2017 Slinger Super Speedway Schedule

DENNIS PRUNTY WINS LATE MODEL FEATURE AS CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Sept. 10— With the super late model season having concluded at the Slinger Super Speedway, Dennis Prunty climbed aboard his late model and proceeded to win the 50-lap main event Sunday afternoon as track champions were crowned in all divisions.

“You would think for $8,500 someone would come out and buy this thing because we just won the feature with it, “ Prunty stated from victory lane after racing the car Sunday with the main purpose of selling it, “We got up this morning early and switched the car over and got it ready. It’s $8,500 the way it is, come get it.”

Shaun Scheel and Eddie May paced the field to the green flag and Scheel grabbed the early lead, pacing the first six laps before May took command on lap seven with Brian Holtz and Dennis Prunty battling for third. The first caution flag waved on lap nine when Prunty’s car spun off turn four and during the caution period, Holtz “tapped out”, taking the blame for the incident and allowing Prunty to maintain his third place spot behind May and Scheel. Prunty was the only one of the top three to choose the outside line at the restart commitment cone and he lined up alongside May as racing resumed. May held Prunty at bay for three laps before Prunty was able to ease ahead from the outside to take the lead on lap 12. Behind Prunty and May, Shaun Scheel held down third ahead of Stephen Scheel and E.J. Waldron. The second caution flag waved on lap 20 when Jerry Eckhardt and Andy Evraets became hooked together in turn three sending Evraets’ car toward the wall where it came to rest. Prunty again chose the outside lane for the restart and he maintained the lead over May while farther back Tyler Schley’s car experienced a suspension failure and his car came to rest into turn one, putting the field back under the caution flag. As the field approached Schley’s stalled car and slowed, third place running Shaun Scheel’s car ramped over the leader Prunty’s left rear, damaging it and ending Scheel’s race. Prunty was able to continue despite the damage and he once again chose the outside groove for the restart, leaving May the inside while Stephen Scheel and Jakob Hassler lined up behind them. Prunty again worked the outside to keep his lead while Hassler also had his car working well up top and he advanced into second place, leaving May to battle with Stephen Scheel for third. Scheel and May produced the fourth caution flag of the race on lap 28 when May’s car spun in turn two as they battled for position. Scheel accepted blame for the incident and “tapped out” allowing May to maintain his third position for the restart. As the event reached a total of four caution flags, the field lined up for the restart in single file order with Prunty leading over Hassler and May. Prunty would not be denied over the closing laps and he drove to the victory over Hassler who was unable to provide a challenge for the lead despite numerous efforts. Eddie May finished third while R.J. Braun and Braison Bennett finished fourth and fifth respectively. Braun’s car did not pass post race technical inspection following the race.

Ryan Gutknecht claimed the Slinger Speedway track championship in the late model division.

Jared Deming won the late model semi-feature over Brad Hetzel and Jerry Eckhardt. Tom Jasinski and Zach Braun rounded out the top five. Late model heat race wins went to Jared Deming, Stephen Scheel, and Tyler Schley while R.J. Braun was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.215 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht won the Midwest Sportsman feature, taking the checkered flag over Bobby Gutknecht and Andy Haver to cap off his championship season. Paul Wagner finished fourth and Jeff Holtz took the checkered flag in fifth. Ryan Gutknecht also won a Midwest Sportsman heat race while Scott Dunning won the second Midwest Sportsman heat race. Andy Haver was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.685 seconds.

Paul Wagner won the Area Sportsman feature and in the process claimed the track championship for the division. Jacob Schraufnagel battled Wagner for the title all season and finished a close second in both the points and the feature. Rich Wagner finished third followed by Andy Welter and Adam Bleskan. Paul Wagner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Jacob Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier at 12.856 seconds.

Tom Berens drove to another win in the Super Beez feature to complete his championship season in the new class at the speedway. Nick Schmidt finished second followed by Bandon Tackes and Jayden Buckley. Robert Peterson finished fifth. Tom Berens also won the Super Beez heat race and Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 13.876 seconds.
Al Strobel won the Slinger Bee feature after a torrid battle with Marty Tackes that saw the two cross the finish line door to door with Strobel edging ahead at the checkered flag. Tom Elsinger Jr. finished third followed by Carl Benn and Anthony Dorzok. Nicole Mueller and Marty Tackes each won a Slinger Bee heat race and Anthony Dorzok was the fastest qualifier at 15.242 seconds. Matt Urban was crowned the track champion in the Slinger Bees division.

Amanda Bohn won the American Super Cup feature over Brandon Mennicke and Jessica Tally. Mick Ellis finished fourth and Matt Rose was fifth. Amanda Bohn also won the America Super Cup heat race and Brian Baldyga was the fastest qualifier at 15.016 seconds.

Nick Ostberg won his first career Figure 8 race to close out the day and the season. Rick Bruskiewicz and Willy Van Camp tied for the track championship in the point standings and Van Camp won the championship in a tie-breaker as his four wins bested Bruskiewicz’s three on the year.

Photo By: Brian Fahrnow

DENNIS PRUNTY GETS FIFTH WIN OF SEASON AS LAMONTE EDGES APEL FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Sept. 3— For a season full of ups and downs, the 100-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway fittingly was a roller coaster affair and when the dust settled, Dennis Prunty scored his fifth feature win of the season while Gary Lamonte edged Steve Apel by a mere three points to capture the track championship.

For awhile it appeared LaMonte was on his way to victory and Apel had the championship in hand until an incident between Conrad Morgan and Chris Blawat in turn three tightened the field with four laps to go and set up the fireworks that followed.

LaMonte chose the outside lane for the final restart and second running Dennis Prunty followed in his tracks, opening up the inside lane for third place Apel and fourth running Alex Prunty, the third championship contender. As racing resumed, Alex Prunty and Apel made contact on the restart, slowing their progress while Dennis Prunty muscled his way alongside LaMonte for the lead. As Dennis Prunty and LaMonte battled for the top spot, Alex Prunty and Apel raced aggressively for third. As the field came to the white flag, Dennis Prunty edged ahead into the lead while contact between Alex Prunty and Apel off turn four, sent Apel’s car wide off the corner where it was immediately collected by fifth running Grant Griesbach, drawing a caution flag, sending all three to the back of the field and setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Dennis Prunty was on the mark for the final restart and he charged to the win over LaMonte while behind them Brad Keith finished a strong third just ahead of Apel who charged back to claim fourth place at the finish. Ryan DeStefano finished fifth while Alex Prunty took the checkered flag in sixth. LaMonte’s second place finish combined with Apel’s fourth place result earned him enough points to claim the 2017 Slinger Speedway super late model track championhip by just three points. For the second consecutive year Apel finished second in the championship standings while Alex Prunty was third.

