Wednesday, June 20, 2018

9th Place Rebound After Early Spin on Father's Day

Travis Dassow charged to the lead at the start from his pole position starting spot while Conrad Morgan tucked in behind him in second. Nick Wagner and Grant Griesbach raced side by side over third while Keith, Dennis Prunty, Gary LaMonte, and Alex Prunty all followed in formation behind. With Dassow and Morgan pulling away slightly out front, Griesbach and Keith caught a break on lap 12 when Wagner’s car kicked loose momentarily from the inside allowing those on the high side to scoot by while the inside lane checked up. Dennis Prunty was directly behind Wagner and he quickly darted to the outside right in front of a fast closing Alex Prunty who was forced to lift and as he attempted to move back inside, contact with the car of Chris Blawat sent him spinning off turn two to draw the caution flag.
Dassow chose the inside for the restart and Morgan was able to hang with him on the inside as racing resumed. Dassow and Morgan spent many laps door to door for the lead with Brad Keith directly behind Dassow waiting for an opening. After several lap of aggressively battling for the lead, Dassow was able to clear Morgan but in the process opened up the door on the inside for Keith and he immediately moved alongside Dassow to take the lead on lap 19. Gary Lamonte and Dennis Prunty also used the inside lane to work their way around Morgan and Dassow to claim second and third place respectively as Keith moved out ahead. While working lapped traffic, Dennis Prunty was able to close on LaMonte for second and was able to loosen him up enough to take the spot just before the caution flag waved again on lap 56 for a tangle between Dassow and Wagner in turn four. Because a lap had not been fully completed since Prunty’s move, LaMonte retained second place for the final four lap shootout for the victory.
Keith chose the outside for the restart and LaMonte fired it into turn one from the inside as the green flag waved and although the leaders made slight contact in the corner, Keith was able to come away with the lead as they exited turn two. Keith, LaMonte, and Dennis Prunty all were tightly bunched as the white flag was displayed with Keith maintaining the outside while LaMonte held the inside and Prunty attempted to fill the outside groove alongside LaMonte. As they exited turn two, contact between LaMonte and Prunty send Prunty scraping along the backstretch wall and he tank slapped the concrete in turn three as Keith and LaMonte charged toward the checkered flag for the win. Keith was able to fend off LaMonte to score the victory while Conrad Morgan and Grant Griesbach finished third and fourth respectively. John DeAngelis crossed the stripe in fifth followed by Justin Mondeik in sixth and Ryan DeStefano in seventh. Rob Braun, Alex Prunty , and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten finishers.

Super late model heat races were won by Jerry Eckhardt, Rob Braun, and Dennis Prunty while Ryan DeStefano set fast time at 11.397 seconds.

Monday, June 4, 2018


By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 3— Alex Prunty survived a clean hard fought battle with Steve Apel and then turned back a hard charging Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap First Round of the Triple Challenge super late model feature in a photo finish Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I have a lot of respect for Steve (Apel) as it was a lot of fun racing side by side like that for forty plus laps,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “We tried something new and worked hard as we were here all day Friday testing and I’ve finally got something that I really like again.”

“I’ll you what…Steve (Apel) and Alex (Prunty)…those two ran a great race running side by side for so many laps.” Brad Mueller said after first moving into second place when Apel experienced mechanical problems with five laps to go and then coming up just inches short at the finish, “My hat’s off to them.”

