Sunday, April 28, 2013

May 4 & 5, 2013 Madison International Speedway, ARCA

Dennis will race at Madison International Speedway, Saturday & Sunday, 
May 4 & 5, 2013 in the ARCA Tour


Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 28th, Slinger Season Opener

This Coming Sunday, April 28, 2013 
Dennis Will Be Driving The Wiedmeyer Express # 22 Car
At The Slinger Speedway Season Opener!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dennis finishes 7th in 7Up 150 at Toledo Speedway

Dennis finished the Border Wars 7Up 150 in 7th Place
Photo by Dale Prunty

DENNIS QUALIFIED FOR THE 7Up 150!

Dennis was 17th out of 42 cars that qualified for the 7Up 150
Photo of Dennis waiting to Qualify
Photo by Dale Prunty

TOLEDO 7Up 150 TODAY!

Schedule of Events for Saturday, April 20th ARCA/CRA Border Wars Race at Toledo Speedway
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8 a.m. Pits open
10:15 a.m. Drivers Meeting Backstretch Pit Bleachers
11 a.m.-Noon Practice #1
Noon to 12:30 Lunch break
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 Final practice #2
3 p.m. Qualifying
4:30 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies
5 p.m. Last-chance race(s) (if necessary)
Feature cars to front stretch; on-track autograph session
Driver Introduction
7-Up 150 lap feature
 ~  ~  ~
Photo by Speed51.com of Dennis on track for Practice yesterday
To follow along with the days events go to www.Speed51.com
Click on "Trackside Now" Border Wars ARCA/CRA & ARCMT at Toledo

Monday, April 15, 2013

50 drivers from 11 states on 7-Up 150 entry list


7up150.png5 days to go and it just keeps getting bigger. At least a fifth of the country will be represented next week when the 7-Up 150 takes place at Toledo Speedway.
 
As expected, the entry list for the historic event has hit 50. It also has drivers from 11 different states entered.
 
Tickets are now on sale for the 7-Up 150, which will feature drivers from the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Midwest Tour and several other late model drivers from across the Midwest and South compete together on the same track for the first time.
 
The entry list is loaded with track champions, late model winners, short track aces, veterans from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as well as some NASCAR names and faces.
 
Drivers from Ohio, Minnesota, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee have entered the big event.
 
Race events start Friday, April 19, when an optional, open, practice session is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Anyone purchasing a Friday pit pass will be treated to dinner following the practice at the Speedway Bar and Grille, located adjacent to the track. Host Mike Miller will broadcast his daily Drive Time sports talk radio show from 5 to 6 p.m. at the bar and grille. 
 
Race day, Saturday, April 20, will see practice begin at 11 a.m., time trials at 3 p.m. and racing at 5. The schedule includes a last-chance race (if necessary), an on-track autograph session and the 7-Up 150 lap feature, which will be all green flag.
Race fans can save $5 per ticket if purchased prior to race day by calling the Toledo track office at  (419) 727-1100  or downloading the 2013 ticket order form at www.toledospeedway.com.
Camping is free at the track, as is attendance to the Friday practice session.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Toldeo's 7Up 150 Media Spotlight Getting Brighter

PRESS RELEASE
by Toledo Speedway PR
(TOLEDO, Ohio - April 10, 2013) - Toledo Speedway's home-opener - the "Border Wars" 7-Up 150 - is getting bigger by the day. With more than 50 quality entries expected from 10-plus states across the country for the Saturday afternoon, April 20 big show late model race, the media spotlight is also getting brighter by the moment.




In addition to coverage on the BCSN TV network and Speed51.com, ARCAracing.com is getting in the game in a major way with live timing and scoring and live flag-to-flag streaming audio coverage. The combination of the two media platforms at ARCAracing.com will mark the first time in history that the ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour will be featured simultaneously in live streaming audio, accompanied by live timing and scoring.

It's already the first time in history the combined tours will compete together in the same race at the same track.

"We'll treat the 7-Up 150 for the ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour exactly as we would the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with respect to the live timing & scoring and live audio streaming on ARCAracing.com," said ARCA President Ron Drager.

"We recognize this as a major event among the nearly 150 ARCA sanctioned events in 2013, and the race teams in both tours have earned this coverage. The overwhelming number of pre-entered race teams, and the depth of quality in that entry list, merits ARCA putting all resources available to us behind providing fans of both tours live, real-time on track data and description as it happens. For those who can't be with us at Toledo Speedway to witness the 7-Up 150 activities in person, ARCAracing.com will join Speed51.com and the BCSN TV Network in providing major league coverage."

