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Slinger Story & Results 9-1-19

DENNIS PRUNTY TOPS LABOR DAY SPECIAL WHILE STEVE APEL WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT SLINGER!

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DENNIS PRUNTY TOPS LABOR DAY SPECIAL WHILE STEVE APEL WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT SLINGER!

DENNIS PRUNTY TOPS LABOR DAY SPECIAL WHILE STEVE APEL WINS THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta / Oval Track News

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 1—After a few weeks away, Dennis Prunty returned to the Slinger Super Speedway high-banks and held off Brad Mueller and Luke Fenhouse to win the 100-lap super late model Labor Day Celebration feature Sunday night while Steve Apel’s fifth place finish was enough to earn the 2019 super late model track championship.

“Some people might think it was easy starting up front but look at who was all behind me,” Prunty said from victory lane after starting on the front row and leading a majority of the 100 laps in the race, “I never had time to rest and I gave it all I got.”

“I feel sorry for Brad,” Prunty continued alluding to yet another runner-up finish for Brad Mueller, “He had to follow one Prunty last week and another Prunty this week so he’s probably upset but he’ll get over it.”

“Dennis was equally as tight as I was on the restarts and after we got four or five laps on the tires,” Brad Mueller stated afterwards, “and at the end there he was just a smidge better.”

“We tried a little something different this week to prevent my car from falling off in the late laps,” Mueller continued, “And I figured Dennis (Prunty) might have felt bad for me, especially after I bought him a beer last night down at the Jackyl concert. I thought that might have given me a chance to get him but I guess not.”

“My guys worked really hard the last few days and we are really happy about this,” said the 15-year-old Luke Fenhouse after wrapping up an outstanding race by finishing in third, just inches behind Mueller, “We had a really good car tonight and I wish we could have got the 89 (Mueller) there and the 42 (Prunty) was really good but I’m proud of this effort.”

“We had a rocket ship tonight and I knew we had to finish at least twelfth or better to wrap up the championship no matter what happened,” Steve Apel told the crowd after capturing his fourth super late model track championship,” It was an awesome night and it’s really cool to see the stands filled because this is why we race, to put a show on for the fans.”

R.J. Braun and Dennis Prunty paced the field to the green flag and Prunty charged to the lead from the outside at the start while Steve Apel also used the high lane to move into second. Conrad Morgan and Alex Prunty raced with Braun for the third position just ahead of Brad Mueller and Rich Loch as the first caution flag waved on lap eight when Mike Held’s car hit the turn one wall after suffering a mechanical failure. Dennis Prunty was able to out-duel Apel for the lead on the restart as Alex Prunty began to challenge Apel for second as Morgan and Loch followed close behind. With Alex Prunty and Apel side by side on the backstretch, Apel looked to get to the inside lane as behind him, Morgan had the same idea and when he tried to look to the inside of Apel, the rear of Morgan’s car clipped the front of Rich Loch’s which sent Morgan’s car spinning across the track entering turn three. To avoid a direct hit on Morgan’s spinning car, Ryan Farrell instead cut right and hit the turn three wall, severely damaging his car as the caution flag waved. All drivers with the exception of Farrell were able to continue and Dennis Prunty held the lead over Apel and Alex Prunty while Morgan retained the fourth position after Loch utilized the “tap out” rule and took blame for the incident.

Steve Apel (Photo From Apel Racing)

Apel was able to challenge Dennis Prunty for the lead momentarily for a few laps as racing resumed but Prunty was able to power ahead upon exiting the turns to keep the lead as Apel dropped into a battle for second with Alex Prunty. With Dennis Prunty out front, Apel and Alex Prunty staged an intense battle for second while Brad Mueller began to close in from third. The Apel and Alex Prunty duel came to a head on lap 57 when contact between the cars sent Alex Prunty spinning off the backstretch to draw the caution flag and place both drivers at the rear of the field for the restart. The Apel and Alex Prunty incident enabled Brad Mueller to advance into second place as Dennis Prunty continued to lead. Mueller challenge Prunty briefly for the lead as racing resumed but once again Prunty was able to use the outside groove off the turns to keep the top spot. Behind the top two Luke Fenhouse and Conrad Morgan raced for third place as both Steve Apel and Alex Prunty began to slice their way forward from deep in the field. Alex Prunty’s race and championship hopes ended on lap 65 when contact between himself and Grant Griesbach sent his car sailing hard into the turn three wall as the incident retired both cars and produced the final caution flag of the race. Mueller made several attempts to unseat Dennis Prunty from the lead during the closing laps but each time Prunty would prevail while Fenhouse looked on from third. Dennis Prunty began to ease away in the final ten laps as Fenhouse began to challenge Mueller for second. Dennis Prunty drove to the victory while Mueller edged Fenhouse for second in a close finish. Conrad Morgan finished fourth and Steve Apel was fifth. Rich Loch finished sixth followed by Brad Keith in seventh and R.J. Braun in eighth. Chris Blawat and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten.

