DENNIS PRUNTY WINS 36TH ANNUAL SUPERSEAL SLINGER NATIONALS!
By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 14—Erasing the memories of a year ago where he fell victim to a mechanical failure with the checkered flag in sight, Dennis Prunty once again dominated the Superseal Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite Tuesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and drove to the victory to claim his first Nationals title.
“I always wanted a big check and I don’t know what to do, the girlfriend wants a ring, the kids want to go to Disney, but I want to go the Snowball Derby,” Prunty said after being presented with the $10,000 winning prize and alluding to the end of the year Florida race he has attempted the past few years, “So we’re going to the Snowball Derby baby!”
Prunty took the lead on lap nine and led a whopping 189 of the 199 laps, collecting nearly $6,000 in additional bonus money and survived a late caution period with six laps to go that was set up due to contact between second place running Ty Majeski and a lapped car, which resulted in the lapped car spinning. Majeski, who had cut into Prunty’s lead in the closing laps, was placed at the tail end of the lead lap cars in sixth place for his involvement in the incident which left Conrad Morgan to challenge Prunty for the win.
Morgan, who paced the opening eight laps of the race, gave a valiant effort on the inside for a few laps after racing resumed but in the end was no match for Prunty and he had to settle for a second place finish.
“I’m out of breath and Dennis (Prunty) did a heck of a job,” the 67-year old Morgan said afterwards, “he was tough right from the start and he kept that car going and kept the tires under it all night.” “In this race you have to survive the first 100 laps, then survive the next 95 and race the last five or so and that’s what I tried to do,” Morgan continued, “but he just had me beat.”
Steve Apel came out on top of a torrid battle with Ty Majeski and Dave Feiler in the final laps to grind out a third place finish while Majeski edged Feiler to finish fourth.
“He (Majeski) ran me clean and we gave each other room to race,” Apel stated following the finish, “I probably had a sixth or seventh place car but got lucky on that last restart and was able to come away with a third place finish.”
While Majeski didn’t agree with the late race call that placed him at the back of the lead lap but he charged forward in the final laps and following his fourth place finish gave his version of the incident with the lapped traffic.
“I was going for the win and he (lapped car) didn’t give me a lane in turns one and two and when we got to the other end, he parked it in the middle and I wasn’t expecting it,” Majeski stated, “but it could be a lot worse and we’ll take fourth.”
Following Feiler, who battled Prunty in the middle stages and led the event one time for two laps before finishing fifth, Brad Mueller took the checkered flag in sixth place followed by Ryan Farrell, who completed his first Nationals start with a respectable seventh place finish. Jeff Holtz finished in the eighth position while Matt Kocourek and Andrew Morrissey rounded out the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.
Among other notable drivers on hand, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Johnny Sauter finished 20th after experiencing suspension problems and four-time Nationals winner Rich Bickle was 22nd after tangling early with five-time Nationals champion Lowell Bennett. Bennett continued in the race and finished 13th. Ross Kenseth, who earlier this year made his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, qualified third but finished 24th after experiencing problems with the rear end of his car on lap 11.
Brad Mueller won the 30-lap qualifying race over Andrew Morrissey and Paige Decker who transferred into the main event along with fourth place finisher Ryan Farrell. Natalie Decker finished fifth. James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature and also transferred to the main event along with second place finisher Casey Johnson. John DeAngelis finished third ahead of Tim Lampman and Dan Church who finished fourth and fifth respectively. Chris Blawat won the 20-lap super late model consi over Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano. Ricky Heinan and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five. Dave Feiler was the fastest of 38 super late models to take qualifying times with a lap of 11.304 seconds.
Mike Held used a late race outside pass of Mike Meyerhofer to win the 35-lap late model feature. Al Stippich finished in third place while fast qualifier Jordan DeVoy took the checkered flag in fourth ahead of Kyle Chwala in fifth. The race was slowed by the caution flag a total of four times, the most serious for an incident in turn one that heavily damaged the cars of Jerry Mueller, Alex Prunty, and Joe Bongiorno. 
CASEY JOHNSON IS KING OF THE HIGH BANKS!
By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 12—Casey Johnson won the 50-lap King of the High Banks late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway during the Prelude to the Slinger Nationals presented by Superseal.
“I wasn’t sure we had the car to win,” Johnson said from victory lane, “but as the race went on things fell our way.”
Johnson started from the outside of the front row and along with pole-sitter Brandon Pendleton swapped the lead during the opening laps while Alex Papini and Kyle Chwala raced close behind. Following the top four, Al Stippich, Zack Riddle, and Corey Funk battled for position as Pendleton snuck ahead of Johnson for the lead on lap three. A lap later, Funk’s car slid wide off turn two and brushed the wall, caroming it back into traffic where it spun around to the top of the track in turn three to produce the first caution flag. Pendleton chose the inside for the restart and with Johnson alongside, managed to keep the lead as racing resumed. Pendleton used the inside lane to his advantage as Johnson was forced wide off turn four, allowing Papini to shoot underneath for second. A lap later, Papini was able to edge to the inside and take the lead as Pendleton was forced wide while Johnson now moved to the inside and filled the gap for second. Once on the outside, Pendleton lost another spot as Zack Riddle advanced forward from the inside. After a few laps of racing in single file formation, Johnson was able to turn under Papini to retake the top spot and once the hole was created, Riddle, Pendleton, and Dale Nottestad all took advantage and raced by Papini who fell back into line ahead of Alex Prunty. With Johnson out in front of Riddle, Nottestad picked up a position by working his way around Pendleton for third while behind them, Prunty eventually made his way by Papini for fifth. The second caution flag of the race appeared on lap 43 when Kyle Chwala’s car lost power and coasted to a stop in turn three, setting up a seven lap sprint to the finish. Johnson chose the inside for the restart and Nottestad lined up to his outside while Riddle and Prunty made up the second row followed by Pendleton and Al Stippich. Johnson drove to the lead as the green flag waved but behind him, Nottestad and Riddle banged doors entering turn three which upset Riddle’s car to the point that it turned back into Nottestad, spinning him around as the field scattered behind them. Nottestad and Riddle were placed at the back of the field for the restart as Johnson again chose the inside and Prunty advanced to the front row at the cone by taking the outside. Johnson was ready as racing resumed and kept the lead while Prunty’s outside lane choice cost him as Pendleton and Papini both drove by and into second and third respectively. Johnson was on his game in the final laps and he drove to the victory followed by Pendleton and Papini while Prunty finished fourth ahead of Al Stippich in fifth. Brian Holtz finished sixth followed by Ryan DeStefano and Jack Stern while Ricky Heinan and Dale Nottestad rounded out the top ten.
Jack Stern won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Tyler Schley and Brent Edmunds. Joe Bongiorno was fourth and Shaun Scheel was fifth. Grant Griesbach and Ricky Heinan scored late model heat race victories and the two late model dashes were claimed by Dale Nottestad and Ryan DeStefano. Jordan DeVoy was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.207 seconds.
Bill Prietzel held off Jeff Holtz to win the 50-lap Mid-American Stock Car Series feature.
Rick Tackman and Kenny Joosten led the field to the green flag and Tackman paced the opening lap before Joosten charged to the front. Eric Lingford and Ryan Gutknecht began to work their way forward while Joosten continued to lead. A spin by Jack Stern on lap 17 drew the first caution flag with Joosten leading over Lingford, Gutknecht, Tackman, and Prietzel. Joosten maintained the lead on the restart while Gutknecht moved into second just before the caution waved again when Rick Corso and Brian Holtz tangled in turn two on lap 19. Once again Joosten held the lead as racing resumed while Gutknecht and Lingford swapped second and third place while Prietzel and Jeff Holtz continued to advance forward and into the top five. An incident between Jimmie Evans and Scott Dunning in turn one brought out another caution flag on lap 30 with Joosten leading over Lingford, Prietzel, Gutknecht, and Holtz. Prietzel was on the move when racing resumed and he caught both Joosten and Lingford with a single move for the lead on lap 34. Prietzel began to pull ahead slightly once out front as Jeff Holtz began to battle Lingford over second while Gutknecht and Joosten were joined by Jay Shambeau in a battle over third. With four laps to go, Lingford and Holtz tangled in turn one to draw the caution flag with Lingford taking the blame for the incident allowing Holtz to keep his second place position behind Prietzel. Holtz made several attempts at Prietzel for the lead in the closing laps but was unable to unseat the veteran as Prietzel drove under the checkered flag for the victory. Holtz had to settle for second while Gutknecht, Joosten, and Shambeau rounded out the top five.
