Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dells Rains Out, Alex Leads Early at Slinger, Wins Fast Dash!

By Dan Margetta


Race Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyyyzExyz0s


Slinger, Wis.--July 24--Steve Apel drove to his first feature win of the season Sunday night in the 60-lap super late model main event at the Slinger Super Speedway.



John DeAngelis Jr. And Brad Mueller led the field to the green flag with Mueller charging out to the early lead. Alex Prunty dogged Mueller from second until he was able to make the pass for the lead on lap 11 in turn two. Behind the top two DeAngelis held third with Chris Blawat and Brad Keith close behind. Mike Egan's spun car in turn 2 on lap 21 produced the caution flag with Alex Prunty leading over Mueller, Blawat, DeAngelis, and Steve Apel who moved into the top five. Mueller was on the button from the inside on the restart and he retook the top spot as racing resumed with Prunty falling to fourth behind Blawat and Apel. By the halfway mark, Apel worked his way into the lead, bringing Blawat with him into second. Mueller held down third whole Dennis Prunty joined the leaders in fourth just ahead of Alex Prunty in fifth. The caution flag flew on lap 37 for Brad Keith's loose car and Apel maintained the lead on the restart while Dennis Prunty charged by Blawat for second. Ryan DeStefano clipped the grass near turn three on lap 46 and the caution waved again. Apel maintained the lead as the green flag appeared and Dennis Prunty tried to challenge but his car got out of shape and he saved it entering turn one on lap 48 as Blawat moved to second. Blawat pressured Apel for the lead but couldn't make a pass as Apel drove to his first feature victory of the season. Chris Blawat finished second and Dennis Prunty was third. Alex Prunty finished fourth and Mitch McGrath had his best finish in fifth.

Tim Lampman, Dave McCardle, and Alex Prunty each won super late model heat races and Chris Blawat was the fastest qualifier at 11.397 seconds.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

ALEX PRUNTY LEADS FIRST 2016 “KULWICKI CUP” POINT STANDINGS


-KDDP Board Notes Importance of Competition Level, Social Media Skills & Community Involvement-
 
CONCORD, N.C. (July 8, 2016) – In somewhat of a surprise, the early leader in the 2016 Kulwicki Driver Development Program’s “Kulwicki Cup” point standings has yet to win a race this season.  In the organization’s initial evaluation, which considered the seven drivers’ on and off-track performances from April 1 through June 30, Wisconsin’s Alex Prunty holds a slim 12 point lead over Maine’s Dave Farrington Jr.  California driver Jeremy Doss is in third and closing the gap.
 
            The early standings look like this:
 
1) – Alex Prunty – 463
2) – Dave Farrington Jr. – 451
3) – Jeremy Doss – 411
4) – Quin Houff – 319
5) – Michael Ostdiek – 280
6) – Cody Haskins – 269
7) – Brandon Setzer – 148
 
These seven drivers are competing this season for the 2016 “Kulwicki Cup” award that will pay one driver a $54,439 bonus and a special one-of a kind trophy at the organization’s banquet that will be held in Charlotte in December.
           
“I think the current points certainly reflect the importance of all the factors that go into winning our prestigious award,” said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts.  “I applaud our advisory board for how much value they placed on community involvement, social media activities and other off-track functions.
 
            “Alex Prunty leading in the early standings this season also indicates to me that the board is placing significance on how stiff the competition is where the drivers are competing,” said Roberts.  “I don’t have a vote, but I have to say that the tremendous job that Alex has done with his karting project, his social media activities and his overall communication skills have been impressive.  He’s still looking for his first win in super late models, but he’s finished runner-up numerous times and in the top-five in five of his 10 races so far.  Slinger Speedway might just be the toughest track to win on in America these days.
 
            “Dave Farrington made everyone associated with the KDDP smile when he picked up his first-ever feature win at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway a few weeks back,” Roberts said.  “Dave is a super representative for our organization on and off the track.  Dave’s not only battling for the Beech Ridge and Maine State NASCAR championships, he is also out there competing in the highly-competitive PASS North Series and on the American Canadian Tour.
 
