Monday, October 26, 2015

6th Place Finish in 1st Ever Falloween 150 Major Success For APR!

In a star studded field of the BEST, and I mean BEST super late model drivers in the state, we showed our low budget team could hang with those guys! The Dells was packed with fans coming to see the star studded field! We got the car handling really well on the new tire they had us race on this weekend, and the car responded very very well! After a few minor setup changes, we found ourselves 5th fastest out the the 39 entries! There were a ton of great cars, and when qualifying was done, we found ourselves locked into the big show on time, as we needed to qualify into the top 14 fastest cars to be guaranteed a spot in the main show. We qualified 10th!

This allowed me to start in 3rd for the "Fast Dash." We worked our way up to 2nd, and got to race for the lead with multi-time track champion and veteran Jeff Storm. We battled to the end, but when the checkers flew, we finished tight on his back bumper in the 2nd position!

Next up was the feature. The invert from qualifying was 10, so we got to start on the pole! Starting outside me was Ty Majeski, the 2-time and defending ARCA Midwest Tour Series Champion. We raced down into turn one, and it was us taking the lead early and running away! It was so much fun to lead that field of cars with such a huge talented line up! Was definitely a confidence booster knowing I can definitely race with these guys! We lead the 150 lap race until lap 27, where Ty was pressuring us hard, and knowing it was a long race we let him go on the outside, in an effort to save the tires and equipment for the later stages of the race. We followed Ty and ran in the 2nd position all the way until the half-way break of the race at lap 75. We were allowed a 10 minute break before the final 75 laps to put fuel in the car and make some adjustments. I was so excited at the half-way point, we had a really good car, and by far my best race of the season!

We restarted the race 2nd, and lost one position on the restart to another veteran Andrew Morresy, who is also a champion of the Midwest Tour. Like I said, there was a ton of great cars! We followed him and ran 3rd until lap 95 when I got hit by a car from behind me and slipped back to 4th. We ran 4th until lap 118, where my car was starting to get very tight, and I could not get it to rotate in the center of the corner. The adjustment we had made at the half way point seemed to be hurting us as the car faded late into the long green flag run. With that though, we were able to run in the Top 5 Until 25 laps to go, where Uncle Dennis caught up to me and got by me while I was trying to work my way through lapped traffic. Dennis would end up going on to finish 5th, and I would finish right behind him in the 6th position!   Here are the race video highlights!!

We all had so much fun, and we left the track with nothing but excitement for what is to come next year!! It really was a great way to end the season, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into what will be my 2nd season in a Super Late Model!
 Super Late Models - Qualify 10-25-15
1- 97 Skylar Holzhausen 13.332
2- 21S Tim Schendel 13.374
3- 90L Duke Long 13.409
4- 42P Dennis Prunty 13.418
5- 39 Andrew Morrissey 13.419
6- 11K Bobby Kendall 13.425
7- 10X Jon Reynolds Jr. 13.463
8- 711 Dalton Zehr 13.493
9- 91M Ty Majeski 13.505
10- 11P Alex Prunty 13.512
11- 19L Dan Lensing 13.517
12- 97 Cole Anderson 13.526
13- 44L Mike Lichtfeld 13.541
14- 25S Jeff Storm 13.568
15- 17J Brian Johnson Jr. 13.597
16- 14T Keith Tolf 13.611
17- 10M Andy Monday 13.633
18- 34 Brandon Hill 13.645
19- 87 Nate Haseleu 13.647
20- 3 Jeff Weinfurter 13.671
21- 00 Mike White 13.680
22- 30JJ Joshua James 13.692
23- 76W Jason Weinkauf 13.693
24- 23 Jay Van Der Geest 13.739
25- 18N Frank Nitzke 13.760
26- 99R Bryan Roach 13.764
27- 5T Travis Sauter 13.784
28- 31J Cory Jankowski 13.795
29- 26 Mark Lamoreaux 13.803
30- 77 Todd Staplemen 13.809
31- 5B Jon Beale 13.853
32- 13 Cory Cootware 13.904
33- 07 Cory Kemkes 13.932
34- 31W Jason Wells 14.110
35- 81 Jake Capek 14.182
Super Late Models - Even Qual

