JAMIE WALLACE BACK IN VICTORY LANE AT SLINGER!

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By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 22— Jamie Wallace was back in victory lane at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night for the first time since 2009 after capturing the victory in the 60-lap Pepsi Challenge Series Round One super late model feature.

“They did a nice job on this car,” Wallace told the crowd afterwards, “everyone involved with the crew just did a great job. This is a family event for us and it’s a lot of fun.”

Wallace and Nick Wagner brought the field to the green flag and Wallace got the early jump from the pole position to take command while third place starter Fred Winn quickly moved into second leaving Wagner to battle with Alex Prunty for third. James Swan occupied the fifth spot just ahead of an intense battle between Chris Blawat, Steve Apel, Conrad Morgan, and Dennis Prunty. Wallace maintained his lead over Winn while Alex Prunty went to work on Wagner for third, pressuring him for a few laps before completing the pass as the leaders began to work lapped traffic. Wallace weaved his way through the lapped machines and continued to set the pace while Alex Prunty and Wagner began to run down Winn for the second position. Swan kept the top four in sight from the fifth spot while Blawat and Apel raced side by side behind him with Dennis Prunty in their tire tracks. Apel muscled his way by Blawat on the inside to grab sixth while Blawat was able to power his way on the outside to fend off Dennis Prunty to hang onto seventh. Closer to the front, Alex Prunty worked his way underneath Winn coming off turn four on lap 46 to take second and as Wagner tried to capitalize on the opening and grab third, Winn tried to cover his spot and the two cars lifted together and made heavy contact with the turn one wall to produce the one and only caution flag of the event.

Wallace chose the outside lane for the restart leaving Alex Prunty the inside groove as racing resumed with fourteen laps to go. Using his discretion as the leader, Wallace timed the start to be on the throttle at the new restart line and made Prunty wait just a split second which was enough power Wallace into the lead from the outside as the field exited turn two. Alex Prunty quickly fell into line in second while Swan, Apel, and Dennis Prunty staged a torrid battle for third with Swan and Apel side by side while an anxious Prunty looked high and low in an effort to get by. Wallace drove the final laps flawlessly and scored his first Slinger super late model feature win since 2009 while Alex Prunty’s runner-up performance was his best career super late model feature result. Swan held off the two most recent track champions to net third while Apel edged Dennis Prunty in a fender rubbing battle over fourth place. Chris Blawat finished sixth ahead of Conrad Morgan and Ryan DeStefano in seventh and eighth place respectively while John DeAngelis and Brad Mueller rounded out the top ten.
Brad Mueller won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Mitch McGrath and Brad Keith as they along with fourth place finisher Rob Braun all transferred to the main event. Lowell Bennett finished fifth. Super late model heat race victories went to Brad Keith, Mike Egan, and Dennis Prunty while the ageless Conrad Morgan set fast time with a lap of 11.321 seconds.

Bobby Gutknecht won the exciting 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature as the division made its first appearance of the 2016 season.

Bobby Gutknecht and Ryan Gutknecht started on the front row and raced side by side, swapping the lead throughout most of the event. Ryan Gutknecht held the outside lane and Bobby Gutknecht worked the low line as neither could get a sizeable advantage to take sole possession of the lead. As the top two battled, Eric Lingford, Brian Holtz, and Bill Prietzel closed in to create a five car battle for the top spot as the laps wound down. On the final lap with the leaders still side by side, Ryan Gutknecht’s charge on the outside came to a halt when he broke loose in turn four and spun around, allowing Bobby Gutknecht to take the victory with Lingford finishing second. Prietzel collected the spinning Ryan Gutknecht as Brian Holtz finished third with Kenny Joosten and Jimmie Evans coming around to complete the top five finishers. Kenny Joosten and Eric Lingford each picked up a Midwest Sportsman heat race victory and Jimmie Evans nailed down his first career fast qualifier honors with a lap of 12.851 seconds.

Andy Welter remained perfect for the 2016 season in the Area Sportsman division as he drove to his third consecutive feature victory in the 30-lap main event.

Adam Blesken paced the opening laps before Ken Au took command of the race on lap eight. Au maintained the top spot until lap 14 when Welter swept by to take the lead. Welter could not be caught the rest of the way and he drove to the victory over Au and Bleskan while Jacob Schraufnagel finished fourth and Paul Wagner took the checkered flag in fifth. Earlier Adam Bleskan won the Area Sportsman heat race and Paul Wagner was the fastest qualifier after turning in lap at 13.127 seconds.

