Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alex Takes 4th in Return to Slinger

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 21—Just under a year removed from suffering serious injuries that threatened his career, legendary driver Conrad Morgan let the racing world know he was back Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway has he drove to a flag to flag win in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial 60-lap super late model feature event.

“I’m wore out,” the veteran driver stated from victory lane after taking the victory over Ryan DeStefano and Gary LaMonte as he seemed to grasp the moment of capturing the super late model feature checkered flag in this his 51st year of competition and following his long recovery, “You don’t dare…you can’t give these young guys a chance because if you do you’re not going to win. I knew I was going to have to drive for everything that car was worth from lap one to lap sixty.”
“There’s been a ton of work into this car since last June,” Morgan continued, “It took us eleven months to get this car where it is today and it’s the best car I’ve ever driven.”

“I had some doubts about coming back from about July to December and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it,” Morgan explained describing his recovery time, “Once I got into January, I started to feel better and when I came up here and hot lapped the car about a month ago the car was so good and I felt so comfortable in it I just had to get over the anxiety of racing around other cars and I think I’ve managed that.”
 
 


Morgan charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag and scooted out front over Ryan DeStefano while Alex Prunty, Brad Mueller, and Gary LaMonte began to work their way forward from deeper in the field. By the halfway mark, Morgan maintained his lead over DeStefano who remained within striking distance as LaMonte first went to work on Mueller to take over fourth place. A few laps later, with Morgan continuing to lead, LaMonte caught and passed Prunty for third as the lead cars worked their way through lapped traffic. While DeStefano remained is Morgan’s rear mirror over the closing laps, he was unable to make a serious bid for the lead as Morgan drove under the twin checkered flags for the victory. DeStefano finished a strong second while LaMonte charged from his sixth row starting spot to finish third. Alex Prunty and Brad Mueller rounded out the top five while Brad Keith and Fred Winn were sixth and seventh respectively. Grant Griesbach, Chris Blawat, and Rob Braun completed the top ten finishers

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Andy Flatt Wins 1st Alex Prunty Racing MPTC Scholarship!

Congratulations to Andy Flatt from Lomira High School on being awarded the 1st $500 Alex Prunty Racing Moraine Park Technical College Scholarship Award!

Andy will be attending MPTC for Mechanical Design Technology! Wishing you the best of luck, and hope you enjoy your experience at Moraine Park Technical College!

Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and certificate programs. To learn more about Moraine Park, visit www.MorainePark.edu

Monday, May 8, 2017

3rd Place Finsh at Slinger Opener!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 7— Taking advantage of a brake issue by early race leader Gary LaMonte, Steve Apel stormed to the lead on lap 54 of the 75-lap super late model feature and never looked back, capturing the victory in the 70th season opener Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I don’t know what happened to LaMonte but we were chasing him down and it could’ve been hard to pass him,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane, “On that last restart it sounded like his motor was popping a little bit but we got the lead and never looked back.”

“Wednesday night we came here (to practice) and had problems,” Apel continued, “And the guys spent all night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to get the car ready and I can’t thank them enough.”
After LaMonte’s issues dropped him back in the running order, Jeff Holtz and Alex Prunty battled for the runner-up spot with Holtz edging Prunty for the position at the checkered flag.

“I needed that yellow flag near the end there so I could get it back under control, “Holtz stated after his second place finish, “I was just about getting ready to spin it out there about halfway through but I’m glad the car’s home in one piece and I’ll take second place.”

“We had a tight car and after that last restart there was a little front contact,” Alex Prunty said describing his battle with Holtz and finishing third, “But we got third place with a car that was less than spectacular from what I’m used to and we’ll get it back together this week and when we come back we’ll be good.”

Ryan DeStefano battled all day and finished a respectable fourth while Fred Winn scored his first top five in nearly four years. Rob Braun and Grant Griesbach finished sixth and seventh respectively while Gary LaMonte’s late race brake issues dropped him to eighth after pacing the first 53 laps of the event. Rich Loch and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten finishers.
The event was slowed twice by caution flags, both for minor incidents, and early contenders Brad Mueller, Chris Blawat, and Conrad Morgan all retired with mechanical issues before the event was concluded.
 
 
 

Jerry Eckhardt broke his own record for being the oldest event winner at Slinger by capturing the super late model semi-feature over Brad Keith and Jake Vanoskey. Tim Lampmann finished fourth and David McCardle was fifth. Brad Keith, Ryan DeStefano, and Steve Apel each won a super late model heat race and Conrad Morgan returned from injuries suffered last year in grand style by turning in the fastest lap in qualifying at 11.212 seconds.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Slinger Cancelled for April 30

Mother Nature Wins! The weather forecast for Sunday was rain, cold, and wind. In the interest of the fans and competitors Slinger postponed the season opener to next Sunday May 7. Racing at 2pm, see you there!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Kulwicki DDP Championship Banquet an Incredible Experience!