1- 14T Keith Tolf
2- 31J Cory Jankowski
3- 34 Brandon Hill
4- 3 Jeff Weinfurter
5- 23 Jay Van Der Geest
6- 77 Todd Staplemen
7- 99R Bryan Roach
8- 13 Cory Cootware
9- 31W Jason Wells
10- 30JJ Joshua James
Super Late Models - Odd Qual

1- 17J Brian Johnson Jr.
2- 87 Nate Haseleu
3- 76W Jason Weinkauf
4- 10M Andy Monday
5- 5B Jon Beale
6- 81 Jake Capek
7- 5T Travis Sauter
8- 26 Mark Lamoreaux
9- 18N Frank Nitzke
10- 00 Mike White
11- 07 Cory Kemkes
Super Late Models - Dash Odd

1- 44L Mike Litchfield
2- 19L Dan Lensing
3- 91M Ty Majeski
4- 39 Andrew Morrissey
5- 97 Skylar Holzhausen
6- 10X Jon Reynolds Jr.
7- 90L Duke Long
Super Late Models - Dash Even

1- 25S Jeff Storm
2- 11P Alex Prunty
3- 11K Bobby Kendall
4- 97 Cole Anderson
5- 21S Tim Schendel
6- 42P Dennis Prunty
7- 711 Dalton Zehr

Super Late Models - Feature A 1- 39 Andrew Morrissey 2- 91M Ty Majeski 3- 44L Mike Lichtfeld 4- 97 Skylar Holzhausen 5- 42P Dennis Prunty 6- 11P Alex Prunty 7- 21S Tim Schendel 8- 31J Cory Jankowski 9- 97 Cole Anderson 10- 90L Duke Long 11- 3 Jeff Weinfurter 12- 76W Jason Weinkauf 13- 11K Bobby Kendall 14- 00 Mike White 15- 25S Jeff Storm 16- 10X Jon Reynolds Jr. 17- 17J Brian Johnson Jr. 18- 87 Nate Haseleu 19- 14T Keith Tolf 20- 18N Frank Nitzke 21- 711 Dalton Zehr 22- 19L Dan Lensing 23- 34 Brandon Hill 24- 10M Andy Monday

Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 Slinger Super Speedway Late Model Track Championship Bagged After 7th Feature Win of the Season!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., Sept. 13-  Alex Prunty stormed to the lead in the waning stages of the 40-lap late model feature Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway and drove off to a convincing win to seal the deal on his second track championship.

“I can’t thank my family enough for getting me to the point where I am,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane, “(Uncles) Dennis, David, Dale, my Dad, and my Grandparents for letting me keep the car in the garage, it turned out to be one heck of a year.”

 Jack Stern and Steven Schulz swapped the lead in the opening laps before Schulz was able to prevail from the outside on lap three. Behind the top two, Eddie May, Brian Holtz, and Mike Meyerhofer filled in the top five as Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, Mike Held, and Jordan DeVoy all worked their way forward from deep in the field. May was able to move into second which dropped Stern into a battle with Holtz just ahead of another struggle between Meyerhofer and Stippich which ended with Stippich spinning off turn two to draw the first caution flag on lap 14. Meyerhofer took responsibility for the contact and Stippich was awarded his spot back for the restart with Schulz leading over May, Holtz, and Stern. Schulz took the inside line at the lane cone and with Holtz moving to the outside, a cat and mouse game began between them which resulted in an aborted restart attempt. On the second try, more contact between the front row starters sent Holtz’s car near the retaining wall just past the start-finish line and as he swung out of turn two on the next lap, his car broke loose and clipped May’s machine sending it hard backwards into the turn three wall.

