Dennis Prunty found himself back in a familiar place Saturday night after a few weeks away. The 42-year-old racer returned to Victory Lane after winning the 75-lap feature for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series at Dells Raceway Park (WI).
Prunty made the winning pass on Mike Lichtfeld with 22 laps to go and never looked backed on his way to the win.
“At the opener (here at Dells Raceway Park), we had some problems with the brakes and didn’t finish,” Prunty told Speed51.co powered by JEGS. “It feels really good to come back and get a win. It has been a few weeks since I had win and I like winning.”
Prunty started ninth in the main event and was up to eighth when a caution flew for Dalton Zehr’s and Brian Hakala’s spin off of turn four.
During the caution, the skies opened up with a passing shower delaying the race for about 90 minutes.
After the track was dried and the field restarted on lap 13, Prunty started making his move to the front and cracked the top five by the halfway mark.
On lap 49, Prunty would get on the inside of Casey Johnson to take over the third spot. Two laps later, he used the same line at the same spot of the track to get by Travis Dassow for second.
Prunty then went to the outside of Mike Lichtfeld on lap 53 and would come out of turn four as the new leader.
“He just appeared that he was going to stay nice and low,” Prunty said on the decision to pass for the lead on the outside. “The guy (Lichtfeld) gave me a lane and I rather pass on the outside. Lichtfeld stayed nice and tight and I saw no reason to booger him and it worked out for me.”
Johnson would get by Dassow for second with 16 laps to go and chase down Prunty, but at the end Prunty was too strong and drove to victory lane.
“We couldn’t get it rolling on top side and so we decided to stay down there and ride the bottom,” Johnson said after the race. “Dennis was better early on, so we let him go and he kind of paved the way for me.”
Zehr recovered from his earlier spin to bring home another podium finish.
For the defending series champion, his third-place finish was a relief after he and his crew had a long day.
“We actually had a master switch go bad during the rain delay, and that is why I didn’t re-join the field at the beginning of pace laps after the rain delay,” Zehr recalled. “We had to hotwire the car solid so it was on all the time. From there, we started at the back and went like a ban chi to the front. We have a great car obviously. We worked on the car all through practice. We had a rear end blow out in the first practice. It was a hectic day. My crew worked really hard for this one.”
Dassow would finish fourth with Robert Kendall rounded out the top five.
Round three for the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will take place on Friday, July 1 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
Updates from Saturday night’s race can be found at Speed51.com’s Speed Central: http://speed51.com/speed-central-tundra-super-late-models-at-wir
-By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent – Twitter: @KevinRamsell
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
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