2017 Slinger Super Speedway Schedule

 

 

LAMONTE OUT MUSCLES APEL AS CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEATS UP!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 25—Gary LaMonte edged Steve Apel by just .017 seconds at the finish to come out on top of the slobber-knocker that was the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway.

The final laps between the top two championship contenders featured plenty of door-rubbing action as their cars bounced off one another as they charged for the checkered flag and left both drivers with some pointed heat of the moment comments afterwards.

“If that’s the way he wants to race me, that’s fine, we’ll fix the car every single week and bring it back faster,” an obviously disappointed Apel told the crowd, “I hope he’s got a lot of money behind him because he’ll need it.”

“It was a pretty good battle but just that last lap where he drove me to the fence out of turn four, I know it’s for a win but I could’ve right-reared him easily but I didn’t, “ Apel continued, “Hats off to the guys on the crew as they give me the fastest car every single week and we’ll be back next week looking for a win.”
“A couple weeks back Steve (Apel) was hitting me every week and I had a nice little heart to heart with him, “ LaMonte stated from victory lane, “He said this is a (expletive) race track and we should stay home if we don’t want to race. So we decided to come out and play. Unfortunately I drove in a little too hard and got into him but hey…that’s racing.”

Brad Mueller had the best seat in the house for the slamfest up front as he finished a close third after leading for nearly all of the first half of the race.

“I forgot what this stage looks like, I mean, it’s third but that’s alright,” Mueller said, “The guys are working hard in the shop and things are turning around a little bit. We led a bunch of laps and I wasn’t completely comfortable with it but it’s getting better and wait until the Slinger Nationals, then we’ll be there.”
Alex Prunty and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Keith finished sixth followed by Chris Blawat and Ryan DeStefano while Casey Johnson and Rich Loch completed the top ten.

Casey Johnson and Brad Keith each captured victories in super late model heat races and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.321 seconds.

Zack Riddle ended Ryan Gutknecht’s winning streak at three as he drove to the win in the 40-lap late model main event while Gutknecht continued his front running ways by finishing second. Jack Stern took the checkered flag in third followed by Brian Holtz and Shaun Scheel in fourth and fifth. Jeremy DeRuyter won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Tom Jasinski and Tyler Hromadka. Nick Roehl was fourth and Ryan Lovald was fifth. Late model heat race victories went to Zach Braun, Steven Schultz, and R.J. Braun. Zack Riddle was the fastest qualifier with lap at 12.191 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht notched another win in the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature, holding off Kenny Joosten for the victory. Bobby Gutknecht finished third followed by Paul Wagner and Jimmie Evans. Jimmie Evans won the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Ryan Gutknecht set fast time at 12.739 seconds.

Tom Berens won the Super Beez 25-lap feature over Steve Zoromski and Jayden Buckley while Brandon Tackes and Josh Marx rounded out the top five. Steve Zoromski won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier at 13.614 seconds.

Paul Reagles captured the victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Tom Elsinger Jr. and Matt Urban. Anthony Dorzok and Al Strobel were fourth and fifth respectively. Al Strobel and Tom Elsinger were the winners of the Slinger Bees heat races and Paul Reagles was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 15.231 seconds.
Willie Van Camp won the Figure 8 race to close the evening. Ryan Lovald escaped injury after his Figure 8 car barrel rolled and caught fire three laps into the event.

APEL CLAIMS SECOND WIN ON SCOUT NIGHT AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

 

Slinger, Wis., June 18—Steve Apel drove to his second feature victory of the season Sunday night in the 60-lap super late model main event on Scout Night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

 

The car was on rails tonight,” Apel said afterwards, “We came here on Thursday and tested when it was 95 degrees so we knew if the car was good then it would be good in a long race. The guys busted their tails to give me the best car they could give me and it’s the probably the best car I’ve had all year.”

 

While Apel took the checkered flag relatively unchallenged, the battle behind him for second was intense with Alex Prunty edging Gary LaMonte for the runner-up spot at the finish.

 

“Nobody wants to win here more than I do,” Prunty told the crowd following his second place finish, “I’m happy to be here but like I said last week, it sucks finishing second, it sucks finishing third, everybody comes here to win and that’s why we’re here. It’s been frustrating but we’re getting there and we are getting close.”

