off Holtz for second place. Mike Borchardt and Jay Shambeau rounded out the top five.

Earlier, Joosten also drove to the win in the Midwest Sportsman fast dash while Mike Graczkowski was the fastest qualifier at 12.799 seconds.

Dave Edwards took the lead on lap five and drove to the win in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature event.

Joel Steffen led at the drop of the green flag while Edwards, Paul Konieczny, and Aaron Cain all charged forward at the start. Al Stippich also sliced his way forward and into the top five as Steffen began to feel the heat from Edwards for the lead. Edwards made the move to take the lead on lap four and Konieczny also made his way by Steffen to take second. Edwards and Konieczny both found themselves in heavy traffic, at times resorting to three-wide moves to weave through it as they remained nose to tail for the lead. Konieczny made a last lap charge for the win and edged alongside Edwards as they exited turn four. At the line Edwards hung on by inches to snag the win over Konieczny while Stippich, Cain, and Seth Lootans rounded out the top five. Earlier, Lootans was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.820 seconds.

Tom Berens started deep in the field and charged to the front to win the 16-lap Slinger Bees event, holding off a charging Bob Losiniecki for the win. Jared Apel finished third followed by C.J. Corallini and Shaun Gavin. Rob Meyers took home the hardware in the Spectator Elimination races in his Chevy Monte Carlo while Jeff Wohlrabe won a wild Figure 8 event that saw half the field involved in spins and incidents in the first two laps. During the Intermission, Sara Olson was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway for the 2007 season.


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Vintage Race Car and Reunion Night
Scout Night – All Scouts in Uniform Free


(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night June 17th, Reunion Night and Scout Night presented by UEMSI and Great Lakes Underground Equipment Company. See Vintage Modifieds and get autographs from your favorite drivers of yesteryear. The Vintage Race Cars will be available for everyone to take a close up look on the front stretch during our 6:30 autograph session.

The night’s racing activities will feature Late Models, Limited Late Models, Midwest Modified, Midwest Sportsman, Slinger Bees, Thunder Stocks, Figure Eights, West Bend Savings Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and Spectator Eliminators, PLUS a Roll Over Contest. Time Trials 5:15 Racing 7:00 pm.

All uniformed scouts and leaders will get into the races FREE!

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