PORTAGE, Wis. (May 11, 2021) – Dennis Prunty isn’t sure why he’s been so successful in TUNDRA Super Late Model Series races at Wisconsin International Raceway, but he isn’t going to complain about his run of three straight wins in TUNDRA action at the track.
Grabbing a fourth straight could prove to have an added degree of difficulty though. Speed51.com and B&B Race Engines of Appleton, Wis. have pitched in to raise the stakes for knocking Prunty out of Victory Lane in Great Lakes Testing Round One on Saturday.
Prunty is well aware that the competition will be stout. He witnessed it first-hand last year when he battled with Justin Mondeik throughout the feature event.
“It was amazing with Justin last year. The two of us were way out in front and he never let me rest,” Prunty recalled. “He was on me the whole race. The two of us ran a great race and stayed ahead of the field. That was exciting. I know there will be a lot of competitors here.”
Some of the competitors include Mondeik, defending TUNDRA Champion Casey Johnson, former race winner and three-time TUNDRA Champion Dalton Zehr, and local hot shoes Bobby Kendall, Andy Monday, and Jesse Oudenhoven.
All those drivers have found the fast way around the track, but haven’t quite been able to match the magic of Prunty, who has mastered the challenges posed by the D-shaped half-mile when TUNDRA comes to town.
“I’m not really sure what it is at this track. It’s rough. It’s hard to drive, but it just seems like I’ve been doing very well here,” he said. “TUNDRA and I seem to get along really good at WIR, that’s for sure.”
A win in Saturday’s stop at Kaukauna could be just want Prunty needs to turn around the sour luck he’s had to start the season. He suffered DNFs in the two other races he entered early in 2021.
“The way this year has started it’s hard to be confident. We had a flat tire at the first race and broke a ball joint at the second race,” Prunty explained. “We’ll see what happens at the third race. The car’s pretty good. I’ve got faith in this Pathfinder Chassis, and we’re going to make it go.”
Although focused on grabbing another checkered flag, Prunty hasn’t let the accomplishment of winning three straight series races at the facility get lost in the shuffle. He wants nothing more than to keep the streak alive.
“To win three in a row last year, I didn’t think we could do that,” he said “This year we’re going to go for four in a row. I’m definitely going to be having some Pure Fuel to keep my energy level up and hopefully we can get something.”
Qualifying for Great Lakes Testing Round One takes place at 12:30 pm with racing to follow at 2 pm. TUNDRA will be joined by the WIR ¼-Mile Late Models, Wisconsin Sport Trucks, and Midwest Dash Series.
Wisconsin International Raceway is located past the intersection of Highways 55 and KK just outside of Kaukauna, Wis. For more information visit http://www.wirmotorsports.com