Monday, October 2, 2017


By: Eric Huenefeld
24 year old Alex Prunty was always a step ahead of the rest Sunday afternoon at Rockford Speedway.
The Lomira Wisconsin native led all 200 laps of the 52nd Annual National Short Track Championship (NSTC) Super Late Model race presented by Stanley Steemer, jumping to the lead from his outside front row starting position and never looking back en route to the biggest victory of his young career.
The front of the field was the place to be during the 2017 version of the 200 lap race, with eight yellow flags slowing the pace, including two red flags. The most notable of the yellow flags waved on lap 112, when LPT Auto ‘Faster Than a Speeding Bullet’ Award winner Austin Nason and Brian Johnson Jr got together in the first corner while racing inside the top five. When both Johnson and Nason collected each other, they also collected contenders Dennis Prunty and Michael Bilderback. All four drivers would eventually retire from the race.
Even with multiple incidents which affected contender after contender, the final 63 laps of the 200 lap event ran without a stoppage.
Alex Prunty won the race by a margin of 1.892 seconds and collected a total of $7,100 for his efforts. He becomes the fourth youngest winner in the history of the 52 year old event. NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin was 17 years old when he won the 1977 National Short Track Championship, while 1989 winner Tim Fedewa was 22 years old. Short track racing legend Dick Trickle won the first ever NSTC at age 24, nearly three weeks before his 25th birthday, while Prunty turns 25 next week.
The rest of the top finishers in the 200 lap race featured several tales of survival, starting with runner up finisher Rob Braun, who climbed from his 14th starting position to claim second place. 2015 National Short Track Champion Jon Reynolds Jr suffered moderate right rear damage to his car during the first yellow of the race on lap 7, following a collision with Chris Blawat and then received a one-lap penalty early in the race’s second half, only to fight back and finish on the lead lap in third position.
2015 Rockford Speedway Track Champion Jake Gille was the race’s “Hard Charger,’ starting dead last in the 22 car starting field while climbing as high as second place, before settling for fourth in the final running order. 2009 National Short Track Champion Josh Nelms ran a steady race and was rewarded with a top five finish.

Ten of the twenty-two drivers who started the race crossed the finish line at the end of 200 laps.



52nd National Short Track Championship 200 lap race

presented by Stanley Steemer


1. Alex Prunty Lomira, WI 200 laps

2. Rob Braun Wales, WI 200 laps

3. Jon Reynolds Jr Rockford, IL 200 laps

4. Jake Gille Winnebago, IL 200 laps

5. Josh Nelms Lockport, IL 199 laps

6. Jeremy Spoonmore Leland, IL 199 laps

7. Dana Czach West Chicago, IL 197 laps

8. Matt Berger Loves Park, IL 197 laps

9. Chris Blawat Palmyra, WI 181 laps

10. Adam Peschek Oconomowoc, WI 165 laps

11. Michael Bilderback South Beloit, IL 142 laps

12. Tom Gille Winnebago, IL 134 laps

13. Grant Greisbach Waukesha, WI 124 laps

14. Rich Bickle Edgerton, WI 122 laps

15. Brian Johnson Jr Machesney Park, IL 112 laps

16. Austin Nason Roscoe, IL 112 laps

17. Dennis Prunty Knowles, WI 112 laps

18. Jim Olson Harvard, IL 18 laps

19. James Swan Pell Lake, WI 18 laps

20. Tyler Hromadka Brookfield, WI 12 laps

21. Alex Papini Rockford, IL 7 laps

22. Brad Mueller Random Lake, WI 0 laps


Fast Qualifier: Nason (12.836 seconds)

Prelim Winners: Nelms, D. Prunty, Olson

Entries: 22 Super Late Models

Monday, September 25, 2017

Successful Weekend at the Dells with the TUNDRA Series

We were quick right off the bat, being 2nd quick in both morning practice sessions out of 25 cars. In qualifying the car was pretty good, we ended up 4th quick. Finished 2nd in the Fast Five dash (5 fastest cars for 5 laps).

For the feature they inverted 13 cars, which put the 13th place car from qualifying starting on the pole, and the fastest qualifier 13th. We started in the 10th position, 5th row outside. The Dells is a tough place to pass, but we were able to work our way up to the front of the field patiently with 20 laps to go in the 75 lap event.