The live timing and scoring element at ARCAracing.com begins Friday afternoon, April 19 with an optional practice session from 3 p.m. to 7. The combination of live timing and scoring in tandem with live streaming audio comes together Saturday for all the on-track activity, including practice at 11 a.m., followed by qualifying at 3 p.m. With so many entries pouring in, as many as two 'last chance' races will begin at 5 followed by an on-track autograph session that leads to pre-race ceremonies, and ultimately, the 7-Up 150 main event.

ARCA Racing Network anchor man Charlie Krall and color commentator Tim Clagg will provide the audio coverage.

"I'm very excited that the two tours are coming together in this unprecedented way," Krall said. "It will be an honor for Tim and me to broadcast this historical event. I'm looking forward to a warm, sunny day at Toledo, and some hot action on the track. We're certainly looking forward to everyone tuning in."

The team of Krall and Clagg also provide all the live streaming audio coverage throughout the year for ARCA's national tour - the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

"This event will give us the chance to get tuned up for the big season ahead with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards," added Krall. Salem Speedway will host the ARCA Racing Series the following Sunday (April 28).

Toledo's 7-Up 150 will also air on the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) on "Sunday Night at the Races" at 9 p.m. on the local Toledo cable access channel Sunday, April 21. The race can also be purchased through BCSN's video-on-demand programming at bcsn.tv/vod.html. You can also keep with the 7-Up 150 at Speed51.com with live, in-time blogs. Speed51.com, owned and operated by renowned motorsports television analyst Bob Dillner, is considered as one of the leaders in online national late model coverage.

Monday, April 8, 2013

MADISON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ARTICLE

Madison International Speedway doing articles on drivers, below is the article John Wells wrote about Dennis.

Dennis Prunty Ready for Challenge at MIS

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wisconsin Asphalt Racing News Article

Dennis Prunty And West Bend Dyno Tuning Team Up For Optima Challenge


Written By: Gregg Paul
Photos By: Emily Heisler

2012 was a breakthrough season for Dennis Prunty. He won not just one, but two track championships in a Super Late Model. One at the Slinger Super Speedway, and one in the TUNDRA series at Dells Raceway Park. In recent years, Prunty has been expanding his repertoire by racing at multiple race tracks around Wisconsin, as well as making numerous attempts at the Snowball Derby in Florida.

For the 2013 racing season, Prunty is embarking on a new and unique racing challenge, one that is completely different from the world of oval racing in his Super Late Model. Prunty will be teaming up with West Bend Dyno Tuning to drive a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational at Road America on June 23rd.

According to Brad Riekkoff from West Bend Dyno Tuning, the Optima events are a unique style of racing.

“The car has to be street legal and they do a street stock challenge,” said Riekkoff. “Basically you are running down a line of cones, spinning around the end of the cones, then slaloming back through on the way back. Then you have to stop within a contained area that’s coned off. Then the next step would be the autocross, which is basically running a go-kart track with the car, and then the full out road course. At the end of the season you can win and get invited to the finals, which is in Las Vegas along with the SEMA show. This is the one we really want to contend in, so Dennis is going to run that one on June 22nd-23rd and that is in conjunction with our open house.”

It is quite a departure from what Prunty normally has done in racing, yet it is something that he is looking forward to doing.

“Brad asked me last April if I would do this for last year,” said Prunty. “I was just getting so busy and we really didn’t have the car ready. With me leading the points at the race track it was hard to take off, but I said I would do it this year. I am still going to be doing some circle track stuff. I haven’t committed to a whole lot but I did commit to Madison’s four races because they don’t conflict with this. I was talking to Todd Thelen with Slinger Speedway and there are some good things happening there, and I hope to be there often but I don’t know how often. I will not be there for the whole season because this is something I am really looking forward to. It’s a great opportunity. If we’re good, Speed TV is supposed to be here and cover the whole event.”

When you consider how much of a radical departure this is from what Prunty is used to driving, one has to ask just how this idea all came about.

“A lot of the cars that we work on and a couple of customers are involved in this,” said Riekkoff. “One of the customers that we work on his car is actually part of the marketing for that so we’d seen some of the cars we had worked on. Then we were asked if we could have part of the event held at our shop and that is kind of how it started to get the ball rolling.”

