Can Anyone Stop Dennis Prunty Saturday at Kaukauna?

Anytime a touring series heads to Wisconsin International Raceway, it is seen as a battle between the traveling stars and the local Fox River Racing Club favorites.  For the past three years, however, both local and out-of-town drivers from the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series have been chasing one man – Dennis Prunty.


Prunty enters Saturday’s opener having won each of the past three TUNDRA races held at the Kaukauna, WI facility.  There has been a bounty placed on him for Saturday’s event, with extra money on the line if a driver not named Dennis Prunty is able to go to victory lane.

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After a rough start to the year at Dells Raceway Park and Madison International Speedway, he is looking forward to returning to WIR.


“I’m definitely excited about it.  We’ve already had a couple of rough races this year and we’re looking to get another win.  I didn’t think I would be able to get three in a row, last year the car was just perfect and we were able to pull away from the field.  It was just Justin Mondeik and myself out there during the race.”


Prunty had gone winless at WIR until he won the Dixieland 250 with the ARCA Midwest Tour in 2016.  Since then, he has become a favorite at the half-mile any time he shows up to the track.


What each of his three straight wins at WIR have in common is where he has started.  The invert has done him no favors during the winning streak, he has had to drive through the field each time.


I won the Dixieland in 2016 there, I think it was the first race I had ever won there.  My car just works really good with the TUNDRA rules and at that track, and Anderson’s Pure Fuel gives me the edge I need.  I didn’t start in the front in any of these races, I think last year I started seventh or so and worked through the field.  We picked the right lane at the right time early and got out front and just walked away from the field.


“I’ve been very fortunate the car has worked really well there.  We went there to test last weekend and I thought the car felt pretty good.  We’re excited for this weekend, we’ll see what happens.”


He was a part of the series during its inception when all of its races were held at Dells Raceway Park under the Alive For Five Series moniker.  He won the title in the series’ second year in 2012, and has been a big fan of racing with TUNDRA ever since.


“I really enjoy TUNDRA.  I was a part of it when they started in 2012 and I won the championship that year.  The way they do things saves the racers money, and what’s going on in the world right now that is very important.  You can go to these races and you know exactly what it’s going to cost you.  I like the format and the race procedures.  Everything is really nice and really well organized and put together.”


While a fourth straight win at WIR is on the line, Prunty isn’t going into Saturday with any guarantees to give.  Even with the mark ahead of him, his first goal is still just to make the feature and give himself a chance at scoring the win.


“Last year people were asking me if we could do three in a row.  I don’t like all the hype so I’m like I don’t know, I just hope I can make the feature.  Last year we were able to do it again.  To do four in a row would be absolutely amazing.  There are such good competitors and there’s going to be a lot of fast cars there.  First I’ve got to make the race, then I have to make good decisions during the race to get out front.  If I can put it all together and do it again, that would be great.”


Saturday’s TUNDRA Super Late Model Series opener will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV.  Click here to subscribe today.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: TUNDRA

Can Anyone Stop Dennis Prunty Saturday at Kaukauna?