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 



Friday, April 8, 2016

Alex Choosen to Join #TeamPFC!



Story By: Jana Wimmer

It’s been a great start to the 2016 race season for 23-year-old Alex Prunty and he hasn’t even taken a green flag yet.  The Lomira, Wisconsin driver was recently named to both the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) and the PFC Brakes Team.

“I would say I was optimistic on making one of the two, but to make both is really a huge honor,” Alex Prunty told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I am so grateful to have the support from my family and being selected into the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is the opportunity of a lifetime.  I am honored to carry the legacy of Alan Kulwicki, he was such an inspiration.  We are a small, single car team with a strong will power to do great things with low funding.”

Prunty has seen a lot of success in his Limited Late Model the past few seasons at his home track of Slinger Speedway (WI).  He’s won two championships and tallied 20 wins, which makes him the winningest driver in division history.

 While Prunty dabbled in Super Late Model racing last year, the expenses were too much for him to compete competitively on a consistent basis.  Support from the KDDP and #TeamPFC, however, changes that.  Every KDDP driver receives $7,777 to start off their season and they will compete for a grand prize of over $54,000 throughout the season.  Team PFC drivers receive $1,500 of PFC product to use on their race cars.

“Originally I was only planning on running Slinger, and even that was going to be pressing my luck with my funding,” said Prunty.  “With the support of two great organizations as well as all my sponsors, it helps make the tough financial decisions of traveling a little easier.”

Not only does Prunty plans to still race full time and for Rookie of the Year at Slinger Speedway, but he plans to travel more.  He is already registered for the Icebreaker at Dells Raceway Park (WI) in less than two weeks and hopes to add more stops there as well as at Wisconsin International Raceway and possibly a few TUNDRA Super Late Model Series events.

While Prunty is excited to expand his racing for 2016, something he is most excited about is climbing into a Super Late Model on a regular basis.  Over the years Prunty has gotten to watch his uncles, Dennis, Dale and David race successfully at Slinger Speedway, winning three track championships and two Slinger Nationals.  Now he’s excited to add his name to the list.

“Finally having the funding to be able to afford running a full-time Super Late Model schedule in Slinger means the world to me,” said Prunty.  “I’ve been having a lot of flashbacks lately to when I was around 10 years old or so, and sitting in David’s cars bleeding brakes with my dad. It was always my dream for those cars to one day be mine, and now 13 years later, those dreams are coming through and I plan to make the most of every opportunity I have.  I know I am blessed to have such great support and role models throughout my family, as well as financial support.”

Not only will being a part of these programs help financially, but Prunty intends to take full advantage of all they have to offer.  Both programs offer social media support and driver promotion.
“Being a part of the KDDP will allow me to really branch out both through a little traveling as well as on social media. The PFC sponsorship will help allow me to properly maintain the braking system on my one-car team throughout all the races we have planned this season,” said Prunty.  “The #TeamPFC will also get me extra publicity and help get my name out to the rest of the world.”

While Prunty eyes his first full season behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, his goals are simple.

“I need a win,” said Prunty.  “Last year we started getting my feet wet, running the Super Late at the Dells. It really was a huge year of learning, as I have really been trying hard to understand all the new setup options in the cars with the bumpstop setups. We only ran 10 races, but the amount I learned last year was priceless. I think now we have a better feel for what this car likes, and in turn will be much more consistent.”

Prunty is scheduled to kick off what he hopes to be a busy year during the Icebreaker at Dells Raceway Park on April 17.

-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22

Monday, March 28, 2016

Alex Choosen to be in the 2016 Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program!

Alex is honored to be chosen into the top 7 drivers for the Kulwicki Cup this season. He can't thank everyone around him enough for mentoring and supporting him the way they have! None of this would even be possible without his dad Dan Prunty, David Prunty, Dennis Prunty, Dale Prunty, Doug Prunty, Zach Prunty, Doug Prunty Jr., Matt Prunty, Joe Klemp-Hawig, Janine Prunty, Cierrah Flaig and all my sponsors who have done nothing but push me to succeed. We're looking forward to dropping the green flag on the 2016 race season Dells Raceway Park for the Icebreaker 100! Follow Alex Prunty Racing for updates all season long!

 http://speed51.com/2016-kulwicki-driver-development-program-lineup-announced/



CONCORD, N.C. – Officials of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) announced today the seven drivers who will represent the organization during the 2016 racing season. The seven drivers hail from six states spread from coast to coast. They range from 18 to 24 years in age.

