LOVES PARK, Ill. — Whether it’s for feature wins or championships, these two keep finding each other. Representing seven of the last 11 MASCS championships — many of which were contested head-to-head — Bill Prietzel and James Swan put on another show Sunday.
Prietzel and Swan captivated an eager crowd through all 50 circuits of the Mid-American Stock Car Series feature at Rockford Speedway with Prietzel performing a goal-line stand in the final laps to hang on for his first MASCS win at the quarter-mile.
“It was definitely a challenge all the way,” Prietzel said. “James is really good here, and he was a little faster than we were. But I was in the preferred lane and he just couldn’t get by us on the bottom.”
It wasn’t for lack of effort on Swan’s part. Closing the gap several times throughout, Swan made contact with Prietzel’s left rear quarter-panel in an attempt to shake the long-time MASCS veteran and three-time champion.
“I really, really wanted to pass Bill, you have no idea. But I wasn’t going to wreck him to do it,” Swan said. “I gave him a little shove here and there just to play with him, because I knew I had the better car. If I couldn’t pass him clean, I wasn’t going to pass him.”
No harm, no foul, Prietzel said. “He tried and bumped us a couple times, but that’s Rockford, it’s not an issue.”
Travis Rodewald was third, followed by Jeremy Spoonmore and Brian Back.