            “Jeremy Doss is really turning heads out West,” said Roberts.  “He’s also learning how important his off-track representation of the KDDP is.  Quin Houff has already won on the tough CARS Tour circuit and I personally applaud him for the tremendous work he is doing with the Duke Cancer Institute.  Michael Ostdiek is also involved in a karting project and we can’t wait to see his Alan Kulwicki retro 1990 color scheme.  Cody Haskins goes out of his way to take part in worthwhile local activities around his North Georgia home and now he is giving the KDDP some additional exposure as he has started racing over at Myrtle Beach.  Brandon Setzer competed in only eight races during our first judging period.  He appears to be getting his early-season slump behind him and I’m thinking he may really surprise folks during the next two months.”
 
            The KDDP points system is based on a combination of judging input from members of the advisory board and the drivers’ on-track performance.  Board members are asked to rank the drivers from first to seventh in their job of representing the organization and points are awarded for those rankings.  Each voter is given 10 discretionary “bonus” points to award the drivers for “exceptional contributions” to the program.  Community engagement, program representation and social media activities account for as much as 60 percent of the points total.  The remaining 40 percent of the points come from actual racing statistics. Race wins award 10 points, with 2nd-5th-place finishes getting 6 points, 6th-10th 4 points, 11th-15th 2 points and 15th-plus 1 point.
 
“Since the competition part of our points system is based on a driver’s 15 best finishes this season, it is way too early to count any of our drivers out as far as the Kulwicki Cup goes,” said Roberts.  “Some of the competitors are really just now getting their seasons going full throttle.  It will be very interesting to see what these drivers can accomplish on and off the track in the next couple of months.
 
            “The KDDP would like to extend its condolences to the family of board member Dennis Czarnyszka, who passed away unexpectedly on June 25,” said Roberts.  “We would also like to say a special thanks to Ty Majeski, our inaugural Kulwicki Cup champion last year, for honoring Dennis by voting for him in our first points update of the season.”initial points report.”
 
For all the latest news in short track racing, we invite you to visit Speed51.com, the official media partner of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program.  Follow them on Twitter at @speed51dotcom and visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/speed51.
 
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For additional information on the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, please visit the official website at www.kulwickiddp.com. Catch us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/KDDP/435099609983775?ref=hl and follow us on Twitter at @KulwickiDDP.
 
About the KDDP:
The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) 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.  The Program provides drivers with financial assistance along with support in publicity, marketing, sponsorship development, industry networking and relationship building.  Based in Concord, N.C., the KDDP is a non-profit organization with the mission of playing a significant role in developing the next era of America’s short-track racers while educating new generations about the life, passion and values of the 1992 NASCAR Champion.
Contacts:
Tom Roberts – trpr@ix.netcom.com(256)508-2595
Mark Horn – markhorn@mvalaw.com – (704) 331-3540

12th to 4th in Final Event Before Slinger Nationals!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 10--—Rob Braun outdueled Dennis Prunty following a restart with 20 laps to go and drove to his second super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 60-lap main event.


“There’s so much horsepower in the pits here tonight with Mark Feiler, Toby Nuttleman, and Jon Reynolds Sr,” Braun told the crowd from victory lane as he touched on the star studded crew chiefs who were on hand to help their drivers as they prepared for the upcoming Slinger Nationals, “I was chatting it up with them and picking their brains earlier and the next thing you know, I found a little speed…it was awesome!”


