Monday, June 29, 2015

Alex Picks Up 1st Career Super Late Model Fast Time in 5th Career Start, Finished Strong 3rd in Feature at Dells Raceway Park

 Jeff Storm from Waterford WI, won the 1st annual Marlin Walbeck Classic Saturday night at Dells Raceway Park. Ben Pettis and Mike Lichtfeld brought the field to green with Lichtfeld taking the early lead followed by Landry Potter and John Deangelis Jr. in hot pursuit. A early caution bunched the field again but Lichtfeld was up to the challenge and set sail while eventual winner Jeff Storm started working his way th...rough the field. At the half way break it was Lichtfeld leading the pack and picking up the bonus cash of $300 for being the mid-race leader. After the pit stop Lichtfeld ran into a mechanical issue an could not restart the second half which gave way to Storm as he had patiently worked his way up to second. It was current DRP and CWRA point leader Tim Schendal who kept Storm busy through out the second half of the event, but Storm would not be denied and held on to win the prestigious event with Schendal coming in second, fast qualifier Alex Prunty finished third, Wisconsin Rapids Mark Eswein took fouth and Bobby Kendall fifth. Trophy Dash winner was Kendall. Heat race winners were Ken Jacoby, Mark Eswein, and Travis Volm, and the B-main was won by Collin Reffner. DRP Would like to Thank the Walbeck Family and CWRA for helping put on the first annual Marlin Walbeck Memorial along with all the fans, drivers and race teams who made the night a success.

Wisconsin Dells WI, 6/27/15
Marlin Walbeck Memorial
1 25 Jeff Storm
2 21 Tim Schendel
3 11P Alex Prunty
4 71E Mark Eswein
5 11 Bobby Kendall
6 22P Landry Potter
7 31J Cory Jankowski
8 97 Cole Anderson
9 22 Ben Pettis
10 7 John DeAngelis
11 23 Ryan Hinner
12 87 Collin Reffner
13 32L Steve Lichtfeld
14 54 Chad Devine
15 88J Ken Jacoby
16 44L Mike Lichtfeld
17 18N Frank Nitzke
18 45 Erin Schlough
19 711 Travis Volm

Heat#1 Ken Jacoby Even Heat:Travis Volm Odd Heat: Mark Eswein Dash: Bobby Kendall B-Main: Collin Reffner

Jacoby Waterproofing Super Late Model Qualifying
1 11P Alex Prunty 13.626
2 21 Tim Schendel 13.666
3 7 John DeAngelis 13.668
4 11 Bobby Kendall 13.676
5 25 Jeff Storm 13.684
6 22P Landry Potter 13.699
7 97 Cole Anderson 13.704
8 44L Mike Lichtfeld 13.765
9 22BP Ben Pettis 13.805
10 45 Erin Schlough 13.838
11 23 Ryan Hinner 13.861
12 31J Cory Jankowski 13.901
13 71E Mark Eswine 13.914
14 711 Travis Volm 13.962
15 3 Jeff Weinfurter 13.977
16 18N Frank Nitzke 14.010
17 87 Collin Reffner 14.055
18 13 Mike Breiner 14.159
19 32L Steve Lichtfeld 14.196
20 88J Ken Jacoby 14.258
21 54 Chad Devine 14.423
22 13 Cody Smiley 14.519
23 33 Bernie Fritz 15.054
24 85 Kirby Kirth DNS

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4th Place Finish Brings Alex Back Within 1 Point in Hunt for Championship

Al Stippich took the lead on lap 10 and turned back numerous challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event to score his first feature victory at Slinger in four years.

Jack Stern led the opening lap before Brian Holtz took over the top spot on lap two and held the lead until Stippich used the outside line to grab the lead on a restart following a caution flag on lap nine. Four more caution periods slowed the race and each time Stippich fended off different challengers as he remained out front before pulling away in the end to capture the victory. Jordan DeVoy advanced his way through the field to finish second with Ryan Zielski close behind in third. Alex Prunty and Mike Held were near the front for nearly the entire race and finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
Dan Jung won the late model semi-feature over Joe Bongiorno and Matt Rowe while Scott Patrick and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. R.J. Braun scored his first career late model victory in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller picked up the checkered flag in the second heat race.

Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.279 seconds.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alex Rebounds Strong, Claims 30th Career Feature Win!

