Prunty Ends Apel’s Slinger Streak
SLINGER, Wis. — Dennis Prunty drove to his first feature victory of the season in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway in round two of the Pepsi Challenge Series.
“It feels good to finally not get a flat tire,” Prunty stated from victory lane referencing the bad luck that had plagued his season until Sunday when he bested Austin Luedtke and Steve Apel for the victory. “I was watching my mirror and trying to save my tires. The car drove itself tonight, it was awesome.”
Conrad Morgan raced to the early lead from the pole position with Lowell Bennett also using the inside lane to occupy second while Nick Wagner and Ryan DeStefano worked the top alongside Mike Egan for third. Bennett dove to the inside of Morgan entering turn three on the third lap and took over the lead as they raced off turn four while Dennis Prunty charged from the inside to bypass Egan for third.
As Prunty moved forward, Egan fell into a battle over fourth with Dale Prunty and Austin Luedtke who also used the inside groove to advance forward. With Bennett pulling away out front, Dennis Prunty pulled alongside Morgan for second just before John DeAngelis retired from the event with engine issues and both Prunty and Morgan slid through turn one side by side but were able to continue their battle as the race remained green.
Prunty eventually won the dual for second, working his way around Morgan on the inside and began to set his sights on Bennett for the lead. The first caution of the event flew on lap nine when Curt Tillman’s car spun sideways in turn three and was collected by the car of Paige Decker as Bennett led Prunty, Morgan, Egan, and Dale Prunty. Bennett chose the outside lane for the restart and was able to keep ahead of Prunty off turn two and down the backstretch.