Kenny Joosten and Rick Corso each won Mid-American Stock Car Series heat races while Brian Holtz set fast time with a lap of 12.709 seconds.
Mike Winters won the 35-lap Area Sportsman feature following a controversial finish.
Winters battled alongside Adam Bleskan in a duel for the lead throughout most of the race while Jason Thoma, Nick Egan, and Bill Prietzel raced close behind just in front of Joe Shelby and Terry Wangsness. The controversy occurred late in the race with Winters and Bleskan continuing to race side by side out front with Thoma right in their tire tracks. Winters and Bleskan exited turn four and together washed up the race track allowing Thoma to fill the opening created on the inside. All three drivers charged into turn one three-wide, a formation they kept for a lap and a half before Thoma emerged in front. The speedway has a rule prohibiting three wide racing in the division and Thoma was given the black flag as having been judged as the driver who accelerated the three wide situation. That meant that Winters was scored the winner despite Thoma’s car crossing the finish line first. Bill Prietzel finished second while Joe Shelby was third while Terry Wangsness and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five. Understandably Thoma was upset with the ruling and a protest might be forthcoming.
Jason Thoma and Jim Taylor were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Thoma also set fast time at 13.002 seconds.
Heather Stark led from flag to flag as she drove to the 25-lap feature victory in the Slinger Bees main event. Jake Schraufnagel finished second while Tom Berens was third. Jakob Hassler and Isaac Daniel rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Dave Lembke won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Travis Scheid and Kyle Sikora. Keegan Bush was fourth and Brandon Mennicke was fifth. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Dave Lembke and Heather Stark and Tom Beren was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.733 seconds.
Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening. 
DALE PRUNTY NETS FIRST ’15 WIN IN INTERSTATE SAWING 75!
By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 28—The box score will read Dale Prunty led all but the first lap of the 75-lap Interstate Sawing super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway to capture his first feature victory of the season.
But the story the stat sheet cannot tell is that he held off the two most successful drivers at the track this season in Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty to accomplish the task.
“Starting on the pole and losing would kind of suck,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “but starting up front and winning is good and I have to thank my crew and sponsors for all they have done.”
“I may have kind of screwed Dennis (Prunty) tonight, because I needed some rear shocks and I took them off the #42 car, “Dale Prunty continued referring to brother Dennis’ second car that was originally scheduled to be parked tonight but was quickly summoned into action when Dennis Prunty experienced problems with his #22 car in practice.
Along with defending track champion Steve Apel, Dennis Prunty wheeled that #42 car through the field as once near the front of the field both he and Apel never let Dale Prunty get out of their sight. Both Apel and Dennis Prunty swapped the second position a few times in the closing laps before staging a climactic side by side battle that ended with the two of them driving under the checkered flag in a virtual dead heat that the transponder scoring showed in Apel’s favor by mere inches.
“The car got kind of loose there at the end and I was trying to hang on and catch Dale (Prunty),” Apel explained afterwards, “I was getting close but then the car went away.” “It was a good race and I may have lost some track position in lapped traffic but Dale (Prunty) did a good job holding us off, “ Apel continued, “I was following Dennis (Prunty) and he got loose in turns one and two which let me go underneath him and then he got back around and we had a close finish.”
“It’s hard to tell in the cars, but when I looked over I was almost sure I was a little bit ahead of him (Apel), “Dennis Prunty stated following his third place run, “but the scoring said he was a little bit ahead of me.”
Lowell Bennett and Dale Prunty led the field to the green flag and Bennett edged ahead to lead lap one before Prunty raced around and into the lead from the outside groove. Dale Prunty and Bennett pulled ahead of the field slightly as Dave McCardle, Ryan DeStefano, and Nick Wagner raced to fill the top five. The first caution flag waved on lap nine when Duke Long’s car spun in turn one and collected the car driven by Jerry Eckhardt. Dale Prunty maintained his lead as the green flag appeared but a lap later, the race was back under the caution flag when John DeAngelis’ car experienced a mechanical failure as it trailed smoke on the front stretch and scattered the field behind him.
Once again Dale Prunty used the outside lane to fend off the challenges from Bennett as racing resumed. Behind the leaders, Apel and Dennis Prunty were methodically slicing their way forward and by lap 24 they both worked their way around Bennett and into second and third respectively. Three laps later, Dennis Prunty edged to the inside of Apel and took the second spot just before the event was slowed under caution again when Josh Wallace’s car stalled in turn two on lap 35. Dale Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart while Dennis Prunty and Apel both elected for the lower groove and both were able to make formidable challenges for the lead but Dale Prunty continuously was able to power ahead from the high groove. With Dale Prunty still out front, Apel and Dennis Prunty began to dispute the second spot as Apel retook the position with an inside pass while behind them, Ryan DeStefano, Dan Church, and Dave McCardle were all working on Bennett for the fourth position. DeStefano took the fourth spot while Church and McCardle also were able to pass Bennett however Bennett got the positions back when McCardle and Church made contact off turn two and upset both cars momentarily before both drivers regained control. Dale Prunty was able to work through the lapped cars as the leader while Dennis Prunty resumed his battle with Apel over second in the waning laps. Dale Prunty drove to the victory while Apel and Dennis Prunty crossed the stripe side by side with Apel earning the second spot by inches. Ryan DeStefano finished a strong fourth while Dan Church rounded out the top five. Lowell Bennett finished in sixth place followed by Jeff Holtz and Mike Egan in seventh and eighth respectively. Dave McCardle and Ryan Farrell rounded out the top ten finishers.
Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Paul Shafer Jr. and Duke Long. Rob Braun and Randy Schuler completed the top five. Super late model heat races were won by Rob Braun, Lowell Bennett, and Dennis Prunty while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.319 seconds.
Mike Held took the lead with two laps to go and drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Corey Funk and Jack Stern led the field to the green flag and Funk grabbed the early lead as Stern’ s car rode the turn three wall on the opening lap before falling back in line mid-pack. Funk paced the first four laps before Steven Schulz was able to work his way around by using the inside groove to take the lead on lap five. Brian Holtz advanced into second place while Joe Bongiorno and Tyler Schley were close behind with Alex Prunty and Mike Held looking to move forward. A spin by Funk in turn two on lap 31 produced the first and only caution flag of the event with Schulz leading over Holtz, Bongiorno, Schley, Held, and Prunty. Held was the man on the move in the final nine laps as he picked off cars one by one until he reached the leader Schulz with two laps to go. Using an inside move, Held was able to slip by Schulz and take the lead and drive to the victory, leaving Schluz to settle for a strong second. Brian Holtz was third while Joe Bongiorno and Alex Prunty rounded out the top five.
Grant Griesbach won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Jerry Mueller and Ricky Heinan. Jake Vanoskey and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Dan Jung, and Al Stippich while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.142 seconds.
Nick Egan drove to his third feature win of the season in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event.
Egan took the lead from Joe Shelby just before the halfway mark and never looked back en route to the victory. Adam Bleskan finished second and Andy Welter was third. Paul Wagner and Joe Shelby completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Andy Welter also won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.967 seconds.
Tom Berens held off a strong challenge from Nick Schmidt to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature. Schmidt had to settle for a close second place finish while Brandon Tackes was third. Heather Stark and Jakob Hassler finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
Paul Reagles won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Zach Braun and Dave Lembke. Emory Waldron and Tristan Dorzok rounded out the top five. Slinger Bee heat race wins were recorded by Dave Lembke, Brandon Berens, and Nick Schmidt while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.721 seconds.
Willy Van Camp took home the trophy in the 15-lap extended Figure 8 race to close down the evening over Rick Bruskiewicz and Scott Goetzke.
PRUNTY MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW ON PMF LANDCAPE SUPPLY SCOUT NIGHT!
 