Alex Prunty won the super late model fast dash and super late model qualifying produced an interesting story as Luke Fenhouse and Conrad Morgan were separated by just .005 on the race track, they are separated by 56 years in age as the 15-year old Fenhouse turned in a lap at 11.190 seconds to set fast time while the 71-year old Morgan timed in second at 11.195 seconds.

Jacob Nottestad outdueled Jack Stern to nail down his eighth feature victory of the season in the 50-lap late model main event. Ryan Gutknecht finished a close third while Jerry Eckhardt finished fourth and Jakob Hassler was fifth. Adam Peschek and Ryan Gutknecht were the winners of the late model heat races and Jacob Nottestad also was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.069 seconds.

Andrew Meyerhofer won the 30-lap sportsman feature by holding off Ryan Gutknecht for the victory. Jay Kalbus finished third while Scott Shambeau and Jacob Schraufnagel finished fourth and fifth respectively. Bobby Giers and Dale Lecus Jr. were the winners of the sportsman heat races and  Ryan Gutknecht set fast time at 12.705 seconds.

Rick Schaefer won the 25-lap Super Beez feature along with the track championship over Steve Zoromski who finished second. Scott Hoeft was third followed by Todd Buckley and Paul Reagles. Paul Reagles and Steve Zoromski also won the Super Beez heat races while Scott Hoeft set fast time at 13.617 seconds.

Brady Held edged Evan Hassler to win the 25-lap Slinger Bees feature while Brandon Tackes was third. Ricky Gebhard and Marty Tackes rounded out the top five finishers. Brian Stanczyk and Brandon Tackes were the Slinger Bees heat race winners and Marty Tackes was the fastest qualifier at 15.242 seconds.

The Bar Car race was won by Greg Chiconas and Ryan Lovald won the Figure 8 race to close out the evening.

Asphalt Super Late Model

Feature

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 42P
2 3 Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 89M
3 7 Luke Fenhaus Wausau, WI 4F
4 6 Conrad Morgan Waukesha, WI 92M
5 4 Steve Apel West Bend, WI 51A
6 5 Rich Loch Muskego, WI 55L
7 9 Brad Keith Slinger, WI 48K
8 1 RJ Braun Wales, WI 92B
9 11 Chris Blawat Palmyra, WI 26B
10 12 Nick Wagner Hartford, WI 38W
11 13 Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI 17G
12 15 Mark Eswein Wisconsin Rapids, WI 71E
13 18 Tim Lampman Oak Creek, WI 9L
14 17 Patrick McIntee West Bend, WI 35M
15 8 Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 11P
16 16 Jacob Vanoskey Hartford, WI 84V
17 10 Ryan Farrell Big Bend, WI 80F
18 19 Rob Myers Hartford, WI 13M
19 14 Mike Held Hartford, WI 72H

Sportsmans

Feature

30 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Andrew Meyerhofer Menasha, WI 14M
2 7 Ryan Gutknecht Oak Creek, WI 01G
3 6 Jay Kalbus Watertown, WI 27K
4 5 Scott Shambeau Milwaukee, WI 88S
5 4 Jake Schraufnagel Slinger, WI 29S
6 10 Bobby Giers Wonder Lake, IL 5G
7 12 Randy Ruth Menomonee Falls, WI 32R
8 2 Dale Lecus, Jr. Caledonia, WI 99L
9 Adam Bleskan Menomonee Falls, WI 11B
10  11 Chris Beine Slinger, WI 9B
11  8 Kaleb Hurless Marshfield, WI 13H
12  3 Paul Wagner Iron Ridge, WI 53W
13  13 Natalie Haver West Bend, WI 3H

