By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Aug. 30—Dale Prunty edged his brother Dennis in a photo finish to win the Leroy Meats/Kwik Trip 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway for his second super late model feature win of the season.
“That’s the way we dream of it and I’m glad we came out ahead,” Dale Prunty stated after the narrow victory. “I know Dennis (Prunty) is trying for the points, but I race everybody like anybody, “Dale Prunty continued, “Brother or not, we kicked his tail.”
“The first thing I8 0m going to do when I get home is move my transponder forward because I’m sure I had him by at least a half an inch,” Dennis Prunty said, describing his second place to the crowd, “Dale (Prunty) had me and I couldn’t touch him. I got inside of him and I put the car in there where it didn’t belong and at least we came through without wrecking.”
Mike Egan and Scott Schoeni took the green flag from the front row and the two swapped the lead in the opening laps while Jon Reynolds, Brad Mueller, and Dale Prunty lined up behind them. Dale Prunty used the inside lane to advance to third by lap 15 while Egan eased his way ahead of Schoeni for the lead. Dennis Prunty also had his car turning well on the inside and he also moved forward, grabbing the fourth spot from Mueller on lap 20 as the lead cars worked lapped traffic. The caution flag waved two laps later when Cardell Potter slid against the turn two wall. Egan maintained the lead as racing resumed while Dale Prunty raced into second place with Schoeni caught on the outside as both Mueller and Dennis Prunty also charged past him. Dale Prunty tracked down Egan for the top spot, taking over the position on lap 26. The handling on Egan’s car began to fade and both Dennis Prunty and Mueller worked their way by into second and third place respectively by lap 35 . Dennis Prunty began to erase Dale Prunty’s lead as they maneuvered their way through lapped traffic with the laps winding down. With five laps to go, Dennis was planted on Dale’s rear bumper and a few laps later, turned under Dale exiting turn four as the two crossed the finish line under the white flag side by side. Neither driver gained an advantage through turns one and two as they headed into the third turn for the final time door to door. As they exited turn four with Dale Prunty on the outside and Dennis Prunty on the inside approaching slower cars on the inner lane appeared to break Dennis Prunty’s momentum slightly. Dennis Prunty placed his car between a lapped car and Dale Prunty as the brothers took the checkered flag nearly even, three wide with the lapped machine. The electronic scoring revealed Dale Prunty was the winner over Dennis Prunty while Brad Mueller finished third in one of his best performances of the season. Mike Egan turned in a strong run with a solid fourth place finish while Steve Apel also ran a good race in finishing fifth. Matt Kocourek crossed the finish line in sixth place ahead of Brad Dahmer and Michael Bilderback in seventh and eighth respectively. Jon Reynolds Jr. and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top ten finishers.
This article was posted to the website on August 31st, 2009