“I drove a little hard but Gary (LaMonte) one time told me this was a racetrack so we raced a little hard and I guess I shouldn’t have done that,” Dennis Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “but it worked.”

“ I can’t believe it, a couple of weeks ago the car was crashed, we had five DNF’s, and we shouldn’t even be up here,” LaMonte stated after capturing his first career super late model track title, “I’ve got to thank my crew for putting this thing back together and I feel like we’ve got the fastest car here so I’m not surprised that we won the championship but I am surprised because we had so many DNF’s this year. When we finished, we haven’t finished worse than third all so we’ve got a great car.”

“That’s what the fans come out to see and it kind of sucks that two years in a row now we’ve finished second by that close, “Apel said afterwards, “ But we gave it our all and my guys never gave up and we just came up short.”

Jerry Eckhardt, Rob Braun, and Dennis Prunty all were winners of super late model heat races and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.339 seconds.

Jakob Hassler held off a hard charging Dennis Prunty to win the 40-lap late model feature. Kyle Chwala edged Ryan Gutknecht for third while Shaun Scheel finished fifth. Nick Roehl and R.J. Braun ended the first late model heat race in a dead heat according to transponder scoring while Kyle Chwala won the second late model heat race. Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.304 seconds.

Jake Schraufnagel won the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature after passing Scott Ascher for the lead late in the event Ascher held on to finish a strong second just ahead of Michael Gilomen and Andy Welter. Paul Wagner was fifth. Michael Gilomen and Scott Ascher were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Jay Kalbus was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.946 seconds.

Rick Schaefer edged Tom Berens to win the 18 lap Super Beez feature in a photo finish. Steve Zoromski finished third while John Handeland and Brandon Tackes rounded out the top five. Rick Schaefer also won the Super Beez heat race while Tom Berens set fast time at 13.809 seconds.

13-year old Ricky Gebhard scored his first career feature victory by capturing the Slinger Bees main event. Tom Elsinger Jr. finished second and Matt Urban was third. Brady Held and Anthony Dorzok finished fourth and fifth respectively. Paul Reagles and Anthony Dorzok were the winners of the Slinger Bees heat races and Tyler Deporter set fast time at 15.294 seconds.

Jake Shavlik won the Spectator Eliminator races and Trevor Schmidt won the Figure 8 race.

Photo By: Ron Erstad Jr.

LAMONTE WINS AS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS TIGHTEN AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., Aug 27— Gary LaMonte emerged from a barnburner battle with Alex Prunty and Steve Apel, his two main championship rivals, to win the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and tighten the championship battle even further.
Heading into the final super late model points night next Sunday, Steve Apel leads Alex Prunty but a mere five points with LaMonte now just eighteen markers behind in third.

“When you’re racing against guys the caliber of Steve (Apel) and Alex (Prunty), it’s fun but it’s a lot of work and I’m glad we came out on top,” LaMonte stated from victory lane, “We’ve had too many DNF’s, nothing that my crew could control, but we’re still here and we’ve got a shot at it with one week to go.”
“I’ve got nobody to blame but myself for that one, “Prunty said, after bobbling in turn four coming to the checkered flag and coming home second, “But I had a good point night and beat Steve (Apel) and got the most laps led there. Next week we are all going to be tight and everybody is going to want to come out for that one.”

“We’ll keep rolling and keep digging as we’ve been in this position before, “Apel said after finishing third and looking ahead to the close championship battle heading into the final points night next Sunday, “I’ve had a target on my back the last couple of years and we just have to come back next week a little bit stronger.”

Brad Mueller finished fourth and Chris Blawat took the checkered flag in fifth. Grant Griesbach finished sixth followed by Mike Egan and Al Stippich while Mike Held and Conrad Morgan rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat races were won by R.J. Braun, Chris Blawat, and Alex Prunty while Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier at 11.320 seconds.
Kyle Chwala won the 40-lap late model feature after taking the lead on lap 30. Andy Evraets led many laps and finished second followed by Braison Bennett in third while Ryan Gutknecht and Dennis Prunty, driving Chris Ratajczyk’s car, rounded out the top five. Brian Holtz and Kyle Chwala each won a late model heat race and Jordan DeVoy was the fastest qualifier at 12.096 seconds.

Jeff Holtz took the lead on lap nine and managed to hold off a charging Ryan Gutknecht to win the 20-lap Midwest Sportsman feature. Bobby Gutknecht finished third while Scott Dunning and Randy Ruth rounded out the top five. Bobby Gutknecht won the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.662 seconds.

Nick Schmidt won the Super Beez feature over Tom Berens and Jayden Buckley. Brandon Tackes and Al Strobel finished fourth and fifth respectively. Steve Zoromski won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens set fast time at 13.759 seconds.

Brady Held won the Slinger Bees feature over Tom Elsinger Jr. and Marty Tackes. Matt Urban finished fourth and Ricky Gebhard was fifth. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Zach Greer and Brady Held while Ricky Gebhard was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.247 seconds.

15 Year Old Grant Griesbach Wins at Slinger!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Aug 20—A few weeks ago, 15-year old Grant Griesbach finished fourth and proved he could run with the big dogs at the Slinger Super Speedway and Sunday night he proved he could beat them as he stormed to the lead on a late race restart and captured his first career super late model feature victory.

“I really don’t know what to feel but it’s just the best feeling in the world,” the soft spoken Griesbach said in victory lane after becoming what many believe to be the youngest super late model feature winner in speedway history, “I’ve never won here in a super late model and it’s been lots of years since I won a feature dating back to my Slinger Bee days.”

“I’m just thankful for all the people around me and everyone in the stands wearing a #17 shirt,” Griesbach continued, “I would not be here without them. It doesn’t matter when it comes because when it’s here it is so great.”

“I didn’t know what to think and I just went as fast as the car would go,” Griesbach continued after winning as his parents celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary which matched his car number, “There’s not much to it.”

Gary LaMonte and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag with LaMonte edging ahead to lead lap one before Morgan jumped into the lead from the outside lane. Behind the leaders, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, Grant Griesbach, and Alex Prunty all jockeyed for position along with Brad Keith and Chris Blawat. As things settled down up front, Morgan held the lead with LaMonte on his tail just ahead of Dennis Prunty, Apel, Griesbach, and Alex Prunty. Morgan maintained the lead following a quick caution for a single car spin and the top three remained steady as Griesbach went to work on Dennis Prunty over fourth. Griesbach took the spot after his slight bobble in turn three knocked Prunty’s car up a few lanes while up front LaMonte began an inside challenge on Morgan for the lead. LaMonte and Morgan ran side by side for a few laps before Morgan prevailed following contact between the two down the back straightaway which allowed Steve Apel to slip by LaMonte and into second.

