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.