Morgan Ends Long Slinger Drought
SLINGER, Wis. — Conrad Morgan, a 65-year old Hall of Famer and a legend at the Slinger Super Speedway, ended a drought of more than three years Sunday night by racing to a popular super late model feature victory in the Old Wisconsin 60.
“I can’t even talk,” an obviously emotional Morgan told the crowd from victory lane. “Man, I know this is not the Daytona 500 but it sure as hell feels like it to me. I am just elated.”
Michael Bilderback charged to the early lead from the pole position and brought Lowell Bennett along with him into second as the field remained in a pack bunched behind them. Nick Wagner’s car broke loose in turn four on lap two amidst the tightly wound pack of cars and as it slid down the race track, the car of Steve Apel was collected in the incident as the caution flag waved early. During the caution period, Dennis Prunty headed to the pits with a cut tire from the incident.
Bilderback maintained the lead on the restart as Conrad Morgan had his car turning extremely well as he rocketed by Bennett into second place. Behind the top three Ryan DeStefano, Jeff Holtz, and Mike Egan all battled for positions in the top six. Morgan began to track down Bilderback for the lead as the caution flag waved once again on lap 14 for a spin by Corey Funk in turn one.
Bilderback chose the inside lane for the restart and Morgan elected to start in the outside groove alongside and as racing resumed the two raced side by side for the lead. Morgan was persistent on the high side and eventually was able to ease in front of Bilderback to take the lead on lap 18, just before another caution flag appeared on lap 19 when Tim Lampman spun in between turns one and two.
This time, Morgan chose the inside lane as the field went back to green with Bilderback putting up a strong challenge from the high lane. Morgan’s car continued to handle well and he fended off the challenges from Bilderback as Bennett remained third while Egan and Holtz battled over fourth. Four laps later, the cars of Egan and Holtz touched wheels on the frontstretch, sending Egan’s car spinning across the track entering turn one.
In attempting to avoid the incident, James Swan spun high on the track and backed hard into the turn one wall, while Rob Braun and Dale Prunty also piled into the incident and the race was red flagged to remove the damaged cars. Once the track was cleared and racing resumed, Morgan wasted no time in charging to the lead while Bilderback and Bennett raced door to door for second.
Morgan’s lead built up to nearly a half lap while Bennett and Bilderback remained locked in their side by side battle as Dennis Prunty raced directly behind them, looking for a way to get by. The close battle for second came to an end in the waning laps as Bilderback’s car kicked loose off turn two and he spun into the infield as Bennett and Prunty went by.
Morgan could not be caught as he drove to his first super late model feature win in over three years. Prunty finished in second place ahead of Bennett and Jeff Holtz. Dave McCardle turned in his best feature performance of the season and finished in fifth place.