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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Trip To Slinger Sunday Results in 5th Feature Win of the Season!

By Dan Margetta

Alex Prunty scored his fifth feature win of the season by taking top honors in the 40-lap late model feature.

Joe Bongiorno and Tyler Schley set the pace at the beginning with Alex Prunty, Jordan DeVoy, Al Stippich, and Adam Peschek racing for position close behind. Bongiorno led the opening laps through a few caution periods before Prunty emerged to take the lead on lap nine. Once out front, Prunty’s main challenges came from DeVoy and Mike Held, as caution flags waved for separate incidents on lap nine and seventheen. Prunty was up to the task on each restart and he turned back challenges from DeVoy and Held to grab his fifth feature win of the season. Jordan DeVoy finished second followed by Mike Held in third and Adam Peschek in fourth. Al Stippich finished fifth.

Jake Vanoskey and Joe Bongiorno each scored victories in the late model heat races while Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier at 12.205 seconds.

After Leading Majority of Super Late Feature Saturday Night at DRP, Flat Tire Ends Alex' Night

Mike Lichtfeld of Portage WI won the Super Late Model Jacoby Waterproofing Summer Sizzler 60 at Dells Raceway Park Saturday Night. Rich Schumann Jr and Landry Potter brought the field to green for the main event with Potter grabbing the top spot early with Schumann and Alex Prunty of Lomira, WI in hot pursuit. By the mid point of the race it was Prunty to the lead followed by Schumann with Potter fading to third and Lichtfeld now joining the mix, by lap 38 Lichfeld worked his way thru traffic and took command of the race for the win followed by Schumann with current DRP point leader Tim Schendel coming home third, Potter fourth and Dalton Zehr rounded out the top five. Heat Wins went to Landry Potter and Corey Jankowski with Alex Prunty picking up the Blystone's Towing and Recovery Dash and Dalton Zehr set fast time for the evening with a mark of 13.623

Super Late Models - Feature A
1- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
2- 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
3- 21 Tim Schendel
4- 22P Landry Potter ...
5- 19Z Dalton Zehr
6- 31J Cory Jankowski
7- 34 Brandon Hill
8- 87 Collin Reffner
9- 13 Mike Breiner
10- 18N Frank Nitzke
11- 17 Mark Simonsen
12- 88 Ken Jacoby
13- 11P Alex Prunty
14- 25 Jeff Storm
15 11K Bobby Kendall
16- 7 Dave Gawronski
17- 32L Steve Lichtfeld

Super Late Models - Heat 2
1- 31J Cory Jankowski
2- 34 Brandon Hill
3- 54 Rich Schumann Jr.
4- 13 Mike Breiner
5- 18N Frank Nitzke
6- 7 Dave Gawronski
7- 32L Steve Lichtfeld
8- 17 Mark Simonsen
9- 88 Ken Jacoby

Super Late Models - Heat 1
1- 22P Landry Potter
2- 11P Alex Prunty
3- 21 Tim Schendel
4- 11K Bobby Kendall
5- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
6- 25 Jeff Storm
7- 19Z Dalton Zehr
8- 87 Collin Reffner

Super Late Models - Trophy Dash
1- 11P Alex Prunty
2- 11K Bobby Kendall
3- 21 Tim Schendel
4- 44L Mike Lichtfeld
5- 19Z Dalton Zehr
6- 25 Jeff Storm

Monday, July 20, 2015

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

Story By: Dan Margetta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tundra - Heat 2 Winner
1- Micheal Sauter 

Tundra - Heat 1 Winner
97- Cole Anderson 

Tundra Trophy Dash Winner
91- Ty Majeski

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Alex Settles For 2nd, Regains Championship Point Lead!

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Alex Picks Up 1st Career Super Late Model Fast Time in 5th Career Start, Finished Strong 3rd in Feature at Dells Raceway Park

 Jeff Storm from Waterford WI, won the 1st annual Marlin Walbeck Classic Saturday night at Dells Raceway Park. Ben Pettis and Mike Lichtfeld brought the field to green with Lichtfeld taking the early lead followed by Landry Potter and John Deangelis Jr. in hot pursuit. A early caution bunched the field again but Lichtfeld was up to the challenge and set sail while eventual winner Jeff Storm started working his way th...rough the field. At the half way break it was Lichtfeld leading the pack and picking up the bonus cash of $300 for being the mid-race leader. After the pit stop Lichtfeld ran into a mechanical issue an could not restart the second half which gave way to Storm as he had patiently worked his way up to second. It was current DRP and CWRA point leader Tim Schendal who kept Storm busy through out the second half of the event, but Storm would not be denied and held on to win the prestigious event with Schendal coming in second, fast qualifier Alex Prunty finished third, Wisconsin Rapids Mark Eswein took fouth and Bobby Kendall fifth. Trophy Dash winner was Kendall. Heat race winners were Ken Jacoby, Mark Eswein, and Travis Volm, and the B-main was won by Collin Reffner. DRP Would like to Thank the Walbeck Family and CWRA for helping put on the first annual Marlin Walbeck Memorial along with all the fans, drivers and race teams who made the night a success.

