DDP Racing History

In the 2016 racing season, Dennis had 7 feature wins including the Dixieland 250, a race at Dells Raceway Park, and 5 wins at Slinger Super Speedway. 

After celebrating his 42nd birthday in 2015, Dennis Prunty is looking forward to his 25th year as a race car driver, with the start of the 2016 season. 
He has raced along side his two brothers, David and Dale in the Super Late Model division at Slinger Super Speedway.  The track is conveniently located just up the highway from the Prunty’s Homestead so the Sunday Night Tradition has been a part of their routine for many many years.  Like each of the brothers, Dennis also started his racing career by building and racing an Enduro car.  After that he was hooked!  In 1991, Dennis started racing at Slinger, Kaukauna and Columbus and started strong with a top 10 point finish in the Street Stocks that were then known as the "Slinger Stingers" or Street Stock division.  The following year he continued in the same division and had a great season finishing 3rd but his luck did not continue.  He had rough years 93-94 and finally sold the car and finished out that season racing in the Slinger Enduro.


In 1995 was a new team for the Late Model ranks, brother David, joined the "elite" Super Late Model division of racing, and Dennis helped launch this new team, late in the season Dennis bought a project car, to get ready for the 1996 season.  The following year was the start of some good things as Dennis states "I learned that there is more to racing than the gas pedal, there is a brake pedal too" as Dennis went on to win the most features of any driver at Slinger, and ended the season with the Appleton Auto Wrecking championship at Kaukauna, the richest street stock race in the Midwest. 1997 started with rebuilding the fast 1996 ride and winning several races en route to a 2nd place finish at Slinger.


After mastering the Street Stock it was time to move up to a new kind of racing… the Midwest Modifieds, an IMCA type open wheel car with Hoosier Slicks.  Dennis started out slow adapting to these powerful machines, but slowly by mid season was finding his way to the winners circle and claimed 1998 Rookie of the Year honors.  The 1999 season started out strong and kept strong, as Dennis won his first championship in the Midwest Modifieds after a season long fight with Florian Wisinski. 2000 was stronger yet as Dennis led early and often to dominate the Modifieds at Slinger, winning by a large margin and winning the championship easily.


In 2001 it was time to move up to the Super Late Model division but was again a transition year.  Dennis was top rookie in the Late Model class and Dennis found victory lane in the season ending feature and moved up in the standings.
  
 
Dennis continued to be a top contender in the Super Late Model division at Slinger Super Speedway racing on a weekly basis with his older brother David and his younger brother Dale. 


2015 the team had great cars! The 22 and 42. Dennis had 8 Feature wins at Slinger Speedway, including the 199 lap Slinger Nationals on Tuesday, July 14th. Our team won every feature in July and had a clean sweep in August, with fast time, fast dash and Feature wins. Finishing the season 2nd, only 45 points from winning the season Championship.
The team traveled to the Dells and won the Cranberry 100.  They also traveled to Pensacola, Florida, to once again race in the Snowball Derby. Sadly, a wreck ruined the chance to compete in the big race. 

Dennis spent 2014 racing at Slinger Super Speedway, finishing 2nd in points and once again went to the Snowball Derby in Florida.

2013 was a year of change and some bad luck for Dennis. He got involved in Road Racing with his good friend Brad Riekkoff from West Bend Dyno Tuning.  Taking on the Optima Challenge with Brad's 1981 Pontiac Firebird TransAm at Road America in Wisconsin, Dennis won the "Ridetech" Auto Cross course and did so well overall that they were invited to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Pahrump, Nevada in November, where Dennis finished 19th.
Dennis came in 5th overall at Slinger Super Speedway, driving the Wiedmeyer Express #22 Super Late Model in 13 of the 16 races. 
Dennis also raced in the ARCA Midwest Tour with his orange # 42 Super Late Model car.  He finished 12th overall in points in the ARCA Series, after quite a few wrecks over the weeks.  He was close to winning the Rookie of the Year for the ARCA MT, behind by only 21 points, but the final race at Oktoberfest at the LaCrosse Speedway turned out to be the final race ever for the orange #42. She sustained so much damage, that she had to be junked and not being able to win that race, Dennis came in 2nd for Rookie of the Year.

The summer of 2012 brought Dennis two Championships.  One as the Tundra Champ at Dells Motor Speedway and the Slinger Super Speedway Super Late model champion!

After an exciting and successful year in 2009 he was so close to the championship he could taste it.  It was a tight point race and in the end Dennis finished 2nd in points.   


Q & A;  WITH DENNIS PRUNTY
How did you get interested in racing?Started going to the races with my Dad when I was 5. My brother Dan started racing when I was 15.

What do you enjoy most about racing?The way the women throw themselves at me after the races :)  and the feeling you get after you win.

Is it easier to race against your brothers or the other competitors?  I don’t have to help the competitors fix their cars after we tangle.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are not racing or working on race cars? Spend time with the children, and their activities.

How many hours a week do you work on race cars to get ready for race day?  Too many! Still trying to find a balance.

Who was your role model growing up?  Older brother Dan… I always remember the stay off drugs speech and I still have never touched the stuff; I am crazy enough without the influence. 

Who is your favorite race car driver today?  Kyle Busch, I like his style…

Who was your favorite race car driver growing up?  Tony Strupp, Robbie Reiser

What is your favorite food?  Steak and potato.

Who is your favorite music artist?  Not one in particular... Gary Allan, Alabama, AC/DC, the newer stuff too.

What is your favorite movie?  Not one in particular…. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Days of Thunder, Caddy Shack, Happy Gillmore 

What is your favorite color?
Blue

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