Golden Sands Speedway hosts 3rd Annual Banquet!
By Amy Kolo
April 19, 1998; Plover, WI: - Warm weather brought the largest opening crowd to the Power Playground. Fans were able to see the new Short Track Jr. Fan Club Cars that will start racing every Friday night after time trials, and all the other promotions that the 1998 racing season has to offer.
The Mid-American 50 lap feature started of the 1998 racing season with a bang! Jay Kassera started out leading the feature, but was short lived as Mike Monroe flew past him for the lead.
|Bill Prietzel won the special Mid-American Stock Car Series event at Golden Sands Speedway on a sunny afternoon before a large crowd. Prietzel took over the lead with less than 10 laps to go and held on for the win his first ever at Golden Sands.|
Kassera and Monroe battled for the next 9 laps until a caution came out and gave Bill Prietzel the chance to overtake the second position. As lap 27 came around lapped traffic started to become a problem. With 11 laps to go Monroe was caught behind lapped traffic and Prietzel was able to take the lead. For the last ten laps Monroe tried to get by Prietzel, towards the white flag lap it looked like Monroe was going to get around but Prietzel ended up with the win Monroe took second and Jeff Storm took third.
|Jeff Weinfurter (#3) got CWRA Late Model action underway on the high banks of Golden Sands speedway. Weinfurter set fast time and would later move through the pack in feature action to take fourth place.|
The Late Model class once again dazzled the crowd. New cars, new drivers, and new paint schemes put an interesting twist to the race. Jeff Weinfurter ended up with the fast time and the roll of the dice. Weinfurter opted not to take the Hot n' Now Ultimate challenge in which if he would start from the back of the pack and win, he would end up with what was in the pot for the ultimate challenge.
|Joe Krzykowski started his season off on a winning note taking top honors in the CWRA Late Model feature race.||Late Model action! Monte Gress (#107.5) held the early lead in the Late Model featue before falling to the charge of Joe Krzykowski (#77)|
Next week the pot will be higher. Monte Gress took a jump at the start of the race but Larry Lepak was quick to go around him. After 5 laps Gress took the lead back from Lepak. Then Lepak started having troubles and kept slipping further and further back. This gave Smokin' Joe Krzykowski a chance to fight for the winning position. Gress and Smokin' Joe battled it out for the next ten laps Finally Smokin' Joe took the lead. Gress started to fall behind, as Rex Rossier and Greg Weinfurter came up from the back. Greg Weinfurter maneuvered his way around Rossier for the second position. Smokin Joe finished first, Greg Weinfurter second, and Rossier in third
|Greg Back (#62) won his first ever Super Stock feature at Golden Sands Speedway holding back the challenges of Larry 'Putz' Braunsky (#4) who finished a very close second.|
The Super Stocks showed off their new truck bodies. As of right now the Super Stock division has only three truck bodies and the rest of them cars. More and more drivers are switching to the truck bodies. Many fans have commented on how much they like the new truck bodies.
The feature was an edge of the seat excitement Greg Back jumped on the lead early fighting off Putz Braunsky. Merle Weinfurter was behind Braunsky vying for the lead. It was a very close race Back, Braunsky, Weinfurter and Jason Szymkiowiak were all about 5 car lengths ahead of the rest of the pack. Towards the white flag lap it looked like Braunsky was going to take the lead, but Back held on and was able to hold off Braunsky for the checkered. Braunsky took second with Szymkiowiak third.
|The Pure Stocks are pure action!! Here drivers Brian Stroik (#7), Jim Stratton (#8) and fast qualifier Shawn Stelzer (#40) do battle. All three tried in vain to catch eventual winner Mike Merriam. Stelzer would fair best of this group taking second.|
During the Pure Stock feature Mike Merriam started out in front with Jeff Gruber on his heels. Marv Flick and Jim Stratton were close behind.. All the cars banged each other trying to fight out one another for the lead. They raced as if this was the end of the season, deciding the title championship.
|Mike Merriam was the man to catch in the Pure Stock division. In the end no one was able to pass Merriam and he would up with the first Pure Stock feature victory of the season!|
Merriam was able to hold his position with Gruber right behind, But on the white flag lap Shawn Stelzer flew past Gruber for the second position, Stratton was able to get by Gruber before the checkered. Merriam finished first, with Stelzer in second and Stratton in third.
|CWRA Late Model Division
Semi-Feature: 1.) Gary Back; 2.) Mike
Brahmstedt; 3.) Chris Wimmer; 4.) Leroy Pettis; 5.) Jack Greenwood
First Heat: 1.) Greenwood; 2.) Wimmer; 3.) Steve Gress
Second Heat: 1.) Wayne Cottrell; 2.) Brahmstedt; 3.) Brian Back
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Krzykowski; 2.) Rossier; 3.) Brundidge
|CWSSA Super Stock Division
Semi-Feature: 1.) David Pagels; 2.) Andy Simons;
3.) Bernie Fritz Jr; 4.) Jim Marquard
First Heat: 1.) Simons; 2.) Fritz Jr; 3) Marquard
Second Heat: 1.) Braunsky; 2.) Gustin; 3.) Cale Laessig
Third Heat: 1.) Szymkowiak; 2.) Kirsling; 3.) Brandl
|Pure Stock Division
Semi-Feature: 1.) Scholze; 2.) Cal Greening;
3.) Neal Soyka; 4.) Scott Marquard
First Heat: 1.) Rob Ciesielski; 2.) Greening; 3.) Marquard
Second Heat: 1.) Roland Kuhn; 2.) Scholze; 3.) Merriam
Third Heat: 1.) Flick; 2.) Stratton; 3.) Todd Radtke
|Mid-American Stock Car Series
First Heat: 1.)
Combs; 2.) Faitz; 3.) Becker
Second Heat: 1.) Curt Van Der Wal; 2.) Kassera; 3.) Monroe
Third Heat: 1.) Holtz; 2.) Moenck; Gutknecht