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Nottestad Secures Late Model Track Championship With Feature Win At Slinger

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Jacob Nottestad Secures Late Model Track Championship With Feature Win At Slinger
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Nottestad Secures Late Model Track Championship With Feature Win At Slinger

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 13—Jacob Nottestad and Ryan Gutknecht entered the final weekly racing program at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday afternoon separated by just eight points in the battle for the late model track championship and Nottestad emerged victorious in the 50-lap feature to secure the title.

Tom Berens paced the opening two laps before Tom Jasinski took a turn at the point, taking the lead on lap three. Jacob Nottestad had worked his way up to the second spot by lap five when Ryan Gutknecht became the first of the championship contenders to experience problems when he tangled with Nick Egan in turn one while racing for fifth place to produce the caution flag. Gutknecht appeared to have the damage minimalized when Egan took the blame for the incident which in effect returned Gutknecht to the fifth position. However, a flat tire on Gutknecht’s car relegated him to the pits for repairs and he rejoined the race deep in the field. Nottestad took advantage of Gutknecht’s misfortunes and quickly charged to the lead as racing resumed on lap six. Jasinski and Berens kept Nottestad honest in second and third place respectively while Zach Prunty and Cole Thomas began to slice their way forward to challenge the top five. Gutknecht also worked his way back toward the front, edging closer to the top five following caution flags on laps 21 and 29 for single car spins. Nottestad would not be denied on each restart though and he continued to maintain his lead as the laps began to click away. Berens moved around Jasinski for second place and Prunty and Thomas did so as well to advance to third and fourth place respectively. Gutknecht sat in sixth place and received one last chance to catch Nottestad when the caution flag appeared again with just four laps to go for another single car spin. Berens tried to challenge Nottestad for the lead over the final laps but once again Nottestad prevailed and he drove the victory, leaving Berens to settle for second. Cole Thomas finished a strong third just ahead of Zach Prunty who finished fourth. Gutknecht finished in fifth and fell short in the championship fight as Nottestad’s victory was enough to clinch the season championship. Tom Jasinski finished sixth followed by Tyler Schley and Nick Egan in seventh and eighth respectively. Ryan Craine and Joe Shelby rounded out the top ten finishers.

“Man this is awesome to be back to back champions, I didn’t think we could do it,” an excited Nottestad stated from victory lane, “A few weeks ago we were down a lot of points and we rattled off two feature wins and we were in contention and we knew what we had to do.”

“To be honest with you, I’m just glad to bring the car home in one piece after that race,” Gutknecht said later on from his pit area, “We weren’t even sure we were going to race this year so to finish second in points is still pretty good.”

Joe Shelby and Zach Prunty were the winners of the late model heat races and Nick Egan was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.092 seconds.

Ricky Gebhard won the 25-lap Slinger bee feature after run away leader Billy Braun broke out under the allotted 15.2 second lap time on the final lap resulting in a disqualification just feet from his first victory. Numerous drivers broke out in the final laps which scrambled the running order and at the checkered flag, Brady Held finished second and secured the track championship. Misty Benn finished in third place while Brandon Mennicke and Ryan Savage rounded out the top five. Slinger bee heat races were won by Tom Elsinger Jr. and Misty Benn while Brandon Mennicke was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap in 15.235 seconds.

James Lynch won the 25-lap Legends feature over Aaron Moyer and Gary LaMonte. Michael Weber finished fourth and Griffin McGrath finished fifth. Robby Morrison won the first Legends heat race and James Lynch took top honors in the second Legends heat race. Aaron Moyer was the fastest in qualifying by completing a lap in 13.421 seconds.

Del Schuler joined his father Randy as a feature winner at the Slinger Super Speedway as he won the 25-lap Super Cup main event for his first career victory. Brandon Vines finished second ahead of Rob Baaske and Mick Ellis in third and fourth respectively. Sean Eurick crossed the finish line in fifth. Brandon Vines and Landon Hocking were the winners of the Super Cup heat races and Rob Baaske set fast time for the division with a lap at 15.073 seconds.

Carter Nilson was the winner of the Bandolero 25-lap feature over Alex Hartwig and Anna Price. Tucker Bodendorfer and Cohen Henze rounded out the top five finishers. Keagen Benz won the first Bandolero heat race and Carter Nilson won the second heat race. Alex Hartwig was the fastest qualifier by lapping the speedway in 14.498 seconds.

Ryan Lovald won the Figure 8 main event while Rick Bruskiewicz secured his first career track championship in 14 years of competing in the division. Jerry Held won the exciting Bar Car race driving the Finish Line entry.

