Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Check out my Pages on the Right

For information about our 2012 Race Results, please visit the pages to the right.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Showdown Results September 22, 2012

Thank you to everyone who came to the Dells Raceway for the September Showdown. 
The 42 team had a good night.  
We won the Heat race, after qualifiing 8th & starting 5th. 
Started 6th in the Showdown race,  finishing 3rd. 
Started the 150 lap feature 2nd, leading the race for approx. 65 laps, finishing 2nd. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September Showdown in the Dells, Saturday, September 22

Come on out to The Dells Raceway Park this Saturday, September 22, 2012 to watch Dennis races in
THE  SEPTEMBER  SHOWDOWN  
See times for Saturday below.  Click Here for More info
 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Driver's Meeting Live Radio Show Highlights

September 12, 2012 Dennis was interviewed about his racing season and back to back Super Late Model Championships at The Dells Raceway Park and Slinger Super Speedway, on September 8 & 9th at The Driver's Meeting Radio Show, live, at the Mineshaft Restaurant in Hartford.  This Radio show is put on by WBWI 92.5 FM and sponsored by Uptown Motor Cars Collision Center, in Slinger. 
Call Mark for your collision repair needs at 262-644-8300
Click Here to see the video of Dennis thanking his Sponsors, live on the air.





Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dennis on The Driver's Meeting Radio Show

JUST ANNOUNCED! This Wednesday night, September 12, Super Late Champ Dennis Prunty, will be on The Driver's Meeting radio show!  Dennis is shown below, waving to the crowd, right before the Championship race on Sunday, Sept. 9th.
 
Come down to the Mineshaft and show your support! 

If you can't make it to the Mineshaft, tune in from 7 to 8pm, Radio station FM92.5 WBWI, or WBWIFM.com

Sunday, September 9, 2012

BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS!!


DENNIS WINS BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS IN  LESS THAN 24 HOURS!
Saturday, September 8th Dennis won the Championship at Dells Raceway

 and
Sunday, September 9th, He won the Slinger Super Speedway Championship
Read Dan Margetta's article below


BLAWAT SCORES FIRST FEATURE WIN


WHILE PRUNTY WINS CHAMPIONSHIP IN A NAIL-BITER!


