Sunday, September 9, 2012


Saturday, September 8th Dennis won the Championship at Dells Raceway

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



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!