Wisconsin Dells WI, 6/27/15
Marlin Walbeck Memorial
1 25 Jeff Storm
2 21 Tim Schendel
3 11P Alex Prunty
4 71E Mark Eswein
5 11 Bobby Kendall
6 22P Landry Potter
7 31J Cory Jankowski
8 97 Cole Anderson
9 22 Ben Pettis
10 7 John DeAngelis
11 23 Ryan Hinner
12 87 Collin Reffner
13 32L Steve Lichtfeld
14 54 Chad Devine
15 88J Ken Jacoby
16 44L Mike Lichtfeld
17 18N Frank Nitzke
18 45 Erin Schlough
19 711 Travis Volm

Heat#1 Ken Jacoby Even Heat:Travis Volm Odd Heat: Mark Eswein Dash: Bobby Kendall B-Main: Collin Reffner

Jacoby Waterproofing Super Late Model Qualifying
1 11P Alex Prunty 13.626
2 21 Tim Schendel 13.666
3 7 John DeAngelis 13.668
4 11 Bobby Kendall 13.676
5 25 Jeff Storm 13.684
6 22P Landry Potter 13.699
7 97 Cole Anderson 13.704
8 44L Mike Lichtfeld 13.765
9 22BP Ben Pettis 13.805
10 45 Erin Schlough 13.838
11 23 Ryan Hinner 13.861
12 31J Cory Jankowski 13.901
13 71E Mark Eswine 13.914
14 711 Travis Volm 13.962
15 3 Jeff Weinfurter 13.977
16 18N Frank Nitzke 14.010
17 87 Collin Reffner 14.055
18 13 Mike Breiner 14.159
19 32L Steve Lichtfeld 14.196
20 88J Ken Jacoby 14.258
21 54 Chad Devine 14.423
22 13 Cody Smiley 14.519
23 33 Bernie Fritz 15.054
24 85 Kirby Kirth DNS

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4th Place Finish Brings Alex Back Within 1 Point in Hunt for Championship

Al Stippich took the lead on lap 10 and turned back numerous challenges to win the 40-lap late model main event to score his first feature victory at Slinger in four years.

Jack Stern led the opening lap before Brian Holtz took over the top spot on lap two and held the lead until Stippich used the outside line to grab the lead on a restart following a caution flag on lap nine. Four more caution periods slowed the race and each time Stippich fended off different challengers as he remained out front before pulling away in the end to capture the victory. Jordan DeVoy advanced his way through the field to finish second with Ryan Zielski close behind in third. Alex Prunty and Mike Held were near the front for nearly the entire race and finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
Dan Jung won the late model semi-feature over Joe Bongiorno and Matt Rowe while Scott Patrick and Brittiny Helmers rounded out the top five. R.J. Braun scored his first career late model victory in the first late model heat race while Jerry Mueller picked up the checkered flag in the second heat race.

Alex Prunty set fast time with a lap of 12.279 seconds.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alex Rebounds Strong, Claims 30th Career Feature Win!

Alex Prunty survived a late race restart to capture the victory in the 40-lap late model feature to score his 30th win at the Slinger Speedway.

Jack Stern and Jordan DeVoy paced the field the green flag and DeVoy quickly raced out into the early lead. Alex Prunty began to work his way forward from his sixth starting position as he took over the second spot by lap five ahead of Stern, Ricky Heinan, and Kyle Chwala. The action at the front of the field was tight as Dan Jung and Mike Held also advanced to join the lead pack with the top seven cars racing in close quarters. A spin by Corey Funk off turn two while racing amongst the leaders on lap eight produced the first caution flag with DeVoy leading over Prunty, Stern, and Heinan. During the incident Brittiny Helmers made contact with the pit entrance wall in turn two and retired from the event. DeVoy chose the inside groove for the restart and Prunty immediately took to the high side with the choice paying off as he charged into the lead as racing resumed. DeVoy held tough in second while Heinan and Chwala used the inside lane to take over third and fourth with Stern falling back in line in fifth. The race remained steady for a few laps before the caution waved again on lap 14 for a spin by R.J. Braun in turn two. As the leader, Prunty remained committed to the high side and he chose the upper groove, leaving DeVoy the inside while third running Chwala followed in Prunty’s tracks on the top side. Prunty was able to keep the lead as the green flag waved and Chwala used the high lane to pass DeVoy for second. Prunty and Chwala opened up a significant distance on the rest of the field while DeVoy fended off challenges from Dan Jung and Mike Held for third. The comfortable gap enjoyed by Prunty and Chwala was erased on lap 37 when a spin down the backstretch by Braun resulted in the third caution of the event. Prunty and Chwala looked to settle it out on the restart for the final three lap shootout and Prunty quickly charged to the lead. Chwala fell into line directly behind Prunty and made a final challenge on the last lap which fell just short as Prunty took the checkered flag for the victory. Chwala finished second while Jordan DeVoy, Mike Held, and Dan Jung rounded out the top five.

