One of Wisconsin’s biggest Super Late Model races is now less than two weeks away. The Slinger Nationals have historically brought some of Super Late Model racing’s best drivers to Southeast Wisconsin to take on a strong group of local drivers for 200 laps around the high-banked quarter-mile.
The Slinger Nationals began in 1980 as a three-race mini-series, won by the late Larry Detjens. Drivers like Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Butch Miller and Mark Martin all won Slinger Nationals titles during its mini-series years. Conrad Morgan won the Slinger Nationals title in 1999, the final year of the mini-series.
In 2000, the Slinger Nationals became a single, 200 lap event that has been held on various dates in July over the years. Lowell Bennett won his second of five Slinger Nationals victories that year.
The event years have seen drivers like Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Ty Majeski and Bubba Pollard claim wins in the race. Kenseth, Bennett and Rich Bickle are the only three drivers to have won Nationals titles in both eras.
One year ago, Matt Kenseth made his return to the Slinger Nationals for the first time since winning the race in 2016. He led just one lap in the event, the final one after passing Ty Majeski in the final corners to win a record-extending eighth Nationals.
This year’s Slinger Nationals festivities begin Sunday night with the Prelude to the Nationals on Sunday, July 5. The Big 8 Late Models return to Slinger for the first time since 2014 to headline the night, with Slinger Bees, Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 6-Cylinders and Figure-8’s joining the card.
After an open practice day on Monday, July 6, the 41st Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals commences on Tuesday, July 7. Some of the best Super Late Model racers in the country will go at it for 200 laps to crown a champion. The local Late Model division will also be in action once again. A rain date is also available on Wednesday, July 8.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for updates on the Slinger Nationals as it gets closer to race day.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo