Monday, July 20, 2015

Alex Nets 4th Win on the Season, Extending Slinger Points Lead to 50!

Story By: Dan Margetta


Alex Prunty captured the victory in the 40-lap late model feature after taking the lead just past the half way mark.

Dan Jung paced the opening laps over Brian Holtz, Corey Funk, Grant Griesbach, and Kyle Chwala while Alex Prunty, Jordan DeVoy, Al Stippich and Mike Held battled close behind them. Funk and Griesbach tangled entering turn three on lap two triggering an incident that sent Funk’s and Chwala’s cars to the pits for repairs and retired Griesbach’s machine with extensive damage. Jung maintained the lead as racing resumed while Prunty, Held, and DeVoy began to work their way forward. Jung turned back many challenges until lap 21 when Prunty finally was able to work his way by to take command of the race, leaving Jung to battle intensely with Held for second. An incident between R.J. Braun and Brittiny Helmers in turn four on lap 34 drew the second caution flag of the event with Prunty leading over Jung, Held, and DeVoy. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag appeared while Held and Jung resumed their battle for second. Another caution flag for a single car spin in turn four waved with just three laps to go, setting up a sprint to the finish between Prunty, Jung, and Held. On the restart, Held was able to move into second place behind Prunty and as he made a bid for the lead, he made contact with Prunty’s car in turn two, sending the leader spinning down the backstretch as the caution waved again. Held took responsibility for the incident and tapped his roof which allowed Prunty to keep his lead position. Prunty was up to the challenge and he held off Jung in the final laps to score the victory. Jordan DeVoy finished third followed by Al Stippich and Brian Holtz.

Alex Matches Best Career SLM Finish of 3rd in Back to Back Races at DRP with TUNDRA SLM Series!




By Zach Onan
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (July 18, 2015) – “He made one mistake, he went high in turns one and two and I got underneath him and I was just trying to be smooth and stay calm and I was able to make the pass” said Ty Majeski on his battle for the lead with Dalton Zehr.

At the site of his first Late Model victory, Ty Majeski did it again Saturday night, earning a second straight TUNDRA Super Late Model Series victory at Dells Raceway Park, the birthplace of TUNDRA in Round Four Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes.

Things got off to rocky start coming out of turn two on lap five. At least nine cars were involved in some fashion. Performance Diesel Fast Qualifier Brian Hakala was involved and left on the hook as well as Dan Lensing, Maxwell Schultz and Bobby Kendall who all sustained major damage. All drivers were physically okay after the incident.

Following a red flag for cleanup, which also included a water break for drivers on a day where temperatures hung around ninety degrees, the green flag flew again to begin the 70 laps that remained. The front row for the restart remained the same as the original start five laps earlier with Deans Satellite and Security Rookie of the Year contender Cole Anderson on the inside and defending TUNDRA champion Dalton Zehr to his outside.

Cole Anderson made fairly quick work of Zehr who quickly was under pressure from Majeski for second. Meanwhile, Alex Prunty made his way into fifth past Rich Schumann Jr. and began to track down Ryan Farrell for the fourth position.

Fifteen laps into the race Majeski got to the back bumper of Anderson and began to pressure for the lead. Zehr got back to Majeski’s bumper and the top three ran nose to tail as they checked out from the rest of the field. Prunty made the pass on Farrell via the inside line and began to track down the top three as Anderson, Majeski and Zehr seemed to be content riding nose to tail for the time being.

Majeski began to work Cole Anderson for the top spot at lap 35. As the battle up front intensified with Majeski trying to find a hole on the inside, a few more cars joined the scrum at the front. Michael Sauter, Ryan Farrell and Mike Lichtfeld made it a seven car train at the front all nose to tail. Lichtfeld, who caught a piece of the incident on lap five and sustained some right front damage, seemed to have a very strong car making passes on the inside and outside as he battled back to the front after the early red flag. Lichtfeld worked past Sauter for sixth position with 28 laps to go and then got by Farrell for fifth the following lap.

The top four of Anderson, Majeski, Zehr and Prunty again began to pull away. With 25 laps remaining Majeski took a look inside Anderson and made very slight contact which allowed Dalton Zehr to get to Majeski’s outside and shortly thereafter cleared Majeski and started to work to Anderson’s outside. Zehr nosed ahead to lead lap 51 by a nose. Lap 53 rolled around and Zehr was able to clear Anderson as Majeski was next to try Anderson from the outside.

With Zehr trying to pull away, Majeski knew he had to make quick work of Anderson to have a shot at Zehr. With 19 laps to go Majeski was able to clear Anderson. Zehr had built up a half-a-dozen car length lead on Majeski, but he wasn’t going to quit.

