Thursday, June 7, 2012


By Dan Margetta - Slinger, Wis., June 3—With the leaders navigating their way through lapped traffic, Dennis Prunty held off Al Schill and Steve Apel to capture the victory in the Ewald Automotive 50 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, scoring his second super late model feature triumph of the season.

“I kept looking in the mirror and then was thinking ‘don’t look in the mirror…don’t look in the mirror’ because Al (Schill) was coming,” Prunty told the crowd from victory lane as a slight mist began to fall, “So far between everywhere I’ve raced this year we’ve got four wins and two seconds. My daughter put on the big carburetor this week and we’re going to go for it.”

“Me and Dennis (Prunty) were really going at it,” Schill said after his second place result, “The rain that began to fall was messing me up a bit and the tires got hot, but a driver always has to have an excuse I guess, so that’s mine.”

“It’s hard to pass twelve cars in fifty laps, “ Apel stated after charging from deep in the field to finish a close third, “I wish the race was longer because the car was really good.” 

Rob Braun and Travis Dassow paced the field to the green with Dassow leading the field briefly off turn two on the outside before Braun charged back in the low groove off turn four to lead the opening lap. As Braun edged ahead, Brad Keith filled the opening in the inside line and ran alongside Dassow for second with Mike Egan, Jeff Holtz, Dennis Prunty, Lowell Bennett, and Al Schill all lined up two by two behind them. The inside lane prevailed early and Keith, Egan, Prunty, and Schill all advanced forward while Dassow and Holtz struggled in the high line. With Braun leading, Egan quickly worked to the inside of Keith for second and after several laps of racing door to door, Egan secured the spot, bringing Prunty and Schill along with him as Keith eventually slotted in line behind Schill and back on the inside.

Behind Keith, Bennett went to work on Holtz for sixth, easing the nose of his car to the inside of Holtz’s door to take the position as Chris Blawat and Steve Apel rapidly closed in on the lead cars. Apel had his car wound up on the outside and with the front runners racing single file, began to click off spots using the high line. Braun had difficulty keeping his car down on the speedway which opened the door on the inside for Egan and he pulled alongside for the lead with Prunty and Schill right in his tire tracks. Braun ran the outside well however and built momentum off the corners to remain alongside Egan for several laps as the two swapped the lead at the stripe with lapped traffic approaching. As the lapped machines raced in the lower lane, Prunty moved to the outside and when the leaders encountered the traffic, Braun kept the lead from the high groove as Egan became picked by the slower car with Prunty racing around him for second on the outside.

Egan was able to move to the upper groove to get around the lapped car and keep third as Schill couldn’t fill the gap quickly enough and remained fourth. A lap later however, Schill used a strong run down the backstretch coupled with Egan’s car beginning to drift high in the corners to take the fourth spot as Bennett charged into fifth by also passing Egan on the inside. Back up front, Prunty took his turn at Braun for the lead, again moving to the inside while Braun raced strong in the high lane. Prunty and Braun raced side by side for the lead for several laps as Schill, Bennett, and Apel ran nose to tail behind them. Braun made one slight bobble from the outside exiting turn four and it was all Prunty needed to slip by on the inside for the lead as by the time Braun recovered he found himself in fifth behind Schill, Bennett, and Apel who all took advantage of the miscue. Schill quickly tracked down Prunty for the lead and remained glued to his rear bumper while Apel worked his way around Bennett on the inside for third. Prunty’s back end began to swing loose off the corners as the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic and with the slower cars occupying the inside lane, Schill and Apel didn’t have an opportunity to dip low and challenge for the top spot. By the time the leaders cleared the lapped cars, the laps had wound down leaving Schill and Apel little time to build up a challenge as Prunty drove to his second super late model feature win of the season. Schill held off a fast closing Apel for second while Bennett and Jeff Holtz rounded out the top five finishers. Early leader Rob Braun took the checkered flag in sixth ahead of Chris Blawat and Mike Egan in seventh and eighth respectively while Brad Keith and Mike Borchardt completed the top ten.

Corey Funk won the ten lap super late model fast heat over Jeff Holtz and Rob Braun while Fred Winn and Travis Dassow finished fourth and fifth. Jake Vanoskey captured the win in the ten lap super late model regular heat over Jerry Eckhardt and Mike Borchardt. Mike Graczkowski and Pete Wiedmeyer were fourth and fifth respectively. Lowell Bennett was the winner of the super late model fast dash while Al Schill set fast time for the first time since May of 2006 with a lap of 11.490 seconds.