Things got really exciting the final 10 laps, as we passed 2nd place, and then had to battle for it. We would end up finishing in the 3rd position after some contact from behind. Fun race! Video is pretty exciting towards the end! Just burned off the rear tires towards the end, didn't have much bite off the corners. Easy to do when it is that hot out, most cars had same issue. Overall though, very happy with how the car performed.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three Will Battle for Super Late Model Title in Final Sunday Night Event

Slinger, WI) For the top three title hopefuls, it all comes down to one final night to determine the track championship in the super late model division, Sunday night, September 3, at the Slinger Super Speedway.
Three-time Slinger super late model titlist Steve Apel leads Alex Prunty by five markers and last week’s feature winner, Gary LaMonte by 18 points. For both Prunty and LaMonte, a super late model championship would be their first.

“We’ll keep rolling and keep digging as we’ve been in this position before,” said Apel referring to the championship battle. “It seems like I’ve had a target on my back the last couple of years and we just need to come out Sunday and be a little bit stronger.”

The super late models will duke it out in a 100-lap feature, the longest point night race of the season. In addition, the holiday weekend event will treat fans to a gigantic fireworks display.
Gates open Sunday at 5 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 5:10 pm. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 with racing to follow and FIREWORKS at dusk. The Sunday night show features a Monday night, September 4 rain date.

In addition to the 100-lap super late model finale, the night features a full program for the late models, area sportsman, Slinger bees, super beez and figure 8’s.
Slinger Speedway is located off of Highways 41 and 144 at 280 Cedar Creek Road in Slinger, WI. For more information on upcoming events, or to purchase advance sale tickets, visit our web site at or call the track office at 262-644-5921.

Monday, August 21, 2017

3rd Place Finish Tightens Points Battle to Just an 18 Point Gap!

By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., Aug 20—A few weeks ago, 15-year old Grant Griesbach finished fourth and proved he could run with the big dogs at the Slinger Super Speedway and Sunday night he proved he could beat them as he stormed to the lead on a late race restart and captured his first career super late model feature victory.

“I really don’t know what to feel but it’s just the best feeling in the world,” the soft spoken Griesbach said in victory lane after becoming what many believe to be the youngest super late model feature winner in speedway history, “I’ve never won here in a super late model and it’s been lots of years since I won a feature dating back to my Slinger Bee days.”

“I’m just thankful for all the people around me and everyone in the stands wearing a #17 shirt,” Griesbach continued, “I would not be here without them. It doesn’t matter when it comes because when it’s here it is so great.”

“I didn’t know what to think and I just went as fast as the car would go,” Griesbach continued after winning as his parents celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary which matched his car number, “There’s not much to it.”

Gary LaMonte and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag with LaMonte edging ahead to lead lap one before Morgan jumped into the lead from the outside lane. Behind the leaders, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, Grant Griesbach, and Alex Prunty all jockeyed for position along with Brad Keith and Chris Blawat. As things settled down up front, Morgan held the lead with LaMonte on his tail just ahead of Dennis Prunty, Apel, Griesbach, and Alex Prunty. Morgan maintained the lead following a quick caution for a single car spin and the top three remained steady as Griesbach went to work on Dennis Prunty over fourth. Griesbach took the spot after his slight bobble in turn three knocked Prunty’s car up a few lanes while up front LaMonte began an inside challenge on Morgan for the lead. LaMonte and Morgan ran side by side for a few laps before Morgan prevailed following contact between the two down the back straightaway which allowed Steve Apel to slip by LaMonte and into second.

The second caution flag waved just before the halfway mark when Brad Kossow’s car looped around in turn two with Morgan leading over Apel and LaMonte. Morgan chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, Apel rocketed by from the outside to take the lead. Alex Prunty settled into third leaving LaMonte to battle with Dennis Prunty and Griesbach over fourth. The caution flag flew again on lap 44 when Ryan Destefano’s car went for a smoky spin in turn four while racing with Mike Egan. Once again Apel took to the outside for the restart and when racing resumed, Morgan’s car slid sideways in turn two about the same time Apel’s car slowed slightly off the turn which bottle-necked the field. When everything settled out Morgan and LaMonte lost the most position as Alex and Dennis Prunty as well as Griesbach all went by. A lap later, Morgan’s car appeared to have similar issues entering turn one and as he slowed slightly in front of LaMonte and Chris Blawat, LaMonte’s car rode up on top of Blawat’s machine and both spun into turn one before LaMonte’s car backed hard into the concrete.