The seven drivers, in alphabetical order, are:

NATALIE DECKER, 18
Eagle River, Wis.
A member of the 2015 NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity Development Program, Decker heads back to the Midwest full time in 2016, competing in a super late model and running the entire ARCA Midwest Tour. In 2015, Decker became the first female to podium finish on the ARCA Midwest Tour. She claimed three feature wins at State Park Speedway and outdueled Kulwicki Development Driver Reagan May to pick up the victory in a thrilling photo finish at Golden Sands (Wis.) Speedway.

JEREMY DOSS, 19
Upper Lake, Calif.
Since 2012, Jeremy Doss has won 30 super late model races on the West Coast, including 16 in the Pacific Challenge Series, the most in series history. The son of famed California late model racer Mike Doss, Jeremy will compete for the PCS championship for the first time in 2016, and hit a number of prestigious races throughout the season, including the Montana 200 and the Snowball Derby. Doss finished a strong third in the recent Winter Showdown at Kern County (Calif.) Raceway.

DAVE FARRINGTON, JR, 24
Jay, Maine
The only returning member of the 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program, Farrington won the prestigious Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Speedway and scored a number of top-five finishes at his home track, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The 2014 track (and NASCAR State) champion plans on chasing the championship at Beech Ridge again in 2016, as well as hitting a number of PASS North and ACT Series races. Farrington works at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, and helped build the US Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt.

CODY HASKINS, 24
Marietta, Ga.
As the winner of the 2015 Rupert Porter Memorial 100 at Anderson (S.C.)) Speedway, owner-driver Cody Haskins proved he could beat two of the best in late model stock car racing in Lee Pulliam and Anthony Anders. Haskins, a multi-time pro truck winner, will compete for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Championship, racing over 40 times at various tracks in the Southeast.


QUIN HOUFF, 18
Mount Sidney, Va.
As one of the house drivers for Rob Fuller’s LFR Chassis team, Quin Houff raced super late models for the first time in 2015, picking up a huge breakthrough victory on the CARS Tour at Tri-County Motor Speedway and finishing fourth in the series points. His 2015 CARS Tour record also boasted five top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Houff plans on competing in races throughout the country in 2016, racing in CARS, PASS, and CRA competition.

ALEX PRUNTY, 23
Lomira, Wis.
A member of the first family of short track racing in Southeast Wisconsin, Alex Prunty follows in the footsteps of his father and uncles and will attempt to take the super late model track championship at Slinger Speedway. Prunty won the late model championship in 2015 and was the SLM Rookie of the Year at Dells Raceway Park. A graduate of Moraine Park Technical College, Prunty will feature sponsorship from his alma mater on his cars this season.

BRANDON SETZER, 22
Newton, N.C.
The son of former NASCAR driver Dennis Setzer, Brandon Setzer took the super late model world by storm in 2015, winning two races and three poles on the CARS Tour and picking up the prestigious Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park. Setzer will chase the CARS Tour again this season, among other big SLM shows, and already has one win to his credit; a PASS South victory at Dillon Motor Speedway in early March.




The 2016 season will mark the second fully-functioning year for the KDDP, which was established in 2014 by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki for the purpose of helping worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive.

“I applaud our advisory board for doing another exemplary job in coming up with this great group of drivers,” said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts. “After reviewing all the applications, they were able to reduce the number down to 17 very worthy simifinalists. Those drivers were extremely impressive during the individual interviews that we held.


The 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Group lineup at the season-ending banquet. (Speed51.com photo)
“I think that the most important aspect of the process in determining our seven drivers for 2016 came in the final ‘open topic’ conference calls that our board had,” said Roberts. “During those conversations, I think several of the candidates were eliminated by their current plans to compete in racing at a higher level than local and regional touring series type competition.

“I also feel that several semifinalists fell from serious consideration due to the belief that they could not fulfill the criteria of competing in a minimum 15 races during the Kulwicki Cup judging period.”

The seven drivers selected today will each receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 to cover operational expenses. The organization will work to provide the drivers assistance in important aspects such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking during the season as they compete for the grand prize “Kulwicki Cup.” That award winner will pick up an additional check worth seven times the initial prize ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439) and a special trophy. Seymour, Wisconsin’s Ty Majeski was the 2015 Kulwicki Cup winner during last year’s inaugural competition.

