The Keen Parts Miracle on the Highbanks

75th Miller Lite Season Opener at Slinger Super Speedway

Slinger Super Speedway this weekend is where the  Slinger Elite 8 Late Models Series  & ARCA MW meet in a duel that will pay out $5000 to the winner.

The Keen Parts Miracle on the Highbanks 75th Miller Lite Season Opener at Slinger Super Speedway will be the first time the ARCA MW Series makes a stop at the world’s fastest high banked ¼ mile asphalt oval. The race format will provide plenty of excitement for the fans Sunday.  The Super Late Models will be racing 2 – 30 lap features which will lead up to the 75 lap, $5,000 to win Tour vs. Slinger feature race.

The Elite 8 Super Late Model Series was announced last year during the off-season and is an eight-race series that will pay at least $2,500 to win and $400 to start. The first race of this series is this weekend with the Keen Parts Miracle on the Highbanks, followed up with the E.H. Wolf and Sons Memorial Day Weekend Special including fireworks on May 29. The remaining races are the Keith’s Marina Race Against Cancer on June 12;  PMF Landscape Supply Father’s Day Special on June 19;   Washington CountyFair Park and Conference Center Independence Day event on July 3;  the 43rd Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals on July 12;  Alan Kulwicki Memorial August 7;  Carl Wegner Memorial on August 28; and the final race of the series is the IBEW Local 494 Labor Day Weekend Special on September 4.

One driver to watch for this weekend is Braison Bennett in the # 47 Chase Motorsports car.  The Bennett/Chase Motorsports connection had already been established so when the opportunity came to drive this car last year during the Midwest Tour Oktoberfest race Braison was happy to jump into the car.  Braison, in his first Super Late Model start at Oktoberfest, and the Chase Motorsports Team had a successful race, bringing the car home with a 9th-place finish.

The plans for Braison and the Team include running all Alive for 5 races at Dells Raceway Park and contending for the championship in the series which has not yet had a repeat winner.  Each of the Alive for 5 Races will offer $5,000 to the winning driver and the series will have over $100,000 in prize money for the year.

The Alive for 5 Series season started April 5 with the annual Ice Breaker 100.  Braison scored a 10th place finish at the event.  The remaining events are the Dairyland 100 on June 4 and  The Trickle 99 on June 25.  Teh series takes a mid-summer break and returns on August 13 with the Badger State 125 and ends on October 22 with the Falloween 150.

Braison and the Chase Motorsports Team also have their sights set on returning to Oktoberfest to better their 9th place finish from last year, and may try to run a few other Tour races.

The event takes place Sunday, April 24.

10 AM gates open & practice begins

12:05 PM Qualifying begins

2 PM racing begins

Advanced tickets  $25 Day of $30

10-17 $10  Day of $12

9 under free

After the races, fans are invited to the pit area to meet the drivers and get autographs.

Slinger Super Speedway is considered the home track of NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki.  Kulwicki won the track championship in 1977 and his legacy lives on at the track with many current and former Kulwicki Driver Development Program participants eager to race at the historic ¼ mile track.

Current and past KDDP drivers who entered the event include:

Braison Bennett – 2017 Finalist

RJ Braus Racing –  2020/2021 Semi-finalist

John DeAngelis –  2015 Finalist

Luke Fenhaus – 2021 Kulwicki Cup Winner, & 2019 Finalist

Grant Griesbach –  2008 & 2019 Semi-finalist

Ty Majeski –  2015 Kulwicki Cup Winner

Austin Nason – 2016 & 2017 Semi-finalist

Jacob Nottestad – 2022 Finalist & 2020/21 Semi-finalist

Alex Prunty – 2016 Kulwicki Cup Winner &2015 Semi-finalist

Riley Stenjem – 2022 Finalist & 2021/21 Semi-finalist 

Additional drivers who have entered the event include:

0 Ryan DeStefano

2 Lowell Bennett

5 Casey Johnson

8 Eddie Hoffman

9 Derek Kraus

15 Gabe Sommers

23 Levon VanDerGeest

25 Jeff Storm

26 Mark Lamoreaux

38 Nick Wagner

43 Dennis Prunty

44 Justin Mondeik

48  Brad Keith

55 Rich Loch

66 Dave McCardle

75 Dillon Hammond

77 Jonathan Eilen

80 Ryan Farrell

92 Conrad Morgan

92 RJ Braun

95 Harley Jankowski

97 James Swan

100 Tristan Swanson

119 Dalton Zehr

While the Super Late Models may be the main event, the supporting divisions will be sure to put on an exciting show.  Supporting races include:

Pro Lates – 45 laps

Modifieds -35 laps

Sportsman – 40 laps

Bees – 30 laps

American Super Cup Series – 30 laps

If you are unable to make the trip to Wisconsin you can watch this race and all other events at Slinger Super Speedway (with the exception of the Slinger Nationals) on Racing America

Photo: Braison Bennett Facebook Page

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