Alex Prunty survived a late race restart to capture the victory in the 40-lap late model feature to score his 30th win at the Slinger Speedway.

Jack Stern and Jordan DeVoy paced the field the green flag and DeVoy quickly raced out into the early lead. Alex Prunty began to work his way forward from his sixth starting position as he took over the second spot by lap five ahead of Stern, Ricky Heinan, and Kyle Chwala. The action at the front of the field was tight as Dan Jung and Mike Held also advanced to join the lead pack with the top seven cars racing in close quarters. A spin by Corey Funk off turn two while racing amongst the leaders on lap eight produced the first caution flag with DeVoy leading over Prunty, Stern, and Heinan. During the incident Brittiny Helmers made contact with the pit entrance wall in turn two and retired from the event. DeVoy chose the inside groove for the restart and Prunty immediately took to the high side with the choice paying off as he charged into the lead as racing resumed. DeVoy held tough in second while Heinan and Chwala used the inside lane to take over third and fourth with Stern falling back in line in fifth. The race remained steady for a few laps before the caution waved again on lap 14 for a spin by R.J. Braun in turn two. As the leader, Prunty remained committed to the high side and he chose the upper groove, leaving DeVoy the inside while third running Chwala followed in Prunty’s tracks on the top side. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag waved and Chwala used the high lane to pass DeVoy for second. Prunty and Chwala opened up a significant distance on the rest of the field while DeVoy fended off challenges from Dan Jung and Mike Held for third. The comfortable gap enjoyed by Prunty and Chwala was erased on lap 37 when a spin down the backstretch by Braun resulted in the third caution of the event. Prunty and Chwala looked to settle it out on the restart for the final three lap shootout and Prunty quickly charged to the lead. Chwala fell into line directly behind Prunty and made a final challenge on the last lap which fell just short as Prunty took the checkered flag for the victory. Chwala finished second while Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Dan Jung rounded out the top five.

Joe Bongiorno scored his first career Slinger Speedway victory in the first late model heat race while Tyler Schley was victorious in the second event.

Alex Prunty and Kyle Chwala both turned in the exact fastest qualifying time at 12.292 seconds with Prunty being awarded the fast qualifier honors because he set the time first.

Monday, June 8, 2015

2nd Place Run Brought to Hault While Racing for Lead After Leader Tangles With Lap Car

Mike Held survived a wild 40-lap late model main event to capture the victory in a caution-filled race.

Brian Holtz and Kyle Chwala paced the field to the green flag and Holtz led the first two circuits before the caution flag waved quickly a lap later when Corey Funk tagged the wall on the backstretch and came to a stop in turn four. As racing resumed, Chwala was able to wrestle the lead away from Holtz while behind them Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held all raced for position. With Chwala out front, Prunty eventually worked his way into second and began to track down the leader. With Chwala and Prunty running nose to tail on lap ten, a lapped car suddenly slowed in turn four directly in front of them and as Chwala ran into the lapped car, Prunty slid hard into the frontstretch wall as the caution waved again. Chwala was able to continue despite front end damage while Prunty was through for the evening. The caution flew once again three laps later when Held experienced a problem in turn four and left the speedway and returned before the restart and without losing a lap. Chwala and Holtz resumed their battle for the lead with Ryan Zielski, Tyler Schley, and Grant Griesbach all racing hard behind them. Another caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Jack Stern came to a stop off turn four with Chwala leading over Holtz, Zielski, Schley, and Greisbach. With each restart, positions shuffled with the caution cone as drivers such as Mike Held and Jordan DeVoy moved up by choosing the outside lane. As racing resumed, Chwala remained out front with the lead pack remaining tightly bunched with close quarters racing throughout the top running cars. With Chwala enjoying a rather comfortable lead in the final ten laps, further back, Tyler James spun off turn two while racing with Al Stippich and the race remained green with James’ car resting in the infield until James exited his machine to constitute a caution flag on lap 34. On the restart, Chwala kept the lead but behind him, contact between Holtz and DeVoy scattered the field on the frontstretch and the caution waved again as Zielski also was forced to leave the track with damage. The final five lap dash to the finish was set up with Chwala leading over Greisbach, Held, and Schley. Held pressured Chwala heavily in the final laps with Griesbach right in their tracks and on the final lap, contact between Held and Chwala forced Chwala high allowing Held to pass underneath exiting turn two. As they charged into turn three, Held drifted wide with Chwala outside him and Griesbach took advantage of the inside opening to make a bid for the win. Held won the drag race to the checkered flag with Griesbach finishing second and Chwala third. Schley finished fourth while Jerry Mueller was fifth.