Again Apel chose the high lane for the restart leaving the low groove for Alex Prunty who now was in second. As the green flag flew, Apel took off from the high side, leaving Prunty to battle side by side with Griesbach for second, a position Griesbach took after a few laps. The caution quickly flew again when Fred Winn’s car slowed with damage on the frontstretch and predictably Apel took the high lane on the restart as Griesbach now moved to the inside from second. Griesbach hung tough on the inside and while Apel maintained the lead, he couldn’t clear Griesbach who remained at his door while both Alex and Dennis Prunty joined the lead battle. A final caution waved with just five laps to go as contact between Brad Kossow and Lowell Bennett stacked the field and resulted in damage to Ryan DeStefano’s car.

Apel again chose the outside lane for the restart but this time Griesbach was ready and he kept even with the leader as the green flag waved. By the time they exited turn two, Griesbach was able to clear Apel and take sole possession of the lead. Griesbach stretched his lead slightly as both Dennis Prunty and Alex Prunty muscled their way around Apel with the laps winding down. Griesbach drove to his first career super late model feature victory while Dennis Prunty held off Alex Prunty for second. Brad Mueller was fourth and Apel finished fifth.

With his third place finish, Alex Prunty closed the championship points battle even closer as Steve Apel now leads the standings by just 18 points over Prunty with LaMonte in third, 35 markers behind with just two points nights remaining. The race also marked the third and final round of the Triple Challenge and with his second place finish, Dennis Prunty was the overall winner between the three rounds.

Rob Braun won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over Fred Winn and R.J. Braun. Jim Olson and Jerry Eckhardt rounded out the top five finishers. Super late model heat races were won by Fred Winn, Mike Egan, and Dennis Prunty while Brad Mueller was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 11.505 seconds.

Monday, August 14, 2017


By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., Aug 13—The three main combatants for the Slinger Super Speedway super late model track championship put on a show Sunday night in the 60-lap feature as Alex Prunty shaded Gary LaMonte by .026 seconds in a photo finish while point leader Steve Apel finished third right on their bumper.

“It might’ve been luck to be able to hold him (LaMonte) off from the outside,” Prunty stated from victory lane following the close finish, “I don’t know what happened going into (turn) three there but I guess it was just getting excited and it almost cost me one,”

“If I want to win the championship we’ve got to win races, “Prunty continued, “We have to keep it up and the car has been running pretty well. Tonight was closer than I like but it was fun.”
“It was fun and they were telling me on the radio we were beating Alex (Prunty) by half a tenth a lap and we kept going hard and we ran him down,” LaMonte said after his second place result, “I got to the inside of him and on the last lap he bobbled and made a mistake and we just lost by .026 (seconds).”
“It was fun to watch and I thought we might have had a chance there at the end, “ stated Apel who remained the point leader with his third place result, “Hopefully next time I can be leading but all in all it was not a bad day and we will come back next week,”

Alex Prunty jumped out to the early lead from the pole position and scooted out front while fellow front row starter Brad Keith and Steve Apel battled side by side for second with Gary LaMonte and Grant Griesbach right behind them. LaMonte eventually threaded his way through to second with Apel following while Griesbach slotted into fourth just ahead of Keith. Dennis Prunty muscled his way around Keith for fifth and he brought Chris Blawat along with him as Keith got caught on the outside and lost two positions. A few laps later, Blawat went to work on Prunty and as they battled side by side entering turn one, Blawat’s car had a power steering failure which kicked it sideways and as he fought to control the car, it slide into Prunty’s machine on the outside, sending both cars hard into the turn two wall to draw the caution flag on lap 29.

Alex Prunty maintained the lead as racing resumed while LaMonte and Apel fought door to door for second in a battle that lasted several laps before LaMonte was able to pull away from the outside. Over the final circuits, LaMonte and Apel began to reel in Prunty for the lead and with ten laps to go, LaMonte was on Prunty’s bumper with Apel right in their tire tracks. LaMonte was able to look to the inside of Prunty and the two ran alongside each other in a fierce battle for the win. Lapped traffic as the two took the white flag gave a slight edge to Prunty as the leaders were forced to go back single file but when Prunty bobbled slightly off turn four, LaMonte got a strong run down the frontstretch to make a charge for the victory. LaMonte’s charge came up just inches short at the line and Alex Prunty scored his second feature win of the season. Steve Apel finished a close third while Grant Griesbach and Brad Keith rounded out the top five. Ryan DeStefano finished sixth ahead of Conrad Morgan and Nick Wagner in seventh and eighth respectively while Fred Winn and Al Stippich rounded out the top ten

