The biggest event of the year at the Slinger Super Speedway (WI) is finally upon us. It’s time for the Slinger Nationals, and this year’s race features a stacked entry list of true short track racers. As of now, no NASCAR regulars like Erik Jones or Matt Kenseth are expected to be racing, so this year’s event will see the best in short track racing square off for the $10,000 check.
Headlining the entry list is three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski. Majeski enters the Slinger Nationals with no victories in the legendary race, but he’s hoping to change that this week. Majeski finished 15th due to a crash in last year’s race after leading a race high 79 laps.
Co-headlining the entry list is one of two former Nationals winners pre-entered for this year’s race, Rich Bickle. Bickle is a four-time winner of the Slinger Nationals with victories coming in 1992, 1996, 2003 and 2013.
The other former winner on the entry list is Dennis Prunty. Prunty’s lone victory at the Nationals came in 2015 when he held off Conrad Morgan, Steve Apel and Ty Majeski.
Dennis Prunty is one of two Prunty’s entered in this year’s Nationals. Alex Prunty, Dennis’ nephew, is the 2016 Kulwicki Driver Development Program champion and a multi-time winner at Slinger Speedway. Alex Prunty completed just 16 laps in last year’s Slinger Nationals due to a broken spindle.
While this year’s race may not feature any NASCAR invaders, it does feature three southern invaders in the form of Bubba Pollard, Steve Dorer and Cole Rouse. Pollard made the trek from Senoia, Georgia to last year’s race but finished 20th after completing only 36 laps.
Leading the charge to victory in the Nationals this year is all of the Midwest talent already pre-entered. Derek Kraus, Austin Nason, Michael Ostdiek, Michael Bilderback, Andrew Morrissey, Dan Frederickson, Chris Weinkauf and more are all on the list.
The 2017 Slinger Nationals will take place on the high-banked quarter-mile of Slinger Speedway (WI) on Tuesday, July 18.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo