SLINGER, Wis. — Using the outside groove, Lowell Bennett took the lead late in the 60-lap super late model main event Sunday on Reunion Night at Slinger Super Speedway and held off defending track champion Steve Apel for his second victory of the season.
“I tell you what, that guy (Apel) is an awesome race car driver and that is so much fun,” said Bennett. “When we were waiting for that cone to come out (on the final restart), I thought, ‘C’mon take the bottom’ because I knew I could run him on the top.”
Mike Egan shot out to the early lead from his outside front row starting position while pole-sitter Tim Lampmann and Conrad Morgan raced with Dale Prunty and Austin Luedtke for second. Apel and Bennett followed directly behind the lead group as the field remained tightly bunched in the early going. Egan stretched his lead slightly as Lampmann and Morgan battled side by side with the back end of Lampmann’s car washing out off the turns as Morgan remained next to him on the outside.
Morgan grabbed second place a lap later as Lampmann’s car slowed suddenly in turn three after experiencing a broken hub allowing Luedtke, Apel, and Bennett to go by while Dale Prunty lost several spots as the result of being caught behind Lampmann’s slowing machine. Apel and Bennett quickly went to work using the inside lane and caught up to Morgan who was also closing on Egan for the lead. Apel ducked to the inside of Morgan for second by lap 20 and made a run at Egan for the lead down the backstretch.
Egan attempted to close the door on Apel in turn three and he cleared Apel’s nose all the way to the rear bumper cover and a miniscule scuff in the middle of the turn washed Egan’s car wide which opened the door for Apel to race to the lead off turn four. Bennett took advantage of the inside opening and drove around both Morgan and Egan to take over second place.