 

“We just got a little tight on the bottom and I thought we may have had something to the checkered flag, “said LaMonte after his side by side dual to the finish with Prunty from which he emerged with a third place finish, “But some lapped cars got in the way and Alex (Prunty) just beat us back to the line.”

 

Jordan DeVoy kicked off his super late model debut at the Slinger Speedway by charging from the pole position to lead the early laps of the 60-lap main event. Alex Prunty settled into second place as Steve Apel, Gary LaMonte, and Dennis Prunty all worked their way towards the front from the middle of the pack. Prunty caught DeVoy by lap six and used an inside pass to take the top spot one lap later as Apel began to close on DeVoy for second. Apel worked his way into second a few laps later just before the first and only caution flag of the race waved on lap 21 when Dave McCardle experienced a mechanical issue and slowed in turn three. Alex Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Apel the bottom while Dennis Prunty lined up outside of LaMonte in the second row. Apel was able to get a strong run off turn four as racing resumed and when Prunty’s car kicked slightly loose, Apel was able to power by to take the lead on lap 13. Behind the lead duo, LaMonte and Dennis Prunty staged an intense battle for third that LaMonte eventually won after several laps of hard serious racing. Once clear of Dennis Prunty, LaMonte began to track down Alex Prunty for second as Apel maintained his lead. Lapped traffic proved not to be an issue in the closing laps as Apel drove to his second feature win of the season while Alex Prunty edged LaMonte at the stripe for second. Dennis Prunty finished in fourth place and Brad Keith completed a strong race with a solid fifth place finish. Brad Mueller finished in sixth just ahead of Jordan DeVoy and Grant Griesbach while Chris Blawat and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten.

 

Braison Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over his father Lowell Bennett while R.J. Braun finished third to transfer to the main event in his super late model debut. Jerry Eckhardt finished fourth to claim the final transfer position and Tyler Hromadka finished fifth in his super late model debut. Super late model heat races were won by Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan, and Alex Prunty while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.330 seconds.

 

Paul Wagner took the lead on lap nine and never looked back as he drove the victory in the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature, holding off a fast closing Jake Schraufnagel at the checkered flag. Schraufnagel was forced to settle for second place just ahead of Jay Kalbus in third. Andy Wendt and Joe Shelby completed the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Andy Welter was the winner of the Area Sportsman heat race and Jay Kalbus was the fastest qualifier at 12.927 seconds.

 

Tom Berens edged Steve Zoromski in a photo finish to win the 25-lap Slinger Beez feature event. Berens and Zoromski raced door to door over the final five laps with Berens just edging ahead at the finish. Zoromski led 23 of the 25 laps of the race and finished a close second while Jayden Buckley was third. Brandon Tackes finished fourth and Al Strobel was fifth. Jayden Buckley won the Slinger Beez heat race and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.737 seconds.

 

Tom Elsinger Jr. captured his first career feature victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bee main event, holding off a fast closing Matt Urban by a fender at the finish. Urban finished a close second and Carl Benn was third. Marty Tackes and Al Strobel rounded out the top five. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Paul Reagles and Tom Elsinger Jr. while Carl Benn was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.272 seconds.

 

Trevor Dassow won the Spectator Eliminator races and Rick Bruskiewicz won the Figure 8 race to close the evening.

PRUNTY EDGES APEL TO WIN ON REUNION NIGHT!

By Dan Margetta

 

Slinger, Wis., June 11—Anytime Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel battle for the super late model feature victory at the Slinger Super Speedway it’s a guaranteed show and Sunday night was no exception as the two fought fiercely for the win in the 60-lap main event with Prunty edging Apel by a fender at the checkered flag..

 

“We were just hanging on those last five laps and I swear the left rear tire was flat,” Prunty stated from victory lane, “I did everything I could to keep it in front.”

“I have to thank Steve Apel for letting me collect it there too because we both could’ve been going to the trunk on the last lap,” Prunty continued referring to late race contact between the two that nearly sent Prunty’s car spinning on the final lap, “I kind of came down a little bit and well, he let me know.”

 

“I’m a little disappointed but I knew I wanted to do it clean,” Apel said afterwards standing with his family that included his newborn son, “I got Dennis (Prunty) a couple times and I let him collect it as I thought he was going around there for a second but all around not a bad day with second place.

