2018 Slinger Super Speedway Schedule
Photo By: Ron Erstad Jr.

MAJESKI DOMINATES IN FIRST SLINGER NATIONALS VICTORY

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., July 10— Over the last few years, a victory in the Slinger Nationals had seemed to slip away from Ty Majeski as despite having a strong race car, uncontrollable circumstances always crept up to keep him from hoisting the elusive trophy. Majeski exorcised those demons in a big way Tuesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he turned in a dominating performance to capture his first victory in the 39th edition of the prestigious super late model event.

“We’ve been wanting this one for so long….so badly…as we’ve had so many good race cars here,” an excited Majeski told the crowd from victory lane after leading 131 of the 200 laps that made up the event, “Really for the last three years I felt if the cards played out right we could’ve won the race and they didn’t, but tonight they did.”

“The team tonight was unbelievable and (crew chief) Toby (Nuttleman) and all the guys did a great job and we’ve all been doing our homework,” Majeski continued, “When people wondered why we weren’t racing earlier in the year, I told them we were getting our cars better and some people laughed like we were crazy, but we did that and man, this is a cool one.”

“For a team like ours, this will go a long ways,” Majeski stated, referring to the $10,500 prize money for the victory along with several thousand extra dollars collected for leading laps sponsored through donations from the fans,” We have a decent size budget but now what some of those guys down South and this will help a lot towards going to races like the Snowball Derby and I’m excited for the whole team because they work so hard while I’m chasing my dream in Charlotte and they’re one hundred percent behind me all the way, so this feels good.”

Dennis Prunty tried to wrestle the lead away from Majeski at the beginning of the second half of the race and once again following late restarts with 25 and 14 laps to go respectively but the 2015 Slinger Nationals winner ultimately had to settle for a second place finish as Majeski just proved to be too strong.”

“I actually started the second half with higher air pressure, figuring maybe I could get out in the lead for a little while.” Prunty explained afterwards, “But obviously what happened then was I had too much air in the right rear (tire) after that and I was just hanging on for the next 75 laps so I guess we brought a second place car tonight.”

Brad Mueller was the driver other than Ty Majeski to lead laps in the race as he paced the opening 69 circuits before keeping the leaders in sight to finish a strong third.

“You know, we had a great car and for us racing part time like we do, I’m very fortunate to be in this position,” a satisfied Mueller stated afterwards, “I look at the two guys that beat me and one races professionally and the other has won more races here than anybody else and although I wanted to win tonight, to finish third behind them isn’t too bad.”

Rockford All Star 100 winner Austin Nason ran a steady race to finish in the fourth position while three time track champion Steve Apel took the checkered flag in fifth.

“We saved our stuff there for the end and ran down those guys,” Nason said, “This car really needed a long, long run to get going but I don’t know if we could’ve touched those guys.”

“The first half I tried to ride around a little bit and be in the top ten for the halfway break, “Apel stated, “But at the end of the day we finished fifth which was disappointing but the guys never gave up. We just made too many adjustments there at the halfway point. We’ll live and learn and the car is in one piece.”

ARCA star and NASCAR Next member Chase Purdy made his Slinger Nationals debut a memorable one with a strong sixth place finish while Alex Prunty finished seventh after running as high as second in the race’s early stages. John DeAngelis took the checkered flag in eighth place while Bubba Pollard and Gary LaMonte rebounded to ninth and tenth respectively after tangling to draw the final caution flag on lap 186 while racing for third.
Steve Wallace finished his Slinger Nationals debut in the eleventh position while Grant Griesbach was twelfth, the final driver on the lead lap. Four-time Nationals champion Rich Bickle was thirteenth followed by Bobby Kendall and Dan Fredrickson in fourteenth and fifteenth respectively. Florida standout Steve Dorer was sixteenth ahead of Jeff Holtz and Brad Keith while Michael Bilderback and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter completed the top 20 finishers. Conrad Morgan, NASCAR K&N West Series winner Derek Kraus, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Daytona winner Erik Jones, and Andrew Morrissey completed the final finishers in the 24 car field.

