Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2nd Place Feature Finish a Great Accomplishment in 3rd Race at Slinger!


After being the fastest car in practice, we went out to qualify and had the car in front of us spin out on his final lap, thus causing us to have to pull off and attempt to requalify. Unfortunately, this heated up the car, and filled the tires full of built up rubber from on the track. I was able to requalify a few minutes later, and qualified 8th, respectively out of the 28 car field!

This started us 4th in the feature. After falling to 5th on the start, Alex was able to work his way up to 3rd by lap 10, and chase down first and second. 45 laps into the race, we found ourselves tight on the back bumper of 2nd, and Alex made a move to take over the 2nd spot with just 15 laps to go. A caution would come out, and we would line up alongside Jamie Wallace, a multi-time Super late model champion with 15+ years of experience in the Super Late Models! We battled side by side for about a couple laps, when I dropped in line behind him, hoping he would make a mistake in the closing laps. We pulled away from the rest of the field, but I was unable to pass the leader, as he was just as fast as me. All in all, it was a CAREER BEST 2nd place finish in the super late model, in just his 3rd start at Slinger! Definitely was overwhelmed with excitement!


This great finish also lifted us to 4th in the point standings, just 2 on track positions behind 3rd! We're making a lot of progress fast, hope it continues! We even turned the fastest lap time of the race!

Before we raced last night, we had the 1st race of the season for the memorial go-carts, a volunteer program in which I mentor 2 drivers, one 10 years old, and the other 14. Neither kids have raced any type of vehicle before. It would be an incredible experience, as one of my drivers started LAST, and with an amazing display of crossovers & beautiful moves of a veteran, went on to win both his heat race & Feature! A clean sweep in his first time driving!

 Here are this weeks video highlights! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3A5afawgDs

Slinger Race Recap: http://www.slingersuperspeedway.com/articles/052316/jamie-wallace-back-victory-lane-slinger 
 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7th Place Feature Finish After Early Race Damage, and 4th Place Qualifying effort

Frigid temperatures could not deter the 24th Annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial night at Slinger Speedway. Nearly ninety entries had their eyes on the prize, wanting to earn the coveted trophies for the first weekly Sunday night program at the quarter-mile. The cold track resulted in two new track records, heated contests and photo finishes. Alex Prunty, a current Kulwicki Development Driver, treated fans to autographed photo cards and treats as he showcased the go kart he will be mentoring for some young hopeful racer of the future.

Dennis Prunty was fifth in the qualifying line, setting fast time over nearly thirty super late models, With Alex coming in 4th. Lowell Bennett, Josh Wallace and Brad Mueller won the heats and Johnny DeAngelis led the final four from the semi to the feature field. Prunty rolled the die to place himself in the sixth row for the 60-lap feature, and one driver used his one-time provisional for this race. The 21-car field was led by Rob Braun and Rich Loch, followed by Gary Lamonte, Travis Dassow, Ryan DeStefano, Mueller, Alex Prunty and defending champion Steve Apel. Loch launched to the lead on the outer groove until his car was spun on lap seven after contact from Dassow, sending both to the rear of the pack. Alex, got caught in the maylay, and needed to pull off the track to the attention of his pit crew for repairs. The field chose their lanes for the next green flag and Mueller zoomed ahead to lead the way.

Dennis Prunty worked his way to lead the race by lap twenty, with Apel right behind. Just past the halfway mark a spun car brought out the next caution flag, with Prunty choosing his preferred outer lane with Apel inside. Prunty held the point again, surviving another caution with nineteen laps remaining. The duo repeated their lane choices with the same result. With nine laps remaining Brad Keith’s car crashed hard into the concrete wall, the driver climbing out unhurt, but his car not so lucky. This time Apel had the edge on the next green flag, but Prunty roared back to the lead on the outside, the pair putting on quite a show. The final fourteen cars crossed the finish line with Prunty earning his second win in a row with Apel and Mueller in hot pursuit. Dassow returned to the front for a fourth-place finish and DeStefano completed the top five. Prunty was asked about the challenges from Apel, quipping, “I did that for the fans. I thought I’d let him lead a lap,” continuing, “The car was a little tight. We want to go race with Ty Majeski some day,” referring to Wisconsin’s current most successful racer. Alex Prunty was happy with a seventh-place finish to reflect Kulwicki’s former car number, after passing numbers of cars using the outside lane.


