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DESTEFANO IS A FIRST TIME WINNER AT SLINGER

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DESTEFANO IS A FIRST TIME WINNER AT SLINGER

Slinger, Wis., Aug 30—A driver’s first super late model feature victory at the Slinger Super Speedway is always memorable but the moment is even more special when that victory is achieved by beating the best in the business.

Ryan DeStefano did just that Sunday night as he captured his first career super late model feature win in the 75-lap main event by besting Rich Bickle Jr., Steve Apel, and Conrad Morgan who together own 13 track championships between them.

“We’ve been doing this for twenty-some odd years, hell yeah!”, and excited DeStefano proclaimed from victory lane, “I tried to drive with a ton of respect because Rich (Bickle) has more laps around here than I’ll ever see and he had a great car early on and I had a little better car but didn’t want to push the envelope. I held back a little bit and when the time came to go, my car was pretty good on the outside and we may have touched but I ran him as clean as I could.”

“It’s just surreal,” DeStefano continued reflecting on finally achieving his first super late model victory, “We’ve been growing up here and we’ve been at this track for 36 years and we’ve always dreamed of doing this.”

“We were pretty good and unfortunately on the last restart the carburetor loaded up,” Bickle said after leading 64 laps of the race before finishing second, “We’ve had some bad luck this year so to finish second feels pretty good. Of the 226 tracks I have raced at Slinger is definitely in the top ten and it’s one of my favorites.”

Conrad Morgan paced the first lap of the race by edging Bickle from the outside of the front row as the caution flag waved early after lap one when Jerry Mueller’s car spun into the infield off turn four. Bickle quickly grabbed the lead on the restart from the inside lane and the caution flag waved once again on lap four when Morgan’s car kicked loose off turn four and slid toward the infield as the cars of Mike Meyerhofer, Pat McIntee, and R.J. Braun all received damage in the scramble to avoid the incident. Bickle was maintain the lead as racing resumed while Ryan DeStefano used the inside lane to challenge Nick Wagner for second with Brad Keith, Alex Prunty, and Steve Apel close behind. DeStefano was able to pass Wagner for second and Prunty and Apel also moved up into third and fourth as Wagner and Keith became caught in the upper groove of the speedway. DeStefano made numerous challenges by looking to the inside of Bickle’s fender while Apel got around Prunty and began to close in third. Apel caught the lead duo as the top three ran nose-to-tail just before the caution waved again on lap 28 for when R.J. Braun spun off turn two while racing for position with Chris Blawat. Bickle was once again able to maintain the lead on the restart as Apel and DeStefano raced side by side for second with Brad Keith joining Alex Prunty in another side by side battle over fourth. Apel was able to take over second and he took his turn to challenge Bickle for the lead while DeStefano tried to hold off Keith and Prunty for third. With Bickle still out front, Keith was the next driver to step up as he passed Apel for second when Apel’s car washed wide off turn four and DeStefano also made the pass as he relegated Apel back to fourth. Bickle continued to lead as he fended off challenges from Keith just before the caution flag waved once again on lap 62 for a spin by Chris Pulera on turn three. Keith chose the outside for the restart and kept even with Bickle for a lap as racing resumed but when the leaders exited turn four, the real estate between Bickle’s car and the outside wall narrowed and as Keith checked up, DeStefano went by on the inside and into second as Alex Prunty pulled alongside Keith in a battle for third. That battle for third produced the next caution flag on lap 65 as contact between Prunty and Keith entering turn one sent Keith’s car spinning around in turn two. This time, DeStefano was able to keep up with Bickle on the outside and eventually pass him a lap later to take the lead. Bickle held onto second place by turning back a challenge from Apel as DeStefano edged ahead of them both. DeStefano drove the final laps perfectly and raced to his first career Slinger super late model feature victory while Bickle held off Apel for second. Conrad Morgan rebounded from his earlier spin to charge to a strong fourth place finish while Nick Wagner finished fifth. Chris Blawat finished sixth ahead of R.J. Braun and Rich Loch while Rob Braun and Brad Keith completed the top ten finishers.

Rich Bickle Jr. won the super late model fast dash and Brad Keith was the fastest in qualifying after circling the speedway in 11.234 seconds.

Jacob Nottestad grabbed the lead from Tyler Schley on a late race restart and drove to the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.

