By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Sept. 6— Lowell Bennett turned back the challenges of Jamie Wallace and charged to his sixth super late model feature win of the season in the Russ Darrow Labor Day Special 100 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, padding his point lead in his mission to nail down his sixth track championship.
“My crew did one marvelous job as these last three weeks, this car has come alive so much,” Bennett told the crowd from victory lane, “My hat’s off to those guys in the pits as they really made it all possible.”
Conrad Morgan launched into the lead from the outside groove at the start of the 100-lap main event while Dennis Prunty and Jamie Wallace also raced into second and third respectively from the outer lane. Wallace was able to edge to the inside of Prunty a few laps later for second and he began to track down Morgan for the top spot. By lap seven, Wallace had caught Morgan and once again used an inside move to grab the position while Prunty closed in, also driving to the inside of Morgan for second a few laps later. With the top three settling down nose to tail, the fourth position was up from grabs with Brad Dahmer, Matt Kocourek, and Steve Apel contesting the spot in a tight pack. Prunty dogged Wallace for the lead for several laps before taking command on lap 16 by diving to the inside for the lead. The action behind the top three continued to be intense and the tight quarters racing momentarily gridlocked the field on lap 23 with the resulting accordion-like effect sending Brad Mueller’s machine looping to the infield as the race remained under green. While the top three remained intact with Prunty leading Wallace and Morgan, Eric Fransen and Lowell Bennett advanced to join the front runners, moving into fourth and fifth by lap 30. As Prunty maintained his lead with Wallace directly behind him, Morgan’s car appeared to lose the handle as he gradually slipped back with Fransen, Bennett, and Kocourek all working their way around the veteran by lap 50.
This article was posted to the website on September 7th, 2009