“The car was great tonight and we’ve been doing little tweaks on it, “ Mueller continued,” I just wish Alex would’ve cleared him about five laps earlier because the car was really, really good.”
Alex Prunty and Rob Braun led the field to the green flag and Prunty drove to the early lead as Steve Apel tucked into second place while Braun battled with Gary LaMonte and Chris Blawat behind the top two. LaMonte and Blawat moved into third and fourth respectively just before the first caution flag waved on lap ten when Brad Keith’s car began leaking fluid on the track. Alex Prunty and Steve Apel continued their battle for the top spot as racing resumed with Apel making numerous attempts to pass on the inside while right behind them LaMonte and Blawat had their own side by side battle for third. Brad Mueller, Ryan DeStefano, Nick Wagner, and Dennis Prunty all raced in tight formation behind the top four. As the race approached halfway, Dennis Prunty and Mueller broke free from their pack and caught the top four while Apel continued to make several attempts to take the lead from Prunty. With Alex Prunty and Apel staging their battle for the top spot, the battle over fourth became heated on lap 28 when Blawat and Dennis Prunty made contact off turn two with Prunty’s car momentarily launching on top of Blawat’s machine to draw the caution flag. Both cars left the track for repairs but were able to continue in the race as Alex Prunty and Apel lined up for the restart. As racing resumed, Alex Prunty and Apel once again went door to door for the lead as LaMonte looked on from third while Brad Mueller had the outside working and he quickly the joined the top three. Mueller was able to use the outer groove to take over third from LaMonte and began to track down the top two who continued to race side by side. Apel held the low groove and was able to inch ahead slightly but Prunty powered off the turns on the high side and was able to maintain the lead all while Mueller sat directly on Prunty’s bumper in third place. With five laps to go, Apel’s car began to show signs of smoke and he dropped to the inside leaving Mueller to step up and battle Prunty for the lead. Mueller pulled alongside Prunty as the two raced to the white flag and they continued in that formation on the final lap with Mueller holding the inside and Prunty working the high groove. Mueller edged ahead slightly off turn four but Prunty powered off the final turn on the high side and won the drag race to the checkered flag by just .025 seconds. Ryan DeStefano capped off a very strong run with a third place finish while Gary LaMonte and Nick Wagner rounded out the top five. Jon DeAngelis finished sixth while Grant Griesbach was seventh. Dennis Prunty rebounded from his earlier incident to finish eighth while Tim Lampman and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten finishers.

 Mike Egan won the 20-lap super late model semi-feature over Mike Held and Jordan DeVoy.. Jake Vanoskey finished fourth and Jerry Eckhardt was fifth. Super late model heat races were won by Jake Vanoskey, Alex Prunty, and Ryan DeStefano while Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.241 seconds.


Monday, May 21, 2018


By Dan Margetta
 Slinger, Wis., May 20—Just prior to the start of the Slinger Speedway racing season, Alex Prunty’s mother suffered a brain aneurysm and Sunday night was the first time she was at the track since being released from the hospital. It made for an emotional night as Prunty won his first super late model feature of the year and added his name to the prestigious list of winners of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s the first race my mom was able to make after a brain aneurysm and she has been in the hospital for a long time and we’re just happy to have her back,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “The Alan Kulwicki Memorial is awesome as obviously there are a lot of big names who have won and with the Kulwicki Driver Development Program and everything those guys have done for me, there are just a lot of emotions going through my head right now.”

Prunty took the lead from defending Kulwicki Memorial winner Conrad Morgan just after a restart on lap 27 and then had to hold off numerous challenges from Dennis Prunty who had won the first two super late model features and was undefeated at the track in 2018.

“It wasn’t bad but I started back farther and had a long ways to go and burned up my tires,” Dennis Prunty stated after his second place finish, “And I knew if I touched him he would spin out so I figured I would stay off him and do the best I could.”

“We’re getting there,“ third place finisher Steve Apel said after the race, “I just kind of fell back and was trying to ride and didn’t want to really get involved with the top two, but all in all the car is in one piece and the nose is clean.”

Pole-sitter Tim Lampman paced the first two laps before Conrad Morgan took command from the outside on lap three, bringing Alex Prunty along with him into second. Chris Blawat and Gary LaMonte also made their way by Lampman to move into third and fourth and a few laps later, Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel joined them as Morgan continued to lead over Alex Prunty. The running order behind the top two shuffled as first Apel nudged Lamonte for position in turn four and a lap later, Dennis Prunty used a similar move to get by Blawat and when everything sorted out, Prunty had third ahead of Apel, LaMonte, and Blawat. The first and only caution flag of the event occurred on lap 26 for a tangle between Rich Loch and Tim Lampman in turn four which allowed the rest of the field to close in on Morgan and Alex Prunty.

