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STERN TOPS LATE MODEL FEATURE AT SLINGER

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 6—Jack Stern turned back strong challenges from Ryan Gutknecht and Ryan Craine to win the 50-lap late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway.

“We got lucky pretty early to be able to get to the front,” Stern explained after having to fend off both Gutknecht and Craine on several late race restarts, “I didn’t expect to get up there by lap 15 which was great and it just worked to our favor. On those restarts I got a little nervous because both Craine and Gutknecht are always really fast and it’s awesome running with those guys.”

Gutknecht put up the final challenge on the last restart with six laps to go and took to the outside groove to make a bid for the lead, but his efforts fell short and he had to settle for a strong second place result.

“It was slippery up there and we tried it in practice and knew it was going to be bad for as hot as it was tonight,” Gutknecht stated describing his decision to try the upper groove after gaining positions throughout the race on the inside lane, “But with six laps to go we had a very long discussion on whether we were going to go up there or not and we were like ‘we’re here to win’ so let’s go for it.” “I thought I could do the cross-over on him and I got a good start,” Gutknecht continued, “but he beat me through (turn) two and I jumped down quick and I ran into the back of him because I was looking in my mirror and I just lost all my momentum. I’m thankful for all my guys because we had a good piece to get up there.”

Craine, who turned in the second fastest lap in qualifying to begin the evening, also challenged Stern throughout the event and completed one of his better Slinger results with a very respectable third place finish.

“The car was fast right out of the box and we haven’t changed a thing on it all day,” Craine said afterwards, “We just kind of left it and it worked out good. We are here to race and I was going for the win so I was definitely trying the outside.”

Brian Holtz and Cole Thomas raced with the lead pack for the entire 50-laps and took the checkered flag to complete the top five in fourth and fifth respectively. Tom Berens finished in the sixth position and Zach Prunty rebounded from an early spin to finish seventh followed by Nick Egan in eighth. Zach Braun and Tom Jasinski completed the top ten in ninth and tenth positions.

Late model heat race victories were captured by Tyler Hromadka and Ryan Gutknecht while Jack Stern turned in the quickest lap in qualifying at 12.194 seconds to secure top time honors on the evening.

James Swan debuted his sportsman car detailed as a replica to Alan Kulwicki’s 1983 TransAct Racing #97 American Speed Association ride and he drove it to a dominating win in the 35-lap sportsman feature. Jake Scraufnagel came from deep in the field to finish second while Andrew Meyerhofer finished third. Paul Wagner finished in the fourth position and Dale Lecus, Jr. was fifth. Rick Tackman and Dale Lecus, Jr. each were winners of a sportsman heat race and fast qualifier honors went to Jake Schraufnagel with a lap of 12.800 seconds.

The hobby stock division racers made their initial appearance of the season at the Slinger Speedway and Chris Flairty drove to a convincing win over Nick Bruley and Jared Vike in the 25-lap main event. Scott Riedner and Chuck Egli crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place. Shane Radtke Scott Riedner were the winners of the hobby stock heat races and Jared Vike was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 13.862 seconds.

Tom Elsinger Jr. edged Brady Held to win the 25-lap Slinger Bees main event with Bill Ostovich Jr. closing to finish third. Billy Braun nailed down the fourth finishing position over Brandon Mennicke who crossed the finish line in fifth. Tom Elsinger Jr. and Brandon Mennicke also were the winners of the Slinger Bees heat races and Brady Held’s lap at 15.257 seconds earned him the honors of being the fastest qualifier.

The Dairyland Vintage Series also took to the high banks and Rich Bickle Jr. piloted a Dick Trickle #99 SuperAmerica White Knight replica to a popular win in the 25-lap feature. Jason Stark challenged Bickle throughout the main event and finished a strong second while Danny Church finished third. Darrell Paasch and Sean Herzog rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively.

The Speedway Guest Car race was won by Aaron Baird driving the Finish Line Bar and Grill entry.

