Thursday, August 30, 2012

Memorial Go-Kart Event!

        Memorial Go-kart event Saturday, September 1, 2012.  Gwen and Zach Prunty will be racing.

Pits open at 1pm, Racing at 4pm
Slinger Super Speedway

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Slinger Race, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 canceled

Slinger Super Speedway has decided to cancel the Sunday, August 26, 2012 race, due to rain in the area.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012 Dells Raceway Tundra 4

              Dennis was fast qualifier, started 8th, and finished 4th at DRP for TUNDRA 4
       2nd in the points race, Dennis is only 3 points out of the lead at DRP, with one race left.



WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis (August 25, 2012) - When the going gets tough, Dalton Zehr gets going. Zehr and pole-sitter John Zimmerman were the only two drivers not involved in a caution in TUNDRA Round Four Saturday at Dells Raceway Park. In the end they were the only two to lead laps in the Advanced Engine Concepts 80.
After the fifth caution on lap 26 claimed drivers from second on back, Zehr emerged for a single file restart in the second spot. Although he challenged at the drop of the green Zehr had to bide his time until he was able to take the lead on lap 50 and pocket his second straight TUNDRA win.
"Zimmerman was tough to pass," Zehr explained. "Originally I thought it was going to be a breeze because he was giving such a wide lane out there, but when I got out there, it tightened up."
Grabbing the lead from Mike Egan, the former track champion enjoyed one of his strongest runs since returning to DRP last season. Zimmerman broke away slightly to leave the field to battle until the first caution fell for Steve Lichtfeld on lap four.
From his third-place spot on lap four, Bobby Kendall picked the outside line for the restart and immediately challenged Zimmerman. Kendall found out early what Zehr would learn later - Zimmerman was ready to repel those who tested the top line. Kendall held the outside line for nearly ten laps until another caution fell on lap 14 for a Terry Schoppenhorst spin.
Although he looked strong on the outside before the caution, the temptation of selecting the bottom line was too much for Kendall to pass up. Leaving the outside lane vacated allowed Dennis Prunty to slide to the top line for a restart in the third position. Behind Prunty was Rich Bickle, who was developing a history with the TUNDRA Round Two winner.
The field sorted out at the drop of the green allowing Kendall to keep the second spot behind Zimmerman. As he closed in to challenge, attention turned toward Bickle and Prunty who started jousting back and fourth for the third spot.
Just as Kendall approached Zimmerman for another challenge, James Swan made contact with Mike Egan while racing for fifth. Swan gave Egan his spot back, but had not made his final appearance near the front of the field.
The caution also claimed Landry Potter and Dan Lensing. As Lensing tried to avoid, he caught the hood of Potter's machine and went airborne. Lensing continued but brought out another caution just three laps later on lap 25 when his right rear tire failed and he hit the front stretch wall.
Behind Zimmerman frustration was poised to boil over. After racing in close vicinity through the first 25 laps Bickle and Prunty scrapped for second in a furious manner. Prunty worked the outside with very little room for error. After making contact on several occasions over the lap, Prunty came out with second. However, Bickle tapped the back bumper of Prunty enterting turn three. Unable to save his machine Prunty spun in front of the field out of four, brining the remaining drivers to a screeching halt.
The wreck was worst for Terry Schoppenhorst who was right behind the battle. He sustained major damage and could not continue. Although Zehr wasn't damaged, he wasn't immune to the melee in front of him.
"It was a big pileup in turn four there," Zehr said. "We were lucky to be one of the ones who got hit in the back not in the front and didn't have the radiator taken out."
Only eight cars paced around DRP during the caution laps while others made repairs or were done for the remainder of the event. Even Bickle and Prunty, who were both able to continue, were able to restart in the top ten.
After the restart Zehr challenged, but was turned back by Zimmerman by lap 32. While the top two broke away, the line of Swan, Bickle and Prunty moved back toward the top five. After moving around Kenny Reiser for third, Swan, making his Super Late Model debut at DRP, closed the gap on Zehr.
Seeing his rear view mirror fill with a baby blue nose, Zehr decided it was time to roll the dice.
"Eventually (Swan) caught up to us and it was go time," Zehr said. "I jumped to the outside and if I wouldn't have made that pass, I probably would have ended up tenth. It worked out though, we were able to make the pass and build up a lead."
Swan followed to the second spot just two laps later and seemed as though he might have had something for Zehr. Although Zehr proved to have the superior machine, Swan again forced Zehr to alter his plans.
"Swan broke free and it was time to put the hammer down," Zehr said. He also discussed some handling conditions with Swan after the race completed. "He started losing the front end of his car before I started losing the back end on mine. If I lost mine five laps earlier, it might have been different."
Without incident over the final 25 circuits, Bickle followed Swan to third and Prunty rounded out the top four. Ken Reiser passed Zimmerman in the final laps to complete the top five.
In similar position to his wins in the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series last season, Zehr had seen these scenarios before - just as he referred to in an article leading up to TUNDRA Round Four. He said the roughest race in the Midwest is like every race in Florida. With rain looming Zehr might have felt like he was in the Sunshine State again.
"We kept taking the outside on the restarts with all the cautions," Zehr said. "Every time we picked the outside we would go forward a position, but we would go to back and it wouldn't stay green long enough for us to move back up. It all panned out in the very end."
Most importantly for Zehr, however, was his ability to capture the point lead. Zehr embraced starting behind the invert in Round Four and said he looks forward to it again in the fifth and final round as he tries to lock up his first career championship
"We were really chasing points tonight and early in the race it didn't look so good," Zehr said. "We did everything we could do to put ourselves in contention."
The fireworks between Bickle and Prunty crept into Victory Lane. Bickle explained why he and Prunty got so physical early in the race even though both seemed to put it behind them over the second half of the race. Bickle's confession was met by a boisterous mixed-reaction, inciting the crowd of Prunty faithful to serenade him with boos as others cheered.
With a point battle that features Zehr holding a three point lead over Prunty and eight point lead over Bickle, the fireworks and emotions have seemingly only just begun and will most certainly boil up over the next two weeks.
TUNDRA Rounds out the 2012 season Saturday, Sept. 8 at Dells Raceway Park. Champions will be crowned in all five divisions.
Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Road, five minutes north of downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., off highway 12-16. For more information including the latest news, the 2012 schedule and more visit