The second caution flag waved just before the halfway mark when Brad Kossow’s car looped around in turn two with Morgan leading over Apel and LaMonte. Morgan chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, Apel rocketed by from the outside to take the lead. Alex Prunty settled into third leaving LaMonte to battle with Dennis Prunty and Griesbach over fourth. The caution flag flew again on lap 44 when Ryan Destefano’s car went for a smoky spin in turn four while racing with Mike Egan. Once again Apel took to the outside for the restart and when racing resumed, Morgan’s car slid sideways in turn two about the same time Apel’s car slowed slightly off the turn which bottle-necked the field. When everything settled out Morgan and LaMonte lost the most position as Alex and Dennis Prunty as well as Griesbach all went by. A lap later, Morgan’s car appeared to have similar issues entering turn one and as he slowed slightly in front of LaMonte and Chris Blawat, LaMonte’s car rode up on top of Blawat’s machine and both spun into turn one before LaMonte’s car backed hard into the concrete.

Again Apel chose the high lane for the restart leaving the low groove for Alex Prunty who now was in second. As the green flag flew, Apel took off from the high side, leaving Prunty to battle side by side with Griesbach for second, a position Griesbach took after a few laps. The caution quickly flew again when Fred Winn’s car slowed with damage on the frontstretch and predictably Apel took the high lane on the restart as Griesbach now moved to the inside from second. Griesbach hung tough on the inside and while Apel maintained the lead, he couldn’t clear Griesbach who remained at his door while both Alex and Dennis Prunty joined the lead battle. A final caution waved with just five laps to go as contact between Brad Kossow and Lowell Bennett stacked the field and resulted in damage to Ryan DeStefano’s car.

Apel again chose the outside lane for the restart but this time Griesbach was ready and he kept even with the leader as the green flag waved. By the time they exited turn two, Griesbach was able to clear Apel and take sole possession of the lead. Griesbach stretched his lead slightly as both Dennis Prunty and Alex Prunty muscled their way around Apel with the laps winding down. Griesbach drove to his first career super late model feature victory while Dennis Prunty held off Alex Prunty for second. Brad Mueller was fourth and Apel finished fifth.

With his third place finish, Alex Prunty closed the championship points battle even closer as Steve Apel now leads the standings by just 18 points over Prunty with LaMonte in third, 35 markers behind with just two points nights remaining. The race also marked the third and final round of the Triple Challenge and with his second place finish, Dennis Prunty was the overall winner between the three rounds.

Rob Braun won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Fred Winn and R.J. Braun. Jim Olson and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five finishers. Super late model heat races were won by Fred Winn, Mike Egan, and Dennis Prunty while Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.505 seconds.
Paul Wagner drove to a convincing win in the 25-lap Area Sportsman main event.

Wagner took the lead on lap five and never looked back during the caution-free event. Andy Welter advanced from deep in the field to finish second ahead of Jake Schraufnagel in third. Adam Bleskan finished fourth and Joe Shelby was fifth. Jay Kalbus ran with the leaders until experiencing mechanical problems in turn three with a lap to go and finished sixth.

Paul Wagner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Andy Welter set fast time with a lap of 12.955 seconds.

Tom Berens was back in victory lane following the 18-lap Super Beez feature.

Robert Peters led the opening lap before Brandon Tackes drove to the front while Tom Berens and Steve Zoromski worked their way forward. By lap five, Berens found himself in the lead as he passed Tackes while Zoromski lost a bit of ground when his car kicked loose in turn two. Zoromski recovered to take over second a few laps later while Berens began to pull away. Berens was never challenged in the final laps and he drove to the victory. Zoromski finished second followed by Brandon Tackes and Jayden Buckley. Al Strobel was fifth.

Tom Berens won the Super Beez heat race and also was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.852 seconds.

Tom Elsinger Jr. won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Al Strobel and Tyler DePorter. Marty Tackes and Matt Urban rounded out the top five.
Slinger Bees heat races were won by Tom Ellsinger and Marty Tackes while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.213 seconds.
Jessie Anderson won the Spectator Elminator races and Rick Bruskiewicz won the Figure 8 race.

ALEX PRUNTY EDGES LAMONTE IN PHOTO FINISH AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Aug 13—The three main combatants for the Slinger Super Speedway super late model track championship put on a show Sunday night in the 60-lap feature as Alex Prunty shaded Gary LaMonte by .026 seconds in a photo finish while point leader Steve Apel finished third right on their bumper.

“It might’ve been luck to be able to hold him (LaMonte) off from the outside,” Prunty stated from victory lane following the close finish, “I don’t know what happened going into (turn) three there but I guess it was just getting excited and it almost cost me one,”

“If I want to win the championship we’ve got to win races, “Prunty continued, “We have to keep it up and the car has been running pretty well. Tonight was closer than I like but it was fun.”

“It was fun and they were telling me on the radio we were beating Alex (Prunty) by half a tenth a lap and we kept going hard and we ran him down,” LaMonte said after his second place result, “I got to the inside of him and on the last lap he bobbled and made a mistake and we just lost by .026 (seconds).”

“It was fun to watch and I thought we might have had a chance there at the end, “ stated Apel who remained the point leader with his third place result, “Hopefully next time I can be leading but all in all it was not a bad day and we will come back next week,”

Alex Prunty jumped out to the early lead from the pole position and scooted out front while fellow front row starter Brad Keith and Steve Apel battled side by side for second with Gary LaMonte and Grant Griesbach right behind them. LaMonte eventually threaded his way through to second with Apel following while Griesbach slotted into fourth just ahead of Keith. Dennis Prunty muscled his way around Keith for fifth and he brought Chris Blawat along with him as Keith got caught on the outside and lost two positions. A few laps later, Blawat went to work on Prunty and as they battled side by side entering turn one, Blawat’s car had a power steering failure which kicked it sideways and as he fought to control the car, it slide into Prunty’s machine on the outside, sending both cars hard into the turn two wall to draw the caution flag on lap 29.

