RAIN BRINGS AN EARLY END TO SLINGER SPEEDWAY ACTION

By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 1—Sudden rain showers brought an early and abrupt end to Round One of the Pepsi Challenge at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night just after a majority of the heat races were completed. Not enough of the event was complete so all competitors will be awarded 25 show up points. Rides for kids in race cars will be rescheduled.

Dennis Prunty captured the victory in the super late model fast heat race, besting Mike Egan at the stripe while Tim Lampmann took the checkered flag in third. Austin Luedtke and Lowell Bennett rounded out the top five finsihers. Conrad Morgan held off Brad Mueller to take top honors in the second super late model heat race while John DeAngelis, Rob Braun, and Travis Dassow were third through fifth respectively. Casey Johnson drove Chris Ratajczyk’s car to the win in the final super late model heat event ahead of Braison Bennett and Fred Winn. Chris Blawat and Curt Tillman completed the top five. Steve Apel was the super late model fastest qualifier after touring the track in 11.339 seconds.

Jack Stern was the winner of the opening Midwest Sportsman heat race, finishing ahead of Dennis Eichhorst and Cody Erdmann. Scott Shambeau finished fourth and Nick Egan was fifth. Brad Keith claimed the top prize in the second Midwest Sportsman heat event over Brian Holtz and Jay Shambeau. Ryan Gutknecht and Kenny Joosten followed in fourth and fifth. Eric Lingford set fast time for the Midwest Sportsman division with a lap of 12.898 seconds.
Alex Prunty was the fastest late model qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.605 seconds.

Jared Deming celebrated his 15th birthday with his first career win as he scored the victory in the opening Slinger Bee heat race over Nicole Mueller and Jayden Buckley. Steve Zoromski and Thomas Dieringer finished fourth and fifth respectively. The second Slinger Bees heat race was won by Brandon Berens over Kevin Bush and Matt Urban. Triston Dorzok and Isaac Daniel finished in fourth and fifth. The rains began to fall during the final Slinger Bee heat race and the deteriorating track conditions forced officials to cancel the remaining races. Jacob Schraufnagel blistered the speedway in 14.882 seconds to become the fastest Slinger Bees qualifier.