In his typical amusing style, Dennis Prunty had an amusing take on the way it happened.

“Brad wants me to beat a lot of people so they come to West Bend Dyno and spend some money,” said Prunty. “That’s the whole idea.”

Money is always the key factor if not exactly an incentive, but there are prizes to be had for competing well.

“In the wheel to wheel stuff that we want to get into, you can win money,” said Riekkoff. “This type of stuff every year they have something different. They have different type of awards, whether it’s going to be money, or a trip, or it’s going to be batteries, they have different stuff all the time.”

Dennis chimed in with another example of why they are racing this event.

“For Brad it’s having a car with West Bend Dyno on it,” said Prunty. “It’s good marketing. There are a lot of people that go to this.”  

This car is not exactly your standard street car, but it is indeed a street legal car. It starts off with a 950 horsepower engine, and adds other racing parts such as shocks, brakes, and suspension. There is a roll cage for added safety for when the car is competing on the race track.

“The car is basically because we had it,” joked Riekkoff. “It was actually my high school car and still has the Kewaskum Indians parking sticker in the back window. It’s a platform that works well on the track. It’s a heavy car so the biggest feat is trying to get the car to be light and still be street legal and still have all the amenities of a street car. They don’t want these cars to be all out race cars. We have a roll cage in ours, but it is still going to have everything operating in the cab. It’s going to have air conditioning, it’ll have windows that go up and down. We’re not going to have Lexan windows that are stationary. So everything about the car will be street legal and licensed and insured.”

The racer that is Dennis Prunty was a little apprehensive about the lack of some safety features.

“The main thing is that we want the car to be safe,” said Prunty. “Last year he actually had the motor in the car without the roll cage, and knowing the kind of speeds we’re going to get to I said I don’t know if I am real comfortable without the roll cage. So now this year they put one in and I cannot say no. This year we’re going to be driving it and it will definitely be a lot of fun.”

Not only was the car a thing from high school, but both Dennis and Brad went to high school together.

“Brad and I went to high school together, so that’s how we know each other,” said Prunty. “Then he started his own business, West Bend Dyno Tuning. It’s been going really good and he sponsors my circle track car and it’s going to be a fun deal.”

It’s a deal where two good friends share a passion for racing as well as the technological side of the sport and cars in general. Yet despite this, it is not only a labor of love, there is a method to the madness that prize money and trophies can’t exactly replace the time and money spent on this car.

“It’s nothing more than trying to market the car and market the business,” said Riekkoff. “I think Dennis is the perfect driver to make the car perform up to the standards of what we should as a shop.”

If Dennis is the perfect driver, that could put a lot of pressure on him to perform as expected.

“With my car I can crash it and just go to Five Star and buy new body parts,” said Prunty. “This is a little more expensive of a car than what I am used to. In the end this thing is worth almost $200,000 I’d say with the drive train the way it is. The pressure is on me, but it’s a little different racing for me too. I like to bump and bang a little bit, but we don’t do that in this. You have to pass clean and you don’t rub fenders. I’m sure I can handle that. I might still come out to the race track just to take out my aggressions on someone else for fun, but I wouldn’t do that.”

Still, the end result of this venture is to grow the business that is West Bend Dyno Tuning. While every business can always use additional avenues of attracting revenue, there are always extra ways to do so in racing and in many different forms.

“If this does take off we do have plans to have a track support side of our business to take off,” said Riekkoff. “We would maybe like to build another car that you could bang into stuff and scratch it and it wouldn’t
be such a big deal.”

For Prunty this could be a step in a new direction for his racing career. Something that perhaps is out of his comfort zone, but still remains a challenge nonetheless.  

“If I really enjoy this like I think I am going to, I might convert one of my cars into a road course car,” said Prunty. “I do have three circle track cars and you can only race them one at a time anyways. There’s a lot of stuff at Road America that I have never been to, and I want to do a lot of stuff with my daughter. Something with the go-kart track and see what I can get her into. She will be twelve this summer so I want to focus a little more on her too and just have some fun this year.”

Along with the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, Dennis and Brad plan on running this car in several SCCA road course events. These will be a combination of time trial type of events along with a traditional full field race. Among the events are several races at the Milwaukee Mile on their road course, as well as Road America.


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