Zach Prunty paced the first 27-laps of the race before Schley was able to work his way into the lead from the inside groove. Prunty and Jack Stern began to stage a battle over second while Schley edged ahead in the closing laps while Jacob Nottestad ran a distant fourth. With six laps to go, Prunty’s car twitched toward the outside wall in turn two and as he tried to regain control of his car, Stern’s car was clipped in the right rear fender, sending both cars hard into the backstretch wall and drawing the caution flag. Nottestad advanced to second place due to the incident and he lined up to Schley’s outside for the restart. Schley appeared to spin his tires slightly as the green flag appeared and Nottestad took advantage by charging into the lead. Nottestad drove to the victory followed by Schley in second and Stephen Scheel in third. Ryan Craine finished in fourth followed by Schaun Scheel in fifth.

Late model heat races were won by Mitchell Haver, Cole Thomas, and Zach Prunty while Ryan Gutknecht was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap in 12.095 seconds.

Jay Kalbus won the 35-lap sportsman feature after taking command of the event on lap seven. Brian Holtz finished in second placed followed by Bobby Gutknecht in third and early leader Andrew Meyerhofer in fourth. Jake Schraufnagel finished in fifth. Jake Schraufnagel and Brian Holtz were the winners of the sportsman heat races and Bobby Gutknecht set fast time with a lap in 12.670 seconds.

Zach Greer passed Scott Hoeft with four laps to go en route to victory in the 25-lap super beez feature. Hoeft finished in second place while Steve Zoromski rebounded from early issues to finish in third. The result was enough for Hoeft to earn the track championship for the division in a hotly contested battle with Zoromski all season long. Todd Buckley finished in fourth place and Brandon Tackes finished fifth. Zach Greer and Todd Buckley each scored victories in the super beez heat races and Scott Hoeft set a new track record in qualifying by turning in a lap in 13.514 seconds.

Brady Held edged Brandon Tackes in a photo finish to win the 25-lap Slinger bees feature. Ricky Gebhard was third followed by Mitchell Strobel and Misty Benn in fourth and fifth respectively. Slinger bees heat races were won by Colin Saegert and Ricky Gebhard while Brandon Mennicke was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 15.245 seconds.

Mark Fogel Jr. won the Slinger sixers feature event and claimed the track championship for the division. Rick Buss finished in second followed by Brady Held and Brian Buss in third and fourth place. Vincent Snyder finished in fifth. Earlier in the evening, Rick Buss won the Slinger sixer heat race.

Michael Seifert won the first Bar Car race driving the Slippery Rail of Allenton entry and Bryant Johnson won the second Bar Car race aboard the Hank’s of Hartford entry.

UPTOWN SUPER LATE MODEL FEAURE

1#0D Ryan DeStefano   Super Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapTSF – Tellefson Steel and Fabrication
7437:44.0867100:11.580Wisconsin
2#45B Rich Bickle   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapT1 Racing
7437:44.6906900:11.6260.6040.604Illinois
3#51A Steve Apel   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapSchroeders Simplicity
7437:45.4671200:11.6001.3810.777Wisconsin
4#92M Conrad Morgan   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapProSeal Paving
7437:46.6453900:11.7532.5591.178Wisconsin
5#38W Nick Wagner   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapGrand Avenue Dental
7437:46.8423700:11.7172.7560.197Wisconsin
6#26B Chris Blawat   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCJ Painting
7437:48.5083700:11.7024.4221.666Wisconsin
7#98B RJ Braun   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPD Peterka
7437:48.9944100:11.7404.9080.486Wisconsin
8#11P Alex Prunty   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPaul Reilly Company
7437:49.3323500:11.6625.2460.338Wisconsin
9#55L Rich Loch   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapRicardo’s Pizza
7437:49.4053700:11.6375.3190.073Wisconsin
10#92B Rob Braun   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPD Peterka & Associates
7437:49.6034900:11.8385.5170.198Wisconsin
11#48K Brad Keith   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapGordie Boucher Ford
7437:52.8462500:11.5818.7603.243Wisconsin
12#84V Jacob Vanoskey   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapIBEW Local 494 Electrical Union
7337:50.4162700:11.9106.330Wisconsin
13#72S Randy Schuler   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCircle B Recreation
7338:15.6323100:12.02031.54625.216Wisconsin
14#00P Chris Pulera   Super Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAll Thinkgs Lily by Lily
7037:56.5813800:11.97412.495Wisconsin
15#97H Dan Heying   Super Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCTS Race Cars
5628:01.7523400:11.931Wisconsin
16#12S Tony Strupp   Super Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapNehm’s Greenhouse & Floral
1615:51.150700:12.017Wisconsin
17#37M Mike Meyerhofer   Super Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAJ Electric
405:38.059400:12.107Wisconsin
18#35M Pat McIntee   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapLaufer Trucking
405:39.555400:12.2051.496Wisconsin
19#49M Jerry Mueller   Super Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAll Pro Asphalt
100:31.750000:00Wisconsin