Alex Prunty maintained the lead as racing resumed while LaMonte and Apel fought door to door for second in a battle that lasted several laps before LaMonte was able to pull away from the outside. Over the final circuits, LaMonte and Apel began to reel in Prunty for the lead and with ten laps to go, LaMonte was on Prunty’s bumper with Apel right in their tire tracks. LaMonte was able to look to the inside of Prunty and the two ran alongside each other in a fierce battle for the win. Lapped traffic as the two took the white flag gave a slight edge to Prunty as the leaders were forced to go back single file but when Prunty bobbled slightly off turn four, LaMonte got a strong run down the frontstretch to make a charge for the victory. LaMonte’s charge came up just inches short at the line and Alex Prunty scored his second feature win of the season. Steve Apel finished a close third while Grant Griesbach and Brad Keith rounded out the top five. Ryan DeStefano finished sixth ahead of Conrad Morgan and Nick Wagner in seventh and eighth respectively while Fred Winn and Al Stippich rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat races were won by Al Stippich and Alex Prunty and Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.345 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht took the lead from Shaun Scheel with eight laps to and went on to win the 40-lap late model feature. Scheel battled Gutknecht intensely for the lead but was forced to settle for second at the finish while Jeff Holtz finished third. Early leader Jakob Hassler finished fourth and Kyle Chwala rebounded from an earlier incident to finish fifth.

Late Model heat races victories were recorded by Kyle Chwala and Brian Holtz while Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.289 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht also drove to a convincing win in the Midwest Sportsman 35-lap feature over Scott Dunning who led the first ten laps before finishing second. Paul Wagner was third while Jake Schraufnagel and Bobby Gutknecht finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Mark Pluer made his first Slinger appearance of the 2017 season and he picked up a Midwest Sportsman heat race win while Jimmy Evans scored the victory in the second heat race. Ryan Gutknecht was also the fastest qualifier for the Midwest Sportsman division with a lap at 12.798 seconds.

Steve Zoromski held off Tom Berens by just .064 seconds to win the 25-lap Super Beez feature as the two crossed the start-finish line three wide with a lapped car between. All three cars spun after the checkered flag as Zoromski barely edged Berens for the victory. Nick Schmidt finished third while Brandon Tackes took the checkered flag in fourth and Jayden Buckley was fifth.

Steve Zoromski also won the Slinger Beez heat race and Tom Berens set fast time at 13.922 seconds.

Matt Urban raced side by side for the lead with Brandon Tackes for the entire 25-lap Slinger Bee feature before edging Tackes for the victory. Anthony Dorzok finished third followed by Al Strobel and Zach Greer.

Zach Greer and Al Strobel won the Slinger Bee heat races and Tom Elsinger Jr. was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.243 seconds.

Scott Goetke won an exciting Figure 8 event over Rick Bruskiewicz and Willy Van Camp to complete the evening.

DENNIS PRUNTY NETS FOURTH FEATURE WIN AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., Aug 6—Dennis Prunty drove to his fourth feature win of the season in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Ryan DeStefano and Chris Blawat brought the field to the green flag and they ran side by side and swapped the lead in the opening laps with Grant Griesbach and Dennis Prunty directly behind them. The race quickly fell under the caution flag on lap three when Nick Wagner’s machine looped around in turn four with Blawat leading over DeStefano, Griesbach, and Prunty. Steve Apel, Gary LaMonte, and Alex Prunty followed as the field formed for a restart.

As racing resumed, Blawat maintained the lead while Griesbach used the inside groove to take second, bringing Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty along with him. Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte also worked their way by DeStefano who was caught in the outer groove of the speedway. Once into second, Griesbach tracked down Blawat for the lead and began to apply the pressure while behind the lead duo, Dennis Prunty challenged Apel for third. Griesbach was able to nudge to the inside of Blawat off turn four and he completed the pass for the lead in turn one on lap 13 as Prunty took control of third place from Apel. Griesbach began to pull away slightly out front as Prunty went to work on Blawat, taking the position while further back, Alex Prunty muscled his way around Apel to move into fourth. Before Apel could recover from his battle with Alex Prunty, Gary LaMonte slipped by to take fifth place just before the second caution flag waved on lap 20 when Fred Winn spun in turn four while racing for position with Jerry Eckhardt.

Griesbach kept the lead on the restart and he fought hard with Dennis Prunty to keep the lead for a few laps before Prunty motored by off the second turn to take the lead on lap 22. Alex Prunty advanced into third following some door rubbing with Blawat and Gary LaMonte also worked his way around Blawat and into fourth. As Dennis Prunty continued to lead, Alex Prunty applied the pressure to Griesbach for second and he took over the position after a slight tap to Griesbach’s rear bumper but the pass was negated when the caution waved for Nick Wagner’s stopped car in turn two on lap 26.

Dennis Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and he once again established himself as the leader while Alex Prunty reapplied his pressure on Griesbach for second. Alex Prunty was able to work his way around Griesbach to take over second as Gary LaMonte advanced his way around Apel and into fourth. LaMonte was on the move and within a few laps he caught and passed Griesbach for third while Dennis Prunty continued to lead over Alex Prunty. In the closing laps, Dennis Prunty maintained a sizeable lead and although Alex Prunty closed slightly, he was unable to make any serious challenge for the lead as Dennis Prunty drove to the victory. Alex Prunty finished second and Gary LaMonte was third. Grant Griesbach turned in his strongest race to date with an impressive fourth place finish and Steve Apel was fifth. Chris Blawat finished sixth followed by Conrad Morgan in seventh and Mike Egan in eighth. Mark Eswein and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten.
Mike Egan and Dennis Prunty each won super late model heat races and Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier at 11.285 seconds.

Kyle Chwala held off Ryan Gutknecht to win the 40-lap late model main event.

Chwala took the lead at the start of the event and turned back numerous challenges from Gutknecht to score the victory. Tyler Schley ran a strong race and finished third while Luke Westenberg and Brian Holtz were fourth and fifth respectively. Kyle Chwala also won a late model heat race while Shaun Scheel picked up the win in the other late model heat race event. Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.232 seconds.

Jake Schraufnagel won the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature after leader Jay Kalbus suffered a hard crash into the turn two wall with less than five laps to go. Schraufnagel, who also paced the race in the early laps, held off Andy Welter and Paul Wagner to secure the win. Joe Shelby finished fourth. Jay Kalbus won the Area Sportsman heat race and also set fast time with a new track record at 12.835 seconds.

Tom Berens won the 25-lap Super Beez feature over Steve Zoromski and Brandon Tackes. Dale Kiley-Schaefer finished fourth. The race was red flagged earlier for a hard crash involving Jayden Buckley who lost a wheel and hit the turn two Styrofoam barrier. Buckely emerged from her battered car under her own power. Tom Berens also won the Super Beez heat race and was the fastest qualifier at 13.855 seconds.