By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Sept. 9— Chris Blawat captured his first super late model feature victory Sunday afternoon at the Slinger Super Speedway in the 80-lap season championship main event while Dennis Prunty edged Steve Apel to win the track championship by a mere ten points.
“This is our first full year in the super late models and we finally got a win, it’s awesome,” Blawat stated from victory lane after passing Dennis Prunty to lead the final 23 laps, “I tried to run as clean as possible and I had a really good run on the outside on that last restart,” “It’s really special to win it like that, passing a potential track champion for the win makes it real special.”
Dennis Prunty and Steve Apel entered the double-point day tied atop the super late model point standings and Apel gained a 20 point advantage early on by setting fast time with a lap of 11.411 seconds while Prunty failed to gain any points after qualifying eleventh. Prunty cut the deficit in half by leading 57 laps of the 80-lap feature to capture the ten point bonus for pacing the most laps before eventually finishing second while Apel charged through the field from his eleventh starting position to finish third, one position behind Prunty. A 20 point difference between the second and third positions in the feature left Prunty with his first Slinger super late model track championship by ten points over Apel.
John Reynolds and Dennis Prunty led the super late model feature field to the green flag and Prunty edged ahead to grab the lead from the outside lane while Reynolds battled with James Swan for second just ahead of Blawat, Jeff Holtz, and David Prunty. Swan overtook Reynolds for second with an outside pass and Blawat repeated the move a lap later as Reynolds began to struggle on the inside. After Holtz also went around Reynolds on the high side, Reynolds dropped to the apron with mechanical issues on lap nine as the sudden slow-down caused a minor scramble behind him that sent Mike Graczkowski’s car around in turn one to draw the caution flag. Prunty chose the inside lane for the restart and as racing resumed, Swan issued a strong challenge on Prunty for the lead from the outside. Swan kept even with Prunty for three laps with each time Prunty being able to just edge ahead slightly off turn four to barely maintain the lead at the stripe. Swan eventually began to slip in the high lane allowing Prunty to claim the lead all to his own while Blawat and Holtz took advantage of the opportunity to fill the gap on the inside to move into second and third respectively. David Prunty was the next in line to take a shot at Swan from the inside, taking the position a lap later as Swan quickly dropped to the inside lane directly ahead of Lowell Bennett. A quick tap to the rear bumper however, sent Swan right back into the outside lane and he lost another position before things settled down as he made his way back to the inside lane. With Prunty leading, championship contender Steve Apel was mired in traffic as he appeared to use patience early to methodically work his way forward one position at a time and found himself up to seventh after working his way by Dale Prunty, Mike Egan, and Brad Mueller. Apel had a minor scare on lap 35 when Dan Jung’s car kicked loose directly in front of him off turn four and skidded towards the apron as Apel and Egan drove by. Jung regained control of his car and entered turn one on the very low side in a brief three-wide situation with David Prunty and Lowell Bennett which sorted itself out as they headed down the backstretch. However as they raced down the front straightaway the following lap, Jung’s car spun into turn one after some contact with David Prunty and the caution flag waved with Dennis Prunty leading over Blawat, Holtz, Swan, and Rob Braun. Blawat once again challenged Prunty for the lead from the outside as the green flag waved but despite his efforts, Prunty maintained the lead at the stripe while Swan went to work on Holtz for third, aggressively trying to take the spot a few laps later while Braun, Mike Strupp, and Apel looked on. The battle with Holtz damaged the fender on Swan’s car which allowed Braun, Strupp, and Apel to pass him on consecutive laps as the handling on Swan’s car began to fade. With Prunty continuing to lead over Blawat, Apel began to make his move toward the front, driving up to third place by lap 57 when Eric Fransen’s car conspicuously came to a stop in turn four to produce a caution flag. This time, Blawat was able to get a strong run from the outside on the restart and he took the lead from Prunty as the championship contenders battled for the second position. Blawat pulled away over the final laps as Prunty, Apel, and Braun raced intensely for second with Prunty eventually keeping the spot with Apel close behind him. Blawat drove to his first career super late model feature win as Prunty finished second, one spot ahead of Apel which was enough to claim the track championship. Rob Braun and Jeff Holtz were fourth and fifth respectively while Mike Egan finished sixth. Brad Mueller, James Swan, and Mike Strupp rounded out the top ten finishers.
                                                                         Great Year for the Prunty's
                 Dennis's nephew Alex Prunty won his first Late Model Championship at Slinger Speedway
                                                                             Congratulations Alex!


 

Dells Raceway Tundra Champion!!

                          Dennis WON the Championship at the Dells Speedway last night! 

