Prunty Holds Off Bennett to Win Enders
Construction/Design to Construct 75!
by Dan Margetta
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
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
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
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
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.
results from the RACESTAT computer
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