 


Alex Prunty Eager to Prove he Belongs in Kulwicki Memorial at Slinger Sunday


Pre-Race 50,000 Penny Pick-up for Kids


(Slinger, WI) After a scheduled week off, racing returns to the Slinger Super Speedway, Sunday evening, May 15.


Super late models will headline with the 24th annual running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial. They’ll be joined by late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees and figure 8’s as the high banked quarter mile oval begins its evening race tradition after opening the 2016 campaign with an afternoon affair.


The event honors the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion and former Slinger Super Speedway track champion who perished in a plane crash in 1993. Sunday night’s race carries special meaning and extra pressure for Kulwicki Development driver, and Slinger Super Speedway super late model rookie, Alex Prunty.

 In its second season, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is a coast-to-coast driver development showcase that pits seven of the most talented young drivers against each other in a yearlong chase to be named the Kulwicki Cup winner. Prunty, a two-time Slinger late model titlist, is one of the selected seven drivers.


“The board of the Kulwicki program believes in me and they do such a great job of making you believe in yourself,” said Prunty. “Steve (Apel) did such a great job of representing the program last year, here at Slinger. It’s going to be hard to compete with that. But looking back at the history that Alan has at Slinger, it’s an honor to be selected to represent the program.”

 
Drivers who were rising young stars at the time have won the Slinger Speedway Kulwicki Memorial, including Matt Kenseth, Andrew Morrissey and Brad Mueller. Veteran champions Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan and Al Schill have also scored the win in the Kulwicki Memorial. Last year’s Kulwicki Memorial was won by John DeAngelis, Jr, who in 2015 was a Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist.

Sunday, Prunty looks to prove that he belongs in the driver development program by prevailing in the Kulwicki Memorial.


“It’s going to be tough, because I’m a super late model rookie,” Prunty continues. “But it’s one that I want really, really bad and I’m hoping that the fire is going to be strong enough that it’ll propel me to the win.”


In addition to the high-banked quarter mile oval racing action, the evening will feature a roll over contest. Combatants launch off a ramp and attempt to roll over their car as many times as possible.


Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00. A 50,000 penny pick-up for kids 11 and under is scheduled for 6:15. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.


Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.


There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2016 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at:www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Westbury Bank / KDDP Memorial Go-Kart Inc. team!


Alex will be working as a team mentor for Collin P., Luke T., and Zach P. all season long helping to develop their racing skills, and provide youth will a positive extracurricular activity showing them the ins and outs of racing, all while keeping the memories of Parker Klumb and Alan Kulwicki alive! Check out the awesome Alan Kulwicki design on the cart, thanks to Nick Egan! For more info on the Memorial go karts, follow the link: http://www.memorialgo-kart.org/




Alex Prunty Eager to Prove he Belongs in Kulwicki Memorial at Slinger Sunday


Pre-Race 50,000 Penny Pick-up for Kids

(Slinger, WI) After a scheduled week off, racing returns to the Slinger Super Speedway, Sunday evening, May 15.

Super late models will headline with the 24th annual running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial. They’ll be joined by late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees and figure 8’s as the high banked quarter mile oval begins its evening race tradition after opening the 2016 campaign with an afternoon affair.

The event honors the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion and former Slinger Super Speedway track champion who perished in a plane crash in 1993. Sunday night’s race carries special meaning and extra pressure for Kulwicki Development driver, and Slinger Super Speedway super late model rookie, Alex Prunty.

 In its second season, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is a coast-to-coast driver development showcase that pits seven of the most talented young drivers against each other in a yearlong chase to be named the Kulwicki Cup winner. Prunty, a two-time Slinger late model titlist, is one of the selected seven drivers.