Super late model heat races were won by Al Stippich and Alex Prunty and Conrad Morgan was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.345 seconds.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Alex Follows up Win, with a 2nd Place Finish!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., Aug 6—Dennis Prunty drove to his fourth feature win of the season in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Ryan DeStefano and Chris Blawat brought the field to the green flag and they ran side by side and swapped the lead in the opening laps with Grant Griesbach and Dennis Prunty directly behind them. The race quickly fell under the caution flag on lap three when Nick Wagner’s machine looped around in turn four with Blawat leading over DeStefano, Griesbach, and Prunty. Steve Apel, Gary LaMonte, and Alex Prunty followed as the field formed for a restart.

As racing resumed, Blawat maintained the lead while Griesbach used the inside groove to take second, bringing Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty along with him. Alex Prunty and Gary LaMonte also worked their way by DeStefano who was caught in the outer groove of the speedway. Once into second, Griesbach tracked down Blawat for the lead and began to apply the pressure while behind the lead duo, Dennis Prunty challenged Apel for third. Griesbach was able to nudge to the inside of Blawat off turn four and he completed the pass for the lead in turn one on lap 13 as Prunty took control of third place from Apel. Griesbach began to pull away slightly out front as Prunty went to work on Blawat, taking the position while further back, Alex Prunty muscled his way around Apel to move into fourth. Before Apel could recover from his battle with Alex Prunty, Gary LaMonte slipped by to take fifth place just before the second caution flag waved on lap 20 when Fred Winn spun in turn four while racing for position with Jerry Eckhardt.

Griesbach kept the lead on the restart and he fought hard with Dennis Prunty to keep the lead for a few laps before Prunty motored by off the second turn to take the lead on lap 22. Alex Prunty advanced into third following some door rubbing with Blawat and Gary LaMonte also worked his way around Blawat and into fourth. As Dennis Prunty continued to lead, Alex Prunty applied the pressure to Griesbach for second and he took over the position after a slight tap to Griesbach’s rear bumper but the pass was negated when the caution waved for Nick Wagner’s stopped car in turn two on lap 26.

Dennis Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and he once again established himself as the leader while Alex Prunty reapplied his pressure on Griesbach for second. Alex Prunty was able to work his way around Griesbach to take over second as Gary LaMonte advanced his way around Apel and into fourth. LaMonte was on the move and within a few laps he caught and passed Griesbach for third while Dennis Prunty continued to lead over Alex Prunty. In the closing laps, Dennis Prunty maintained a sizeable lead and although Alex Prunty closed slightly, he was unable to make any serious challenge for the lead as Dennis Prunty drove to the victory. Alex Prunty finished second and Gary LaMonte was third. Grant Griesbach turned in his strongest race to date with an impressive fourth place finish and Steve Apel was fifth. Chris Blawat finished sixth followed by Conrad Morgan in seventh and Mike Egan in eighth. Mark Eswein and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten.

 Mike Egan and Dennis Prunty each won super late model heat races and Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier at 11.285 seconds.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alex WINS First Race of the 2017 Season!!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., July 30—The Slinger Speedway super late model track championship battle tightened Sunday as Alex Prunty scored his first feature win of the season in the 60-lap main event while Steve Apel and Gary LaMonte, the top two drivers in the season long standings ran into problems.
“It seems to be the way it’s gone this year, every time we need a caution, we never get them and then when we don’t need them they’re always there,” Prunty told the crowd after holding off Ryan DeStefano in a green-white-checkered finish, “We just battle back and here we are, it’s incredible the amount of work that goes into this team, but here we are.”

“The car is phenomenal and my crew has been working day in and day out,” DeStefano said after scoring his third runner-up finish this season and gaining ground in the championship battle as well, “I tried everything I could but he (Prunty) was just gone.”

The shoot-out finish was set up by the last of eight caution flags which occurred when Steve Apel and Chris Blawat made contact in turn one and spun while battling for second with two laps to go. Both drivers were placed at the tail end of the lead lap for the restart. The incident proved costly to Apel who stood to gain points in the championship battle after rival Gary LaMonte exited the event with mechanical problems while comfortably leading on lap 38. Apel and LaMonte’s misfortunes coupled with Alex Prunty’s win tightened up the season long championship battle with just five race nights remaining.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Momentum Builds as Alex Takes 2nd in his 2nd Slinger Nationals

By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., July 18—A year ago Bubba Pollard nearly packed up for an early exit from the Slinger Super Speedway after a not so stellar performance in the SuperSeal Slinger Nationals. Fast forward 365 days later and there was Pollard standing proud in victory lane after holding off Alex Prunty to win the 2017 version of Wisconsin’s most prestigious super late model race.

