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Alex Prunty Fastest in Slinger Nationals Qualifying

Prunty circled the high-banked quarter-mile in 11.304 seconds, just ahead of defending track champion R.J. Braun.


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2018 Slinger Super Speedway Super Late Model track champion Alex Prunty set fast time in qualifying for the 44th Annual Cobblestone Hotels Slinger Nationals, leading the group of 16 drivers who locked their way into Tuesday night's 200-lap main event.

Prunty circled the high-banked quarter-mile in 11.304 seconds, just ahead of defending track champion R.J. Braun. Two-time Slinger Nationals winner Ty Majeski, 2021 event winner Luke Fenhaus and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott completed the top five.

Elliott was the fastest of three current NASCAR Cup Series competitors during the qualifying session. William Byron was eighth-fastest, just ahead of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Matt Kenseth. Erik Jones, who had been fastest during Monday's practice day, was 27th in qualifying and will be relegated to the Last Chance Qualifier.

NASCAR Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter was 16th in qualifying, taking the final transfer spot into the main event. Former Slinger Nationals winner Dennis Prunty was just 0.002 seconds slower than Sauter. Prunty has been awarded a provisional starting spot in the feature, by virtue of being the most recent Slinger Nationals winner who did not qualify on time.

There will be plenty of notable names joining Erik Jones in the Last Chance Qualifier, including Derek Kraus and William Sawalich. The top four finishers will advance from the 30-lap Last Chance race, with four other drivers receiving provisionals to complete the 24-car field.

Other provisional starting spots were awarded to Brad Keith, Brad Mueller and Stephen Nasse.

Fans unable to attend the 44th Annual Slinger Nationals can watch all of the action live on Tuesday, July 11 on Racing America. For more information, click here.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America

44th Annual Cobblestone Hotels Slinger Nationals

111PAlex Prunty11.304
292BR.J. Braun11.340
391MTy Majeski11.353
44FLuke Fenhaus11.361
59EChase Elliott11.363
651ASteve Apel11.384
77TDerek Thorn11.390
824BWilliam Byron11.402
98KMatt Kenseth11.402
1014NAustin Nason11.406
1122RGio Ruggiero11.408
1223VLevon Van Der Geest11.419
1317GGrant Griesbach11.421
1497NJacob Nottestad11.426
1592MConrad Morgan11.436
165SJohnny Sauter11.439
1742PDennis Prunty*11.441
1880FRyan Farrell11.456
1989MBrad Mueller*11.458
202SWilliam Sawalich11.463
2155LRich Loch11.464
227DJohn DeAngelis11.467
2344JConner Jones11.472
2425SJeff Storm11.480
259KDerek Kraus11.483
2648KBrad Keith*11.493
2715SGabe Sommers11.495
280DRyan DeStefano11.519
294JErik Jones11.529
3071BBlake Brown11.533
3140LJeremy Lepak11.547
3269HMichael Hinde11.556
3351NStephen Nasse*11.582
3490DSteve Dorer11.598

* = Denotes driver received provisional starting spot for Slinger Nationals based on the event rulebook.

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