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KENSETH OUTDUELS MAJESKI TO WIN SUPERSEAL SLINGER NATIONALS!

Slinger, Wis., July 9— Two of the most prolific Wisconsin drivers settled the biggest short track race in the state Tuesday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as veteran Matt Kenseth outdueled up-and-comer Ty Majeski in a last lap shootout to win his record-extending eighth SuperSeal Slinger Nationals crown.

A late race caution on lap 173 allowed Kenseth to erase Majeski’s dominating lead to set up the duel to the finish and both drivers did not disappoint the packed house that turned out for the Tuesday night special. Kenseth was able to sneak to Majeski’s inside a few times but each time the defending Slinger Nationals champion was able to fend off the challenges and he seemed poised to become the first back-to-back winner in nearly a decade as his car favored longer runs. Another caution with just 14 laps to go meant Majeski’s long run advantage was gone and Kenseth was ready to pounce once racing resumed. With ten laps to go, Kenseth began to apply the pressure as he dipped his car into the inside opening left when Majeski’s car began to get tight off the corners. The pair battled side by side over the final five laps and when Majeski scraped the wall off turn two on the final circuit, Kenseth was able to draw even and take the inside advantage heading into turn three. As the pair raced through the final turn, Kenseth used the inside lane and narrowed the real estate to quash any chance Majeski would have to mount a charge off the turn and he drove under the double checkered flags to capture his eighth victory in the prestigious super late model event.

“We got really fortunate tonight as our strong suit was short runs and Ty was incredible on a long run, “ Kenseth explained from victory lane, “He couldn’t get going as quick as we could and just opened the door on that restart. I kind of hung in there on the white flag and got to his door.”

“We got off (turn) two and we were side by side,” Kenseth continued, “So I had to drive it in there and see what was going to happen in the last corner for the win.”

“We were dominant on the long run and were just way too tight,” Majeski stated afterwards, taking the defeat in a respectful manner, “Matt was able to turn the center and I was doing everything to try to keep him back and just didn’t have the front turn.”

“He got position on me a couple laps before that and finished me off, but that’s exactly what I would’ve done, “ Majeski continued, “They had a great race car tonight and we’ll just try to do better next time.”

John DeAngelis rebounded from an earlier incident on lap 48 while battling for the lead and drove through the field to finish a strong third while Steve Apel and Alex Prunty each led laps before finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Rich Bickle battled from the back of the field numerous times to eventually finish sixth while early leader Grant Griesbach was seventh. Kulwicki Development Driver Finalist Luke Fenhouse wrapped up his first try at the Nationals with a respectable eighth place finish and visiting NASCAR star Daniel Hemric took the checkered flag in ninth. Ryan DeStefano finshed tenth.

Among the other noteable entries, Brad Mueller finished eleventh while NASCAR K&N West Series points leader Derek Kraus was 13th and 2018 CRA Super Series champion Josh Brock finished 16th. 2017 Nationals champion Bubba Pollard ended up 20th after exiting the speedway with mechanical issues during a lap 48 caution for an incident that also swept up Dennis Prunty who finished 21st. NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series competitor Johnny Sauter finished 23rd while Florida’s Stephen Nasse ended his first trip to the Nationals in 24th. Chandler Smith’s first Nationals foray also ended early when he hit the wall on lap 4 and finished 26th.

Chris Weinkauf won the 30-lap super late model qualifying race over Dennis Prunty, Derek Kraus, and Ryan DeStefano as those four drivers transferred into the 200-lap main event. Austin Nason finshed fifth.

R.J. Braun raced his way into the Nationals by winning the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as he passed Johnny Sauter, Jett Noland, Josh Brock, and Stephen Nasse on his way to victory from his tenth starting position. Nasse finished second and transferred his way into the Nationals while Brock, Noland, and Sauter completed the top five finishers.

Steve Apel set a blistering pace in qualifying to capture top time honors with an incredible lap of 11.147 seconds.

Tyler Schley outmuscled Jacob Nottestad in a green-white-checkered finish to win the 40-lap late model feature. Nottestad was forced to settle for second while Shaun Scheel, Jesse Bernhagen, and Zach Braun rounded out the top five finishers.