Tom Elsinger Jr. won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Zach Greer and Anthony Dorzok. Jonah Fredrickson and Al Strobel rounded out the top five. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Al Strobel and Tom Elsinger Jr. and Matt Urban was the fastest qualifier at 15.240 seconds.

Joe Mueller won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

SLINGER CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE TIGHTENS AS ALEX PRUNTY WINS WHILE RIVALS HAVE PROBLEMS!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 30—The Slinger Speedway super late model track championship battle tightened Sunday as Alex Prunty scored his first feature win of the season in the 60-lap main event while Steve Apel and Gary LaMonte, the top two drivers in the season long standings ran into problems.

“It seems to be the way it’s gone this year, every time we need a caution, we never get them and then when we don’t need them they’re always there,” Prunty told the crowd after holding off Ryan DeStefano in a green-white-checkered finish, “We just battle back and here we are, it’s incredible the amount of work that goes into this team, but here we are.”

“The car is phenomenal and my crew has been working day in and day out,” DeStefano said after scoring his third runner-up finish this season and gaining ground in the championship battle as well, “I tried everything I could but he (Prunty) was just gone.”

The shoot-out finish was set up by the last of eight caution flags which occurred when Steve Apel and Chris Blawat made contact in turn one and spun while battling for second with two laps to go. Both drivers were placed at the tail end of the lead lap for the restart. The incident proved costly to Apel who stood to gain points in the championship battle after rival Gary LaMonte exited the event with mechanical problems while comfortably leading on lap 38. Apel and LaMonte’s misfortunes coupled with Alex Prunty’s win tightened up the season long championship battle with just five race nights remaining.

Brad Keith edged Nick Wagner at the stripe to finish third and also remain in championship contention while Mike Egan capped off a strong race with a fifth place finish. Tim Lampman also ran a strong race and finished sixth while Chris Blawat rebounded to finish seventh just ahead of Lowell Bennett in eighth. Steve Apel finished ninth and Jeremy DeRuyter made his super late model debut with an impressive tenth place finish.

Super late model heat races were won by Mike Egan and Brad Keith while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier at 11.357 seconds.

Jakob Hassler notched his first career late model feature victory following an aggressive pass for the lead on Jack Stern with two laps to go. Stern held on to finish second while Dan Jung finished third after having to make the event via the semi-feature. Steven Schulz finished fourth and Jon Reynolds Jr. was fifth, driving Chris Ratajczyk’s machine.

Dan Jung won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Zach Braun and Ryan Lovald. Tom Jasinski and Tyler Hromadka rounded out the top five finishers. Ryan Lovald, Ryan Gutknecht, and Brian Holtz all scored victories in the late model heat races and E.J. Waldron set fast time at 12.197 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht captured the victory in a thrilling 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature after a tight battle with Eric Lingford.

Lingford led the early going as Gutknecht worked his way forward and they soon found themselves in an aggressive battle for the lead as they traded both paint and the top spot numerous times. With five laps to go, Gutknecht was able to prevail in the battle off the top side and he turned back Lingford’s challenges to take the win. Lingford had to settle for second while Paul Wagner, Bobby Gutknecht, and Jacob Schraufnagel completed the top five.

Jimmie Evans and Bobby Gutknecht were the winners of the Midwest Sportsman heat races and Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap in 12.763 seconds.

Tom Berens worked his way around Nick Schmidt with five laps to go and drove to the win in the 25-lap Slinger Beez feature. Schmidt finished a strong second while Steve Zoromski was third. Brandon Tackes and Jayden Buckley were fourth and fifth respectively.

Nick Schmidt won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 13.870 seconds.

Tyler DePorter survived an exciting three-way battle for the win with Matt Urban and Tom Elsinger Jr. to come away with the exciting victory. Urban finished a close second with Elsinger right behind in third. Anthony Dorzok and Brady Held were fourth and fifth respectively.

Slinger Bees heat races were won by Al Strobel and Tom Elsinger Jr. while Matt Urban was the fastest qualifier at 15.234 seconds.

Payton Glodowski used a late race pass for the lead to win the 25-lap American Super Cup main event. Amanda Bohn led for much of the race and took the checkered flag in second followed by Jessica Talley in third. Brian Baldyga finished fourth and Mick Ellis was fifth.

American Super Cup heat race victories were recorded by Tony Rendina and Amanda Bohn and Brian Baldyga set fast time at 15.071 seconds.
Ryan Lovald held off Scott Goetzke and Rick Bruskiewicz to win an exciting Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

Chwala Crowned King of the High Banks

July 23 Slinger WI, Kyle Chwala won the King of the Highbanks 40-lap Late Model feature Sunday night st the Slinger Super Speedway.

Chwala held off Ryan Gutknecht to score the victory. Braison Bennett finished third followed by Shaun Scheel and Jakob Hassler in fourth and fifth respectively.

Brian Holtz finished sixth ahead of RJ Braun and Dan Jung while Nick Roehl and Al Stippich rounded out the top ten.

Jerry Eckhardt won the late model semi-feature over Luke Westenberg and Tom Jasinski. Jeremy DeRuyter was fourth and Tyler Hromadka was fifth. Late model heat races were won by Luke Westenberg, Shaun Scheel, and Brian Holtz. EJ Waldron was the fastest qualifier at 12.282 seconds.

Jay Kalbus won the Area Sportsman feature over Paul Wagner and Andy Welter. Jake Schraufnagel was fourth and Joe Shelby was fifth. Andy Welter won the Area Sportsman heat race and Jay Kalbus set fast time at 13.030 seconds.

Tom Berens held off Phil Malouf to win the Super Beez feature. Brandon Tackes was third and Jayden Buckley was fourth. Todd Buckley was fifth. Jayden Buckley won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens set fast time at 13.886 seconds.

Tom Elsinger won the Slinger Bees feature over Anthony Dorzok and Matt Urban. Zach Greer and Al Strobel rounded out the top five. Kevin Lentz and Matt Urban won the Slinger Bees heat races and Marty Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 15.278 seconds.

Max McNamara won the Legends feature over Baiden Heskett and Matt Berlin. Jackson Lewis and Will McCully were fourth and fifth respectively. Frank Beutel and Matt Allen each won a Legends heat race and Baiden Heskett set fast time at 13.400 seconds.

Alex Hartwig won the Bandolero feature. Kokton Guralski finished second ahead of Emma Hunslinger and Karter Stark. Michael Guderski was fifth. Kolton Guralski won the heat race and set fast time at 15.007 seconds.

