Battle Of The Prunty Brothers At Slinger
During the yellow there was a constant flame visible emanating from under Dennis Prunty’s car by the tailpipe. Even under the slower speeds of the caution, the flames wouldn’t extinguish themselves.
As the cars lined up for the restart it would once again be Prunty vs Prunty with Dennis on the inside and Dale on the outside at the drop of the green flag. When the green flag flew the Prunty’s raced side by side for two laps before Dale would slide past Dennis on the outside of turn two and clear his brother for the lead. Two more circuits around and Dale would pick up his first feature win in over three years.
“Tonight I was the car on top and I love the outside of this place,” said Dale Prunty. “When Dennis chose the bottom I knew I could beat him coming off of four. Me and Dennis race real good together so we kind of know where we both pick up the gas. We’ve played this game in practice and everything else so I knew I could get him, I just didn’t know if I could do it for three laps.”
The ironic thing is that Dennis was driving the car the Dale last won a feature in. However, Dennis wasn’t taking it all that well afterwards.
“We’re not happy about this at all,” said Dennis Prunty. “We made some dumb adjustments, things that Dale told me to do because it was his old car. He did that on purpose so I am really irritated right now. The car was loose all night and I thought that I couldn’t go to the outside if I am loose and sure enough I got tight.”
All Steve Apel would say about his misfortune was that the car simply shut off.
Ryan Farrell picked up his first ever career victory in a late model when he held off Greg Pawelski after a five lap dash to the checkers. The yellow was caused when Mike Lichtfeld got loose off of turn two and slid up into points leader Alex Prunty, who made hard contact with the backstretch wall before the pair slid to a stop in turn three.
Farrell would get the jump on Pawelski on the subsequent restart and inch away to the checkers for his first career victory.
Jack Stern picked up the win in the Midwest Sportsman feature holding off Ryan Gutknecht for the win. Stern might have felt the heat from Gutknecht chasing him, but not the same kind of heat that Gutknecht felt earlier in the race. Gutknecht pulled towards the infield during a caution when there was a fire underneath his car. The safety crew quickly extinguished the fire and Gutknecht was able to continue.
Kyle Chwala came from deep in the field to score the win in the Area Sportsman feature despite a strong run by Joe Shelby. Shelby would lead the first nineteen laps of the feature after taking the lead form his front row starting spot, but Chwala moved up from his seventh starting spot and methodically picked off the competition in front of him.
Steve Dickson scored the win in the Slinger Bees, while behind him the battle for second between Nick Schmidt and Dale Kiley Schaefer was almost too close to call. Schmidt beat Schaefer to the line by a mere .007 seconds to claim the runner up spot.
Russ Lorbiecki was declared the winner of the Figure 8 feature when the caution came out midway through the race for a crash by Ron Schmitt and the subsequent rain shower that made the track too slick to continue.