SUPER BEEZ FEATURE

1#44G Zach Greer   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
2518:00.4921400:13.853Wisconsin
2#00H Scott Hoeft   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapSerenity Concepts
2518:02.9211600:13.8672.4292.429Wisconsin
3#20Z Steve Zoromski   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCreek View Landscape
2518:05.3601300:13.8254.8682.439Wisconsin
4#48B Todd Buckley   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
2518:06.5411300:13.9766.0491.181Wisconsin
5#24B Brandon Tackes   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPMF Landscape Supply
2518:06.9441300:14.0366.4520.403Wisconsin
6#36U Jason Uttech   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
2518:10.2381400:14.2219.7463.294Wisconsin
7#88K Dale Kiley-Schaefer   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
2518:11.814600:13.89111.3221.576Wisconsin
8#14X Scott Schmies   Super Beez
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapLake County Trailers
2518:13.8131300:14.53613.3211.999Wisconsin
9#17S Mitchell Strobel   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapStrobel’s Tree Service
2418:12.5181400:14.86912.026Wisconsin
10#70H Derek Hoerig   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPort A John
2218:14.4931600:14.52714.0011.975Wisconsin
11#61G Andrew Gartzke   Super Beez
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapRudz Racing
1818:13.9331000:14.45213.441Wisconsin
12#14R Rick Schaefer   Super Beez Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCreek View Landscape
904:58.236800:14.022Wisconsin


SPORTSMAN FEATURE

1#27K Jay Kalbus   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
3511:23.700900:12.960Wisconsin
2#38H Brian Holtz   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPMF Landscape Supply
3511:24.519900:13.0450.8190.819Wisconsin
3#10G Bobby Gutknecht   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapOak Creek Automotive
3511:25.7491000:13.0042.0491.230Wisconsin
4#14M Andrew Meyerhofer   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap4M Machine
3511:25.8201200:13.0662.1200.071Wisconsin
5#29S Jake Schraufnagel   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapSuper Excavators
3511:26.0781100:12.9812.3780.258Wisconsin
6#53W Paul Wagner   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapInfinity EDM
3511:26.319900:13.0852.6190.241Wisconsin
7#99L Dale Lecus Jr.   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapTTK Custom Services
3511:26.8202500:13.1623.1200.501Wisconsin
8#3H Natalie Haver   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPMI
3511:28.3761000:13.1474.6761.556Wisconsin
9#4C Dan Calhoun   Sportsman
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAdams Auto Body
3010:21.4451200:13.100Illinois
10#11B Adam Bleskan   Sportsman Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapWiedmeyer Express
2806:29.001300:13.267Wisconsin


SLINGER SIXERS FEATURE

1#72F Mark Fogel   Slinger Sixers Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
1005:40.776900:15.928Wisconsin
2#59B Rick Buss   Slinger Sixers Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAcme Affordable Towing
1005:41.214900:15.8860.4380.438Wisconsin
3#8H Brady Held   Slinger Sixers Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
1005:42.689700:16.3981.9131.475Wisconsin
4#29B Brian Buss   Slinger Sixers
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAcme Affordable Towing
1005:42.972900:16.2572.1960.283Wisconsin
5#19X Vincent Snyder   Slinger Sixers
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapDan’s Tree Service
1005:47.867500:17.5247.0914.895Wisconsin
6#98Z Jon Zielieke   Slinger Sixers
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapUniversal Transmission & Driveline
702:11.823200:17.769Wisconsin
7#24M Marty Tackes   Slinger Sixers Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPMF Landscape Supply
601:48.169300:16.478Wisconsin