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (September 9, 2012) - When Dennis Prunty started the Advanced Engine Concepts 80-lap feature event Saturday Night for TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Round Five he knew there was only so much he could control. Prunty took care of his business; fate took care of the rest.
The veteran from Knowles, Wis. claimed his first ever Super Late Model title at DRP by seizing control of the feature on lap 21 and holding off a hungry Steve Rubeck in heavy lapped traffic for the win.
Prunty entered the night three points back of Dalton Zehr. After Zehr gained four more points in qualifying, the deficit was seven heading into the main. However, with an invert of 13, Prunty was given a favorable starting spot inside row three.
"After qualifying I figured I didn't have much of a chance unless (Rich Bickle) and (Zehr) had a bad night," Prunty said. "I knew all I could do was just win the race, and the rest was out of my hands. It happened to work out for me."
Both Zehr and Bickle suffered off nights leaving Prunty with a five point advantage over Zehr in the final TUNDRA standings.
Working his way through the field early, Prunty showed every indication of a man on a mission. Prunty started alongside Dan Lensing, who later in the evening went on to claim the DRP Late Model title. Lensing and Prunty waited for front row starters Josh Wallace and Steve Rubeck to sort out before they both attacked the outside line.
On lap four Lensing jumped to the top to take second from Wallace and carried on past Rubeck to the top spot one lap later. Mimicking the move Prunty jumped to the outside of Wallace on lap four and cruised past Rubeck on the next circuit.
Lensing's healthy advantage began to wither as Prunty caught him within three laps of taking second. Just as he was prepared to challenge Lensing, Prunty's advances were cut off by a caution when Ross Zumbach spun in turn two on lap eleven.
The restart was short-lived as Mike Egan was sent spinning through the grass right at the outset. When the line up sorted out Michael Bilderback had made a strong move. On the cone Bilderback hopped to the outside line and claimed a spot in the top five.
The field quickly sorted back into single file and drivers started to plot their moves. With Prunty running in the second spot, all eyes were on Dalton Zehr. Needing only a top ten finish, Zehr had exercised patience in the past. He was in familiar territory deep in traffic in the early going.
However, the DRP outside wall claimed Zehr's title chances victim on lap fifteen when he tagged the front stretch wall. Zehr started to fall back through the field with obvious damage to his right front. He nursed his machine to a 12th place finish.
Zehr's hard luck was not the only bad-for-him-good-for-me situation Prunty would encounter on this fateful evening. Trailing Lensing closely for ten laps after the restart Prunty had again closed the gap and was ready to strike for the lead. Just as he closed in Lensing lost control and spun out exiting turn four. Lensing spun to the infield, kept his machine fired, and kept rolling which allowed the green flag to stay out.
The situation was a near-miss in many ways for Prunty.
"I was about a car length behind him and I'm not sure what happened. I saw him start to get sideways and I thought, 'should I go inside or outside,'" I'm glad I went to the outside," he said of the potential contact.
However, he wasn't sure if he was out of the woods. "I was thinking to myself, 'I hope they don't think I did that,' because I was nowhere near him. It was cool that it stayed green. I feel bad for him, but it was good for me."
With Prunty in the lead, and Zehr starting to fade, attention then turned to Bickle who had the opportunity to close in on Prunty with passing points. Bickle started his move on lap 29 as he started to work the outside and creep toward the top ten. The run was disrupted when Bickle started to fade backward in what looked to be a means to conserve equipment.
Falling just back outside of the top ten Bickle was caught by Corey Jankowski. With a little bad blood still spilling over from a previous TUNDRA event, Jankowski and Bickle connected out of turn four, resulting in Jankowski going airborne over the left rear of Bickle. Jankowski retired with damage to his machine and Bickle was forced to change a flat left rear.
On the lap 36 restart Prunty broke away from Rubeck and Bilderback. Stretching out his lead, spots in the top five seemed secure until the final ten circuits.
As Rubeck started to reel in Prunty slightly for the top spot, James Swan closed the gap on Bilderback for third. Coming off a second-place finish in TUNDRA Round Four, Swan jousted with Bilderback over the final ten circuits for the final podium spot. Behind them, Terry Schoppenhorst and fast qualifier Bobby Kendall closed the gap.
While the stunning side-by-side display between Swan and Bilderback raged on, Rubeck crept in on Prunty. With just seven laps remaining, Prunty had some difficulty with lapped traffic and Rubeck had closed to a car length.
"The first car I caught up to stayed high," Prunty said of the lapped traffic. "The next car didn't want to go a lap down. It was a fight and Rubeck was behind me, but when I cleared thankfully there were only three laps to go."
Over the final three trips, Prunty stretched out his advantage. With both Zehr and Bickle outside the top ten, Prunty cruised to putting an exclamation point on his first title. Rubeck, who had struggled mightily, was pleased to have luck on his side with a second-place finish. Swan beat Bilderback to the line by a nose to claim third and Schoppenhorst rounded out the top five.
In victory lane Prunty took the microphone to begin thanking all of those involved in his first ever title run. To claim his second Super Late Title, Prunty needed less than 24 hours. On Sunday afternoon Prunty claimed a 10-point victory for his first title at Slinger Speedway.
"This Championship means a lot to me," Prunty said of his TUNDRA title Saturday. "I can't wait to see what we (TUNDRA) do next year. I'd like to see if we get some other tracks involved, or if we just do this again. It was awesome."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

CALLING  ALL  FANS!!
Traveling to Dells Raceway Park this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.  
Only 3 points out of the lead for the Tundra Championship!  
Hoping to get a large group of fans and friends to come up to the Dells to cheer us on!
Fan Gates Open: 4PM, Qualifying: 5:15 • Racing: 7 p.m.
 Special Event Pricing
Adult (16 and older) $15, Seniors: $13, Student (ages 10-15) $10, Kids ages 6-9 $5.00, 
Ages 5 and under free
Click Here for more info and directions to Dells Raceway Park

Dells Raceway Park, Wisconsin Dells!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

                        Another bad night for the DDP Racing Team, after more than one wreck.
                  Hopefully she'll be better than new for next week's Championship Race at Slinger.
                Click Here to see the video of the wreck at lap 18.  The crash happens at 19 seconds.

Qualified 8th, Started the SLM Feature 5th