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Home » STEVE APEL COLLECTS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON IN ZELLER TRANSPORTATION 75 AT SLINGER!

STEVE APEL COLLECTS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON IN ZELLER TRANSPORTATION 75 AT SLINGER!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 30—Back behind the wheel of his family’s familiar car #51, Steve Apel bested Alex Prunty and Brad Mueller to collect his second super late model feature victory of the season in the Zeller Transportation 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Nick Wagner and Rich Loch paced the field to the green flag and the two ran side by side for the opening laps before Wagner edged ahead slightly just prior the first caution flag waving on the fourth lap when R.J. Braun slid off the track on the front straightaway. Wagner and Loch continued to battle for the lead as racing resumed while Steve Apel and Brad Mueller occupied their tire tracks in tight formation behind them as farther back Conrad Morgan, Brad Keith, and Grant Griesbach raced for fifth. The inside line prevailed as Wagner grabbed the lead and brought Mueller along with him into second while Loch contested third with Apel from the outside lane. Morgan and Griesbach were the beneficiaries of some tight quarters racing between Morgan and Keith that dropped Keith back two places as Alex Prunty joined the front runners. Griesbach appeared to experience a mechanical issue as his car shot up the track and into the turn four wall on lap nine to draw the second caution flag of the event. Mueller and Apel used the outside lane to charge into first and second respectively on the restart as Rich Loch followed into third as Wagner tried to fend off a challenger over fourth from Alex Prunty. Apel began to pressure Mueller for the lead and things got dicey at one point when Mueller’s car twitched loose in turn two and Apel slammed the brakes to let him catch his car which allowed Loch and Alex Prunty to close in. The top four raced in a pack until Loch’s car broke loose off turn four and he looped around on the frontstretch to draw a caution flag on lap 21. Mueller chose the outside lane for the restart and the decision proved costly as once racing resumed, Apel was able to charge by on the inside to take the lead while Alex Prunty moved into third just ahead of Nick Wagner and Brad Keith. Behind them, Dennis Prunty began to work his way forward as he raced around Conrad Morgan and Mike Held, leaving them to battle aggressively behind him. A few laps later the caution flag waved again on lap 48 when a mechanical issue sent Morgan’s car hard into the backstretch wall. Apel chose the inside for the restart and the outside lane proved to be detrimental to Mueller again as Apel charged to the lead and Alex Prunty edged into second from the inside groove. While Alex Prunty chased Apel for the lead, Mueller slipped into a tough battle with Keith over third which allowed Dennis Prunty to close in as well. Mueller muscled his way into the third spot in the closing laps while the occurred just behind him as Keith and Dennis Prunty fought over the fourth spot. Their battle featured some fender-rubbing action that resulted in both cars getting extremely loose off  turn four and ended when Keith ran out of real estate on the very high side of the track in turn two with Prunty right alongside him. With the action occurring well behind him, Apel drove to the victory over Alex Prunty while Brad Mueller finished third. Dennis Prunty finished fourth and Nick Wagner took the fifth spot. R.J. Braun finished sixth and Brad Keith fell to seventh and had harsh words afterwards concerning his battle with Dennis Prunty. Ryan DeStefano finished eighth while Mike Held, and Tim Lampman rounded out the top ten finishers.

James Swan won the super late model semi-feature over Josh Wallace and Jacob Vanoskey. Nathan Matz and Brad Kossow rounded out the top five. Brad Mueller won the super late model fast  dash and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 11.265 seconds.

Jimmie Evans took the checkered flag first in the 30-lap sportsman feature but Jacob Schraufnagel was declared the winner after post race technical inspection. Jay Kalbus was second and Paul Wagner was third. Dale Lecus Jr. finished fourth and Andrew Meyerhofer crossed the finish line in fifth. Dale Lecus Jr. and Adam Bleskan were the winners of the sportsman heat races and Jay Kalbus was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 12.694 seconds.

Brandon Tackes won the 25-lap Slinger Bee feature as the held off his father Marty Tackes for the victory and giving the family race team a sweep of the top two spots. Zach Greer finished third and Paul Reagles and Ricky Gebhardt were fourth and fifth respectively. The Slinger Bees heat races were won by Evan Hassler and Marty Tackes and Paul Reagles was the fastest qualifier at 15.219 seconds.