The Slinger Super Speedway has one final event on the 2020 season calendar with the inaugural Wisconsin Invitational bracket-style racing event scheduled for Sunday afternoon September 27th.

LATE MODELS

Feature

50 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
13Jacob NottestadStoughton, WI97N
21Tom BerensSlinger, WI99B
311Cole ThomasFranklin, WI91T
48Zach PruntyLomira, WI39P
56Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
62Tom JasinskiPewaukee, WI46J
79Tyler SchleyRichfield, WI55S
85Nick EganSlinger, WI13E
94Ryan CraineHartford, WI99C
1013Joe ShelbySlinger, WI74S
1112Jerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI61E
1210Tyler HromadkaColgate, WI3H
1314Mitchell HaverWest Bend, WI13M
14 16Mike VillwockHoricon, WI1V
15 7Zach BraunSlinger, WI30B
16 17Jeff NowakMenomonee Falls, WI78N
17 15Jim BeauchampSlinger, WI99J
DNSBrad HetzelWest Bend, WI68H

SLINGER BEES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Ricky GebhardOconomowoc, WI10G
212Brady HeldIron Ridge, WI04H
34Misty BennMenomonee Falls, WI19B
46Brandon MennickeSlinger, WI11M
515Ryan SavageGrafton, WI003S
69Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24M
73Brian StanczykWest Bend, WI33S
87Tracy NeuIron Ridge, WI15N
910Mason SpringerMilwaukee, WI17S
1017Georgia LacroixKenosha, WI95L
11 (DNF)11Brandon TackesWest Bend, WI24B
12Scott EmrichMilwaukee, WI21E
131Billy BraunWales, WI31B
1414Carl BennLISBON, WI01B
1513Al StrobelIron Ridge, WI14S
168Tom Elsinger JrWest Bend, WI23E
172Dylan GaglianoColgate, WI7G

FIGURE 8S

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
13Ryan LovaldMuskego, WI67L
25Bill ShavlikWest Bend, WI0S
36Rick BruskiewiczMayville, WI17B
44Nick OstbergWest Bend, WI1O
51Scott GoetzkeIron Ridge, WI4G
62Carl BennLISBON, WI01B
77Eli GoreckiElkhorn, WI83G
88Robert WalderaWaukesha, WI29W

BAR CARS

Feature

6 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
16Finish Line *Slinger, WI16
22Sheryl’s 175 *Slinger, WI175
35Slippery Rail *Allenton, WI13
44Sidetracked *Oak Creek, WI2
53Hank’s *Hartford, WI11
67Raceway *Slinger, WI60
71Foolery’s *Okauchee Lake, WI00

AMERICAN SUPER CUP SERIES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
17Del SchulerGrafton, WI2S
21Brandon VinesChicago Heights, IL101V
35Rob BaaskeWheaton, IL10B
42Mick EllisSchaumburg, IL31E
54Sean EurickNew Berlin, WI97E
66Jessica TalleyGenoa, IL17T
79Shawn TownePekin, IL45T
811Trevor ReinkeRichfield, WI4R
98John OtradovecDenmark, WI21O
1012Justin NinkeWest Bend, WI37N
DNSThomas SmithMunster, IN54S
DNSLandon HockingJoliet, IL40H
DNSRylee BaaskeWheaton, IL23B

LEGENDS

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
12James LynchPalos Park, IL76L
25Aaron MoyerAllenton, WI140M
34Gary LaMonteWest Allis, WI63L
46Michael WeberMarion, IA8W
53Griffin McGrathCedar Rapids, IA64M
61Kacey KorsmoAtkins, IA52K
77Michael GuderskiMarkesan, WI90G
810Adam PowersSilverthorne, CO28P
911Robby MorrisonAlburnett, IA32M
109Kenny StorksonEvansville, WI54S
118Mike StorksonEvansville, WI57S
1212Adam HansenWest Salem, WI2H

BANDOLERO

Feature

20 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
13Carter NilsonRockford, IL4N
25Alex HartwigPortage, WI901H
34Anna PriceRhinelander, WI64P
49Tucker BodendorferMuskego, WI05B
51Cohen HenzeJUDA, WI88H
67Paxton BenzWausau, WI5B
76Avery LinnerudMilton, WI52L
88Keagen BenzWausau, WI17B
912Laci StargardtNeilsville, WI4S
1013Lincoln CainSlinger, WI5C
1110Cooper BodendorferMuskego, WI64B
1214Paegan EllingsonWatertown, WI61E
1311Mason ObermeyerUnion Grove, WI93O
14 2Axel OldenhoffLake Mills, WI29O

By Dan Margetta

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