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John Reynolds Jr in Victory Lane with Gregg Daanen from Old Wisconsin and Miss SlingerJohn Reynolds Jr in Victory Lane with Gregg Daanen from Old Wisconsin and Miss SlingerBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 18—Jon Reynolds Jr. captured the win in the inaugural Old Wisconsin 88 as the Big 8 Late Model Series debuted at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night, turning back a mid-race challenge from James Swan before holding off Jeremy Miller and Rob Braun for the victory.

“This is the best racetrack in the world,” Reynolds told the crowd from victory lane, “I just love coming here and when they did this race with the Big 8 Series, I was just jumping up and down.”


Margo Detjens (2nd from right), daughter of the Late Larry Detjens in Victory Lane with Lowell Bennett at the Miller Lite Nationals presented by SUPERSEAL.Margo Detjens (2nd from right), daughter of the Late Larry Detjens in Victory Lane with Lowell Bennett at the Miller Lite Nationals presented by SUPERSEAL.By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 11—Lowell Bennett wound up in victory lane following the 31st Annual Miller Lite Nationals Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway after on track fireworks following a late race restart dashed the efforts of Kyle Busch and Dennis Prunty, enabling Bennett to capture his fifth Nationals crown, tying Matt Kenseth for the most victories in the prestigious super late model event.

“This was just one awesome night, “ Bennett told the crowd, “Father Dale Grubba was here tonight and he’s got the holy water and I told him to make sure you put that on both valve covers because I need all I can get and I think we were really blessed tonight.”


Jeff Holtz Super Late Model Feature Winner with Sponsor Tim Keith (far left) of Keith's MarinaJeff Holtz Super Late Model Feature Winner with Sponsor Tim Keith (far left) of Keith's MarinaBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., July 4—Race fans in attendance at the Slinger Super Speedway Sunday night were treated to an All-American type finish as underdog Jeff Holtz drove to his first career super late model feature victory in the Keith’s Marina Firecracker 85 Independence Day Special.

“It took a long time and I’ve raced here for a lot of years but this is great,” Holtz told the crowd from victory lane, “I’m just so happy right now, I’m at a loss for words.”

Mike Egan and Dennis Prunty paced the field to the green flag with Prunty quickly launching to the lead from the outside at the completion of lap one. Egan settled into line in second behind Prunty with Conrad Morgan, Steve Apel, and Jon Reynolds Jr. scrambling for position behind them. By lap ten, Apel was able to work his way to third behind Prunty and Egan while fast qualifier Jeremy Lepak and Holtz maneuvered on the inside lane to advance into the top five. Lepak was on the move in the early laps, first passing Apel for third and then charging around Egan for second place by lap 20. Lepak began to shorten the distance between himself and Prunty for the lead and by lap 35 was planted on Prunty’s rear bumper as they worked lapped traffic. Lepak eased the nose of his car to the edge of Prunty’s bumper exiting turn two on lap 37 and when Prunty defended the position entering turn three, contact between the two sent Prunty’s car looping around in turn four to draw the caution flag. Both Prunty and Lepak were placed at the rear of the field for the restart as Egan inherited the lead over Holtz, Eric Fransen, Apel, and Lowell Bennett. Egan and Holtz battled side by side for the lead as racing resumed before Holtz was able power ahead on the outside off turn two on lap 41 as Fransen and Bennett moved into third and fourth place respectively. Holtz began to pull away out front while Fransen also used the high groove to get around Egan for second as Bennett moved up to challenge Egan along with Reynolds. Fransen began to chip away slightly at Holtz’s lead while Bennett advanced to third by lap 55. Holtz laid down some consistent laps in the late stages and hit his marks as Fransen was unable to move close enough to challenge as the laps wound down. Holtz maintained his lead and drove to a five car length victory over Fransen to score his first career super late model feature win. Bennett finished a strong third while Reynolds and Egan rounded up the top five. Lepak and Prunty continued their earlier battle through the field with Lepak edging Prunty for sixth at the line while David Prunty, Tommy Hromadka, and Randy Schuler completed the top ten finishers.


Lowell Bennett #2 winner of the Super Late Model Feature with his son Braison, winner of the Slinger Bee Feature.Lowell Bennett #2 winner of the Super Late Model Feature with his son Braison, winner of the Slinger Bee Feature.By Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 27—Lowell Bennett led the final 33 laps en route to his second consecutive super late model feature victory Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway, holding off Conrad Morgan to win the Yellowpages .com 60.

“This has been one heck of a run here,” Bennett stated from victory lane referring to his win last week coupled with a prior victory on Thursday at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna as well as his son’s first Slinger Bees feature triumph earlier in the evening, “Right now I’m just a pumped, proud, Daddy.”