Ryan Lovald won the Figure 8 race over Scott Goetzke and Willy Van Camp.

Bubba Pollard wins Slinger Nationals in his second try

Written By: Dave Kallman

SLINGER – The real Bubba Pollard showed up at the Slinger Nationals this time.

Not the one who came for the first time last year unprepared and left embarrassed.

This was the Pollard who is one of the best big-money short-track racers in the country, the one who knew what to expect and who’d done 363 days’ worth of homework. This is the one who took another five-figure payday and a trophy back home to Georgia.

Pollard chased down Ty Majeski — another of the country’s best super-late model racers — and led the final 42 laps Tuesday night at Slinger Speedway to add his name to a 38-year list of winners that includes NASCAR champions Alan Kulwicki, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth and Midwest short-track greats such as Dick Trickle and Joe Shear.

“I feel like the last three months we’ve been really working hard, and I’ve been working on this race here,” Pollard said. “This is the one I wanted.

“A lot of people say I can’t win in the Midwest. I can win. Just give us time.”

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Pollard, 30, a frequent competitor in such big races as the World Crown 300 in Jefferson, Ga., and the Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Fla., also won the Berlin 100 in Marne, Mich., last month.

This victory was worth $10,000 plus bonus money for leading laps. 

Alex Prunty of Lomira finished second and Steve Apel of West Bend third.

After getting passed for the lead, Majeski had a chance to race Pollard on a restart on the 169th of 200 laps, but they tangled on the first lap. Majeski took the blame, which gave Pollard his spot back, and Majeski went to the back of the field.

“I thought he was giving me the lane, based on how high he entered, and he came down and I was at least at his left rear tire,” Majeski said.

“It was one of those deals (where) I didn’t want to cost us both the race. He had the better car. I was trying to make something on the restart.

“I think we had a third-place car and finished fourth.”

Pollard was complimentary of Majeski as both a racer and a sportsman. But he admitted he had no idea what was going on when Majeski stopped on the front stretch and tapped on the roof of his car to indicate he was entirely at fault.

“We don’t have that back home,” said Pollard, who is from Senoia, Ga. “I’ve got a lot of respect for that.”

Whereas Majeski and Apel didn’t do much work on their cars at the halfway break, Pollard made all the right adjustments.

His car was good when he arrived for the test day Monday, and he and his crew kept improving it until it was the best on the track when it mattered.

Potential challengers who weren’t around for the second half included four-time Nationals winner Rich Bickle, who had struggled with engine problems for days; Dennis Prunty, the 2015 Nationals winner, who had a ignition failure; and Gary Lamonte, the fastest qualifier, who pulled off before the second-half restart with electrical problems.

Any chance Alex Prunty had to challenge Pollard went away with is power steering three quarters of the way through the race.

“We had the best car on the track, and I wanted to race Bubba so hard on the outside,” Prunty said. “I just couldn’t. The steering would lock up coming into (Turn) 3 and I’d chase it up (the track) and he wasn’t giving me much room to begin with.”

No matter the outcome, Pollard was happy he came back after struggling last year, and he promised he’ll return and try to go back-to-back.

“The biggest thing is the fans,” said Pollard, who took the checkered flag for a clockwise victory lap like Kulwicki made famous. “We don’t have fans like this back home. To get introduced and the fans cheer for you, that makes you feel good.

“To come here last year and see this place packed … I want to support racetracks like that, support fans and racers.”

38TH SUPERSEAL SLINGER NATIONALS

(Starting position in parentheses)

1. (10) Bubba Pollard, Senoia, Ga.

2. (7) Alex Prunty, Lomira

3. (2) Steve Apel, West Bend

4. (8) Ty Majeski, Seymour

5. (15) Brad Keith, Slinger

6. (1) Jeff Holtz, Franksville

7. (16) Derek Kraus, Stratford

8. (19) Ryan Stefano, Colgate

9. (22) Austin Nason, Roscoe, Ill.

10. (6) Grant Griesbach, Pewaukee

11. (23) Michael Bilderback, South Beloit, Ill.

12. (21) Steve Dorer, Lakeland, Fla.

13. (9) Chris Blawat, Palmyra

14. (14) John Deangelis Jr., Hubertus

15. (12) Gary Lamonte, West Allis

16. (3) Jon Reynolds Jr., Rockford, Ill.

17. (13) Brad Mueller, Random Lake

18. (4) Dennis Purnty, Knowles

19. (17) Conrad Morgan, Waukesha

20. (5) Travis Dassow, West Bend

21. (18) Nick Wagner, Hartford

22. (20) Rich Bickle, Sun Prairie

23. (11) Andrew Morrissey, Deforest

Lap leaders: 1 Holtz, 2-10 Apel, 11-26 D. Prunty, 27-100 Apel, 101-103 Majeski, 104 Apel, 105-158 Majeski, 159-200 Pollard.

NOTTESTAD CAPTURES ROUND ONE OF THE BADGERLAND CHALLENGE!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 16— Dale Nottestad passed Kyle Chwala for the lead while working lapped traffic with just under ten laps to go and went on to capture the victory in Round One of the Badgerland Challenge 50-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“This is a pretty awesome deal and (car owner) Sonny Clifcorn is here and he’s not doing too good,” an emotional Nottestad stated from the victory deck as he dedicated the victory to his ailing car owner, “This really means a lot and I appreciate everything he’s done for me. This is the best car I’ve ever had here.”
“We fell off a little bit there at the end, “Chwala told the crowd following his runner-up finish, “But we’ve been working on it and have really seemed to hit our stride these last couple weeks. To finish second to Dale Nottestad…I’m okay with that and we’ll be back.”

