It was all about the final tune-up leading into the Super-Seal Slinger Nationals on July 15th.
Steve Apel has been the kingpin of Slinger Superspeedway lately. He came into Sunday’s 60-lap Super Late Model feature looking for his fourth win in a row. Dennis Prunty, however, had another idea. The veteran wanted to show he was ready for the Nationals by winning his first feature of the year.
“It feels real good. We have been fast all year, just had some dumb things happen with flat tires, blown motors, etc,” Prunty said after the race. “We needed luck to come our way. This car didn’t handle this good until tonight. I barely had to touch the brakes; I think we can go 199 laps (the distance of the Slinger Nationals event) right now.”
Prunty, who is still looking to win his first Slinger Nationals, took the lead on lap 11 after early leader Lowell Bennett fell out when he lost his radiator cap. From there, Prunty was uncontested to the checkered flag.
Austin Luedtke, who was the fast qualifier for the Pepsi Challenge Super Late Model event, finished second after a great side-by-side battle with Apel in the closing laps.
“We came up a little short, but an awesome job by the Pathfinder Chassis crew,” Luedtke said. “I couldn’t let Apel pass me because we wanted to stop him from finishing first or second. It was a good points night for us.”
Luedtke said they need to be a tenth of a second faster to make the Slinger Nationals field.
Apel finished third after starting ninth and got shuffled back after Bennett’s car slowed on lap 11.
“We pretty much ran out of time. It was around lap 25 and I couldn’t see the leaders,” Apel said. “The circumstances weren’t in our favor and we couldn’t do anything.”
Apel had a glimmer of hope on lap 44 after the caution came out when Rob Braun made contact with the turn three wall. 16 laps wasn’t enough for Apel to challenge Prunty for the lead.
Apel said the key to winning the Slinger Nationals is to save up the tires. He noted that he burnt up his tires early tonight, which slowed his chase at the end.
Conrad Morgan was fourth and Dale Prunty was fifth.
Speaking of Dale Prunty, he got married on July 4th and his brother Dennis was the best man.
And for another nugget, Kari Finco won $1,500 in the Miss Slinger Superspeedway contest held Sunday night at the track.
The 35th Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals will take place on Tuesday, July 15th.
By Kevin Ramsell @KevinRamsell – Midwest Editor for Speed51.com – Speed51.com photo
Pepsi Challenge 60
- Dennis Prunty
- Austin Luedtke
- Steve Apel
- Conrad Morgan
- Dale Prunty
- Braison Bennett
- Tim Lampman
- Fred Winn
- Ryan DeStefano
- Tim Wagner
- Mike Egan
- Pat McIntee
- Jerry Eckhardt
- Ryan Farrell
- Rob Braun
- Lowell Bennett
- Curt Tillman
- Paige Decker
- John DeAngelis