“I’m out of breath, I ain’t gonna lie,” the Georgia native told the crowd after capturing his first Slinger Nationals victory, “Those guys were good and I knew we had a good race car and we made some changes during the break that helped the car tremendously.”

“We struggled here last year and everybody wanted to count me out up here in the Midwest and I’ve been thinking about it for 365 days,” Pollard continued reflecting on his misfortunes of a year ago, “I got embarrassed last year and I had to make it up this year. And I’m coming back and I really like racing up here because I like these fans here. This is what it is all about.”

Pollard’s race almost took a turn for the worse on lap 169 when he spun in front of the field following contact with Ty Majeski while racing for the lead. Fortunately Pollard didn’t hit anything and no one hit him as Majeski ‘tapped out” following the incident, essentially accepting full blame and allowing Pollard to keep his spot at the front of the field.

From there, Pollard held off a hard charging Alex Prunty to capture the victory while Majeski rebounded to battle Steve Apel for third on the final lap with Apel prevailing at the checkered flag. Brad Keith finished fifth.

“I tell you what, my team never gave up and it’s a family effort and the last three weeks have been so rough,” Alex Prunty stated after coming home in the runner-up spot for his best career finish in the Slinger Nationals, “There was nothing but overwhelming support tonight and I can’t be more grateful for that. With fifty laps to go I lost power steering and I can’t move my arms so right now I’m just happy to get out of here with second place.”

“The car was really good the first one hundred laps and we didn’t really make any changes,” third place Steve Apel said after leading 82 of the first 100 laps of the race and the most of the event, “The second hundred the car just went away and got tight so I was just able to hang on for a top three.”
“Obviously I’m a little frustrated at myself because we had a second or third place car tonight, “Ty Majeski stated after his fourth place finish, “I made the car not to make any adjustments at the break as I thought it was good enough. I thought we were free but I think we needed to take a little bit bigger swing at it. Overall it was a good run”

“He (Pollard) runs a pretty high entry which it’s my responsibility to recognize that,” Majeski continued explaining the lap 169 incident with Pollard, “I thought he gave me the bottom and I got inside of him and unfortunately spun him out. It was something I obviously didn’t want to do so I tapped out. He had the better car and did a great job tonight. I have nothing to complain about and we will move on to the next one.”

“I know the car would race good tonight as it has raced pretty good the last four or five weeks,” Brad Keith said following his best finish in the Slinger Nationals, “We started back in fourteenth or fifteenth and made it back up to fifth at the end.”

Monday, June 26, 2017

4th Place in Slinger After 40 laps caution free to end

By Dan Margetta

 Slinger, Wis., June 25—Gary LaMonte edged Steve Apel by just .017 seconds at the finish to come out on top of the slobber-knocker that was the 60-lap super late model feature Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway.

The final laps between the top two championship contenders featured plenty of door-rubbing action as their cars bounced off one another as they charged for the checkered flag and left both drivers with some pointed heat of the moment comments afterwards.

“If that’s the way he wants to race me, that’s fine, we’ll fix the car every single week and bring it back faster,” an obviously disappointed Apel told the crowd, “I hope he’s got a lot of money behind him because he’ll need it.”

“It was a pretty good battle but just that last lap where he drove me to the fence out of turn four, I know it’s for a win but I could’ve right-reared him easily but I didn’t, “ Apel continued, “Hats off to the guys on the crew as they give me the fastest car every single week and we’ll be back next week looking for a win.”

 “A couple weeks back Steve (Apel) was hitting me every week and I had a nice little heart to heart with him, “ LaMonte stated from victory lane, “He said this is a (expletive) race track and we should stay home if we don’t want to race. So we decided to come out and play. Unfortunately I drove in a little too hard and got into him but hey…that’s racing.”

Brad Mueller had the best seat in the house for the slamfest up front as he finished a close third after leading for nearly all of the first half of the race.

“I forgot what this stage looks like, I mean, it’s third but that’s alright,” Mueller said, “The guys are working hard in the shop and things are turning around a little bit. We led a bunch of laps and I wasn’t completely comfortable with it but it’s getting better and wait until the Slinger Nationals, then we’ll be there.”