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By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., June 21—Driving a different car than the one he wheeled last Sunday, Dennis Prunty found himself in victory lane at the Slinger Super Speedway for the second week in a row after besting a strong field in the 65-lap super late model feature on PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night.
 
“We got the car pretty close and this is the Pete Wiedmeyer owned car,” Prunty said after climbing out of the #22 machine he has piloted for most of the season, “We are trying to get this car perfect for the Slinger Nationals and we’ll just keep tweaking on it each week.”
 
A few new faces were in the field as many area drivers have shown up to gain experience on the Slinger high banks in preparation for the upcoming Nationals event and one of those new faces was Ty Majewski who battled Prunty in the late stages before eventually finishing second. Majewski’s second place run was impressive considering he had to make the main event field through the semi-feature and began the race far back in the starting lineup.
 
“My car was real free underneath Dennis (Prunty) and I had to catch it“ Majewski said afterward, “We struggled in qualifying and had to make the race through the semi-feature but we were able to capitalize on a few other’s misfortunes and come home with a second place finish.”
 
John DeAngelis drove forward from his thirteenth starting position to finish a strong third while defending super late model track champion Steve Apel rebounded from an early spin to take the checkered flag in fourth. Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers but was later disqualified after failing post race technical inspection. Dale Prunty crossed the finish line in sixth place followed by Rob Braun in seventh and Travis Dassow in eighth while Rich Loch and Josh Wallace rounded out the top ten.
 
Matt Koucerek battled Natalie Decker to pace the opening six laps before Decker worked the inside lane to take command of the race on lap seven. Decker remained out front until lap 32 when Prunty was able to drive by for good. Decker raced in the top five for the first half of the race before becoming involved in one of the event’s four caution periods while battling with Dassow for second on lap 38 and eventually finished 13th.
 
Jeff Holtz won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as he transferred into the main event along with Ty Majewski, Josh Wallace, and David McCardle who finished second, third, and fourth respectively. Nick Wagner was fifth. James Swan, Rich Loch, and Brad Keith all picked up super late model heat race wins and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.432 seconds.
 
Al Stippich took the lead on lap 10 and turned back numerous challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event to score his first feature victory at Slinger in four years.
 
Jack Stern led the opening lap before Brian Holtz took over the top spot on lap two and held the lead until Stippich used the outside line to grab the lead on a restart following a caution flag on lap nine. Four more caution periods slowed the race and each time Stippich fended off different challengers as he remained out front before pulling away in the end to capture the victory. Jordan DeVoy advanced his way through the field to finish second with Ryan Zielski close behind in third. Alex Prunty and Mike Held were near the front for nearly the entire race and finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
 
Dan Jung won the late model semi-feature over Joe Bongiorno and Matt Rowe while Scott Patrick and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. R.J. Braun scored his first career late model victory in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller picked up the checkered flag in the second heat race. Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.279 seconds.
 
Nick Egan held off Andy Welter to score his second feature win of the season in the Area Sportsman 30-lap main event. Paul Wagner completed a strong race with a third place finish while Adam Peschek and Josh Fehrmann rounded out the top five. Welter picked up the win in the Area Sportsman heat race and Bill Prietzel circled the speedway in 13.069 seconds to become the division’s fastest qualifier.
 
Jacob Schraufnagel won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Heather Stark and Brandon Tackes while Nick Schmidt and Tom Berens rounded out the top five. Brandon Berens won the Singer Bee semi-feature to transfer to the main event along with Rick Schaefer, E.J. Waldron, and Jayden Buckley in second, third, and fourth. Jacob Hasler was fifth. Slinger Bee heat race victories went to Marty Tackes, E.J. Waldron, and Heather Stark while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.764 seconds.
 
Derek Doerr won the American Super Cup 15-lap feature over Andy Forster and Chris Deren. Ken Jones and Mick Ellis rounded out the top five. Doerr also won the American Super Cup heat race and set fast time as well with a lap of 15.428 seconds.
 
 
Nathan Larson drove is yellow Mustang to the win in the Spectator Eliminator races and Joe Mueller picked up the win in the Figure 8 race.
 
PRUNTY BACK OUT FRONT AT SLINGER!
 
By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., June 14— Dennis Prunty drove to his second super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he bested Steve Apel and Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap main event.
 
“This is the car Ross Kenseth is going to drive in the Slinger Nationals,” Prunty told the crowd after winning in his familiar #42 ride instead of the #22 car he drove to his other victory this season, “I didn’t want to give him a car we didn’t know would be good or not, so someone should call him tomorrow and tell him it’s pretty good.”
 
“I got through traffic pretty good and I got to Dennis (Prunty),” Apel said after starting from the sixth row, “then at the end I was just hanging on, but fast time and second place is nothing to hang your head over, it was a good night.”
 
“I was good early,” third place Brad Mueller stated, “At the end, Dennis (Prunty) and Steve (Apel) started getting away. I was really tight down in (turns) one and two and loose in three and four, it is what it is and at least we are on the podium.”
 
Chris Blawat and Kelsey Dassow occupied the front row at the drop of the green flag and Blawat immediately drove to the lead from the inside lane.
 
Dennis Prunty, who started third after John DeAngelis experienced mechanical issues before the green flag, also used the inside lane to charge by Dassow for second and then at the completion of lap one, he took to the high side to challenge Blawat for the lead, completing the pass a lap later. Rob Braun,
 
Brad Mueller, and Steve Apel also used the inside lane to advance into the top five. The only caution flag of the event appeared on lap four after an incident between Kelsey Dassow and Dan Church in turn four as Prunty led over Blawat, Braun, Mueller, and Apel. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and Blawat chose the inside while behind them, Braun and Apel followed Prunty up top while Mueller took to the inside behind Blawat. As racing resumed, Prunty maintained his lead from the outside while Braun and Apel eventually prevailed as well on the outside as they both swept around Blawat and into second and third respectively. Mueller also switched to the high side to make his way around Blawat as Dave McCardle moved up to challenge for the fifth spot. By lap 16 with Prunty still out front, Apel and Mueller were able to edge to the inside of Braun to take over second and third place while McCardle also used the inside to grab fourth ten laps later. Apel and Mueller began to try to track down Prunty for the lead as the front runners began to encounter lapped traffic during the race’s middle stages. Apel closed to Prunty’s bumper while in the traffic but despite several looks to the inside, was not able to make a serious challenge for the lead. In the final laps, Prunty threaded his way through the traffic and drove to his second feature victory of the season. Apel finished second and maintained his division point lead while Mueller took the checkered flag in third. Dave McCardle completed the best race of his season with a strong fourth place run while Dale Prunty drove from deep in the field to finish fifth. Mike Egan and Dan Church finished sixth and seventh respectively while Brad Keith, Josh Wallace, and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten.
James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi feature over Braison Bennett and Lowell Bennett. Rich Loch finished in the fourth, the final transfer position, while Nick Wagner was fifth. Lowell Bennett, Brad Keith, and Brad Mueller all won super late model heat races and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.411 seconds.
Alex Prunty survived a late race restart to capture the victory in the 40-lap late model feature to score his 30th win at the Slinger Speedway.
Jack Stern and Jordan DeVoy paced the field the green flag and DeVoy quickly raced out into the early lead. Alex Prunty began to work his way forward from his sixth starting position as he took over the second spot by lap five ahead of Stern, Ricky Heinan, and Kyle Chwala. The action at the front of the field was tight as Dan Jung and Mike Held also advanced to join the lead pack with the top seven cars racing in close quarters. A spin by Corey Funk off turn two while racing amongst the leaders on lap eight produced the first caution flag with DeVoy leading over Prunty, Stern, and Heinan. During the incident Brittiny Helmers made contact with the pit entrance wall in turn two and retired from the event. DeVoy chose the inside groove for the restart and Prunty immediately took to the high side with the choice paying off as he charged into the lead as racing resumed. DeVoy held tough in second while Heinan and Chwala used the inside lane to take over third and fourth with Stern falling back in line in fifth. The race remained steady for a few laps before the caution waved again on lap 14 for a spin by R.J. Braun in turn two. As the leader, Prunty remained committed to the high side and he chose the upper groove, leaving DeVoy the inside while third running Chwala followed in Prunty’s tracks on the top side. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag waved and Chwala used the high lane to pass DeVoy for second. Prunty and Chwala opened up a significant distance on the rest of the field while DeVoy fended off challenges from Dan Jung and Mike Held for third. The comfortable gap enjoyed by Prunty and Chwala was erased on lap 37 when a spin down the backstretch by Braun resulted in the third caution of the event. Prunty and Chwala looked to settle it out on the restart for the final three lap shootout and Prunty quickly charged to the lead. Chwala fell into line directly behind Prunty and made a final challenge on the last lap which fell just short as Prunty took the checkered flag for the victory. Chwala finished second while Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Dan Jung rounded out the top five.
Joe Bongiorno scored his first career Slinger Speedway victory in the first late model heat race while Tyler Schley was victorious in the second event. Alex Prunty and Kyle Chwala both turned in the exact fastest qualifying time at 12.292 seconds with Prunty being awarded the fast qualifier honors because he set the time first.
Brian Holtz executed a late race pass on Kenny Joosten to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature. Joosten settled for second place at the finish despite leading for most of the event. On the final lap, Eric Lingford and Ryan Gutknecht tangled on the backstretch while racing for third and as their cars slid to the infield Bobby Gutknecht and Jimmie Evans raced by to finish in third and fourth respectively. Jay Shambeau finished fifth.
Kenny Joosten and Scott Dunning each recorded Midwest Sportsmen heat race victories and Brian Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.858 seconds.
Tom Berens took the lead from Heather Stark in lapped traffic on lap 15 of the Slinger Bee feature as he went on to score the victory. Stark battled hard throughout the race and crossed the finish line in second while Nick Schmidt edged Dave Schmidt for third. Isaac Daniel finished fifth.
Tristan Dorzok, Heather Stark, and Dave Schmidt all were winners of Slinger Bees heat races while Isaac Daniel was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 14.745 seconds.
Lyle Messinger was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races with his Mercedes and Ryan Lovald closed the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 event.
APEL SCORES WIN NUMBER THREE ON REUNION NIGHT!
 
