SLINGER, Wis. — Defending Sling Super Speedway suepr late model track champion Steve Apel held off Lowell Bennett to capture his third consecutive feature victory Sunday night in the Keith’s Marina 75 presented by Interstate Sawing.
“It was a hot sticky night and the track was getting slick, but what a race for all these fans to come out and see,” Apel said. “It was a heck of a battle with Lowell (Bennett) and I didn’t really want to see that last caution, but it was another green-white-checkers.”
James Swan grabbed the early lead from the outside of the front row over Ryan DeStefano, Lowell Bennett, Tim Lampmann, and Conrad Morgan as the caution flag waved at the completion of the first lap when farther back in the tightly wound field, Dan Jung and Kelsey Bauer made contact in turn three, turning Bauer’s car around where it was collected by the car of John DeAngelis Jr.
Swan chose the outside lane for the restart and again he was able to use it to maintain the lead over DeStefano and Bennett as racing resumed, while Steve Apel and Dennis Prunty began to work their way forward, challenging Lampmann over the fourth spot. The outside lane proved to be advantageous early on and Bennett, Apel, and Prunty all used it to swing around DeStefano and into second through fourth place respectively while Swan continued to lead.
The caution flag waved a second time on lap 12 when Mike Egan experienced a mechanical failure entering turn three and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall. Again, Swan chose the outside lane for the restart but this time it was Bennett from the inside who proved stronger as he raced into the top spot two laps after racing resumed. The top five briefly raced single file before an incident involving Kelsey Bauer and Dave McCardle in turn four brought out the third caution flag of the event.