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By Dan Margetta / Bob Schneider jr Photo

Slinger, Wis., June 7—Tyler Schley parlayed an inside groove pass on Ryan Gutknecht with eight laps to go into his first victory of the season in the 50-lap late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Schley began the event deep in the field from the twelfth starting spot and methodically worked his way forward, doing most of his work under green flag conditions as the race was slowed just once under caution.

Ryan Gutknecht charged into the early lead from the pole position as Jack Stern and Tyler Hromadka battled for second just ahead of Tom Berens and Cole Thomas. After a few laps Stern was able to take sole possession of second as Hromadka fell into line in third while behind Berens and Thomas, Tom Jasinski, Zach Prunty, and Jacob Nottestad raced hard for positions just outside the top five. Berens was able to pass Hromadka for third by lap 12 while Prunty and Nottestad continued their side by side dispute. As the two entered turn one with Prunty on the inside and Nottestad on the outside, Nottestad’s car appeared to slightly scrape the outside wall and as he regained control, Prunty barely slipped by. Nottestad’s nose barely brushed Prunty’s rear bumper as he fell back into line in turn two and the slight contact got both cars out of shape momentarily. Once they entered turn three, Nottestad’s car slid way up the track and a cut right rear tire caused him to spin in turn one to draw the caution flag on lap 14 with Gutknecht continuing to lead over Stern, Berens, Hromadka, and Thomas. Stern chose the outside lane for the restart and he immediately challenged Gutknecht for the lead as racing resumed. After a lap under green, Stern was able to pull ahead into the lead from the outside as Gutknecht’s car washed high off turn two on lap 16. The lead battle caused the third running Berens to check up which allowed Thomas to pass by. Once out front Stern began to pull away, as Gutknecht found himself in a battle with Thomas for second. Farther back, Tyler Schley began his march forward advancing his way from deep in the field to fifth. Schley then worked the outside groove to pass Berens and take over fourth on lap 30 as Stern suddenly slowed from his commanding lead and exited the speedway with what was later reported to be a fuel pressure issue. The sudden exit of Stern left Gutknecht and Thomas to challenge for the lead as Schley continued to close from third. Gutknecht’s car appeared to kick loose off the turns and Thomas made several attempts to take the lead from the inside only to be turned back on the straightaways. In the closing laps, Schley ran down the lead battle as the fight up front became a three-car tussle. Schley got around Thomas and made several serious attempts to pass Gutknecht for the lead using the inside lane. Gutknecht remained tough on the top side and he and Schley drove several laps side by side before Schley was able to power ahead from the inside to take command on lap 42. Schley could not be caught from there and he drove to the victory over Gutknecht who finished in second. Cole Thomas, who is set to graduate high school this week, turned in one of his best performances to date with a solid third place finish. Zach Prunty took the checkered flag with a strong fourth place result while Jon Reynolds Jr finished fifth after starting fifteenth. Tom Berens finished sixth ahead of Tyler Hromadka and Tom Jasinski in seventh and eighth respectively. Jacob Nottestad rebounded from his earlier problems to finish ninth and Dan Church was tenth.

Jon Reynolds Jr. and Ryan Gutknecht were the winners of the late model heat races and Jacob Nottestad set fast time with a lap at 12.126 seconds.

Prior to his second place finish in the late model main event, Ryan Gutknecht hopped into his sportsman car and won the 35-lap feature.

Bobby Gutknecht led at the start of the race and paced the opening ten laps before Ryan Gutknecht took over the lead on lap 11. Bobby Gutknecht and Dale Lecus Jr. got together in turn three while racing towards the front of the field on lap 19 to draw the only caution flag of the event with Ryan Gutknecht leading over Jacob Schraufnagel, Jay Kalbus, and Andrew Meyerhofer. Once racing resumed, Ryan Gutknecht could not be caught and he charged to the victory while Schraufnagel held off Kalbus for second. Dan Calhoun made is first Slinger appearance of the season and finished fourth while Dale Lecus Jr. recovered from the earlier incident to finish fifth.

Bobby Gutknecht and Ryan Gutknecht each won a sportsman heat race and Jacob Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.646 seconds.

The Outlaw Modified division competed for the first time this season at Slinger and Steven Schulz won the 30-lap feature over James Swan and Bill Prietzel. While Schulz led every lap, Swan gave him a run for his money after closing in late in the event. Schulz’s ability to work lapped traffic proved to be the difference as the captured the victory as Swan finished second. Prietzel took the checkered flag in third while Justin Okruhlica and Bill Tandetzke rounded out the top five finishers. Bill Prietzel was the winner of the Outlaw Modified heat race and he also set fast time by circling the speedway in 12.279 seconds.