The incident also severely damaged the car of championship contender Mike Held and he retired from the event. Schulz took the inside lane again as this time Stippich took to the high line and once again another aborted start bunched up the field damaging Joe Bongiorno’s car enough to send it to the pits. This time as racing resumed Schultz and Stippich raced side by side for the lead ahead of Stern and Prunty for a few laps before Schulz prevailed from the inside. A tap to Schulz’s rear corner a few laps later opened up the door for Stippich to edge inside and take the lead with Schulz staying directly in his tracks. Stippich continued to pace the race as Schulz bobbled slightly in turn three which allowed Prunty to sneak by and into second. Prunty tracked down Stippich and immediately took to the outside to drive into the lead on lap 29. Once out front, Prunty could not be caught and he drove away to the victory while Schulz prevailed in a spirited battle for second with Stippich. Jordan DeVoy finished fourth and Jack Stern rounded out the top five in fifth. Prunty’s victory also enabled him to clinch the 2015 Slinger Speedway late model track championship!

2015 Dells Raceway Park Dash Series Champion & Dells Super Late Model Rookie of the Year!

We had a fantastic car at the Dells after trying a completely new set-up in the morning during practice! All the hours paid off as we were 2nd quick in practice to Tim Schiendel, the former NASCAR Nationwide Series star! He turned a lap of 13.734, we turned a lap of 13.738, or a difference of 3 inches on the track! Qualifying was up next, and I qualified 8th after a slip up out of turn 4. Have not quite mastered qualifying on the cold tires at the Dells, as they are like driving on ice when cold. None the less, we qualified into the fast dash, as well as the feature. After starting last, we worked our way up to the 7th position in the 10 lap dash, ultimately winning us the 2015 Super Late Model Fast Dash Championship! This wins us a big trophy and a $1,000 check at the banquet to be held in January!

We started on the pole for the fast heat, and WON! We then started the feature in the 6th position and constantly found ourselves stuck in the wrong lane to be dragged backwards, but when the checkered flag flew, we found ourselves picking up another top 5 finish, only behind seasoned veterans, all who have won many races at the Dells. Very exciting night, as we were then crowned "Rookie of the Year!"

Super Late Models - Feature A 9-12-15
1- 25 Jeff Storm
2- 21S Tim Schendel
3- 7D Eric Darnell
4- 11 Bobby Kendall
5- 11P Alex Prunty
6- 87W Josh Wallace
7- 31J Cory Jankowski
8- 87R Collin Reffner
9- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
10- 32 Haley Kapp
11- 88 Ken Jacoby
12- 17 Mark Simonsen
13- 7G Dave Gawronski
14- 22P Landry Potter
15- 42 Brian Hakala
16- 13B Mike Breiner

Super Late Models - Heat 2
1- 11P Alex Prunty
2- 87W Josh Wallace
3- 25 Jeff Storm
4- 21S Tim Schendel
5- 7D Eric Darnell
6- 42 Brian Hakala
7- 22P Landry Potter
8- 11 Bobby Kendall
Super Late Models - Heat 1
1- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
2- 88 Ken Jacoby
3- 32 Haley Kapp
4- 7G Dave Gawronski
5- 31J Cory Jankowski
6- 87R Collin Reffner
7- 17 Mark Simonsen
8- 13B Mike Breiner
Super Late Models - Trophy Dash
1- 21S Tim Schendel
2- 7D Eric Darnell
3- 25 Jeff Storm
4- 87W Josh Wallace
5- 11 Bobby Kendall
6- 22P Landry Potter
7- 11P Alex Prunty
8- 42 Brian Hakala
Super Late Models - Qualify
1- 11 Bobby Kendall 13.814
2- 25 Jeff Storm 13.824
3- 21S Tim Schendel 13.831
4- 7D Eric Darnell 13.862
5- 22P Landry Potter 13.926
6- 87W Josh Wallace 13.940
7- 42 Brian Hakala 13.949
8- 11P Alex Prunty 13.951
9- 13B Mike Breiner 14.040
10- 87R Collin Reffner 14.090
11- 32 Haley Kapp 14.140
12- 17 Mark Simonsen 14.176
13- 31J Cory Jankowski 14.177
14- 44L Mike Lichtfeld 14.202
15- 88 Ken Jacoby 14.329
16- 7G Dave Gawronski 14.475

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

After Early Contact With the Wall, Alex Rebounds to Finish 3rd!

Story by Dan Margetta

Jordan DeVoy used the outside lane to take the lead from Alex Prunty in the closing laps of the 40-lap late model feature to capture his first career main event victory.

