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Rich Bickle


By Todd Thelen | Slinger Speedway

Slinger, Wis., July 18—In the midst of his 45th and final season of racing, Rich Bickle won the 75-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway to extend his lead in the championship standings. The victory was Bickle’s second Slinger main event triumph this season.

“It was just the luck of the draw we started up front and it was kind of like a dirt race because the guy on the pole won,” Bickle joked in victory lane, “You know, being 60 (years old), my buddy Lowell Bennett won at Kaukauna Thursday and he was saying ‘this is one for the old guys’ so here’s another one.”

Bickle, who last won the Slinger track championship 32 years ago and leads the point standings this season, led all 75 laps on Sunday as he widened his points margin against his rivals.

“The last time I tried to win the points here was 1989 and we won it,” Bickle continued, “and we drove back from Concord, NC seven times that year because we won the Big 10 Championship there then drove all night to get back to Slinger and we won both championships. I don’t think that’s ever been done before and if I happen to win Slinger’s championship this year it will be 32 years between championships and I don’t think anyone will be able to do that.”

Brad Keith kept Bickle honest as he remained glued to Bickle’s rear bumper for most of the race and while he made several challenges to unseat the leader, he couldn’t find enough momentum to get by as he came home with a respectable second place finish.

“I don’t think there was much we could’ve done as we about mocked him every lap and that was all it had,” Keith stated afterwards, “After the Nationals where we ran so terribly bad, we went back to the drawing board and changed all the front geometry, springs, shocks, and bump stops, The set-up we had in it tonight was way different than what he have been running and I think it just needs a little tuning and we’ll be getting a trophy here sometime soon.”

Steve Apel forged his way through the field to finish third and afterwards stated he was pleased with his team’s steady progress the last few weeks.

“It’s getting closer and helping R.J. Braun this year and helping Gabe Sommers tonight, we’ve learned a little bit,” Apel said, “So we’ve been gaining some traction and hopefully we can find victory lane pretty soon,”

Alex Prunty held off Luke Fenhaus to finish fourth and Fenhaus finished fifth in his first race back since gaining national attention in the SRX all star series a week ago. Dennis Prunty turned in a sixth place result while Gabe Sommers and Rich Loch battled hard all race long for the seventh and eighth positions respectively. Ryan DeStefano and R.J. Braun rounded out the top ten finishers.

Brad Keith was the winner of the super late model fast dash and Luke Fenhaus was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.255 seconds.

Jordan DeVoy captured his first feature win of the season by winning the 40-lap late model main event. Jack Stern finished second ahead of Ryan Craine in third. Ryan Gutknecht took the checkered flag in fourth place ahead of Tom Berens in fifth. Tyler Schley finished in the sixth position followed by Zach Prunty and Jerry Eckhardt in seventh and eighth respectively. Brian Holtz and Scott Shambeau rounded out the top ten. Jerry Eckhardt added to his record as the oldest winner in speedway history as the 78-year-old won the first late model heat race. Ryan Gutknecht won the second late model heat race and Tyler Schley set fast time with a lap time of 12.156 seconds.

Dan Calhoun worked the outside groove during the 30-lap sportsman feature to secure his first career Slinger main event victory. Jake Schraufnagel finished second ahead of Andrew Meyerhofer and Paul Wagner in third and fourth. Scott Scholl finished fifth. Jake Schraufnagel won the sportsman heat race and was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.822 seconds.

Evan Hassler won the 25-lap Slinger bees feature over Carl Benn and Brady Held. Marty Tackes took the checkered flag in fourth and Kevin Lentz finished fifth. Al Strobel and Tom Elsinger won the Slinger bees heat races and Brandon Mennicke was the evening’s fastest qualifier in the division after circling the speedway in 15.248 seconds.

Brandon Tackes won the Slinger sixers main event over Mark Fogel Jr. and Rick Buss. Joshua Zacharias finished fourth and Steven Mueller was fifth. Rick Buss won the Slinger sixer heat race and fast qualifier honors went to Steven Mueller.