Asphalt Late Model

Feature

50 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 7 Jacob Nottestad Stoughton, WI 97N
2 6 Jack Stern Slinger, WI 26S
3 3 Ryan Gutknecht Oak Creek, WI 01G
4 11 Jerry Eckhardt Johnson Creek, WI 61E
5 4 Jakob Hassler Colgate, WI 6H
6 10 Tom Berens Slinger, WI 99B
7 2 Brian Holtz Muskego, WI 88H
8 1 Brad Hetzel West Bend, WI 68H
9 12 Cole Thomas Franklin, WI 91T
10 13 Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI 3H
11 5 Zach Braun Slinger, WI 30B
12 14 Tom Jasinski Pewaukee, WI 46J
13 15 Mitchell Haver West Bend, WI 13M
14  9 Dan Heying Watertown, WI 97H
15  16 Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI 16P
16  8 Zach Prunty Lomira, WI 39P
DNS Tyler Schley Richfield, WI 55S

Asphalt 4-Cylinders

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00Presented by Shorewest Realtors

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Brady Held Iron Ridge, WI 04H
2 1 Evan Hassler Colgate, WI 3H
3 3 Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI 24B
4 6 Ricky Gebhard Oconomowoc, WI 10G
5 7 Marty Tackes West Bend, WI 24M
6 8 Mitchell Strobel Iron Ridge, WI 14M
7 11 Austin Omernick West Bend, WI 17O
8 12 Billy Braun Wales, WI 31B
13 Tracy Neu Ashippun, WI 15N
10  10 Kyle Rush Antioch, IL 51R
11 16 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B
12  14 Al Strobel Iron Ridge, WI 14S
DNS JD Rudser Port Washington, WI 54R
DQ 9 Brian Stanczyk West Bend, WI 23S
DQ 4 Zach Greer Slinger, WI 44G
DQ 15 David Demeny Janesville, WI 63D

Asphalt Figure 8 Stock Cars

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 7 Ryan Lovald Muskego, WI 67L
2 5 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B
3 6 Seth Omernick Belgium, WI 63O
4 1 Chris Neumann Muskego, WI 61N
5 4 Nick Ostberg West Bend, WI 1O
6 2 Scott Goetzke Iron Ridge, WI 4G
7 3 Bill Shavlik West Bend, WI 0S

Sport Compact

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00Presented by Pro4mance Motorsports

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 6 Rick Schaefer Hartford, WI 3S
2 5 Steve Zoromski Slinger, WI 20Z
3 7 Scott Hoeft Watertown, WI 00H
4 4 Todd Buckley West Bend, WI 8B
5 8 Paul Reagles Colgate, WI 25R
6 1 Jason Uttech Watertown, WI 36U
7 3 Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI 24B
8 9 Dave Lembke Germantown, WI 06L
9 (DNF) 2 Frank Beldowski Rockford, IL 00B
10 (DNF) 11 Chandale Swartwout Janesville, WI 32S
11 (DNF) 10 Marty Tackes West Bend, WI 24M