Sauter exited the event on lap 166 after cutting down a right front tire while Kraus retired from the race with a small fire in his car on lap 68 and Jones spun early on lap eight before exiting on lap 66 with mechanical problems.

Dan Fredrickson won the 30-lap super late model qualifying race over Andrew Morrissey, Steve Wallace, and John DeAngelis to transfer into the main event while Derek Kraus won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Jeff Holtz as they also transferred to the 200-lap show. Ty Majeski paced the 34 car field in qualifying with a lap at 11.217 seconds.

Zack Riddle used a late race pass on Kyle Chwala with two laps to go to win the 40-lap late model feature. Chwala had to settle for second at the finish just ahead of Shaun Scheel and R.J. Braun while Jack Stern finished fifth. Jared Deming finished sixth and Jerry Mueller was seventh while Tom Jasinski, Jacob Nottestad, and Jakob Hassler rounded out the top ten. Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest late model qualifier with a lap of 12.190 seconds.

ALEX PRUNTY GETS WIN FOR MOM IN THE ALAN KULWICKI MEMORIAL!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., May 20—Just prior to the start of the Slinger Speedway racing season, Alex Prunty’s mother suffered a brain aneurysm and Sunday night was the first time she was at the track since being released from the hospital. It made for an emotional night as Prunty won his first super late model feature of the year and added his name to the prestigious list of winners of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s the first race my mom was able to make after a brain aneurysm and she has been in the hospital for a long time and we’re just happy to have her back,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “The Alan Kulwicki Memorial is awesome as obviously there are a lot of big names who have won and with the Kulwicki Driver Development Program and everything those guys have done for me, there are just a lot of emotions going through my head right now.”

Prunty took the lead from defending Kulwicki Memorial winner Conrad Morgan just after a restart on lap 27 and then had to hold off numerous challenges from Dennis Prunty who had won the first two super late model features and was undefeated at the track in 2018.

“It wasn’t bad but I started back farther and had a long ways to go and burned up my tires,” Dennis Prunty stated after his second place finish, “And I knew if I touched him he would spin out so I figured I would stay off him and do the best I could.”

“We’re getting there,“ third place finisher Steve Apel said after the race, “I just kind of fell back and was trying to ride and didn’t want to really get involved with the top two, but all in all the car is in one piece and the nose is clean.”

Pole-sitter Tim Lampman paced the first two laps before Conrad Morgan took command from the outside on lap three, bringing Alex Prunty along with him into second. Chris Blawat and Gary LaMonte also made their way by Lampman to move into third and fourth and a few laps later, Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel joined them as Morgan continued to lead over Alex Prunty. The running order behind the top two shuffled as first Apel nudged Lamonte for position in turn four and a lap later, Dennis Prunty used a similar move to get by Blawat and when everything sorted out, Prunty had third ahead of Apel, LaMonte, and Blawat. The first and only caution flag of the event occurred on lap 26 for a tangle between Rich Loch and Tim Lampman in turn four which allowed the rest of the field to close in on Morgan and Alex Prunty.

Morgan chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Alex Prunty the outer groove which proved beneficial as Prunty charged from the top side as racing resumed, completing the pass for the lead the next lap around. The outside lane became the preferred place to be as Dennis Prunty, Apel, LaMonte, and Brad Mueller all used it to advance forward. In the final laps, Dennis Prunty ran down Alex Prunty and made several attempts to pass on the inside but each time was denied as Alex Prunty was able to power off the turns to maintain the lead. With eight laps to go, Dennis Prunty tried an inside move once again but his car washed loose in turn two and as he regained control, Alex Prunty scooted away with the lead. Alex Prunty could not be caught from there and he drove to his first super late model feature victory of the season, leaving Dennis Prunty to settle for second while Steve Apel took the checkered flag in third. Gary LaMonte finished fourth and Brad Mueller was fifth. Conrad Morgan crossed the line in sixth followed by Chris Blawat and Ryan DeStefano in seventh and eighth respectively while Grant Griesbach and Brad Keith rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat races were won by Rich Loch and Alex Prunty while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.243 seconds.

