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(Slinger, WI) The 2009 Slinger Speedway Awards Banquet will take place January 9th 2010 at the Chandelier Ballroom in Hartford. Details of the banquet will be released later this fall.

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., Sept. 13—Steve Apel held off Dave Feiler on a green-white-checkered finish set up when the leaders were involved in an incident in the final laps to capture his first career super late model feature victory Sunday afternoon in a thrilling Behling Racing Equipment Season Championship 75 at the Slinger Super Speedway.

Apel worked his way forward from the twelfth starting position to race in the top five by lap 20 and found himself in the lead after Lowell Bennett and Dennis Prunty tangled in turn one while battling intensely for the lead with two laps to go. Apel drove perfectly over the final two laps and held off a hard charging Dave Feiler at the finish to score the victory.

“I really didn’t want to win it that way with the two leaders taking each other out,” an obviously happy Apel stated while shaking from excitement in victory lane, “But I’ll take it any way I can get it.”

Al Graf PhotoAl Graf PhotoBy 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.”

Al Graf PhotoAl Graf PhotoConrad 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.

SLINGER 124: Al Graf PhotoSLINGER 124: Al Graf PhotoBy 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.”

SLINGER 121: Al Graf PhotoSLINGER 121: Al Graf PhotoMike 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.