By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., June 7—Steve Apel captured his third feature victory of the season Sunday at the Slinger Super Speedway as he held off Dale Prunty to win the 60-lap super late model main event on Reunion Night.
 
“I probably have the best crew out there, “Apel said from victory lane explaining the extra work performed on his car this week after experiencing a fire while practicing a few days ago in Madison, “They are totally dedicated and I have to thank my wife for putting up with me being in the race shop until two or three in the morning.” “I was hoping to get through the lapped traffic as quick as I could and not get held up too much because I knew if I did they would catch me,” Apel continued, “The car was pretty good this week but we’ll try to make it just a little bit better for next week.”
 
When asked the difference between his second place finish and a victory, runner-up Dale Prunty simply stated, “Another caution.” “Steve (Apel) beat me and raced me clean and I was hoping for another caution because I might have had a little bit left, “ Prunty stated before giving a heartfelt dedication of the finish to longtime friend and sponsor Fritz Wiedmeyer who passed away earlier in the week.
 
Rich Loch and Dale Prunty led the field to the green flag and Prunty drove to the early lead from the outside lane as Loch settled into second ahead of Travis Dassow, Lowell Bennett, Dave McCardle, Steve Apel, and Rob Braun. Prunty and Loch maintained the top two positions as behind them Bennett, Apel, and Braun all advanced forward and into the third through fifth slots respectively.
 
The first caution flag waved on lap 12 when Tim Lampman’s car came off the fourth turn and bounced off the door of Chris Blawat’s machine before spinning into turn one where the car of Mike Egan was collected as well.
 
Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart while Loch lined up to the inside and as the green flag waved, Prunty hesitated a bit and both he and Loch raced side by side for the lead for two laps before Prunty was able to once again power ahead from the outside. Behind them, Apel and Bennett were dueling over second while Braun and Dassow were joined by John DeAngelis and Dennis Prunty in the tussle over fourth.
 
Apel used the inside lane to grab third from Bennett while Braun, DeAngelis, and Dennis Prunty all moved up also on the inside as Dassow became caught in the high groove and fell out of the top five.
 
A few laps later, Apel was able to work his way to the inside of Loch to take second place just before another caution flag waved on lap 21 when DeAngelis and Braun got together in turn one while racing over fourth place. In the scramble to avoid, several other cars became damaged including Conrad Morgan and Tim Lampman, who struck the turn one wall very hard after climbing over the car of Josh Wallace which put the track under a red flag condition.
 
Prunty again chose the outside for the restart and Apel promptly chose the bottom groove and when the green flag waved again, the two raced door to door for several laps before Apel was eventually able to ease ahead on lap 25.
 
Behind the lead duo, Loch and Bennett also staged a side by side battle for third with Dassow and Dennis Prunty racing in formation behind them. Loch prevailed in that battle and once the cars lined up on the bottom, Dennis Prunty began to pick them off from the outside lane, passing first Bennett and then Loch to take over third with the laps winding down. In the closing laps, Apel maneuvered his way through lapped traffic flawlessly as Dale Prunty was unable to make a serious challenge for the lead.
 
At the checkered flag, Apel scored the victory with Dale Prunty finishing second ahead of Dennis Prunty in third. Rich Loch and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top five. James Swan finished sixth followed by Jeff Holtz and John DeAngelis in seventh and eighth respectively while Travis Dassow and Dan Church completed the top ten.
 
Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Jeff Holtz and Nick Wagner as they along with fourth place finisher Duke Long transferred to the main event. Braison Bennett finished fifth. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Nick Wagner, Conrad Morgan, and John DeAngelis while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.340 seconds.
 