Morgan chose the inside lane for the restart, leaving Alex Prunty the outer groove which proved beneficial as Prunty charged from the top side as racing resumed, completing the pass for the lead the next lap around. The outside lane became the preferred place to be as Dennis Prunty, Apel, LaMonte, and Brad Mueller all used it to advance forward. In the final laps, Dennis Prunty ran down Alex Prunty and made several attempts to pass on the inside but each time was denied as Alex Prunty was able to power off the turns to maintain the lead. With eight laps to go, Dennis Prunty tried an inside move once again but his car washed loose in turn two and as he regained control, Alex Prunty scooted away with the lead. Alex Prunty could not be caught from there and he drove to his first super late model feature victory of the season, leaving Dennis Prunty to settle for second while Steve Apel took the checkered flag in third. Gary LaMonte finished fourth and Brad Mueller was fifth. Conrad Morgan crossed the line in sixth followed by Chris Blawat and Ryan DeStefano in seventh and eighth respectively while Grant Griesbach and Brad Keith rounded out the top ten.

Super late model heat races were won by Rich Loch and Alex Prunty while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier after touring the speedway in 11.243 seconds.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2nd Place in Week 2

By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., May 6—Dennis Prunty outdueled his nephew Alex Prunty on a late race restart and drove to his second consecutive super late model feature victory at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 60-lap main event Sunday afternoon. 

Nick Wagner and David McCardle brought the field to the green flag with Wagner launching into the early lead as Alex Prunty settled into second and Gary LaMonte into third as both McCardle and Brad Keith became caught in the outside groove. Chris Blawat and Dennis Prunty also slipped by on the inside to take over fourth and fifth respectively as Wagner began to feel pressure for the lead from Alex Prunty. Alex Prunty worked his way to Wagner’s inside to complete the pass for the lead while LaMonte followed in is tire tracks and into second place. Blawat and Dennis Prunty raced alongside each other over fourth directly behind Wagner with Blawat’s car twitching loose off turn two causing him to lose ground as Dennis Prunty worked his way past Wagner and into third.
Gary LaMonte tracked down Alex Prunty for the top spot and began to make numerous stabs at the lead by edging the nose of his car to the inside of Prunty’s left rear fender. Each time however, Alex Prunty was able to fend off the challenges with a strong run off the turns as the side by side racing up front allowed Dennis Prunty to catch the top two. As the leaders approached lapped traffic at the halfway point, LaMonte tried to squeeze in behind Alex Prunty and just ahead of Dennis Prunty and in doing so made slight contact with Alex Prunty’s rear fender, sending him into a spin off turn two to draw the caution flag. LaMonte “tapped out” at the start/finish line, taking the blame for the incident and allowing Alex Prunty to maintain the lead.
Alex Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and as racing resumed he was able to fend off the challenges Dennis Prunty gave him from the inside lane while Chris Blawat and Conrad Morgan raced over third place behind them. Morgan developed a severe tire rub and had to exit the speedway, leaving Brad Keith to move into fourth place just ahead of the battle for fifth between Wagner and Ryan DeStefano. While the racing stabilized up front, Gary Lamonte was making a charge from the back of the field and he was able to advance all the way to fourth place with ten laps to go when the caution flag waved again for a tangle between David McCardle and Nick Wagner in turn one.