Alex Prunty and Grant Griesbach rounded out the top five finishers in fourth and fifth respectively. Brad Keith finished sixth followed by Chris Blawat and Ryan DeStefano while Casey Johnson and Rich Loch completed the top ten.

Casey Johnson and Brad Keith each captured victories in super late model heat races and Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier at 11.321 seconds.

Monday, June 19, 2017

2nd Place Finish After Another Strong Run in Slinger!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 18—Steve Apel drove to his second feature victory of the season Sunday night in the 60-lap super late model main event on Scout Night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
The car was on rails tonight,” Apel said afterwards, “We came here on Thursday and tested when it was 95 degrees so we knew if the car was good then it would be good in a long race. The guys busted their tails to give me the best car they could give me and it’s the probably the best car I’ve had all year.”

While Apel took the checkered flag relatively unchallenged, the battle behind him for second was intense with Alex Prunty edging Gary LaMonte for the runner-up spot at the finish.
“Nobody wants to win here more than I do,” Prunty told the crowd following his second place finish, “I’m happy to be here but like I said last week, it sucks finishing second, it sucks finishing third, everybody comes here to win and that’s why we’re here. It’s been frustrating but we’re getting there and we are getting close.”

“We just got a little tight on the bottom and I thought we may have had something to the checkered flag, “said LaMonte after his side by side dual to the finish with Prunty from which he emerged with a third place finish, “But some lapped cars got in the way and Alex (Prunty) just beat us back to the line.”

Jordan DeVoy kicked off his super late model debut at the Slinger Speedway by charging from the pole position to lead the early laps of the 60-lap main event. Alex Prunty settled into second place as Steve Apel, Gary LaMonte, and Dennis Prunty all worked their way towards the front from the middle of the pack. Prunty caught DeVoy by lap six and used an inside pass to take the top spot one lap later as Apel began to close on DeVoy for second. Apel worked his way into second a few laps later just before the first and only caution flag of the race waved on lap 21 when Dave McCardle experienced a mechanical issue and slowed in turn three. Alex Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Apel the bottom while Dennis Prunty lined up outside of LaMonte in the second row. Apel was able to get a strong run off turn four as racing resumed and when Prunty’s car kicked slightly loose, Apel was able to power by to take the lead on lap 13. Behind the lead duo, LaMonte and Dennis Prunty staged an intense battle for third that LaMonte eventually won after several laps of hard serious racing. Once clear of Dennis Prunty, LaMonte began to track down Alex Prunty for second as Apel maintained his lead. Lapped traffic proved not to be an issue in the closing laps as Apel drove to his second feature win of the season while Alex Prunty edged LaMonte at the stripe for second. Dennis Prunty finished in fourth place and Brad Keith completed a strong race with a solid fifth place finish. Brad Mueller finished in sixth just ahead of Jordan DeVoy and Grant Griesbach while Chris Blawat and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten.

Braison Bennett won the 30-lap super late model semi-feature over his father Lowell Bennett while R.J. Braun finished third to transfer to the main event in his super late model debut. Jerry Eckhardt finished fourth to claim the final transfer position and Tyler Hromadka finished fifth in his super late model debut. Super late model heat races were won by Lowell Bennett, Conrad Morgan, and Alex Prunty while Steve Apel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.330 seconds.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Another Top 5 Keeps 12th Straight Top 5 Streak Alive For Alex

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., June 11—Anytime Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel battle for the super late model feature victory at the Slinger Super Speedway it’s a guaranteed show and Sunday night was no exception as the two fought fiercely for the win in the 60-lap main event with Prunty edging Apel by a fender at the checkered flag..

“We were just hanging on those last five laps and I swear the left rear tire was flat,” Prunty stated from victory lane, “I did everything I could to keep it in front.”
“I have to thank Steve Apel for letting me collect it there too because we both could’ve been going to the trunk on the last lap,” Prunty continued referring to late race contact between the two that nearly sent Prunty’s car spinning on the final lap, “I kind of came down a little bit and well, he let me know.”

