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