Once again Alex Prunty chose the outside for the restart, leaving the inside lane for Dennis Prunty and after an aborted attempt at going back to green, the pair raced side by side into turn one as racing resumed. This time around Dennis Prunty held tough on the inside and he was able to muscle into the lead after several laps of side by side battling. Alex Prunty was able to maintain second place by sliding in directly behind Dennis Prunty with LaMonte right on his tail in third. The top three remained unchanged all the way to the checkered flag with Dennis Prunty scoring the victory over Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte. Chris Blawat finished fourth while Brad Keith crossed the finish line in fifth. Ryan DeStefano finished sixth followed by Mike Held and Nick Wagner in seventh and eighth place respectively while Jerry Eckhardt and David McCardle rounded out the top ten.
Super late model heat race victories were captured by Alex Prunty and Brad Keith while Dennis Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.265 seconds.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Large Piece of Debris Takes Alex Out of the Slinger Opener

With all the work we did in the off season and early testing, we decided to go to the track with the new setup we have been developing. Overall, I was very happy with it, and it was definitely an improvement from what I had last year. With a new setup comes new ways to adjust the car, and different handling responses to different track conditions. With there being many more cars on the track this weekend, and the track starting to rubber in, we just got extremely tight in the center of the corner (Did not want to rotate), and would end up qualifying 7th of 25 cars.

After making an adjustment for the heat race, and going from 9th to 4th in 10 laps, I was confident I had a good car to battle with week 1. We started 7th in the feature, and quickly worked our way up to the 3rd/4th position. There was a lot of cautions, that I personally think were caused by the wet track. Like I talked about last week, the track has been bleeding water, and all that water is puddled in the bottom apron area in turns 3&4. Anytime you looked under another car, it would splash all the water up on to the racing surface, and bad things happened from there.

We had a great run going battling for 3rd, and the car I was outside of washed up the track and knocked us back 2 positions. A caution would come out about 2 laps later, as a car near the rear of the field with damage lost his full exhaust pipe, and was laying in the middle of the track. Unfortunately before we could get slowed down for the caution, I was the unlucky car that caught the exhaust pipe right in the middle of my radiator. With the cars in front of me swerving at the last second, I never seen it. That video is attached below, you can see it fly off the red 17 car a lap before the caution. The leader actually hits it first, and it was just flying around from there.

The hole in the radiator would end our day, as we were leaking water badly. 15th position

Friday, March 2, 2018

Champion Spark Plugs "Search For a Champion" Contest

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Monday, October 2, 2017


By: Eric Huenefeld
24 year old Alex Prunty was always a step ahead of the rest Sunday afternoon at Rockford Speedway.
The Lomira Wisconsin native led all 200 laps of the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championship (NSTC) Super Late Model race presented by Stanley Steemer, jumping to the lead from his outside front row starting position and never looking back en route to the biggest victory of his young career.
The front of the field was the place to be during the 2017 version of the 200 lap race, with eight yellow flags slowing the pace, including two red flags. The most notable of the yellow flags waved on lap 112, when LPT Auto ‘Faster Than a Speeding Bullet’ Award winner Austin Nason and Brian Johnson Jr got together in the first corner while racing inside the top five. When both Johnson and Nason collected each other, they also collected contenders Dennis Prunty and Michael Bilderback. All four drivers would eventually retire from the race.
Even with multiple incidents which affected contender after contender, the final 63 laps of the 200 lap event ran without a stoppage.
Alex Prunty won the race by a margin of 1.892 seconds and collected a total of $7,100 for his efforts. He becomes the fourth youngest winner in the history of the 52 year old event. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin was 17 years old when he won the 1977 National Short Track Championship, while 1989 winner Tim Fedewa was 22 years old. Short track racing legend Dick Trickle won the first ever NSTC at age 24, nearly three weeks before his 25th birthday, while Prunty turns 25 next week.
The rest of the top finishers in the 200 lap race featured several tales of survival, starting with runner up finisher Rob Braun, who climbed from his 14th starting position to claim second place. 2015 National Short Track Champion Jon Reynolds Jr suffered moderate right rear damage to his car during the first yellow of the race on lap 7, following a collision with Chris Blawat and then received a one-lap penalty early in the race’s second half, only to fight back and finish on the lead lap in third position.
2015 Rockford Speedway Track Champion Jake Gille was the race’s “Hard Charger,’ starting dead last in the 22 car starting field while climbing as high as second place, before settling for fourth in the final running order. 2009 National Short Track Champion Josh Nelms ran a steady race and was rewarded with a top five finish.