Mike Held survived a wild 40-lap late model main event to capture the victory in a caution-filled race.
Brian Holtz and Kyle Chwala paced the field to the green flag and Holtz led the first two circuits before the caution flag waved quickly a lap later when Corey Funk tagged the wall on the backstretch and came to a stop in turn four. As racing resumed, Chwala was able to wrestle the lead away from Holtz while behind them Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held all raced for position. With Chwala out front, Prunty eventually worked his way into second and began to track down the leader. With Chwala and Prunty running nose to tail on lap ten, a lapped car suddenly slowed in turn four directly in front of them and as Chwala ran into the lapped car, Prunty slid hard into the frontstretch wall as the caution waved again. Chwala was able to continue despite front end damage while Prunty was through for the evening. The caution flew once again three laps later when Held experienced a problem in turn four and left the speedway and returned before the restart and without losing a lap. Chwala and Holtz resumed their battle for the lead with Ryan Zielski, Tyler Schley, and Grant Griesbach all racing hard behind them. Another caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Jack Stern came to a stop off turn four with Chwala leading over Holtz, Zielski, Schley, and Greisbach. With each restart, positions shuffled with the caution cone as drivers such as Mike Held and Jordan DeVoy moved up by choosing the outside lane. As racing resumed, Chwala remained out front with the lead pack remaining tightly bunched with close quarters racing throughout the top running cars. With Chwala enjoying a rather comfortable lead in the final ten laps, further back, Tyler James spun off turn two while racing with Al Stippich and the race remained green with James’ car resting in the infield until James exited his machine to constitute a caution flag on lap 34. On the restart, Chwala kept the lead but behind him, contact between Holtz and DeVoy scattered the field on the frontstretch and the caution waved again as Zielski also was forced to leave the track with damage. The final five lap dash to the finish was set up with Chwala leading over Greisbach, Held, and Schley. Held pressured Chwala heavily in the final laps with Griesbach right in their tracks and on the final lap, contact between Held and Chwala forced Chwala high allowing Held to pass underneath exiting turn two. As they charged into turn three, Held drifted wide with Chwala outside him and Griesbach took advantage of the inside opening to make a bid for the win. Held won the drag race to the checkered flag with Griesbach finishing second and Chwala third. Schley finished fourth while Jerry Mueller was fifth.
Ricky Heinan and Brian Holtz each picked up a win in the late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.254 seconds.
Nick Egan took the lead at the halfway mark of the Area Sportsman feature and never looked back, driving to his first feature victory of the season in the 30-lap main event.
Adam Bleskan led the first 14 laps before Egan powered ahead on lap 15 with Bill Prietzel in hot pursuit. Prietzel also worked his way around Bleskan and began to track down Egan for the lead while Andy Welter and Adam Peschek moved into the top five. Egan was up to the task in the closing laps and he held off Prietzel to score the victory. Prietzel finished a close second while Welter took the checkered flag in third ahead of Bleskan and Peschek who completed the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.
Scott Hoeft and Adam Peschek were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.001 seconds.
Dale Kiley-Schaefer battled Tom Berens throughout the Slinger Bee 25-lap feature before capturing the victory in an exciting event. Berens crossed the finish line in second while Nick Schmidt battled his way from deep in the field to finish third. Brandon Tackes and Emery Waldron finished fourth and fifth respectivley.
Nick Schmidt picked up the win in the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Steve Zoromski and Marty Tackes. Bill Ostovich Jr. was fourth and Tristan Dorzok was fifth. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Steve Zoromski, Nick Schmidt, and Tom Berens while Isaac Daniel was the fastest qualifier at 14.769 seconds.
Ron Schmitt won the Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Willy Van Camp. Shane Becker and Rick Bruskiewicz finished in fourth and fifth.
DEANGELIS TAKES ROUND ONE OF THE PEPSI CHALLENGE!
By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., May 31—John DeAngelis Jr. turned back the challenges from Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and claim Round One of the Pepsi Challenge Series.
“I knew they were going to be really fast and I had to get going,” DeAngelis said from victory lane after capturing his second feature win in three weeks, “the traffic kind of helped me as I don’t think he (Mueller) could really get a good shot at me.”
“We were just trying to figure things out,” Mueller said after his second place finish, “We got a lot better tonight but we were bottoming out the left front of the car and I couldn’t approach the corners like I wanted to.”
DeAngelis and Mike Egan led the field to the green flag and DeAngelis was able to power into the lead from the outside as Conrad Morgan, Rob Braun, and Gary LaMonte followed with Brad Mueller, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel all looking to advance forward. DeAngelis and Egan were able to pull ahead slightly while the dogfight for third continued between Morgan, Mueller, Braun, and LaMonte with Prunty and Apel directly in their tracks. A half spin by Tim Lampman in turn two drew the caution flag on lap 13 as most got by unscathed except for Dale Prunty who left the speedway with right front damage. DeAngelis chose the outside lane for the restart and Egan lined up alongside followed by Morgan and Mueller in the second row. DeAngelis and Egan raced side by side for a few laps before DeAngelis once again edged ahead from the outside. With DeAngelis out front, Mueller worked his way to the inside of Egan and completed the pass for second while both Prunty and Apel advanced into the top five, maneuvering their way around Morgan and Braun. Once in second, Mueller began to track down DeAngelis for the lead while behind them first Apel and then Prunty raced around Egan to advance into third and fourth respectively. While Mueller kept DeAngelis in his sights as they sliced through lapped traffic, the real fireworks on the speedway were occurring in the battle for third between Apel and Prunty. Apel held the spot and used the outside to go around lapped cars with Prunty directly on his bumper. Prunty’s car appeared to be faster in the latter stages and he applied several solid taps to Apel’s bumper as it looked like Prunty’s car was able to get off the turns better than Apel yet both were boxed in by the lapped traffic. Mueller closed on DeAngelis in the final laps but was not able to make a serious charge as DeAngelis drove under the checkered flag for the win. Coming to the checkered flag, the battle between Apel and Prunty erupted with Apel’s car spinning in between turns three and four while racing with Prunty. Officials later awarded third place to Apel and penalized Prunty to the final car on the lead lap as a result of the contact between the cars. Conrad Morgan finished fourth and Mike Egan was fifth. Gary LaMonte and Rob Braun were sixth and seventh respectively. Prunty was placed eleventh.
Lowell Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over James Swan and Jeff Holtz as they along with fourth place finisher Ryan Farrell transferred to the main event. Nick Wagner finished fifth. Super late model heat races were won by James Swan, Ryan Farrell, and Dennis Prunty while Brad Keith topped a strong field of 29 super late models to nail down fast time honors with a lap of 11.365 seconds.
With the late model class off for the week, Kyle Chwala returned to the Area Sportsman division and led the final 12 laps to win the 30-lap main event.
Nick Egan led the first five laps before Mark DePorter tracked him down to take command of the race on lap six. Egan remained glued to DePorter’s rear bumper as Kyle Chwala, Joe Shelby, and Andy Welter raced for position behind them. While working lapped traffic, Egan was able to edge to the inside of DePorter and retake the lead on lap 16 with Chwala closing in fast from third. A lap later, Chwala used the inside to grab second from DePorter just before the first caution flag waved a lap later when Shelby’s car spun around in turn two while racing with Welter in fourth. Nick Ostberg was unable to avoid Shelby’s stalled car and slid into him as the caution waved. Egan chose the inside for the restart while Chwala immediately took to the top and as racing resumed, Chwala quickly charged around Egan and into the lead. Chwala would not be challenged from there and he drove to the victory while Welter passed Egan in the closing laps to finish second. Egan finished third followed by DePorter and Adam Bleskan in fourth and fifth respectively.
Nick Ostberg and Nick Egan each scored wins in Area Sportsman heat races while Andy Welter was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.986 seconds.
Brian Holtz won the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature over Ryan Gutknecht and Bill Prietzel in an event that ran caution free. Jay Shambeau and Rick Tackman rounded out the top five. Jay Shambeau was the winner of the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Bill Prietzel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.825 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Nick Schmidt. E.J. Waldron and Isaac Daniels rounded out the top five. Heather Stark won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Steve Zoromski and Misty Benn while Jeremy Kuhn and Tristan Dorzok were fourth and fifth respectively. Dale Kiley-Schaefer was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 14.667 seconds.
Ron Schmitt won the extended 15-lap Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Shane Becker. Joe Mueller and Ryan Lovald rounded out the top five.
Steve Apel Edges Dennis Prunty At Slinger. Photo By Eamon Bauman
APEL EDGES PRUNTY IN A PHOTO FINISH TO WIN E.H. WOLF AND SONS 75!
 
By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., May 25—Longtime Slinger Speedway track rivals Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty staged a memorable battle for the win in the E.H. Wolf and Sons 75 Sunday as they crossed the finish line side by side with Apel scoring the victory by .002 seconds in one of the closest finishes in speedway history.
 
“We came out here to put on a show and I hope you guys enjoyed it because that’s the way it is going to be every single week,” Apel told the large crowd on hand from victory lane, “I gave Dennis (Prunty) what I thought was plenty of room to race with me and we put on one heck of a show.”
 
“I should have just crashed him like he did to me last week,” a less gracious Prunty stated afterwards. “I’m not here to make friends and I’m going to run him like that every time I get a chance, “
 
Prunty continued before launching several barbs directed at Apel and his crew.
Rich Loch and Ryan DeStefano led the field to the green flag and Loch raced out to the early lead while Dale Prunty and Mike Egan followed. Loch paced the first six laps before Dale Prunty caught him and used the outside groove to sweep by for the lead on lap seven. Dale Prunty and Loch ran nose to tail for several laps with Egan in their tracks in third while behind them Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel sliced their way forward from deep in the field and into the top five.
 
Conrad Morgan and Nick Wagner tangled in turn two to produce the first caution flag on lap 26 with Dale Prunty continuing to lead over Loch, Dennis Prunty, Egan, and Apel.
 
Dale Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and Loch took to the high side which proved costly when racing resumed as Dale Prunty and Apel launched ahead from the low groove. Dennis Prunty was caught behind Loch on the outside and also fell back as Egan raced by.
 
Once Dennis Prunty was able to move to the low lane, he first passed Loch, followed by Egan and then set his sights on Dale Prunty and Apel who maintained first and second respectively.
 
The caution flag waved for a second time on lap 59 when Morgan’s car suddenly broke loose off turn two and looped around after several attempts to catch it in an incident that also swept up Jamie Wallace and Al Schill.
 