Ricky Heinan and Brian Holtz each picked up a win in the late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.254 seconds.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

4th Place Finish Salvaged After Steering Issues Arose During 40 Lap Feature in Slinger

Zielski charged to the lead at the start as Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala followed in second and third as farther back Mike Held and Alex Prunty began to work their way forward. A spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two drew the first caution flag on lap 18 with Zielski leading over Schley, Chwala, Held, and Prunty. Zielski and Schley chose the inside for the restart while Chwala went to the outside and the move paid off as he was able to edge ahead of Schley for second just before the caution waved again on lap 21 for debris on the speedway with Zielski still leading. Zielski again chose the inside as racing resumed and he was once again able to keep the lead as Chwala slotted into second again just ahead of Schley and Held. Chwala made several attempts to edge to the inside of Zielski but each time came up short and when Chwala’s car began to slide off the corners, Zielski was able to pull away slightly. Zielski would not be caught over the final laps and he drove to the victory ahead of Chwala who settled for second at the finish. Tyler Schley finished off an impressive race with a strong third place showing and Alex Prunty finished fourth after passing Mike Held late in the race, leaving Held to finish fifth

Monday, May 18, 2015

Double Duty Weekend Ends with a BIG WIN in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Race in Slinger!

Story by: Dan Margetta

Alex Prunty drove to victory in the 40-lap late model feature event, leading the final 23 laps to take the checkered flag.

Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala brought the field to the green flag and Schley drove to the early lead from the inside groove as Ricky Heinan, Brian Holtz, and Alex Prunty battled behind the lead duo. Chwala applied heavy pressure to Schley for the lead, trying both the inside and outside grooves to get by which allowed Heinan and Prunty to close in. As the leaders worked lapped traffic, Schley was able to maintain his slight lead over Chwala while Prunty was able to use the traffic to get around Heinan for third. After numerous attempts to take the lead from the outside, Chwala’s car lost traction on lap 15 and he spun off turn two and the caution flag waved as Tyler Hromadka’s car spun as well. Schley chose the inside lane for the restart while second place Prunty went to the outside with Heinan and Mike Held lined up in order behind them. Schley was able to hold onto the lead for a single circuit as racing resumed before Prunty powered by on the outside, bringing Held along with him. Heinan also was able to advance around Schley in the waning laps for third, leaving Schley to race with Jordan DeVoy over fourth. Prunty was able to keep Held at bay and he drove to the victory, leaving Held to settle for second. Heinan took the checkered flag in third while an incident between Schley and DeVoy coming to the checkered flag in which DeVoy’s car spun off turn four was under review at the time of this article. DeVoy was scored fourth and Al Stippich fifth with the official results pending.

Late model heat races were won by Grant Griesebach who held off Joe Bongiorno for his first victory in the division and Jerry Mueller who muscled his way around Kyle Chwala on the final lap. Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.203 seconds.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tough Early Luck in Slinger, but Team Rebounds Strong 3rd at Slinger Rides For Kids Night!

By Dan Margetta

Ricky Heinan and Jack Stern paced the field to the green flag and Heinan drove to the early lead while Stern raced with Brian Holtz and Jordan DeVoy for the second through fourth spots. Behind the top four Kyle Chwala and Mike Held began to work their way forward just before the caution flag waved on lap nine for a spin by Joe Bongiorno in turn two. Heinan led the first lap back under green but then slid loose off turn four which allowed Stern to take command from the outside and bring Held along with him into second. Stern paced the event for a few laps before Held tracked him down and took the top spot with an inside pass just before the caution waved again on lap 33 Tyler Schley’s car looped around off turn two. While under the caution period it was determined the car of Tyler Hromadka was leaking fluid and during the clean up Stern left the speedway with some sort of mechanical issue. That advanced Chwala to the second position and he lined up alongside Held for the restart with seven laps to go. Held would not be denied however and he drove to his first career feature victory while Chwala took the checkered flag in second. Alex Prunty sliced his way forward in the closing laps to finish third while Ricky Heinan and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five.