Apel takes checkered flag in Super Late Model feature for second win in three weeks | By Dan Margetta

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June 22, 2020 – Slinger, WI — For the second time in three weeks, Steve Apel worked his way to the front of the super late model feature field and drove away with the victory as he topped the PMF 75-lap main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“I’ll tell you what, that was fun racing with Rich (Loch) and I could get clear of him and set sail,” Apel told the crowd from victory lane after taking the lead from Rich Loch on lap 11 and then capturing the victory over Brad Mueller. “I figured Brad (Mueller) was coming and wins like that don’t come very often and it’s been twice this year, but I’ll take it.”
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“We had a good race and I was alongside Alex (Prunty) for a bunch of laps and then I got to the outside of him and it was a hard battle,” Brad Mueller stated after an intense late race battle with Alex Prunty to finish second, “We haven’t found everything yet and we are going to get better.”
“We’ve been playing with the air pressures lately trying to get better late runs,” Alex Prunty said following his third place effort driving his car that sported his father’s racing number in honor of Father’s Day. “All I had a fun week with my Dad and tried to get him a win tonight but a third place will have to do.”
Mike Held raced with the lead pack the entire event and brought home is second straight fourth place finish while NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter made a trip to the Slinger high banks to get ready for the upcoming Slinger Nationals and left with a fifth place finish.
“We’ve got to learn how to run these races a little bit better and just got to learn how to play rough a little bit,” Held said, “It’s fun watching everybody get after it but I just couldn’t make up any ground.”
“The car was bottoming out at first but it got better the longer it went,” Sauter explained afterwards, “We’ve got to figure out the short runs for when we come back but it was better than I’ve been but still not great so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Rich Loch paced the opening ten laps with Steve Apel settling into second place just ahead of hard racing for position between Alex Prunty, Brad Mueller, Mike Held, Luke Fenhouse and Brad Keith. Apel was able to run down Loch for the lead on lap 11 and those two edged away out front just before the first caution flag waved on lap 22 when Fenhouse slid sideways in turn two while trying to pass Held for the fourth position.
Apel maintained the lead over Loch as racing resumed while Prunty moved ahead of Mueller for third and Brad Keith edged Held to take the fifth spot. The caution flag waved again on lap 38 when James Swan exited the speedway with a mechanical issue evidenced by white smoke trailing from his car.
Once again Apel charged to the lead on the restart as Loch tried to fend off challenges from Prunty and Mueller. In the late stages, Prunty was able to nudge Loch out of the way for second on lap 67 and Mueller took advantage of the situation to slide into third. As Loch tried to ease back into line, his car came together with Brad Keith’s car which resulted in the two tangling into turn one to draw the final caution flag of the event.
After some cat and mouse games between the leaders on a few aborted restarts, Apel was able to charge into the lead while Prunty and Mueller staged a side by side battle for second. Apel drove to the victory while Mueller edged Prunty for second with Mike Held and Johnny Sauter completing the top five finishers. R.J. Braun finished sixth ahead of Jacob Vanoskey in seventh and Chris Blawat in eighth. Justin Mondeik finished ninth and Nick Wagner was tenth.
Alex Prunty won the super late model fast dash and Luke Fenhouse topped qualifying by turning in a lap in 11.307 seconds.
Jon Reynolds Jr. won the 40-lap late model main event over Tom Berens and Jack Stern in a race that featured plenty of action.
Tyler Schley led at the start while Joe Shelby, Tom Berens, and Jon Reynolds Jr. battled for second.
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The first caution flag waved on lap 21 when Tyler Hromadka’s car looped around off turn four. Schley kept the lead as racing resumed and the caution waved again on lap 27 when Zach Prunty and Ryan Gutknecht tangled while racing for position. On the restart, Reynolds was able to power around Schley for the lead as Jacob Nottestad moved up to challenge Schley for second. Nottestad and Schley raced side by side until Nottestad was able to edge ahead off turn two.
However, as they entered turn three, contact between the two sent Nottestad’s car spinning around as the caution flag waved again on lap 32. Schley and Nottestad exited the event after some extracurricular activities occurred during the slowdown. The events moved Tom Berens and Cole Thomas into the second and third positions behind Reynolds while Jack Stern and Joe Shelby advanced into the top five. Reynolds was on his game as racing resumed and he drove to the victory while Berens finished second ahead of Stern who advanced to third. Cole Thomas finished fourth and Ryan Crane made a late charge to finish fifth.
Jerry Eckhardt and Joe Shelby were the winners of the late model heat races and Jacob Nottestad was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.112 seconds.
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Jacob Schraufnagel won the 35-lap sportsman feature in a barn burner finish with Ryan Gutknecht. Schraufnagel and Gutknecht took the white flag side by side with Schraufnagel on the inside and Gutknecht working the high side and keeping momentum by charging hard off the corners. As the two entered the first turn Schraufnagel’s low line angle combined with the skew of Gutknecht’s car to achieve maximum momentum off the turn resulted in flush door to door contact between the two and after they separated, Gutknecht’s car spun around as they entered the backstretch. Schraufagel took the checkered flag and kept the win after a video review by officials determined the contact was the result of incidental hard racing and not deliberate. Bobby Gutknecht finished second followed by Brian Holtz in third. Andrew Meyerhofer and Jay Kalbus rounded out the top five finishers.
Andrew Meyerhofer and Ryan Gutknecht were the winners of the sportsman heat races and Jacob Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 12.723 seconds.
Paul Reagles took the lead with two laps to go and led a swarm of cars across the finish line to win the 25-lap Slinger bees feature over Ricky Gebhard and Nick Schmidt. Al Strobel finished fourth and Brandon Mennicke finished fifth. John Vassh and Nick Schmidt won the Slinger bees heat races and Brady Held set fast time with a lap at 15.247 seconds.
Steven Mueller won the Slinger sixers feature over Mark Fogel Jr. and Joshua Zacharias. Marty Tackes finished fourth and Zach Greer was fifth. Steven Mueller also won the Slinger sixer heat race while Marty Tackes was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 16.320 seconds.
Jason Recker drove the Hanks Restaurant and Drinkery entry to the win in the Bar Cars race and Ryan Lovald won the Figure 8 race which brought the evening to a close at 9:25 pm.