 

Front row starters Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano raced for the lead in the opening laps before Wagner took command from the inside groove as both Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty began to work their way forward and into the top five.

 

The first caution flag of the event waved on lap ten when Alex Prunty and Rob Braun tangled in traffic in turn four and on the restart, Apel wasted no time in dispatching Wagner from the lead. Following another brief caution when Fred Winn’s car went around in turn two, Apel maintained the lead while Dennis Prunty used the outside lane to move into second, bringing Gary LaMonte with him into third.

 

The top three raced in tight formation with Prunty making numerous looks for the lead to Apel’s inside while LaMonte remained in their tire tracks. On lap 19, Prunty finally made the inside move work as he squeaked by for the lead and when LaMonte filled the gap, Apel found himself in third. LaMonte then pressured Prunty for the lead as he edge to the inside and the two battled side by side for several laps before LaMonte’s car began to slip off the turns. A few laps later, LaMonte exited the speedway in a cloud of smoke as the caution waved again.

 

Prunty and Apel renewed their battle for the top spot as racing resumed and as the laps wound down Chris Blawat and Alex Prunty staged a battle of their own for third place. With two laps to go, Apel was right on Prunty’s left rear corner and a slight tap sent Prunty’s car sliding sideways off turn four. Apel allowed Prunty to gather up the car and the two raced the final lap side by side for the win with Prunty scoring the victory by a fender. Chris Blawat edged Alex Prunty for third while Ryan DeStefano finished a strong fifth. Brad Keith finished sixth and Conrad Morgan was seventh. Grant Griesbach, Randy Schuler, and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten finishers.

 

Super late model heat races were won by Mike Held and Ryan DeStefano while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.402 seconds.

 

Ryan Gutknecht wrestled the lead away from Steven Schulz on lap 27 and drove to his third consecutive late model feature victory in the 40-lap main event. Schultz finished second while R.J. Braun advanced positions late in the race to finish third. Braison Bennett finished fourth and Al Stippich crossed the line in fifth after making a brazen three wide pass for the position on the final lap. The pass was deemed to have violated the track’s rule against three wide racing and Stippich was scored as the final car on the lead lap, moving Jack Stern into fifth. Brian Holtz finished sixth and Tom Jasinski finished seventh ahead of E.J. Waldron in eighth. Tyler Schley and Jakob Hassler completed the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

 

Tom Jasinski won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Kyle Chwala and Nick Roehl. Zach Braun and Ryan Lovald rounded out the top five. Late model heat race wins were collected by Nick Roehl, Tyler James, and Adam Pescheck while Ryan Gutknecht set fast time with a lap of 12.354 seconds.

 

Eric Lingford held off a hard charging Ryan Gutknecht to win the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event. Gutknecht finished second while early leader Jimmie Evans took the checkered flag in third. Bobby Gutknecht crossed the finish line in fourth and Scott Dunning was fifth. Jimmie Evans won the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.828 seconds.

 

Tom Berens edged George Sparkman by .097 seconds to win the Super Beez feature in a photo finish. Jayden Buckley, Brandon Tackes, and Rachel Sparkman rounded out the top five in third through fifth respectively. Tom Berens also won the Super Beez heat race and was the fastest qualifier at 13.801 seconds.

 

Marty Tackes scored his first career feature victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature. Anthony Dorzok was second followed by Paul Reagles in third. Matt Urban finished fourth and Brady Held was fifth. Matt Urban won the Slinger Bees heat race and Paul Reagles was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.202 seconds.

 

David Prunty won the Spectator Eliminator races in his Corvette and Scott Goetzke closed the night with a win in the Figure 8 race.

LaMONTE CAPTURES ROUND ONE OF THE PEPSI TRIPLE CHALLENGE AT SLINGER

Written By: Dan Margetta

 June 5, 2017 – Slinger, WI – Gary LaMonte catapulted his way from third to first thirteen laps into the first round of the Pepsi Triple Challenge 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and drove to his first victory of the season.

“The car was spot on but I got a little worried there as I got tight in lapped traffic, “LaMonte stated from victory lane explaining his late race lane choice that after the event’s only caution flag on lap 45, “We decided on that restart that I would be better up high and it paid off.”