Brad Keith and Brad Mueller paced the field to the green flag with Mueller charging to the early lead from the outside groove and Rob Braun also using a strong outside run to nail down second place. Keith and Chris Blawat ran nose to tail on the inside in third and fourth respectively while Ty Majeski and Dennis Prunty raced for fifth place in their tire tracks. On lap four Keith’s car swung wide off turn four directly in front of Blawat and he caught it but as they entered turn one, his car kicked loose again and went into a long slide through the corner after very slight contact from Blawat before ending up in the infield off the backstretch to draw the first caution flag. Mueller chose the outside groove and Braun went to the low lane while Dennis Prunty and Majeski each chose the high side which opened up the inside line for Jamie Wallace and Gary LaMonte as the field formed for the restart. Mueller and Braun intensely raced for the lead as racing resumed with Mueller holding tough on the outside and Braun gritting it out from the low lane. Mueller eventually began to fade up top and Braun took command as Prunty quickly filled the gap to take second. Wallace and LaMonte also got around Mueller who continued to lose ground in the outside lane while Alex Prunty and Majeski began to challenge for the top five. On lap 13, Mueller had power steering issues and he dropped from competition as the resulting fluid on the racetrack produced the caution flag with Braun leading over Dennis Prunty, Wallace, LaMonte, Alex Prunty, and Majeski. Braun and Prunty leaned on each other for the lead as racing resumed while LaMonte and Majeski remained in their tracks as Alex Prunty, Jamie Wallace, and John DeAngelis Jr. all battled for the fifth spot. Dennis Prunty eventually worked outside lane hard enough to take the lead from Braun on lap 18 and the field settled into single file formation during the middle stages of the race. Dennis Prunty maintained the lead out front over Braun while LaMonte held third solidly and Alex Prunty and Wallace advanced forward when Majeski left the speedway on lap 38 and retired from the event. Tim Lampman’s car looped around in turn one on lap 40 while racing in front of Randy Schuler and the caution flag appeared for a third time. Dennis Prunty chose the outside lane with Braun taking to the low side and as racing resumed, they both renewed their side by side battle for the top spot with LaMonte, Alex Prunty, DeAngelis, and Wallace all racing hard behind them. After several laps of door to door racing, Braun prevailed on the inside and Dennis Prunty slid in behind him in an attempt to make another late charge at the lead. Braun would not be denied over the closing laps and he captured his second super late model feature victory of the season over Dennis Prunty and Gary LaMonte. Alex Prunty finished fourth and John DeAngelis Jr. was fifth. Mitch McGrath turned in one of his strongest performances of the season to finish sixth ahead of Jamie Wallace and Steve Apel, who drove Travis Dassow’s machine to an eighth place finish after experiencing engine issues with his own car after the heat races. Brad Keith and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten finishers.


Sunday night was our last Super Late Model Show before the prestigious $10,000 to win Slinger Nationals, by far our biggest race of the year! We have off this Sunday, so we will spend this week going through and rebuilding everything on the car preparing for the Nationals. Anything and everything will be looked over, including new valve springs and rocker arm inspections, to rear end inspection and rebuild, and everything in-between! Want to make sure the car is 100% ready to go!!






Thursday, July 7, 2016

Alex Earns 1st Career SLM Slinger Fastest Qualifier Award!

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 3--—In a traditional Slinger Speedway battle, Dennis Prunty held off Steve Apel to nail down his fourth super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night in the Interstate Sawing Independence Day 75

Alex Prunty set fast time for the first time in his super late model career by turning in a lap at 11.299 seconds.


John DeAngelis Jr. raced to the early lead at the drop of the green flag as the field quickly fell under the caution flag on lap two when the second and third place cars of Fred Winn and Rob Braun tangled entering turn one triggering an incident that also collected Rich Loch. DeAngelis returned to the lead on the restart over Nick Wagner and Brad Keith while the outside line began to move forward and Brad Mueller, Dennis Prunty, Gary LaMonte, and Steve Apel all took advantage of the high side to grab third through sixth respectively. As they sorted out, Dennis Prunty wasted little time in first moving around Mueller for third and then Nick Wagner for second as DeAngelis continued to set the pace. As Prunty began to track down DeAngelis for the lead, LaMonte pressured Mueller for fourth as right behind them Apel and Casey Johnson gained spots after prevailing in an intense battle with Brad Keith and Alex Prunty. Dennis Prunty closed in on DeAngelis for the lead and took some serious looks to the inside of the leader just before the caution waved on lap 23 when Rob Braun’s car spun while racing with Mitch McGrath off turn two. DeAngelis chose the inside lane for the restart and Dennis Prunty used the outside lane to stay even with the leader as racing resumed. Prunty eventually ducked back in line as LaMonte and Apel advanced to third and fourth respectively. Prunty eventually worked his way alongside DeAngelis on the inside lane and took the lead after several laps of door to door racing as LaMonte closed in on the leaders from third. LaMonte then maneuvered his way past DeAngelis for second as Apel, Mueller, and Casey Johnson took over the fourth through sixth spots when Nick Wagner’s car washed high off turn four. The caution flag waved for the third time on lap 46 when Grant Griesbach’s car looped around in turn four with Prunty leading over LaMonte, DeAngelis, Apel, Mueller, and Johnson. Prunty chose the outside for the restart and he remained the leader as LaMonte couldn’t formulate a challenge with his car pinned down on the inside. Apel used the outer groove to advance his way around DeAngelis for third while Casey Johnson moved into fourth, dispatching Mueller into a battle for fifth with Chris Blawat and Jeff Holtz. While racing side by side, Blawat and Holtz ran up on Mueller exiting turn four and side contact between them sent Blawat’s car spinning into the infield as the caution flag waved on lap 55. Once again Prunty charged to the lead from the outside as racing resumed while both Apel and Johnson took advantage of LaMonte not being able to keep his car glued to the inside lane to race into second and third respectively. Prunty scooted away to a comfortable lead while Johnson pressured Apel for second. A tandem spin between Grant Griesbach and Bradley Kossow in turn four on lap 70 drew the caution flag and set up a five lap shootout between Prunty, Apel, and Johnson for the victory. Apel gave a valiant effort in the closing laps but Prunty was too strong from the outside and he drove to his fourth feature victory of the season. John DeAngelis prevailed in an intense battle for third with Casey Johnson while Chris Blawat finished fifth. Brad Mueller finished sixth followed by Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte while Nick Wagner and Mitch McGrath rounded out the top ten.