The Kulwicki Cup competition goes from April 1 through Oct. 31. The contest’s points system is based on a combination of judging input from members of the advisory board and the drivers’ on-track performance. Drivers are given points for both their success in chasing checkered flags and for community engagement, program representation and social media activities.

“We want to thank all the drivers who applied for our 2016 program, praise all of our semifinalists and congratulate these seven special drivers who will represent us this season,” Roberts said. “We are eager to get our Kulwicki Cup competition under way and look forward to seeing all seven of our drivers achieve and advance both on and off the track this year.”

The KDDP urges you to keep up with all of the organization’s news and activities by regularly visiting Speed51.com, the official media partner.

-Kulwicki Driver Development Program Press Release

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nationwide Insurance Agent Jim Kelly Teams Up With APR in 2016!


NEW SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT! We welcome Jim Kelly Nationwide Insurance Agency on board for the 2016 race season! Jim Kelly and agency staff stress Service as the key to success. They work vigorously for their clients to provide the best coverage on everything you need to protect all aspects of life: general auto, home, commercial, life, and health, even collector cars and memorabilia! Locations in Wisconsin, as well as Illinois!

Jim has saved me over $300 a year on car insurance, and as a racing enthusiast, he is an incredible guy to work with! Give him a call today at 866-517-9777, or send him an email KellyJ3@nationwide.com to see how much money he can help you save! Tell him Alex Prunty sent you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

APR Welcomes new Sponsor for 2016, Transportation Connection Inc, of Lomira, WI!



We are pleased to announce a NEW sponsor for the #11 Super Late Model team this season! We'd all like to welcome Transportation Connection Inc. out of Lomira, WI!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Alex Makes the Cut to Make the 2016 Kulwicki Driver Development Top 17!



 Story By: Dave Kallmann of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The list of semifinalists for the second class of the Kulwicki Driver Development program was announced Wednesday morning and includes Natalie Decker of Eagle River, Bobby Kendall of Montello, Reagan May of De Pere and Alex Prunty of Lomira.
The program honors the legacy of Alan Kulwicki, the late 1992 NASCAR champion and UW-Milwaukee engineering graduate, while providing financial assistance and career coaching for upwardly mobile young drivers. 

May was a finalist in the inaugural 2015 class. Ty Majeski of Seymour won last year, earning nearly $55,000.

Seven finalists for the coming season are to be named March 11. 

Semifinalists are: 



Alex Prunty, 23, Lomira, Wis.
2015 Slinger Speedway LM Champion; 2015 Dells Raceway Park SLM Rookie of the Year


Justin Crider, 19, Statesville, N.C.
2 Top-5s in CARS Tour LMSC series; 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program participant

Natalie Decker, 18, Eagle River, Wis.
2015 NASCAR D4D participant

Jeremy Doss, 19, Upper Lake, Calif.
7 super late model victories in 2015

Dave Farrington, Jr., 24, Jay, Maine
2014 NWAAS Maine State Champion; 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program participant

Jared Fryar, 21, Trinity, N.C.
1 SLM victory at Central Texas Speedway in 2015

Garrett Hall, 21, Scarborough, Maine
2015 runner-up at Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway

Cody Haskins, 24, Marietta, Ga.
2015 Rupert Porter Memorial 100 winner at Anderson (SC) Speedway
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Quin Houff, 18, Mount Sidney, Va.
1 CARS Tour Super Late Model feature victory

Jordan Ives, 17, Gladstone, Mich.
3 LM feature wins at Norway (MI) Speedway in 2015

Bobby Kendall, 20, Montello, Wis.
2014 Fast Dash Champion at Dells Raceway Park

Reagan May, 22, DePere, Wis.
6 LM feature wins in 2015; 2015 Kulwicki Driver Development Program participant

Austin Nason, 20, Roscoe, Ill.
8 LM feature wins in 2015; 2015 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year

Michael Ostdiek, 18, Lakeville, Minn.
2015 NWAAS Minnesota State Rookie of the Year

John Peters, 18, Westbrook, Maine
1 LM win at Wiscasset (ME) Speedway

Brandon Setzer, 22, Newton, N.C.
2 CARS Tour Super Late Model feature victories

Cole Timm, 17, Mooresville, N.C.
2015 CARS Tour Super Late Model Series Champion