Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2nd Place Feature Finish a Great Accomplishment in 3rd Race at Slinger!


After being the fastest car in practice, we went out to qualify and had the car in front of us spin out on his final lap, thus causing us to have to pull off and attempt to requalify. Unfortunately, this heated up the car, and filled the tires full of built up rubber from on the track. I was able to requalify a few minutes later, and qualified 8th, respectively out of the 28 car field!

This started us 4th in the feature. After falling to 5th on the start, Alex was able to work his way up to 3rd by lap 10, and chase down first and second. 45 laps into the race, we found ourselves tight on the back bumper of 2nd, and Alex made a move to take over the 2nd spot with just 15 laps to go. A caution would come out, and we would line up alongside Jamie Wallace, a multi-time Super late model champion with 15+ years of experience in the Super Late Models! We battled side by side for about a couple laps, when I dropped in line behind him, hoping he would make a mistake in the closing laps. We pulled away from the rest of the field, but I was unable to pass the leader, as he was just as fast as me. All in all, it was a CAREER BEST 2nd place finish in the super late model, in just his 3rd start at Slinger! Definitely was overwhelmed with excitement!


This great finish also lifted us to 4th in the point standings, just 2 on track positions behind 3rd! We're making a lot of progress fast, hope it continues! We even turned the fastest lap time of the race!

Before we raced last night, we had the 1st race of the season for the memorial go-carts, a volunteer program in which I mentor 2 drivers, one 10 years old, and the other 14. Neither kids have raced any type of vehicle before. It would be an incredible experience, as one of my drivers started LAST, and with an amazing display of crossovers & beautiful moves of a veteran, went on to win both his heat race & Feature! A clean sweep in his first time driving!

 Here are this weeks video highlights! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3A5afawgDs

Slinger Race Recap: http://www.slingersuperspeedway.com/articles/052316/jamie-wallace-back-victory-lane-slinger 
 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7th Place Feature Finish After Early Race Damage, and 4th Place Qualifying effort

Frigid temperatures could not deter the 24th Annual Alan Kulwicki Memorial night at Slinger Speedway. Nearly ninety entries had their eyes on the prize, wanting to earn the coveted trophies for the first weekly Sunday night program at the quarter-mile. The cold track resulted in two new track records, heated contests and photo finishes. Alex Prunty, a current Kulwicki Development Driver, treated fans to autographed photo cards and treats as he showcased the go kart he will be mentoring for some young hopeful racer of the future.

Dennis Prunty was fifth in the qualifying line, setting fast time over nearly thirty super late models, With Alex coming in 4th. Lowell Bennett, Josh Wallace and Brad Mueller won the heats and Johnny DeAngelis led the final four from the semi to the feature field. Prunty rolled the die to place himself in the sixth row for the 60-lap feature, and one driver used his one-time provisional for this race. The 21-car field was led by Rob Braun and Rich Loch, followed by Gary Lamonte, Travis Dassow, Ryan DeStefano, Mueller, Alex Prunty and defending champion Steve Apel. Loch launched to the lead on the outer groove until his car was spun on lap seven after contact from Dassow, sending both to the rear of the pack. Alex, got caught in the maylay, and needed to pull off the track to the attention of his pit crew for repairs. The field chose their lanes for the next green flag and Mueller zoomed ahead to lead the way.

Dennis Prunty worked his way to lead the race by lap twenty, with Apel right behind. Just past the halfway mark a spun car brought out the next caution flag, with Prunty choosing his preferred outer lane with Apel inside. Prunty held the point again, surviving another caution with nineteen laps remaining. The duo repeated their lane choices with the same result. With nine laps remaining Brad Keith’s car crashed hard into the concrete wall, the driver climbing out unhurt, but his car not so lucky. This time Apel had the edge on the next green flag, but Prunty roared back to the lead on the outside, the pair putting on quite a show. The final fourteen cars crossed the finish line with Prunty earning his second win in a row with Apel and Mueller in hot pursuit. Dassow returned to the front for a fourth-place finish and DeStefano completed the top five. Prunty was asked about the challenges from Apel, quipping, “I did that for the fans. I thought I’d let him lead a lap,” continuing, “The car was a little tight. We want to go race with Ty Majeski some day,” referring to Wisconsin’s current most successful racer. Alex Prunty was happy with a seventh-place finish to reflect Kulwicki’s former car number, after passing numbers of cars using the outside lane.


 


Alex Prunty Eager to Prove he Belongs in Kulwicki Memorial at Slinger Sunday


Pre-Race 50,000 Penny Pick-up for Kids


(Slinger, WI) After a scheduled week off, racing returns to the Slinger Super Speedway, Sunday evening, May 15.