LATE MODEL FEATURE

1#97N Jacob Nottestad   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapKearns Motor Car Company
4015:46.646500:12.376Wisconsin
2#55S Tyler Schley   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapButler Wire and Metal Products
4015:46.861500:12.3300.2150.215Wisconsin
3#4S Stephen Scheel   Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapDunneisen Excavating
4015:47.473800:12.4420.8270.612Wisconsin
4#99C Ryan Craine   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapWenniger Compressor
4015:48.030700:12.4121.3840.557Wisconsin
5#8S Shaun Scheel   Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapGriffin Ford of Fort Atkinson
4015:48.6371000:12.4411.9910.607Wisconsin
6#01G Ryan Gutknecht   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapOak Creek Automotive
4015:48.7511100:12.4072.1050.114Wisconsin
7#99B Tom Berens   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapWeld-Fab Manufacturing
4015:49.0561200:12.5492.4100.305Wisconsin
8#46J Tom Jasinski   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCED
4015:49.2841400:12.5832.6380.228Wisconsin
9#30B Zach Braun   Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapSavaglia Financial Advisors
4015:49.588600:12.6082.9420.304Wisconsin
10#74S Joe Shelby   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapMastertech Automotive
4015:50.1341400:12.6063.4880.546Wisconsin
11#61E Jerry Eckhardt   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapJerry’s Auto Repair
4015:50.531800:12.5323.8850.397Wisconsin
12#91T Cole Thomas   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapDash Accounting
4015:50.785700:12.5564.1390.254Wisconsin
13#18K Matt Klenz   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
3915:51.111900:12.6254.4650.326Wisconsin
14#22F Jonah Frederickson   Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCreative Earthscapes
3915:53.305900:12.9416.6592.194Wisconsin
15#99J Jimmy Beauchamp   Late Models
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapBilda’s Friess Lake Pub
3815:53.5083500:12.9536.8620.203Wisconsin
16#39P Zach Prunty   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAll Out Marine
3407:15.680400:12.372Wisconsin
17#26S Jack Stern   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapBrendan Dobson Memorial
3407:16.022500:12.3760.342Wisconsin
18#3H Tyler Hromadka   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapThe Fire Place Ltd
2915:51.518800:12.5794.8728:35.496Wisconsin
19#13H Mitchell Haver   Late Models Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapProgress Manufacturing Incorporated
1603:35.1911000:12.673Wisconsin

SLINGER BEES FEATURE

1#04H Brady Held   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapAlmost Free Delivery
2519:03.0902100:15.194Wisconsin
2#24B Brandon Tackes   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapPMF Landscape Supply
2519:03.124200:15.2320.0340.034Wisconsin
3#10G Ricky Gebhard   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapGebhard Law Office
2519:03.345200:15.2420.2550.221Wisconsin
4#14M Mitchell Strobel   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapStrobel’s Tree Service
2519:05.454800:15.3402.3642.109Wisconsin
5#19M Misty Benn   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapBrake and Equipment
2519:06.090900:15.3143.0000.636Wisconsin
6#24M Marty Tackes   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapMidwest Preferred Insurance Group
2519:07.4321400:15.3794.3421.342Wisconsin
7#21E Scott Emrich   Slinger Bees
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapMitchell’s Tavern
2519:11.906200:15.4938.8164.474Wisconsin
8#15N Tracy Neu   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
2519:13.1971700:15.76510.1071.291Wisconsin
9#17S Mason Springer   Slinger Bees
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapEagle Disposal
2519:14.1851700:15.87911.0950.988Wisconsin
10#20K Travis Kreuser   Slinger Bees
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapFick Farms
1919:10.0121300:15.9366.922Wisconsin
11#95L Georgia Lacroix   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapL & M Performance Automotive
1012:12.540800:16.267Wisconsin
12#11M Brandon Mennicke   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapCreek View Landscape
403:22.821400:15.409Wisconsin
13#7G Dylan Gagliano   Slinger Bees
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapHassler Trucking
403:23.177300:15.4100.356Wisconsin
14#14S Al Strobel   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapStrobel’s Tree Service
2519:04.5272500:15.1591.43715:41.350Wisconsin
15#3H Evan Hassler   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapBartlein Barrels
2519:04.6272500:14.9561.5370.100Wisconsin
16#01B Carl Benn   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapBrake and Equipment
1112:19.202800:15.099Wisconsin
17#43S Colin Saegert   Slinger Bees
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGap
1112:19.7961000:15.0330.594Wisconsin
18#31B Billy Braun   Slinger Bees Member
LapsTotal TimeBest LapBest TimeDiffGapWisconsin Automation
1112:20.1931000:15.0680.397Wisconsin
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