Apel takes the checkered flag again in Slinger

Steve Apel used the inside lane to take the lead from Derek Kraus following a lap 42 restart, then ran away from Ty Majeski and Jacob Nottestad to capture his second Elite Eight Super Late Model Series feature win in a row in the PMF Landscape 75 Sunday night at the Slinger Speedway.

Until Apel took the point, it appeared whoever led the event was destined for bad luck as Ryan DeStefano paced the opening two laps before an issue on lap two caused a wheel to come loose, sending him across the track and through the turn two pit exit, nearly taking second running R.J. Braun with him.

Derek Kraus snagged the lead from Braun as racing resumed but was then run down by Brad Keith, who was turning the fastest laps of the race. With the lead well in hand, Keith’s car suddenly came to a stop on the backstretch and he was forced to exit the event with mechanical issues, turning the lead over to Dennis Prunty.

He left the track with a flat tire, relinquishing the lead back to Kraus, who chose the outside lane for the restart. That left the inside lane for Apel, and he took advantage of it by charging to the lead when the field went back to green.

During the later stages, Majeski was able to work his way into second by getting around Nottestad but neither Majeksi or Nottestad could get to Apel, who drove to his second consecutive victory.

“The guys on this time worked super hard,” Apel said. “Earlier this day, I didn’t get my dad anything for Father’s Day and I was hoping I could get a win for him, so ‘Happy Father’s Day’ and thanks to everyone for coming out and us racers really appreciate the support from the fans.”

“We were OK, just really couldn’t pass,” Majeski said. “We weren’t as good as we need to be early and kind of got lucky with a couple guys falling out, then the restart got a little crazy and we got some track position. We had good speed in our car but it wasn’t really versatile so we will work on it and get better for the (Slinger) Nationals.”

“We made a lot of gains from last week,” Nottestad said. “It’s so cool to be able to run with these guys in the super late models.”

Prunty rebounded to finish fourth. Then came Casey Johnson, Braun, Rich Loch, Lowell Bennett, Dave McCardle and Kraus.

In other races:

ν Bennett won the 20-lap super late model semi-feature over Levon VanDerGeest, Mitchell Haver, Jerry Mueller and Steve Nickolaus.

ν Alex Prunty won the Mac Tools fast dash, and Majeski was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 11.281 seconds.

ν Jake Schraufnagel won the 35-lap sportsman feature over Andrew Meyerhofer, Paul Wagner, Brian Holtz and Ryan Sielaff.

Simon Seyfert and Andrew Meyerhofer each won a sportsman heat race, and Schraufnagel was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 12.739 seconds.

ν Todd Buckley was the winner of the 25-lap Super Beez feature as he held off Al Strobel and Paul Reagles. Mitchell Strobel finished fourth and Colin Saegert was fifth.

Super Beez heat races were won by Brandon Tackes and Buckley while Buckley also set fast time at 13.577 seconds.

ν The Great North Legends 25-lap feature was won by Tim Brockhouse. Next came Dillon Schwanbeck, Tyler Ledbetter, Ayrton Brockhouse and Ben Massman.

Amanda Brockhouse and Tim Brockhouse each won a Great North Legend heat race. Jacob Tiegen was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 13.408 seconds.

ν Lincoln Cain held off Alex Hartwig to win the 25-lap bandolero feature, followed by Axel Oldenhoff, Penn Sauter and Jayden Johnson.

Cain also won one bandolero heat race while Paegan Ellingson won the other. Alex Hartwig was the fastest qualifier with lap of 14.36 seconds.

ν Ryan Lovald bested a field of seven cars to win the Figure 8 race over Rick Bruskiewicz and Russ Lorbiecki.

Slamfest is Sunday, June 26

This Sunday, Slamfest No. 1 will be held, which includes a B-track barrel race, trailer race, Little Switzerland ski race, a bus figure 8 and fireworks after the program.

The rain date is Monday, June 27.

For more information, visit slingersuperspeedway.com.

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