Jack Stern and Stephen Scheel paced the field to the green flag and Scheel edged out to the early lead as the caution flag waved early at the completion of lap one when E.J. Waldron’s car looped around exiting turn four. The race resumed for just three more laps before slowing under caution again when Andy Evreat’s car turned around off the second turn with Scheel leading over Stern and Kyle Chwala. While Scheel led as the green flag was displayed, Chwala made up the most ground as he used the inside lane to snap second from Stern then a lap later took to the outside lane to complete the pass on Scheel for the lead on lap eight. One lap after Chwala took the lead, the field was back under the yellow flag as Kyle Taylor and Ryan Lovald tangled in turn three in an incident that also collected Andy Evraets. Once again Chwala maintained the lead on the restart as behind him, Dale Nottestad and Zack Riddle began to make their charge toward the front of the field. By lap 25, Nottestad and Riddle were in the top five and looking to close on Chwala, Scheel, and Stern ahead of them when Zach Braun’s car smacked the turn two wall to draw another caution. Chwala and Scheel remained out front while Nottestad worked his way around Stern and into third place by the time the fifth caution flag waved on lap 29 for an incident between Ryan Gutknecht and Shaun Scheel in turn two. Again Chwala remained out front as racing resumed but Nottestad continued to advance forward as he dispatched Stephen Scheel for second while behind him Stern, Zack Riddle, and Jakob Hassler battled over the final positions in the top five. Nottestad closed the gap between himself and Chwala when the leader approached lapped traffic and began to challenge for the lead. As the leaders manipulated their way through the traffic, Nottestad was able to use the outside lane to pull alongside Chwala and effectively pick him behind the slower traffic to take the lead.. Nottestad then held off all challenges from Chwala to score the victory, leaving Chwala to settle for second place just ahead of Stephen Scheel in third. Zack Riddle was able to muscle his way around Stern in the closing laps to finish a strong fourth while Stern was fifth. Nick Roehl took the checkered flag in sixth place followed by Jakob Hassler in seventh and R.J. Braun in eighth. Jon Ovadal and Braison Bennett rounded out the top ten finishers.

Jerry Eckhardt won the 20-lap late model last chance race over Tom Jasinski and Ryan Lovald. Kyle Taylor and Tyler Hromadka were fourth and fifth respectively. Late Model heat race wins went to Jon Ovadal and Ryan Gutknecht while Zack Riddle and Dale Nottestad were the winners of the late model fast dashes. Zack Riddle set a new track record in qualifying by touring the speedway in 12.054 seconds.

Paul Wagner used the outside groove to take the lead of the Area Sportsman 35-lap main event following a late restart and drove to the victory.

Andy Welter and Jason Thoma raced the first 20-lap side by side and traded the lead every few laps while Paul Wagner raced in their tire tracks in third. The race slowed under caution on lap 21 when Dean Bleecker’s car looped around in turn two and Wagner took advantage of the lane choice cone on the restart, electing to take the outside lane. Welter led for a lap as racing resumed, but then spun around off turn two and into the infield allowing Wagner to take the top spot with Jay Kalbus and Thoma close behind. Wagner could not be caught in the final laps and he scored the victory over Kalbus and Jason Stark who capped off a strong race with a third place finish. Jason Thoma finished fourth and Jake Schraufnagel was fifth. Michal Gilomen won the first Area Sportsman heat race and Paul Wagner edged Terry Wangsness to win the second heat race. Jay Kalbus was the fastest qualifier.

Brandon DeLacy edged Tom Berens to win the 25-lap Super Beez feature while George Sparkman was third. Steve Zoromski and Nick Schmidt completed the top five as all top finishers raced extremely close for the entire event. Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Scott Hoeft were the winners of the Super Beez heat races and Brandon DeLacy was the fastest qualifier at 13.668 seconds.

Paul Wagner scored his second feature victory of the evening by winning the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event over Scott Dunning and Jimmie Evans. Jimmy Wilson finished fourth and Greg Beebe was fifth. Ryan Gutknecht won the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Gutknecht also set fast time with a lap of 12.757 seconds.

Marty Tackes edged Tom Elsinger Jr. and Matt Urban to win the highly competitive 25-lap Slinger Bees feature. Tyler DePorter and Paul Reagles rounded out the top five. Tom Elsinger Jr. and Marty Tackes also were winners of the Slinger Bees heat races and Paul Reagles set fast time at 15.319 seconds.

Willy Van Camp won an exciting Figure 8 race to close the evening as he slid across the finish line with Rick Bruskewicz as they battled for the victory.

DENNIS PRUNTY WINS ROUND TWO OF THE PEPSI TRIPLE CHALLENGE!

By Dan Margetta

 

Slinger, Wis., July 9—Dennis Prunty charged to the lead early and drove to a convincing victory in the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway during the second round of the Pepsi Triple Challenge.

“I’ve won this quite a few times, the one before the (Slinger) Nationals, so I’m excited and I’m thinking we’re pretty good so we will see how it goes, “ Prunty told the crowd from victory lane.

Rob Braun and Michael Bilderback brought the field to the green flag and Braun jumped out to the early lead while Dennis Prunty worked the inside lane to grab second, leaving Bilderback to battle with Ryan DeStefano, Grant Griesbach, and Gary LaMonte over third. Griesbach’s car looped around between turns one and two as the result of the hard racing for position and the first caution flag waved on lap three. Braun chose the inside for the restart while Prunty elected the outside and as racing resumed, Prunty was able to edge out front at the completion of lap four as DeStefano began to challenge Braun for second. Behind the top three, Bilderback, Alex Prunty, and Steve Apel battled over fourth and once again the close racing between them sent Prunty’s car sliding sideways through turn one as the field scattered behind to draw the second caution flag of the race. Dennis Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and maintained the top spot as the green flag waved while Bilderback also used the outside to edge by Braun for second with DeStefano and Travis Dassow close behind just ahead of Apel and Chris Blawat. DeStefano had the inside groove working and was able to move by first Braun and then Bilderback for second place while Blawat and Apel began their move toward the front. Blawat and Apel both moved past Braun and Bilderback and into third and fourth place respectively within a few laps while Dennis Prunty stretched his lead out front. The best battle on the speedway in the closing laps was between Brad Keith and Brad Mueller as they fought for the fifth position. With the event running caution free for the final 55 laps, there was no catching Dennis Prunty as he cruised to the victory. Ryan DeStefano finished a strong second and Steve Apel crossed the finish line in third just ahead of Chris Blawat in fourth. Brad Keith edged Brad Mueller at the stripe for the fifth position and Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte made impressive charges from the back of the field to finish seventh and eighth respectively. Grant Griesbach and Michael Bilderback rounded out the top ten finishers.

Justin Mondeik won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Randy Schuler and Natalie Decker. Jerry Eckhardt finished fourth to grab the final transfer spot into the main event and Larry Epright was fifth. Super late model heat race victories were captured by Justin Mondeik, Austin Nason, and Dennis Prunty while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.326 seconds.

Ryan Gutknecht took the lead just past the halfway point and went on to score the win in the 40-lap late model feature over R.J. Braun who led the early laps. Last week’s feature winner Kyle Chwala finished a strong third after starting deep in the field while Jack Stern and Al Stippich rounded out the top five. Brian Holtz finished sixth followed by Nick Roehl and Tyler Schley in seventh and eighth respectively. Shaun Scheel and Brody Willett completed the top ten.

Shaun Scheel won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Ryan Lovald and Nick Wendt while Tyler Hromadka and Scott Patrick rounded out the top five. Late model heat races were won by Shaun Scheel, Nick Roehl, and E.J. Waldron while Brian Holtz was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.337 seconds.

Kenny Joosten won the 35-lap Midwest Sportsman feature event over Ryan Gutknecht and Eric Lingford. Paul Wagner finished fourth and Scott Dunning was fifth. Paul Wagner won the Midwest Sportsman heat race and Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier at 12.786 seconds.

Tom Berens scored another feature victory in the Super Beez 25-lap main event over Steve Zoromski. Jayden Buckley was third followed by Brandon Tackes and Dale Kiley-Schaefer. Steve Zoromski won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens was the fastest qualifier at 13.891seconds.

Terry Ciano won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over Matt Urban and Ricky Gebhard. Zach Greer was fourth and Brian Stanczyk was fifth. Slinger Bees heat race victories were picked up by Al Strobel and Terry Ciano while Matt Urban was the fastest qualifier at 15.184 seconds.

Scott Roberts won the Spectator Eliminator races in his 1987 Chevy Camaro and Ryan Lovald closed the evening with a victory in the Figure 8 race.

MAJESKI NETS FIRST SLINGER WIN IN ALTO SHAAM 75!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 2—The one asphalt racetrack in the state of Wisconsin that Ty Majeski had yet to win at was the Slinger Speedway until Sunday night when the Seymour, Wisconsin driver notched his first victory in the 75-lap super late model main event.

Majeski took the lead from three time track champion Steve Apel on lap 42 and took on the best Slinger had to offer before driving away to the win over Dennis Prunty and defending track champion Chris Blawat.

“We’ve always had really fast race cars here and just didn’t have the results to show for it, “Majeski told the crowd from victory lane, “We set fast time and were able to get it done in the feature. The car was phenomenal and it was just kind of a tune up for the Slinger Nationals and I think we’ve got a good piece.”

“We were racing pretty hard there and I really couldn’t tell where he was going to go,” Majeski continued, describing the battle for the lead with Apel just after the halfway point, “Once he would give me the whole race track and next time he would protect the bottom and give me the outside. I was just kind of guessing where he was going to go and I set him up out of turn four and he gave me the outside there. I was assuming he was going to let it go to the wall and we made a little bit of contact. I apologize for that as we’ve always raced really good together and I definitely didn’t want to get into him like that but overall it was a good race.”

Steve Apel and Chris Blawat led the field to the green flag and Apel quickly jumped out front leaving Apel to battle with Alex Prunty and Rich Loch while Ty Majeski and Gary LaMonte followed close behind. Apel was able to maintain the lead after a quick caution on lap nine for Brad Kossow’s looped machine in turn four and as racing resumed, Majeski began to work his way forward, moving into second place and bringing LaMonte with him into third. The second caution flag waved on lap 35 when Conrad Morgan slid through the frontstretch grass and on the restart, Apel was able to keep command of the event with Majeski right in his tire tracks. Majeski was able to edge to the inside and muscle his way into the lead on lap 42 but Apel remained determined and immediately began to return the pressure for the top spot. The two battled fiercely for the lead with Majeski barely remaining out front as the caution flag flew again on lap 43 for when Rich Loch’s car spun off turn four while racing with Grant Griesbach and Griesbach “tapped out” to take responsibility for the incident. A lap after going back to green with Majeski still leading Apel, contact between the third and fourth place cars bunched the field and the accordion effect caused numerous cars to scatter bringing out another caution flag. Majeski and Apel resumed their lead battle as the green flag appeared with Majeski keeping the lead with a strong “hole shot” into turn one from the inside lane. Apel remained glued to his rear bumper but as the two exited turn four, Apel’s car broke loose and as he spun back across the track, he was collected by the cars of Alex Prunty, Rob Braun, and Rich Loch necessitating a lengthy clean up. With Apel now retired from the event, Gary LaMonte stepped up to challenge Majeski out front but his challenge ended early with a broken trailing arm and he too exited the event. That left Chris Blawat, Dennis Prunty, and Ryan DeStefano to challenge for the runner-up spot as Majeski cruised away out front. The trio fought intensely for the second position which Prunty came away with after the three ping ponged off each other exiting turn four. Majeski proved to be too strong however and he drove to his first feature victory at the Slinger Speedway. Dennis Prunty held on to finish second while Chris Blawat was third. Brad Keith advanced late to finish a strong fourth and Ryan DeStefano was fifth.

Florida driver, Steve Dorer won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Mike Held and Jamie Wallace. Mark Eswein finished fourth and Jerry Mueller was fifth. Super late model heat race victories were captured by Derek Kraus, Dennis Prunty, and Alex Prunty. Ty Majeski was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.305 seconds.

Kyle Chwala held off the challenges of Jon Reynolds Jr. to score his first late model feature win of the season in the 40-lap main event. Jakob Hassler ran up front all race and finished third followed by R.J. Braun and Nick Roehl. Adam Peschek finished sixth and Shaun Scheel was seventh. Jack Stern, Brian Holtz, and E.J. Waldron rounded out the top ten. Late model heat races were won by Nick Roehl, Shaun Scheel, and Adam Peschek while E.J. Waldron set fast time at 12.290 seconds.

Paul Wagner drove to the victory in the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature after holding off Andy Welter and Joe Shelby in a three lap shootout after a late caution flag appeared on lap 27. Jay Kalbus finished fourth and Jake Schraufnagel was fifth. Rich Wagner and Andy Welter each won an Area Sportsman heat race and Jay Kalbus was the fastest qualifier after setting a new track record at 12.845 seconds.

Nick Schmidt broke Tom Berens winning streak by taking the win in the 25-lap Super Beez feature as Berens hsd to settle for a close second at the finish. Steve Zoromski finished third while Jayden Buckley and Dale Kiley-Schaefer rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Nick Schmidt also won the Super Beez heat race and Tom Berens set fast time at 13.860 seconds.

Marty Tackes picked up his second feature win of the season in the 25-lap Slinger Bees main event by holding off Paul Reagles to take the victory. Anthony Dorzok finished third ahead of Carl Benn and Al Strobel. Al Strobel and Carl Benn each won a Slinger Bees heat race and Tom Elsinger Jr. was the fastest qualifier at 15.219 seconds.

Scott Goetzke won the Figure 8 race after Ryan Lovald and Ron Schmitt collided in the “X” with two laps to go to close out the evening.

 

 

 

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.