Joe Bongiorno scored his first career Slinger Speedway victory in the first late model heat race while Tyler Schley was victorious in the second event.

Alex Prunty and Kyle Chwala both turned in the exact fastest qualifying time at 12.292 seconds with Prunty being awarded the fast qualifier honors because he set the time first.

Monday, June 8, 2015

2nd Place Run Brought to Hault While Racing for Lead After Leader Tangles With Lap Car

Mike Held survived a wild 40-lap late model main event to capture the victory in a caution-filled race.

Brian Holtz and Kyle Chwala paced the field to the green flag and Holtz led the first two circuits before the caution flag waved quickly a lap later when Corey Funk tagged the wall on the backstretch and came to a stop in turn four. As racing resumed, Chwala was able to wrestle the lead away from Holtz while behind them Al Stippich, Alex Prunty, and Mike Held all raced for position. With Chwala out front, Prunty eventually worked his way into second and began to track down the leader. With Chwala and Prunty running nose to tail on lap ten, a lapped car suddenly slowed in turn four directly in front of them and as Chwala ran into the lapped car, Prunty slid hard into the frontstretch wall as the caution waved again. Chwala was able to continue despite front end damage while Prunty was through for the evening. The caution flew once again three laps later when Held experienced a problem in turn four and left the speedway and returned before the restart and without losing a lap. Chwala and Holtz resumed their battle for the lead with Ryan Zielski, Tyler Schley, and Grant Griesbach all racing hard behind them. Another caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Jack Stern came to a stop off turn four with Chwala leading over Holtz, Zielski, Schley, and Greisbach. With each restart, positions shuffled with the caution cone as drivers such as Mike Held and Jordan DeVoy moved up by choosing the outside lane. As racing resumed, Chwala remained out front with the lead pack remaining tightly bunched with close quarters racing throughout the top running cars. With Chwala enjoying a rather comfortable lead in the final ten laps, further back, Tyler James spun off turn two while racing with Al Stippich and the race remained green with James’ car resting in the infield until James exited his machine to constitute a caution flag on lap 34. On the restart, Chwala kept the lead but behind him, contact between Holtz and DeVoy scattered the field on the frontstretch and the caution waved again as Zielski also was forced to leave the track with damage. The final five lap dash to the finish was set up with Chwala leading over Greisbach, Held, and Schley. Held pressured Chwala heavily in the final laps with Griesbach right in their tracks and on the final lap, contact between Held and Chwala forced Chwala high allowing Held to pass underneath exiting turn two. As they charged into turn three, Held drifted wide with Chwala outside him and Griesbach took advantage of the inside opening to make a bid for the win. Held won the drag race to the checkered flag with Griesbach finishing second and Chwala third. Schley finished fourth while Jerry Mueller was fifth.

Ricky Heinan and Brian Holtz each picked up a win in the late model heat races and Mike Held was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.254 seconds.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

4th Place Finish Salvaged After Steering Issues Arose During 40 Lap Feature in Slinger

Zielski charged to the lead at the start as Tyler Schley and Kyle Chwala followed in second and third as farther back Mike Held and Alex Prunty began to work their way forward. A spin by Brittiny Helmers in turn two drew the first caution flag on lap 18 with Zielski leading over Schley, Chwala, Held, and Prunty. Zielski and Schley chose the inside for the restart while Chwala went to the outside and the move paid off as he was able to edge ahead of Schley for second just before the caution waved again on lap 21 for debris on the speedway with Zielski still leading. Zielski again chose the inside as racing resumed and he was once again able to keep the lead as Chwala slotted into second again just ahead of Schley and Held. Chwala made several attempts to edge to the inside of Zielski but each time came up short and when Chwala’s car began to slide off the corners, Zielski was able to pull away slightly. Zielski would not be caught over the final laps and he drove to the victory ahead of Chwala who settled for second at the finish. Tyler Schley finished off an impressive race with a strong third place showing and Alex Prunty finished fourth after passing Mike Held late in the race, leaving Held to finish fifth