Grant Griesbach charged to the early lead from the outside of the front row as he bested pole sitter Steve Apel at the start. Apel stayed right in Griesbach’s tire tracks during the early stages while LaMonte worked  his way up to the third spot.

The three ran nose to tail until LaMonte began to look to Apel’s inside for second on lap 12. One lap later while pressuring Apel for second, Griesbach drifted a bit wide through turns three and four which slowed Apel’s progress and opened the door on the inside groove for LaMonte to charge from third to the lead off turn four.

Once out front, LaMonte began to pull away slightly while Apel kept within striking distance as further back Chris Blawat, Dennis Prunty, and Alex Prunty all began to advance forward. During the second half of the event, Griesbach began to fade a bit as first Blawat, then Dennis Prunty both made their way by and into third and fourth respectively.

The only caution flag of the race waved on lap 45 for a spin by Rich Loch in turn two and on the restart, LaMonte chose the outside lane, leaving the bottom groove for Apel. LaMonte was up to the task as racing resumed and he immediately established himself once again as the leader. As Apel chased LaMonte for the lead, Dennis Prunty worked his way around Blawat for third while Alex Prunty went to work on Griesbach for the fifth position.

LaMonte proved to be too strong for his competition in the closing laps and he drove to the victory over Apel while Dennis Prunty finshed third. Chris Blawat took the checkered flag in fourth followed by Alex Prunty in fifth. Grant Griesbach finished sixth and Derek Kraus turned in a strong performance in seventh. Brad Keith, Mike Meyerhofer, and Mike Egan rounded out the top ten finishers.

Derek Kraus won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Rob Braun and Mike Egan while Jake Vanoskey grabbed the final transfer spot over Dave McCardle. Super late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Rich Bickle, and Steve Apel and Gary LaMonte set fast time at 11.312 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht drove to his second consecutive victory in the 40-lap late model main event.

Adam Peschek paced the early laps over Tyler Schley and R.J. Braun as the first caution flag waved on lap four for a tangle between Andy Evraets and Brian Holtz off turn four. Peschek maintained the lead on the restart over Schley as Ryan Gutknecht advanced his way into third bringing along Al Stippich and E.J. Waldron.

Another caution flag for R.J. Braun’s stopped car in turn four tightened the field again and as the race resumed, Peschek held the lead over Schley who tried to challenge on the outside. Schley found an opening off turn four on the inside to slot in directly behind Peschek entering turn one and as Peschek left a slight opening off turn two, Schley used his momentum to fill the gap and make a charge for the lead on the inside. The two cars made contact exiting the turn resulting in Schley taking the lead as Peschek fought to control his car. Peschek made an impressive save and continued on despite losing several spots as the race remained under green. Meanwhile up front, Gutknecht tracked down Schley for the lead and was able to complete the pass for the lead using the inside lane. Gutknecht would never look back from there and survived two more caution periods to score the victory while E.J. Waldron raced forward to claim second place at the finish. Tyler Schley crossed the stripe in third place while Shaun Scheel and Al Stippich completed the top five finsihers..

Nick Roehl won the late model semi-feature over Tom Jasinski and Zach Braun. Jared Deming finished fourth and Tyler Hromadka was fifth. Late model heat race victories went to Kyle Chwala, Shaun Scheel, and Tyler Schley. E.J. Waldron was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.377 seconds.

Jacob Schraufnagel passed Paul Wagner on the high side for the lead on lapped traffic en route to victory in the 30-lap Area Sporstman feature. Jay Kalbus charged forward late to finish second while Paul Wagner was third. Andy Welter and Joe Shelby rounded out the top five. Area Sportsman heat races were won by Joe Shelby and Paul Wagner while Jacob Schraufnagel set fast time at 13.035 seconds.

Tom Berens scored the victory in the 25-lap Super Beez feature event over George Sparkman and Scott Hoeft in a green-white-checkered finish. Steve Zoromski and Jayden Buckley rounded out the top five. The Super Beez heat race was won by Steve Zoromski and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier at 13.849 seconds.

Rick Schaefer used a last lap pass to win the Slinger Bees 25-lap feature in a photo finish over Paul Reagles. Tom Elsinger Jr. finished third followed by Marty Tackes and Al Strobel in fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Rick Schaefer and Marty Tackes and Tom Elsinger Jr. was the fastest qualifier at 15.305 seconds.