James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Ryan DeStefano and Mike Egan as they along with fourth place finisher Dalton Zehr transferred to the main event. Jerry Eckhardt finished fifth. Super late model heat race victories went to Ryan Farrell, Jon Reynolds Jr., and Brad Keith and Alex Prunty set fast time for the first time in his super late model career by turning in a lap at 11.299 seconds.














 

Monday, June 27, 2016

After Leading 14 laps, Alex Finishes 3rd & Remains Pepsi Point Leader Through Rounds 2 of 3!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 26—Still feeling the effects of bruised ribs suffered in a hard crash a little over a week ago, Dennis Prunty toughed out his third super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night in the second round of the Pepsi Challenge Series at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“They’re still sore,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “I was trying to take it easy and not get into any altercations out there.” “I wasn’t sure I wanted to race again,” Prunty continued, describing the thought process of returning to the seat so soon after the crash, “I just thought I would get in the car and take a few laps and see how it goes. I guess I still want to race.”

John DeAngelis Jr. and Mitch McGrath made up the front row at the start of the 60-lap main event and the inside lane advanced quickly as DeAngelis charged to the lead while third place starter Alex Prunty settled into second, leaving McGrath to battle with Grant Griesbach and Brad Mueller for third. DeAngelis paced the opening four laps before Alex Prunty was able to duck inside to take the the top spot as behind them, Dennis Prunty began to slice his way forward through the field. Dennis Prunty used the outside lane to pass by Griesbach and then dove to the inside to get around McGrath before pressuring Mueller for third while Alex Prunty continued to lead over DeAngelis. Dennis Prunty then swept to the inside of Brad Mueller for third place and a few lap later worked the inside again to snag second from DeAngelis. A half spin off turn four by Grant Griesbach on lap 16 drew the first caution flag with Alex Prunty leading over Dennis Prunty, DeAngelis, Mueller, and McGrath. Alex Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and Dennis Prunty took to the low lane as racing resumed and the two fought alongside each other for the lead. Dennis Prunty’s car turned very well and found grip off the turns which was enough to propel him into the lead off turn two as DeAngelis tried to fill the gap on the inside and challenge Alex Prunty for second. Alex Prunty eventually prevailed over DeAngelis for second but their side by side battle allowed Dennis Prunty to edge away a bit. Behind the top three, last week’s feature winner Chris Blawat and defending track champion Steve Apel joined Mueller and McGrath in a race over the fourth spot. The second caution of the event appeared on lap 31 when Duke Long’s car went for a spin off turn two while racing with Rob Braun. Braun took the blame for the incident and “tapped out” allowing Long to regain his spot as the field lined up for a restart. This time, Dennis Prunty chose the outside and left the inside lane for Alex Prunty and as the green flag waved, Dennis raced into the lead while Alex had his hands full with DeAngelis and Blawat for third. Blawat was the driver on the move in the second half of the race as he used the outside to bypass both DeAngelis and Alex Prunty to advance to second place attempt to track down Dennis Prunty for the lead. The best battle on the speedway in the closing laps was over the fifth position between Mitch McGrath and Steve Apel as Apel handily worked over McGrath’s rear bumper. Dennis Prunty would not be denied in the waning circuits and he drove to his third super late model feature win of the season while Blawat had to settle for a strong second place run the checkered flag. Alex Prunty finished a solid third and John DeAngelis was fourth while Steve Apel won the battle with Mitch McGrath to finish fifth. Brad Mueller crossed the finish line in seventh ahead of Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano in eighth and ninth respectively while Duke Long finished tenth.

