Griesbach took the spot after his slight bobble in turn three knocked Prunty’s car up a few lanes while up front La Monte began an inside challenge on Morgan for the lead.
It doesn’t matter when it comes because when it’s here it is so great.” “I didn’t know what to think and I just went as fast as the car would go,” Griesbach continued after winning as his parents celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary which matched his car number, “There’s not much to it.” Gary La Monte and Conrad Morgan led the field to the green flag with La Monte edging ahead to lead lap one before Morgan jumped into the lead from the outside lane.
Behind the leaders, Dennis Prunty, Steve Apel, Grant Griesbach, and Alex Prunty all jockeyed for position along with Brad Keith and Chris Blawat.
As things settled down up front, Morgan held the lead with La Monte on his tail just ahead of Dennis Prunty, Apel, Griesbach, and Alex Prunty.
Morgan maintained the lead following a quick caution for a single car spin and the top three remained steady as Griesbach went to work on Dennis Prunty over fourth.
The second caution flag waved just before the halfway mark when Brad Kossow’s car looped around in turn two with Morgan leading over Apel and La Monte.
Morgan chose the inside for the restart and as racing resumed, Apel rocketed by from the outside to take the lead.
Marty Tackes and Matt Urban rounded out the top five.
Slinger Bees heat races were won by Tom Ellsinger and Marty Tackes while Brandon Tackes was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.213 seconds.
Jay Kalbus ran with the leaders until experiencing mechanical problems in turn three with a lap to go and finished sixth.
Paul Wagner won the Area Sportsman heat race and Andy Welter set fast time with a lap of 12.955 seconds.
By lap five, Berens found himself in the lead as he passed Tackes while Zoromski lost a bit of ground when his car kicked loose in turn two.