Brian Baldyga won the American Super Cup 25-lap feature over Brandon Mennicke and Jessica Talley while Amanda Bohn and David Cerer were fourth and fifth. Brian Baldyga also won the American Super Cup heat race and set fast  time at 15.144 seconds.    

Willy Van Camp won the wild Figure 8 race to close the night..

DENNIS PRUNTY WINS EH WOLF & SONS 75

By Brian Schmitt
Slinger, WI. May 28th. Early morning rain gave way to a beautiful Sunday evening as we gathered to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day weekend Sunday night. EH Wolf and Sons 75 lap Super Late Model feature highlighted the evenings events.

Super Lates
Grant Griesbach and Alex Prunty led the field to the green flag in the 75 lap feature. Caution would fly on lap 2 for an incident involving Ryan DeStefnao. He would retire from the event with right front damage. Dennis Prunty started his move to the front passing Alex Prunty on lap 12 before another caution flew on lap 14 for a Jeff Holtz spin. Steve Apel moved into 3rd by the time that caution flew. Another caution flew on lap 18 when Steve Apel and Alex Prunty got together in turn 4. Chris Blawat was also involved sustaining major front end damage ending his night. During that caution period oil from the Randy Schuler's car was found on the racing surface and was the reason for the caution giving Apel and Alex Prunty there spots back. The feature from that point on went caution free seeing Apel move to 2nd on lap 22 and Gary LaMonte to 3rd on lap 26 setting up a thrilling battle over the final 49 laps. Dennis Prunty was able to hold off both Apel and LaMonte to pick up his first feature win of the season at Slinger in his first appearance.. "Its just great to finish a feature" Dennis said in victory lane referring to his early season struggles in the ARCA Midwest tour. "I hope to be back next week to try it again" Prunty announced. Steve Apel continued his early season success finishing 2nd with LaMonte ending up 3rd. Brad Mueller finished 4th with Alex Prunty rounding out the top 5. Jeff Holtz won the 30 lap semi feature. Dave McCardell, Cole Rouse and Randy Schuler transferred to the main event along with Holtz. Heat race winners were Jacob Vanoskey, Fred Winn, and Ryan DeStefano. Steve Apel and Gary LaMonte tied in qualifying with 11.365 laps. Apel turned the lap first and was awarded the fast qualifier.

Late Models.
Jack Stern and Chris Ratajczyk led the field to green in the 40 lap late model feature. Ratajczyk jumped to the lead. Caution on lap 11 for an incident involving R.J. Braun slowed the field, Tyler Schley jumped to the lead on the restart and was in cruse control until Zach Braun spun in turn 2 with no where for Schley to go he pounded Braun and ended his night. Ryan Gutknecht inherited the lead on the lap 26 restart and faced a furious challenge from Adam Peschek. Jack Stern joined the fight with 2 laps to go giving Gutknecht some breathing room to pick up the win. Stern and Peschek came to the line side by side with Stern edging out Peschek for 2nd.
Brian Holtz won the 20 lap semi feature. Tom Jasinski, Nick Roehl and Zach Braun were the other transfer cars.
Heat race winners were Brian Holtz, Eddie May, and Tyler Schley. Jordan DeVoy picked up fast time with a lap of 12.057.

Midwest Sportsmen
Ryan Gutknecht took the lead from Paul Wagner on lap 19 and ran away to a convincing win in the 35 lap Midwest sportsmen feature event. Heat race winners were Kenny Joosten and Jimmie Evans, Qualifying was canceled.

Slinger super Beez.
Tom Berens took the lead from Steve Zoromski on lap 8 and held off a challenge from Scott Hoeft on a lap 19 restart to win the 25 lap Super Beez feature, Heat race winner was Steve Zoromski. No qualifying was held.

Slinger Bees
Paul Reagles led wire to wire to win the 25 lap Slinger Bees feature event. Heat race winner was Paul Reagles. No qualifying,

Russ Lorbiecki won the Roll Over contest and Willy Van Camp won the Figure 8 race.

Photo By: Lori Lynch

COMBACK COMPLETE…CONRAD MORGAN WINS ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 21—Just under a year removed from suffering serious injuries that threatened his career, legendary driver Conrad Morgan let the racing world know he was back Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway has he drove to a flag to flag win in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial 60-lap super late model feature event.

