By Dan Margetta Slinger, Wis., June 14— Dennis Prunty drove to his second super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he bested Steve Apel and Brad Mueller to win the 60-lap main event.
“This is the car Ross Kenseth is going to drive in the Slinger Nationals,” Prunty told the crowd after winning in his familiar
#42 ride instead of the #22 car he drove to his other victory this season, “I didn’t want to give him a car we didn’t know would be good or not, so someone should call him tomorrow and tell him it’s pretty good.”
“I got through traffic pretty good and I got to Dennis (Prunty),” Apel said after starting from the sixth row, “then at the end I was just hanging on, but fast time and second place is nothing to hang your head over, it was a good night.”
“I was good early,” third place Brad Mueller stated, “At the end, Dennis (Prunty) and Steve (Apel) started getting away. I was really tight down in (turns) one and two and loose in three and four, it is what it is and at least we are on the podium.”
Chris Blawat and Kelsey Dassow occupied the front row at the drop of the green flag and Blawat immediately drove to the lead from the inside lane. Dennis Prunty, who started third after John DeAngelis experienced mechanical issues before the green flag, also used the inside lane to charge by Dassow for second and then at the completion of lap one, he took to the high side to challenge Blawat for the lead, completing the pass a lap later. Rob Braun, Brad Mueller, and Steve Apel also used the inside lane to advance into the top five. The only caution flag of the event appeared on lap four after an incident between Kelsey Dassow and Dan Church in turn four as Prunty led over Blawat, Braun, Mueller, and Apel. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and Blawat chose the inside while behind them, Braun and Apel followed Prunty up top while Mueller took to the inside behind Blawat. As racing resumed, Prunty maintained his lead from the outside while Braun and Apel eventually prevailed as well on the outside as they both swept around Blawat and into second and third respectively. Mueller also switched to the high side to make his way around Blawat as Dave McCardle moved up to challenge for the fifth spot. By lap 16 with Prunty still out front, Apel and Mueller were able to edge to the inside of Braun to take over second and third place while McCardle also used the inside to grab fourth ten laps later. Apel and Mueller began to try to track down Prunty for the lead as the front runners began to encounter lapped traffic during the race’s middle stages. Apel closed to Prunty’s bumper while in the traffic but despite several looks to the inside, was not able to make a serious challenge for the lead. In the final laps, Prunty threaded his way through the traffic and drove to his second feature victory of the season. Apel finished second and maintained his division point lead while Mueller took the checkered flag in third. Dave McCardle completed the best race of his season with a strong fourth place run while Dale Prunty drove from deep in the field to finish fifth. Mike Egan and Dan Church finished sixth and seventh respectively while Brad Keith, Josh Wallace, and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten.