Tundra Super Late Drivers Bring Successes To Round Three
Bad Blood Brewing Among Top Drivers?
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (July 18, 2012) – At Dells Raceway Park in Round One and Two, TUNDRA Super Late Model Series drivers have put on heart-stopping feature events. Away from DRP, those drivers are putting their talent on display and racking up wins.
With momentum on the side of some, and unfinished business on the side of others, TUNDRA Round Three this Saturday, July 21 promises to thrill fans in another tumble of some of the top Super Late drivers in the area.
Perhaps no one is hotter than TUNDRA Round Two winner Dennis Prunty. In Round One at DRP, Prunty was sent to the tail of the field after an early altercation. At the end of the race he was attached to the back bumper of Rich Bickle, challenging for the win. In his weeks away from DRP Prunty has picked up several feature wins (including this past weekend) and currently leads points at Slinger Speedway. He sits four points behind Bickle in TUNDRA Standings.
Another Slinger standout over the past weeks has been Mike Egan. Egan picked up a feature win two weeks ago and finished third this past week. He is currently fourth in standings at Slinger. At DRP, Egan is still trying to find his groove. After two events he is 13th in standings.
Young drivers have been making their names known at venues in three states. At Norway (Mich.) Speedway Dalton Zehr has won three features, including a win in the track’s biggest event, the Driveline. Zehr topped former track champions Jamie Iverson, Mike Riechenberger and Kristopher Kelly.
A couple hours south Bobby Kendall has catapulted to super rookie status at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna on Thursday nights. Kendall consistently qualifies into the dash and races his way to the top five. With a feature win and two second-place finishes Kendall currently sits second in points behind multiple-time track champion Lowell Bennett. Kendall has put a stranglehold on the rookie of the year title and has proved his mettle in a field that includes 12-time track champion Terry Baldry, three-time track champion Jeff Van Oudenhoven and 2-time track champion Tim Rothe.
Also in the state of Wisconsin Tanner Whitten, who hails from Congerville, Ill., has been trailblazing his way through Central Wisconsin. Whitten picked up his second win of the season at Golden Sands last weekend and is challenging for a title against a tough weekly contingent. Whitten sits third in standings only 24 points behind leader Kyle Gennett.
In the one and only Super Late Model race this season at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway, Michael Bilderback proved to be the top gun. Bilderback suffered a damaging blow in a wreck at the Milwaukee Mile which caused him to miss TUNDRA Round Two. Indications are Bilderback will be back and ready to challenge the top TUNDRA guns.
While some drivers are riding hot streaks, others may still be a little hot under the collar after TUNDRA Round Two. As Prunty tried to break away, a late restart bunched the field. At the front Prunty led Frank Kreyer, Whitten, Rick Bickle, Corey Jankowski and Dalton Zehr back to the green.
When the field took the green Kreyer pressured Prunty. Looking to the inside allowed Whitten to jump to the outside a challenge for the lead. Meanwhile Kreyer fell back into the clutches of Bickle who tangled briefly with Corey Jankowski. What followed was a mad scramble from third on back with contact, four-wheel slides and plenty of excitement.
Afterwards several drivers engaged in a heated exchange. Some bad blood was formed in the aftermath, with plenty of unfinished business left on the table.
This Saturday TUNDRA Round Three will answer the question: Who holds a grudge?
See the Video of the final 6 laps of TUNDRA Round Two! http://youtu.be/rfVduIaUh6w
TUNDRA will not be the only Late Models in town as the weekly DRP Late Models return for battle, as well. The Sportsman and Pure Stocks round out the card. The Bandits have the week off and will return on July 28.
This week will also bring a bike night. Kids will have a chance to win a bike donated by a DRP racer. The signup for the bike giveaway will go until 7 p.m. with the drawing shortly after.
Qualifying is scheduled for 4:45, racing begins at 6:30. Special ticket pricing applies this Saturday: $15 for adults (16 and up), $13 for seniors (62 and up), $10 for youth age 10-15, $5 for kids 6 to 9 and kids 5 and under receive free admission.
Dells Raceway Park is located at N1070 Smith Road, five minutes north of downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., off highway 12-16. For more information including the latest news, the 2012 schedule and more visit www.dellsracewaypark.com.