6/6/2021 AT SLINGER SUPER SPEEDWAY

Vintage Night | Slinger, WI

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LATE MODELS

Feature

50 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
18Jack SternSlinger, WI26S
29Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
37Ryan CraineHartford, WI99C
41Brian HoltzMuskego, WI88H
56Cole ThomasFranklin, WI91T
64Tom BerensSlinger, WI99B
72Zach PruntyLomira, WI39P
811Nick EganSlinger, WI13E
93Zach BraunSlinger, WI30B
1010Tom JasinskiPewaukee, WI46J
1112Jerry MuellerRichfield, WI49M
1216Jim BeauchampSlinger, WI99J
13 13Jerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI61E
14 14Tyler HromadkaColgate, WI3H
15 5Tyler SchleyRichfield, WI55S
16 15Jonah FredericksonHartland, WI22F

SIDING HOMZ SLINGER BEES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
13Tom Elsinger JrWest Bend, WI23E
29Brady HeldIron Ridge, WI04H
37Bill Ostovich JrSlinger, WI01O
411Billy BraunWales, WI31B
512Brandon MennickeSlinger, WI11M
613Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24M
721Brandon TackesWest Bend, WI24B
818Al StrobelIron Ridge, WI14S
914Jason ClopeJanesville, WI3C
106Tracy NeuIron Ridge, WI15N
1115Dylan LembergerMenomonee Falls, WI52L
1217Kendall BeckerHartford, WI20X
1316Travis KreuserWest Bend, WI20K
1422Ryan SavageGrafton, WI003S
15 (DNF)23Shane BeckerHartford, WI20B
16 (DNF)19Kevin LentzJuneau, WI8L
17 (DNF)10Ricky GebhardOconomowoc, WI10G
18 (DNF)20Allen Maher, Jr.LISBON, WI43M
19 (DNF)4Misty BennMenomonee Falls, WI19B
DNSMitchell StrobelIron Ridge, WI14M
205Paul ReaglesColgate, WI25R
218Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L
221Evan HasslerColgate, WI6H

SPORTSMAN

Feature

35 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
13James SwanGenoa City, WI97S
27Jake SchraufnagelSlinger, WI29S
36Andrew MeyerhoferMenasha, WI14M
45Paul WagnerIron Ridge, WI53W
58Dale Lecus, Jr.Caledonia, WI99L
69Randy RuthMenomonee Falls, WI32R
71Dan CalhounJohnsburg, IL4C
811Ryan SielaffNorth Prairie, WI32S
12Simon SeyfertSaukville, WI9S
10 2Chris BeineSlinger, WI18B
11 4Dennis PruntyKnowles, WI21P
12 10Rick TackmanWaukesha, WI98T
13 14Nick OstbergWest Bend, WI1O
1413Scott SchollPewaukee, WI30S

SPEEDWAY GUEST CARS

Feature

6 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Finish Line *Slinger, WI16
25Sidetracked *Oak Creek, WI2
31Sheryl’s 175 *Slinger, WI175
43Raceway *Slinger, WI711
5 (DNF)2Slinger Speedway *Slinger, WI74

DAIRYLAND VINTAGE SERIES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Rich Bickle Jr.Edgerton, WI99B
24Jason StarkSparta, WI11S
33Danny ChurchWilliams Bay, WI57C
42Darrell PaaschMarshfield, WI5P
51Sean HerzogWausau, WI21H

HOBBY STOCKS

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Chris FlairtyWhitewater, WI114F
25Nick BruleyWatertown, WI23B
37Jared VikeLannon, WI20V
43Scott RiednerWaunakee, WI26R
52Chuck EgliColumbus, WI22E
68Mike KruegerSparta, WI34K
76Tucker BodendorferMuskego, WI05B
810Korey BengschFond Du Lac, WI22B
911Shane RadtkeJohnson Creek, WI52R
109Andy MooreSparta, WI19M
111Jordan EgliColumbus, WI0K

By Dan Margetta | SLINGER SUPER SPEEDWAY

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