Stapleman Snatches Golden Sands Main!!
By Amy Kolo

August 29, 1998; Plover, WI: - Jeff Weinfurter ended up with fast time and opted to take the Hot n’ Now Ultimate Challenge, which is now $2,000.00. But bad luck came to Weinfurter as he ran the first fast dash of the night. Weinfurter started experiencing engine problems and would not be able to run the feature. As the late models entered onto the track, the race didn’t start for about another ten minutes. The CWRA club could not make up their mind on how the new comers should line up, by their time or in back of the pack.

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Back Memorial Winner - #77 Todd Stapleman

Todd Stapleman was the man to beat on Back Memorial Night at Golden Sands Speedway.  Stapleman's feature win was his second of the season in CWRA Late Model action on the high-banked third mile oval.  Since his return to the track near mid-season he has been one of the front runners at the speedway.

As CWRA got it finally straight, Joe Krzykowski took the lead. Todd Stapleman, The Gun On The Run, was directly behind him. Stapleman took the lead away from Krzykowski by lap six. Krzykowski started losing power and slipped back a couple of positions. This gave Wayne Cottrell the chance to move up. Bobby T got right behind Cottrell to start fighting for the front.

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The night was better for some than others..in the left photo Jeff Weinfuter (#3) again proved to be the man to beat in Late Model qualifying setting quick time, he also took the Hot N' Now Ultimate Challenge which was worth $2,000 if he could win from the back, he had mechanical problems however and the pot will grow again next week.  In the right photo Brian Back (#98) had a close encounter with another car damaging his ride.

By lap 13, Krzykowski started finding the power again and quickly started gaining back some positions. He maneuvered around Bobby T, and started working on Cottrell for the second position. Kirby Kurth started coming from the back of the pack and moving up fast. By lap 25 Kurth wizzed past Krzykowski for the third position. Krzykowski fought hard to regain his position, but Kurth held on. Stapleman took the checkered with Cottrell in second, and Kurth in third, while Krzykowski settled for fourth.

Andy Simonis led all but the opening lap of the CWSSA Super Stock feature race, en route to the eventual win.  It was not as easy for Simonis as it may have sounded as he had to fend off a late race charge by Mike Doughty. sands9819d.jpg (14908 bytes)

Dave Pagels and Andy Simonis were neck and neck for the lead at the start of the Super stock feature. By the second lap Simonis definitely had the lead. Pagels was on his heels waiting for his opportunity to steal the lead back. Scott Hamel and Mike Doughty were fighting it out for third and fourth positions. By lap 10 Pagles regained the lead, but for only one glorious lap as Simonis once again on the very next lap took the lead away. Mike Doughty had made his way around Pagels and started working on Simonis for the lead. Simonis and Doughty battled it out. In the end Simonis took the checkered, with Doughty in second. On the white flag lap Merle Weinfurter had stolen the third position away from Pagels.

sands9819e.jpg (12260 bytes) Shawn Stelzer took a big step toward winning the Pure Stock championship at Golden Sands Speedway when he came home with the win in this evenings feature event.  Stelzer now has a good point gap on his nearest rival   Jim  Stratton who suffered a blown tire and was unable to finish the event.

A spin occurred on the very first lap of the pure stock feature, sending the outside pole position into the pits. This moved everyone up one place. As the green flew Stelzer charged hard from the back. Banging his way to the front. By lap 8 a yellow came out between Jeff Stroik and Brad Scholze. At the restart Jim Stratton ended up with a blown tire and going into the infield. Curt Blenker started moving up to the front to work on Stelzer. As the checkered flag flew Stelzer took the lead with Blenker in second, and Marv Flick in third.

Paul Hojnacki earned bragging rights by topping the timed events, in which spectators get a chance to race on Golden Sands Speedway's high banks with their own vehicle. Hojnacki has been a front runner in the timed events all season.  sands9819f.jpg (9608 bytes)

Next week on Friday Night September 4th, will be the Season-Championship races.   It will be the final point night for all divisions and the new 1998 Golden Sands Speedway champions will be determined.  The following week on September 11th is the annual Miller Lite Inviatational.