Jakob Hassler took the lead on lap eleven and drove the victory in the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature. Steve Zoromski crossed the finish line in second place while Tom Berens finished third. Emery Waldron completed a strong run in fourth place and Matt Rose was fifth. Rick Schaefer won the 15-lap Slinger Bee semi-feature over Kyle Sikora and Carol Ostovich. Tom Elsinger Jr. and Jordan Becker rounded out the top five. Carol Ostovich scored her first career heat race victory while Rick Schaefer and Heather Stark also captured Slinger Bee heat race wins. Tom Berens set a new track record in Slinger Bee qualifying with a lap of 14.395 seconds.

Scott Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator event in his 1987 Chevy Camaro while Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race that was shortened when Ron Schmitt and Brandon Fix collided in the “X.” Neither driver was seriously injured in the incident.

DENNIS PRUNTY EDGES STEVE APEL IN MILLER LITE 75 AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

 

Slinger, Wis., April 24— As the laps wound down, Dennis Prunty outdueled Steve Apel in heavy traffic to capture the victory in the season opening Miller Lite 75 Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“We just got into lapped traffic and I was following Steve (Apel), “ Prunty stated from victory lane, describing the winning pass with three laps to go, “He was slipping and sliding and I was slipping and sliding and when he went down there, I just stuck it on the outside and it worked for me.”

Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte led the field to the green flag and they swapped the lead in the opening laps before LaMonte eventually prevailed to take the top spot from the outside lane. Brad Mueller also used the outer groove to challenge Prunty for second place, taking the position after a few laps of side by side racing and Steve Apel followed suite with a similar outside move to grab the third spot. Conrad Morgan’s car slowed to the inside on lap ten to draw the first caution flag with LaMonte leading over Mueller, Apel, and Prunty. Despite losing several positions, Morgan was able to continue in the event as the field began to form for the restart.

LaMonte maintained the lead on the restart as Mueller challenged for the top spot on the outside as racing resumed while Jeff Holtz and Dennis Prunty joined the lead group alongside Apel and Alex Prunty. Mueller was able to work the outside long enough to take the lead on lap  17 while LaMonte and Holtz remained glued on his bumper with Apel and Dennis Prunty side by side behind them. Mueller was unable to protect both the high and low side and after a nudge from Holtz in turn three, he skated up the track allowing the inside running LaMonte, Holtz and Apel to charge by and into the first three spots. By the time Mueller gathered up his car, Prunty also slipped by as the race remained under green. With LaMonte out front, Apel went to work on Holtz for second, first making a charge on the inside before moving to the outside lane to finally complete the pass. Dennis Prunty and Mueller also took to the outside to work their way around Holtz and into third and fourth respectively as Apel tried to track down LaMonte for the lead. Apel, Prunty, and Mueller were able to close on LaMonte as the leaders began to work lapped traffic as the heavy traffic took its toll further in the field as Conrad Morgan and Jamie Wallace exited the event after suffering damage as the result of contact with a lapped machine. While still in traffic, Apel used the outside groove to pin LaMonte behind a lapped car, allowing the defending track champion to take the lead and bring Prunty and Mueller along with him as LaMonte fell to fourth. Still amidst lapped cars, Prunty looked to the inside of Apel for the lead but could only pull alongside before being blocked by traffic with less than ten laps to go. With three laps to go, Prunty moved to the outside and was able to get a run alongside Apel off turn two in effect, pinning him behind the lapped machines and allowing Prunty to take the lead. Apel could only charge to Prunty’s rear bumper in the closing laps as Prunty scored the win while Apel had to settle for second. Brad Mueller finished a close third while Gary LaMonte and Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers.

Rob Braun edged James Swan to win the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as they along with third place Mitch McGrath and fourth place Brad Keith transferred to the main event. Grant Griesbach finished fifth. Super late model heat race victories were recorded by Jerry Eckhardt, Jerry Mueller, Casey Johnson, and Alex Prunty while Jeff Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.239 seconds.

Jordan DeVoy won the 40-lap late model feature over Kyle Chwala and Mike Held. Earlier leader Brian Holtz finished fourth while Mike Meyerhofer was fifth.