Brandon Tackes won the 25-lap Super Beez feature after taking the lead from early pace setter Jason Uttech on lap ten. Steve Zoromski finished second and Scott Hoeft was third. George Sparkman and Paul Reagles rounded out the top five. The race ended under the red and checkered flags simultaneously as hard racing between Zoromski, Hoeft, and Zach Greer on the final lap resulted in Hoeft’s car spinning into the infield near turn one and momentarily catching fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and the race was declared official off the white flag lap. Greer finished seventh. Marty Tackes and Brandon Tackes were the winners of the Super Beez heat races and George Sparkman was the fastest qualifier with a lap time of 13.741 seconds.

Steve Bergdorf drove his vintage 1958 Chevy all steel body modified to the win in the vintage exhibition race and the entry from the Slippery Rail in Allenton was driven to victory in the Bar Cars race. Rick Bruskiewicz edged Russ Lorbiecki to win the thrilling nine car Figure 8 race and at 9:03pm the racing program was completed and everyone was invited in the pits.


Vintage Night | Slinger, WI

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50 laps | 00:00:00

112Tyler SchleyRichfield, WI55S
21Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
34Cole ThomasFranklin, WI91T
46Zach PruntyLomira, WI39P
513Jon Reynolds JrRockford, IL10R
65Tom BerensSlinger, WI99B
72Tyler HromadkaColgate, WI3H
87Tom JasinskiPewaukee, WI46J
98Jacob NottestadStoughton, WI97N
1014Danny ChurchWilliams Bay, WI29C
1111Jerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI61E
1210Joe ShelbySlinger, WI74S
1316Matt KlenzWest Bend, WI18K
149Mitchell HaverWest Bend, WI7M
153Jack SternSlinger, WI26S
1615Max KahlerCaledonia, WI17K



25 laps | 00:00:00

12Brandon TackesWest Bend, WI24B
26Steve ZoromskiSlinger, WI20Z
33Scott HoeftWatertown, WI00H
47George SparkmanLoves Park, IL5S
58Paul ReaglesColgate, WI25R
69Todd SnowRockford, IL44S
74Zach GreerSlinger, WI44G
813Evan HasslerColgate, WI3H
912Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24M
1010Scott SchmiesWheatland , WI14X
11 1Jason UttechWatertown, WI36U
12 5Todd BuckleyWest Bend, WI8B
13 14Al StrobelIron Ridge, WI14S
14 11Dale Kiley-SchaeferWest Bend, WI88K
15Shawn BowarRoscoe, IL25B



10 laps | 00:00:00

13Rick BruskiewiczMayville, WI17B
22Russ LorbieckiSussex, WI9L
35Bill ShavlikWest Bend, WI0S
48Carl BennLISBON, WI01B
59Ryan LovaldMuskego, WI67L
66Nick OstbergWest Bend, WI1O
71Bill Ostovich JrSlinger, WI76O
84Seth OmernickBelgium, WI63O
97Chris NeumannMuskego, WI61N



35 laps | 00:00:00

13Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
26Jake SchraufnagelSlinger, WI29S
35Jay KalbusWatertown, WI27K
410Dan CalhounJohnsburg, IL4C
57Dale Lecus, Jr.Caledonia, WI99L
61Bobby GutknechtOak Creek, WI10G
72Paul WagnerIron Ridge, WI53W
89Natalie HaverWest Bend, WI3H
4Andrew MeyerhoferMenasha, WI14M
10 8Gary LaMonteWest Allis, WI57L
11Nick SmalleyBurlington, WI25S



30 laps | 00:00:00

12Steven SchulzWaukesha, WI45S
23James SwanGenoa City, WI97S
34Bill PrietzelRichfield, WI1P
45Justin OkruhlicaJackson, WI54O
57Bill TandetzkeMilwaukee, WI11T
61Mike SandholmOconomowoc, WI6S
76Cole HowardBaraboo, WI52H
89JD RudserPort Washington, WI54R
98Ryan LovaldMuskego, WI67L



6 laps | 00:00:00

14Slippery Rail *Allenton, WI13
26Finish Line *Slinger, WI16
35Hank’s *Hartford, WI11
43Raceway *Slinger, WI60
52Sheryl’s 175 *Slinger, WI175
67Foolery’s *Okauchee Lake, WI00
71Sidetracked *Oak Creek, WI2

By Dan Margetta

Bob Schneider jr Photo