Scott Goetzke topped a strong field of Figure 8 cars to win the 10-lap feature in the final event of the evening. Bill Shavlik finished second and Rick Bruskiewicz was third. Nick Ostberg and Eli Gorecki rounded out the top five finishers.

Uptown Super Late Models Feature

1145BRich Bickle Jr.Edgerton, WI
2348KBrad KeithSlinger, WI1
3451ASteve ApelWest Bend, WI1
4611PAlex PruntyLomira, WI2
584FLuke FenhausWausau, WI3
61042PDennis PruntyKnowles, WI4
7515SGabe SommersPlover, WI-2
81355LRich LochMuskego, WI5
920DRyan DeStefanoHartland, WI-7
10792BRJ BraunWales, WI-3
111138WNick WagnerHartford, WI
12998BRob BraunWales, WI-3
13149LTim LampmanOak Creek, WI1
141292MConrad MorganWaukesha, WI-2
15 1584VJacob VanoskeyHartford, WI

Slinger Sixers

1124BBrandon TackesWest Bend, WI
2272FMark Fogel Jr.West Bend, WI
3559XRick BussSullivan, WI2
4316ZJoshua ZachariasMadison, WI-1
5684MSteven MuellerDeforest, WI1
6425HTodd HolerudLodi, WI-2
DNS798ZJon ZieliekeCampbellsport, WI

Figure 8 Feature

124GScott GoetzkeIron Ridge, WI1
270SBill ShavlikWest Bend, WI5
3517BRick BruskiewiczMayville, WI2
431ONick OstbergWest Bend, WI-1
5483GEli GoreckiElkhorn, WI-1
6195SJoe ShelbySlinger, WI-5
7667LRyan LovaldMuskego, WI-1

Sportsman Feature

124CDan CalhounJohnsburg, IL1
2529SJake SchraufnagelSlinger, WI3
3614MAndrew MeyerhoferMenasha, WI3
4453WPaul WagnerIron Ridge, WI
5830SScott SchollPewaukee, WI3
6332SRyan SielaffNorth Prairie, WI-3
7 DNF79SSimon SeyfertSaukville, WI
DQ199LDale Lecus, Jr.Caledonia, WI

Late Model Feature

1116DJordan DeVoyLake Geneva, WI
2226SJack SternSlinger, WI
3799CRyan CraineHartford, WI4
4301GRyan GutknechtOak Creek, WI-1
51199BTom BerensSlinger, WI6
6855STyler SchleyRichfield, WI2
7539PZach PruntyLomira, WI-2
81061EJerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI2
9488HBrian HoltzMuskego, WI-5
101221SScott ShambeauMilwaukee, WI2
11946JTom JasinskiPewaukee, WI-2
121391TCole ThomasFranklin, WI1
13 1470WSteven WirtzMilwaukee, WI1
14 63HTyler HromadkaColgate, WI-8
151599JJim BeauchampSlinger, WI

Jackson Moonlighters Slinger Bees

113HEvan HasslerColgate, WI
2301BCarl BennLISBON, WI1
31004HBrady HeldIron Ridge, WI7
4624MMarty TackesWest Bend, WI2
5148LKevin LentzJuneau, WI9
6911MBrandon MennickeSlinger, WI3
7126GDylan GaglianoColgate, WI5
81115NTracy NeuIron Ridge, WI3
91320KTravis KreuserWest Bend, WI4
102020XKendall BeckerHartford, WI10
11 210GRicky GebhardOconomowoc, WI-9
12 1513CTerry CianoJanesville, WI3
13 719BMisty BennMenomonee Falls, WI-6
14817SMason SpringerMilwaukee, WI-6
15 1831BBilly BraunWales, WI3
16 1925RPaul ReaglesColgate, WI3
DQ523ETom Elsinger JrWest Bend, WI
DQ1706LDave LembkeGermantown, WI
DQ43CJason ClopeJanesville, WI
DQ1614SAl StrobelIron Ridge, WI

By Todd Thelen | Slinger Speedway


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