 

UPTOWN MOTORCARS SUPER LATE MODELS

Feature

75 laps | 00:00:00Presented by Uptown Motors

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Steve ApelWest Bend, WI51A
28Brad MuellerRandom Lake, WI89M
32Alex PruntyLomira, WI39P
45Mike HeldHartford, WI72H
511Johnny SauterDeforest, WI5S
610RJ BraunWales, WI92B
717Jacob VanoskeyHartford, WI84V
814Chris BlawatPalmyra, WI26B
916Justin MondeikGleason, WI44M
109Nick WagnerHartford, WI38W
111Rich LochMuskego, WI55L
126Brad KeithSlinger, WI48K
1315Randy SchulerMequon, WI72S
1413James SwanGenoa City, WI97S
153Conrad MorganWaukesha, WI92M
1612Gabe SommersPlover, WI15S
177Luke FenhausWausau, WI4F

LATE MODELS

Feature

40 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
16Jon Reynolds JrRockford, IL10R
24Tom BerensSlinger, WI99B
38Jack SternSlinger, WI26S
43Cole ThomasFranklin, WI91T
516Ryan CraineHartford, WI99C
61Joe ShelbySlinger, WI74S
710Tom JasinskiPewaukee, WI46J
814Jerry EckhardtJohnson Creek, WI61E
911Tyler HromadkaColgate, WI3H
109Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
1112Mitchell HaverWest Bend, WI7M
1213Matt KlenzWest Bend, WI18K
132Tyler SchleyRichfield, WI55S
1415Tyler KingeryPrior Lake, MN58K
DQ7Jacob NottestadStoughton, WI97N
DQ5Zach PruntyLomira, WI39P

SLINGER BEES

Feature

25 laps | 00:00:00Presented by All Out Salt

PosStartDriverHometownCar
18Paul ReaglesColgate, WI25R
22Ricky GebhardOconomowoc, WI10G
33Nick SchmidtWatertown, WI09X
416Al StrobelIron Ridge, WI14S
51Brandon MennickeSlinger, WI11M
65Misty BennMenomonee Falls, WI19B
711Brandon TackesWest Bend, WI24B
810Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24M
912Scott EmrichMilwaukee, WI21E
107Brady HeldIron Ridge, WI04H
1113Tracy NeuIron Ridge, WI15N
1218Billy BraunWales, WI31B
134Mitchell StrobelIron Ridge, WI14M
146Carl BennLISBON, WI01B
1517Kevin LentzJuneau, WI8L
169Dave LembkeGermantown, WI06L
1715John VasshUnion Grove, WI71V
1814Brian StanczykWest Bend, WI23S
DNSGeorgia LacroixKenosha, WI95L

FIGURE 8S

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
16Ryan LovaldMuskego, WI67L
23Bill ShavlikWest Bend, WI0S
35Rick BruskiewiczMayville, WI17B
47Nick OstbergWest Bend, WI1O
52Seth OmernickBelgium, WI63O
61Russ LorbieckiSussex, WI9L
74Carl BennLISBON, WI01B

SPORTSMAN

Feature

35 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
14Jake SchraufnagelSlinger, WI29S
21Bobby GutknechtOak Creek, WI10G
32Brian HoltzMuskego, WI38H
46Andrew MeyerhoferMenasha, WI14M
53Jay KalbusWatertown, WI27K
68Gary LaMonteWest Allis, WI57L
75Ryan GutknechtOak Creek, WI01G
87Dale Lecus, Jr.Caledonia, WI99L
99Natalie HaverWest Bend, WI3H
10John LarsonEdina, MN55L

SLINGER SIXERS

Feature

10 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Steven MuellerDeforest, WI84M
24Mark Fogel Jr.West Bend, WI72F
32Joshua ZachariasMadison, WI16Z
45Marty TackesWest Bend, WI24T
53Zach GreerSlinger, WI89G
67Sean WormanRoscoe, IL51W
78Jestin Delap SrNew Lisbon, WI52D
DNSRick BussSullivan, WI59B

BAR CARS

Feature

6 laps | 00:00:00

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Raceway *Slinger, WI60
22Hank’s *Hartford, WI11
33Slippery Rail *Allenton, WI13
44Foolery’s *Okauchee Lake, WI00
55Sheryl’s 175 *Slinger, WI175
66Finish Line *Slinger, WI16
77Sidetracked *Oak Creek, WI2
Cover photo courtesy Ron Erstad Jr.
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