SUPER LATE MODELS

Feature

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 6 Matt Kenseth Mooresville, NC 8K
2 19 Ty Majeski Seymour, WI 91M
3 8 John DeAngelis Hubertus, WI 7D
4 12 Steve Apel West Bend, WI 51A
5 3 Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 11P
6 26 Rich Bickle Jr. Edgerton, WI 45B
7 1 Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI 17G
8 11 Luke Fenhaus Wausau, WI 4F
9 25 Daniel Hemric Mooresville, NC 54H
10 16 Ryan DeStefano Hartland, WI 0D
11 9 Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 89M
12 13 Chris Weinkauf Merrill, WI 75W
13 15 Derek Kraus Stratford, WI 9K
14  21 Nick Wagner Hartford, WI 38W
15  22 Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL 2B
16  20 Josh Brock Corbin, KY 17B
17  23 Austin Nason Roscoe, IL 14N
18  2 Ryan Farrell Big Bend, WI 80F
19  5 Gary LaMonte West Allis, WI 63L
20  7 Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA 26P
21  14 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 42P
22  17 RJ Braun Wales, WI 92B
23  24 Johnny Sauter Deforest, WI 5S
24  18 Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL 51N
25  4 Brad Keith Slinger, WI 48K
26  10 Chandler Smith Talking Rock, GA 51S

LATE MODELS

Feature

40 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Tyler Schley Richfield, WI 55S
2 5 Jacob Nottestad Stoughton, WI 97N
3 2 Shaun Scheel Lake Mills, WI 8S
4 12 Jesse Bernhagen Markesan, WI 28B
5 7 Zach Braun Slinger, WI 30B
6 11 Jerry Mueller Richfield, WI 49M
7 10 Zack Riddle Oregon, WI 14R
8 1 Brian Holtz Muskego, WI 88H
9 13 Kyle Chwala Johnson Creek, WI 16C
10 3 Jakob Hassler Colgate, WI 6H
11 19 Brent Edmunds Monticello, WI 87E
12 6 Brody Willett Alburnett, IA 00W
13 22 Joey Pontbriand Norway, MI 7P
14 14 Stephen Scheel Lake Mills, WI 4S
15 15 Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI 3H
16 18 Joe Shelby Slinger, WI 74S
17 16 Jerry Eckhardt Johnson Creek, WI 61E
18 20 Andy Haver West Bend, WI 13H
19 (DNF) 9 Jeff Holtz Franksville, WI 88J
20 (DNF) 8 Jack Stern Slinger, WI 26S
21 (DNF) 17 Tom Jasinski Pewaukee, WI 46J
22 (DNF) 23 Tom Berens Slinger, WI 49B
23 (DNF) 21 Zach Prunty Lomira, WI 39P

Qualifying

2 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car Time
1 9 Zack Riddle Oregon, WI 14R 12.062
2 23 Jeff Holtz Franksville, WI 88J 12.086
3 11 Jack Stern Slinger, WI 26S 12.096
4 13 Zach Braun Slinger, WI 30B 12.108
5 2 Brody Willett Alburnett, IA 00W 12.146
6 1 Jacob Nottestad Stoughton, WI 97N 12.194
7 18 Tyler Schley Richfield, WI 55S 12.198
8 5 Jakob Hassler Colgate, WI 6H 12.208
9 7 Shaun Scheel Lake Mills, WI 8S 12.222
10 22 Brian Holtz Muskego, WI 88H 12.242
11 17 Jerry Mueller Richfield, WI 49M 12.250
12 12 Jesse Bernhagen Markesan, WI 28B 12.259
13 10 Kyle Chwala Johnson Creek, WI 16C 12.270
14 4 Stephen Scheel Lake Mills, WI 4S 12.320
15 3 Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI 3H 12.380
16 19 Jerry Eckhardt Johnson Creek, WI 61E 12.396
17 15 Tom Jasinski Pewaukee, WI 46J 12.419
18 14 Zach Prunty Lomira, WI 39P 12.429
19 20 Joe Shelby Slinger, WI 74S 12.437
20 8 Andy Haver West Bend, WI 13H 12.460
21 21 Brent Edmunds Monticello, WI 87E 12.497
22 6 Joey Pontbriand Norway, MI 7P 12.541
23 16 Tom Berens Slinger, WI 49B 12.624