Lowell Bennett Super Late Model Feature WinnerLowell Bennett Super Late Model Feature WinnerBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 20—Lowell Bennett held off a charge by Steve Apel in a green-white-checkered finish to score his second feature win of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in the PMF Landscape Supply Scout Night 60.

“We had a battle on our hands and that ’16 car (Apel) was pretty quick,” Bennett exclaimed from victory lane, “It was just a heck of a lot of fun here.”


2010 Reunion night drivers2010 Reunion night driversBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 13—Dennis Prunty topped the latest chapter in his rivalry with Lowell Bennett Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway as he charged to the lead following a late-race restart and held off Bennett for his fourth super late model feature victory of the season in the US Army/Reunion Night 60.


Grant Wiser from Ewald's Ford of Hartford in Victory Lane with Dennis and Gwen PruntyGrant Wiser from Ewald's Ford of Hartford in Victory Lane with Dennis and Gwen PruntyBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., June 6—Dennis Prunty captured his third super late model feature victory of the season Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway by holding off Lowell Bennett to take top honors in the Ewald Ford of Hartford Miss Slinger 60-lap main event.

“First off, I don’t want too much credit,” Prunty said afterwards, “I started in the second row and Lowell Bennett did come from the back and he was charging hard.” “I guess it’s going to be a show all season long,” Prunty continued, referring to the developing rivalry with Bennett as the two drivers have finished in the top two positions in three out of the last four weeks.


Lowell Bennett in Victory Lane with sponsors from EH Wolf & SonsLowell Bennett in Victory Lane with sponsors from EH Wolf & Sonsby John Wiedemann
Lowell Bennett won his first race of the season at the E.H. Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Special on Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway. With the winner of the last two Super Late Model features a little over a second behind him, Bennett led the final half of the eighty lap race on his way to the victory.

"Sometimes that first one is tough," said Bennett. "We made some changes this week, we went to a two barrel carburettor from a four barrel. That makes a whole lot of difference in the handling of the car and I'm kind of glad we did that."

The Super Late Model race started with Al Schill and Steve Apel on the front row. The veteran and young gun battled back and forth for the first ten laps with veteran Schill coming out on top. Schill paced the field as Bennett, who had fallen back to sixth worked his way forward using the high groove to pick up positions. On lap forty, Bennett found himself in second and a lap later made his move past Schill with an outside pass out of turn two to take Brian Holtz winner of the Midwest Sportsman FeatureBrian Holtz winner of the Midwest Sportsman Featurethe lead. Prunty was also moving forward and took command of second place with thirty laps remaining. Racing through traffic, Prunty chased Bennett but was unable to make up any ground. Matt Kocourek, who set quick time, and Dash winner Mike Egan had a spirited battle with Tommy Hromadka and Conrad Morgan. Kocourek finished in third and Egan fourth when the checkers flew. Winner of the season opener, Eric Fransen returned and improved five spots from his starting spot to finish in fifth. Jeff Holtz won the semi-feature race and along with Chris Ratajczyk transferred to the feature.


Dennis Prunty 42 making the winning pass on Scott Schoeni 31 in the Super Late Model FeatureDennis Prunty 42 making the winning pass on Scott Schoeni 31 in the Super Late Model FeatureBy Dan Margetta
Slinger, Wis., May 23—Dennis Prunty raced around Scott Schoeni in the closing laps of the Pepsi Challenge Series Round One 70-lap super late model main event and drove to his second feature victory in a row Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.

“I feel exhausted, “Prunty stated from victory lane before teasing the crowd with, “I heard a lot of boos, let’s hear it again…Dennis Prunty won!” That drew a strong response from the crowd with both supporters and detractors voicing their emotions with a mixture of pros and cons. “I don’t know,” Prunty continued, “I think it’s 50-50 right now but it doesn’t matter because I just give her hell every week.”

“Honestly, that was Scott Schoeni’s race,” Prunty said, describing the battle for the win, “It was a greasy night out there with this humidity that makes it slippery and it’s tough to race side by side but we did it.”


SLM Feature Winner Dennis Prunty with the kids from Bob FishSLM Feature Winner Dennis Prunty with the kids from Bob FishBy Dan Margetta
On the appropriately named Madhouse Night, the 18th Annual Bob Fish Buick GMC Alan Kulwicki Memorial featured a “madhouse” finish as Dennis Prunty and Lowell Bennett swapped both paint and the lead over the final laps before Prunty edged ahead with an outside charge at the finish to score the victory.