Super Late Models Final Point Standings

As of 9/1/2019

Pos Car Driver Hometown Wins Top 5 Top 10 Features Points Gap
1 51A Steve Apel West Bend, WI 4 12 13 14 1205
2 89M Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 2 12 13 14 1180 25
3 11P Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 3 10 11 14 1137 68
4 48K Brad Keith Slinger, WI 1 6 8 14 1005 200
5 17G Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI   4 10 14 905 300
6 92M Conrad Morgan Waukesha, WI   4 7 13 897 308
7 38W Nick Wagner Hartford, WI   2 9 14 874 331
8 92B RJ Braun Wales, WI   1 8 14 835 370
9 9L Tim Lampman Oak Creek, WI   2 10 12 759 446
10 72H Mike Held Hartford, WI     5 12 745 460
11 26B Chris Blawat Palmyra, WI   4 7 10 665 540
12 55L Rich Loch Muskego, WI 1 3 7 9 641 564
13 42P Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 2 5 5 7 538 667
14 84V Jacob Vanoskey Hartford, WI     4 9 538 667
15 66M Dave McCardle Menomonee Falls, WI     1 8 511 694
16 0D Ryan DeStefano Hartland, WI   1 6 8 458 747
17 8W Josh Wallace Genoa City, WI     2 7 457 748
18 11K Bobby Kendall Montello, WI     3 7 420 785
19 35M Patrick McIntee West Bend, WI     1 6 349 856
20 82M Nathan Matz Burlington, WI       5 324 881
21 12K Brad Kossow Union Grove, WI       3 270 935
22 4F Luke Fenhaus Wausau, WI   1 2 3 106 1099
23 97S James Swan Genoa City, WI       3 96 1109
24 72S Randy Schuler Mequon, WI       3 95 1110
25 35D Travis Dassow West Bend, WI     1 2 74 1131
26 71E Mark Eswein Wisconsin Rapids, WI     1 2 70 1135
27 63L Gary LaMonte West Allis, WI       2 55 1150
28 35J Casey Johnson Edgerton, WI     1 1 45 1160
29 2B Lowell Bennett Neenah, WI       1 37 1168
30 89N Nicholas Egan Slinger, WI       1 35 1170
31 37M Mike Meyerhofer Burlington, WI       1 34 1171
32 38D Jordan DeVoy Lake Geneva, WI       1 33 1172
33 38H Jeff Holtz Franksville, WI       1 32 1173
34 80F Ryan Farrell Big Bend, WI       2 30 1175
35 20E Larry Epright East Troy, WI       1 30 1175
36 13M Rob Myers Hartford, WI       1 29 1176
37 89E Mike Egan Slinger, WI       1 28 1177
38 45B Rich Bickle Jr. Edgerton, WI     1 1 21 1184
39 24O Jim Olson Harvard, IL         21 1184
40 0N Joshua Nelms Lockport, IL         21 1184
41 13B Andrew Brocker Jefferson, WI         20 1185
42 8K Matt Kenseth Mooresville, NC 1 1 1 1 0 1205
43 7D John DeAngelis Hubertus, WI   1 1 1 0 1205
44 91M Ty Majeski Seymour, WI   1 1 1 0 1205
45 54H Daniel Hemric Mooresville, NC     1 1 0 1205
46 51N Stephen Nasse Pinellas Park, FL       1 0 1205
47 2B Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL       1 0 1205
48 9K Derek Kraus Stratford, WI       1 0 1205
49 5S Johnny Sauter Deforest, WI       1 0 1205
50 14N Austin Nason Roscoe, IL       1 0 1205
51 17B Josh Brock Corbin, KY       1 0 1205
52 51S Chandler Smith Talking Rock, GA       1 0 1205
53 75W Chris Weinkauf Merrill, WI       1 0 1205
54 26P Bubba Pollard Senoia, GA       1 0 1205
55 9P Tommy Pecaro Markesan, WI         0 1205
56 10D Steve Dorer Lakeland, FL         0 1205
57 50N Jett Noland Clermont, FL         0 1205

Super Beez Final Point Standings

As of 9/1/2019

Pos Car Driver Hometown Wins Top 5 Top 10 Features Points Gap
1 3S Rick Schaefer Hartford, WI 3 6 8 8 820
2 20Z Steve Zoromski Slinger, WI 2 6 8 8 802 18
3 00H Scott Hoeft Watertown, WI   7 8 8 790 30
4 8B Todd Buckley West Bend, WI   5 8 8 650 170
5 24B Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI   4 8 8 642 178
6 25R Paul Reagles Colgate, WI   6 7 8 608 212
7 54P Robert Peters Janesville, WI     5 5 395 425
8 24M Marty Tackes West Bend, WI     4 5 382 438
9 192S Kyle Stark Waterloo, WI 3 3 3 3 276 544
10 06L Dave Lembke Germantown, WI     3 3 130 690
11 5S George Sparkman Loves Park, IL   1 2 2 124 696
12 48U Matt Urban Milwaukee, WI     1 1 89 731
13 36U Jason Uttech Watertown, WI     1 2 83 737
14 35S Gary Stark Fort Atkinson, WI     1 2 82 738
15 119D Brandon DeLacy Stoughton, WI   1 1 1 80 740
16 70H Derek Hoerig Germantown, WI     2 2 75 745
17 06S George Seliger Wausau, WI   1 1 1 65 755
18 44G Zach Greer Slinger, WI       1 53 767
19 33F Tim Finstad Poynette, WI     1 1 47 773
20 32S Chandale Swartwout Janesville, WI     1 1 37 783
21 00B Frank Beldowski Rockford, IL     1 1 36 784
22 9T Josh Tanquay Fort Atkinson, WI       1 31 789
23 67C Joe Cross Sun Praire, WI       1 30 790
24 47P Merek Pankow Jefferson, WI       1 30 790
25 92R Josh Rusch Helenville, WI       1 25 795
26 44S Todd Snow Rockford, IL         21 799
27 21E Tyler Edmundson Fort Atkinson, WI         17 803
28 99K Chris Kern Jefferson, WI         1 819