Morgan Ends Long Slinger Drought
Tom Hromadka, Dale Prunty, and Dennis Prunty all captured super late model heat race wins while Rob Braun was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.509 seconds.
Mike Lichtfeld won the 40-lap late model feature after taking the lead just past the halfway mark.
Al Stippich paced the opening laps over Adam Peschek and Dan Church as the inside lane proved to be fast early. Mike Lichtfeld, Alex Prunty, and Ryan DeStefano all worked their way forward as Stippich continued to lead. Prunty was the first to catch the top two and on lap 25, he aggressively dove to the inside of Peschek, momentarily setting up a three wide situation entering turn one.
Peschek was the victim of Prunty’s decision and he spun around in turn one after contact was made between the cars and the caution flag waved. The incident moved Lichtfeld into the second position and as racing resumed, he raced past Stippich to take the lead. Dan Church, Ryan DeStefano, and Jerry Mueller all were also able to get around Stippich as the handling began to fade on Stippich’s car.
Justin Poenitsch and Ryan Farrell raced for the fifth spot in a battle that lasted for several laps until Poenitsch looped around in turn two on lap 36, setting up a four lap charge to the finish. Lichtfeld was up to the task and he raced to the victory as DeStefano finished in second while Church, Mueller, and Farrell rounded out the top five.
Braison Bennett and Ryan DeStefano each won late model heat races and Alex Prunty was the fastest qualifier after circling the speedway in 12.588 seconds.
Kyle Chwala won the Area Sportsman feature after surviving through numerous caution flags.
Joe Shelby led the beginning laps as the caution flag waved on lap five after the cars of Mark Fogel and Ron Coppernoll touched wheels in turn four which sent Coppernoll’s car spinning across the track. Kody Hubred couldn’t avoid the incident as the contact tore the rear wheel off his car and Coppernoll’s car was struck solidly by the car of Tim Kreuser as the race was red flagged to clean up the accident.
Once racing resumed, Kyle Chwala took the lead as Shelby and Fogel battled behind him. Shelby and Fogel’s cars made contact in turn two and both slammed the backstretch wall on lap 15 with the wheel coming off Fogel’s machine. Once back to green, Chwala raced to the victory while John Daley finished second and Zach Clarke took the checkered flag in third. Nick Egan finished fourth, the final car to complete the event.
Ron Coppernoll and Mark Fogel were the winners of the Area Sportsman heat races and Kyle Chwala was the fast qualifier with a lap of 13.264 seconds.
Nick Wagner won the Slinger Bee feature after holding off Brandon Tackes at the finish. Dylan Kiley-Schaefer finished third while Grant Griesbach and Rick Schaefer completed the top five finishers. Heather Stark and Nick Schmidt were the winners of the Slinger Bee heat races and Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier after turning in a lap at 14.931 seconds.
Joe Mueller won the Figure 8 race over Ron Schmitt to complete the evening.