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