Steven Schulz paced the first eight laps before Al Stippich took over the point with an outside move on a restart following a caution flag on lap nine. Alex Prunty ran down Stippich and grabbed the lead just past the halfway mark while DeVoy also maneuvered his way forward and into third just ahead of Mike Held. DeVoy chose the outside lane on a restart after another caution flag on lap 26 and as racing resumed he was able to outgun Prunty for the lead. Prunty battled door to door with Al Stippich over second while DeVoy extended his lead. DeVoy would not be denied in the closing laps and he drove to his first career feature victory while Stippich beat Prunty for second. Prunty had to settle for third while Jack Stern and Mike Held rounded out the top five.

Late Model heat races were won by Tyler Schley and Steven Schulz and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier at 12.318 seconds.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

After Setting Quick Time in Slinger, Late Accident while fighting for 2nd Sends Alex to Rear, Rebounds to 10th

By Dan Margetta

Jesse Bernhagen captured his first career Slinger Speedway late model feature in the 40-lap main event.

Brian Holtz took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the beginning laps while Mike Meyerhofer moved into second just ahead of Steven Schulz. Meyerhofer pressured Holtz heavily for the lead, making numerous attempts on the inside. A few of those attempts resulted in some fender rubbing as Holtz tried to defend against the challenges and some of that contact cost both Holtz and Meyerhofer on lap 19 as Schulz drove by both of them to take the lead. Schulz maintained the lead in the mid stages of the race over Meyerhofer while Ryan Miles, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held sliced their way forward. Following lap 26 caution flag for a single car spin, Meyerhofer began to challenge Schulz for the lead, eventually taking the point on lap 29. Behind the leader, Miles, Prunty, and Held all worked their way into the second, third, and fourth positions while Jesse Bernhagen advanced into fifth. Miles, Held, and Prunty aggressively battled amongst each other and on lap 34 minor contact between Held and Miles, sent Miles up the track entering turn three allowing Prunty to fill the gap on the inside. Miles’s car kicked loose off turn four while Prunty was coming across off the bottom and with Held planted directly behind them contact between them sent Miles’ car hard into the outside wall while Prunty spun off the nose of Held in turn two producing a caution flag. Miles retired from the event with damage and Prunty and Held were sent to the rear of the field for the restart with Meyerhofer now leading over Bernhagen and Holtz. Bernhagen was able to use the outside line to build enough momentum to take the lead from Meyerhofer a few laps after racing resumed. Once out front, Bernhagen was not challenged and he drove to the victory followed by Meyerhofer and Holtz. Jordan DeVoy finished fourth and Dan Jung was fifth.

After Fast Dash Win, Alex Fights back to Finish 7th at DRP with the Super Late

Jeff Storm from Waterford, WI captured his second feature win of the year by winning the Performance Parts Supply 60 Saturday night at Dells Raceway Park in the Jacoby Waterproofing Super Late Model Division. Kenny Reiser from Waukon, IA grabbed the early lead but had immediate pressure from Storm who started just one row behind. Storm filled the mirror of the multi time track champion Reiser and by the double digit lap mark took the lead. The ugly red flag was waved on unlucky lap 13 when Colin Reffner cut a power steering hose coming out of turn two laying oil down in the racing groove which ended the night for Appleton driver Chad Devine and Joel Clossey from Rockford, Reffner too was done for the evening. When racing resumed Storm set sail on a clear track with Resier, Rich Schumann Jr., Tim Schendal and Brian Hakala close behind. On lap 16 Reisers luck ran out as he headed to the pits with a flat LR tire. As the race stayed green Schumann fell victim to mechanical issues on lap 49 and pulled off the speedway. The long green flag run was beneficial to Mike Lichtfeld from Portage, WI as he and fast qualifier Bobby Kendall along with current DRP point leader Schendal picked their way thru the field. In the end Storm held the point and won followed closely by the ever present Lichtfeld with Kendall third followed by Schendel and Hakala rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Danny Darnell and Lichtfeld, with Alex Prunty taking the Dash and Kendall had fast time.