The Wisconsin Sport Trucks made an appearance on the high-banks and Dom Sokolik scored the victory in their exciting 20-lap feature event. Drew Habeck finished second and Brian Vixmer was third. Kasey Vanderloop took the checkered flag in fourth and Dylan Vandenberg finished fifth. Dylan Vandenberg and Cody Vanderloop were the winners of the Wisconsin Sport Truck heat races and Kyle Quella set fast time with a lap of 13.897 seconds.

The Bar Car race was won by Kevin Moldenhauer driving the Sheryl’s Club 175 entry and Jakob Hassler won the Spectator races in his Chevy Cavalier. Bill Shavlik broke Ryan Loval’s win streak at three by winning the Figure 8 race to conclude the evening.

SUPER LATE MODELS

Feature

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Steve Apel West Bend, WI 51A
2 9 Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 11P
3 4 Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 89M
4 12 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 42P
5 2 Nick Wagner Hartford, WI 38W
6 15 RJ Braun Wales, WI 92B
7 5 Brad Keith Slinger, WI 48K
8 8 Ryan DeStefano Hartland, WI 0D
9 11 Mike Held Hartford, WI 72H
10 13 Tim Lampman Oak Creek, WI 9L
11 18 Jacob Vanoskey Hartford, WI 84V
12 1 Rich Loch Muskego, WI 55L
13  10 Bobby Kendall Montello, WI 11K
14  6 Conrad Morgan Waukesha, WI 92M
15  17 Josh Wallace Genoa City, WI 8W
16  16 James Swan Genoa City, WI 97S
17  19 Nathan Matz Burlington, WI 82M
18  7 Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI 17G
19  14 Dave McCardle Menomonee Falls, WI 66M

Semi Feature

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 James Swan Genoa City, WI 97S
2 2 Josh Wallace Genoa City, WI 8W
3 3 Jacob Vanoskey Hartford, WI 84V
4 1 Nathan Matz Burlington, WI 82M
5 5 Brad Kossow Union Grove, WI 12K

Fast Dash

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 89M
2 2 Brad Keith Slinger, WI 48K
3 3 Conrad Morgan Waukesha, WI 92M
4 4 Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI 17G
5 5 Ryan DeStefano Hartland, WI 0D
6 6 Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 11P

Qualifying

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

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car Time
1 18 Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 11P 11.265
2 14 Ryan DeStefano Hartland, WI 0D 11.372
3 20 Grant Griesbach Waukesha, WI 17G 11.378
4 12 Conrad Morgan Waukesha, WI 92M 11.393
5 3 Brad Keith Slinger, WI 48K 11.395
6 10 Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 89M 11.411
7 4 Steve Apel West Bend, WI 51A 11.417
8 1 Nick Wagner Hartford, WI 38W 11.418
9 5 Rich Loch Muskego, WI 55L 11.423
10 17 Bobby Kendall Montello, WI 11K 11.445
11 7 Mike Held Hartford, WI 72H 11.452
12 2 Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 42P 11.468
13 16 Tim Lampman Oak Creek, WI 9L 11.479
14 6 Dave McCardle Menomonee Falls, WI 66M 11.533
15 15 Josh Wallace Genoa City, WI 8W 11.558
16 11 RJ Braun Wales, WI 92B 11.582
17 19 Brad Kossow Union Grove, WI 12K 11.652
18 8 Nathan Matz Burlington, WI 82M 11.673
19 9 Jacob Vanoskey Hartford, WI 84V 11.802
20 13 James Swan Genoa City, WI 97S 11.824

SPORTSMAN

Feature

30 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Jake Schraufnagel Slinger, WI 29S
2 7 Jay Kalbus Watertown, WI 27K
3 6 Paul Wagner Iron Ridge, WI 53W
4 11 Dale Lecus, Jr. Caledonia, WI 99L
5 10 Andrew Meyerhofer Menasha, WI 14M
6 4 Mark Pluer Brookfield, WI 54P
7 8 Bobby Gutknecht Oak Creek, WI 10G
8 12 Randy Ruth Menomonee Falls, WI 32R
9 2 Adam Bleskan Menomonee Falls, WI 11B
10 9 Mitchell Haver West Bend, WI 7H
11  14 Scott Scholl Pewaukee, WI 30S
12  3 Scott Shambeau Milwaukee, WI 88S
13 Natalie Haver West Bend, WI 3H
DQ 1 Jimmie Evans St. Francis, WI 101E