Ten of the twenty-two drivers who started the race crossed the finish line at the end of 200 laps.



52nd National Short Track Championship 200 lap race

presented by Stanley Steemer


1. Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 200 laps

2. Rob Braun Wales, WI 200 laps

3. Jon Reynolds Jr Rockford, IL 200 laps

4. Jake Gille Winnebago, IL 200 laps

5. Josh Nelms Lockport, IL 199 laps

6. Jeremy Spoonmore Leland, IL 199 laps

7. Dana Czach West Chicago, IL 197 laps

8. Matt Berger Loves Park, IL 197 laps

9. Chris Blawat Palmyra, WI 181 laps

10. Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI 165 laps

11. Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL 142 laps

12. Tom Gille Winnebago, IL 134 laps

13. Grant Greisbach Waukesha, WI 124 laps

14. Rich Bickle Edgerton, WI 122 laps

15. Brian Johnson Jr Machesney Park, IL 112 laps

16. Austin Nason Roscoe, IL 112 laps

17. Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 112 laps

18. Jim Olson Harvard, IL 18 laps

19. James Swan Pell Lake, WI 18 laps

20. Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI 12 laps

21. Alex Papini Rockford, IL 7 laps

22. Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 0 laps


Fast Qualifier: Nason (12.836 seconds)

Prelim Winners: Nelms, D. Prunty, Olson

Entries: 22 Super Late Models

Monday, September 25, 2017

Successful Weekend at the Dells with the TUNDRA Series

We were quick right off the bat, being 2nd quick in both morning practice sessions out of 25 cars. In qualifying the car was pretty good, we ended up 4th quick. Finished 2nd in the Fast Five dash (5 fastest cars for 5 laps).

For the feature they inverted 13 cars, which put the 13th place car from qualifying starting on the pole, and the fastest qualifier 13th. We started in the 10th position, 5th row outside. The Dells is a tough place to pass, but we were able to work our way up to the front of the field patiently with 20 laps to go in the 75 lap event.

Things got really exciting the final 10 laps, as we passed 2nd place, and then had to battle for it. We would end up finishing in the 3rd position after some contact from behind. Fun race! Video is pretty exciting towards the end! Just burned off the rear tires towards the end, didn't have much bite off the corners. Easy to do when it is that hot out, most cars had same issue. Overall though, very happy with how the car performed.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three Will Battle for Super Late Model Title in Final Sunday Night Event

Slinger, WI) For the top three title hopefuls, it all comes down to one final night to determine the track championship in the super late model division, Sunday night, September 3, at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Three-time Slinger super late model titlist Steve Apel leads Alex Prunty by five markers and last week’s feature winner, Gary LaMonte by 18 points. For both Prunty and LaMonte, a super late model championship would be their first.

“We’ll keep rolling and keep digging as we’ve been in this position before,” said Apel referring to the championship battle. “It seems like I’ve had a target on my back the last couple of years and we just need to come out Sunday and be a little bit stronger.”

The super late models will duke it out in a 100-lap feature, the longest point night race of the season. In addition, the holiday weekend event will treat fans to a gigantic fireworks display.
Gates open Sunday at 5 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5:10 pm. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 with racing to follow and FIREWORKS at dusk. The Sunday night show features a Monday night, September 4 rain date.

In addition to the 100-lap super late model finale, the night features a full program for the late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees, super beez and figure 8’s.
Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events, or to purchase advance sale tickets, visit our web site at or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Monday, August 21, 2017

3rd Place Finish Tightens Points Battle to Just an 18 Point Gap!

By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., Aug 20—A few weeks ago, 15-year old Grant Griesbach finished fourth and proved he could run with the big dogs at the Slinger Super Speedway and Sunday night he proved he could beat them as he stormed to the lead on a late race restart and captured his first career super late model feature victory.

“I really don’t know what to feel but it’s just the best feeling in the world,” the soft spoken Griesbach said in victory lane after becoming what many believe to be the youngest super late model feature winner in speedway history, “I’ve never won here in a super late model and it’s been lots of years since I won a feature dating back to my Slinger Bee days.”

