Prunty Family Success At Slinger
SLINGER, Wis. – A week after having his car completely off the ground in an accident, Dale Prunty returned to the Slinger Super Speedway and won his first super late model feature of the season, holding off his brother Dennis Prunty in the process.
Chris Blawat and Dale Prunty traded the lead in the opening laps before Prunty prevailed from the outside lane while John DeAngelis, Travis Dassow, and Steve Apel battled behind the lead duo. Brad Mueller and Rob Braun moved up to join the battle for third as DeAngelis became caught in the high groove and dropped back. Mueller and Apel worked their way around Blawat for second and third respectively while Dennis Prunty advanced to challenge Braun for the fifth spot.
Dennis Prunty took over fifth place just before the first caution flag flew on lap 27 when Rob Braun spun around while racing for position with Brad Keith. During the caution period, Keith tapped the roof of his car, taking the blame for the incident and Braun was given his spot back as Dale Prunty led Mueller, Apel, and Blawat for the restart. Prunty chose the outside lane as racing resumed and after a few door to door laps with Mueller, was able to pull ahead off the second turn to maintain his lead.
Apel remained glued to Mueller’s rear bumper as the top three raced nose to tail while Dennis Prunty used the inside groove to take over fourth from Blawat. Mueller looked momentarily to the outside for the lead which opened up the inner lane for Apel to challenge for second but after his charge fell short, a slight tag to the rear bumper cover from Dennis Prunty was enough to move Apel out of the groove and allow Dennis Prunty to advance into third place.
While the action for third place was occurring, Mueller was stalking Dale Prunty for the lead just before the second caution flag waved on lap 38 for an incident involving John DeAngelis in turn one. This time it appeared Mueller got the jump on Dale Prunty as the race restarted as they again raced door to door with Mueller gaining a slight advantage from the inside. Dale Prunty was tough however on the high side and with each lap, he gradually began to edge ahead until he was able to clear Mueller for the lead off turn four.
Contact between the lead cars off the corner slowed Mueller’s momentum slightly, knocking him to the inside which allowed Dennis Prunty to charge from fourth into second using the upper groove as Apel, in the lower groove was blocked by Mueller’s sideways car. The Prunty brothers then pulled away to decide the race amongst themselves with Dennis making numerous attempts to pass on the inside.
Dale Prunty was able to turn back the challenges however from the outside and he drove to his first super late model feature victory of the season with Dennis Prunty finishing a close second. Brad Mueller finished third while Steve Apel and Rob Braun rounded out the top five finishers.
Other winners Sunday at Slinger included Alex Prunty (late models), Kenny Joosten (Midwest Sportsman), Dale Kiley-Schaefer (Slinger Bees) and Rick Bruskiewicz (figure-8).