“The board of the Kulwicki program believes in me and they do such a great job of making you believe in yourself,” said Prunty. “Steve (Apel) did such a great job of representing the program last year, here at Slinger. It’s going to be hard to compete with that. But looking back at the history that Alan has at Slinger, it’s an honor to be selected to represent the program.”

Drivers who were rising young stars at the time have won the Slinger Speedway Kulwicki Memorial, including Matt Kenseth, Andrew Morrissey and Brad Mueller. Veteran champions Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan and Al Schill have also scored the win in the Kulwicki Memorial. Last year’s Kulwicki Memorial was won by John DeAngelis, Jr, who in 2015 was a Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist.

Sunday, Prunty looks to prove that he belongs in the driver development program by prevailing in the Kulwicki Memorial.

“It’s going to be tough, because I’m a super late model rookie,” Prunty continues. “But it’s one that I want really, really bad and I’m hoping that the fire is going to be strong enough that it’ll propel me to the win.
In addition to the high-banked quarter mile oval racing action, the evening will feature a roll over contest. Combatants launch off a ramp and attempt to roll over their car as many times as possible.

Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00. A 50,000 penny pick-up for kids 11 and under is scheduled for 6:15. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.

Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2016 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at:www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1st Heat Race Win, and 8th Place Feature Finish in Debut @ Slinger Speedway in a Super!

Victory Image Photo
This weekend was the first time Alex have ever raced the Super Late at Slinger. It rained most of the morning, but after practice was done, we looked to be a solid top 10 car borderline top 5. In qualifying, Alex learned from his mistake last week at the Dells, and had a better idea of what this new 10" tire we are now on will do, and just BARELY missed fast time! Fast time was an 11.24, we qualified 6th with a 11.28! Some pretty tight times for the 33 car field!



By qualifying in the top 6, we were in the "Fast Dash" (The 6 fastest cars in the division for 10 laps). We started on the pole, and his my first attempt, we were able to hold off Steve Apel (3 time& defending Super Late Model Track Champion @ Slinger) and Brad JJ Mueller (3 time Super Late Model Track Champion) for his first career Fast Dash win in his 1st Attempt!
Sleeveless Bob Photo

​We were very conservative with adjustments on the car after heat race, because we had never ran a feature at slinger before in this division. The car was a touch tight in the heat race, but we opted to leave it and see what changes as the tires wear. After leading the first 3 laps, the car got too tight for Alex to race for the lead in the bottom, and we just started logging laps. He ran 6th most of the race, and toward the end, he had a little issue with lapped traffic. Ended up 8th. Still not bad for a rookie! We beat A TON of good cars, and had a lot of fun doing so!



We also made the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Newspaper! Check it out! http://www.jsonline.com/sports/autoracing/376918351.html

Also, here are highlites from the race!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdLYvayfGd0&feature=youtu.be







Victory Image



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

14th Place DNF Icebreaker 100 Finish, a Result of Overheating



J&S Design Photo From Qualifying
We left for the track Saturday morning, and unloaded really fast. We had practice from 12-6, and that gave us time to try a bunch of new things. Out of the 36 cars there, we ended the day with the 2nd fastest time of the day! I was very excited from the time we unloaded the car, not only because of how fast we were, but because of the competitors we were up against.

Sunday was race day, and we started out by being top 5 in all the practices. Alex continued being very happy with the car. He went into qualifying being very confident we would turn a fast lap and make the show, but unfortunately he made a rookie mistake on his final lap, and lost a little time as the car turned much better than he was anticipating, and he hit the rumple strips causing the car to jump sideways. Still turned a fast lap of a 13.396, but needed a 13.36 to make it into the show.


So because we did not make the show in on time, we had to race our way in through the qualifying race, along with several other big name drivers. The top 4 transferred, and we finished 3rd, putting us in the big show! After starting 20th, knowing we had a really good car we slowly started to work our way through the field, and found ourselves in the top 10 at the halfway point of the race, turning the same times as the leaders. Being as hot as it was outside, a lot of cars were having overheating issues, due to several red flags for blown engines.  Just after the half-way point running 9th, both the water temperature and oil temperature gauges pegged hot, and we were forced to pull off to the attention of the pit crew to cool the engine down. Officially finished 14th.