Story By Speed51.com!  To watch the live replay of the banquet FREE, follow this link! http://speed51.com/replay-the-2016-kulwicki-driver-development-banquet/

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The Kulwicki Driver Development Program team descended upon Concord, North Carolina on Wednesday night to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 class, Alex Prunty’s KDDP championship and what would have been Alan Kulwicki’s 62nd birthday.

The banquet was streamed live on Speed51.com and featured speeches from KDDP founder Tom Roberts, the banquet emcee Bob Dillner, the featured guest Kyle Petty and six KDDP drivers.

The man of the hour was Alex Prunty, a 24-year-old from Wisconsin, who claimed the KDDP championship over Maine’s Dave Farrington Jr.  Prunty received the special “Mighty Mouse” trophy, as well as a hefty check for $54,439.

Prunty said that even though he was nervous to deliver his speech, he loved the event and being a part of the entire program.

“This whole event has been amazing,” Prunty told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I just can’t thank the whole Kulwicki Driver Development Program enough for everything they’ve done for me.  It’s been an honor to represent them.”

Being that Prunty is a Wisconsin native just like Kulwicki, he said that connection made the program mean a little bit extra to him.

“It’s incredible seeing how many people know of Alan,” Prunty stated.  “I was born the year that he passed away, but every race we go to we find someone with a story.  It’s really cool having this strong heritage with Alan being from pretty much five minutes away from where I work.”

As the only driver to be in the program two years in a row, Dave Farrington joked in his speech that he was like a big brother to the rest of his KDDP competitors.

“This program made me an overall better person and made us a better race team,” Farrington said.  “It changed our whole racing program and opened up many opportunities for us.”
 
Farrington was one driver who took his tribute to Alan Kulwicki to the next level.  In September he decided to change his number from his traditional No. 23 to No. 7 in honor of Kulwicki.  He debuted that number at a Granite State Pro Stock Series race at Connecticut’s New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
 
“It was an honor to carry that number,” Farrington said.  “Especially because we were able to take it to victory lane in our first race with the number after leading the last seven laps.”
 
Michael Ostdiek, Brandon Setzer, Cody Haskins and Quin Houff also delivered speeches Wednesday night during the banquet.  Jeremy Doss, the fourth-place finisher in KDDP points, was unable to attend due to school obligations. Although he was unable to speak, his work throughout the season was honored by Roberts.

The application process for the 2017 Kulwicki Driver Development Program has already begun.  More information can be found at www.kulwickiddp.com.

-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
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Friday, December 2, 2016

"Kulwicki Cup" a BIG DEAL for Alex & Team!

Thanks to everyone for the support throughout the season, as well as for the well wishes! Here are a few articles that have been written about the Kulwicki Cup!


Dodge County Pionier: Zach Cook









NBC Sports: Jerry Bonkowski
http://nascar.nbcsports.com/2016/11/25/wisconsin-native-alex-prunty-wins-kulwicki-cup-championship/


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/motor/2016/12/01/reiser-committed-new-role-roush-fenway/94707244/

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Alex Wins Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Title!

ALEX PRUNTY CLAIMS 2016 “KULWICKI CUP” CHAMPIONSHIP
-Rising Wisconsin Racing Star Outpoints Maine’s Farrington by Slimmest of Margins-
 
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2016) – Alex Prunty, a 24-year-old rising racing star from Lomira, Wisconsin, has won the 2016 “Kulwicki Cup” Championship, officials for the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) announced today.  Prunty won the title by eight points (533-525) over New England standout Dave Farrington, Jr., from Jay, Maine.
 
            “I applaud our advisory board for the outstanding job they did in evaluating the seven drivers and want to say a special thanks to last year’s inaugural champion Ty Majeski for also taking part in the process,” said KDDP Executive Director Tom Roberts.  “The battle for this year’s Kulwicki Cup title was as exciting and intense as it could be.  Unlike last season when our champion (Majeski) had such a spectacular fall that he distanced himself from the competition, this contest was incredibly close and went down to the wire.
 
            “The final point standings certainly reflect the importance of everything that goes into winning our prestigious award.  It’s not just what you do on the race track that counts.  Our mission is to help worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan Kulwicki’s memory and legacy alive.  I think our board and Ty did an excellent job in keeping that goal paramount in this undertaking.
 
            “The board members and Ty were superb in completing their assignment,” said Roberts.  “They considered each driver’s on-track accomplishments and continued to place great value on community involvement, off-track projects and social media activities.  They awarded bonus points for drivers going the extra mile in representing our organization.”
 
The final 2016 KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” point standings:
 
1) – Alex Prunty – 533
2) – Dave Farrington Jr. – 525
3) – Michael Ostdiek -- 496
4) – Jeremy Doss – 488
5) – Brandon Setzer – 246
6) – Cody Haskins – 204
7) – Quin Houff – 175
 
            “While Alex held a considerable points lead for the most of the season, Dave was relentless in his efforts on and off the track,” said Roberts.  “Both drivers faced some of the toughest competition out there on a weekly basis.  In the end, it was the overall judging & bonus points that gave Alex the edge.  They truly are both championship-caliber competitors.”
 