“I’m wore out,” the veteran driver stated from victory lane after taking the victory over Ryan DeStefano and Gary LaMonte as he seemed to grasp the moment of capturing the super late model feature checkered flag in this his 51st year of competition and following his long recovery, “You don’t dare…you can’t give these young guys a chance because if you do you’re not going to win. I knew I was going to have to drive for everything that car was worth from lap one to lap sixty.”

“There’s been a ton of work into this car since last June,” Morgan continued, “It took us eleven months to get this car where it is today and it’s the best car I’ve ever driven.”

“I had some doubts about coming back from about July to December and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it,” Morgan explained describing his recovery time, “Once I got into January, I started to feel better and when I came up here and hot lapped the car about a month ago the car was so good and I felt so comfortable in it I just had to get over the anxiety of racing around other cars and I think I’ve managed that.”

Morgan charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag and scooted out front over Ryan DeStefano while Alex Prunty, Brad Mueller, and Gary LaMonte began to work their way forward from deeper in the field. By the halfway mark, Morgan maintained his lead over DeStefano who remained within striking distance as LaMonte first went to work on Mueller to take over fourth place. A few laps later, with Morgan continuing to lead, LaMonte caught and passed Prunty for third as the lead cars worked their way through lapped traffic. While DeStefano remained is Morgan’s rear mirror over the closing laps, he was unable to make a serious bid for the lead as Morgan drove under the twin checkered flags for the victory. DeStefano finished a strong second while LaMonte charged from his sixth row starting spot to finish third. Alex Prunty and Brad Mueller rounded out the top five while Brad Keith and Fred Winn were sixth and seventh respectively. Grant Griesbach, Chris Blawat, and Rob Braun completed the top ten finishers.

Super late model heat races were won by Mike Egan, Chris Blawat, and Brad Mueller and Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.268 seconds.
Jordan DeVoy raced into the lead at the halfway point of the 40-lap late model main event and drove to his first victory of the season over Kyle Chwala.

Brian Holtz paced the early laps over Kyle Chwala before the first caution flag waved on lap 11 for when E.J. Waldron’s car looped around in turn four. A lap after the restart, Kyle Chwala worked his way around Holtz for the lead on the outside just before the caution flag appeared again when Tyler James and Jakob Hassler tangled in turn three. Chwala maintained the lead as racing resumed as Jordan DeVoy began to advance forward to challenge the leaders. Another caution flag on lap 18 for an incident between Jack Stern and Adam Peschek slowed the event once again and this time when racing resumed, DeVoy was able to work his way by Chwala and into the lead. Chwala made numerous attempts to retake the top spot during the waning laps but he came up short at the finish as DeVoy drove to the victory. Al Stippich finished a strong third followed by Ryan Gutknecht and Shaun Scheel in fourth and fifth respectively.
Adam Peschek won the late model semi-feature over Shaun Scheel and Tom Jasinski while Ryan Lovald edged Nick Roehl for the final transfer spot. Shaun Scheel, Christ Ratajczyk, and Ryan Gutknecht each won late model heat races and Jordan DeVoy was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.115 seconds.
Tom Berens won the 25-lap Super Beez feature over George Sparkman and Nick Schmidt. Brandon Tackes finished fourth and Jayden Buckley was fifth. Berens also won the Super Beez heat race and set fast time at 13.610 seconds.

Adam Blesken drove to his first feature win of the season in the 30-lap Area Sportsman main event, holding off the challenges of Jay Kalbus at the stripe. Kalbus finished a strong second while Andy Welter, Scott Ascher, and Paul Wagner completed the top five finishers. David Borntreger and Jay Kalbus were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Andy Welter set fast time at 12.854 seconds.

Matt Urban scored his first career feature victory in the Slinger Bees 25-lap main event. Marty Tackes finished second while Tom Elsinger Jr. and Nicole Mueller were third and fourth respectively. Paul Reagles was fifth. Matt Urban and Nicole Mueller won the Slinger Bees heat races and Paul Reagles was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.256 seconds.

Scott Goetzke closed the evening with a last lap win in the Figure 8 event.