“I’m a little disappointed but I knew I wanted to do it clean,” Apel said afterwards standing with his family that included his newborn son, “I got Dennis (Prunty) a couple times and I let him collect it as I thought he was going around there for a second but all around not a bad day with second place.
Front row starters Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano raced for the lead in the opening laps before Wagner took command from the inside groove as both Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty began to work their way forward and into the top five. The first caution flag of the event waved on lap ten when Alex Prunty and Rob Braun tangled in traffic in turn four and on the restart, Apel wasted no time in dispatching Wagner from the lead. Following another brief caution when Fred Winn’s car went around in turn two, Apel maintained the lead while Dennis Prunty used the outside lane to move into second, bringing Gary LaMonte with him into third. The top three raced in tight formation with Prunty making numerous looks for the lead to Apel’s inside while LaMonte remained in their tire tracks. On lap 19, Prunty finally made the inside move work as he squeaked by for the lead and when LaMonte filled the gap, Apel found himself in third. LaMonte then pressured Prunty for the lead as he edge to the inside and the two battled side by side for several laps before LaMonte’s car began to slip off the turns. A few laps later, LaMonte exited the speedway in a cloud of smoke as the caution waved again. Prunty and Apel renewed their battle for the top spot as racing resumed and as the laps wound down Chris Blawat and Alex Prunty staged a battle of their own for third place. With two laps to go, Apel was right on Prunty’s left rear corner and a slight tap sent Prunty’s car sliding sideways off turn four. Apel allowed Prunty to gather up the car and the two raced the final lap side by side for the win with Prunty scoring the victory by a fender. Chris Blawat edged Alex Prunty for third while Ryan DeStefano finished a strong fifth. Brad Keith finished sixth and Conrad Morgan was seventh. Grant Griesbach, Randy Schuler, and Rob Braun rounded out the top ten finishers.

Super late model heat races were won by Mike Held and Ryan DeStefano while Gary LaMonte was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.402 seconds.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

5th Place Finish Earns 3rd straight top 5 of the Season at Slinger

Grant Griesbach and Alex Prunty led the field to the green flag in the 75 lap feature. Caution would fly on lap 2 for an incident involving Ryan DeStefnao. He would retire from the event with right front damage. Dennis Prunty started his move to the front passing Alex Prunty on lap 12 before another caution flew on lap 14 for a Jeff Holtz spin. Steve Apel moved into 3rd by the time that caution flew. Another caution flew on lap 18 when Steve Apel and Alex Prunty got together in turn 4. Chris Blawat was also involved sustaining major front end damage ending his night. During that caution period oil from the Randy Schuler’s car was found on the racing surface and was the reason for the caution giving Apel and Alex Prunty there spots back. The feature from that point on went caution free seeing Apel move to 2nd on lap 22 and Gary LaMonte to 3rd on lap 26 setting up a thrilling battle over the final 49 laps. Dennis Prunty was able to hold off both Apel and LaMonte to pick up his first feature win of the season at Slinger in his first appearance..
“Its just great to finish a feature” Dennis said in victory lane referring to his early season struggles in the ARCA Midwest tour. “I hope to be back next week to try it again” Prunty announced. Steve Apel continued his early season success finishing 2nd with LaMonte ending up 3rd. Brad Mueller finished 4th with Alex Prunty rounding out the top 5. Jeff Holtz won the 30 lap semi feature. Dave McCardell, Cole Rouse and Randy Schuler transferred to the main event along with Holtz.

Heat race winners were Jacob Vanoskey, Fred Winn, and Ryan DeStefano. Steve Apel and Gary LaMonte tied in qualifying with 11.365 laps. Apel turned the lap first and was awarded the fast qualifier.

Super Late Models - Feature    May 28, 2017
PosCar #Driver
142PDennis Prunty
251ASteve Apel
363LGary LaMonte
489MBrad Mueller
511PAlex Prunty
692MConrad Morgan
748KBrad Keith
838WNick Wagner
999RCole Rouse
1038HJeff Holtz
119LTim Lampman
1266MDave McCardle
1375WFred Winn
1417GGrant Griesbach
1598BRobert Braun
1626BChris Blawat
1772SRandy Schuler
1835DTravis Dassow
190DRyan DeStefano

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alex Takes 4th in Return to Slinger

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 21—Just under a year removed from suffering serious injuries that threatened his career, legendary driver Conrad Morgan let the racing world know he was back Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway has he drove to a flag to flag win in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial 60-lap super late model feature event.