Prunty moved up to Super Late Models for the 2016 season and won races at Slinger Speedway and at Dells Raceway Park.  He earned Rookie of the Year honors at Slinger and finished third in the track’s SLM division points for the year.  He was lauded during the judging process for his off-track activities including starting the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Go-Kart Program for young racers and constantly spreading the Kulwicki theme to schools, libraries and businesses in the area.  He received national attention for the Alan Kulwicki memorial helmet he debuted at the Slinger Nationals and wore much of the season.  He was a social media savant; constantly posting about his racing, his numerous off-track activities and the KDDP program in general.  He shared a tremendous communication level with all the other drivers.
 
            Farrington, the only driver to be a member of both KDDP classes, posted five wins and 18 top-five finishes during the competition, including his first career victories at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  He carried the Kulwicki colors in a remarkable 38 races at 10 tracks in four states.  Farrington received special accolades from the voting panel for his off-track activities that included starting the Dave Farrington Jr. Scholarship Fund given to a deserving high school student, visiting hospitals and contributing his time to numerous community activities.  He ran several special color schemes during the season, featuring tributes to Kulwicki and Dennis Czarnyszka, a board member who passed away in June.  He even changed his car number to “7” (Kulwicki’s number) for the final races of the season.  Farrington also received praise for his social media activities during the year.
 
            “Although the contest for the Kulwicki Cup ultimately came down to the battle between Alex and Dave, Michael Ostdiek and Jeremy Doss are to be commended for hanging in there and making the points situation interesting until the very end,” said Roberts.  “Those two drivers both earned more on-track points than the others and their off-track activities were duly noted by the voters.  Brandon Setzer came on strong at the end on and off the track.  He was moving up in the standings and his community service work was impressive.  Cody Haskins and Quin Houff both started strong in every aspect, but equipment failures and issues out of their control took their toll before the season ended.
 
 “Alan would have been so proud of all of these racers,” said Roberts.  “When you look back on the season, each of them certainly benefitted from our support and progressed in some unique fashion during the year.  They were great representatives for the KDDP and we will forever appreciate their efforts.  They are all special young competitors who have promising careers in racing if given the right opportunities.”
 
Prunty and the other six members of the 2016 KDDP class will be honored during the organization’s banquet set for Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Highlighting the activities for the evening (which would have been Alan Kulwicki’s 62nd birthday) will be the presentation of the winner’s check for $54,439 and the special KDDP Kulwicki Cup Champion’s trophy to Prunty.  The event will feature a live online broadcast by Speed51.com, the official media partner of the KDDP.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Look for Alex in Today's Dodge County Pionier!

Here is the newspaper article from the Dodge County Pionier about our visit to LHS last week! It's a great read, check it out! Newspaper is available in the area today! Thanks to Zach Cook for the great write up!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Alex Heads Back to Lomira High School as "Professor Prunty!"

Special thanks goes out to the Lomira High School for having me come in and teach the "Racing Dynamics & Engineering" class for the day! We had the race car on hand in the auto shop, and went through everything from the engine, to shocks, driver safety, gearing, and set-up and handling aspects!

It was a lot of fun to go back to the high school 5 years since graduation! Thanks to Dodge County Pionier reporter Zach Cook for the action shots!
 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Alex Will be a Special Guest Speaker at Lomira High School Next Wednesday, November 2nd!



 

 We are happy to announce that after being out of high school for 5 years, Alex will be returning to the Lomira High School in a little different position than he had gotten used to in the past, as a special guest speaker for the “Racing Dynamics & Engineering” class! Alex will have his race car on hand at the school for all the students to see in the automotive shop, and will be teaching the students common uses of Engineering & physics in a real life application, as well as showing them all the crazy set-up tricks and strategies that he uses on his super late model racing at the local short tracks!

The one-of-a-kind class was started in 2010 by science teacher and local racer Aaron Cain! Alex was a student in this class, and took a real interest in learning about the relationship between physics and engineering, and how it can be applied to motorsports! Projects that they did in the class included the introduction into physics calculations, aerodynamics, racing related handling theories, and much much more, including testing setup changes on Aaron Cain’s racing go-cart on the grass field behind the school!

 

COURSE TITLE: RACING DYNAMICS AND ENGINEERING

Semester Course GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Racing Dynamics and Engineering is a challenging course concentrating on the science surrounding racecars. Some of the topics include Aerodynamics, Physics, Traction Theory, and the Internal Combustion Engine. This class will also have a strong project component that will require you to complete many projects outside of class. Due to the unique nature of the class you will use many of the skills that you have learned in other classes. Students should plan on using Math and English skills while completing this course. All Students will be required to keep a notebook to record notes.

Alex is very excited to show all the students of the class what racing is all about, and also continue to gain youth interest in motorsports! After doing several events this year, it has become more and more apparent that there are a lot of students in schools that have not had the opportunity to see a race car up close, and be able to ask questions about the components on the car, and how they can get involved in motorsports. Alex will also be getting all the students some free tickets to come watch him race at Slinger Speedway in 2017!