Full Write Up From DRP:



Ultimate Lap Photo
Andrew Morrissey of Deforest, WI put together a marvelous run after a race long battle with Nascar Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter to capture the 2nd annual Icebreaker 100 Sunday afternoon at The Dells Raceway Park. Morrissey, fresh off his fall victory at the speedway in the Falloween 150 has become the man to beat as he has now held serve in back to back crown jewel races at the speedway against some of the country's top drivers. Morrissey lead the field to green from the pole position with Roscoe, IL standout Austin Nason in hot pursuit. After only a handful of laps the first caution flew for the 2015 Slinger Speedway Champion Steven Apel who had an issue and spun in turn four and lady luck would relegate Apel and his beautiful new Toyota Tundra to the pits for the day. On the restart Morrissey would once again resume the lead with now Johnny Sauter and DRP standout Bobby Kendall filling his mirror. Sauter continued to pressure Morrissey looking for the lead and finally taking the top spot right before the halfway mark just in time to collect the Earnest Performance halfway leader bonus. Sauter would continue to lead with Morrissey in tow until lap 69 when Morrissey would make the winning move and recapture the top spot from Sauter who now had a mirror full of Minnesota two time ARCA Champion Dan Fredrickson, and the 2015 Alan Kulwicki development driver champ Ty Majeski. Fredrickson worked Sauter high and low to take the second spot only to have the two tangle on the next lap sending Fredrickson spinning and collecting 2015 Walbeck Classic winner Jeff Storm who had patiently work his way into the top 5. After the dust settled the field was reset for an eight lap shootout with Morrissey leading the Delaware double file restart to green with Majeski in second followed by 2015 DRP Track Champion Tim Schendel, 2015 Midwest Truck series champ Derek Kraus and Grundy County Speedways finest Eddie Hoffman. Morrissey would be marvelous to the end while Schendel worked his way past Majeski for second with the young star Derek Kraus coming home an impressive fourth in his first Icebreaker performance and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
The 2nd annual ICEBREAKER was a success! Thank you to all of the drivers for putting on a great show, the staff for all of their hard work and the fans for choosing Dells Raceway Park!


 


Super Late Models - Qualify


0 No. Name Time
1 42 Dennis Prunty 13.230
2 21 Tim Schendel 13.235
3 5 Travis Sauter 13.250
4 5 Jonny Sauter 13.260
5 90 Duke Long 13.266
6 36 Dan Fredrickson 13.283
7 9 Derek Kraus 13.301
8 8 Eddie Hoffman 13.326
9 97 Cole Anderson 13.333
10 11 Bobby Kendall 13.334
11 14 Austin Nason 13.337
12 27 Alexandre Gingras 13.340
13 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.353
14 25 Jeff Storm 13.366
15 8 Scott Tomasik 13.369
16 7 John DeAngelis 13.385
17 11 Alex Prunty 13.396
18 51 Steve Apel 13.408
19 91 Ty Majeski 13.425
20 97 James Swan 13.431
21 89 Mike Egan 13.447
22 52 Chad Walen 13.447
23 2 Greg Borchardt 13.472
24 44 Mike Lichtfeld 13.488
25 75 Joel Theisen 13.493
26 61 Steven Rubeck 13.509
27 99 Jerry Gille 13.512
28 4 Robert Maynor 13.571
29 66 Alex Stumpf 13.598
30 7 Erik Darnell 13.617
31 52 Keith Tolf 13.630
32 31 Dale Schultz 


Super Late Models - Odd Qual
0 No. Name Time
1 8 Scott Tomasik
2 91 Ty Majeski
3 11 Alex Prunty
4 89 Mike Egan
5 66 Alex Stumpf
6 2 Greg Borchardt
7 99 Jerry Gille
8 52 Keith Tolf
9 75 Joel Theisen