“I’m wore out,” the veteran driver stated from victory lane after taking the victory over Ryan DeStefano and Gary LaMonte as he seemed to grasp the moment of capturing the super late model feature checkered flag in this his 51st year of competition and following his long recovery, “You don’t dare…you can’t give these young guys a chance because if you do you’re not going to win. I knew I was going to have to drive for everything that car was worth from lap one to lap sixty.”
“There’s been a ton of work into this car since last June,” Morgan continued, “It took us eleven months to get this car where it is today and it’s the best car I’ve ever driven.”

“I had some doubts about coming back from about July to December and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it,” Morgan explained describing his recovery time, “Once I got into January, I started to feel better and when I came up here and hot lapped the car about a month ago the car was so good and I felt so comfortable in it I just had to get over the anxiety of racing around other cars and I think I’ve managed that.”

Morgan charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag and scooted out front over Ryan DeStefano while Alex Prunty, Brad Mueller, and Gary LaMonte began to work their way forward from deeper in the field. By the halfway mark, Morgan maintained his lead over DeStefano who remained within striking distance as LaMonte first went to work on Mueller to take over fourth place. A few laps later, with Morgan continuing to lead, LaMonte caught and passed Prunty for third as the lead cars worked their way through lapped traffic. While DeStefano remained is Morgan’s rear mirror over the closing laps, he was unable to make a serious bid for the lead as Morgan drove under the twin checkered flags for the victory. DeStefano finished a strong second while LaMonte charged from his sixth row starting spot to finish third. Alex Prunty and Brad Mueller rounded out the top five while Brad Keith and Fred Winn were sixth and seventh respectively. Grant Griesbach, Chris Blawat, and Rob Braun completed the top ten finishers

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Andy Flatt Wins 1st Alex Prunty Racing MPTC Scholarship!

Congratulations to Andy Flatt from Lomira High School on being awarded the 1st $500 Alex Prunty Racing Moraine Park Technical College Scholarship Award!

Andy will be attending MPTC for Mechanical Design Technology! Wishing you the best of luck, and hope you enjoy your experience at Moraine Park Technical College!

Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and certificate programs. To learn more about Moraine Park, visit

Monday, May 8, 2017

3rd Place Finsh at Slinger Opener!

By Dan Margetta

Slinger, Wis., May 7— Taking advantage of a brake issue by early race leader Gary LaMonte, Steve Apel stormed to the lead on lap 54 of the 75-lap super late model feature and never looked back, capturing the victory in the 70th season opener Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I don’t know what happened to LaMonte but we were chasing him down and it could’ve been hard to pass him,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane, “On that last restart it sounded like his motor was popping a little bit but we got the lead and never looked back.”

“Wednesday night we came here (to practice) and had problems,” Apel continued, “And the guys spent all night Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to get the car ready and I can’t thank them enough.”
After LaMonte’s issues dropped him back in the running order, Jeff Holtz and Alex Prunty battled for the runner-up spot with Holtz edging Prunty for the position at the checkered flag.

“I needed that yellow flag near the end there so I could get it back under control, “Holtz stated after his second place finish, “I was just about getting ready to spin it out there about halfway through but I’m glad the car’s home in one piece and I’ll take second place.”

“We had a tight car and after that last restart there was a little front contact,” Alex Prunty said describing his battle with Holtz and finishing third, “But we got third place with a car that was less than spectacular from what I’m used to and we’ll get it back together this week and when we come back we’ll be good.”

Ryan DeStefano battled all day and finished a respectable fourth while Fred Winn scored his first top five in nearly four years. Rob Braun and Grant Griesbach finished sixth and seventh respectively while Gary LaMonte’s late race brake issues dropped him to eighth after pacing the first 53 laps of the event. Rich Loch and Nick Wagner rounded out the top ten finishers.
The event was slowed twice by caution flags, both for minor incidents, and early contenders Brad Mueller, Chris Blawat, and Conrad Morgan all retired with mechanical issues before the event was concluded.

Jerry Eckhardt broke his own record for being the oldest event winner at Slinger by capturing the super late model semi-feature over Brad Keith and Jake Vanoskey. Tim Lampmann finished fourth and David McCardle was fifth. Brad Keith, Ryan DeStefano, and Steve Apel each won a super late model heat race and Conrad Morgan returned from injuries suffered last year in grand style by turning in the fastest lap in qualifying at 11.212 seconds.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Slinger Cancelled for April 30

Mother Nature Wins! The weather forecast for Sunday was rain, cold, and wind. In the interest of the fans and competitors Slinger postponed the season opener to next Sunday May 7. Racing at 2pm, see you there!