Jack Stern captured his first career late model feature victory in the 40-lap main event and celebrated with a few spinning doughnuts on the front straightaway.

Shaun Scheel charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag as Stern slotted into second just ahead of Brian Holtz. The race quickly fell under the caution flag for a Tom Jasinski spin off turn four on lap three and once racing resumed, the yellow appeared again when R.J. Braun experienced mechanical issues down the backstretch. Scheel continued to lead over Stern as the race resumed once again with Ryan Gutknecht taking over third from Holtz. Behind the top four, the field was bunched up and when Jakob Hassler’s car slid across the nose of Kyle Chwala’s machine down the backstretch on lap eight, the ensuing incident collected the cars of Braison Bennett and Nick Roehl.

Scheel chose the inside for the restart and Stern used the outside lane to challenge for the lead as the green flag waved again. After several laps of side by side battling, Stern was able to edge ahead from the outer lane to take command of the race. Once out front, Stern began to pull away slightly as Scheel and Gutknecht began an intense and aggressive battle for second with Kyle Chwala waiting patiently in their tire tracks. As the battle between Scheel and Gutknecht waged on, Chwala was eventually able to drive around both of them on the outside as Stern maintained his lead out front. Stern scored the victory for his first career late model feature win as Chwala edged Scheel for second with Gutknecht finishing a close fourth. Brian Holtz finished fifth.

Late model heat races were won by Nick Roehl and Jack Stern and Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier at 12.161 seconds.

Tom Berens won the 15-lap Super Beez feature over Jayden Buckley and Brandon Tackes. Robert Peters and Steve Zoromski completed the top five finishers. Tom Berens also won the Super Beez heat race and was the evening’s fastest qualifier with a lap at 13.867 seconds.

Marty Tackes won the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature over McKayla Adams and Carl Benn. Ricky Gebhard was fourth followed by Jeremy Bredeson. Slinger Bees heat races were won by Jeremy Bredeson, Matt Urban, and Ricky Gebhard while Garrett Konrath set fast time at 15.216 seconds.
David Williams won the Spectator Eliminator races in his Subaru Impreza WRX and Ryan Lovald won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

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DENNIS PRUNTY EDGES NEPHEW ALEX PRUNTY TO STAY PERFECT AT SLINGER IN 2018!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., May 6—Dennis Prunty outdueled his nephew Alex Prunty on a late race restart and drove to his second consecutive super late model feature victory at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 60-lap main event Sunday afternoon.

“The crew worked really hard and we set the car up for a lot of cautions, but then we weren’t getting the cautions and it was getting a little loose, “Prunty stated from victory lane, “All we needed was that caution and I knew it would be good on the restart.”

“When he was goofing around on the restart,” Prunty continued describing the final restart with ten laps to go where he overtook Alex Prunty for the lead, “I thought I’ll just do what I’ve got to do and that’s what I did.”

“You saw exactly what I saw,” Alex Prunty lamented afterwards describing his second place finish, “He knew what he was going to do and he did it and I didn’t stop it and that’s what it is.”

Nick Wagner and David McCardle brought the field to the green flag with Wagner launching into the early lead as Alex Prunty settled into second and Gary LaMonte into third as both McCardle and Brad Keith became caught in the outside groove. Chris Blawat and Dennis Prunty also slipped by on the inside to take over fourth and fifth respectively as Wagner began to feel pressure for the lead from Alex Prunty. Alex Prunty worked his way to Wagner’s inside to complete the pass for the lead while LaMonte followed in is tire tracks and into second place. Blawat and Dennis Prunty raced alongside each other over fourth directly behind Wagner with Blawat’s car twitching loose off turn two causing him to lose ground as Dennis Prunty worked his way past Wagner and into third.