Shortly after Majeski cleared Anderson, Prunty snuck by for third followed by Lichtfeld gaining the fourth position.

With ten laps to go it was obvious that Majeski was gaining ground on the leader. The next lap he was a half of a car length off Zehr’s bumper. With eight laps to go Majeski took a look inside Zehr in turns one and two. The leaders battled side by side for two laps with Majeski finally prevailing on the inside line and began to run away. Zehr was left to fend off Alex Prunty for second as Ty Majeski ran off to win his second straight Dells Raceway Park TUNDRA feature event. Zehr was able to keep Prunty at bay to record a second place finish and Prunty, in his first TUNDRA start, finished third followed by Mike Lichtfeld.

Tundra Super Late Models - Feature Results 7-18-15
1- 91 Ty Majeski 
2- 19Z Dalton Zehr 
3- 11P Alex Prunty 
4- 44L Mike Lichtfeld ...
5- 97 Cole Anderson 
6- 89 Ryan Farrell 
7- 44E Mike Egan 
8- 45 Jim Sauter Jr. 
9- 1 Micheal Sauter 
10- 7 Kelsey Dassow 
11- 18I Jordan Ives 
12- 40 Jeremy Lepak 
13- 31W Wyatt Brooks 
14- 54 Rich Schumann Jr. 
15- 11K Bobby Kendall 
16- 19L Dan Lensing
17- 32L Steve Lichtfeld 
18- 42 Brian Hakala 
19- 33 Reagan May 
20- 34 Maxwell Schultz 
21- 78 Wyatt Blashe 
22- 31J Cory Jankowski 

Tundra - Heat 2 Winner
1- Micheal Sauter 

Tundra - Heat 1 Winner
97- Cole Anderson 

Tundra Trophy Dash Winner
91- Ty Majeski

TUNDRA Super Late Models - Qualify 7-18-15
1- 42 Brian Hakala 13.454
2- 19L Dan Lensing 13.461
3- 44L Mike Lichtfeld 13.514
4- 11K Bobby Kendall 13.516
5- 91 Ty Majeski 13.557
6- 11P Alex Prunty 13.566
7- 45 Jim Sauter Jr. 13.581
8- 54 Rich Schumann Jr. 13.603
9- 19Z Dalton Zehr 13.604
10- 97 Cole Anderson 13.631
11- 32L Steve Lichtfeld 13.632
12- 44E Mike Egan 13.675
13- 40 Jeremy Lepak 13.687
14- 89 Ryan Farrell 13.692
15- 33 Reagan May 13.716
16- 34 Maxwell Schultz 13.761
17- 31W Wyatt Brooks 13.808
18- 1 Micheal Sauter 13.820
19- 78 Wyatt Blashe 13.835
20- 7 Kelsey Dassow 13.867
21- 31J Cory Jankowski 13.944
22- 18I Jordan Ives 13.976

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Alex Settles For 2nd, Regains Championship Point Lead!

Jack Stern and Kyle Chwala swapped the lead in the opening laps before Chwala was able to edge ahead from the outside while behind them, Ricky Heinan, Alex Papini, Jordan DeVoy, and Alex Prunty all raced hard for position. A spin off the backstretch by Shaun Scheel while racing in traffic produced the caution flag on lap 13 with Chwala leading over Stern. The top three chose the inside lane for the restart while Papini took to the top side and the move paid off as he eased into the lead just before the caution waved again as Jerry Mueller’s car spun off turn two. Papini chose the inside groove for the restart and he maintained the lead as racing resumed while Chwala struggled on the high side allowing Stern to move by for second. Heinan, Prunty, and Mike Held also took advantage of Chwala’s high side struggles and they advanced forward from the inner groove. A few laps later, Prunty worked his way around Heinan for third and began to set his sights on Papini and Stern out front. Prunty also passed Stern for second on the inside shortly thereafter as Papini enjoyed a sizeable lead. The caution waved again on lap 31 and erased Papini’s lead as Grant Griesbach and Tyler Schley tangled in turn four. Papini and Prunty started side by side for the restart and Papini was able to hold onto the lead while behind them Chwala’s struggles in the high lane continued and his car slowed, bunching up the field and the ensuing incident heavily damaged the cars of Mike Held and Stephen Scheel as the caution waved again. Papini held the point on the single file restart but he was unable to get away from Prunty as the two prepared to settle the race amongst the two of them. Prunty closed to Papini’s rear bumper but was unable to make a bid for the lead as Papini drove to the victory. Corey Funk sliced his way forward late in the event to finish a strong third just ahead of Ricky Heinan and Jack Stern in fourth and fifth respectively.

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.