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.