Braun Tops Slinger LM Battle


Mueller paced the first ten laps before Bennett powered by on the outside to lead lap eleven. However, Mueller regained the lead the following lap and he and Bennett battled until lap 19 when Bennett was able to work his way around for good. Once out front, Bennett was never headed and he drove to a comfortable win while Mueller held off Ryan DeStefano for second, leaving DeStefano to settle for third. Mike Lichtfeld advanced his way from deep in the field to finish fourth while Adam Peschek completed the top five finishers.

Justin Poenitsch captured the victory in the first late model heat race over Al Stippich and Jerry Mueller while Braison Bennett was the winner of the second late model heat over Adam Peschek and Mike Lichtfeld. Alex Prunty circled the speedway in 12.735 seconds to claim fast time honors for the late model division.

Kody Hubred held off his teammate Kyle Chwala to nail down the win in the Area Sporstman 35-lap main event.

Michael Gilomen made the long trip from Minnesota to compete at the Slinger high banks and he paced the opening laps of the feature before Hubred was able to race by to take command on lap 16. Kyle Chwala worked his way into second place shortly thereafter and began to pressure Hubred for the lead before the caution flag appeared on lap 23 as numerous cars spun on the front stretch.

Hubred was up to the task as racing resumed and he held off all challenges from Chwala to score the victory. Chwala finished in second place while Mark Fogel charged forward late to finish third. Rick Coppernoll and John Daley rounded out the top five.

Michael Gilomen was the winner of the Area Sportsman heat race, edging Rick Coppernoll and Tyler Schley for the victory. Mark Fogel and Joe Shelby were fourth and fifth respectively. Kyle Chwala was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.330 seconds.

Kenny Joosten passed Ryan Gutknecht for the lead on lap 23 and drove to victory in the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman main event.

Jimmie Evans and Scott Shambeau paced the field to the green flag but at the completion of lap one, contact between the two sent Evans spinning off turn four to draw a caution flag and send both the rear of the field. The incident place Brian Holtz and Ryan Gutknecht on the front row for the restart and at the drop of the green flag Gutknecht raced into the lead.

Joosten advanced his way forward as the laps clicked off and by the midway point, was in second place. Joosten then raced into the lead on lap 16 with an inside lane pass on Gutknecht after battling side by side for several laps. Joosten drove the final laps flawlessly and scored the win over Gutknecht while Jay Shambeau raced to a strong third place finish. Brian Holtz and Jack Stern rounded out the top five.

Jimmy Wilson took top honors in the Midwest Sportsman heat race, taking the checkered flag ahead of Chris Storey and Cody Erdmann. Jimmie Evans and Scott Shambeau were fourth and fifth respectively. Jay Shambeau was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.965 seconds.

Brandon Tackes held off Steve Dickson to win the 35-lap Slinger Bees feature event. Nick Schmidt finished third followed by Dale Kiley-Schaefer and Grant Griesbach. The event was stopped under a red flag on lap four when Nicole Mueller hit the turn four wall. Mueller was assisted from her car by the safety crew and walked to the ambulance for further evaluation.

Earlier in the evening, Nicole Mueller won an exciting heat race over Jacob Thomas while Rick Schaefer won the second Slinger Bee heat race over Brandon Tackes. Steve Dickson set fast time for the Slinger Bees after touring the speedway in 15.112 seconds.

Al Roberts was the winner of the Spectator Eliminator race and Ron Schmitt scored the victory in the Figure 8 race. At the intermission, Kari Finco was crowned Miss Slinger Speedway for the second consecutive year.