Gary LaMonte tracked down Alex Prunty for the top spot and began to make numerous stabs at the lead by edging the nose of his car to the inside of Prunty’s left rear fender. Each time however, Alex Prunty was able to fend off the challenges with a strong run off the turns as the side by side racing up front allowed Dennis Prunty to catch the top two. As the leaders approached lapped traffic at the halfway point, LaMonte tried to squeeze in behind Alex Prunty and just ahead of Dennis Prunty and in doing so made slight contact with Alex Prunty’s rear fender, sending him into a spin off turn two to draw the caution flag. LaMonte “tapped out” at the start/finish line, taking the blame for the incident and allowing Alex Prunty to maintain the lead.

Alex Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed he was able to fend off the challenges Dennis Prunty gave him from the inside lane while Chris Blawat and Conrad Morgan raced over third place behind them. Morgan developed a severe tire rub and had to exit the speedway, leaving Brad Keith to move into fourth place just ahead of the battle for fifth between Wagner and Ryan DeStefano. While the racing stabilized up front, Gary Lamonte was making a charge from the back of the field and he was able to advance all the way to fourth place with ten laps to go when the caution flag waved again for a tangle between David McCardle and Nick Wagner in turn one.

Once again Alex Prunty chose the outside for the restart, leaving the inside lane for Dennis Prunty and after an aborted attempt at going back to green, the pair raced side by side into turn one as racing resumed. This time around Dennis Prunty held tough on the inside and he was able to muscle into the lead after several laps of side by side battling. Alex Prunty was able to maintain second place by sliding in directly behind Dennis Prunty with LaMonte right on his tail in third. The top three remained unchanged all the way to the checkered flag with Dennis Prunty scoring the victory over Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte. Chris Blawat finished fourth while Brad Keith crossed the finish line in fifth. Ryan DeStefano finished sixth followed by Mike Held and Nick Wagner in seventh and eighth place respectively while Jerry Eckhardt and David McCardle rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat race victories were captured by Alex Prunty and Brad Keith while Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.265 seconds.

Jon Reynolds Jr. survived a thrilling battle with Jack Stern to win the 40-lap late model feature.

After a lap one incident damaged several cars including those of Brad Hetzel, Ryan Gutknecht, and R.J. Braun, Stern paced the opening laps before E.J. Waldren was able to pass by for the lead. The caution flag waved again right around the halfway mark for an incident between Jordan DeVoy and Nick Roehl in turn four after which DeVoy “tapped out” and took the blame for the mishap. Reynolds was able to outduel Waldron on the restart and he charged into the lead, maintaining the top spot as Stern began to advance his way forward. On the final lap, Stern was able to muscle his way alongside Reynolds entering turn one but as the two raced toward turn three with Reynolds slightly ahead, Stern ran out of room and his car looped around in turn four as the checkered flag waved with Reynolds scoring the victory. E.J. Waldron finished second followed by Jordan DeVoy in third while Jakob Hassler and Nick Roehl rounded out the top five finishers.

Late model heat races were won by Nick Roehl and Dennis Prunty while Jon Reynolds Jr. was the fastest qualifier at 12.025 seconds.
Jason Thoma passed Adam Bleskan to take command of the 30-lap Area Sportsman feature by lap ten and he drove to the victory over Jacob Schraufnagel. Paul Wagner bested Rich Wagner for third place while Jay Kalbus took the checkered flag in fifth. Jason Thoma won the Area Sportsman heat race and Jacob Schraufnagel set a new track record in qualifying by circling the speedway in 12.771 seconds.

Matt Urban won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature, taking the checkered flag over Marty Tackes and Ricky Gebhard. Zach Greer and Bray Held finished fourth and fifth respectively. Al Strobel and Matt Urban each won Slinger Bee heat races and Brandon Berens was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.206 seconds.

Payton Glodowski won the American Super Cup 20-lap feature over David Cerar and Joel Schulz. Amanda Bohn finished fourth and Mick Ellis was fifth. American Super Cup heat races were won by David Cerar and Payton Glodowski. Payton Glodowski was also the fastest qualifier with a lap of 14.780 seconds.

Scott Goetzke closed out the afternoon by winning the 10-lap Figure 8 race over Rick Bruskiewicz and Willy Van Camp.