Super Late Models - Feature A 8-29-15
1- 25 Jeff Storm
2- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
3- 11K Bobby Kendall
4- 21S Tim Schendel
5- 42 Brian Hakala
6- 31J Cory Jankowski
7- 11P Alex Prunty
8- 22P Landry Potter
9- 32K Haley Kapp
10- 17 Mark Simonsen
11- 88 Ken Jacoby
12- 85 Danny Darnell
13- 54S Rich Schumann Jr.
14- 2R Ken Reiser
15- 13B Mike Breiner
16- 87R Colin Reffner
17- 54D Chad Devine
18- 16C Joel Clossey
19- 17J Brian Johnson Jr.

Super Late Models - Heat 2
1- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
2- 2R Ken Reiser
3- 25 Jeff Storm
4- 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
5- 11P Alex Prunty
6- 21S Tim Schendel
7- 87R Colin Reffner
8- 11K Bobby Kendall
9- 42 Brian Hakala
10- 17J Brian Johnson Jr.

Super Late Models - Heat 1
1- 85 Danny Darnell
2- 31J Cory Jankowski
3- 88 Ken Jacoby
4- 32K Haley Kapp
5- 54 Chad Devine
6- 16C Joel Clossey
7- 17 Mark Simonsen
8- 13B Mike Breiner
9- 22P Landry Potter

Super Late Models - Trophy Dash
1- 11P Alex Prunty
2- 42 Brian Hakala
3- 87R Colin Reffner
4- 17J Brian Johnson Jr.
5- 11K Bobby Kendall
6- 21S Tim Schendel

Super Late Models - Qualify
1- 11K Bobby Kendall 13.618
2- 17J Brian Johnson Jr. 13.694
3- 87R Colin Reffner 13.710
4- 21S Tim Schendel 13.722
5- 42 Brian Hakala 13.785
6- 11P Alex Prunty 13.807
7- 25 Jeff Storm 13.833
8- 54 Rich Schumann Jr. 13.842
9- 44L Mike Lichtfeld 13.865
10- 2R Ken Reiser 13.963
11- 17 Mark Simonsen 13.972
12- 22P Landry Potter 13.995
13- 32K Haley Kapp 14.028
14- 13B Mike Breiner 14.075
15- 31J Cory Jankowski 14.093
16- 54 Chad Devine 14.201
17- 88 Ken Jacoby 14.360
18- 16C Joel Clossey 14.479
19- 85 Danny Darnell 14.569
20- 31 Dale Schultz DNS

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to Back Feature Wins in Slinger! #6 on the Season!

Story By Dan Margetta

Alex Prunty parlayed a late caution into a feature victory as he passed Al Stippich with five laps to go and captured the victory in the 40-lap late model main event.

Stippich and Corey Funk led the field to the green flag and Stippich charged into the early lead from the outside leaving Funk to battle with Andy Evraets, Tyler James, and Jordan DeVoy. As Stippich began to stretch his lead out front, Alex Prunty and Mike Held began to work their way forward after starting deep in the field. Stippich continued to enjoy a sizeable lead as the laps clicked away while Prunty and Held broke into the top five. By lap 29, Prunty and Held had advanced all the way to second and third respectively while Stippich remained solidly in the lead. Stippich began to catch lapped traffic which allowed Prunty and Held to begin to erase the space between themselves and the leader. Matt Rowe and Andy Evraets got together off turn two on lap 34 which sent Evraets’ car spinning around and drew the caution flag with just six laps remaining as Stippich led Prunty, Held, Corey Funk, and Brian Holtz. As racing was about to resume, Funk appeared to have a right rear tire go down and he spun coming to the green flag, ultimately keeping the field under caution a while longer. On the second attempt, Prunty was on his marks from the outside lane and he entered turn one even with Stippich for the lead. By the time they exited turn two, Prunty edged ahead, completing the pass shortly thereafter. Prunty scooted away in the final laps and drove to the win while Stippich and Held staged an aggressive battle for second of which Stippich prevailed at the finish. Held had to settle for third place while Brian Holtz and Dan Jung rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

Matt Rowe and Al Stippich were the winners of the late model heat races and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.270 seconds.