Heat 1

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Dale Lecus, Jr. Caledonia, WI 99L
2 1 Randy Ruth Menomonee Falls, WI 32R
3 4 Mitchell Haver West Bend, WI 7H
4 3 Andrew Meyerhofer Menasha, WI 14M
5 5 Jimmie Evans St. Francis, WI 101E
6 7 Natalie Haver West Bend, WI 3H
7 6 Scott Scholl Pewaukee, WI 30S

Heat 2

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Adam Bleskan Menomonee Falls, WI 11B
2 2 Bobby Gutknecht Oak Creek, WI 10G
3 3 Scott Shambeau Milwaukee, WI 88S
4 4 Mark Pluer Brookfield, WI 54P
5 5 Jake Schraufnagel Slinger, WI 29S
6 6 Paul Wagner Iron Ridge, WI 53W
7 7 Jay Kalbus Watertown, WI 27K

Qualifying

2 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car Time
1 11 Jay Kalbus Watertown, WI 27K 12.694
2 1 Paul Wagner Iron Ridge, WI 53W 12.785
3 12 Jake Schraufnagel Slinger, WI 29S 12.882
4 2 Mark Pluer Brookfield, WI 54P 12.889
5 3 Scott Shambeau Milwaukee, WI 88S 12.900
6 8 Bobby Gutknecht Oak Creek, WI 10G 12.907
7 9 Adam Bleskan Menomonee Falls, WI 11B 12.953
8 5 Jimmie Evans St. Francis, WI 101E 12.959
9 7 Mitchell Haver West Bend, WI 7H 12.966
10 10 Andrew Meyerhofer Menasha, WI 14M 12.993
11 4 Dale Lecus, Jr. Caledonia, WI 99L 13.206
12 14 Randy Ruth Menomonee Falls, WI 32R 13.293
13 6 Natalie Haver West Bend, WI 3H 13.520
14 13 Scott Scholl Pewaukee, WI 30S 13.724

SLINGER BEES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI 24B
2 5 Marty Tackes West Bend, WI 24T
3 3 Zach Greer Slinger, WI 44G
4 8 Paul Reagles Colgate, WI 25R
5 9 Ricky Gebhard Oconomowoc, WI 10G
6 1 Brady Held Iron Ridge, WI 04H
7 15 Garrett Konrath West Bend, WI 9K
8 11 Evan Hassler Colgate, WI 3H
9 7 Brandon Mennicke Slinger, WI 11M
10 10 Brian Stanczyk West Bend, WI 23S
11 12 JD Rudser Port Washington, WI 54R
12 13 Austin Omernick West Bend, WI 17O
13 16 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B
14 4 Jared Apel Colgate, WI 51A
DNS Matt Urban Milwaukee, WI 48U
DQ 14 Nick Schmidt Watertown, WI 09S

Heat 1

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Evan Hassler Colgate, WI 3H
2 4 Brian Stanczyk West Bend, WI 23S
3 7 Zach Greer Slinger, WI 44G
4 5 Brady Held Iron Ridge, WI 04H
5 8 Jared Apel Colgate, WI 51A
6 1 Austin Omernick West Bend, WI 17O
7 6 Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI 24B
8 2 JD Rudser Port Washington, WI 54R

Heat 2

8 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Marty Tackes West Bend, WI 24T
2 7 Garrett Konrath West Bend, WI 9K
3 8 Nick Schmidt Watertown, WI 09S
4 3 Brandon Mennicke Slinger, WI 11M
5 6 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B
6 4 Ricky Gebhard Oconomowoc, WI 10G
7 5 Paul Reagles Colgate, WI 25R
8 (DNF) 2 Matt Urban Milwaukee, WI 48U