Golden Sands Speedway is a high-banked 1/3 mile oval, located between Wisconsin Rapids and Plover, WI, on highway 54.  Time Trials for the program start at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:45 p.m.  Each week the show features CWRA Late Models, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks with many added special events.  For those special nights please consult our schedule.

CWRA Late Model Division
30 Lap Feature Event Time Trials
1. #77 Todd Stapleman 1. # 3 Jeff Weinfurter 12.315 Secs.
2. #28 Wayne Cottrell 2. #18 Mike Brahmstedt 12.350 Secs.
3. #85 Kirby Kurth 3. #67 Keith Witt 12.351 Secs.
4. #77 Joe Krzykowski 4. #25 Scott Wimmer 12.376 Secs.
5. #70 Neil Knoblock 5. #85 Kirby Kurth 12.387 Secs.
6. #31 Bobby Turzinski
7. #52 Chris Wimmer
8. #26 Gary Back
9. #25 Scott Wimmer
10. #41 Larry Lepak Jr.

Semi-Feature: 1.) Mike Budleski; 2.) Gary Back; 3.) Brian Seubert; 4.) Jeremy Lepak; 5.) Steve Gress; 6.) Monte Gress; 7.) Dean LaPointe; 8.) Aaron Roehl
Colsolation: 1.) Garret Fait; 2.) Bob Mackesy; 3.) Mike Richer; 4.) Chad Devine
First Heat: 1.) Richer; 2.) Jack Greenwood; 3.) Jason Weinkauf
Second Heat: 1.) Brian Back; 2.) Greg Weinfurter; 3.) Seubert
Third 10 Lap Heat: 1.) Gary Back; 2.) Donald Trapp; 3.) Rex Rossier
Fourth 10 Lap Heat: 1.) C. Wimmer; 2.) Turzinski; 3.) Knoblock
Dash: 1.) Kurth; 2.) Witt; 3.) J. Weinfurter

CWSSA Super Stock Division
25 Lap Feature Event Time Trials
1. #91 Andy Simonis 1. #61 Gary Wosick 13.302 Secs.
2. #52 Mike Doughty 2. #17 Jason Szymkowiak 13.389 Secs.
3. #24 Merle Weinfurter 3. #99 Jason Kirsling 13.515 Secs.
4. #409 David Pagels 4. #53 Randy Storlie 13.559 Secs.
5. #62 Greg Back 5. #27 Judd Brandl 13.577 Secs.
6. #99 Jason Kirsling
7. #61 Gary Wosick

New Track Record Established

8. #17 Jason Syzmkowiak
9. #53 Randy Storlie
10. #24 Keith Bohmsach

Semi-Feature: 1.) John Bell; 2.) Tim Plowman; 3.) Cary Lyons; 4.) James Wokcik; 5.) Jim Cormack; 6.) Wesley Krause
First Heat: 1.) Bell; 2.) Plowman; 3.) Cormack
Second Heat: 1.) Pagels; 2.) Simonis; 3.) Back
Third Heat: 1.) Weinfurter; 2.) Bohmsach; 3.) Syzmkowiak
Dash: 1.) Brandl; 2.) Wosick; 3.) Kirsling

Pure Stock Division
20 Lap Feature Event Time Trials
1. #40 Shawn Stelzer 1. # 8 Jim Stratton 14.797 Secs.
2. # 4 Curt Blenker 2. #40 Shawn Stelzer 14.840 Secs.
3. # 9 Marv Flick 3. #22 Reed Rossier 14.993 Secs.
4. #22 Reed Rossier
5. #22 Michael Brooks New Track Record Established
6. # 7 Brian Stroik
7. #41 Cal Greening
8. #43 Marlowe Greening

Semi-Feature: 1.) Brian Mielke; 2.) Brooks; 3.) Curstis Turner; 4.) Jeffrey Gruber; 5.) Scott Chrsitiansen.
First Heat:
1.) Chrsitiansen; 2.) Brooks; 3.) Turner
Second Heat: 1.) Blenker; 2.) Stelzer; 3.) Rossier
Dash: 1.) Flick; 2.) Stelzer; 3.) Stratton

Timed Event Winners:

Events:  1.) Paul Hojnacki; 2.) Chris Worzalla; 3.) Ron Witt