James Swan won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature as Lowell Bennett, Fred Winn, and Jerry Mueller rounded out the top four finishers who all advanced to the main event. Dalton Zehr finished fifth ahead of Jerry Eckhardt in sixth. Super late model heat races were won by Dalton Zehr, Ryan DeStefano, and Brad Mueller and Chris Blawat was the fastest qualifier after posting a lap in 11.344 seconds.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Alex Runs #39 for Dad in Father's Day Special, Falls Short of 1st Career SLM Victory

By Dan Margetta

After battling for 2nd near halfway, RF suspension damage after a hard fought battle with Steve Apel for 2nd would slow Alex to an 11th place Finish.

Slinger, Wis., June 19—For the second time in three weeks Chris Blawat found himself in victory lane at the Slinger Super Speedway after the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night.
“That car was awesome, it’s the kind of car you dream of driving, “ Blawat told the crowd afterward, “We’re having a good year here and we’ll take it.”




Grant Griesbach and Steve Apel paced the field to the green flag and Apel quickly jumped to the early lead from the outside leaving Griesbach to battle alongside Nick Wagner for second with Chris Blawat and Alex Prunty directly behind them. As Apel began to inch away, Wagner eventually took over the second spot with an outside pass on Griesbach and Blawat followed a few laps later, making a similar move on the high side to move into third. Prunty also worked his way around Griesbach and into fourth while Rob Braun began to challenge the top five as well. Apel maintained his lead while Blawat tracked down Wagner and slipped by on the inside for second just before the first caution flag waved on lap 13 when Duke Long and Mitch McGrath tangled in turn one. Apel chose the outside lane for the restart and as the green flag waved, Blawat was able to stay alongside his door through the turn from the inside groove and was able to wrestle the lead away on lap 15. Apel slid back in line behind Blawat in second while Alex Prunty charged by Wagner on the outside for third. Prunty then tracked down Apel for second and made numerous attempts to maneuver to the inside after Apel’s car washed slightly off the turns. Prunty nudged his way alongside off turn two on lap 33 but Apel held him tight from the outside and would not allow Prunty to complete the pass. On lap 36 Prunty once again dove to the inside of Apel entering turn one but as he exited turn two, the upward momentum from Prunty’s car combined with Apel turning left to line up the backstretch made for a tight squeeze off the corner and the back end of Prunty’s car looped around and he slid down the backstretch as the caution flag waved for the second time. Blawat chose the inside lane for the restart and Apel hung tough from the outside as he barely led the first lap back under green but Blawat was strong as well and he reclaimed the top spot a lap later. Behind the top two, Rob Braun moved into third place as Nick Wagner washed high through turns three and four before eventually looping around to draw the third caution flag on lap 38. Once again Blawat took to the bottom for the restart and Apel again was able to challenge from the top side as racing resumed. Apel again paced the first two laps back under green and just as before Blawat gradually worked the low side to reclaim the lead on lap 39. Rob Braun and Brad Keith began to battle over the third spot while James Swan and Ryan DeStefano joined the top five. Braun prevailed in the battle for third and then tracked down Apel for second, working him over until he was able to race by on the inside. Once into second, Braun began to slice into Blawat’s lead as the laps began to click away. Suddenly with three laps to go, Braun dropped his car to the apron and came to a halt in the infield, leaving Blawat with a sizeable lead over Apel and Brad Keith. Blawat charged to his second feature victory in three weeks as Apel finished in the runner up slot for the second consecutive week. Brad Keith finished a strong third while Ryan DeStefano and James Swan rounded out the top five. Fred Winn finished in sixth place and Grant Griesbach was seventh. Lowell Bennett crossed the finish line in eighth place while Travis Dassow and Tim Lampman completed the top ten.


Lowell Bennett, John DeAngelis Jr., and Steve Apel all were super late model heat race winners and Travis Dassow was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.295 seconds.


