Keith's Marina 85 Goes to Prunty!
by Dan Margetta
WI); July 1, 2007 -
David Prunty found himself in the right place at the right time,
utilizing the outside groove to storm into the lead with 12 laps to
go and driving to victory in the Keith’s Marina 85 Sunday night at
the Slinger Super Speedway.
“The outside lane came in late, “Prunty explained to the crowd from
victory lane, “The outside was definitely the place to go.”
Conrad Morgan set the pace at the drop of the green flag as he edged
ahead of Dennis Prunty, Nick Hammer, Matt Kocourek, and Mike Strupp
while behind them David Prunty, Brad Mueller, and Lowell Bennett
began to advance forward from deep in the field. Morgan continued to
set the pace as Dennis Prunty dogged him for the top spot, racing
directly on his rear bumper throughout the first 30 laps. Prunty was
able to take command of the event on lap 31 following a nudge to
Morgan in turn two while David Prunty, Mueller, and Bennett found
themselves on the edges of the top five by lap 40. Morgan was able
to keep Dennis Prunty in his sights as the leaders weaved their way
through lapped traffic while Hammer held down the third slot just
ahead of the trio of David Prunty, Mueller, and Bennett. The first
caution flag of the race flew on lap 72 following an incident
involving Fred Winn and James Swan in turn three and as the field
lined up for the restart, Dennis Prunty chose the inside lane,
leaving Morgan to take to the outside.
Dennis Prunty’s car kicked loose exiting turn four as the green flag
appeared and Morgan was able to briefly get a jump for the lead, but
as the cars raced through turn two, Morgan’s car also dirt-tracked
sideways and Prunty was able to make up the lost ground. As Dennis
Prunty and Morgan battled side by side off turn four, Morgan’s car
again washed loose and he slide sideways into the infield while
David Prunty stayed on the gas in the outer groove to drive into the
lead on the outside from third place. Moments after David Prunty
took the lead, Hammer looped his car around in turn two and numerous
cars spun to avoid the incident as the race was slowed again with
David Prunty leading Dennis Prunty, Bennett, Mueller, and Kocourek.
David Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and launched
into the lead at the drop of the green flag while Dennis Prunty held
back the charges of Bennett, Mueller, and Al Schill, who moved into
the top five. With David Prunty pulling away, Bennett was able to
nose to the inside of Dennis Prunty for second as the laps wound
down but both cars made side-to-side contact on the frontstretch but
as the cars bounced off each other, neither driver lost control and
the race remained green. The dust-up did however, allow Mueller and
Schill to charge by into second and third place respectively. No one
could catch David Prunty in the closing laps and he drove to his
fourth feature win in five weeks while Mueller finished a strong
second. Schill advanced to the main event through the semi-feature
and ended the night with a respectable third place result while
Dennis Prunty and Bennett rounded out the top five.
Al Schill was the winner of the 30-lap late model semi-feature over
Matt Raudabaugh and Mike Meyerhofer. Randy Schuler finished in
fourth place and Race McComb took the checkered flag in fifth. Scott
Schoeni was victorious in the 15-lap late model consi over Brady
Bennett and Steve Schulz. Dan Lensing and Shawn Roethle completed
the top five. Dale Prunty was the winner of the late model fast dash
and Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier at 11.452 seconds.
Scott Ascher led flag to flag to capture his first feature win of
the season in the 25-lap limited late model main event.
Ascher charged into the lead from his outside front row starting
position while Andy Evraets held off Bill Shavlik and Rob Braun for
second. Contact between Shavlik and Braun triggered a multi-car
incident in turn two on the second lap with the cars of Joel Laufer
and Jim Dragich suffering the worst damage after Laufer’s car drove
completely under the machine of Dragich. Ascher maintained the top
spot on the restart while Jon Reynolds Jr. streaked into second
place and Evraets found himself in a battle with Dan Jung and Jeff
Steenbergen over the third spot. Despite numerous looks to the
inside, Ascher was able to hold Reynolds at bay over the final laps
while Evraets, Jung, and Steenbergen put on a spirited three car
battle for third. At the stripe, Ascher crossed the line first to
score the win ahead of Reynolds, while Jung and Steenbergen ducked
inside of Evraets to finish in third and fourth place respectively,
leaving Evraets with fifth.
Rob Braun took top honors in the limited late model fast dash and
Jung was the fastest qualifier at 12.353 seconds.
Bobby Giers scored the victory in a wild 25-lap Midwest Sportsman
Mark Kissinger paced the opening laps over Giers while Jake Vanoskey,
Scott Shambeau, and Jeff Holtz raced close behind them. A caution
flag for debris on lap three bunched up the field and on the
restart, Giers took off after Kissinger for the top spot. On lap
seven, Giers made his move, taking the top spot from Kissinger while
farther back, Kenny Joosten and Adam Mass sliced their way forward
and into the top five. Joosten was up to the fourth position by the
halfway mark and five laps later, was charging into the second spot
behind Giers. A spin by a lapped machine on lap 22 triggered a six
car melee in the second turn as the speedway was littered with
wrecked race cars and the event was slowed. As racing resumed, Giers
maintained the lead while Joosten couldn’t get his car to work on
the outside as Scott Shambeau and Pat McIntee raced by and into
second and third. Giers raced to the victory over Shambeau and
McIntee while on the final lap, an aggressive battle for fourth
between Joosten and Mike Graczkowski resulted in Graczkowski looping
around in turn three. Joosten made it back to the checkered flag to
finish third fourth while Dave Thomas finished in the fifth spot.
Earlier in the evening, Joosten took the win in the Midwest
Sportsman fast dash and Graczkowski topped the charts in qualifying
with a lap of 12.601 seconds.
Wes Biswell worked his way through the field to lead the final three
laps en route to victory in the 25-lap Midwest Modified feature.
Ron Schmitt took command of the race at the drop of the green flag
while Steve Huelsbeck and Biswell raced side by side for second. The
yellow flag appeared on lap seven when Joe Ostermann and Bill
Tandetzke tangled in between turns three and four with Ostermann’s
car ramping over Tandetzke and into the turn four wall. As racing
resumed, Schmitt and Huelsbeck battled door to door for the top spot
with Huelsbeck edging ahead to lead lap 16 before Schmitt was able
to sneak back into the lead. While Huelsbeck and Schmitt fought for
the lead, Biswell and Steven Schulz were right behind them,
disputing the third and fourth spots. A spin by Russ Moberly brought
out the caution flag again on lap 21, setting up a four-lap sprint
to the checkered flag. Biswell was wound up on the high side as the
green flag reappeared and he motored around Schmitt for the lead,
bringing Schulz along with him in the outer groove. As Biswell began
to stretch his lead, Schulz also used the top groove to move into
second while Schmitt and Huelsbeck raced for third. Biswell charged
to the win ahead of Schulz while Schmitt, Huelsbeck, and John
Kruschell completed the top five.
Huelsbeck was the winner of the Midwest Modified fast dash and
Schulz set fast time after touring the speedway in 12.356 seconds.
Seth Lootans captured top honors in the 20-lap Thunderstock feature,
starting deep in the field before taking the lead with two laps to
Ryan Gutknecht paced the opening two laps as he battled alongside Al
Stippich for the top spot. The side by side battle ended abruptly on
lap four when the two made contact on the frontstretch and then
continued to tangle into turn one as Stippich pounded the wall,
breaking the rear axle in the process. Aaron Cain inherited the lead
for the restart and he immediately became embroiled in a three-car
tussle for the lead with Brad Norgard and Lootans. Norgard threaded
the needle between Cain and a lapped car to snag the lead on lap 12
and continued to hold both Cain and Lootans off for another five
laps. On lap 18, mechanical issues with Norgard’s car caused him to
wash out wide and fall off the pace as Lootans pounced on the
opportunity, ducking to the inside to pass by both Cain and Norgard
to take the lead. From there, Lootans drove to the victory over Cain
while Dave Edwards, Justin Okruhlica, and Troy Martingilio completed
the top five finshers. Lootans also was the fastest qualifier at
Tom Berens held off Bob Losiniecki to win the 12-lap Slinger Bees
fast heat. Jared Apel finished third followed by C.J. Corallini and
Matt Westphal. Stephanie Losiniecki drove to a convincing win over
Tanya Manke and Desi Wiedenhoeft in the 14-lap Slinger Bee second
heat. Frank Verhunce and Brandon Schwai.
Hunter Schulz was the winner of the first Speedway Guest Car event
and Bill Ostavich Jr. captured the victory in the second event. A.J.
Whitley drove his Pontiac Fiero to the win in the Spectator
Eliminator event and Donald Van Camp closed the evening with a win
in the Figure 8 race.
results from the RACESTAT computer
Challenge Round 2
Tricky Travelsteads Crash MANIA Stunt Show
(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night July 8th
Pepsi Americas presents the Pepsi Challenge Series Round Two. A 60
lap Late Model Feature will headline the racing events. Late Models
will be joined by: Limited Late Models, Midwest Sportsman,
Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, Figure 8’s, The West Bend Savings Bank
Speedway Guest Cars and Spectator Eliminators. A bike will be given
away to a lucky race fan, kids ages 11 and under are eligible. Gates
open at 4:45, Qualifying at 5:15, and Racing at 7:00.
See Tricky Travelstead and his CRASH MANIA Stunt Show. Tricky will
perform car jumps, a human body burn, crashes, explosions, and even
more FIRE! Danger is Tricky’s business; see exciting, hot, thrilling
stunt action this Sunday night July 8th at Slinger Speedway.
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