APEL WINS AS SLINGER SPEEDWAY KICKS OFF 70TH RACING SEASON!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 7— Taking advantage of a brake issue by early race leader Gary LaMonte, Steve Apel stormed to the lead on lap 54 of the 75-lap super late model feature and never looked back, capturing the victory in the 70th season opener Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“I don’t know what happened to LaMonte but we were chasing him down and it could’ve been hard to pass him,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane, “On that last restart it sounded like his motor was popping a little bit but we got the lead and never looked back.”

“Wednesday night we came here (to practice) and had problems,” Apel continued, “And the guys spent all night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to get the car ready and I can’t thank them enough.”

After LaMonte’s issues dropped him back in the running order, Jeff Holtz and Alex Prunty battled for the runner-up spot with Holtz edging Prunty for the position at the checkered flag.

“I needed that yellow flag near the end there so I could get it back under control, “Holtz stated after his second place finish, “I was just about getting ready to spin it out there about halfway through but I’m glad the car’s home in one piece and I’ll take second place.”

“We had a tight car and after that last restart there was a little front contact,” Alex Prunty said describing his battle with Holtz and finishing third, “But we got third place with a car that was less than spectacular from what I’m used to and we’ll get it back together this week and when we come back we’ll be good.”

Ryan DeStefano battled all day and finished a respectable fourth while Fred Winn scored his first top five in nearly four years. Rob Braun and Grant Griesbach finished sixth and seventh respectively while Gary LaMonte’s late race brake issues dropped him to eighth after pacing the first 53 laps of the event. Rich Loch and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten finishers.

The event was slowed twice by caution flags, both for minor incidents, and early contenders Brad Mueller, Chris Blawat, and Conrad Morgan all retired with mechanical issues before the event was concluded.

Jerry Eckhardt broke his own record for being the oldest event winner at Slinger by capturing the super late model semi-feature over Brad Keith and Jake Vanoskey. Tim Lampmann finished fourth and David McCardle was fifth. Brad Keith, Ryan DeStefano, and Steve Apel each won a super late model heat race and Conrad Morgan returned from injuries suffered last year in grand style by turning in the fastest lap in qualifying at 11.212 seconds.

R.J. Braun drove to his first career late model feature victory by holding off Jake Hassler and E.J. Waldron in the 40 lap event..

Waldron paced the first 30 laps of the race while Hassler and Braun followed in his tracks. As the leaders caught lapped traffic, Hassler made his move first, claiming the top spot for a lap before Braun was able to race his way by and into the lead on the following circuit. A caution flag for a spin on lap 32 tightened up the field for the final eight laps and Braun was on his game as the racing resumed and he held off Hassler and Waldron for the victory. Ryan Gutknecht finished fourth and Kyle Chwala was fifth.

Shaun Scheel won the late model semi-feature over Chris Ratajczyk and Tyler Hromadka while Ryan Lovald and Kevin Bush rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Shaun Scheel and E.J. Waldron while R.J. Braun was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.178 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht held off Eric Lingford to win the 35-lap sportsman feature which combined cars from both the Midwest Sportsman and Area Sportsman divisions. Jimmie Evans finished third ahead of Scott Dunning and Paul Wagner who were fourth and fifth respectively. Jimmie Evans won the sportsman heat race and Eric Lingford took fast time honors after circling the speedway in 12.720 seconds.

Scott Hoeft edged Nick Schmidt to win the debut feature for the brand new Super Beez division at the Slinger Speedway. George Sparkman took the checkered flag in third while Brandon DeLacy and Jayden Buckley rounded out the top five. Nick Schmidt won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.555 seconds.

Paul Reagles won the Slinger Bees feature event over Anthony Dorzok and Tom Elsinger Jr. Matt Urban finished fourth and Jonah Frederickson was fifth. Jonah Frederickson and Tom Elsinger Jr. also each won a Slinger Bees heat race and Marty Tackes took top honors in qualifying with a lap of 15.510 seconds.

Brian Baldyga won the American Super Cup feature over Tony Rendina and Amanda Bohn. Chris Deren and Jessica Talley rounded out the top five finishers. Amanda Bohn and Tony Rendina each won an American Super Cup heat race and Brian Baldyga was the fastest qualifier at 15.230 seconds.

Rick Bruskiewicz closed the afternoon with a thrilling last lap victory in the Figure 8 event.