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CASEY JOHNSON SCORES FIRST SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE WIN IN THE WABAM 75 AT SLINGER

CASEY JOHNSON
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Slinger, Wis., June 14—Casey Johnson took the lead just past the halfway mark in the WABAM 75-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway and then turned back several late race challenges from Alex Prunty to capture his first super late model main event victory at the fast quarter-mile oval.

“We just got this car done this morning and it was real fast right out of the gate, “Johnson told the crowd from victory lane, “for the first race on a brand new race car, you can’t get much better than that.”

“The outside lane just had so much overall grip and I felt comfortable running with Alex (Prunty) and I knew he was going to run me clean,” Johnson continued explaining his choice to use the top groove of the speedway through several late race restarts, “it was a lot of fun and feels great to finally get the super late model win out of the way here at Slinger.”

“The bottom just wasn’t the place to be tonight and you just had to do what you had to do,” Alex Prunty stated after challenging Johnson for the lead before surviving an intense battle with Steve Apel to finish second, “all in all though it’s a good second place finish and a great start to the year.”

Rich Loch and Dennis Prunty led the field to the green flag as a skirmish deeper in the field quickly put the race under caution as Nick Wagner’s car sat sideways in turn one while the machine of Chris Blawat left the track with damage. On the restart, Loch and Dennis Prunty battled door to door for the lead while Alex Prunty held down third just head of Casey Johnson, Brad Keith, and Steve Apel. Loch eventually grabbed the lead over Dennis Prunty as the race began to sort itself out with Alex Prunty edging ahead of Johnson and Apel with Keith in the mix as well in sixth place. With Loch continuing to show the way over Dennis Prunty, the action heated up for third as Johnson and Alex Prunty disputed the position side by side for several laps. Johnson eventually prevailed and moved into third as Alex Prunty began to be challenged by Steve Apel over fourth, Prunty momentarily cleared Apel for the position but the momentum needed to slip in front of Apel coupled with the sudden slowing necessary to avoid running into Johnson’s rear bumper, twitched Prunty’s car sideways which allowed Apel to once again challenge on the inside. By the time Alex Prunty was able to use the outside lane to retake the fourth position from Apel, Johnson had driven away and caught Loch and Dennis Prunty at the front of the field. Those three ran nose-to-tail for several laps before Johnson was able to nudge his way to the inside of Prunty for second after Prunty’s car swung loose off the fourth turn. The dicing for second allowed Alex Prunty, Steve Apel, and Brad Keith to all join the front runners and the top six raced in single formation with Loch continuing to lead. As Johnson began to challenge Loch for the lead, Alex Prunty muscled Dennis Prunty out of the way for the third spot. Johnson was able to edge to the inside lane and move alongside Loch for the lead and after several side by side laps, he was able to take command of the race as Alex Prunty also moved around Loch to take over second. Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, and Brad Keith reeled in Loch for the third spot and as they raced bumper to bumper, Apel began to pressure Prunty hard for the fourth spot while the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic. Just as Apel moved alongside Dennis Prunty, the caution waved on lap 63 as Jeff Holmgren’s car sat sideways in turn one. Johnson chose the outside lane on the restart and was able to keep Alex Prunty at bay for the lead as Apel and Loch raced in there tire tracks but behind them, Dennis Prunty and Brad Keith rubbed fenders over fifth and then tangled in turn two a half lap later to draw another caution flag. Once again Johnson was able to fend off Alex Prunty as racing resumed and once again the caution waved two laps later when Dennis Prunty’s car suffered a flat tire and stopped in turn four. For a third time, Johnson used the outside lane to fend off Alex Prunty on the restart as Apel sat ready to pounce for second just ahead of Mike Held and Rich Loch. Johnson began to edge away out front in the closing laps as Apel and Prunty raced hard over second. Apel briefly took the spot before Prunty charged back from the inside to regain the position as Johnson continued to pull away. Johnson drove to the victory over Prunty and Apel while Mike Held and Rich Loch rounded out the top five. Brad Mueller finished sixth ahead of Lowell Bennett and R.J. Braun while Brad Keith and Gabe Sommers completed the top ten finishers.

Dennis Prunty won the super late model fast dash and Casey Johnson blistered the speedway in 11.175 seconds to nail down fast time honors on the evening.

While Nick Egan led all 40 laps of the late model main event on his way to victory, it definitely wasn’t easy as he fended off numerous challenges from defending track champion Jacob Nottestad. Nottestad had to settle for second place at the checkered flag while Jack Stern finished third. Ryan Gutkencht crossed the finish line in fourth place while Max Kahler finished fifth.

Tyler Hromadka won the 20-lap late model semi-feature over Tyler Schley and Dan Church while Jerry Eckhardt and Brad Hetzel finished fourth and fifth respectively. Late model heat races were won by Tyler Hromadka, Tom Jasinski, and Nick Egan while Jacob Nottestad set fast time with a lap at 12.020 seconds.

Paul Reagles won the 25-lap Slinger bees feature over Brandon Mennicke and Brady Held. Al Strobel finished fourth and Ricky Gebhard completed the top five finishers in fifth place. Slinger bees heat races were won by Brandon Tackes and Paul Reagles while Dave Lembke was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 15.207 seconds.