Qualifying

2 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car Time
1 1 Paul Reagles Colgate, WI 25R 15.219
2 4 Ricky Gebhard Oconomowoc, WI 10G 15.220
3 3 Brandon Mennicke Slinger, WI 11M 15.284
4 16 Matt Urban Milwaukee, WI 48U 15.331
5 15 Marty Tackes West Bend, WI 24T 15.399
6 2 Jared Apel Colgate, WI 51A 15.419
7 7 Zach Greer Slinger, WI 44G 15.423
8 14 Brandon Tackes West Bend, WI 24B 15.511
9 6 Brady Held Iron Ridge, WI 04H 15.573
10 12 Brian Stanczyk West Bend, WI 23S 15.583
11 8 Evan Hassler Colgate, WI 3H 15.594
12 11 JD Rudser Port Washington, WI 54R 15.615
13 5 Austin Omernick West Bend, WI 17O 15.765
DQ 13 Nick Schmidt Watertown, WI 09S 0.000
DQ 10 Garrett Konrath West Bend, WI 9K 0.000
DQ 9 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B 0.000

FIGURE 8S

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Bill Shavlik West Bend, WI 0S
2 3 Carl Benn Milwaukee, WI 01B
3 5 Rick Bruskiewicz Mayville, WI 17B
4 4 Nick Ostberg West Bend, WI 1O
5 (DNF) 6 Ryan Lovald Muskego, WI 67L
6 (DNF) 2 Patrick Wardlaw Menomonee Falls, WI 55W

WISCONSIN SPORT TRUCKS

Feature

20 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Dom Sokolik Fond Du Lac, WI 40S
2 8 Drew Habeck Green Bay, WI 21H
3 2 Brian Vixmer Fond Du Lac, WI 5V
4 1 Kasey Vanderloop Freedom, WI 2V
5 3 Dylan Vandenberg Neenah, WI 15V
6 9 JJ Vanderloop Freedom, WI 72V
7 4 Keith Habeck Green Bay, WI 19H
8 7 Jason Van Handel Freedom, WI 6V
9 11 Beth Craig Appleton, WI 79C
10 6 Cody Vanderloop Appleton, WI 4V
11 (DNF) 10 Kyle Quella Appleton, WI 02Q

Heat 1

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 3 Dylan Vandenberg Neenah, WI 15V
2 2 Brian Vixmer Fond Du Lac, WI 5V
3 4 Keith Habeck Green Bay, WI 19H
4 1 Kasey Vanderloop Freedom, WI 2V
5 5 Beth Craig Appleton, WI 79C

Heat 2

10 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Cody Vanderloop Appleton, WI 4V
2 1 Dom Sokolik Fond Du Lac, WI 40S
3 3 Jason Van Handel Freedom, WI 6V
4 6 Kyle Quella Appleton, WI 02Q
5 5 JJ Vanderloop Freedom, WI 72V
DNS Drew Habeck Green Bay, WI 21H

Qualifying

2 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car Time
1 11 Kyle Quella Appleton, WI 02Q 13.887
2 4 JJ Vanderloop Freedom, WI 72V 13.944
3 2 Drew Habeck Green Bay, WI 21H 14.153
4 8 Jason Van Handel Freedom, WI 6V 14.172
5 10 Cody Vanderloop Appleton, WI 4V 14.220
6 3 Dom Sokolik Fond Du Lac, WI 40S 14.301
7 1 Keith Habeck Green Bay, WI 19H 14.495
8 12 Tom Krueger Green Bay, WI 65K 14.887
9 7 Dylan Vandenberg Neenah, WI 15V 14.905
10 13 Brian Vixmer Fond Du Lac, WI 5V 14.923
11 9 Kasey Vanderloop Freedom, WI 2V 15.145
12 5 Beth Craig Appleton, WI 79C 15.494
13 6 Blaine Habeck Green Bay, WI 20H 19.266

SPECTATOR ELIMINATORS

Feature

00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Jakob Hassler Colgate, WI 63019

BAR CARS

Feature

6 laps | 00:00:00

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Sheryl’s 175 * Slinger, WI 175
2 1 Raceway * Slinger, WI 60
3 2 Hank’s * Hartford, WI 11
4 3 Good Times * Allenton, WI 3
5 5 Finish Line * Slinger, WI 16
6 6 Foolery’s * Okauchee Lake, WI 00