Super late models will headline with the 24th annual running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial. They’ll be joined by late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees and figure 8’s as the high banked quarter mile oval begins its evening race tradition after opening the 2016 campaign with an afternoon affair.


The event honors the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion and former Slinger Super Speedway track champion who perished in a plane crash in 1993. Sunday night’s race carries special meaning and extra pressure for Kulwicki Development driver, and Slinger Super Speedway super late model rookie, Alex Prunty.

 In its second season, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is a coast-to-coast driver development showcase that pits seven of the most talented young drivers against each other in a yearlong chase to be named the Kulwicki Cup winner. Prunty, a two-time Slinger late model titlist, is one of the selected seven drivers.


“The board of the Kulwicki program believes in me and they do such a great job of making you believe in yourself,” said Prunty. “Steve (Apel) did such a great job of representing the program last year, here at Slinger. It’s going to be hard to compete with that. But looking back at the history that Alan has at Slinger, it’s an honor to be selected to represent the program.”

 
Drivers who were rising young stars at the time have won the Slinger Speedway Kulwicki Memorial, including Matt Kenseth, Andrew Morrissey and Brad Mueller. Veteran champions Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan and Al Schill have also scored the win in the Kulwicki Memorial. Last year’s Kulwicki Memorial was won by John DeAngelis, Jr, who in 2015 was a Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist.

Sunday, Prunty looks to prove that he belongs in the driver development program by prevailing in the Kulwicki Memorial.


“It’s going to be tough, because I’m a super late model rookie,” Prunty continues. “But it’s one that I want really, really bad and I’m hoping that the fire is going to be strong enough that it’ll propel me to the win.”


In addition to the high-banked quarter mile oval racing action, the evening will feature a roll over contest. Combatants launch off a ramp and attempt to roll over their car as many times as possible.


Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00. A 50,000 penny pick-up for kids 11 and under is scheduled for 6:15. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.


Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.


There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2016 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at:www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Westbury Bank / KDDP Memorial Go-Kart Inc. team!


Alex will be working as a team mentor for Collin P., Luke T., and Zach P. all season long helping to develop their racing skills, and provide youth will a positive extracurricular activity showing them the ins and outs of racing, all while keeping the memories of Parker Klumb and Alan Kulwicki alive! Check out the awesome Alan Kulwicki design on the cart, thanks to Nick Egan! For more info on the Memorial go karts, follow the link: http://www.memorialgo-kart.org/




Alex Prunty Eager to Prove he Belongs in Kulwicki Memorial at Slinger Sunday


Pre-Race 50,000 Penny Pick-up for Kids

(Slinger, WI) After a scheduled week off, racing returns to the Slinger Super Speedway, Sunday evening, May 15.

Super late models will headline with the 24th annual running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial. They’ll be joined by late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees and figure 8’s as the high banked quarter mile oval begins its evening race tradition after opening the 2016 campaign with an afternoon affair.

The event honors the 1992 NASCAR Cup Champion and former Slinger Super Speedway track champion who perished in a plane crash in 1993. Sunday night’s race carries special meaning and extra pressure for Kulwicki Development driver, and Slinger Super Speedway super late model rookie, Alex Prunty.

 In its second season, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program is a coast-to-coast driver development showcase that pits seven of the most talented young drivers against each other in a yearlong chase to be named the Kulwicki Cup winner. Prunty, a two-time Slinger late model titlist, is one of the selected seven drivers.

“The board of the Kulwicki program believes in me and they do such a great job of making you believe in yourself,” said Prunty. “Steve (Apel) did such a great job of representing the program last year, here at Slinger. It’s going to be hard to compete with that. But looking back at the history that Alan has at Slinger, it’s an honor to be selected to represent the program.”

Drivers who were rising young stars at the time have won the Slinger Speedway Kulwicki Memorial, including Matt Kenseth, Andrew Morrissey and Brad Mueller. Veteran champions Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan and Al Schill have also scored the win in the Kulwicki Memorial. Last year’s Kulwicki Memorial was won by John DeAngelis, Jr, who in 2015 was a Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist.

Sunday, Prunty looks to prove that he belongs in the driver development program by prevailing in the Kulwicki Memorial.

“It’s going to be tough, because I’m a super late model rookie,” Prunty continues. “But it’s one that I want really, really bad and I’m hoping that the fire is going to be strong enough that it’ll propel me to the win.
In addition to the high-banked quarter mile oval racing action, the evening will feature a roll over contest. Combatants launch off a ramp and attempt to roll over their car as many times as possible.

Gates open Sunday evening at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:00. A 50,000 penny pick-up for kids 11 and under is scheduled for 6:15. Opening ceremonies are set for 6:30 with racing to follow.

Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events visit our web site at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities as well as company and group outings available for the 2016 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at:www.slingersuperspeedway.com.