                                                       Dells Raceway Park
                                                        N1070 Smith Road
                                                   Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
                                                Phone: 608-253-RACE (7223)

                                             Race Day Times - Saturday Night
                                         Pit Gates Open: 1:30 • Fan Gates Open: 4
                                                Qualifying: 5:15 • Racing: 7 p.m.

                                                     Special Event Pricing
Adult (16 and older) $15, Seniors: $13, Student (ages 10-15) $10, Kids age 6-9 $5, Age 5 and under free

                              For more info about Dells Raceway park, click here

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

                           Another bad night for the DDP Racing Team at Slinger Super Speedway.

On lap 18 of the Super Late Model Feature race, Dave McCardle and Rob Braun go around in turn 2, which causes a small pile up, where the front of Dennis' car was damaged. Dennis finished 7th.
                                                    Will he race next week? Stay tuned!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dennis Gives his August 12th, 2012 Super Late Model winning Trophy to a young fan!


SLM Feature Winner Dennis Prunty with Daughter Gwen
Photo courtesy of Speed Graphics

                                  SLM Feature Winner Dennis Prunty with Daughter Gwen

                     Click here to visit Speed Graphics website and see more Slinger race photos

Article By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Aug 12—A week after finding themselves wrecked against the first turn wall, Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel fought for the victory in the 50-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, with Prunty edging Apel at the stripe for his fifth feature victory of the season.
“My guys worked their ass off all week in the shop putting this thing back together and I’ve got to thank everyone of them,” Prunty stated from victory lane as both drivers spent the last week making major repairs to their cars.
“We just got stuck in traffic a little bit, “Apel explained following his close second place finish, “We had the fastest car on the track but just couldn’t come home with the victory.”
SLM FT Steve ApelMike Borchardt Jr. and Nick Wagner paced the field to the green and the inside lane advanced early with Borchardt taking the lead and bringing Chris Blawat and Jeff Holtz with him while Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel also used the inside to race into fourth and fifth respectively. Blawat took to the high lane and pulled even with Borchardt in a bid for the lead and both drivers raced door to door until Blawat prevailed on lap four. Behind the top two, Prunty tried an outside move for third on Holtz off turn two but had his lane cut off in the process before muscling his way into third with an inside move in turn three a lap later. Before Holtz could recover, both Apel and Lowell Bennett raced past and into fourth and fifth as Prunty went to work on Borchardt for second.
LM Dash Winner Danny ChurchThe yellow flag waved on lap 7 when a traffic jam deeper in the field left the cars of Mike Graczkowski and Nick Wagner in a tangle in turn four. Blawat used the inside groove for the restart which proved beneficial as he quickly charged to the lead as racing resumed while Borchardt struggled in the outer groove as Prunty, Holtz, and Apel all raced by. In the meantime, Prunty caught Blawat out front and wasted little time in moving to the high lane, drawing even for the lead by lap 13. Prunty and Blawat raced side by side for the lead with Prunty gradually able to ease ahead slightly off the corners until finally clearing Blawat for the lead on lap 16. Behind Prunty and Blawat, Apel and Bennett took to the outside groove to race around Holtz for third and fourth while Mike Egan and Rob Braun battled for sixth directly behind them.
SLM Dash Winner Conrad MorganThe caution waved again on lap 22 for Tom Hromadka’s stalled car in turn four and Prunty curiously chose the outside lane for the restart, leaving Blawat the preferred bottom lane, perhaps in an effort to keep the faster Apel from lining up behind him. The strategy nearly failed as on the restart, Blawat raced extremely tough on the inside and both he and Prunty circled the speedway door to door for several laps before again Prunty was able to gradually clear Blawat for the lead entering turn three. Once out front, Prunty was able to briefly extend his lead as Apel worked to pass Blawat for second, taking the position a few laps later using the outside lane. Prunty’s car appeared to begin to slip slightly off the turns and that combined with approaching lapped traffic, enabled Apel to close the distance between him and the leader as the laps wound down.
MWS Dash Winner Brian HolzApel was on Prunty’s bumper as they took the white flag and had a slight opening on the inside off turn two, but wisely chose not to force the issue and elected to make another charge off turn four. Apel’s final charge came up just short as Prunty took the checkered flag for the win with Apel glued to his rear bumper. Chris Blawat completed one of his better runs of the season with a strong third place finish while Mike Egan held off Jeff Holtz for the fourth spot, leaving Holtz to settle for fifth. Rob Braun took the checkered flag in sixth place ahead of Jake Vanoskey and Curt Tillman in seventh and eighth respectively. Nick Wagner and Fred Winn rounded out the top ten finishers.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Not a good night for DDP...The night started out good, Dennis qualified 2nd, started 7th, was working his way up, got up to 4th, then as they passed lap 18 Steve Apel got loose and took Dennis out in turn 1, pushing them both up into the wall between turns 1 and  2, then Dennis' car had an exhaust fire. Accident or Intentional?  Watch the video and you decide.  Click here to see Dan Margetta's video of the crash