“I’m just thankful for all the people around me and everyone in the stands wearing a #17 shirt,” Griesbach continued, “I would not be here without them. It doesn’t matter when it comes because when it’s here it is so great.”

“I didn’t know what to think and I just went as fast as the car would go,” Griesbach continued after winning as his parents celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary which matched his car number, “There’s not much to it.”

Gary LaMonte and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag with LaMonte edging ahead to lead lap one before Morgan jumped into the lead from the outside lane. Behind the leaders, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, Grant Griesbach, and Alex Prunty all jockeyed for position along with Brad Keith and Chris Blawat. As things settled down up front, Morgan held the lead with LaMonte on his tail just ahead of Dennis Prunty, Apel, Griesbach, and Alex Prunty. Morgan maintained the lead following a quick caution for a single car spin and the top three remained steady as Griesbach went to work on Dennis Prunty over fourth. Griesbach took the spot after his slight bobble in turn three knocked Prunty’s car up a few lanes while up front LaMonte began an inside challenge on Morgan for the lead. LaMonte and Morgan ran side by side for a few laps before Morgan prevailed following contact between the two down the back straightaway which allowed Steve Apel to slip by LaMonte and into second.

The second caution flag waved just before the halfway mark when Brad Kossow’s car looped around in turn two with Morgan leading over Apel and LaMonte. Morgan chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, Apel rocketed by from the outside to take the lead. Alex Prunty settled into third leaving LaMonte to battle with Dennis Prunty and Griesbach over fourth. The caution flag flew again on lap 44 when Ryan Destefano’s car went for a smoky spin in turn four while racing with Mike Egan. Once again Apel took to the outside for the restart and when racing resumed, Morgan’s car slid sideways in turn two about the same time Apel’s car slowed slightly off the turn which bottle-necked the field. When everything settled out Morgan and LaMonte lost the most position as Alex and Dennis Prunty as well as Griesbach all went by. A lap later, Morgan’s car appeared to have similar issues entering turn one and as he slowed slightly in front of LaMonte and Chris Blawat, LaMonte’s car rode up on top of Blawat’s machine and both spun into turn one before LaMonte’s car backed hard into the concrete.

Again Apel chose the high lane for the restart leaving the low groove for Alex Prunty who now was in second. As the green flag flew, Apel took off from the high side, leaving Prunty to battle side by side with Griesbach for second, a position Griesbach took after a few laps. The caution quickly flew again when Fred Winn’s car slowed with damage on the frontstretch and predictably Apel took the high lane on the restart as Griesbach now moved to the inside from second. Griesbach hung tough on the inside and while Apel maintained the lead, he couldn’t clear Griesbach who remained at his door while both Alex and Dennis Prunty joined the lead battle. A final caution waved with just five laps to go as contact between Brad Kossow and Lowell Bennett stacked the field and resulted in damage to Ryan DeStefano’s car.

Apel again chose the outside lane for the restart but this time Griesbach was ready and he kept even with the leader as the green flag waved. By the time they exited turn two, Griesbach was able to clear Apel and take sole possession of the lead. Griesbach stretched his lead slightly as both Dennis Prunty and Alex Prunty muscled their way around Apel with the laps winding down. Griesbach drove to his first career super late model feature victory while Dennis Prunty held off Alex Prunty for second. Brad Mueller was fourth and Apel finished fifth.

With his third place finish, Alex Prunty closed the championship points battle even closer as Steve Apel now leads the standings by just 18 points over Prunty with LaMonte in third, 35 markers behind with just two points nights remaining. The race also marked the third and final round of the Triple Challenge and with his second place finish, Dennis Prunty was the overall winner between the three rounds.

Rob Braun won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Fred Winn and R.J. Braun. Jim Olson and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five finishers. Super late model heat races were won by Fred Winn, Mike Egan, and Dennis Prunty while Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.505 seconds.