Swan Sails To Another Sling Victory
SLINGER, Wis. — James Swan passed Lowell Bennett with 11 laps to go and drove to his third super late model feature victory of the season in the PMF Landscape Supply 60 Sunday night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“Holy Cow,” said Swan from victory lane. “I don’t know what to say. I didn’t expect to win one, but three? This is Awesome.”
Dale Prunty darted to the early lead at the drop of the green flag as the inside line gained the advantage with Mike Graczkowski moving into second ahead of Lowell Bennett, Chris Blawat, and Nick Wagner. The caution flag flew quickly on lap two when Jake Vanoskey’s car looped around off turn four and as the field lined up for the restart, Graczkowski and Blawat chose the outside groove with leader Prunty and the rest taking the inside lane.
As racing resumed, Prunty once again drove to the lead with Bennett and Jeff Holtz moving into second and third respectively via the inside lane. Graczkowski tried to make the outside line work, racing high on the speedway in an attempt to build up momentum off the corners and he held his own until lap nine when his car swapped ends in turn four to produce the second caution flag. Prunty lined up on the inside for the restart with Bennett and Blawat choosing the high line and Holtz and Michael Bilderback on the bottom lane. Bennett timed the restart perfectly and he and Prunty battled side by side for the top spot as the green flag waved.
The two ran door to door for several laps with Bennett driving hard into the turns on the outside, gradually gaining ground with strong runs off the turns. Bennett was able clear Prunty for the lead on lap 16 as behind them, Holtz and Bilderback held down third and fourth respectively as James Swan entered the top five by working his way around Blawat. Behind the top six, an aggressive battle began to brew between Rob Braun and Dennis Prunty as they worked their way forward.
With Bennett still leading over Dale Prunty, Swan briefly ducked to the inside of Bilderback in fourth, but the passing attempt was short-lived as the caution flag waved for a third time on lap 22 for Nick Wagner’s car which slid to the track apron after racing for position with Dave McCardle. Prunty chose the outside lane for the restart and the lane choice backfired on him as he began to fade when racing resumed, leaving Bennett leading over Holtz and Bilderback as Swan quickly ducked from his outside lane restart position back to the inside behind Bilderback.
While Bennett began to click off laps as the leader, Swan began to click off positions as he first moved around Bilderback for third and then caught Holtz for second place to set his sights on Bennett for the lead. Swan made up a lot of real estate on Bennett as the leaders encountered lapped traffic and as they worked the lapped cars, Swan was on Bennett’s rear bumper.
Bennett began to have difficulty keeping his car in the bottom groove off the corners which allowed Swan to turn under him off turn two and draw alongside for the lead. Bennett and Swan raced side by side for several laps before Swan edged ahead off turn four on lap 49 and then was able to barely squeeze in front of Bennett as they came upon another lapped car in turn one. Once out front, Swan was able to hold Bennett off as he drove to his third feature win of the season.