Brian Vixmer won the 25-lap Wisconsin sport truck feature over J.J. Vanderloop and Kasey Vanderloop. Jason Van Handel finished fourth and Andrew Ross was fifth. Jerry Vanderloop provided some excitement early in the race when his truck spun and rolled over on the frontstretch in an incident in which his truck’s body became separated from the chassis. He was not seriously injured in the incident but in the scramble to slow down under the red flag, another truck spun and backed into the speedway pace car causing minor damage. Wisconsin sport truck heat races were won by J.J. Vanderloop and Brian Vixmer and Vixmer was also the fastest qualifier with a lap at 13.639 seconds.

Alex Liesbsch made the long trip to Slinger from Minnesota worth it by winning the Slinger sixers feature over Zach Greer and Rick Buss. Mark Fogel Jr. was fourth and Marty Tackes was fifth, Rick Buss won the Slinger sixers heat race and Marty Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 16.488 seconds.

Brian Hillringhouse won the Bar Cars race driving the Slippery Rail of Allenton entry and Nick Ostberg was the winner of the Figure 8 race over Ryan Lovald and Carl Benn. Bill Shavlik and Rick Bruskiewicz rounded out the top five in the Figure 8 event as the evening was completed before 10:00 pm.

UPTOWN MOTORCARS SUPER LATE MODELS

Feature

75 laps | 00:00:00Presented by Uptown Motors

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Casey JohnsonEdgerton, WI47J
23Alex PruntyLomira, WI11P
36Steve ApelWest Bend, WI51A
47Mike HeldHartford, WI72H
51Rich LochMuskego, WI55L
614Brad MuellerRandom Lake, WI89M
713Lowell BennettNeenah, WI2B
815RJ BraunWales, WI92B
94Brad KeithSlinger, WI48K
1012Gabe SommersPlover, WI15S
1119Jacob VanoskeyHartford, WI84V
1216Jacob GilleWinnebago, IL50G
13 11Rich Bickle Jr.Edgerton, WI45B
14 2Dennis PruntyKnowles, WI42P
15 17Jeff Holmgren JrEast Troy, WI5H
16 8Mike EganSlinger, WI89E
17 10Chris BlawatPalmyra, WI26B
18 18Patrick McInteeWest Bend, WI35M
19 9Nick WagnerHartford, WI38W

LATE MODELS

Feature

40 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Nick EganSlinger, WI13E
26Jacob NottestadStoughton, WI97N
32Jack SternSlinger, WI26S
47Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
55Max KahlerCaledonia, WI17K
69Jerry MuellerRichfield, WI49M
78Zach PruntyLomira, WI39P
816Tyler SchleyRichfield, WI55S
910Braison BennettNeenah, WI9B
1013Tom JasinskiPewaukee, WI46J
1111Joe ShelbySlinger, WI74S
123Tom BerensSlinger, WI99B
1318Jerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI61E
1412Cole ThomasFranklin, WI91T
1515Tyler HromadkaColgate, WI3H
1614Andy HaverWest Bend, WI13H
17 (DNF)4Jon Reynolds JrRockford, IL10R
18 (DNF)17Danny ChurchWilliams Bay, WI29C

SLINGER BEES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Paul ReaglesColgate, WI25R
211Brandon MennickeSlinger, WI11M
33Brady HeldIron Ridge, WI04H
42Al StrobelIron Ridge, WI14S
55Ricky GebhardOconomowoc, WI10G
68Brandon TackesWest Bend, WI24B
712Mitchell StrobelIron Ridge, WI14M
89Scott EmrichMilwaukee, WI21E
910Tracy NeuIron Ridge, WI15N
1015Travis KreuserWest Bend, WI20K
1114Patrick WardlawMenomonee Falls, WI55W
12 6Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L
13 4Misty BennMenomonee Falls, WI19B
DNSBilly BraunWales, WI31B
DQ7Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24M

FIGURE 8S

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Nick OstbergWest Bend, WI1O
24Ryan LovaldMuskego, WI67L
33Carl BennLISBON, WI01B
42Bill ShavlikWest Bend, WI0S
55Rick BruskiewiczMayville, WI17B

SLINGER SIXERS

A Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Alex LiebschWinona, MN27L
22Zach GreerSlinger, WI89G
35Rick BussSullivan, WI59B
44Mark Fogel Jr.West Bend, WI72F
53Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24T

BAR CARS

Feature

6 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
17Slippery Rail *Allenton, WI13
21Hank’s *Hartford, WI11
33Foolery’s *Okauchee Lake, WI00
46Sheryl’s 175 *Slinger, WI175
55Finish Line *Slinger, WI16
64Sidetracked *Oak Creek, WI2
7 (DNF)2Raceway *Slinger, WI60

WISCONSIN SPORT TRUCKS

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Brian VixmerFond Du Lac, WI5V
26JJ VanderloopFreedom, WI72V
35Kasey VanderloopFreedom, WI2V
41Jason Van HandelFreedom, WI6V
52Andrew RossAppleton, WI18R
68Beth CraigAppleton, WI79C
73Cody VanderloopAppleton, WI4V
8 (DNF)10Pete ZarnothBrillion, WI26Z
9 (DNF)9Jerry VanderloopFreedom, WI7V
10 (DNF)7Kyle QuellaAppleton, WI56Q