Dale Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and Apel took to the top side and as the green flag appeared, Apel timed it perfectly to charge into the lead off turn two. Dennis Prunty also made his way around Dale Prunty a few laps later, setting up the tremendous battle for the lead between the last two super late model track champions.
 
With five laps to go, the pair ran door to door with Prunty able to edge alongside entering the corners while Apel was able to power off the turns from the outside. On the final lap, Prunty was able to duck inside entering turn three and had a slight edge exiting turn four and as Apel powered back on the top, the two drag-raced to the checkered flag with Apel barely in front at the stripe by just .002 seconds.
 
Dale Prunty capped off a strong race with a third place result while Mike Egan and Gary LaMonte rounded out the top five. Rob Braun was sixth followed by John DeAngelis Jr. and Lowell Bennett while Ryan DeStefano and Dan Church completed the top ten finishers.
 
Lowell Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Al Schill and Travis Dassow. Jamie Wallace and Chris Blawat were fourth and fifth respectively.
 
Super late model heat race wins went to Chris Blawat, Jamie Wallace, and Mike Egan while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.373 seconds.
 
Ryan Zielski turned back several challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event.
 
Zielski charged to the lead at the start as Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala followed in second and third as farther back Mike Held and Alex Prunty began to work their way forward. A spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two drew the first caution flag on lap 18 with Zielski leading over Schley, Chwala, Held, and Prunty. Zielski and Schley chose the inside for the restart while Chwala went to the outside and the move paid off as he was able to edge ahead of Schley for second just before the caution waved again on lap 21 for debris on the speedway with Zielski still leading. Zielski again chose the inside as racing resumed and he was once again able to keep the lead as Chwala slotted into second again just ahead of Schley and Held. Chwala made several attempts to edge to the inside of Zielski but each time came up short and when Chwala’s car began to slide off the corners, Zielski was able to pull away slightly. Zielski would not be caught over the final laps and he drove to the victory ahead of Chwala who settled for second at the finish. Tyler Schley finished off an impressive race with a strong third place showing and Alex Prunty finished fourth after passing Mike Held late in the race, leaving Held to finish fifth.
 
Steven Schultz won the late model semi-feature over Jake Vanoskey and Matt Rowe. Brittiny Helmers and Tyler Hromadka rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Brian Holtz, and Alex Prunty. Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.188 seconds.
 
Jason Thoma passed Joe Shelby on the final lap to win the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature after starting deep in the field. Shelby finished a strong second after leading all but the final circuit. Adam Peschek finished third and Nick Egan was fourth as both collided at the start-finish line. Adam Bleskan was fifth.
 
Scott Hoeft won the Area Sportsman heat race for his first win at the Slinger Speedway and Jason Thoma was the fastest qualifier at 12.935 seconds.
 
14 year old E.J. Waldron won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature edging out Tom Berens in an exciting race. Heather Stark finished third while Brandon Tackes and Bill Rose rounded out the top five.
 
Dave Schmidt won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Paul Reagle and Brandon Berens while Slinger Bee heat race victories went to Misty Benn, Rick Schaefer, and Nick Schmidt. Dale Kiley-Schaefer set fast time for the Slinger Bees with a lap of 14.769 seconds.
 
Scott Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator races in his Chevy IROC Camaro while Shane Becker captured his first Figure 8 race win in nearly three years to close out the evening.
John DeAngelis Jr. Wins Kulwicki Memorial At Slinger WARN Photo
DeANGELIS SCORES FIRST CAREER FEATURE WIN IN SLINGER’S ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL
 
By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., May 17—Scoring your first career super late model feature victory is always a memorable moment, but when you do it driving a car #7 in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial at the Slinger Super Speedway, it becomes even more special.
 
John DeAngelis Jr. did just that Sunday night as he held off a stout field to capture that elusive first win Sunday night in the 60-lap super late model main event, the 22nd edition of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial, held each year in honor of the late 1992 NASCAR Champion.
 
“I don’t even know what to say right now,” an obviously excited DeAngelis beamed from victory lane, “It was seriously amazing to drive the Alan Kulwicki #7 on a Polish Victory Lap. I didn’t think it would come on this night but it did!”
 
Chris Blawat paced the opening laps from his outside front row starting position as Tim Lampman and DeAngelis also used the outside groove to move into second and third ahead of pole sitter Nick Wagner. DeAngelis then drove to the inside lane and completed a pass of Lampman for second as Blawat continued to lead.
 
Behind the top three, Ryan DeStefano, Rob Braun, Rich Loch, Mike Egan, Dennis Prunty, and Steve Apel all worked the high line as they advanced forward lined up nose to tail. On lap 12, DeAngelis looked to the outside of Blawat and grabbed the lead on lap later while behind them Braun worked to the inside of DeStefano for position which opened the door for Loch, Prunty, and Apel to get by.
 
While the mid-pack jostling for position was occurring, DeAngelis began to stretch his lead as Lampman caught Blawat for second and took the spot with an inside move. Blawat developed a problem which appeared to be a tire going down soon thereafter and he faded quickly as the field began to rapidly pass by with DeAngelis still leading over Lampman. Braun advanced his way into third place while Prunty and Apel both were able to get by Loch to snag fourth and fifth respectively and the three of them began to close in on Lampman for second by lap 28.
 
Braun was the first to run down Lampman and he charged to the inside to complete the pass for second as Prunty and Apel soon followed while DeAngelis enjoyed a fairly sizeable lead. Prunty and Apel closed to Braun’s bumper for second and Prunty was able to edge alongside Braun in the low groove with Apel directly in their tracks.
 
As the side by side battle with Braun and Prunty approached lapped traffic in the inside lane, Braun used the traffic as a pick for Prunty and when Apel tried to fill the gap on the outside, Prunty muscled his way to the top, forcing Apel wide as they both drove around the lapped car.
 
Just one lap later, the first caution flag waved on lap 49 when contact between Apel and Prunty resulted in Prunty looping around off turn two and both were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with DeAngelis leading over Braun, Lampman, Loch, and Lowell Bennett.
 
DeAngelis chose the inside lane for the restart and was able to outgun Braun for the lead as racing resumed while Bennett and Loch raced door to door for third with Dale Prunty advancing to challenge Lampman for fifth just ahead of Brad Keith.
 
A tangle between Keith and Lampman on lap 52 in turn four drew the second caution flag of the event setting up an eight lap sprint to the finish with DeAngelis leading Braun, Loch, and Bennett.
 
Once again DeAngelis was able to power ahead on the restart and he kept the lead over Braun while Loch and Bennett renewed their side by side battle for third. DeAngelis could not be beat over the final laps and drove the victory ahead of Braun while Bennett edged Loch for third at the stripe. Dale Prunty battled from deep in the field to finish fifth while Mike Egan was sixth. Conrad Morgan finished seventh while Steve Apel, Dennis Prunty, and Ryan DeStefano rounded out the top ten.
 
Al Schill returned to the highbanks for the first time in nearly a year and he won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Josh Wallace, and Dan Church. Kelsey Bauer-Dassow finished fourth to advance to the main event while Braison Bennett was fifth. Super late model heat race victories were recorded by Jeff Holtz, Lowell Bennett, and Dennis Prunty. Prunty also set fast time with a lap of 11.378 seconds.
 
Alex Prunty drove to victory in the 40-lap late model feature event, leading the final 23 laps to take the checkered flag.
Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala brought the field to the green flag and Schley drove to the early lead from the inside groove as Ricky Heinan, Brian Holtz, and Alex Prunty battled behind the lead duo. Chwala applied heavy pressure to Schley for the lead, trying both the inside and outside grooves to get by which allowed Heinan and Prunty to close in. As the leaders worked lapped traffic, Schley was able to maintain his slight lead over Chwala while Prunty was able to use the traffic to get around Heinan for third. After numerous attempts to take the lead from the outside, Chwala’s car lost traction on lap 15 and he spun off turn two and the caution flag waved as Tyler Hromadka’s car spun as well. Schley chose the inside lane for the restart while second place Prunty went to the outside with Heinan and Mike Held lined up in order behind them. Schley was able to hold onto the lead for a single circuit as racing resumed before Prunty powered by on the outside, bringing Held along with him. Heinan also was able to advance around Schley in the waning laps for third, leaving Schley to race with Jordan DeVoy over fourth. Prunty was able to keep Held at bay and he drove to the victory, leaving Held to settle for second. Heinan took the checkered flag in third while an incident between Schley and DeVoy coming to the checkered flag in which DeVoy’s car spun off turn four was under review at the time of this article. DeVoy was scored fourth and Al Stippich fifth with the official results pending.
 