 





Monday, June 13, 2016

3rd Place Feature Finish, Moves Alex to 2nd in Slinger Championship Point Standings!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 12—Rob Braun patiently waited in second place for most of the wild 60-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway before making his way around defending track champion Steve Apel in the closing laps to capture his first feature victory of the season.
Dave Olson Speed Graphics Photo

“We’ve had a rough year and it’s been frustrating,” Braun stated from victory lane describing his team’s effort this season, “I was in the garage until four o’clock in the morning, sitting there almost falling asleep, working on this thing trying to get it ready.”

Braun started from the pole position but it was outside front row starter, Steve Apel who quickly established himself as the leader, leaving Braun to battle Conrad Morgan for second place ahead of Grant Griesbach, Nick Wagner, and Alex Prunty. The first of many caution flags waved on lap eight when Mitch McGrath’s car looped around in turn three while battling for position with James Swan. Apel chose the outside groove for the restart and once again charged to the lead as Morgan maintained second while Griesbach, Braun, and Prunty disputed third place. Eventually the inside groove prevailed as Braun and Prunty both moved past Griesbach, dropping him into a battle over fifth with Brad Mueller. While Prunty continued to challenge Braun for third, Mueller made repeated attempts on the inside to get by Griesbach in fourth, but couldn’t complete the pass as his car would slide loose off the corners. Mueller’s car eventually broke loose off turn four on lap 27 to draw a caution flag with Apel leading over Morgan, Prunty, Braun, and Griesbach. Once again Apel chose the outside lane leaving Morgan the inside and after two aborted attempts at restarting, the green finally appeared but only for a lap as Duke Long’s car broke loose mid-pack and bottled up the cars of James Swan, Brad Keith, and Brad Mueller in turn three with Swan’s car resting atop the left side of Keith’s machine. A similar lineup for the restart with Apel again choosing the high lane and Morgan on the low side produced nearly the same results as just after receiving the green flag, Morgan’s car drifted a bit wide off turn four where it was tagged by Prunty and sent spinning off the front straightaway producing yet another caution period. Prunty and Morgan were placed at the rear of the field for the next restart which left Apel leading over Rob Braun, Griesbach, and last week’s feature winner, Chris Blawat.

After another aborted restart which resulted in Duke Long and Morgan turning sideways deep in the pack in turn four, the field finally put in some green flag laps with Apel continuing to lead over Braun and Griesbach. However, three laps later, the yellow flag would wave again for an incident between Mike Egan and Mitch McGrath in turn four on lap 31. Apel maintained the lead despite some serious challenges from Braun in the inside groove while Griesbach held off Blawat and Ryan DeStefano for third. As racing resumed, Apel used the outside groove to keep command over Braun while Blawat used the inside lane to take third away from Griesbach while Joh, n DeAngelis and Alex Prunty moved forward to challenge DeStefano over fifth. The racing action came to a halt on lap 36 when Conrad Morgan’s car pounded the turn four wall nose first before crumpling to a stop in the infield as the red flag was displayed. Morgan was assisted from his car and transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

Once the track was cleared and racing resumed, Apel again used the outside groove to power into the lead over Braun, Blawat, and Griesbach while Prunty used the inside lane to move around DeStefano for fifth. Jon DeAngelis attempted to follow Prunty’s inside move around DeStefano but the two made contact, looping both cars down the front straight to draw yet another caution on lap 45. On the ensuing restart, Apel continued to use the outside lane to keep the lead, however, Braun wouldn’t let him get away and made repeated attempts to turn under Apel for the lead. Behind the top two, Blawat began to close from third while Alex Prunty worked his way around Griesbach and into fourth just before yet another yellow flag appeared on lap 53 for an incident between Fred Winn and Pat McIntee in turn one. This time however, Braun wasn’t ready to let Apel get away from the outside and he stayed even in the inside groove as the two raced door to door for the lead with the laps counting down. Braun was able to edge ahead slightly at the line with five laps to go and then took sole possession of the top spot a lap later as Apel pulled in behind him just prior to the final caution flag waving for debris on the backstretch on lap 57. Braun was ready for the three lap shootout and he held off Apel to capture his first super late model feature victory of the season. Apel finished a strong second and took over the championship points lead while Alex Prunty finished third and moved into second place in the point standings. Chris Blawat followed up last week’s winning run with a solid fourth place finish and Grant Griesbach scored his best super late model feature finish in fifth. Ryan DeStefano finished sixth followed by John DeAngelis in seventh while Duke Long, Brad Kossow, and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten.