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 www.slingersuperspeedway.com 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

BACK IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE!

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.