Super Late Drivers Revved for Alive for Five at DRP
When Super Late Model racing returns to Dells Raceway Park this summer, the roar will be louder than the side exhaust of the super-powered machines.
Over 20 Super Late Model teams have already committed to the Alive For Five Super Late Model Series with more anticipated to enter.
With the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Florida and Ohio represented, the field at each AFF event promises to be diverse. Racing against cagey veterans such as Steve Holzhausen and Jeff Kendall will be young drivers the likes of Max McNamara and 14-year-old Matt Tifft.
Several drivers unfamiliar with DRP have also handed in their commitments. Mike Egan and Dennis Prunty are two standouts at Slinger Speedway, and a threat to grab the feature each week at the high-banked quarter-mile on the eastern side of the state. Molly Rhoads, a former participant in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, will tow from Hastings, Minn., for each of the five events.
DRP will also welcome a few stars who will log miles with their traveling Super Late Models. Andrew Morrissey, Jeff Storm and hometown driver Frank Kreyer are prepared to return to DRP for the series.
The first Alive For Five Super Late Model Series event takes place on Saturday, May 28 in conjunction with Kid's Bike Night and the return of Spectator Drags. Dells Raceway Park begins regular racing action the week prior, Saturday, May 21.
Listed below are the drivers who have verbally committed to the Alive For Five Series. Drivers will be added to the DRP Web site as commitments are received.
Verbally Committed Super Late Model Drivers/Teams:
#00 - Jeff Kendall, Montello, Wis. Kendall is a six-time DRP Champion and the current track record holder.
#2 - Ken Reiser, Waukan, Iowa. Sponsored by Reiser Implement, Kenny Reiser is a two-time DRP Champion
#4 - Mike Gunderson, Cross Plains, Wis. Sponsored by Great Lakes Components and 3D Construction, Gunderson returns to DRP.
#7 - Mark Kissinger, West Bend, Wis. Kissinger is a former Mid-American Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year. His Super Late won Best Appearing Car last year at Slinger Speedway.
#12 - Terry Schoppenhorst, Berlin, Wis. Representing Schoppenhorst Construction, Schoppenhorst was a standout in the now-defunct Wisconsin Challenge Series.
#22 - Dave Trute, Mauston, Wis. Driving for Reedsburg's Jeff Mitchell, Trute won the last weekly Super Late Model race at DRP in 2009.
#24 - Max McNamara, Ingleside, Ill. Part of the Super Star Racing Stable and sponsored by Josh Kreyer Trucking, the 19 year old makes the jump to Super Lates after dominating Legend Car divisions around the area and collecting a national championship.
#25 - Jeff Storm, Waterford, Wis. A team car to Gunderson, Storm, a two-time Mid-American Stock Car Series Champion and ASA Midwest Touring Star, will also carry the colors for Great Lakes Components and 3D Construction.
#32 - Steve Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. Sponsored by Country Plumber, Lichtfeld will make the jump from the DRP Late Models to battle with the Super Lates.
#39 - Andrew Morrissey, Deforest, Wis. Morrissey, also an ASA Midwest Touring star, is a past feature winner at DRP. He also holds the track record at Madison International Speedway.
#42 - Dennis Prunty (DDP Motorsports), Lomira, Wis. Riding the momentum of a second-place finish in season standings last season at Slinger, Prunty plans to have an entry at each Alive for Five Event. His brothers Dale (a former Slinger Modified champion) and David (a two-time super late model champion at Slinger) may jump behind the wheel, as well.
#44 - John Zimmerman, Markesan, Wis. Sponsored by Ekhardt Trucking, Zimmerman is also a past champion at DRP.
#51 - Corey Jankowski, Tomah, Wis. Sponsored by Habbleman Brothers Cranberries, the two-time DRP Late Model Champion will be busy pulling double duty. Jankowski joins Frank Kreyer, Wes Coon, Max McNamara and Anthony Campi as part of the newly-formed Super Star Motorsports.
#75 - Tom Lichtfeld, Pardeeville, Wis. The chairman of the Super Late Model committee, Lichtfeld will be carrying the colors of his business, The Country Plumber of Portage.
#81 - Anthony Campi, Sarasota, Fla. A young driver with an already-impressive résumé, Campi will carry the colors for Water Furnace and Super Star Motorsports as he tries to make his mark on the Midwest racing scene.
#89 - Mike Egan, Slinger, Wis. Sponsored by AT&T The Real Yellow Pages and YP.com, Egan brings plenty of Slinger Speedway experience to DRP. Egan is a multiple-time feature winner at Slinger and was last year's Pepsi Challenge Champion.
#89 - Matt Tifft, Hinkley, Ohio. Sponsored by MALCO Products, 14-year-old Matt Tift made his debut in Midwestern late model racing last fall. Tifft will field an entry prepared by Tim Schendel and Iron Eagle Racing.
#97 - Steve Holzhausen, Bangor, Wis. A major threat to win wherever and whenever, Holzhausen will continue his relationship driving for Pete Kempf and Kempf Logging.
#97 - Pete Kempf, Nekoosa, Wis. After several seasons of staying behind the scenes to watch Holzhausen wheel his machines, "The Flyin' Logger" is ready for a return to Super Late Model action.
#98 - Molly Rhoads, Hastings Minn. Sponsored by local companies Walsh Cargo and Leo's Upper Dells Bar, Rhoads is a former participant in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. She plans on road-tripping from the Gopher State for all five AFF events.
#99 - Frank Kreyer, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. A multiple-time feature winner and lifetime lover of Dells Raceway Park, Kreyer returns after being named Rookie of the Year at Wisconsin International Raceway last season. He will be carrying the colors of Water Furnace and Culver's and represents Super Star Motorsports.