Holtz charged to the early lead over Tyler James, Ryan Gutknecht, Meyerhofer, and DeVoy while Chwala and Held raced close behind. The inside groove worked best early on and James, Meyerhofer, and Held advanced ahead while Gutknecht and DeVoy worked the outside with Holtz still leading. As Held passed Gutknecht on the front straightaway, his right rear made slight contact with Gutknecht’s left front which edged Gutknecht into the wall to draw the first caution on lap five. Held restarted from the rear of the field while Gutknecht retired from the race as Holtz led James, Meyerhofer, Chwala, and DeVoy. Holtz maintained his lead as racing resumed while James and DeVoy were able to move forward on the inside ahead of Meyerhofer and Chwala. Tyler Schley also worked the inside to get in front of Meyerhofer and Chwala while Mike Held worked his way forward from the rear of the field. A spin in turn four by Tyler Hromadka produced a caution flag on lap 14 with Holtz leading over DeVoy, James, Held, and Schley. On the restart, DeVoy was able to power ahead of Holtz from the outside lane to take the lead while James and Schley raced for third as Held battled with Chwala and Al Stippich just behind them. As the field raced off turn four Schley’s car swung wide in the outside lane and as he corrected it, side contact with James caused James’ car to spin across the track to produce another caution flag. As racing resumed, DeVoy continued to lead over Holtz while Stippich battled with Chwala and Held for third. Holtz became caught on the outside and he faded back as Stippich, Chwala and Held battled for second behind the leader DeVoy. With just four laps to go smoke began to billow from Stippich’s car and the caution waved as fluid was on the track. DeVoy was up to the task during the final laps and he drove to the victory over Chwala and Held while Holtz and Meyerhofer rounded out the top five.

Jordan DeVoy and Justin Poenitsch each won a late model heat race and Mike Held set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 12.053 seconds.

Andy Welter won the 30-lap Area Sporstman feature over Paul Wagner and Jake Schraufnagel while Jay Kalbus and Adam Bleskan rounded out the top five. Scott Reidner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Jake Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.953 seconds.

Tom Berens won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature over Steve Zoromski and Nick Schmidt. Kyle Sikora won the Slinger Bee semi-feature over Jayden Buckley and Jason Hennes. Slinger Bee heat races were won by Kyle Sikora and David Schmidt while Brandon Tackes set fast time with a lap of 14.933 seconds. Scott Goetzke was the winner of the Figure 8 race. 

2016 Slinger Speedway Schedule

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

April 3 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

April 10 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

April 17 – Sunday Afternoon Annual Open Race Day for all divisions Noon to 5 - free general admission seating rain date Saturday April 23.

April 24 - Sunday Afternoon 2 pm - Miller Lite Spring Opener 75 lap Super Late Model Race starting the 69th season at Slinger Speedway. FULL RACING PROGRAM. Rain Date May 1

May 1 – Sunday Afternoon 2 pm - full racing program

May 8 – Happy Mother’s Day Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day 2 pm – 6 pm - free general admission seating

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

May 15 – Sunday Night - full racing program

May 22 – Full race program plus MWS - LM off

May 29FIREWORKS Memorial Day Special with Fireworks 75 lap Super Late Model Feature and full racing program.  Rain Date: Monday night May 30

June 5 – Full racing program

June 12 – Full race program Reunion Night Plus MWS - AS off

June 19 – Full race program PMF Scout Night All uniformed scouts get in FREE!

June 26 – Full race program

July 3 - FIREWORKS Independence Day Celebration 75-lap Super Late Model Feature and full race program, rain date July 4.

July 10 – Full racing program

July 17 – Prelude to the Nationals King of the High Banks LM, MWS, AS, SB, F8

July 18 - Slinger Nationals prelims/testing

July 19 - The 37th Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite - 200 lap Super Late Model Rain date: Wednesday July 20

July 24 – Full Racing Program

July 31 – Full racing program

August 7 – Full race program  plus MWS - AS off

August 13SATURDAY NIGHT – SlamFest rain date Saturday Night August 20

August 14 – Fan Appreciation Night full racing program

August 21 – Full racing program plus MWS - LM off

August 28 – Full racing program

September 4 –   FIREWORKS: Labor Day Celebration 100-lap Super Late Model Feature and full race program Super Late Model Championship Night. Rain date: Monday night September 5.

September 10 - Memorial Go Karts

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

September 11 – Slinger Season Championships LM, MWS, AS, SB, F8

September 18 – Sunday Afternoon Open Race Day - free general admission seating

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