Late model heat races were won by Grant Griesebach who held off Joe Bongiorno for his first victory in the division and Jerry Mueller who muscled his way around Kyle Chwala on the final lap. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.203 seconds.
 
Andy Welter passed early leader Scott Hoeft on lap three and drove to the victory in the 25-lap Area Sportsman feature. Nick Egan and Adam Peschek both charged from the rear of the field to finish second and third respectively while Joe Shelby and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five finishers.
 
Adam Bleskan won the Area Sportsman heat race and Nick Egan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.130 seconds.
 
Heather Stark captured the first feature victory by a female driver at the Slinger Speedway in over a decade as she led start to finish to win the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature. EJ Waldron finished second and Jacob Schraufnagel was third. Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Tom Berens rounded out the top five.
 
Steve Zoromski won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jakob Hassler and John Daley. Misty Benn finished fourth and Tristan Dorzok was fifth. Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.754 seconds.
 
Kyle Pritchard won the Spectator Eliminator races and Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race to close the evening.
STEVE APEL SCORES CLEAN SWEEP AT SLINGER!
By Dan Margetta
 
Slinger, Wis., May 3— Defending super late model track champion Steve Apel returned to victory lane in grand fashion Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway by setting fast time, winning his heat race, and then prevailing in a hard fought battle with Dennis Prunty to win the 60-lap main event.
“This is a good start to the year and that was a heck of a battle with Dennis (Prunty) for the lead,” Apel exclaimed from victory lane after several laps of intense side by side racing, “He bumped me and I bumped him back, we got sideways and we got back at it…I’m tired!”
“I’m not sure what happened, maybe I had a fuel issue,” Prunty said after a momentary slow down relegated him from the lead battle to a third place finish, “We touched a couple of times and my car was so good on the outside but it wasn’t good enough to get it done today.”
Tim Lampman and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag and they traded the top spot during the opening laps with Travis Dassow, Chris Blawat, and Jamie Wallace following close behind them. Lampman claimed sole possession of the lead from the inside lane, leaving Morgan to battle with Dassow over second as both Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel advanced to join the lead pack. Dassow’s car washed wide in turn two allowing Blawat to take over in the battle with Morgan for second as Jamie Wallace also worked his by as Dassow fought to control his car. On lap six, Dassow’s car slid up the track once again, momentarily bottling up those behind him and in the aftermath, Rich Loch and Fred Winn hooked together and spun off the backstretch to draw the first caution flag. Lampman and Morgan resumed their side by side battle for the lead as racing resumed with Blawat and Wallace racing in tandem behind them just ahead of Prunty and Apel who also raced door to door over fifth. Morgan’s car drifted high in between turns three and four on lap 13 and as he slowed to save the car, Blawat and Wallace dove to the inside, setting up a three-wide situation that ended with Wallace spinning off the nose of Blawat’s car into turn one and the caution flag waved again.
Lampman and Morgan again resumed their fight for the lead as the green flag waved but this time they had Apel and Prunty breathing down their necks from the outside lane while Josh Wallace and Rob Braun used the inside groove to join the front runners. Morgan was able to wrestle the lead away from the outside lane as Lampman’s car began to loosen up on the inside and a few laps later both Apel and Prunty also worked their way around Lampman and into second and third respectively. Apel soon tracked down Morgan and worked the inside groove to grab the lead and Prunty soon followed suit, taking over second place as Morgan dropped to third. Prunty then went to work on Apel for the lead, applying heavy pressure to Apel’s rear bumper in the center of the turns. Apel’s car kicked sideways off turn four after mild contact from Prunty but he kept his foot in it and continued to battle alongside Prunty for the lead. After several laps of side by side racing, Prunty was able to drive to the lead from the outside but Apel kept him in his sights and a spin by Nick Wagner in turn four on lap 52 set up an eight lap shootout between the two super late model champions. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed was able to edge ahead of Apel entering turn one. However, Prunty’s car slowed off turn two and Apel and Morgan raced by before Prunty picked up speed again off turn four. Once out front Apel would not be denied and he held off Morgan for his first feature victory of the season, completing the clean sweep on the afternoon. Morgan finished a strong second while Prunty recovered to finish third. Tim Lampman and Josh Wallace rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Jamie Wallace finished sixth ahead of Rich Loch and Rob Braun while Chris Blawat and Travis Dassow completed the top ten.
Braison Bennett held off his father Lowell Bennett to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature and they along with Pat McIntee and Dan Church advanced to the main event. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Lowell Bennett, Dale Prunty, and Steve Apel while Apel was also the fastest qualifier at 11.318 seconds.
Mike Held captured his first career Slinger Speedway feature victory in the 40-lap late model main event.
Ricky Heinan and Jack Stern paced the field to the green flag and Heinan drove to the early lead while Stern raced with Brian Holtz and Jordan DeVoy for the second through fourth spots. Behind the top four Kyle Chwala and Mike Held began to work their way forward just before the caution flag waved on lap nine for a spin by Joe Bongiorno in turn two. Heinan led the first lap back under green but then slid loose off turn four which allowed Stern to take command from the outside and bring Held along with him into second. Stern paced the event for a few laps before Held tracked him down and took the top spot with an inside pass just before the caution waved again on lap 33 Tyler Schley’s car looped around off turn two. While under the caution period it was determined the car of Tyler Hromadka was leaking fluid and during the clean up Stern left the speedway with some sort of mechanical issue. That advanced Chwala to the second position and he lined up alongside Held for the restart with seven laps to go. Held would not be denied however and he drove to his first career feature victory while Chwala took the checkered flag in second. Alex Prunty sliced his way forward in the closing laps to finish third while Ricky Heinan and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five.
Duke Long and Ricky Heinan each were winners of late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.162 seconds.
Adam Peschek won the Area Sportsman feature over Joe Shelby and Nick Egan while Andy Welter finished fourth ahead of Nick Ostberg in fifth. Peschek also won the heat race and Egan was the fastest qualifier at 13.086 seconds.
Nick Schmidt won the Slinger Bees feature, holding off the challenges of Tom Berens for the victory. Brandon Tackes crossed the finish line in third while Matt Rose and Jakob Hassler finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Nick Schmidt also won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Paul Reagles and Jared Deming. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Paul Reagles, Nick Schmidt, and Heather Stark while Carl Benn set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.644 seconds.
Derek Doerr won the American Super Cup feature over David Cerer and Andy Forster. Chris Deren and Ken Jones completed the top five finishers. David Cerer won the American Super Cup heat race and Derek Doerr was the fastest qualifier at 15.237 seconds.
Justin Wemette was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator races in his Subaru while Joe Mueller won the Figure 8 race which was the final event on the afternoon.

DENNIS PRUNTY ALL THE WAY IN MILLER LITE 75 AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

 

Slinger, Wis., April 26—The record books will show Dennis Prunty led every lap in the Miller Lite 75-lap super late model season opening feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway but the eventful race was anything but a cake walk for the 2012 track champion as he had to survive numerous incidents and turn back the challenges of Rob Braun en route to victory.

Prunty bested pole sitter Tim Lampman at the drop of the green flag and immediately drove to the lead from his outside front row starting position while Braun went to work on Lampman for second with Chris Blawat, Gary LaMonte, Ryan DeStefano, and Dan Church all mixing it up for position behind them. On the second lap, LaMonte bobbled in between turns three and four and swung wildly toward the outside wall before saving the car and continuing on despite losing several positions. With Prunty maintaining his lead, a mid-pack dust up around lap 15 sent Blawat cutting across the infield and left a struggling Nick Wagner with a flat left rear tire as cars scrambled to avoid his slowed machine. Wagner was unable to steer the car off the racing surface and as he slid to a stop on the frontstetch to draw the caution flag, he was tagged by Travis Dassow, who had already committed to the high side to get by and was left with nowhere to go.

Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Braun the inner groove and Braun made several attempts to take command of the event from the low side only to have Prunty power ahead off the corner and keep the lead. Behind the lead duo, Lampman, DeStefano, Church, and Mike Egan all raced in a tight pack for the third through sixth spots. Lowell Bennett and Steve Apel also joined that battle and within a few laps both used the outside lane to pass Egan just before Lampman’s race ended with engine problems on lap 28 and the fluid spewed from his car drew the race’s second caution flag.

Prunty again left Braun the inside lane for the restart and this time Braun kept even for the lead for a few laps before once again, Prunty eventually pulled ahead while DeStefano, Church, Bennett, and Apel were joined by Egan and Conrad Morgan in their fight for position. Morgan’s car suddenly snapped around in turn one on lap 40 and as the caution flag waved it was quickly determined a majority of the race track was coated in oil leaked from an unknown car. As Morgan was awarded his spot back due to the oil, Apel’s car was found to be the source of the fluid and he was taken off the track only to return later several laps down.

Following a massive clean-up, the race restarted with Prunty once again choosing the outside lane and as Braun charged into turn one from the inside, he slid in the oil dry and skated high up the track, saving the car as Lowell Bennett raced by into second. A half spin by Fred Winn in turn two on lap 42 slowed the event once again under caution with Prunty now leading over Bennett, Braun, Church, and Egan. Bennett took his shot from the inside as racing resumed but once again, Prunty was able to power ahead exiting the turns as Bennett soon became under attack from both Braun and Church for the second position. Bennett’s car appeared to swing wide off turn four as the field completed lap 45 and when the cars exited turn two, contact during the battle for second pushed Bennett’s car into the backstretch wall. As he slid off the fence towards turn three, Bennett’s car turned to the left and was struck hard on the left side by the car of Ryan DeStefano. The incident produced a red flag on the speedway as Bennett was tended to and later taken to the hospital for an apparent foot injury.

The final 30 laps were contested caution free as Braun made numerous charges from the inside lane but each time was unable to unseat Prunty from the top spot. Prunty pulled away in the later stages and drove under the checkered flag for the victory while Braun settled for second place with Conrad Morgan rebounding to finish third. Mike Egan and Rich Loch rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Mueller finished a respectable sixth ahead of Josh Wallace and John DeAngelis while Steve Apel and Nick Wagner completed the top ten despite being many laps down at the finish.

Josh Wallace won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Brad Mueller and Conrad Morgan as they along with fourth place finisher Fred Winn all advanced to the main event. James Swan missed the cut by one spot and finished fifth. Super late model heat race wins were recorded by Josh Wallace, Lowell Bennett and Travis Dassow while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.262 seconds.

Alex Prunty and Casey Johnson battled for the lead throughout the 40-lap late model feature before Prunty was able to edge ahead at the finish and record the victory.

Johnson led the opening laps over Ryan Zielski, Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Prunty before the first caution flag waved when Zielski spun off turn four after contact from Held. As racing resumed, Johnson and Prunty traded the lead over the next several laps as both drivers used both the high and low grooves to work their way by one another while DeVoy occupied third ahead of Jerry Mueller and Brian Holtz. With close contact racing occurring through the field, a spin by Duke Long on lap 27 drew the second caution flag of the race with Prunty leading over Johnson and DeVoy. Prunty and Johnson resumed their lead battle on the restart with Prunty edging ahead just before the caution waved again two laps later when Corey Funk looped his car on the front straightaway. After another quick caution on lap 31, Prunty and Johnson picked up just where they left off and again battled hard for the lead. Prunty eventually prevailed while Wayne Freimund and Jerry Mueller went to war for the fourth position. Their battling allowed Mike Held to charge by while Prunty maintained his lead over Johnson and DeVoy. Prunty held off Johnson and drove to the victory while Johnson finished a close second just ahead of DeVoy who turned in an impressive performance by finishing third. Mike Held was fourth and Jerry Mueller edged Wayne Freimund for fifth.

Wayne Freimund won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over rookie Joe Bongiorno and Jack Stern. Tyler Schley and Jake Vanoskey rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Jack Stern, Al Stippich, and Casey Johnson while Alex Prunty set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.065 seconds.

Jason Thoma edged Bill Prietzel in a thrilling finish to the Area Sportsman 30-lap feature as the two raced under the checkered flag side by side.

Scott Hoeft paced the opening laps before getting crossed up in turn two on lap 19 and looping his car on the backstretch to draw a caution flag. Devin Schmidt took the lead for a lap from there before getting passed by Bill Prietzel on lap 20. Jason Thoma advanced through the field and challenged Priezel for the top spot and the two raced door to door for the lead in the closing laps. On the final lap with the pair side by side, Thoma edged Prietzel for the win in a photo finish while Adam Peschek finished third. Joe Shelby and Nick Egan rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

Area Sportsman heat race wins were captured by Jay Kalbus and Andy Welter while Bill Prietzel set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.868 seconds.

Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Nick Schmidt and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Jacob Schraufnagel took the checkered flag in fourth ahead of defending track champion Brandon Tackes in fifth.

EJ Waldron won the Slinger Bees semi-feature over Tristan Dorzok and Jared Deming. Jayden Buckley and Kevin Bush rounded out the top five. Slinger Bees heat races were won by EJ Waldron, Rick Schaefer, and Tom Berens while Jacob Schraufnagel set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 14.670 seconds.

Scott Goetzke closed out the afternoon by winning the Figure 8 race with a last lap pass of Joe Mueller.

2015 Slinger Speedway Schedule

Preliminary Schedule – updates will be added

Afternoon Racing - Qualifying 12:00 Racing 2:00pm

April 5 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

April 12 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

April 19 – Sunday Afternoon Annual Open Race Day for all divisions Noon to 4 - free general admission seating rain date Saturday April 25.

April 26 - Sunday Afternoon 2 pm - Miller Lite Spring Opener 75 lap Super Late Model Race starting the 68th season at Slinger Speedway. FULL RACING PROGRAM. Rain Date May 3

May 3 – Sunday Afternoon 2 pm - full racing program

May 10 – Happy Mother’s Day Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day 2 pm – 6 pm Free General Admission

NIGHT RACING STARTS - Qualifying 5:00 Racing 6:30pm 

May 17 – Sunday Night - full racing program

May 24 – FIREWORKS Memorial Day Special with Fireworks 75 lap Super Late Model Feature and full racing program.  Rain Date: Monday night May 25

May 31 – Full race program plus MWS - LM off

June 7 – Full racing program

June 14 – Full race program Plus MWS - AS off

June 21 – Full race program Scout Night All uniformed scouts get in FREE!

June 28 – FIREWORKS: Independence Day Celebration 75-lap Super Late Model Feature and full race program, rain date July 5.

July 5 - Full race program Miss Slinger Speedway Contest

July 12 – Prelude to the Nationals King of the High Banks LM, MWS, AS, SB, F8

July 13 - Slinger Nationals prelims

July 14 - The 36th Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite - 200 lap Super Late Model Rain date: Wednesday July 15

July 19 – Full racing program 

July 26 – HD Bike Night Full Racing Program

August 2 – Celebrity Night full racing program

August 9 – Full race program  plus MWS - AS off

August 15 – SATURDAY NIGHT – SlamFest rain date Saturday Night August 22

August 16 – Fan Appreciation Night full racing program

August 23 – Full racing program plus MWS - LM off

August 30 – Full racing program

September 6 –   FIREWORKS: Labor Day Celebration 100-lap Super Late Model Feature and full race program Super Late Model Championship Night. Rain date: Monday night September 7.

September 12 - Memorial Go Karts

Afternoon Racing - Qualifying 12:00 Racing 2:00pm

September 13 – Slinger Season Championships LM, MWS, AS, SB, F8

September 20 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

September 27 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating